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The Benefits of Becoming a Homeowner?

By Joan | Mar 22, 2019

Every family has a list of important dates. We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, pet adoptions…and the list goes on. For 64.4 percent of households in the United States, this list includes the day they became a homeowner for the first time! Why is this date important? Homeownership is not just a roof over your head! It represents shelter,…

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4 Reasons to Buy a Home in the Spring

By Joan | Mar 15, 2019

Spring has sprung, and it’s a great time to buy a home! Here are four reasons to consider buying today instead of waiting. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest U.S. Home Price Insights reports that home prices have appreciated by 4.4% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to…

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2 Reports That Say Now Is a Great Time to Sell

By Joan | Mar 8, 2019

Heading into the spring buying market, there are strong trends starting to emerge. The inventory of homes for sale has increased on a year-over-year basis for eight months in a row. Home price appreciation has continued to grow, although at a slower rate. The homeownership rate has reached heights last seen in 2014, with millennials…

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How to Have a Unique Open House

By Joan | Mar 1, 2019

According to the National Association of Realtors, total inventory has been growing for six months straight, as has the number of buyers looking to find their dream home. In a market where inventory is increasing, you want to stand out in the crowd! This quote from Grandscope puts it well: “You can differentiate from competition by WOWing or exciting customers, not just trying to compete…

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How to Save Thousands of Dollars in Interest on Your Mortgage

By Joan Defenbaugh | Feb 27, 2019

One of the most common loans you can get to buy a home is a 30-year fixed rate mortgage. If the thought of paying for your home over the course of 30-years seems daunting, here are some easy ways to shorten that term which will actually end up saving you money over the life of…

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Why You Should Not For Sale By Owner

By Joan Defenbaugh | Feb 20, 2019

In today’s market, as home prices rise and a lack of inventory continues, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their homes on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons why this might not be a good idea for most sellers. Here are the top five reasons:…

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Buying A Vacation Property? Now Is A Good Time!

By Joan Defenbaugh | Feb 13, 2019

Every year around this time, many homeowners begin the process of preparing their homes in case of extreme winter weather. Some others skip winter all together by escaping to their vacation homes in a warmer climate. For those homeowners staying at their first residence, AccuWeather warns: “The late-week cold shot should fade next week. This is a…

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Buying a House This Year? This Should Be Your 1st Step!

By Joan Defenbaugh | Feb 6, 2019

In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show that you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a…

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What Makes a House a Home For You?

By Joan Defenbaugh | Jan 31, 2019

We frequently talk about why it makes sense to buy a home financially. More often than not the emotional reasons are the more powerful or compelling ones. No matter what shape or size your living space is, the concept and feeling of a home can mean different things to different people. Whether it’s a certain scent…

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