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January 23, 2019

Charleston, SC: From Vacation Destination to Home Base

Historic Charleston, SC is not only the second largest and the oldest of cities in South Carolina, but according to World Population Review, it’s one of the fastest growing cities in the United States as well. The reason, aside from the preservation of the historic charm of Charleston, the revitalization of downtown is not only drawing people in but making them want to stay forever. However, it wasn’t always been like that.

A symbol of hospitality, the Pineapple Fountain in Charleston’s Waterfront Park

Joseph P Riley, the longest standing mayor of 40 years in Charleston, was at the helm of revitalizing Charleston. It was taken [...]

 
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January 23, 2019

House Flipping on the Decline

The Great Recession was a boom for house flipping. Real estate prices declined drastically, and thousands of properties were sold as distressed properties. Investors purchased the properties, made moderate improvements and resold the homes for a profit.

Experts say house flipping played an important role in the economy during the real estate crash. It helped increase real estate values and worked to move excess inventory during the real estate crash.

“I don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong with flipping itself,” said Steve Swidler, a finance professor at Auburn University. “In fact, flipping has probably given life to the housing [...]

 
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January 22, 2019

5 Great Midwestern Cities for Homebuyers

Each of these Midwestern cities has special attributes and characteristics that make them unique. We'll walk you through everything you need to know, touching on five great Midwestern cities and what you can expect from each.
 
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January 21, 2019

Five Ways You Can Research Neighborhoods During Your Home Search

In the market for a new home and want the inside scoop of your prospective house and neighborhood? Check out these tips on how to research neighborhoods during your home search!
 
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January 17, 2019

5 of the Best Cities to Move to in Arizona

Whether you're new to Arizona or a current resident deciding to make a fresh start in a new city, planning a move starts with choosing the perfect location. To help you weed through all the data, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best places to live in Arizona.
 
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January 16, 2019

How to Invest in Volatile Housing Markets

If you've been considering investing in residential real estate, here is how to invest in volatile housing markets.
 
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January 16, 2019

Understanding Walk Scores, Bike Scores, and Transit Scores When You’re Ready to Move

Learn how to interpret the different data points like walk scores, bike scores and transit scores.
 
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January 10, 2019

How the Government Shutdown Impacts Mortgage Loans

The government shutdown is having relatively minor effects on services that are essential to homebuyers, sellers, and homeowners. Here's how.
 
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January 9, 2019

What is Gentrification and What Happens to Neighborhoods that are Gentrified?

Do you love the energetic pace of living in a city but find home prices out of reach? You might explore some of the gentrifying or up-and-coming neighborhoods in your metro area. Despite the bad rap that the word gets, we’ve taken a look at what the term really means and how it can be effective for cities and aspiring homeowners.

What Is Gentrification?

Gentrification is one of the by-products of urban sprawl. You can think of it as an expansion to a city’s boundaries. Sometimes, it happens when developers buy industrial properties like warehouses, homes, and abandoned buildings, no longer in use, and gives them a makeover. There may also be empty lots for [...]

 
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January 9, 2019

Quick Guide to Home Inheritance: 3 Things You Need to Know

Inheriting a home is sometimes a blessing but what if you already have your own home and don’t care to have a second one to manage? Here's what you should do in the event of a home inheritance.
 
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January 8, 2019

Is a Smart Home a Smart Buy?

Some home builders believe that an automated home gives them a competitive advantage over existing homes. But does it? Check out the pros, cons, and costs associated with smart homes!
 
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January 7, 2019

When Does a Condo Make More Sense as a Starter Home?

Does a condo make for a better starter home, or will you be better off buying your forever home from the start? Here are some things to consider when purchasing your first property.

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