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Homeowners have 44.5 Times the Net Worth of Renters

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The Federal Reserve Board’s Triennial Survey of Consumer Finances recently revealed the net worth of a homeowner was $231,400 compared to $5,200 for a renter.  The net worth of homeowners increased 15% from 2013 to 2016 while renters’ decreased by 5%. Appreciation and principal reduction are the two dynamics that affect a homeowner’s equity.  Each

You May Be Able To Gift a Portion Of Your Home!

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There is a little-known mortgage program that could provide the vehicle for the right person to get into a home.  If a person sells their home to another for less than the fair market value, the difference in the appraised value and the sales price is considered a gift of equity for the buyer. FHA

The Home Buying Process!

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It may be natural for first-time buyers to be unsure of the process of buying a home because they haven’t been through it before but even repeat buyers need to know changes that have taken place since the financial housing crisis. The steps in the home buying process are predictable and generally follow the same

Make the Imperfect, PERFECT with a 203(K) Loan

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It’s been said that if you can find a home that has most of what you want, you should go ahead and purchase it.  Many first-time buyers are using everything they have for a down payment and closing costs and would have to “live” with the less than perfect home until they can save the

Finding the Right Home is Still the Biggest Challenge – But Get Pre-Approved to Buy!

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Finding the right home is still the biggest challenge buyers are faced with in today’s market as is shown in the latest Confidence Index Survey.  Assuming the buyers find the “right” home with determination, perseverance and the help of a real estate professional, 88% of all transactions last year required financing to get the buyer’s

It Still Makes Great Sense (Cents) to Buy

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When the standard deduction for married couples filing jointly was increased from $12,700 to $24,000 for 2018, there was some speculation that the bloom was off the rose of homeownership.  The thought was that if the tax benefits from being able to deduct the property taxes and interest was less than the standard deduction, that

Retire Mortgage Free – Mortgage Acceleration Program

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It may be an all too common belief that a person will have a house payment and a car payment for the rest of their lives.  However, with a plan and some determination, you can be mortgage free. Planning for retirement is obviously important and many times, an activity plagued by procrastination.  Some homeowners’ goal

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No one wants to waste water or money.  For that reason, take a few minutes every other month to do the following inspections: Check to see if cutoff valves on sinks and toilets are working properly. Many times, builders will put individual cutoffs on supply lines to sinks and toilets.  It is reasonable to expect

Moisture is Mold’s Best Friend!

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Moisture is mold’s best friend and it thrives between 40 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit which is why it is commonly found in homes.  Mold spores float in the air and can grow on virtually any substance with moisture including tile, wood, drywall, paper, carpet, and food. Moisture control and eliminating water problems are key to

What You Need to Know Before Buying a New Home

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What You Need to Know Before Buying a New Home Ready to buy your own home and start living in absolute independence? Great! There are few things better than having your own piece of property to enjoy. However, before you head to the bank and take out the most important loan you’ll ever have, it’s
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