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Choosing a Website for Your New Home Search

March 6, 2015

So you’re in the market for a new home…now what? The first step is starting your online search. It’s important to discover what homes are selling for in your area before you set up a budget and scope out potential neighborhoods. But which website do you choose? Here’s a rundown of a few of the top choices: Zillow Great for market research & pulling comparables Whether you have an agent or not, there are those buyers who want to do the research themselves. If you’re…

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Why Renters are Becoming Homebuyers in 2015

February 26, 2015

2015 is shaping up to be a great year for first-time homebuyers, as the real estate market continues to enjoy a resurgence in new homes built, coupled with exciting new breaks designed to make homeownership more affordable. To get the full scoop, check out these four reasons renters are making the leap to homeownership in 2015. THE RETURN OF 3% DOWN PAYMENTS ON CONVENTIONAL LOANS In fall 2014, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac each announced a decrease in down payments required on some conventional loans…

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Best Places to Live: American Fork, Utah

September 25, 2014

Located just 15 miles northwest of Provo and 30 miles south of Salt Lake City, American Fork seamlessly blends small-town charm with big-city amenities. The steadily growing city, which is primarily situated east of I-15, was named one of the Top 100 places to live in the U.S. by Money Magazine. And we wholeheartedly agree. Read on to learn why A.F. (that’s what the locals call it!) is the newest addition to our Best Places to Live Series. SHOPPING, DINING & COMMERCE American Fork, which…

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Best Places to Live: Williamstown, New Jersey

August 12, 2014

Located in an area chock-full of fascinating American history and surrounded by natural beauty, New Jersey’s Williamstown is the latest addition to our Best Places to Live series. Find out what should catch your eye about this increasingly popular hotspot. NATURE & RECREATION In practically all directions, Williamstown boasts amazing options for enjoying the outdoors, including hiking, boating, camping and wildlife observation. For a start, check out these beautiful destinations:   Wharton State Forest Get lost exploring the state park system’s largest swath of land. In addition…

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Outdoor Fun in Southwest Vegas

July 5, 2014

Las Vegas may rank among America’s top vacation destinations, but a growing number of folks are doubling down and settling down in the breathtaking desert oasis. Although it’s known for its casinos, hotels and over-the-top entertainment, many singles, couples and families are realizing that Vegas is, in fact, an outdoor lover’s paradise that offers a whole lot more than poker chips along the legendary Strip. Why are so many families planting roots in southwest Vegas? The reasons are countless. However, it’s a safe bet that…

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