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Should You Pre-pay Your Mortgage?
Is There Hope for the Homeownership Rate?
The homeownership rate clung to 63.6 percent in the first quarter of 2017, virtually unchanged from 63.7 percent the quarter prior and 63.5 percent the year prior, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's recent Quarterly Housing Vacancies and Homeownership report. Will it ever budge? The answer, potentially, lies in a different statistic. An analysis of the Census report by Trulia determined that owner households formed at double the rate of renter households in the first quarter—a clue that points to the possibility of a kickstart this year. "Strong renter formation is one of the reasons why the homeownership rate has continued to drop since the onset of the housing crisis, so any sign this trend is reversing is something to take note of," wrote Ralph McLaughlin, chief economist at Trulia. ...
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6 Dos and Don'ts of Navigating the Busy Season
Spring is here, which means the busy season is upon us! So far, inventory is falling short of buyer demand and the median home price is on the rise, up $10,000 to $260,000 for the first... READ MORE >
Flood Insurance Critical for a Vibrant Housing Market
Each year, the federal government spends billions of dollars on disaster relief to flood victims—all at taxpayer expense. While floods claim more lives and property than any other... READ MORE >
Dual Agency vs. Designated Agency: Understand the Difference
In an ideal world, you would be able to do a quick search for a REALTOR® and pick the first one you find to get knowledgeable, effective representation in your real estate transaction.... READ MORE >
Take a Bow and Reclaim Your Rightful Place
Get ready for a news flash: Real estate is a really hard business. I've been in the game for 13 years and have seen the changes, including the incredible rise of Zillow and realtor.com®... READ MORE >

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Tips to Beautify Your Property—Sustainably!
By John Voket
I recently attended a workshop on water conservation. Depending on which part of the country you live in, water conservation and preservation are a hot subject. One of the presenters said that if every homeowner did just one thing, it could make an exponential difference toward ensuring we could pour fresh drinkable water every time we turn the tap.
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FHFA: Home Prices Rose in February

 

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