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February 23, 2018 in Blog

Is Now the Time to Seek Out an Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Loan?

Since 2009, annual mortgage rates have been below 5 percent, and demand for adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) has been in the single digits. Ellie Mae reports that ARMs comprised just 5.6 percent of the marketplace in December 2017, up from 3.9 percent in November 2016. Why the new interest in ARM... Read more
February 5, 2018 in Blog

Five Sure-Fire Ways to Get Acquainted with Your New Neighborhood

1. Make the first move It can be intimidating to approach a new next-door neighbor and introduce yourself. However, your new neighbors might be equally hesitant to disturb your family, especially if you seem busy moving boxes and unpacking. So, take the initiative and look for an opportunity... Read more
January 29, 2018 in Blog

How to Find Your Ideal School in a New Neighborhood

Schools often are the most important deciding factors for a family seeking out a new neighborhood to call home. While there’s no single solution to finding the right one, there is more to consider than test scores alone. Think commute times, the school’s PTA scene and your child’s classroom... Read more
January 29, 2018 in Blog

Five Ways to Come Out on Top if You’re Buying a Home in 2018

Buying a house can be difficult, especially when the rules keep changing. When it comes to purchasing a home, the methods that worked in the past now no longer apply. Today, there are new tax codes, tougher competition and more that will require you to be on top of your game. To help you prepare,... Read more
January 17, 2018 in Blog

Busting Some Common Home-Buying Myths

Busting Some Common Home-Buying Myths   Dreaming of buying your first home? Here, dispels a few common home-buying myths and offers some tips to help you purchase the house of your dreams.   Myth No. 1: “I’m too young to worry about buying a house right now;... Read more
January 8, 2018 in Blog Uncategorized

Mortgage Rates Drop

Freddie Mac’s most recent Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows that treasury yields fell from a week ago, helping to drive mortgage rates down to begin the new year. “The 30-year mortgage rate is down a quarter of a percentage point from where it was a year ago, and the spread between the... Read more
January 2, 2018 in Blog

Homebuyers are Bringing Cryptocurrency to the Housing Market

Bitcoin—the first digital currency that works without a bank or middleman—has risen 183.6 percent during the previous month, from $5,870.37 per coin on Nov. 12 to $16,650.01 on Dec. 12, according to Bitstamp data. Its market cap is more than $293 billion, and although some analysts warn of a... Read more
December 28, 2017 in Blog

Deed Versus Title…What’s the Difference?

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Most people use the terms deed and title interchangeably, but there’s a significant difference between the two—a distinction that’s important to understand when you’re preparing to buy a home. Here, examines what distinguishes a deed from a title. The difference between... Read more
December 4, 2017 in Blog

Five Tips That Can Help Sell Your House Fast

Looking to find a buyer as fast as possible? There’s good news: It’s possible to sell a home fast by taking care of a few key tasks before your home hits the market. Although these tips from can’t guarantee a speedy sale, they definitely won’t hurt your chances of securing a... Read more
November 27, 2017 in Blog

What Happens When a One-of-a-Kind Home Needs a New Owner?

What Happens When a One-of-a-Kind Home Needs a New Owner?
Sometimes when you’re shopping for a home, you can come across one that truly stands out for some reason. Maybe it’s architecturally significant or in some way conveys a “different” attribute—it might be a castle, church or a fire station that has been converted into one or more living... Read more
November 13, 2017 in Blog

Check These 12 Items Off the To-Do List Before Selling Your Home

Getting ready to put your house on the market? It involves a lot more than just placing a “For Sale” sign in your yard. Before you sell your home, suggests that you make sure you’re prepared by completing these important tasks that are sure to pay off once potential buyers begin... Read more
November 6, 2017 in Blog

Six Things You Should Know Before Buying a Condo

Six Things You Should Know Before Buying a Condo
A condominium allows you to wade into homeownership without adopting the responsibilities of a single-family home. You pay dues to a condo association, which typically handles exterior building maintenance and landscaping. So, you may find you don’t have to worry about painting your window... Read more
October 23, 2017 in Blog

Six Steps for Selling a Home with Pets

Just because you love your pets—whether that be dogs, cats or hamsters—it doesn’t mean that potential buyers want to see those pets (or any evidence of them, for that matter) when they’re looking at a home they’re thinking of buying. Here, offers tips on how... Read more
October 17, 2017 in Blog

How to Use Music to Sell Your Home

Can music really get a buyer in the mood to seal the deal? According to Adrian North, Lorraine Sheridan and Charles Areni, a trio of Australians who tested this theory in 2015, hearing music makes people want to spend more money than if tunes were not present. In other words, music adds more... Read more
October 2, 2017 in Blog

West Coast Home Sellers Cashing in on Record Home Values

Staying in a home longer can net a serious return on investment, especially in some of the nation’s hottest housing markets. That finding comes courtesy of a new Zillow analysis, which shows that U.S. homeowners who lived in their homes for about seven and a half years gained almost... Read more
September 27, 2017 in Blog

Five Ways to Make Your Home Look Larger

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When selling a home, décor choices can impact how large or small a residence appears to potential buyers. Here, the National Association of Realtors offers some simple tips from professional home stagers on how to show off square footage, even when space is tight. 1. Remove heavy drapes Leave... Read more
September 19, 2017 in Blog

Four Questions to Ask Your Partner Before Buying a Home Together

Four Questions to Ask Your Partner Before Buying a Home Together
Buying your first home is exciting, but there’s also some stress that comes with it. A house is a big purchase, and it brings a host of new hurdles beyond the initial price tag. If you’ll be purchasing your first house with your significant other, one way to avoid some of that stress is to have... Read more
September 12, 2017 in Blog

Are You Paying Too Much for a House in Your Neighborhood?

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Sometimes determining how much you should pay for a home can be as simple as looking at the recently sold homes in the neighborhood and considering how your specific lot compares. But if the home you want doesn’t compare so easily with its neighbors—maybe it’s larger or... Read more
September 5, 2017 in Blog

Why Are You Selling? Ten Answers You Should Never Give

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“Why are you selling your house?” might seem like a perfectly innocent question for home buyers to ask, but watch out: If you’re the home seller they’re asking, this is one of the most complicated questions you can answer. The reason? Pretty much any explanation you give is bound to... Read more
August 23, 2017 in Blog

Eight Outdoor Trends That Attract Buyers

Thinking about putting your home on the market? Don’t neglect your outdoor space while making improvements indoors as well. Your home’s exterior and the backyard are important in drawing the eyes of potential buyers and making your home as appealing as possible. Here, RISMedia suggests some... Read more
August 14, 2017 in Blog

The Facts (and Myths) on Down Payments and PMI

Thinking about buying a home and worried about your down payment? You’ve likely heard the rule of thumb about not purchasing a home unless you can put 20 percent down. Before accepting this myth, Freddie Mac suggests doing your homework, weighing the pros and cons regarding your down payment... Read more
August 8, 2017 in Blog

Cut Back on These Seven Outdoor Trends to Help Sell Your Home

If you’re planning to place your home on the market, you’ll want to make sure prospective buyers can picture themselves enjoying the great outdoors. From the wrong trees and shrubs to poor patio lighting and pools, offers seven outdoor trends that experts say you should... Read more
July 31, 2017 in Blog

Three Tips for Selling an Eco-Friendly Home

Eco-friendly features can help a home stand out in a competitive real estate market, especially to environmentally conscious homebuyers. In addition to the promise of lower electric bills, green upgrades such as installing a solar energy system on the roof actually can increase the resale value of... Read more
July 24, 2017 in Blog

Seven Inexpensive Landscaping Ideas That Will Pay Off Later

A home with a gorgeous yard isn’t just easy on the eyes. According to research conducted by Virginia Tech, well-landscaped homes also sell for 5.5 percent to 12.7 percent. The only problem is, professional landscaping costs an average of $3,219, according to But pros aren’t... Read more
July 17, 2017 in Blog

Six Ways to Win a Bidding War

A hot spring market fueled by high demand and low inventory has emerged in 2017. Buyers are doing their best to stay ahead of rising interest rates, but often are confronted with short time frames to view properties and end up competing against multiple offers. Here, U.S. News & World... Read more
July 10, 2017 in Blog

Home Staging Decreases Time on the Market

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Sixty-two percent of sellers’ agents say that staging a home decreases the amount of time a home spends on the market, according to the National Association of Realtors’ 2017 Profile of Home Staging. “Realtors know how important it is for buyers to be able to picture themselves living in... Read more
July 5, 2017 in Blog

Best Home-Improvement Investments

Renovating your home is a numbers game. How much do you have to spend to fix up your home and what will it get you in return? When is it worth it to spend more on high-end finishes to get a better return on investment (ROI)? What are the best renovation projects and features that will appeal to the... Read more
June 27, 2017 in Blog

Seven Steps to Help Choose a School That Fits Your Family

When searching for a new home and neighborhood, school often is one of the most important deciding factors for a family. And there’s more to choosing the right school than test scores. Other considerations also include your child’s overall education experience and commute times. Here, Trulia... Read more
June 21, 2017 in Blog

Four Ways Every Homebuyer Can Save on Title Insurance

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You’ve found your dream home, made an offer and applied for a mortgage. But have you given any thought to the cost of title insurance? This all-important policy usually is purchased as part of closing costs and defends buyers and lenders from future property ownership claims, surprise liens and... Read more