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Is Your Retirement One Dimensional?

In an uncertain world, why not diversify into real estate for your retirement? Most retirement accounts are invested in stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. Given the volatility in the markets, holding real estate is a safe bet in the long term. For… Read More

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3 Things You Need in a Shifting Real Estate Market

Whether you are thinking of selling your house or buying a home, today’s real estate headlines can be confusing – perhaps even concerning. What is actually happening with mortgage rates? Are home values dropping or are they just rising at a slower… Read More

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Is Student Loan Debt A Threat to Homeownership?

It Needs to Be Considered, But it is Not a Deal Breaker. Over the course of the last thirty years, a shift has happened. An entire generation has been raised to believe that a college education is their key to unlocking opportunities… Read More

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5 Homeowners Association Questions You Need to Ask

Homeowners Associations: A Blessing and a Curse  Make sure your agent has knowledge about the Homeowners Associations where you are interested in buying.  First things first, let’s make sure we all know what and why HOA Fees exist. The Homeowners Association (or… Read More

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Commercial Real Estate as an Investment

Home Is Where Is the Heart Is, But Is it Where the Investment Is? By Graham Sadler, Cora Bett Thomas Realty The term real estate naturally leads one to think of buying and selling homes or even renting out residential property. While… Read More

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Are We About to Enter a Buyers’ Market?

Home sales are below last year’s levels, home values are appreciating at a slower pace, and there are reports showing purchasing demand softening. This has some thinking we may be entering a buyers’ market after sellers have had the upper hand for… Read More

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Mortgage Interest Rates are Still Going Up

… Should You Wait to Buy? Mortgage interest rates, as reported by Freddie Mac, have increased by close to a quarter of a percent over the last several weeks. Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, the Mortgage Bankers Association, and the National Association of Realtors are all calling for mortgage rates to rise another… Read More

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Are Home Prices Softening or Are They Falling?

We are beginning to see reports that more housing inventory is coming to the market and that buyer demand may not be increasing at the same pace it did earlier this year. The result will be many headlines written to address the… Read More

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The Cost of NOT Paying PMI

Saving for a down payment is often the biggest hurdle for a first-time homebuyer as median incomes, rents, and home prices all vary depending on where you live. There is a common misconception among homebuyers that a 20% down payment is required,… Read More

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Renting Vs. Buying

Either Way You’re Paying A Mortgage! There are some people who have not purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize, however, that unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying… Read More

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