Why 5% Mortgage Rates Are Still a Ways Off

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Why 5% Mortgage Rates Are Still a Ways Off

Why 5% Mortgage Rates Are Still a Ways Off

Whether you like it or not, mortgage interest rates are a big driver of the housing market. We’ve been spoiled with ultra-low rates the past few years, with many experts predicting that 2014 would be the year of 5% rates. They were wrong. Furthermore, we’re not going to be seeing 5% mortgage rates anytime soon… Read More

Should You Buy a Townhome?

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Should You Buy a Townhome?

Should You Buy a Townhome?

Single-family home? Apartment rental? Co-op? Condo? When you are considering which type of home is best for you, it is easy to get overwhelmed. New homeowners may find that townhomes offer a middle ground between expensive single-family homes and less-private condominium units. Before you make the decision to buy a townhouse, check out the advantages… Read More

Is 2015 the Year to Sell Your House?

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Is 2015 the Year to Sell Your House?

Is 2015 the Year to Sell Your House?

Home price gains are slowing, credit is thawing and more first-time buyers may be hitting the real estate market in 2015. Better balance in the housing sector is “in” next year, as far as trends go. That’s likely to put buyers and sellers on a more even footing. Some prospective sellers sound especially bullish on… Read More

5 States Where Home Repossessions Are on the Rise

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5 States Where Home Repossessions Are on the Rise

5 States Where Home Repossessions Are on the Rise

Foreclosure activity in the U.S. increased from September to October, driven mostly by a jump in scheduled foreclosure auctions and homes repossessed by lenders. RealtyTrac’s monthly foreclosure report shows changes in foreclosure activity — default notices, bank repossessions and scheduled auctions of residential properties — across the country, on a state level and in the… Read More

4 Unconventional Homes You Can Buy & How to Do It

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4 Unconventional Homes You Can Buy & How to Do It

4 Unconventional Homes You Can Buy & How to Do It

Looking to purchase real estate other than a traditional cookie-cutter single-family home? If you’ve ever been told you can’t get residential mortgage financing on a certain type of property, think again. As challenging as it may be to get a loan for an alternative property type, it can be done. 1. Manufactured Homes Considered to… Read More

3 Signs You Shouldn’t Buy a Home

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3 Signs You Shouldn’t Buy a Home

3 Signs You Shouldn’t Buy a Home

Buying a home will be one of the biggest purchases of your life. When you’re ready to make the commitment, it can be an incredibly rewarding experience. But timing is important. Purchasing before you are financially and emotionally ready can lead to tough financial choices in the future. Instead, choose the path of responsible homeownership… Read More

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