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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How Much Do You Know About Your Credit Score?

Thursday, February 1st, 2018
Brett Murray

By Barbara Pronin

While your credit score affects everything from your ability to buy a car or a home to how much interest you will pay on the loan, many people don’t know how these scores are calculated or what impacts them positively or negatively.

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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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5 Essential Home-Buying Considerations

Thursday, January 4th, 2018
Brett Murray

By Cheryl Knight

Buying a house is a life-changing process that requires lots of upfront financial planning.

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act - What it Means for Real Estate

Friday, December 22nd, 2017
Brett Murray

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) worked throughout the tax reform process to preserve the existing tax benefits of homeownership and real estate investment, as well to ensure as many real estate professionals as possible would benefit from proposed tax cuts. Many of the changes reflected in the final bill were the result of the engagement of NAR and its members, not only in the last three months, but over several years.

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Rehab a House on a Budget

Thursday, September 21st, 2017
Julie Morrow

Before commencing a real estate rehab, it’s important for investors to first understand the intricacies of such an undertaking. First off, there are three categories of rehabs: personal rehab, rental rehab and a fix and flip. This is important for investor to comprehend, as each approach will differ in how profits are made, as well as the costs that go into the project.

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Four Reasons to Buy a Home this Fall

Thursday, September 14th, 2017
Julie Morrow

Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today, instead of waiting.

CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index reports that home prices have appreciated by 6.7% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 5.0% over the next year.

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Home staging offers a distinct advantage for sellers: a speedy sale.

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Transform Your Front Porch

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

The lazy days of summer are peak season for front-porch sitting. But if your porch doesn’t quite match the iconic image of lazily rocking with a tall glass of lemonade, it may be time for a little design refresh.

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Your house is likely to be the biggest investment you make in your entire life. Whether you're planning to sell it or you're there for the long haul, it is important to take care of your investment. As any real estate agent will tell you, the first thing people notice about your home is the exterior. You need strong curb appeal to make a good first impression.

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