Three Reasons to Buy a Home this Fall

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October 1, 2018

  While the spring and summer are considered peak seasons for home sales, the fall season presents unique opportunities for savvy homebuyers. Consider the following benefits as you shop for a home this fall. Big Savings When you buy a house, you may want to make some enhancements to put your personal touch on it to make it your home. Did you know Consumer Reports recommends homebuyers coordinate their home…

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Three Reasons Owning a Home is a Worthwhile Commitment

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September 13, 2018

After the housing bubble collapsed in 2008, many older millennials may have seen close friends or family experience financial stress. Therefore, it’s understandable why it may be difficult to make a commitment to homeownership. However, here are three good reasons why it makes sense to own your home rather than keep paying rent. Independence  When you own your own home, you make the rules. Pets, parties, guests, no problem. Owning…

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Study Reveals Many Millennials Ready to Buy First Home

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September 5, 2018

A joint mortgage readiness study conducted by Freddie Mac and Experian suggests that many of the 75 million U.S. Millennials (born between 1982 – 2000, according to the U.S. Census) are ready or near-ready to qualify for a mortgage. According to the study: 33 percent of Millennials have strong or moderate credit with an average income of $53,000. Also, for those with student loans, loan payments average just 4-7% of…

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5 Tips for Energy Savings this Summer

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August 2, 2018

Looking for ways to save this summer? Try these 5 tips: Maintain your central air conditioner on a regular basis and clean or replace filters to ensure optimal efficiency. Set your air conditioner thermostat as high as comfortable when you’re home. Use a smart thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature. Close your blinds and windows during the day and open them at night. This is a no-cost way to keep…

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Top 5 Home Remodeling Projects that Add Value

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August 1, 2018

You are living the dream of homeownership, but you want to make sure your home maintains that charm and comfort that attracted you to it in the first place. Well, the “Remodeling Impact Report” from the National Association of REALTORS® includes great information on the upgrades you should consider and what you may expect in return on investment. Here are the top 5 home remodeling projects with building equity in…

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Rates May Be Rising, But Homes Are More Affordable Today Than You Think

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May 9, 2018

If you’ve been following the housing market, you may be seeing that rates are rising and home inventory is low. This means that fewer homeowners are putting their homes up for sale, making the market more competitive while mortgage rates go up. However, American’s may not realize that while rates are rising they are still at historic lows. This Spring, Trulia released a blog, Not Your Father’s Housing Market, that…

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5 Ways to Save for a Down Payment

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January 5, 2018

One of the biggest challenges for first-time home buyers is saving for a down payment. Often, new home buyers mistakenly believe they must save 20% of their home price as a down payment.  However, depending on your credit and loan terms, you may be able to put down much less. Another misnomer for first-time home buyers is believing they will never be able to save enough for a down payment….

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5 Tips for Buying a Home this Autumn

5 Tips for Buying a Home this Autumn
September 29, 2017

Fall offers a change of season like no other. If you’re thinking about changing homes, consider the following. Motivated Sellers: If the home has been on the market for a while, the seller may take a lower offer to close the deal before the winter. How is your new home’s drainage? Are the gutters in good shape? Proper drainage takes water off of the roof and away from the home….

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