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FreddieMac: Housing Is Stronger Today

In a recent blog post, FreddieMac explained that “housing is stronger today than at any point since the Great Recession began and hit bottom in 2009”. They then gave three reasons which support their position: Home sales are up 13% since their low point. Housing starts are up 50% since they bottomed out. House Prices are up 16% since their trough. Projections Going Forward FreddieMac also believes that the market will continue to improve through 2014. They projected: Home sales to increase about 3% in 2014... Continue Reading >

Sell Household Items Today!

 If you're like most people, you probably have items in the attic, basement, garage, and closets that you don't need, use, and maybe even forgot that you had. Garage sales allow you to make space in your home while making money! Plan a Garage Sale in 7 Easy Steps 1. Create an inventory sheet of what you're selling and their prices, in case the tag is missing. 2. Price it right. Although you want to price your items slightly higher to account for... Continue Reading >

10 Investment Tips For Buying A Vacation Home

By Dan Hechtkopf and Reid Heidenry 1. View the home as a form of recreation, not an investment. If you buy one, make sure, above all, that this is a house and an area you enjoy. It will be worth the cost if you spend as much time there as possible, put your heart and soul into caring for it or plan to keep the home in the family for future generations. 2. Approach joint property investments carefully. These types of agreements can start... Continue Reading >

Selling This Summer? 6 Upgrades To Secure A Speedy Sale

(BPT) - When the weather warms up, so does the real estate market. Spring and summer are traditionally the seasons when both homebuyers and sellers are most active across the country. If you'll be putting your home on the market this year, simple, cost-effective upgrades can help ensure a speedy sale at a good price. "In the world of real estate, it's often necessary for sellers to spend a little on upgrades in order to achieve a satisfying home sale," says... Continue Reading >

Do Government Programs Exist That Can Help Me Finance A Home?

 A: Yes, although many are designed to assist first-time homebuyers, generally defined by lenders as people who have not owed a home in three years.HUD offers several programs through the FHA that require down payments of as little as 3 percent. Veterans can get loans from the VA to buy, build, or improve a home, as well as refinance an existing loan at interest rates that are usually lower than those on conventional loans. VA guaranteed loans are made by private... Continue Reading >

5 Simple Ways To Take The Stress Out Of The Home Selling Process

By Keith Loria The emotions that come with selling a home vary widely from person to person, however, at one point or another, almost all sellers have undoubtedly felt some degree of frustration with the entire process. Whether it’s worrying that the house won’t sell on time, or the price won’t be right to the constant cleaning that comes with making sure the home is always ready for a showing, sellers often find it difficult to look past these obstacles. No matter... Continue Reading >

Why Smart Employers Care About Work/Life Balance

  By Dr. Carmella Sebastian The line between “work” and “personal life” has become really (really!) blurred for most American workers. Thanks to evolving technology and an unforgiving economy, we’re under constant pressure to perform. The result? Even when we’re not at our desks, we’re tethered to our devices. While we’re helping kids with homework, we’re also thinking about how to fine-tune that proposal, and while we’re watching TV, we’re checking our email. And when we’re on vacation—wait, what is a vacation... Continue Reading >

Moving? Here’s Some Tips From Hilton Moving and Storage!

 This week our guest writer is Kara Martin of Hilton Moving and Storage. She gave us some extremely helpful tips on how to stay organized during the stressful and sometimes chaotic transition of moving. What do these numbers have in common- 6.1, 4.5, 3.1, 1.5?  If you guessed moving, you’re right!  Many people who are preparing for their next move, whether local or out of state, are configuring how many boxes and what size of boxes they will need for their personal belongings. The majority... Continue Reading >

5 Reasons To Hire A Real Estate Professional

Courtesy of Keeping Current Matters Whether you are buying or selling a home, you need an experienced Real Estate Professional to lead you toward your ultimate goal. In this world of instant gratification and Internet searches, many sellers think that they can For Sale by Owner or FSBO. The 5 Reasons You NEED a Real Estate Professional in your corner haven’t changed, but rather have been strengthened in recent months with the Federal Government continuing to taper bond purchases and the impact... Continue Reading >

Sorting Through The Sea Of Documents At Closing

By Jack Guttentag (MCT)—QUESTION: I recently read that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is going to make the mortgage closing process more consumer-friendly. Do you think it can? ANSWER: I read the statement by the CFPB director, who correctly identified the closing problem: too many documents, many of which are badly designed; insufficient time for borrowers to read them; and insufficient help in understanding them. But I wouldn’t delay purchasing a home until CFPB makes the closing process consumer-friendly, because that isn‘t going to... Continue Reading >