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December 12, 2018

Is the New Tax Law Lowering Home Values?

The mortgage interest deduction (MID) allows homeowners to deduct the amount they spend annually on the interest on their mortgage, but are changes to this new tax law lowering home values?
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December 5, 2018

Closing Costs: How Much Do You Need to Seal the Deal?

Closing costs. Those two words can strike fear into the hearts of many new homebuyers. Many factors go into these costs and determine how much will you need to close on your new house.
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November 23, 2018

Are America’s Housing Markets Ready for Generation Z?

Millennials changed the landscape of the real estate market, but are America's housing market ready for the even younger Generation Z buyers?
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November 22, 2018

Do Marijuana Outlets Affect Local Home Values?

If you live near a store or dispensary where marijuana is sold or a farm where it is legally grown commercially, should you be concerned about whether it will have an impact on the value of your home or your ability to sell it?
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November 9, 2018

Why Aren’t First-Time Homebuyers Using FHA?

FHA mortgages have been the top choice for first-time homebuyers since the housing recovery began five years ago. However, times are changing. For the first time in history, in the third quarter of 2018, more first-time buyers chose conventional mortgages over FHA.
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November 6, 2018

Things Are Looking Up for Home Buyers, But Will It Last?

Housing market forecasts are predicting that things are looking up for home buyers in 2019, but will it last? Find out here.
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October 24, 2018

10 Tips for Fall Homebuyers Using the New Site

If you are a home buyer who hasn't found what you are looking for, don't miss the fall sales season.'s new website, which uses artificial intelligence to locate listings you might miss, is a great tool to find homes you might have missed and new listings as soon as they come on the market.
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October 10, 2018

Fall Housing Market Outlook: Change Is Underway

As we enter the fall sales season, fundamental changes are underway in many housing markets. According to the most recent existing home sales reports from the National Association of Realtors, after three years of shrinking supplies of homes for sale and rapidly rising home prices, the inventory crisis is waning and prices are leveling off.

One reason for the change in direction is lagging demand. Existing home sales fell below last year’s levels in April, May, June, and July―the heart of the home-buying season. Price hikes generated by shortages of inventory have outpaced incomes and put buying a home beyond the reach of hundreds of thousands of potential first-time [...]

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October 3, 2018

Five Hottest US Luxury Home Markets

The upper end of real estate markets often behaves very differently than the mid and lower levels. As a result, the national picture for luxury properties looks very different compared to mid or lower level homes. Check out the top hottest markets for luxury homes as well as surprisingly pricey ones.
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September 28, 2018

Single-Family Rentals: It’s a Great Time to Be a Landlord

As more and more young families learn about this alternative to apartment living, they are finding single-family rentals in virtually every market. Here's why its a great time to be a landlord.
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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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