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Saturday, May 1, 2021   /   by Martin French

7 VA Loan Tips For Homebuyers in 2021

Serving in the armed forces is one of the most honorable experiences many men and
women can have. Being in the military comes with a lot of perks and benefits. One of
the most overlooked benefits by both Veterans and service members is buying a home
through a VA loan.

A VA loan is a mortgage guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
issued by private lenders and available only to veterans, active-duty service members
and their eligible spouses.
Some of the advantages of buying a house through a VA loan are: low interest rates
and closing costs, $0 down payment, and the option to forgo private mortgage
insurance (pmi).
Additionally, the VA did not set a minimum credit score. However, having stellar credit
can help to attain rock bottom variable or fixed rates. For peace of mind, be sure to get
a free copy of your credit report and check for errors before applying. If you notice
anything suspicious in your report, you can hire a credit repair company to he. ...

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Sunday, March 7, 2021   /   by Cindy Hurley

7 Key Trends Expected To Shape Real Estate in 2021

While the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc across the globe, and many states issued lockdowns for everything deemed nonessential, the real estate market came back strong in 2020. With the pandemic still affecting daily lives, you can expect to see it shape real estate in 2021; let’s take a look.

Industry preparedness
March 2020’s lockdown sent real estate transactions to a grinding halt, forcing all industry areas to rethink how they do business. In fact, much of the technology used during the pandemic existed but wasn’t widely adopted. With virtual tours, remote showings, and digital closings now the norm, the real estate industry shouldn’t be flipped on its head during a virus surge.

Remote work will encourage more moves
Many employers are expected to make many positions permanently remote in the coming months. With more companies embracing remote jobs, employees are free to choose where they want to reside without having to factor in commutes. . ...

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019   /   by Tina Cranmer

Home Values Projected To Increase 6.3% In 2019

Buying a home is an investment. And, like any investment, you want to make sure it's going to deliver a healthy return. According to recent projections, it looks like real estate is going to pay off in a major way in 2019. According to recent data from Zillow, the US Median Home Value is projected to grow a healthy 6.3% in 2019. So, if you were to purchase a home for $250,000 at the beginning of 2019 (in other words, now), that same home is projected to be worth $265,750—an increase of $15,750.

The Takeaway

Real estate is projected to provide some healthy returns in 2019, so if you've been thinking about investing in a new home, now is a great time to make a move.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019   /   by Cindy Hurley

All Generations Believe Renting Is More Affordable Than Owning—Even Though It’s Not True

According to new research from lender Freddie Mac, every generation—from millennials to Gen Xers to Baby Boomers—are continuing to rent because they think it's saving them money. According to the report, 76% of Millennials, 75% of Gen Xers, and 81% of Baby Boomers said renting was the more affordable option. But with rents rising across the country, that's just no longer the case. According to the most recent Market Outlook Report from Realtor.com, rents rose year over year in nearly ¾ (73%) of counties across the United States. And according to Trulia, it is now more affordable to own a home than to rent in a whopping 98% of the largest metro markets in the US.
The Takeaway
The misconception that renting is more affordable than homeownership is not only costing renters of every generation money, it's also costing them the ability to own their own home. If you've been renting because you believe it's saving you money—no matter how old you are—it ...

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019   /   by Martin French

10 Home Decorating Trends to Retire in 2019

As the new year approaches, plenty of homeowners look for ways to refresh their spaces to keep them feeling interesting and updated. If you're preparing to put a place on the market, keeping up with trends is key because unless your prospective buyers are flippers, stagers, or redecorating fiends, nothing can make would-be buyers turn tail faster than some outdated decor. Check out these once-popular home decor trends that are being shown the door, and find out what's replacing them in the months ahead.
1. Rose gold loses its luster

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