The results of the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia show that homeownership remains cheaper than renting, with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage, in 98 of the 100 largest metro areas in the United States.

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You Need An Agent Who Will Always Put You First

Thursday, December 20th, 2018
Denise Rivers

Whether you are a rookie homebuyer or have gone through the process many times, having a local real estate expert who is well versed in the neighborhood you are looking to move to, as well as the trends of that area, should be your goal while home shopping.

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Millennials Are Skipping Starter Homes For Their Dream Homes

Thursday, December 6th, 2018
Denise Rivers

A new trend has begun to emerge. With home prices skyrocketing in the starter home category, many first-time homebuyers are skipping the traditional starter homes and moving right into their dream homes.

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Parents Say Kids’ Opinions Matter Big When Buying A Home

Thursday, November 15th, 2018
Denise Rivers

A recent survey conducted by Harris Poll and released by SunTrust Mortgage found that “55% of homeowners with a child under the age of 18 at the time when they purchased their home said that the opinion of their offspring played a major role in their home buying decision.”

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VA Loans: Making A Home For The Brave Possible

Thursday, November 8th, 2018
Denise Rivers

Since the creation of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Home Loans Program, over 22 million veterans have achieved the American Dream of homeownership. Many veterans do not know the details of the program and therefore do not take advantage of the benefits available to them.

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Are You Wondering If You Can Buy Your First Home?

Thursday, November 1st, 2018
Denise Rivers

There are many people sitting on the sidelines trying to decide if they should purchase a home or sign a rental lease. Some might wonder if it makes sense to purchase a house before they get married or start a family, some might think they are too young, and still, some others might think their current incomes would never enable them to qualify for a mortgage.

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Buying or selling a house is both exhilarating and overwhelming. With change on the horizon, you may be wondering what you need to do first to help you land your dream home in an ample amount of time. It isn’t unusual for homebuyers and sellers alike to go online to search for their next home or see what their current one is worth; often, Zillow is one of the first sites visited.

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4 REAL Reasons Why We Buy A Home!

Thursday, October 25th, 2018
Denise Rivers

We often talk about why it makes financial sense to buy a home, but more often than not, the emotional reasons are the more powerful or compelling ones.

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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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