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Is Renting Becoming the New American Dream?
I first wrote on this topic back in 2012 (updated in 2013) when I posted Is America Becoming a Nation of Renters? What's interesting is that while the real estate market has shown some improvement since then, the basic trend toward renting remains firmly in place. This is despite the cheerleading co Continue Reading
The Many Benefits of Renting a Home
You keep hearing how it’s a buyer’s market. It seems like everywhere you go, someone is always talking about how they just bought a new house. While there is no disputing the fact that current mortgage rates are in favor of today’s buyers, that doesn’t mean that buying a new home is for ever Continue Reading
Why You Should Make a Minimum Down Payment of 20% on a House
So many of the financial problems people face (and the country too) is the buy now, pay later mindset. That means financing most or all of major purchases. In fact, the dominant obsession now is 100% financing - on cars, recreational vehicles and even houses. It's all about putting the least down an Continue Reading
10 Budget Mistakes New Homeowners Make
Owning a home is the “American Dream.” But there are budget mistakes new homeowners make that can turn it into a nightmare! Ever since our culture began emphasizing that property possession is the epitome of personal and financial success, young marrieds have started planning for that big day Continue Reading
The True Cost of Owning a Home is Rising Relentlessly
When real estate agents are selling houses, they largely talk about monthly house payments, at least if it has anything to do with cost. And often they'll talk about the monthly payment as if it's the only expense associated with the purchase of a home. But the true cost of owning a home is rising r Continue Reading
Staging A Home On The Cheap
There’s a lot of activity in the residential real estate market right now, so you face a lot of competition if you're trying to sell your home. To grab an advantage and hold on to it (as well as to hold on to what extra money you can) you need to know how to “stage” your home in the most cost Continue Reading
Why Real Estate Shouldn’t Be DIY
More than 80 percent of potential homebuyers begin their search for a new home online. Thanks to sites like Realtor.com, Trulia, and Zillow, prospective buyers can not only look for properties anywhere in the world, they can find out the exact address, get a glimpse of the interior of the home, and Continue Reading
New Home or Existing Home – Which is the Better Deal?
Now that home values are no longer on a steady upward path, the choice of home you buy has greater consequences than ever. In the recent past, a purchase mistake could usually be covered by rising prices. All you had to do was wait a few years and the moment would come when you could sell the mistak Continue Reading
Are You A Foreclosure Sitting Duck?
What’s a foreclosure sitting duck? It’s a person sitting in a house that he knows he’s probably going to lose, but he hangs around and…just sort of lets it happen. You’ve probably seen examples of this happening. Maybe you’ve been in that position yourself. I don’t want to minimize Continue Reading
How Technology is Changing How to Sell Your House
Technology is sweeping across the economy – or more precisely, technological change is what's doing the sweeping.  It’s affecting every nook and cranny of the economy, and how we do business. It’s been having an effect on the real estate business for several years; Zillow and Craigslist are t Continue Reading

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