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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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Cyber Shopping Tips for Finding Your Dream Home

December 3, 2012

There was a time when buyers doing a real estate search turned to the newspaper to find their next home. No longer. With sites such as NewHomeSource.com, Zillow.com and Trulia.com, cyber shopping is the new norm in real estate. When it’s your turn to “move on,” we hope you follow these quick tips for finding your dream home online: Start with a broad search first. Many real estate sites offer advanced search criteria options, but we recommend starting with the must-haves like price point, number…

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Building Your Dream Home: Matching Your Home Site to Your Floor Plan

October 9, 2012

As you’re making your final home site and floor plan selections, it’s important to consider how the two fit together. Ask yourself these questions as you narrow down your options:  Where’s the light?  If you’re looking forward to breakfast in a nook that’s filled with morning sunlight, you might want to choose a home site that gives that room southern or southeastern exposure. The same goes for your backyard patio; southern exposure will make it sunnier, northern exposure will keep it shadier. Live in a…

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