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22
Jun

Zero-Down Loans Making a Comeback

Your buyers may soon be able to bring less to closing. They were blamed for precipitating the housing crisis years ago, but major lenders are giving no- and low-down payment loans another shot. Read more: The Big Down Payment Myth Several major lenders are reportedly offering loans with just 1 percent down. Navy Federal, the nation’s largest credit union, offers its

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21
Jun

Owners, Appraisers Disagree on Home Values

Homeowners feel like their homes are worth more than what appraisers say they are, and the gap between the two estimated values has grown for the sixth consecutive month, according to Quicken Loans’ National Home Price Perception Index. Read more: Owners, Appraisers Aren’t Seeing Eye-to-Eye Appraised values were, on average, 1.93 percent lower than what homeowners expected, according to the index. Appraisals are

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19
Jun

PEAK HOME PRICES ARE BACK

National home values have surpassed the peak hit during the housing bubble and are at their highest value in more than a decade, according to the April Zillow® Real Estate Market Reportsi. The median home value in the U.S. is now $198,000, 1 percent higher than peak value hit in 2007. Home values across the country rose 7.3 percent since last April, the

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1
Mar

Take Appreciation Lessons From Warren Buffett  

Billionaire and renowned investor Warren Buffett has seen mammoth appreciation for a getaway home he owns in Laguna Beach, Calif. He purchased it in 1971 for $150,000. Now Buffett is selling the six-bedroom, 6.5-bath home for $11 million. Are there any lessons from Buffett’s savvy investment that others can draw from who are looking for high appreciation over time? Here

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3
Feb

February is home buying time

Frigid temperatures and treacherous winter weather are here to stay a little while longer, since the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning, signaling six more weeks of winter. Read more: Study: January, February Great for Buying This weather prediction may even bring more deals for buyers wanting to kickstart their home search. Typically winter months have a higher number of

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30
Jan

Three Factors That Affect Your Moving Estimate

Factor in the cost of moving as you move into a new house. When moving to a new home, it’s important to know what costs you’re going to incur. Of course, you know that the mortgage, inspection, taxes, insurance, and fees are going to take out a sizeable chunk of your income. While you’re calculating all these costs, it’s important

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29
Dec

Home Security Tips for First-Time Homeowners

While buying a new home for the first time is exciting, there are some security actions you should not skip. Purchasing your very first home is an occasion that merits celebration. But before you get lost in setting up for the house-warming party, it is important to make sure your new home is secure. New homeowners are vulnerable to security

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19
Dec

Factors That Can Affect Your Home’s Value

When it comes to selling your home, there are some interesting factors that could affect your home’s value. There are some obvious factors like foundation and home quality that can affect your home’s value.  However, there are some surprising factors you may not have known about that affect that value as well. Because some factors seem unusually bizarre, you may think

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15
Dec

Getting a Deal During Real Estate’s Off-Season

Getting a Deal During Real Estate’s Off-Season The holiday sales are not the only kinds of savings you can have this holiday season. After Thanksgiving, the holiday season seems to travel at warp speed with all the shopping, traveling, cooking, and hanging out–all that in addition to our everyday lives. Selling or buying a home during this time may not

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