How Can You Use Home Equity?

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Many homeowners have heard that homeownership is a great investment. However, knowing why and how is a different story. This is especially pertinent when it comes to home equity, which is often a homeowner’s largest financial asset, and can make up over half of their net worth. But how can you use your equity to your advantage?

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By Damien Justus

Thanks to Reality TV, you can see people buying houses and flipping them for profit on cable television and even your local public network. While some of these shows tell you how much the people spend on each segment, others show this process as a seamless task that can be completed with almost no troubles. Experts come in to demolish the site overnight and the host gets to shop for trendy, beautiful replacements. Almost like magic, a new house appears, a huge amount of money is earned and everyone walks away happy.

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By Jessica Thiefels

It's an amazing neighborhood, the price is right—but is the house your dream home?

That's the ultimate question, and there's no one correct answer or even a single way to determine that.

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It's a good time to be a seller.

Home sellers in 2016 saw the highest profits since 2007, averaging a 21 percent gain, or $38,206, according to ATTOM Data Solutions' Year-End 2016 U.S. Home Sales Report. Sellers in San Jose and San Francisco, Calif. saw the highest gain, at 69 percent, as well as those in Santa Rosa, Calif., at 52 percent, Los Angeles, Calif., at 49 percent, and Seattle, Wash., at 48 percent.

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ATTOM Data Solutions analyzed the numbers and found that over a span of 16 years and more than 50 million single family and condos sales, February is the best month for home buying bargains, and eight of the top 10 best days for buying a home are in February.

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Q: When is the best time to refinance?

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Many people flock to refinance while mortgage interest rates are low, particularly when rates are two percentage points below their existing home loans.

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Financial Safety Tips to College Students

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Fall starts soon, and college students are making new friends and finding a sea of opportunities. And while many of those opportunities will lead to bright futures, there are some that college students should remain vigilant of—especially when it comes to offering up their bank or personal information.

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August 2015 Newsletter

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

HOMESELLING TIPS

Consider a Professional Stager

“You never get a second chance to make a great first impression.”

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July 2015 Newsletter

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Stay connected with market conditions, buyer's and seller's advise and real estate news from your local market expert.

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Should you lock in the mortgage rate?

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Q: Is it smart to lock in the mortgage rate?

A: The interest rate market is constantly fluctuating and often experiences quick, unexpected movements. Locking in a mortgage rate with a lender can offer protection from the time your lock is confirmed to the day it expires.

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