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All You Need to Know About the Transition from Renting to Buying a Home

Nov 20th 2020

Are you ready to move out of your apartment and into your first home? Before you do, you should know that transitioning from renting to buying a home isn't always a simple process. As a renter, you have probably become accustomed to only worrying about a few things: paying your ...

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Did Your Neighbor Leave You an Abandoned Home? Here’s What to Know.

Nov 13th 2020

A vacant home causes nearby houses to lose between 3% and 5% of their value. That may not seem like a lot until it’s your house. If you live right next door, the damage is even worse.  Professor Dan Immergluck estimates that “the one-time property value loss imposed on properties within ...

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Echo Alexa and the Smart Home Conundrum

Nov 6th 2020

Technology has made our lives more convenient in a number of ways. We can now ask AI systems like Siri to send a text message, tell us the weather, or play a certain song. At the same time, this technology has complicated our lives, making us paranoid about the potential ...

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Should You Consult Your Pet Before You Buy??

Oct 29th 2020

Despite the varying personalities and interests of new homebuyers today, they all seem to share one thing in common: an obsession with their four-legged friend. In a study conducted by Realtor.com, they found that roughly 80% of the 1,000 new homebuyers surveyed had at least one pet. Furthermore, 79% of ...

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New Breed of Credit Score Aims to Open Doors to New Homebuyers

Oct 22nd 2020

Payment history used to be the main factor for credit scores. Today, the introduction of the UltraFICO creates a score that also includes assets and income. This could put homeownership within reach for more of your clients. Limited Customers With close to 80 million Americans scoring below 680 for their FICO scores ...

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Real Estate Agents Winter

Sell Your Home During the Holidays? Absolutely!

Oct 12th 2020

Are you looking to sell your home as soon as possible? You may think it's better to hold off on listing your property until after the hectic holiday season. Alternatively, if your home is already listed, you may feel tempted to briefly take it off the market. After all, the ...

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Misonceptions About Millenials and Home Ownership

Oct 7th 2020

As a real estate lender, you've likely struggled to attract millennial first-time buyers. Certain misconceptions might be standing in millennials way as they consider whether to buy a home. If you can educate your potential clients about these misconceptions, you may be able to grow your business and help these ...

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Strange Real Estate Laws: Is It Illegal to Have a Couch on Your Porch?

Sep 29th 2020

Real estate laws are made up of federal, state, and local statutes that govern how individuals and organizations may use, develop, or transfer real property. At the state and federal levels, real estate laws are generally pretty uniform. When you get down to the local level, however, things get downright ...

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The Evolution of the Property Tax System in the United States

Sep 21st 2020

Cities, municipalities and counties rely on property taxes to fund their budgets to provide services like police and fire departments, public school systems and road maintenance crews. Regardless of what locality you call home, fairness, equal treatment and uniformity are likely the central themes of your local property tax system. That’s not ...

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Were Cavemen Searching Titles 1,000,000 years ago? Find Out Here!

Sep 17th 2020

The history of land transfer goes back to the very beginning of civilization, when humans transitioned from hunting and gathering to agriculture. With people settling in one place to grow crops rather than roaming to find food, land took on new importance and ancient land law was born. Whether it took ...

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