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September 18, 2017

Must-Know Tips for Home Shopping in a Competitive Market

Read our tips on how to buy a home in a very competitive real estate market, including expert advice from Realtors and mortgage pros.
 
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September 14, 2017

5 Cities Rafters Should Consider for Rapid Relocation

Everyone remembers their first time floating down whitewater rapids – the force of the river, the sound of rushing water, the way the raft bounces in between holes. For as long as rivers have raged, thrill seekers have sought to float down them in flimsy watercraft.

But what do you do when guided rafting tours just aren’t cutting it anymore? If you find yourself bit by the rafting bug, you’re in luck! The U.S. is covered in raging rivers from the wilds of Alaska, down to the swamps of Florida which means there’s a cornucopia of places where rafters can get their fill. Check out these five cities where the whitewater obsessed can catch some big [...]

 
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September 13, 2017

Tips on Buying a Beach Condo and the Best Locations to Buy

Does it make sense to continue to rent a place at your favorite beach resort each summer? With rising rent prices, wouldn’t it make more sense to put that money towards purchasing a vacation house that will build equity, provide a deduction on your mortgage interest and even make you little money if you rent it out for a couple of weeks each year?

A beach condo might be the perfect answer. They cost less than single family homes, the upkeep is cheaper and the buying options can be better in markets where new construction is creating new inventory. The demand is strong for vacation properties, especially in the nation’s hottest beach destinations.

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September 7, 2017

Signs That It’s Time to Move out of Your D.C. Apartment

Living in a busy city like Washington, D.C. means you’re probably at work all the time, focusing on building your career and putting other aspects of life aside for later. Growing your career can be a great thing to do, but at some point, you’re going to have to think about progressing in your personal life. The big question is figuring out when that point is for you. Most of the time, people can begin to advance to the next stage of their lives when it comes to their apartment. Apartment living in D.C. can be the preferred option to those struggling with home ownership responsibilities and fees, but there will come a time when you might want to move. How will you know [...]

 
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September 7, 2017

Space and the Single Lady

Today’s “single ladies” are not waiting for a diamond, but instead, opting for a ring of a different kind – a key ring. An annual survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors found that eighteen percent of the homes sold to first-time buyers went to single women. That’s ten percent above first-time purchases by single men.

The fact that single women are outpacing single men in homeownership is not a 2017 phenomena. Single women, as far back as the 1990’s, have been serious about their housing needs. Walter Molony, a spokesperson for the National Association of Realtors, told the New York Times that men get more serious about [...]

 
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August 30, 2017

5 Sizzling Cities for Barbecue Lovers

If you live for the summer months, there’s a good chance you also live for barbecue. Whether it’s burgers on the coals in your backyard or smoked brisket on a bar patio, barbecue is the perfect pairing for a nice summer evening. And while good barbecue can be found just about anywhere across America, there are few places that just do it differently. From Hawaii to Tennessee, here are a few cities that would make a perfect home for any barbecue lover.

1. Austin, Texas

via Black’s Barbecue

The Lone Star State is known around the world for its barbecue – you can even find a barbecue [...]

 
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August 29, 2017

Four Things to Remember When You Use a State Bond Program for Your Mortgage

The days when consumers could offer up a 20% down payment are long gone now. In fact, the National Association of Realtors estimates that the average down payment in 2016 was right around 11%. But even 11% can seem out of reach to homeowners, especially when you consider the average price of a purchased home in December 2016 was $390,100. At that price, the average down payment would be $42,911, which, for most of us, seems like a pretty intimidating amount of money.

I know that intimidation well; my wife and I went through the home buying process for the first time earlier this year. Luckily, Florida had a state bond program designed specifically to help homeowners pay for [...]

 
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August 28, 2017

4 Signs a Home Listing Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be

Is something raising concern with a home listing you're interested in? Here are 4 signs that the home listing might not be all it's cracked up to be.

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