4 Ways to Pay Off Your Mortgage Early

Thursday, January 18th, 2018
Brett Murray

By Dana Dratch

If you can afford it, it might be simple to pay off your mortgage earlier. But should you? That’s a complicated question.

Homeowners with low mortgage rates may be better off putting extra money in a Roth IRA or 401(k), both of which might offer a higher return than paying off the mortgage.

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9 Ways to Save for a Down Payment

Thursday, January 11th, 2018
Brett Murray

By Kay Bell

You’ve found the perfect house. Interest rates are still low. There’s just one thing standing between you and your dream home: a down payment.

Don’t abandon your homeownership dreams just yet. Here are nine ways to come up with the cash for your new home.

Pay Off Your Credit Cards

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5 Essential Home-Buying Considerations

Thursday, January 4th, 2018
Brett Murray

By Cheryl Knight

Buying a house is a life-changing process that requires lots of upfront financial planning.

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act - What it Means for Real Estate

Friday, December 22nd, 2017
Brett Murray

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) worked throughout the tax reform process to preserve the existing tax benefits of homeownership and real estate investment, as well to ensure as many real estate professionals as possible would benefit from proposed tax cuts. Many of the changes reflected in the final bill were the result of the engagement of NAR and its members, not only in the last three months, but over several years.

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Why You Should Be Working With Renters

Thursday, December 7th, 2017
Brett Murray


Commentary by Mark Mathis 

As a real estate agent, you know a steady stream of leads is the only way to keep your business moving; however, many agents shy away from rental leads because they believe they aren’t worth the time or investment. The only tool that allows you to timestamp the lifecycle of a customer, rental leads can be a great way to increase your client list. The best part about rental leads is that most agents aren’t focusing on them, so it opens a new, untapped market. If you put these tips to the test and find your business thriving, you may have found your niche.

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How to Sell a Vacant Home in the Off-Season

Thursday, November 30th, 2017
Brett Murray

By Megan Wild

There's a reason that spring and summer are the major seasons for selling houses. Most people want to move at a time that allows them to be settled by the fall, when kids go back to school and daylight shortens.

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5 Smells That Sell Houses

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017
Brett Murray

What’s that smell? The sense of smell is the strongest of all the senses to connect buyers to a home. While a bad smell can really deter buyers, a good smell can tempt buyers to a sale. From “green” scents to seasonal scents, discover the right smells for triggering positive emotions and home sales.

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Get Ahead of Home Maintenance Before the Holidays

Thursday, November 16th, 2017
Brett Murray

Twenty-four percent of home contractors recently surveyed by American Home Shield (AHS) reported Thanksgiving as the busiest holiday season for repairs and service. Get ahead of home maintenance with these tips from AHS:

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5 Life Hacks Using Smart Home Devices

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
Brett Murray

By Jonathan Deesing

Clean floors and fresh java are hardly the coolest things you can get from using smart devices like robotic vacuums and automatic coffee makers in your home. Whether you’re already benefitting from smart devices or not, here are some unexpected ways you can harness this smart tech to spice up your home.

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FEMA Update: Program extended until December 8th

Thursday, October 26th, 2017
Brett Murray

For those who have been in the business for more than five years, you are no stranger to the situation we are about to face regarding the crisis that the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is facing. Prior to the previous five year commitment, we faced several years of short term extensions and now we are right back where we started with an abreviated extension of the current program which will cease on December 8th, 2017.

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