Home Values: Where Are They Headed Over The Next 5 Years?

Home Values: Where Are They Headed Over The Next 5 Years?

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Today, many real estate conversations center on housing prices and where they may be headed. That is why we like the Home Price Expectation Survey.Every quarter, Pulsenomics surveys a nationwide panel of over one hundred economists, real estate experts and investment &...

15-Minute Home Makeovers

15-Minute Home Makeovers

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Caught between your lack of time and the urge to give your home some spit and polish? Never fear. These ideas will add panache in no time at all.

The REAL Reasons Americans Buy a Home

The REAL Reasons Americans Buy a Home

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We often talk about the financial reasons why buying a home makes sense. But often, the emotional reasons are the more powerful, or compelling reasons. The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University performs a study every year surveying participants for the...

When is it a Good Time to Rent? Definitely NOT Now!

When is it a Good Time to Rent? Definitely NOT Now!

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People often ask whether or not now is a good time to buy a home. No one ever asks when a good time to rent is. However, we want to make certain that everyone understands that today is NOT a good time to rent.

Mortgage Lending is NOT Out of Control!!

Mortgage Lending is NOT Out of Control!!

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This year, both Freddie Mac & Fannie Mae have introduced new programs that only require a 3% down payment on a mortgage in order to purchase a home. Earlier this month, the Mortgage Bankers’ Association reported that adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) may be making a...

Where Are Mortgage Rates Headed? This Fall? Next Year?

Where Are Mortgage Rates Headed? This Fall? Next Year?

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The interest rate you pay on your home mortgage has a direct impact on your monthly payment. The higher the rate the greater the payment will be. That is why it is important to look at where rates are headed when deciding to buy now or wait until next year.

An Easy Way to Find the Perfect Real Estate Agent

An Easy Way to Find the Perfect Real Estate Agent

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If you are thinking of buying or selling, you need an agent who can help make sense of this rapidly evolving housing market. You need an agent who can help you price your home correctly at the beginning of the selling process. You need an agent who can help you...

This Is NOT Your Parents’ 3% Down Payment Plan

This Is NOT Your Parents’ 3% Down Payment Plan

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In their latest Housing Market Insight & Outlook report, Freddie Mac revealed that recent low down payment initiatives have raised concerns that we may be returning to the same lax mortgage qualifications that caused the housing crisis from which we are just now...

Pending Home Sales Remain Strong In June

Pending Home Sales Remain Strong In June

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The National Association of REALTORS’ Pending Home Sales Index is “a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings”. The higher the Pending Home Sales Index number, the more contracts have been signed by buyers that will soon translate to sales.