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Sep
2016
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Mortgage cheat sheet for Realtors®

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Clients shopping their mortgage options? Share our helpful infographic! This simplified starting point may clue them into a financing avenue they’ve overlooked—potentially boosting their buying power. Select each section of the infographic to read more about FHA loans, conventional or Jumbo loans, USDA loans or VA loans. Ultimately, the best resource for loan information is …

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Jun
2016
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How to help military homebuyers

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Buying a home presents a few extra challenges for active-duty servicemen and women, but it also offers some unique advantages—the opportunity to build equity while using a tax-free Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), for example. Armed with a little information, your military client’s experience doesn’t have to be much different from the average homebuyer’s.   …

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May
2016
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Why sell new homes? Lower insurance premiums!

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Are your clients weighing new and resale homes in their search? Clue them in on this lesser-known benefit of buying new: newly built homes typically have lower insurance premiums than older homes.   Many factors are used to determine homeowners insurance rates, including the home’s location, risk factors (e.g., swimming pools and trampolines on the …

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Apr
2016
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5 tax-time conversation starters

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Talking taxes with your clients can be tricky—after all, federal and state tax laws can change at any time—but that doesn’t mean you should stay mum on one of homeownership’s great financial advantages. Here are just five tax-related topics that could interest your clients: Some costs associated with buying a home may be tax deductible, …

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Mar
2016
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How to help a “boomerang buyer”

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Boomerang buyers—former homeowners looking to reenter the market after having been sidelined by foreclosure or bankruptcy—can be a great demographic for expanding your client base. Oftentimes credit-impacted buyers feel adrift navigating their way back to homeownership, and an agent with the right expertise can prove invaluable. To position yourself for success, check out these beginning …

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Mar
2016
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Good reads for real estate agents

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If you’ve enjoyed Homebased, be sure to check out our sister blog for homebuyers, Homeward! Recent stories include…   Prepping your home for a real estate photographer This article may help you coach your clients for the day of their photo shoot. Let us be the ones to tell them to pack away their knickknacks …

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Jan
2016
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Why sell new homes? Minimal maintenance!

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When your clients think about buying a brand-new home, advantages such as choosing their neighborhood, floor plan, homesite and options may spring to mind (it’s all about the personalization!). They may also relish the idea of being the very first occupant(s) in the fresh, clean space. But there’s another big benefit that many buyers may …

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Dec
2015
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How to help a first-time buyer

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As a real estate professional, you’re probably well aware of the potential equity and tax benefits renters could be missing out on, but they might not understand them. That’s why some renters who could benefit today from homeownership still remain on the fence. Even when they decide to jump in the market, everything about the …

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