5 Home Inspection Mistakes Buyers and Sellers Make

Thursday, May 24th, 2018
Denise Rivers

 A home inspection is an assessment of a home’s condition. Home inspectors not only identify problems with houses; they can give buyers information that will help them with the upkeep.

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According to a newly released study by ATTOM Data Solutions, selling your home in the month of May will net you an average of 5.9% above estimated market value for your home.

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Selling your Home Without an Agent Could Cost you BIG

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018
Denise Rivers

Selling your home without a real estate agent may sound tempting, especially when the thought is to pocket the money from what would have been your agent's commission fees. However, the truth of the matter is not using an agent can often cause you to lose money--a lot of it. 

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There is no doubt that the price of a home in most regions of the country is greater now than at any time in history. However, when we look at the cost of a home, it is cheaper to own today than it has been historically.

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NOT Owning Your Home Can Cost You A Lot Of Money!

Thursday, April 5th, 2018
Denise Rivers

Owning a home has great financial benefits, yet many continue to rent! Today, let’s look at the financial reasons why owning a home of your own has been a part of the American Dream for as long as America has existed.

Realtor.com recently reported that:

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By Ryan Fitzgerald

There are many economic variables to consider when selling your home when interest rates are rising. If that’s the only changing economic variable, you’re generally going to see a negative impact on both home sales and home prices. This means as interest rates rise, the buyer pool for your home is going to shrink.

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7 Factors To Consider When Choosing A Home To Retire In

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018
Denise Rivers

As more and more baby boomers enter retirement age, the question of whether or not to sell their homes and move will become a hot topic. In today’s housing market climate, with low available inventory in the starter and trade-up home categories, it makes sense to evaluate your home’s ability to adapt to your needs in retirement.

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By Robin Saks Frankel

With housing inventory far lower than demand and mortgage rates poised to rise, it’s going to be a competitive market for homebuyers this spring.

If you’re looking to buy a home this season, here’s how to prepare yourself to enter the fray. 

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6 Tax Breaks for Pet Owners You Can Actually Get

Thursday, March 1st, 2018
Brett Murray

By Beverly Bird

You love your pet—he’s like your child, after all—but the IRS doesn’t quite see it that way. The IRS takes the position that the money you spend on Fido or Fluffy is generally a personal expense. Your pet gives you pleasure like that latte you bought on your way to work this morning, but just like your cup of coffee isn’t tax deductible, neither is your pet.

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This article explains the four most common valuation methods used for real property transactions and how and when they are used. It’s important to note that the methods below are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Lenders, servicers, investors, and other professionals use one or more of these valuation methods, depending on circumstances and the type of transaction. Often, one valuation method is used to confirm or quality-check the results of another.

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