Like the national pastime, purchasing a home supposedly comes with its own set of “unwritten rules.” Conventional wisdom and considered opinion have long led consumers to believe you never make an offer on the first home you tour, or you always close at the month’s end.

The reality is the only rules […]

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There is a new loan program on the scene now in 2013 that very few have heard of or taken advantage of so far this year. No longer are you forced into paying mortgage insurance (MI) if you put down less than 20% on a conventional loan with this new program. In fact with […]

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Top 10 Mortgage Questions

On October 4, 2013 By

Obtaining financing can be an overwhelming process to home buyers, even those who have gone through the process before will perplexed by the plethora of new lending rules and regulations. We have taken the top 10 questions asked by consumers and answered them for you here.

1. What will a lender look at when I […]

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Pricing Your Home to Sell

On September 13, 2013 By

How much your home is worth to you and how much it is considered to be worth in the real estate market can be two very different numbers. If you’re planning to put your home up for sale, one of the most important factors in making a quick sale is pricing […]

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Houston-based real estate consulting firm Metrostudy uses “drive-bys” to help it gauge the health of the residential market in different U.S. metro areas.  Employees drive through newly built—or still under construction—housing developments from Texas to Florida and begin observing.

If there are toys on a house’s […]

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This comparison is all the more dramatic when you realize that $921 was a much larger percentage of average income in 1981 than it is today.

This won’t last forever! Interest rates are still historically low, yet expectations and improvements in the economy are already causing rates to rise. We probably will not return […]

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Homes are selling quickly, and buyers may need to be decisive and responsive to secure their home purchase.

Just how quick? “I’ve seen all cash offers close in three days, and I’ve seen loans get approved and close within 21 to 25 days,” says Leslie Piper, […]

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Outdoor kitchens make dining al fresco at home more appealing than ever.

A rebounding trend in outdoor living reveals more and more properties feature outdoor kitchens that once were the province of only the very wealthy.

Today, moving the home’s indoor central meeting place outdoors creates an open-air living space that’s both accessible and inviting […]

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The first thing that most of us think of is the adage… “location, location, location”. While that is certainly very critical, there are many other things to consider when buying real estate. Here are some universal guidelines. How long you intend to stay in a home. This is an important question to consider because moving is […]

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First-time homebuyers can get easily side-tracked by fixable “problems,” like an unappealing paint color, and they often overlook hidden costs of home ownership like maintenance expenses.  There are four mistakes that newbies tend to make:

1) Being turned off by problems that are easily fixed.
2) Overlooking hidden costs. quick cash loans bad […]

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