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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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The Impact Staging Your Home Has on Sales Price

By Joan Defenbaugh | Jan 19, 2018

Some Highlights: • The National Association of Realtors surveyed their members & released the findings of their Annual Profile of Home Staging • 50% of staged homes saw a 1-10% increase in dollar value offers from buyers. • 77% of buyer’s agents said staging made it easier for buyers to visualize the home as their own. •…

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Homeownership: Four reasons to buy a house

Financial Planning and Homeownership: 4 Reasons to Buy a House Today

By Joan Defenbaugh | May 30, 2017

Homeownership will always be a part of the American Dream. There are advantages to owning your own home (educational, health, social) that far transcend any economic impact. However, we want to look at several of the financial advantages of homeownership in today’s post. 1. Buying is Cheaper Than Renting The results of the latest Rent…

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Buying a Home

Buying a Home? Do You Know the Lingo?

By Joan Defenbaugh | May 23, 2017

Buying a home can be intimidating if you are not familiar with the terms used during the process. To start you on your path with confidence, we have compiled a list of some of the most common terms used when buying a home. Freddie Mac has compiled a more exhaustive glossary of terms in their…

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How Fast Can You Save for a Down Payment?

By Joan Defenbaugh | May 16, 2017

Saving for a down payment is often the biggest hurdle for a first-time homebuyer. Depending on where you live, median income, median rents, and home prices all vary. So, we set out to find out how long it would take you to save for a down payment in each state. Using data from the United…

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Why You Should Buy a House

Real Estate Mogul: Here’s Why You Should Buy

By Joan Defenbaugh | May 9, 2017

Real Estate mogul, Sean Conlon, host of The Deed: Chicago on CNBC, was recently asked the question, should you buy? Or should you rent a house? Conlon responded: “I am a true believer that you save every penny and you buy your first house… and that is still the fastest path to wealth in this…

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