The Key to Buying a Second Home

Thursday, May 10th, 2018
Denise Rivers

If you’ve been thinking about buying a second home, now is a good time to take the leap. Mortgage rates are still historically low.

But there are some vital things to do before you start shopping. Follow these steps to make buying a second home a smooth process:

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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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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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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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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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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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What Can Sellers Do to Prepare for a Home Inspection?

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
Brett Murray

Buddy Stark

Completing these quick and easy tasks before beginning the selling process will help reduce stress and save your clients valuable time during the home-selling process.

Clean the House

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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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