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“Find Me a Builder!” How to Find Your Homebuilder Match

May 2, 2013

Buying a new home? Before you sign on with a home builder, make sure you’ve found the right match. Not all builders have the same priorities. The first step is to identify your buying style! Which description below best describes you and your family? THE LOCATION-BASED BUYER You know the zip codes and you’re very aware of the real estate climate in your area. Whether it’s the commute you love, area amenities or the school district, location is your number one priority. You may even…

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Pinterest for Real Estate

April 15, 2013

When you think of house hunting online, sites like Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com probably spring to mind. Our new favorite resource? Pinterest! Pinterest for homebuyers: One of the most popular categories on Pinterest is Home Décor. Homeowners and aspiring homeowners love to collect decorating ideas into a Dream Home board, whether they’re in the market for a new home or not. Even if this kind of hobby isn’t for you, you may want to try it out if you’re house hunting. Why? Pinning can help…

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3 Ways to Take Advantage of the Current Housing Market

April 8, 2013

Have you read the positive housing market news lately? From many accounts, the economy seems to be on the road to recovery. But the question remains: Is now a good time to buy a new home? There are positive aspects to every market. Here’s how to take advantage of what’s happening now: 1. Secure a mortgage before rates rise (even more) Interest rates are on the rise, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to hold off. Rates are still much lower than in previous decades.…

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5 Steps to Get Out of the Rental Market (and Into Your Dream Home!)

March 13, 2013

With rent skyrocketing in many areas, renters are asking themselves “Would it be cheaper to buy a home?” In many cases the answer is yes! Research the rental market in your city and weigh your options. If you’re ready to stop renting and start building equity, here are some quick tips to get you into a home sooner: 1. Save, save, save If you’re planning to stop renting and buy a home, you’ll need to save for a down payment. The amount of the down…

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Buying in a Low Inventory Housing Market

January 7, 2013

If you’re keeping tabs on real estate news, you know we’re in a low inventory housing market. There are fewer homes for sale and the competition for the best homes can be fierce. For the first time in years, bidding wars are making a comeback in many markets. Despite these challenges, now is still a great time to buy a home. Interest rates are low and prices have yet to skyrocket back to where they were in 2005 when things were really booming. But how…

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