Will Your Current House Fit Your Needs In Retirement?

Thursday, October 11th, 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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A Closer Look at Online Home Value Estimates

Thursday, September 20th, 2018
Denise Rivers

Consumers who are seriously in the home-buying and -selling market should be mindful of a variety of competing home price estimators. Solely relying on just one price estimate is likely to skew the views of what a particular property will actually transact for. When it comes to online home value estimates, however, the No. 1 caveat for consumers is that these estimates are not a substitute for formal appraisals, comparative market analyses and the in-depth expertise of real estate professionals. Nonetheless, it is important to know the different sources of automated valuation models (or AVMs) and home value estimates available online, so that you can help clients and potential clients understand these estimates in their proper context.

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Student loan debt is one of the biggest factors impacting millennials’ ability to purchase a home. According to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), 80 percent of millennials do not own a home, and, of that, 83 percent say student loan debt is impacting their ability to buy. Millennials expect to be delayed from home-buying for a median of seven years, the NAR research shows.

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How Long Do Most Families Live In A House?

Thursday, July 26th, 2018
Denise Rivers

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) keeps historical data on many aspects of homeownership. One of their data points, which has changed dramatically, is the median tenure of a family in a home, meaning how long a family stays in a home prior to moving.

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Homes More Affordable Today Than 1985-2000

Thursday, July 19th, 2018
Denise Rivers

Rising home prices have many concerned that the average family will no longer be able to afford the most precious piece of the American Dream – their own home.

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So, you’ve been searching for that perfect house to call a ‘home,’ and you’ve finally found it! The price is right, and in such a competitive market, you want to make sure that you make a great offer so that you can guarantee that your dream of making this house yours comes true!

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Common Home-Buying Mistakes People Make at Every Age

Thursday, May 31st, 2018
Denise Rivers

No matter the age or life stage, everyone makes mistakes when it comes to home-buying.

Whether it’s picking the wrong location or buying more house than you can afford, the mistakes are often universal, says Ilyce Glink, author of “100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask.”

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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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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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6 Key Qualities to Look for in a Real Estate Agent

Thursday, March 15th, 2018
Denise Rivers

Finding a real agent to assist you with the process of buying or selling a home is a big decision that should not be taken lightly. Picking the right agent can save you lots of time, money, and unnecessary stress. On the other hand, picking the wrong agent can cost you BIG, and even have long-term consequences.

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