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Top Renovations to Complete Before You Sell Your House

By Joan Defenbaugh | Jan 24, 2019

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How to Save Thousands of Dollars in Interest on Your Mortgage

By Joan Defenbaugh | Jan 10, 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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Belief in Homeownership as an Investment is Far from Dead

By Joan Defenbaugh | Jan 7, 2019

Following last year’s real estate market was like riding a rollercoaster. The market started off strong in 2018 and then softened before finishing with a mild flurry. However, one thing that did not waiver was America’s belief that owning a home makes sense from a financial standpoint. An end-of-the-year survey by the Federal Reserve Bank’s Center for Microeconomic Data revealed…

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Excited About Buying A Home This Year? Here’s What to Watch

By Joan Defenbaugh | Jan 4, 2019

As we kick off the new year, many families have made resolutions to enter the housing market in 2019. Whether you are thinking of finally ditching your landlord and buying your first home or selling your starter house to move into your forever home, there are two pieces of the real estate puzzle you need…

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The Tale of Two Markets

By Joan Defenbaugh | Dec 26, 2018

Some Highlights: An emerging trend for some time now has been the difference between available inventory and demand in the premium and luxury markets. Also in the starter and trade-up markets and what those differences are doing to prices! Inventory continues to rise in the luxury and premium home markets which is causing prices to…

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2008 vs. Now: Are Owners Using Their Homes as ATMs Again?

By Joan Defenbaugh | Dec 20, 2018

Over the last six years, we have experienced strong price appreciation which has increased home equity levels dramatically. The number of “cash-out” refinances begins to approach numbers last seen during the crash. Some are afraid that we may be repeating last decade’s mistake. However, a closer look at the numbers shows that homeowners are being…

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How to Simply Increase Your Family Wealth by Paying for Housing

By Joan Defenbaugh | Dec 12, 2018

Everyone should realize that unless you are living somewhere rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. Buying your own home provides you with a form of ‘forced savings’ that allows you to use your monthly housing costs to increase your family’s wealth. Every month that you pay your mortgage, you are paying off a…

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Homeowners Aged 65+ Have 48 Times More Net Worth Than Renters

By Joan Defenbaugh | Dec 3, 2018

Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts their Survey of Consumer Finances. They collect data across all economic and social groups. Their latest survey data covers responses from 2013-2016.   The study revealed that the median net worth of a homeowner was $231,400 – a 15% increase since 2013. At the same time, the median net worth of…

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5 Tips When Buying a Newly Constructed Home

By Joan Defenbaugh | Nov 24, 2018

The lack of existing inventory for sale has forced many homebuyers to begin looking at new construction. When you buy a newly constructed home instead of an existing home, there are many extra steps that must take place. To ensure a hassle-free process, here are 5 tips to keep in mind if you are considering…

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