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Financial Planning: 4 Reasons to Buy a House Today
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 home ownership in today’s post. 1. Buying is Cheaper Than Renting...
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Buying a Home? Do You Know the Lingo?
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...
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Get All the Facts about PMI
When 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...
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Don’t Put Off Your Home Purchase
So you just lost out on a bidding war on the 3rd house you have put bids in on.  You offered full price, but was then asked to provide your final and best offer.  So you increased your offer by another $2,000 and still lost out on the home you...
Are Current Home Sales Sustaiable
Is the Current Pace of Home Sales Sustainable?
There are some experts questioning whether the current pace of home sales is sustainable. Are too many people buying homes like in 2004-2006? Are we headed for another housing crisis? Actually, if we look closely at the numbers, we can see that we are looking at a very healthy real...
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Homes are Selling Fast Across the Country [INFOGRAPHIC]
Some Highlights: The National Association of REALTORS® surveyed their members for their monthly Confidence Index. The REALTORS® Confidence Index is a key indicator of housing market strength based on a monthly survey sent to over 50,000 real estate practitioners. Practitioners are asked about their expectations for home sales, prices and market...
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Your Tax Return: Bring it Home
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...
Why You Should Buy Now
Real Estate Mogul: Here’s Why You Should Buy
Real Estate mogul, Sean Conlon, host of The Deed: Chicago on CNBC, was recently asked the question, should you buy now? 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...
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3 Charts That Shout, ‘List Your Home Today!’
In school, we all learned the theory of supply and demand. When the demand for an item is greater than the supply of that item, the price will surely rise. SUPPLY The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently reported that the inventory of homes for sale stands at a 3.8-month supply. This is considerably...
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How Fast Can You Save for a Down Payment?
Saving for a down payment is often the biggest hurdle for a first-time home buyer. Depending on where you live, median income, median rents, and home prices all vary. So, we set out to find out how fast it would take you to save for a down payment in each...