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Whether You Rent or Buy, Either Way You’re Paying a Mortgage!

By Joan | Mar 22, 2018

There are some people who have not purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize, however, that unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. As Entrepreneur Magazine, a premier source for small business, explained in…

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5 Reasons to Love Using A Real Estate Pro 

By Joan | Mar 15, 2018

Highlights: Hiring a real estate professional to guide you through the process of buying a home or selling your house can be one of the best decisions you make! They are there for you to help with paperwork, understanding the process, negotiations, and helping you with pricing (both when making an offer or setting the…

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2 Major Myths Holding Back Home Buyers

By Joan | Mar 8, 2018

Urban Institute recently released a report entitled, “Barriers to Accessing Homeownership,” which revealed that “eighty percent of consumers either are unaware of how much lenders require for a down payment or believe all lenders require a down payment above 5 percent.” Myth #1: “I Need a 20% Down Payment” Buyers often overestimate the down payment…

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U.S. Housing Inventory Crunch Continues… List Your House Today!

By Joan | Mar 1, 2018

Every winter, families across the country decide if this will be the year that they sell their current houses and move into their dream homes. Mortgage rates hovered around 4% for all of 2017 which forced many buyers off the fence and into the market, resulting in incredibly strong demand RIGHT NOW! At the same…

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Homeownership: The Reports of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

By Joan | Feb 23, 2018

The famous quote by Mark Twain in the title of this article can be used to describe homeownership in America today. Last week, the Census revealed that the percentage of homeowners in the country increased for the first time in thirteen years. A story in the Wall Street Journal gave these new homeownership numbers some…

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Study Shows Millennials Deserve More Credit

By Joan | Feb 16, 2018

When it comes to talking about millennials, there are many stereotypes out there that have influenced the way the public feels about the generation. Whether it’s the assumption that millennials are irresponsible with money and would rather buy avocado toast than save for a down payment, or that millennials jump from job to job, the…

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How Rising Prices Will Help You Build Family Wealth in 2018

By Joan Defenbaugh | Feb 9, 2018

  Over the next five years, home prices are expected to appreciate on average by 3.35% per year and to grow by 24.34% cumulatively, according to Pulsenomics’ most recent Home Price Expectation Survey. So, what does this mean for homeowners and their equity position? As an example, let’s assume a young couple purchases and closes…

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Thinking of Selling? Now is the Perfect Time

By Joan Defenbaugh | Feb 2, 2018

It is common knowledge that a great number of homes sell during the spring-buying season. For that reason, many homeowners hold off on putting their homes on the market until then. The question is whether or not that will be a good strategy this year. The other listings that do come out in the spring…

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What Impact Will the New Tax Code Have on Home Values?

By Joan Defenbaugh | Jan 26, 2018

  Every month, CoreLogic releases its Home Price Insights Report. In that report, they forecast where they believe residential real estate prices will be in twelve months. Below is a map, broken down by state, reflecting how home values are forecasted to change by the end of 2018 using data from the most recent report.…

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