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June 21, 2017

5 Wonderfilet Delicious Cities for Seafood Lovers

It’s summer, which means… great seafood! But for some people, waiting around for their favorite fish to come into season just isn’t enough. If you’re a seafood aficionado, you’re in luck – the U.S. enjoys some of the widest variety of fish options in the world–from the blue oceans of Hawaii to the lobster traps of Maine, there’s something for just about everyone. So pack your bib and butter, these five cities offer great seafood options, along with amazing fishing for anyone who likes to catch their own dinner.

1. Portland, Maine

Nothing says shellfish like New England. Portland may be famous for its lobster and clam, but the [...]

 
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June 21, 2017

Tiny House Living Spotlight: California

America's tiny home craze continues to climb. Curious about the benefits of living small in California? Here's what makes this state #1 for tiny homes.
 
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June 19, 2017

What’s in Store for the Rest of 2017, and Why Home Buyers Should Act Now

Still on the fence about buying a home? Find out why buyers need to act now if they want to take advantage of low prices and interest rates.
 
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June 15, 2017

Is Renting to Own a Good Idea?

With home prices and down payments on the rise, many prospective homeowners are finding a different path to homeownership. Some homeowners and landlords offer “rent-to-own” arrangements where tenants can buy the homes they are renting after a period.

A rent-to-own contract requires a prospective buyer to pay monthly rent to the homeowner plus a payment towards purchasing the home at a later date, usually three to five years in the future. The purchase price is set in advance.

For example, a house could be rented by its owner for a standard rent of $1,750 per month. But when negotiating the rent-to-own contract, the buyer and the homeowner can agree that that [...]

 
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June 12, 2017

Open House Etiquette Dos and Don’ts for Buyers on the Hunt

If you're planning on attending an open house for a house you're interested in, make sure you know the proper etiquette to improve your buying chances.
 
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June 8, 2017

5 Ways to Know if Your Potential New Home’s Neighborhood is Safe

2906328231Buying or building a home is one of the biggest investments you can make in your lifetime. With the average home in the United States costing around $240,000, it is more important than ever to choose wisely where you purchase or build a home, as you’ll want to be happy with your investment... [read more]
 
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June 1, 2017

2017 Moving Trends in America

To move or not to move? That is the question…

A recent study conducted by Homes.com found that 50% of Americans haven’t moved in the last 10 years. Of those that have moved more than five times in 10 years, the overwhelming majority are millennials in the 25-34 age bracket. So what’s holding the rest of the population back? Moving can sometimes feel like a financial burden, and women were 35% more likely than men to say that moving was a financial stressor. It is extremely important to budget in order to better facilitate the moving process and avoid any potential surprises. 57.4% of female respondents and 42.6% of male respondents reported that their last move [...]

 
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May 31, 2017

Could Higher Rates Price You Out of Home Buying This Summer?

If rates start climbing it could mean some big changes in the national housing market. Here's what to expect if the Federal Reserve raises rates this year.
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