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Use Your Tax Refund To Buy A Home In 2019

 to Your Tax Refund Is The Key To Homeownership!According to data released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Americans can expect an estimated average refund of $3,143

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How To Increase Your Familys Wealth

Everyone should realize that unless you are living somewhere rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. Buying your own home provides you with a form of

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Top 7 Things You Shouldnt Do After Applying For A Mortgage

Congratulations! You’ve found a home to buy and have applied for a mortgage! You are undoubtedly excited about the opportunity to decorate your new home! But before you make any big purchases,

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Top 4 Reasons Why You Should Buy A Home This Spring

Spring has sprung, and it’s a great time to buy a home! Here are four reasons to consider buying today instead of waiting.1. Real Estate Prices Will Continue to RiseCoreLogic’s latest U.S.

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How To Get A Better Perspective On Affordability

Headlines spotlight the fact that buying a home is less affordable today than it was at any other time in more than a decade. Those headlines are accurate.Understandably, buying a home is more

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Why An Economic Slowdown Will NOT Crush Real Estate This Time

Last week, the National Association for Business Economics released its February 2019 Economic Policy Survey. The survey revealed that a majority of the panel believe an economic

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The Housing Market Will Spring Forward This Year

Just like our clocks this weekend, in the majority of the country, the housing market will soon “spring forward!” Similar to tension in spring, the lack of inventory 

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No Worries Home Prices Coming In For A SOFT Landing

Home prices have appreciated considerably over the last five years. This has some concerned that we may be in for another dramatic correction. However, recent statistics suggest home values will not

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How Can I Increase My Home Net Worth

Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts their Survey of Consumer Finances. Data is collected across all economic and social groups. The latest survey data covers 2013-2016.The

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Interest Rates Hit New 12 Month Low

According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage are currently at their lowest for 2019. Rates like these haven’t been seen

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How To List Your Home For The Best Price

If your plan for 2019 includes selling your home, you will want to pay attention to where experts believe home values are headed. According to the latest Home Price Index from 

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3 Tips For Homeownership INFOGRAPHIC

Some Highlights: Setting up an automatic savings plan that saves a small amount of every check is one of the best ways to save without thinking too much about it. Living within a budget right

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Why A Normal Market Is Just What We Need

The housing market has been hot for a while now. Homes have been flying off the shelves as fast as they have been listed. Buyers have been competing in bidding wars just to find a home to buy, let

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Millionaire To Millennials Dont Get Stuck Renting A Home Buy One

Millionaire To Millennials: Don’t Get Stuck Renting A Home… Buy One!In a CNBC article, self-made millionaire David Bach explained that: “The biggest mistake millennials are making is

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2019 Will Be A Great Year For Both Buyers AND Sellers

Many homeowners believe that rising interest rates and home prices have scared away buyers and therefore have not listed their houses for sale. However, the truth is that buyers

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Where Did Americans Move In 2018 INFOGRAPHIC

Some Highlights: Every year United Van Lines conducts their National Movers Study by tracking their customer’s movement state-to-state over the course of the year.

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When Is The Best Time To Buy A Home

What is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy? [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights: The cost of waiting to buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices & interest

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Couples Account For The Majority Of First Time Home Buyers

First Comes Love… Then Comes Mortgage? Couples Lead the WayAccording to the National Association of REALTORS most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, married couples once

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Whats Holding You Back From Being A Homeowner

2 Myths Holding Back Home BuyersUrban Institute recently released a report entitled, “Barriers to Accessing Homeownership: Down Payment, Credit, and Affordability,” 

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The Best Time To Sell Your Home Is Right NOW Buyers Are Hungry For Homeownership

Buyers Are Hungry For HomeownershipThinking of Selling Your House? This is a Perfect Time! It is common knowledge that a great number of homes sell during the spring buying season. For that

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Why You Should Not Wait Till Spring To Sell Your Home

The #1 Reason to Not Wait Until Spring to Sell Your HouseMany sellers believe that spring is the best time to place their homes on the market because buyer demand traditionally increases at that

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Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Hire A Real Estate Pro INFOGRAPHIC

5 Reasons to Love Hiring A Real Estate Pro [INFOGRAPHIC]Highlights:Hiring a real estate professional to guide you through the process of buying a home or selling your house can be one of the best

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Think You Cant Buy A Home

One More Time… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a HomeThe largest obstacle renters face when planning to buy a home is saving for a down payment. This challenge is amplified by rising rents, which

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Prepping Your House For Sale

The KonMari Method: Helping You Prep Your House For SaleOne of the biggest challenges sellers face when listing their house is decluttering. Cleaning out some of the more personal decorating choices

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Buying A House Is An Attainable Goal

How to Get a Better Perspective on AffordabilityHeadlines spotlight the fact that buying a home is less affordable today than it was at any other time in more than a decade. Those headlines are

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Has Your Home Increased In Value

Do You Know How Much Your Home Has Increased in Value?Last year we saw headlines about a possible housing market bubble, and many wondered if Americans still felt confident about the value of their

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Selling Your Home Make Sure The Price Is Right

Selling Your Home? Make Sure the Price is Right!If you’ve ever watched “The Price is Right,” you know that the only way to win is to be the one to correctly guess the price of the

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Student Loan Debt Should Not Be A Threat To Homeownership

Is Student Loan Debt A Threat to Homeownership? No!Over the course of the last thirty years, a shift has happened. An entire generation has been raised to believe that a college education is their

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Homeownership Is Part Of The American Dream

The Importance of Homeownership to the American DreamFor centuries, people in this country have seen homeownership as part of the American Dream. Whether they were born here or immigrated from

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Punta Gorda Fla Charm Of An Existing Home

Do You Prefer the Charm of an Existing Home?When homebuyers begin their research, they want to see all their available options! In many cases, they will include both new construction and existing

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HGTV Has Given Many A False Sense Of What Its Like To Buy And Sell A Home

The Difference Having a Professional on Your Side MakesIn today’s fast-paced world, where answers are a Google search away, there are some who may wonder what the benefits of hiring a

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Homes Are A Bargain Compared To Historic Norms

Last Chance! Homes are a Bargain Compared to Historic NormsA loaf of bread used to be a nickel. A movie ticket was a dime.  Not anymore. Houses were also much less expensive than they are now.

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Don’t Get Caught in the Rental Trap in 2019Every year around this time, we take time to reflect and plan for next year. If you are renting your current home but have dreams of homeownership, your

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Buying A House This Year 1st Step Is

Buying a House This Year? This Should Be Your 1st Step!In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes outnumbers the number of homes for sale.

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Buying A Home Young Is The Key To Building Wealth

Buying a Home Young is the Key to Building WealthHomeowners who purchase their homes before the age of 35 are better prepared for retirement at age 60, according to a new Urban Institute 

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Why You Should Not For Sale By Owner

Why You Should Not For Sale By OwnerIn today’s market, as home prices rise and a lack of inventory continues, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their homes on their own, known in the

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No Bubble Here And How New Mortgage Standards Are Helping

Real estate is shifting to a more normal market; the days of national home appreciation topping 6% annually are over and inventories are increasing which is causing bidding wars to almost disappear.

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Selling A Home

Selling a home can be a difficult task for even the most seasoned of sellers. There is so much that goes into the process of placing a property on the housing market. First, the owner needs to get

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