Buying a Home

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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Buying a Home

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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Local Stories

Best Places to Live: The Sunbelt

April 1, 2013

Is it time to hang up the snow shovel? If you’re planning to retire this year, or just looking for a second home somewhere sunny, this could be your last winter scraping windshields. Here are our four picks for escaping the frozen north: Tucson, AZ. Named one of the best (and sunniest) places to retire by CNN Money, Forbes, MSN Money, and US News & World Reports, Tucson is a natural choice. 350 days of sunshine a year, acres of golf courses, miles of trails…

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Buying a Home

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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Financing & Insuring

How Much House Can I Afford?

February 25, 2013

Attractive interest rates, news of rising home values and tight rental markets have many Americans daydreaming about a new home. If you’re one of them, you may be surprised by how much home you can afford—and how easy it can be to find out. Step 1: Review your budget. If you don’t already have a budget, write down all of your regular expenses and determine what kind of payment you feel comfortable making every month. Need a budget worksheet to help you get started? There’s…

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