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Apr 30 2020
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Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic and its related stay-at-home orders, almost everything is going virtual: business meetings, holiday celebrations, even home buying. Buyers now rely on what they can see on-screen as much or more than what their real estate agents tell them. If your home is on the market during these uncertain times, consider… Continue Reading Make the Most of Your Online Property Listing

Apr 28 2020
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Despite the significant age difference, a recent survey from the National Association of Realtors shows that Millennials are breaking with past home-buying trends and aligning their preferences with their grandparents’ generation. This development could alter your house-hunting approach, no matter the year you were born.  If you’ve been shopping for a home, but have yet… Continue Reading Seniors and Millennials Share Real Estate Priorities

Apr 23 2020
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Home affordability may be a problem for some Gen X’ers and Millennials. These two generations in particular are facing an added responsibility: their children are young and still living at home, or just returning from college, while their parents are aging quickly and in need of medical attention. But home ownership doesn’t have to be… Continue Reading The Rise of Multigenerational Homes

Apr 21 2020
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Reverse mortgages are often stigmatized as a last resort financial option for retirees. This couldn’t be farther from reality. These types of loans could be a proactive way to explore your retirement plans—one in which you’re able to use home equity as an emergency lifeline for cash in your daily life, especially during periods of… Continue Reading Consider a Reverse Mortgage Sooner Rather than Later

Apr 16 2020
A small house next to a huge house. Maybe a graph that shows interest rates going down is superimposed in the blue sky above them.

The answer might not surprise you: it all depends on whether your budget can stretch beyond making a larger down payment. While falling interest rates allow for added purchasing power, it remains critical that you understand the true cost of any home—that’s especially the case if the property you’re now eying is a greater financial… Continue Reading Should You Spend More on a Home when Interest Rates are Falling?

Apr 14 2020
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Recent social distancing efforts have given millions of Americans their first experience with the growing trend of working remotely. The coronavirus pandemic, and an eagerness to avoid similar outbreaks in the future, are likely to create even more opportunities to work from home most of the time, if not entirely. As advances in technology and… Continue Reading Where to Start Your House Hunt when Location isn’t First

Apr 9 2020
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Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, emergency rate cuts by the Federal Reserve have brought the federal funds rate to nearly zero. While not directly influenced by those cuts, mortgage rates for home buyers have followed a similar, downward trend and hover near historic lows.  As applications for new mortgages and refinancing grow in response, homeowners with… Continue Reading How Interest Rates Impact Your Reverse Mortgage Options

Apr 7 2020
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Since early March, the Federal Reserve has made two emergency rate cuts to the federal funds rate. The moves came in response to the coronavirus pandemic and its potential to dramatically slow economic growth in the United States and abroad. The action brings the borrowing rate to between 0 and .25 percent.  But with social-distancing… Continue Reading Making Sense of Recent Interest Rate Cuts

Apr 2 2020
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As local, state and federal officials work to slow the spread of Coronavirus in the United States, the necessary response can differ significantly depending on your circumstances. And while the overall risk to most Americans continues to be low, certain precautions are consistently recommended to protect yourself, and others, against COVID-19 and other communicable diseases.… Continue Reading Coronavirus Precautions for Home Sellers and Shoppers

Mar 31 2020
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Imagine walking into your dream home unprepared to make an offer. Because you haven’t worked with a loan originator yet, you may not know if you can afford it. You realize someone else might be more prepared than you, and could land your dream home before you even talk to a lender.  You could avoid… Continue Reading Start Your Home Search the Right Way