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How millennials are transitioning from renting to buying
March 5, 2019

Millennials are expected to form 20 million new households by 2025, which indicates a major shift for many 18-34-year-olds from renting to owning a home. Typically just first, last, and security deposit are required for renters to secure a place....

Spring, summer, fall, or winter—when’s the best season to buy a home?
March 4, 2019

It’s well known that the spring and summer months bring an influx of potential homebuyers. In warmer months, when the trees are blooming and the birds are singing, and you are not wearing 45 different layers of socks, home inventory...

Seller Rejected Your Offer? Some Reasons Why, and How to Deal
February 19, 2019

You found the perfect home. You walked over the threshold at the open house, took a good look around, and thought to yourself, you know, I really think this could be it. You checked out the neighborhood. You researched the...

Finding a Home You’ll Love
February 12, 2019

Buying a house can be a great investment in your future financial well-being.  But unlike other financial investments, a house isn’t just a line-item on a balance sheet. When it comes to buying a home, the choice you make will...

Your First Month as a Homeowner
February 4, 2019

Being a homeowner can make you feel like you’ve got a never-ending ‘To Do’ list. Staying on top of what-needs-doing-now keeps even seasoned homeowners on their toes. If it’s your first month as a homeowner, figuring out what to do...

’Tis the Season: Using Gift Funds for Your Down Payment
December 17, 2018

’Tis the season for gift-giving! If you’ve been very, very, good—and if you’ve got kind and generous people in your life—you just might receive some money to put towards your future home purchase. And if you’ll be using gift funds...

When It Comes to Buying a Home, Pets Matter
December 10, 2018

About 61% of American households have pets. Last year, American pet owners spent nearly 70 billion dollars on goods and services for their pets. If you’ve got a pet, chances are good that you consider your pet an important part...

Tips on Homebuying for Tipped Employees
November 12, 2018

Plenty of people rely on tips for a significant part of their income. Right now, more than 16 million Americans work in the kinds of service and hospitality industry jobs that have traditionally relied on tips for compensation. And that...

Act Fast: Interest Rates Are Going Up!
November 5, 2018

The Federal Reserve has raised interest rates three times in 2018, and they’re not finished: another hike is expected before the end of the year. If that’s not bad enough, most financial analysts agree that we can look forward to...

Think Millennials Homebuyers Are Buying in Big Cities? Think Again.
October 16, 2018

In the popular imagination, millennials live in big city apartments or occupy their parents’ basements rent-free. But in fact, members of the millennial cohort—that generation of young adults born roughly between 1980 and 1998—bought more homes last year than people...