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All Hands On Deck: 6 DIY Projects for You and Your Family Before Winter
Posted by John Hardy - Oct 16, 2020, 10:31 AM
Tired of playing Monopoly during the pandemic? Try adding to your property…
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Does Your Credit Score Matter in Retirement?
Posted by Mike Dein - Oct 14, 2020, 10:37 AM
Most financial experts agree that maintaining good credit is important for…
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What to Expect This Fall, According to the Experts
Posted by John Hardy - Oct 12, 2020, 10:19 AM
In recent months, home sales rose at a record pace. In August, new home…
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Low Down Payment Options: FHA Loan vs. Freddie Mac Home Possible Loan
Posted by Mike Dein - Oct 9, 2020, 10:00 AM
You’ve found the perfect place but there’s one thing standing in between…
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Prepare for Bidding Wars this Fall
Posted by John Hardy - Oct 7, 2020, 9:43 AM
Even though home sales tend to slow down in winter months, ongoing…
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5 Painting Mistakes Amateurs Make
Posted by John Hardy - Oct 5, 2020, 9:35 AM
One of the easiest ways to spruce up your space is to add a fresh coat of…
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4 Things that Happen to Your Finances When You Buy a Home
Posted by Mike Dein - Sep 18, 2020, 10:52 AM
Buying a home impacts your credit score, your savings, and your tax bill,…
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Federal Reserve Announces New Approach to Inflation and Interest Rates
Posted by Mike Dein - Sep 16, 2020, 10:50 AM
Some economists predict it could be years before there is another interest…
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All American Homes Assigned Flood-Risk Score
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 14, 2020, 10:46 AM
First Street Foundation has designed an interactive website to host flood…
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Stay-At-Home Guidance Drives Home Remodeling Boom
Posted by John Hardy - Aug 26, 2020, 10:26 AM
If it seems like you’re hearing a lot of hammer and sawing lately, your…
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What to Expect to Pay for Closing Costs
Posted by Mike Dein - Aug 24, 2020, 9:33 AM
Homeowners who are refinancing an existing loan to save money need to…
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How Unemployment Could Impact Your Ability to Buy a Home
Posted by Mike Dein - Aug 19, 2020, 11:02 AM
Unemployment will impact your ability to buy a home, so you may need to…
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The Truth About Today’s Low Interest Rates
Posted by Mike Dein - Aug 17, 2020, 11:08 AM
While interest rates have generally trended lower, the rate of interest on…
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Private Mortgage Insurance Explained
Posted by Mike Dein - Aug 12, 2020, 10:59 AM
Although some home buyers believe it’s necessary to put down a 20% down…
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Waiting to Buy vs. Buying Now
Posted by John Hardy - Aug 10, 2020, 10:47 AM
Historically low rates have motivated many home buyers across the country,…
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What You Should Know About Buying a Second Home
Posted by Mike Dein - Aug 7, 2020, 10:15 AM
With many Americans flocking to far-flung regions to escape coronavirus…
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What Lower Interest Rates Mean for Your Savings Account
Posted by Mike Dein - Aug 4, 2020, 10:22 AM
While the cost of borrowing money is at an all-time low, savers are earning…
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Sellers Requesting Proof of Preapproval Before Allowing Home Tours
Posted by John Hardy - Jul 31, 2020, 9:31 AM
Shopping for a home in the current market conditions have made pre-approval…
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How Your Down Payment and Your Credit Score Impact a Mortgage
Posted by Mike Dein - Jul 29, 2020, 9:04 AM
The mortgage application process includes an in-depth review of your…
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How to Stretch Your Income if You’ve Been Impacted by the Pandemic
Posted by Mike Dein - Jul 27, 2020, 10:15 AM
With an uncertain road to recovery ahead, Americans are worried about an…
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6 Home Improvement Projects that Won’t Improve Your Home’s Resale Value
Posted by John Hardy - Jul 20, 2020, 9:25 AM
Before you invest your time and money into a home improvement project,…
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Questions to Ask Before You Refinance
Posted by Mike Dein - Jul 16, 2020, 10:06 AM
You may be tempted to lower your monthly payment with a mortgage refinance,…
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Report: It Could Take Up to 21 Years or More to Save a 20% Down Payment
Posted by John Hardy - Jul 14, 2020, 9:13 AM
Although many first-time home buyers believe a 20% down payment is required…
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Nearly 70% of Home Sellers Willing to Accept Lower Offer Price
Posted by Mike Dein - Jul 8, 2020, 10:04 AM
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many moves have been interrupted or…
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Ask the Experts: Saving for Your New Home
Posted by Mike Dein - Jul 3, 2020, 9:11 AM
Want independence from your landlord? You are not alone. With record low…
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Warning: 4 Ways You’re Paying Too Much for Your New Home
Posted by John Hardy - Jun 29, 2020, 10:25 AM
Buying a home is a big investment, you don’t want to spend too much.…
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Over 3 Million Adults Migrate Home During Coronavirus Quarantine
Posted by Mike Dein - Jun 24, 2020, 9:45 AM
Social distancing and staying has caused many companies to shift to…
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How to Sell Your Home this Summer
Posted by John Hardy - Jun 12, 2020, 10:06 AM
Did you delay listing your home because of the coronavirus pandemic? Are…
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Low Mortgage Rates Could Bring Out the Next Wave of Millennial Home Buyers
Posted by Mike Dein - Jun 10, 2020, 10:25 AM
With the home buying and selling season disrupted by the coronavirus…
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Can Breaking Your Lease Hurt Your Credit Score?
Posted by Mike Dein - Jun 8, 2020, 9:16 AM
When you’re faced with the need to break your lease, it’s important to know…
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Making Your New Home Wish List
Posted by John Hardy - Jun 5, 2020, 10:00 AM
If you’ve spent the past months confined to your home, this extra time is a…
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Share of Single American Homeowners Reaches 118-Year High
Posted by Mike Dein - Jun 3, 2020, 9:44 AM
In 2019, single Americans owned 38.4% of US housing stock, the largest…
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Market Forecast May 2020
Posted by Mike Dein - May 28, 2020, 9:44 AM
Mortgage rates have not moved significantly in recent weeks, continuing to…
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Where Home Prices may be Headed Post-Pandemic
Posted by John Hardy - May 27, 2020, 9:31 AM
As states start to reopen, and people go back to work, most Realtors®…
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Former Airbnb Rentals May Soon be For Sale
Posted by John Hardy - May 25, 2020, 9:22 AM
As social distancing continues, many Airbnb owners shift their business…
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Build-to-Rent Neighborhoods Popular Among Property Investors
Posted by Mike Dein - May 13, 2020, 9:36 AM
Investors who buy to sell, buy a home for a low price, improve it and sell…
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Money Moves to Make While Interest Rates are Low
Posted by Mike Dein - May 8, 2020, 8:42 AM
Americans are judging how the economic slowdown will impact their finances.…
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Protect Your Credit Score During the Coronavirus Outbreak
Posted by Mike Dein - May 6, 2020, 9:51 AM
According to a TransUnion survey of over 3,000 people, nearly 60% of…
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Shelter-At-Home Improvement Projects
Posted by John Hardy - Apr 27, 2020, 9:13 AM
Stay-at-home orders have disrupted routines. While isolating, there are…
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Read This Before Your Refinance Your Student Loans
Posted by Mike Dein - Apr 22, 2020, 9:54 AM
Whether or not you could benefit from a loan refinance, may depend on the…
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4 Features That May be Hard to Find in Your Next Home
Posted by John Hardy - Apr 20, 2020, 9:35 AM
Your search for a new home may involve some compromises, especially if you…
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Coronavirus and Unemployment: What You Need to Know
Posted by Mike Dein - Apr 15, 2020, 10:08 AM
Many industries have experienced changes due to the Covid-19 pandemic. If…
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4 Signs Your Home’s Value Is Declining
Posted by John Hardy - Apr 13, 2020, 10:23 AM
Your home could be your biggest investment. Even if you are not planning on…
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Why a Recession Does Not Mean a Housing Crisis
Posted by Mike Dein - Apr 8, 2020, 10:16 AM
As we react to the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, the word “recession”…
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What the $2 Trillion Stimulus Plan Means for You
Posted by Mike Dein - Apr 3, 2020, 11:22 AM
The coronavirus or Covid-19 pandemic has caused a global economic slowdown…
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What to Do If You Can’t Make Your Mortgage or Rent Payment
Posted by Mike Dein - Apr 1, 2020, 10:59 AM
In times of economic stress, many families may be wondering what to do if…
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Why the Fed’s Rate Cut Does Not Mean 0% Mortgage Rates
Posted by Mike Dein - Mar 23, 2020, 10:04 AM
Last Sunday the Federal Reserve cut Federal Funds rates to nearly 0%. It…
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March Market Forecast: Construction Spending, Mortgage Apps, and More
Posted by Mike Dein - Mar 6, 2020, 9:00 AM
Residential construction specifically jumped 1.4% in December, as strong…
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How Paying Off Debt Sets You Up for Financial Success
Posted by Mike Dein - Mar 4, 2020, 8:31 AM
Everyone is trying to spend less and save more, but the key to financial…
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What to Know About Buying a Home Near Water
Posted by John Hardy - Mar 3, 2020, 10:25 AM
Many homeowners are still dealing with last year's flood. Here's some good…
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9 Million Homeowners Could Save with a Refinance
Posted by Mike Dein - Feb 25, 2020, 8:55 AM
On the fence about a refinance? About 9.4 million homeowners could save an…
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Should you look at homes outside your budget?
Posted by John Hardy - Feb 23, 2020, 1:39 PM
Why would you look at homes outside your budget. There are a few reasons…
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What can you do about your debt before you buy a home?
Posted by Mike Dein - Feb 12, 2020, 8:53 AM
When you apply for a mortgage, or any other loan or line of credit, your…
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Caution: What to Know When Buying a Home in Another Country
Posted by John Hardy - Feb 10, 2020, 3:04 PM
Whether you plan to purchase an international vacation home or move abroad…
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How to Accurately Price Your Home for Sale
Posted by John Hardy - Feb 6, 2020, 9:33 AM
Your home has probably appreciated since you bought it but do you know how…
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Home Sellers See Record Profits
Posted by Mike Dein - Feb 3, 2020, 1:14 PM
In 2019, sellers netted an average of $65,500, the highest level in 13…
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4 Housing Trends to Expect in 2020
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 29, 2020, 11:37 AM
The Federal Open Market Committee met for the first time in 2020 and based…
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Market Forecast January 2020
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 24, 2020, 11:02 AM
Market Forecast: FHFA House Price Index, Mortgage Applications, Existing…
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Credit Score Myths You Might Believe
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 17, 2020, 9:45 AM
Typically, a higher credit score shows lenders that you're responsible with…
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Rising Childcare Costs Hurt Homeownership
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 15, 2020, 9:33 AM
A major challenge, when it comes to affording a home, is the high cost of…
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