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Stop! 5 Things You Should Never Do With Your Down Payment

Original Post By Angela Colley | 6:00 am ET | October 5, 2016 So you finally saved up a good chunk of change for your down payment, and now you think you’re in the clear. Savings goals (and #lifegoals) = reached. But hold it right … 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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15-Year vs. 30-Year Mortgage? How to Decide

Original Post By Jamie Wiebe | 4:00 pm ET | August 2, 2016 Banks offer a dizzying array of mortgage options, and one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make is how long your home loan will last. In other words, you’ll have … Read More

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An Etiquette Guide for Homebuyers and the Home-Curious

Original Post July 22, 2016 by Pacific Union • Posted in Homebuyer Advice Maybe you’re a first-time buyer and you’ve never walked into a complete stranger’s home and poked around in the closets and up in the attic before. Or … Read More

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‘The Crazy Way I Paid Off My Mortgage Fast’

andresr/iStock Original Post By Jennifer O’Neill | 6:00 am ET | April 27, 2016 The average American homeowner owes $164,217 on his mortgage. That’s a hefty sum, which explains why most of us chip away at paying it back over, oh, 30 years. And yet, certain homeowners pay off … Read More

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How To Find The Best Real Estate Agents In Your City

Posted in: Insights for Home Buyers, Insights for Home Sellers by Top Agent Network | March 24, 2016 When you’re selling a unique and valuable property, the importance of using a top-ranked agent can’t be overstated. In any given area, the top 10% of … Read More

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Do You Understand Your Mortgage’s Fine Print?

Barış Muratoğlu/iStock When shopping for a mortgage, it’s critical to have a general understanding of how points affect your mortgage rate and payments, and ultimately connect to your bottom line. Here are some guides to help you identify your net … Read More

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Learning the Lingo: Mortgages Explained, From ARMs to Points

You’ve found a home you love … only how are you going to pay for it? If you are like most Americans, you’ll need to get a home loan—also known as a mortgage. Paying for a home is a bit more complicated than … Read More

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These are the 20 hottest housing markets right this minute

The summer seller’s market is started to swing a little more in favor of buyers as of August, according to the research from realtor.com looking at the number for the first three weeks of August. A combination of market volatility … Read More

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Why Do Households Move? Location, Location, Location.

February 27, 2015 by Pacific Union • Posted in Industry Surveys & Studies When it’s time to pull up stakes and move, the location of the new home is as important as the property itself. And maybe even more important. … Read More

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