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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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Your Tax Return: Bring it Home

Your Tax Return: Bring it Home

By Joan Defenbaugh | May 5, 2017

This time of year, many people eagerly check their mailboxes looking for their tax return check from the IRS. But, what do most people plan to do with the money? GO Banking Rates recently surveyed Americans and asked the question – “What do you plan on doing with your tax refund?” The results of the…

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Buying this Spring? Be Prepared for Bidding Wars

By Joan Defenbaugh | Apr 27, 2017

Traditionally, spring is the busiest season for real estate. Buyers come out in force and homeowners list their houses for sale hoping to capitalize on buyer activity. This year will be no different! Buyers have already been out in force looking for their dream homes and more are on their way, but the challenge is…

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15,014 Homes Sold Yesterday… Did Yours?

By Joan Defenbaugh | Apr 20, 2017

  There are some homeowners that have been waiting for months to get a price they hoped for when they originally listed their house for sale. The only thing they might want to consider is… If it hasn’t sold yet, maybe it’s not priced properly. After all, 15,014 houses sold yesterday, 15,014 will sell today…

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