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Real Estate:The Best Long Term Investment
Every 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. For the fourth year in a row, Real Estate has come out on top as the best long term investment!...
Inventory Down Practically Everywhere
Inventory Shortages Are Slowing Down the Market
The 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. However, there is one thing...
2017 The Year to Move Up to Your Dream Home
Is 2017 the Year to Move Up to Your Dream Home? If So, Do It Early!
If 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...
Don't Overprice Your Home
Price It Right From The Beginning
"Wishin' and hopin' and ' thinkin' and prayin,'"  the first line of a Dusty Springfield tune sung by numerous artists gives some pertinent advice on how not to find love.  This simple advice is also the cornerstone of how not to sell a property. If you want to sell your...
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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...
Lost Another Home
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...
Homes selling quickly
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...