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How Buyers & Sellers Can Prepare For An Early Start To The Spring Market

How Buyers & Sellers Can Prepare For An Early Start To The Spring Market

Is January the new April? When it comes to the real estate market, experts say yes. Regardless of whether that famous groundhog sees his shadow, a recent article on CNBC suggests spring will arrive early this year-at least when it comes to the housing market. In fact, some are speculating that January may very well...

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Dear Real Estate (A Valentine’s Day Love Letter)

Dear Real Estate (A Valentine's Day Love Letter)

Remember when we first got together? People didn't think we'd last. Maybe they didn't always say it, but they thought it. "You could do so much better. Why would you be a real estate agent?" "What's your back-up plan?" "You should get a real job..." I'm sure they were well-intentioned.

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12 She Sheds Cheryl Should See

12 She Sheds Cheryl Should See

Oh, Cheryl! Our collective hearts melted for you, right along with your she shed. Good thing Zachary from State Farm has your back, though. Thanks to him, you're getting another one! (For those of you living under a rock, this all went down in a commercial - one that's gone quite viral, mind you.

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Going Into The New Year, Consumers Are Optimistic About Home Buying

Going Into The New Year, Consumers Are Optimistic About Home Buying

The most recent Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI) shows that consumers are feeling optimistic about the state of the market-and what it means for the home buying process. The HPSI increased 2.7 points in November to 91.5. That was not only a rebound from the prior month's decline, but also approached the survey's...

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First-Time Homebuyers Finding That They Don’t Need A Large Down Payment

First-Time Homebuyers Finding That They Don't Need A Large Down Payment

Many would-be buyers think that in order to make their dream of homeownership a reality, they need to have 20 percent of the home's purchase price to put down as a down payment. But, that's just not true. The truth is, the vast majority of first-time buyers are buying their homes with significantly less.

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Worried About Qualifying For A Mortgage? It May Be Easier For You Right Now

Worried About Qualifying For A Mortgage? It May Be Easier For You Right Now

Buying a home is a big purchase and most buyers rely on a mortgage in order to pay for one. So, there's good news for would-be homeowners... New data from the Mortgage Bankers Association shows that qualifying for a mortgage has gotten easier for many buyers over the past few months.

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5 Features Home Buyers Are Most Likely To Fight About

5 Features Home Buyers Are Most Likely To Fight About

When you're shopping for a property, you probably have a list of must-have features for your dream home. But when you're shopping for a home with your partner, your list of must-haves and their list of must-haves might not quite align-and those discrepancies can lead to disagreements, arguments, and some good, old-fashioned bickering.

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First Comes House, Then Comes Marriage

First Comes House, Then Comes Marriage - The Best Real Estate Blog

Back in the day, couples rarely lived together before marriage-and they even more rarely purchased a home together before walking down the aisle. But we're not living back in the day, and today, the percentage of couples who live together-and purchase property together-is on the rise.

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Millennials Want To Own Homes, And They’re Willing To Make Sacrifices To Make It Happen

Millennials Want To Own Homes, And They're Willing To Make Sacrifices To Make It Happen

Millennials currently make up the largest share of home buying activity in the US. This generation is set on becoming homeowners-and, according to a recent report, many are willing to make sacrifices in order to turn their dream of homeownership into a reality.

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More First-Time Buyers Finding Home Buying Success

More First-Time Buyers Finding Home Buying Success

For the bulk of 2019, affordability issues and an overall lack of inventory have made purchasing a home challenging-particularly for first-time buyers. But it looks like the market is starting to shift. According to Genworth Mortgage Insurance's recent First-Time Homebuyer Market Report, first-time buyers made up 39 percent of all buyers in the single-family market,...

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4 Questions to Ask Yourself When Considering a Mother-in-Law Suite

4 Questions to Ask Yourself When Considering a Mother-in-Law Suite

There's many reasons why you might be considering having your mother-in-law (or your mom) move in with you. Perhaps it's for health reasons. Maybe it's due to finances. Or, it could just be that you all want to be closer to each other. There's no single definition of what comprises a mother-in-law suite.

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The BEST Way To Be “Superdad” For Your Children During Their Home-Buying Experience

The BEST Way To Be "Superdad" For Your Children During Their Home-Buying Experience

So your kid is out there looking to buy a house. You think to yourself, "I know she's not a 'kid' anymore..." But...she's still your kid. It's hard to just stand by and watch. You want to step in and make sure she doesn't make a mistake, or spend too much.

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Odd Shaped Lot? No Worries. Just Build a Home Shaped Like THIS! (13 Pics)

Odd Shaped Lot? No Worries. Just Build a Home Shaped Like THIS! (13 Pics)

Ever hear of the tiny home movement? It's changing the way we think about utilize space. In a world where populations keep growing, and resources require room for regeneration, the concepts used to conserve space while providing comfort and utility are key. Mizuishi Architect Atelier is pushing the envelope on tiny homes.

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This College Kid Was Tired Of Paying Rent, So He Built Himself A Tiny House

This College Kid Was Tired Of Paying Rent, So He Built Himself A Tiny House

Ah, to be a student! Filling one's mind with higher (hopefully) knowledge, networking with future comrades in the game of life, and having adventures which will provide nostalgia for years to come. That said, all of this glory can easily be overshadowed by one thing: student loan debt.

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House Hunting and Renovation TV Shows – Fun Facts and Dirty Little Secrets

House Hunting and Renovation TV Shows - Fun Facts and Dirty Little Secrets

Photo licensed under Creative Commons. Television channels like HGTV and DIY have truly changed residential real estate for the better. Thanks to these channels, buyers and sellers today are more educated about their homes' structures, décor, and remodeling costs. Everybody's expectations are higher and most buyers and sellers' creativity is too.

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Go to Favorites Here’s A Typical Open House. Except It’s A Haunted House Prank. And People Totally Lose Their Minds

Here's A Typical Open House. Except It's A Haunted House Prank. And People Totally Lose Their Minds.

Who said that real estate agents don't have a sense of humor?! In this video, several potential buyers are taken through a beautiful home under the guise of a typical showing. What they don't realize is that it's the original house used for the "Paranormal Activity" film.

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Is Shiplap Still ‘See’-Worthy?

Is Shiplap Still 'See'-Worthy?

Over the last few years shiplap has been making waves as one of the most popular materials to incorporate in home decor. From walls and ceilings to wainscoting and focal points above the fireplace, you've probably seen these wide wooden panels all over the house. Previously used as exterior siding in the building of barns,...

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Prices Of New Houses Fall As Builders Add More Entry-Level Homes

Prices Of New Houses Fall As Builders Add More Entry-Level Homes

One of the biggest challenges for would-be homeowners in recent years has been the lack of diversity of homes. Cities and towns across the country have seen a lack of starter or entry-level homes, making it more difficult for new or first-time homebuyers to enter the market.

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Home Sellers: Appeal To First Time Buyers By Knowing What They’re Looking For In A Home

Home Sellers: Appeal To First Time Buyers By Knowing What They're Looking For In A Home

Everyone has a different idea of the "perfect" starter home. But there are some home features that are more popular with first-time homebuyers than others-and if you're thinking about selling your home, it's important you know what, exactly, those features are. A recent survey from home insurance resource Clovered found that the features first-time buyers...

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