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Monthly Archives: March 2019

    10 Steps to Buying a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

    By Keeley Ryan | March 29, 2019

    Some Highlights: If you are thinking of buying a home, you may not know where to start. Here is a simple list of 10 steps that you will go through to purchase a home. Make sure to ask your agent for details about each step and what else may be requi... Read More

    How to Put Your Housing Cost to Work for You

    By Keeley Ryan | March 28, 2019

    There has been a lot written about the benefits of homeownership. One benefit that continues to rise to the top is the added wealth homeowners gain simply by paying their mortgage while their home increases in value over time. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently broke down the equity gained from price appreciation and... Read More

    Data Says April is the Best Month to List Your Home for Sale

    By Keeley Ryan | March 27, 2019

    The spring housing market is off to the races! The inventory of homes for sale is increasing, buyers are out in force, and interest rates have remained low, peaking the interest of buyers and sellers previously on the fence about making a move. New research from shows that the first week of April is... Read More

    The Enormous Divide Between the Headline and the Truth

    By Keeley Ryan | March 26, 2019

    “I have observed that not the man who hopes when others despair, but the man who despairs when others hope, is admired by a large class of persons as a sage.” – John Stuart Mill (1840s) Even back in the mid-1800s, people knew that negative news sells. That is still true today. All forms of... Read More

    Your Tax Refund Is The Key To Homeownership!

    By Keeley Ryan | March 25, 2019

    According to data released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Americans can expect an estimated average refund of $3,143 this year when filing their taxes. This is down slightly from the average refund of $3,436 last year. Tax refunds are often thought of as ‘extra money’ that can be used toward larger goals. For anyone looking to buy a... Read More

    Is Your House Priced To Sell Immediately (PTSI)?

    By Keeley Ryan | March 21, 2019

    In today’s real estate market, with more houses coming to market every day and eager buyers searching for their dream home, setting the right price for your house is one of the most important things you can do. According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index, home values have risen at over 6% a year over... Read More

    Do 46 Million Millennials Know They Are Mortgage Ready?

    By Keeley Ryan | March 20, 2019

    Many have written about the millennial generation and whether or not they, as a whole, believe in homeownership as part of attaining the American Dream. Millennials have taken longer to obtain traditional milestones than the generations before them, such as getting married, having kids, and buying a home. However, that does not mean that they... Read More

    20 Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]

    By Keeley Ryan | March 20, 2019

    Some Highlights: When listing your house for sale, your top goal will be to get the home sold for the best price possible! There are many small projects that you can do to ensure this happens! Your real estate agent will have a list of specific sugg... Read More

    What Credit Score Do You Need To Buy A House?

    By Keeley Ryan | March 19, 2019

    There are many misconceptions about the credit score needed to buy a house. Recently, it was reported that 24% of renters believe they need a 780-800 credit score to be considered for a mortgage. The reality is they are misinformed! Only 25% of the Americans have a FICO® Score between 740 and 800. Here is... Read More

    Want To Increase Your Family’s Wealth? Here’s How!

    By Keeley Ryan | March 18, 2019

    Everyone should realize that unless you are living somewhere rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. Buying your own home provides you with a form of ‘forced savings’ that allows you to use your monthly housing costs to increase your family’s wealth. Every month that you pay your mortgage, you are paying off a... Read More