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2016 

There are many benefits to homeownership. One of the top ones is being able to protect yourself from rising rents and lock in your housing cost for the life of your mortgage.Don’t Become TrappedJonathan Smoke, Chief Economist at realtor.com, reported on what he calls a “Rental Affordability Crisi...
08/30/2016
Moving is one of the most stressful activities there is. It's true - experts put it right up there with getting married - and divorced - and remodeling a house. If you're getting ready to move or are in the process of buying or selling a house, you may have been thinking about the unpacking and t...
08/25/2016
There is an ancient legal concept in the law known as "adverse possession." If we go back to our history books, this is also known as "squatters rights."The theory of the doctrine of adverse possession is that the person who holds or uses property adversely against the rightful owner should ultim...
08/24/2016
If your child is looking to buy a house and can't qualify on their own, you may have thought about consigning on a loan. "It can be a brutal world out there, and you want to help someone you care about. That's a perfectly reasonable argument," said US News.But have you examined the potential cons...
08/18/2016
In a recent post, CoreLogic looked at the correlation between stocks and the sales of upper-end properties ($1 Million+ sales price). The report revealed:  “The powerful ‘wealth effects’ generated by the rapid rise in equities between 2009 and 2015 drove a large rise in the sales of homes that so...
08/12/2016
Your home should be a sanctuary, the one place you and your family can take refuge in at the end of a long day or week. Cozy, comfortable, and safe, the house should be the oven in which fond memories are baked. Unfortunately, everyday objects can turn your precious, safe haven into a house of ho...
08/11/2016
This housing market has many people talking about home values; where they are and where they are headed. It’s also interesting to look back and see how home prices compare to values prior to the housing crisis.Every quarter, Freddie Mac releases their House Price Index. The index usually provides...
08/10/2016
Three things are certain in life: death, taxes ... and undue stress caused by moving. Whether or not you use the services of a Realtor to help you wade through the uncertain waters of the buy-and-sell process, moving is stressful, period. And there's not much you can do to avoid it. And we're not...
08/09/2016
In the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia, they explained that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage in the 100 largest metro areas in the United States.The updated numbers actually show that the range is an average of 5% less expensive in O...
08/08/2016
 No matter what shape or size your living space is, the concept and feeling of home can mean different things to different people. Whether it’s a certain scent or a favorite chair, the emotional reasons why we choose to buy our own home are, more often than not, the more powerful or compelling on...
08/02/2016
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