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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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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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