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April 24, 2017

Tiny House Living Spotlight: Portland, Oregon

Portland's tiny home craze continues to climb. Curious about the benefits of living small in Portland? Read on to learn more about the tiny home craze.
 
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April 24, 2017

4 Ways to Save for a Down Payment That Actually Work

Saving for a down payment can be a major barrier for young renters entertaining the idea of buying their first home; here are four tips on saving that work.
 
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April 20, 2017

Estimated Costs of the First Year of Homeownership

Although the current market conditions have led to increased levels of affordability, there are additional costs beyond the monthly mortgage payment when you purchase a home. And whether you’re coming from renting an apartment or owning, it’s hard to anticipate exactly how much money these extra expenses will cost. The key is to prioritize what’s most important and know when to ask for assistance. Let’s take a look at some of those costs now... [read more]
 
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April 20, 2017

Finding Bargain Foreclosed Properties in Your Area

Foreclosed properties can be excellent investments or affordable housing options. Learn how to find bargain priced foreclosed properties in your area.
 
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April 17, 2017

Top 5 Cities for Techies

If you work in the tech industry, you already know about the hottest spots for tech workers – San Francisco and New York City. These cities are regularly featured as top destinations for techies, but if you want to avoid a high cost of living and the big city lifestyle, there are still options galore. Indeed, over the past two decades, cities and metro areas across the country have branded themselves as “Silicon X” (or in the case of Philadelphia – Philicon Valley).

Whether you’re a recent grad or just tired of spending most of your salary on rent each month, check out these awesome destinations for tech workers.

Las Vegas, Nevada

No longer just a hub [...]

 
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April 17, 2017

What Would It Cost To Live Along The Boston Marathon Route?

It’s Marathon Monday, and the 121st Boston Marathon is in full swing. The race runs from Hopkinton to Boston, through the towns of Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, and Brookline. The race is the oldest annual 26.2-mile race in the world, and the city around it is steeped in history. Needless to say, for the runners among us, this race is iconic. But, what about the Boston area itself? For competitive runners, being able to train along the marathon route consistently could give them a serious edge, so living in the vicinity could have huge benefits. Boston is the biggest city in Massachusetts, but the 4th most expensive in terms of real estate, behind Brookline, [...]

 
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April 14, 2017

Three Questions to Help Solve Your Rent vs. Buy Dilemma

Jim is divorced, with two grown children and a secure job. He currently rents a condo, but he is approaching his 50th birthday and wondering if he should simply buy it outright. Caroline is in her 40’s and recently widowed with a significant inheritance that would allow her to buy her own home. Pat is a single mother of two, struggling to get by on $40,000 a year. The one question they all have is, “Should I rent or buy a home?”

“Historically,” said Ken H. Johnson, Ph.D., “the American dream has been to own your own home. But is that still the dream? No, not for a lot of us.” Johnson is the Associate Dean and a Professor in the Finance [...]

 
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April 11, 2017

Buying a Home in a Tornado Zone

An average of 1,224 tornadoes per year touch down across the United States. That may not sound like much until you consider the amount of damage just one tornado can cause. For instance, it was just one tornado, but the EF5 tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma, on May 20, 2013, destroyed more than 13,000 homes, killed 25 people, and caused more than $2 billion in damage.

Because tornadoes can happen anywhere, any time of the year it’s difficult to buy a home that’s tornado proof. However, you can look for features, areas and home construction that’s more likely to weather anything but a direct hit. This includes looking for a home that’s able to become a shelter in case of a [...]

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