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One More Time… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a Home

By zebrastripes123 | Feb 5, 2019

One More Time... You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a Home | Simplifying The MarketThe largest obstacle renters face when planning to buy a home is saving for a down payment. This challenge is amplified by rising rents, which has eaten into the amount of money renters have leftover for savings each month after paying expenses. In combination with higher rents, survey after survey has shown that non-homeowners (renters […]

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Whose Mortgage Do You Want to Pay? Yours or Your Landlord’s?

By zebrastripes123 | Feb 4, 2019

Whose Mortgage Do You Want to Pay? Yours or Your Landlord’s? | Simplifying The MarketThere are some people who haven’t purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. However, everyone should realize that unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. As Entrepreneur Magazine, a premier source for small business explained in their […]

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5 Reasons Homeowners Throw the Best Super Bowl Parties! [INFOGRAPHIC]

By zebrastripes123 | Feb 1, 2019

Highlights:

  • Watching the big game at home with your friends and family offers many advantages.
  • There’s more room to entertain a large crowd, and you don’t have to worry about complaints to your landlord if you cheer too loudly!
  • The kitchen is big enough to make as many appetizers as you want, and if some of your guests are only there to watch the commercials, they can do so on a different TV in another room!
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Do You Know How Much Your Home Has Increased in Value?

By zebrastripes123 | Jan 31, 2019

Do You Know How Much Your Home Has Increased in Value? | Simplifying The MarketLast year we saw headlines about a possible housing market bubble, and many wondered if Americans still felt confident about the value of their homes. Recently, the 2018 Houzz & Home Study revealed: “Homeowners with mortgages have seen their home equity more than double since 2011, increasing to a record-setting $8.3 trillion in 2017.” The […]

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4 Proven Ways Real Estate Can Build Sizable Family Wealth

By zebrastripes123 | Jan 30, 2019

4 Proven Ways Real Estate Can Build Sizable Family Wealth | Simplifying The MarketRecently, David Greene, co-host of the BiggerPockets podcast and a nationally renowned author and speaker, wrote an article in Forbes explaining how investing in real estate could help build wealth. Many of the points he made also apply to a family owning their own home. Here are a few: 1. Appreciation “The rising of home […]

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Is Student Loan Debt A Threat to Homeownership? No!

By zebrastripes123 | Jan 29, 2019

Is Student Loan Debt A Threat to Homeownership? No! | Simplifying The MarketOver 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 that were not available to their parent’s or grandparent’s generations. Due to this, student loan debt has soared to $1.5 trillion and represents the largest […]

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Why It Makes No Sense to Wait for Spring to Sell

By zebrastripes123 | Jan 28, 2019

Why It Makes No Sense to Wait for Spring To Sell | Simplifying The MarketThe price of any item (including residential real estate) is determined by the theory of ‘supply and demand.’ If many people are looking to buy an item and the supply of that item is limited, the price of that item increases. The supply of homes for sale dramatically increases every spring, according to the National Association of […]

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Think You Should For Sale By Owner? Think Again! [INFOGRAPHIC]

By zebrastripes123 | Jan 25, 2019

Some Highlights:

For Sale By Owner (FSBO) is the process of selling real estate without the representation of a real estate broker or real estate agent.
According to the National Association of Realtors’ Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, 36% of…

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3 Things You Need in a Shifting Real Estate Market

By zebrastripes123 | Jan 24, 2019

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 pace? What impact will the economy have on the housing market? If you […]

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