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Boomerang Buyers

It’s estimated that 10% of the homes sold in 2013 will be to buyers who lost a home in the past five years.  Approximately 500,000 buyers who may have thought they wouldn’t own a home anytime in the near future will be homeowners again. It’s estimated that several million of these previous homeowners will purchase […]

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It It Shows Better… – 3/26/2013

If it shows better, it will probably sell faster and maybe for more money. Once your home is on the market, it’s time to look at it like a commodity and through the eyes of potential buyers. In all likelihood, you’ll need to take care of these items eventually, so do them now to help it […]

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Maintaining Comfort

Some people refer to the heating and air conditioning systems as the “comfort systems.”  If you’ve ever had to be without one in the dead of winter or the heat of summer, lack of comfort may be an understatement.  Simple maintenance with a HVAC checklist is something that every homeowner can perform. Periodically  Change your filter […]

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Home Prices Are Down but Mortgage Costs Are Heading Up!

The 3.5% down payment on FHA loans could be more expensive for buyers than expected. Beginning April 1, 2013, the mortgage insurance premium will go up by .1% to 1.35% which may not even be noticeable to most would-be homeowners. The staggering increase will occur on 6/3/2013 when FHA’s policy on the duration of the […]

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Is Real Estate Turning the Corner?

Low inventories do indicate a trend however, low inventory is a relative term depending on how you’re comparing it.  Would the comparison be to total number of homes on the market last year, homes in a certain price range or homes in a certain area?  In some situations, it’s a combination of all of those […]

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Is it better to RENT or BUY?

Of course you expect a Real Estate agent to tell you yes, it’s better to own a home than to rent a home. Well I am a real estate agent and I willl be the first one to tell you that this isn’t true for everyone. If you can’t pay your cell phone bill on time this article […]

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Sooner is Better than Later

Buyers who have delayed purchasing a home due to concerns about what might happen to the tax laws affecting home ownership should feel comfortable about getting back in the market. The recent legislation passed by Congress and signed by the President continues to value homes as a favored investment. For a summary of specific real […]

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FHA soon to Cost Borrowers More! A lot more!

FHA has announced a major change to its loan program which allows borrowers to cancel the mortgage insurance premium (MIP) when their unpaid balance reaches 78% of the original purchase price. While no specific date has been set for the change, sometime in 2013, new FHA loans will require the mortgage insurance for the life […]

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Dripping Dollars

Conserving water to be green while lowering your monthly bill to save green is a beneficial combination. Little things can contribute significantly to a large water bill. Leaky faucets can waste over 1,000 gallons a year Leaky toilets can waste 7,000 gallons a month A five-minute shower saves more water than a tub bath Water […]

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