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August 6, 2018

The Best States for House Flipping!

House flipping isn't an easy, overnight process. It takes patience and precision to get your top dollar. However, certain markets make it easier to flip than others. If you're looking to start investing in real estate, check out these states that are the best for house flipping!
 
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July 25, 2018

The Mountains or the Beach: When is a Vacation Home a Good Investment Property

Before you buy a vacation home in the mountains or at the beach, you need to consider whether it's a good investment or not. Here are some tips to help, from Homes.com.
 
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July 2, 2018

Move Over Tiny Homes, These Pre-Fab Solar Homes Are Hot for 2018

If traditional homeownership doesn't really mesh with your sustainable values but you couldn't live in a tiny house, try one of these new prefab solar homes.
 
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June 25, 2018

Cities with the Most Mobile Homes

More than 20 million Americans live in homes are mobile. Here are the cities with the most mobile homes. Most of them are in the South.
 
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June 6, 2018

NBA Finals Cause Major Economic Impact On Host Cities

From employment to home prices, there seems to be a correlation between economic changes and hosting the NBA championships. We explain the impacts on the housing market and more.
 
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May 28, 2018

Cities with the Highest and Lowest Costs of Living

Cost of living is defined as the amount of money needed to sustain a certain level of living including basic expenses such as food, housing, taxes, transportation, healthcare, and more. Cities with a high cost of living are usually more difficult to maintain a standard of living and require more income than the U.S. average to enjoy basic necessities. For instance, in a place like Manhattan, a gallon of milk costs about $2.39, whereas in Indianapolis, the cost of a gallon of milk is $1.50. It’s evident based on this data that Manhattan has the higher cost of living.

The cost of milk isn’t the only expense worth exploring, below, we’ve compared the cities with [...]

 
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May 16, 2018

What You Need to Know About Comps and How They Affect Your Home’s Value

Comps. They’re the one thing that can cause a seller some tense moments as they work with their real estate agent to come up with a price for their home. ‘Comps’ is actually the shortened version of comparisons. Basically, they’re the prices of homes sold in your area in the past 3-6 months. While the concept of a comp is pretty easy to understand, that doesn’t mean that comps are without nuances.

There are several things you need to keep in mind as you use comps to set the price for your home or, in the case of a buyer, use comps to determine whether a home’s price is fair.

Comps, CMAs, and Why They’re Important

A CMA is a [...]

 
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May 14, 2018

Cities with the Best Housing Affordability

A lot of factors affect the homebuying decision. No matter where you choose to move, you want to be comfortable, right? Determining an area’s housing affordability is important information to arm yourself with during the beginning stages of your home buying search. The expenses incurred after the purchase of your home don’t end when you move in, you’ll be responsible for utilities, taxes, and the upkeep of your home. Are your pockets crinkling at the thought of all the expenses? Don’t worry, according to U.S. News and World Report, these are the cities with the best housing affordability.  If you’re in the market for a new home, finding one in any of [...]

 
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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 9, 2018

20 Home Improvements That Can Increase Home Value

Many home improvements add value to your home, and that is not as hard to realize as they may seem. Instead of hiring a designer to make your home more modern, try to find inspiration and ideas yourself. Home magazines, remodeling TV shows, books, and websites have an overload of wonderful DIY ideas you can implement into your style.

Instead of taking on some major and time-consuming projects, try tackling some of these simpler ones. With a little effort, goodwill, and some help from family and friends, the value of your home will increase significantly, and you can confidently put it on the market.

1. Add Insulation

Proper insulation is one of the most important things [...]

 
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February 15, 2018

How Much Will Interest Rates Rise in 2018?

The dawn of a new year brings with it the new chairperson of the Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell. In one of Janet Yellen’s final acts before leaving office in early February, she presided over the Fed’s decision not to raise mortgage interest rates during the first quarter of the year.

Powell is expected to continue the Federal Reserve’s conservative policy of raising rates gradually if the economy remains strong. Should inflation increase, we can expect the Fed to act more aggressively and raise rates faster. During the current economic boom, inflation has been low but may increase as the economy grows.

Other factors besides the Federal Reserve’s [...]

 
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January 29, 2018

How Will the Google Sidewalk Program Affect the Real Estate Market?

Google Sidewalk is taking over a plot of land on Toronto's waterfront to build a high-tech utopia. What does this mean for the future of the housing market?

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