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U.S. Housing Inventory Crunch Continues… List Your House Today!

By Joan Defenbaugh | Mar 1, 2018

Every winter, families across the country decide if this will be the year that they sell their current houses and move into their dream homes. Mortgage rates hovered around 4% for all of 2017 which forced many buyers off the fence and into the market, resulting in incredibly strong demand RIGHT NOW! At the same…

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Homeownership: The Reports of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

By Joan Defenbaugh | Feb 23, 2018

The famous quote by Mark Twain in the title of this article can be used to describe homeownership in America today. Last week, the Census revealed that the percentage of homeowners in the country increased for the first time in thirteen years. A story in the Wall Street Journal gave these new homeownership numbers some…

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Study Shows Millennials Deserve More Credit

By Joan Defenbaugh | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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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Financial Planning and Homeownership: 4 Reasons to Buy a House Today

By Joan | 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? Do You Know the Lingo?

By Joan | 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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