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April 16, 2018

How the Tech Industry Is Transforming Seattle’s Former Eye-Sore: Pioneer Square

The area that was once only known for its day-time panhandling and night-time crime is turning into a bustling home for Seattle innovation and many tech startups.
 
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April 16, 2018

Struggling to Earn Your Keep? Here Are the Top U.S. Cities for Middle Class Families

If you're looking for locations to buy a home and settle down on a middle class salary, these are the best cities in America for the middle class right now.
 
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April 11, 2018

Market Update: Shortages Continue and Prices Keep Rising

If you liked 2017 real estate markets, you will love 2018. Buyers will need time, patience and persistence to find the right home this year. Owners who have been waiting for the right moment to sell might make their move now. Prices are leveling off in markets where home prices have outdistanced.

The three-year shortage of homes for sale is continuing this year, driving prices even higher. In many markets, they have reached a tipping point where hard-working, dual-income families cannot afford to become homeowners. Steadily rising mortgage rates coupled with prices driven by shortages are making conditions more difficult for buyers.

2018 Opened With a Whimper

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April 6, 2018

Retired? Qualifying for a Mortgage May Be Easier Than You Think

Retirees are the wealthiest demographic in America. More than 60 percent of households headed by people over 65 have assets worth at least six figures and more than 10 percent are into the seven figures. Many aging workers fear they can’t buy a home after they retire because they will be living on a fixed income. Some downsize before they are ready, selling the home they have lived in for many years and rushing the decision to buy a retirement home while they are still bringing home paychecks.

Qualifying for a mortgage after retirement is a little different than it is for buyers who are employed full-time. Retirees need to demonstrate to lenders that they can access [...]

 
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April 3, 2018

You Can Use Your IRA to Buy a Home−but Should You?

You can access your retirement account, whether it is an IRA or a 401K plan, for the hard cash you need to make a down payment on a home, but there will be costs. Most plans will penalize you if you withdraw funds before you reach the age of 59 and a half. You will also be required to pay income tax on the funds you take out.

Are you better off in the long run buying a home now even though you have not saved enough for a down payment and have to access your retirement savings, or should you wait until you have enough to make a down payment, even if it takes a year or more? These days both mortgage interest rates and home values are rising steadily, putting pressure on [...]

 
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April 2, 2018

Life on New Hampshire’s Sea Coast: 6 Reasons Why We Love Portsmouth

There's so much to love about living on New Hampshire's Atlantic Coast, and Portsmouth tops the list for these six great reasons, and many more!
 
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March 30, 2018

It’s Tax Season! Have You Heard of These 7 Tax Breaks for Homeowners?

Is this your first tax season as a new homeowner? Here are seven tax breaks you might not have heard about, all of which are worth taking advantage of.
 
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March 26, 2018

Escape the Crowds of Tourists and Settle Down in These Virginia Beach Suburbs

Virginia Beach continues to get more popular; if you want in on the action but don't want to fight the crowds, try buying in one of these area suburbs.
 
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March 21, 2018

How Technology Could Change Home Insurance

Due to the rise of affordable smart products and the Internet of Things (IoT) in the last couple of years, it seems like almost everybody has some sort of smart technology in their home. Although the actual number of users is more like 1 in 6, the conversation about smart homes has turned mainstream.

When it comes to safety, however, don’t expect your Google Home, Amazon Echo, or Apple HomePod to notify you of a damaging situation on its own. But when these devices are connected to other technologies, the possibilities are endless. And so are the potential effects that technology could have on your homeowners’ insurance policy.

Picture this. You’ve [...]

 
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March 20, 2018

Exterior Materials to Up the Value of Your Home

If you are looking for ways to increase the value of your home for the 2018 market then look no further! Here are four materials that you can use to improve your house now:

Choose a Green House Siding

Fiber cement siding is a great material to use that is very sturdy. Proven to be able to withstand high-winds, including hurricane-force winds, using this material on your home will surely up the value of your home. Fiber cement siding will protect your home from fire with its fire-resistant properties but will keep your house warm when you need it the most. It is also resistant to insects, moisture, and UV rays.

This sturdy material withstands the effects of harsh [...]

 
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March 15, 2018

What Zip Codes Have the Highest Real Estate Returns?

Planning on buying a home this year? Want to choose an area where you can enjoy a high ROI? Learn the top five zip codes for rising property values in the U.S. now.
 
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March 13, 2018

Do Adjustable Rate Mortgages Make Sense Today?

Adjustable rate mortgages are mortgages where the interest rate changes during the life of the loan. The most popular structure consists of a short period where the rate is fixed and attractively low−sometimes much as a full percentage point below comparable fixed-rate mortgages. At a date in the future − usually five to ten years − the interest rate resets. Often rates are linked to an index, like the prime rate, or the S&P 500, and after the reset, rates are usually significantly higher.

Adjustable-rate mortgages, or ARMs, were popular during the housing boom twelve years ago. Lenders created a variety of ARM structures to meet the demands of a buying public that had [...]

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