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    • Why Homeownership Matters Now More Than Ever

      Study after study shows that no matter what generation Americans belong to, the vast majority believe that homeownership is an important part of their American Dream. The benefits of homeownership can be broken into two main categories: financial and non-financial (often referred to as emotional or social reasons.) For Americans approaching retirement age, one of […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • How To List Your Home for the Best Price

      If your plan for 2019 includes selling your home, you will want to pay attention to where experts believe home values are headed. According to the latest Home Price Index from CoreLogic, home prices increased by 4.7% over the course of 2018. The map below shows the results of the latest index by state. Real […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • Thinking of Selling Your House? This is a Perfect Time!

      It is common knowledge that a great number of homes sell during the spring buying season. For that reason, many homeowners hold off putting their homes on the market until then. The question is whether or not that is a good strategy this year. The other listings that come out in the spring will represent […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • 5 Reasons to Love Hiring A Real Estate Pro [INFOGRAPHIC]

      Highlights: Hiring a real estate professional to guide you through the process of buying a home or selling your house can be one of the best decisions you make! They are there for you to help with contracts, explaining the process, negotiations, and...
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • How to Get a Better Perspective on Affordability

      Headlines spotlight the fact that buying a home is less affordable today than it was at any other time in more than a decade. Those headlines are accurate. Understandably, buying a home is more expensive now than immediately following one of the worst housing crashes in American history. Over the past decade, the market was […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • The KonMari Method: Helping You Prep Your House For Sale

      One of the biggest challenges sellers face when listing their house is decluttering. Cleaning out some of the more personal decorating choices allows buyers to imagine themselves living in the house. Those planning to sell soon are in luck! Marie Kondo, the inventor of the KonMari Method of Tidying Up, has gained popularity with her […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • One More Time… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a Home

      The 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 […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • Whose Mortgage Do You Want to Pay? Yours or Your Landlord’s?

      There 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 […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • 5 Reasons Homeowners Throw the Best Super Bowl Parties! [INFOGRAPHIC]

      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!
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • Do You Know How Much Your Home Has Increased in Value?

      Last 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 […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan