Category Archives: Real Estate Trends

Home inspections: What they are and why you should get one

Skipping an inspection could cost you Illustrations by Sunny Eckerle When Tori Easterling, a broker and real estate instructor, decided to purchase some investment property in Georgia, she faced fierce bidding challenges with cash investors. By the time she viewed … Read More

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Earnest Money Deposit vs. Down Payment: What’s the Difference?

ayzek/iStock When you buy or sell a home, you get used to hearing words you’ve never heard before. The mortgage lenders and insurance agents who help you through the process will throw around so much real estate jargon, somewhere along the … Read More

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How to Buy a House: The 5 New Rules That Can Make or Break Your Offer

Glow Images, Inc/Getty Images; realtor.com The rules on how to buy a house have changed, folks—so if you’re serious about becoming a proud homeowner in the near future, you’ll want to read this first! So what’s changed the most in … Read More

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The Wall Street Journal Investing in Real Estate With Your IRA: A Primer

Chris Gash Real estate can fund your retirement—but brace yourself for lots of risk and rules. Self-directed individual retirement accounts allow people to diversify their investments into assets other than the traditional stocks, bonds and mutual funds that make up … Read More

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3 interest rate hikes in 2017? Not a chance

New American exec explains why Original Post January 12, 2017 | Kelsey Ramírez In December, the Federal Reserve made its first and last interest rate hike for 2016, but left the industry with the notion that three more could be on … Read More

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5 Habits to Start Now If You Hope to Buy a Home in 2017

Original Post By Cathie Ericson | Dec 29, 2016 It’s the end of another year (thanks for nothing, 2016), which means it’s also time for our end-of-year new resolutions series for home buyers. This installment: good habits to start! Have you … Read More

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Trump victory creates great divide among housing experts

Is a December rate hike still on the table? Original Post November 9, 2016 by Kelsey Ramírez Tuesday night, now President-elect Donald Trump shocked the world as he took the victory over Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Now, Twitter is trending … Read More

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Here’s the Salary You Need to Buy a Modest Home in New York City, San Francisco & 25 Other Places

Original Post by Taryn Williford | Sep 7, 2016  Inside The Home of ModCloth Founders Susan & Eric (Image credit: David Dines) It’s funny how buying a home became known as “The American Dream,” because for decades, it wasn’t a dream at all. … Read More

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Is It Time to Downsize? Ask Yourself These 4 Questions First

Original Post By Deborah Kearns | 1:00 pm ET | September 10, 2015 GraphicaArtis/Getty Images When is the right time to “rightsize” to a home that’s better suited to your needs? Well, if you’re in the 60+ crowd (or have a parent in that … Read More

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What Does the “Shift” in the Housing Market Really Mean?

Original Post August 16, 2016 by Selma Hepp • Posted in Economic Straight Talk, Market Conditions, Pacific Union Insights Executive Summary: Housing markets are increasingly more divergent across the nation, and job growth in each market plays a large role. … Read More

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