Feeling cooped up in your metro area? You’re not alone.  According to recent Census data, 86% of U.S. residents live in metro areas. That leaves 14% of the population spread out in the rural areas of the country – which spans 72% of the nation’s land area.[1] So, if you’re looking for more space, there
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Moving into a new home can be a big deal, even when you’re just moving to a new neighborhood or a nearby county. When the move crosses state lines, buying a home in the area can feel like exploring another planet, especially if it’s somewhere you haven’t lived before. The good news is that you’re
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Whether it’s a vacation home or a multiunit rental property with tenants, real estate investors can take pride in their financial savvy. With the right investment property, you’re not only earning income from your tenants, but you’re building equity.  The other side of the proverbial coin is expenses.  The biggest single expense for investment property
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Fizzbo. 🤡  No, it’s not the name of a party clown. It’s how you pronounce “FSBO,” the acronym of “for sale by owner.” Maybe you’ve seen a FSBO home listed online and wondered how different the buying process is from buying a home that’s listed the standard way.  Or maybe you’re about to put your
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Thinking of renovating or remodeling your home? You’re in good company. More people than ever are choosing to stay put, investing their time, money and effort into home improvements instead of selling.  One of the biggest reasons is hypercompetitive housing markets, which are increasing property values across much of the country. And if you can
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Are you carrying a lot of credit card debt? Do you die a little on the inside every time one of your credit card payments is due? Are you tired of making payments and feeling like your balance hasn’t budged? You’re not alone.  The typical American has about $5,315 in credit card debt, and the
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There are few reasons why a rent-to-own option may be a good fit. Maybe you’re not financially ready to make a large down payment. Or maybe you aren’t ready to take out a mortgage. Rent-to-own agreements can help first-time home buyers, people getting their “financial act” together and anyone who is tired of the endless
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Let’s get into this.  A jumbo loan is exactly what you think it is: a ginormous load of cash. We’re talking over $550,000 to buy a house.  These loans are ideal for buyers who have strong financial profiles and need access to much higher loan amounts than they would get under a conforming loan’s limit
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If you’re a homeowner, refinancing your mortgage can be a great way to: Get a lower interest rate (especially if interest rates are low) Reduce your monthly mortgage payments Shorten your repayment period Take advantage of your home equity But before you can enjoy those perks, you have to pay your closing costs. Remember the
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Is it even daytime TV if you don’t catch an ad or two featuring charming, silver foxes like Tom Selleck, Henry “the Fonz” Winkler, or Joe Namath telling you about the benefits of a reverse mortgage? The spokesperson may change, but the message rarely does: “You’ve worked hard to pay down or even pay off
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Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could give you a yes or no answer? Oh, if only things could be that easy. Deciding you’re ready to buy a house might seem like a major step. And that would be correct because – spoiler alert – it is. But it doesn’t have to be “meeting your
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