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What You Need to Know About Qualifying for a Mortgage [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Glen Hagen | May 12, 2017

Some Highlights:

  • Many buyers are purchasing a home with a down payment as little as 3%.
  • You may already qualify for a loan, even if you don’t have perfect credit.
  • Take advantage of the knowledge of your local professionals who are there to help you determine how much you can afford.
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3 Reasons the Housing Market is NOT in a Bubble

By Glen Hagen | May 11, 2017

3 Reasons the Housing Market is NOT in a Bubble | Simplifying The MarketWith housing prices appreciating at levels that far exceed historical norms, some are fearful that the market is heading for another bubble. To alleviate that fear, we just need to look back at the reasons that caused the bubble ten years ago.

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Real Estate:The Best Long Term Investment

By Glen Hagen | May 10, 2017

Gallup: Real Estate is Best Long-Term Investment 4 Years Running | Simplifying The MarketEvery year, Gallup surveys Americans to determine their choice for the best long-term investment. Respondents are given a choice between real estate, stocks/mutual funds, gold, savings accounts/CDs, or bonds.

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Inventory Shortages Are Slowing Down the Market

By Glen Hagen | May 9, 2017

Inventory Shortages Are Slowing Down the Market | Simplifying The MarketThe real estate market is moving more and more into a complete recovery. Home values are up. Home sales are up. Distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) have fallen dramatically. It seems that 2017 will be the year that the housing market races forward again.

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Is 2017 the Year to Move Up to Your Dream Home? If So, Do It Early!

By Glen Hagen | May 8, 2017

Is 2017 the Year to Move Up to Your Dream Home? If So, Do It Early! | Simplifying The MarketIf you are considering moving up to your dream home, it may be better to do it earlier in the year than later. The two components of your monthly mortgage payment (home prices and interest rates) are both projected to increase as the year moves forward, and interest rates may increase rather dramatically. Here are some predictions on where rates will be by the end of the year:

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Price It Right From The Beginning

By Glen Hagen | May 5, 2017

“Wishin’ and hopin’ and ‘ thinkin’ and prayin,’” ┬áthe first line of a Dusty Springfield tune sung by numerous artists gives some pertinent advice on how not to find love. ┬áThis simple advice is also the cornerstone of how not to sell a property. If you want to sell your home for the most money…

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Financial Planning: 4 Reasons to Buy a House Today

By Glen Hagen | May 4, 2017

Financial Planning: 4 Reasons to Buy a House Today | Simplifying The MarketHomeownership 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.

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Buying a Home? Do You Know the Lingo?

By Glen Hagen | May 3, 2017

Buying a Home? Do You Know the Lingo? | Simplifying The MarketBuying 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.

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Get All the Facts about PMI

By Glen Hagen | May 2, 2017

Get All the Facts about PMI | Simplifying The MarketWhen it comes to buying a home, whether it is your first time or your fifth, it is always important to know all the facts. With the large number of mortgage programs available that allow buyers to purchase a home with a down payment below 20%, you can never have too much information about Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI).

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