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September 14, 2018

What’s the Worst Mistake First-Time Buyers Make?

In times of stiff competition, rising costs of buying a first home, and short supplies of affordable houses, first-time buyers have little room for error. Buying and financing a first home is more complicated today than ever. But what's the worse mistake you can make as a first-time buyer?
 
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September 7, 2018

Don’t Miss the Single-Family Rental Boom

If you are looking for a way to diversify your investment portfolio and you want to take advantage of the national demand for housing, you might want to look into single-family rentals.
 
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August 31, 2018

Best Markets for Home Values

Equity is like a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for homeowners. It's the money that owners gain over time as they pay off their mortgage debt and as rising values make their homes more valuable. Where are the best cities for home values right now?
 
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August 23, 2018

Reasons Mortgage Applications Fail and How to Avoid Them

Looking to buy a home and not sure if you'll get approved? Here are the top three reasons that lenders deny mortgage applications today and the suggested steps homebuyers can take to improve their chances of approval.
 
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August 8, 2018

Is a Shared Equity Mortgage a Good Idea?

A shared equity mortgage could be the solution to help you get the home of your dreams, but is it a good idea?
 
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July 31, 2018

Six Ways to Build Equity Faster

As long as home prices are rising in your market, you are probably gaining equity. You can gain equity even faster by taking steps to increase the value of your property or decrease the amount that you owe on your mortgage. Here are six ways you can speed up the growth of your equity.
 
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July 26, 2018

How to Save on Your Mortgage: The Difference Good Credit Makes

If you've recently bought a home or are thinking of buying one, make sure that you know the difference good credit makes. Here are some tips on how to save on your mortgage.
 
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July 19, 2018

How the New Tax Law Affects Vacation Home Rentals

Looking to buy a vacation home? Here's what you need to know about how the new 2018 tax law affects homeowners.
 
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July 11, 2018

Eight Ways to Save on Homeowners’ Insurance

Homeowners' insurance is an important step in the home buying process. Here are eight ways to save on homeowners' insurance
 
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July 4, 2018

Second Quarter Market Update: Shortages Continue, and Prices Still Rise

If you liked last year’s real estate markets, you will love 2018. The same factors that are making homes less affordable and making owners happy with new-found equity are still driving local markets across the country. Check out these updates as the third quarter of the year rolls in.
 
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June 29, 2018

Five Surprising Facts About Luxury Homes

Are you in the market for a luxury home or simply love checking out million-dollar listings? The luxury market is a distinctly different marketplace from the rest of residential real estate. Check out these five surprising facts about luxury homes!
 
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June 26, 2018

How the New Tax Law Impacts Vacation Homes

It's almost summer and that means homeowners will be taking advantage of their vacation properties. Here's how the new tax law impacts vacation homes.
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