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Buying a House While Renting an Apartment: Read This First

Buying a House While Renting an Apartment: Read This First

Posted on May 16, 2022

According to Pew Research Center, more households are renting than at any point in the last 50 years. Many people, however, dream of getting out of the rental cycle and into their own homes. For some, it’s an opportunity to build equity; for others, it's about gaining control and stability - not hav...
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Buying a House with a Low Income is Harder, But Not Impossible

Buying a House with a Low Income is Harder, But Not Impossible

Posted on May 04, 2022

As home prices continue to rise, plenty of would-be homebuyers are worried that their chances of ever owning a home are drying up - especially lower-income families who don’t have as much financial wiggle room to adjust to home prices skyrocketing 20% in a single year. However, affordable housing...
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Alternative Financing Options for the 2022 Housing Market

Alternative Financing Options for the 2022 Housing Market

Posted on Apr 27, 2022

Earlier this year the average mortgage for a U.S. home loan rose above 5% - a noticeable shift from last year’s historic lows. Mortgage rates last reached this point in 2018, and they may continue to rise. While many homebuyers rushed to lock in mortgage rates before they went even higher, a fair n...
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Moving to Florida From NY: Read This First

Moving to Florida From NY: Read This First

Posted on Apr 21, 2022

It’s an exodus from the Excelsior state: every year, New York accounts for the largest influx of new residents to Florida - and because of the large number of people coming from NYC, some people are jokingly (or not so jokingly) referring to it as “as the sixth borough of New York City.” Over 30,000...
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Old House vs New House: the Pros and Cons

Old House vs New House: the Pros and Cons

Posted on Apr 19, 2022

According to data from Trulia, the American public is fairly split on whether they prefer a newly built home or an old home. Assuming the same price, 41% of Americans prefer to buy a newly built home, while 21% prefer an existing home. But the remaining 38% have no preference.  Opinions on buy...
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Should I Lock My Mortgage Rate Today? Read This First

Should I Lock My Mortgage Rate Today? Read This First

Posted on Apr 07, 2022

Rate locking is a topic that’s come up a lot recently as the mortgage rate climbs higher and higher. Homebuyers first had to deal with rapidly rising prices - now the mortgage rates have followed! What does it mean to lock your mortgage rate, how can you do it, and when should you do it? Here’s what...
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What Does Off Market Mean on Zillow?

What Does Off Market Mean on Zillow?

Posted on Apr 04, 2022

You’ve found the perfect home on Zillow, but it’s listed as “off market.” What does that mean? Generally speaking, a home that is “off market” is not for sale. This means that the homeowner is not actively trying to sell their home - or if they are, they are not doing it through a public channel.&nb...
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DC Closing Costs: What Homebuyers Need to Know

DC Closing Costs: What Homebuyers Need to Know

Posted on Mar 25, 2022

If closing costs have caught you by surprise, you wouldn't be the first. First-time DC homebuyers are often surprised to learn that closing costs are separate from the down payment. What exactly are closing costs? These are the additional expenses that come along with buying a home. Appraisal fees,...
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