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Why the Fed’s Rate Cut Does Not Mean 0% Mortgage Rates
Posted by Mike Dein - Mar 23, 2020, 10:04 AM
Last Sunday the Federal Reserve cut Federal Funds rates to nearly 0%. It will influence mortgage rates but unlikely we will ever see 0%. 
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March Market Forecast: Construction Spending, Mortgage Apps, and More
Posted by Mike Dein - Mar 6, 2020, 9:00 AM
Residential construction specifically jumped 1.4% in December, as strong buyer demand and limited homes for sale persist.
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How Paying Off Debt Sets You Up for Financial Success
Posted by Mike Dein - Mar 4, 2020, 8:31 AM
Everyone is trying to spend less and save more, but the key to financial success depends what you’re spending on.
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What to Know About Buying a Home Near Water
Posted by John Hardy - Mar 3, 2020, 10:25 AM
Many homeowners are still dealing with last year's flood. Here's some good information to discover how water effects property across the country.
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9 Million Homeowners Could Save with a Refinance
Posted by Mike Dein - Feb 25, 2020, 8:55 AM
On the fence about a refinance? About 9.4 million homeowners could save an average of $272 per month if they refinanced their mortgage at today’s rates.
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Should you look at homes outside your budget?
Posted by John Hardy - Feb 23, 2020, 1:39 PM
Why would you look at homes outside your budget. There are a few reasons and they aren't reasons that actually break the bank.
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What can you do about your debt before you buy a home?
Posted by Mike Dein - Feb 12, 2020, 8:53 AM
When you apply for a mortgage, or any other loan or line of credit, your lender will look at your debt-to-income ratio or DTI.
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Caution: What to Know When Buying a Home in Another Country
Posted by John Hardy - Feb 10, 2020, 3:04 PM
Whether you plan to purchase an international vacation home or move abroad permanently, buying overseas is quite the undertaking.
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How to Accurately Price Your Home for Sale
Posted by John Hardy - Feb 6, 2020, 9:33 AM
Your home has probably appreciated since you bought it but do you know how much it’s worth? Avoid these red flags if you're going to sell this year.
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Home Sellers See Record Profits
Posted by Mike Dein - Feb 3, 2020, 1:14 PM
In 2019, sellers netted an average of $65,500, the highest level in 13 years.
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4 Housing Trends to Expect in 2020
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 29, 2020, 11:37 AM
The Federal Open Market Committee met for the first time in 2020 and based on minutes from last month's meeting, no interest rate movement is expected.
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Market Forecast January 2020
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 24, 2020, 11:02 AM
Market Forecast: FHFA House Price Index, Mortgage Applications, Existing Home Sales
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Credit Score Myths You Might Believe
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 17, 2020, 9:45 AM
Typically, a higher credit score shows lenders that you're responsible with your debt and may help you get a better interest rate but beware of these myths.
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Rising Childcare Costs Hurt Homeownership
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 15, 2020, 9:33 AM
A major challenge, when it comes to affording a home, is the high cost of childcare. One report found childcare costs have risen 49% in the last 25 years.
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Housing Market May See An Early Home Buying Season
Posted by John Hardy - Jan 8, 2020, 10:48 AM
Lower rates plus a more stable interest rate environment will likely trigger mortgage momentum heading into the new year.
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Watch Out for Haphazard Home Renovations
Posted by John Hardy - Jan 2, 2020, 4:39 PM
Buying a home that was recently renovated can be a great find or a big mistake. 
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What to Expect from the Housing Market in 2020
Posted by John Hardy - Dec 30, 2019, 10:22 AM
Although recession rumors persisted throughout 2019, the economy does not appear to be slowing down drastically.
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Is the home the next family heirloom?
Posted by John Hardy - Dec 27, 2019, 1:17 PM
What do you do if you inherit a house? The three main options, move into the home and live there, turn it into a rental to income, or sell it for a profit. 
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End-of-Year Finance Mistakes to Avoid
Posted by Mike Dein - Dec 23, 2019, 10:55 AM
Pay attention to finances now or it could cost you next year. Review your finances now to cut excess spending and take advantage of opportunities to save.
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Real Estate Experts Warn Against These Kitchen Trends
Posted by John Hardy - Dec 16, 2019, 1:20 PM
What was hot will soon be not. Watch out granite, quartz is here to stay.
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What Co-Signing on Someone Else’s Mortgage Means for You
Posted by Mike Dein - Dec 11, 2019, 10:09 AM
If you have a good credit and steady income you may be asked to co-sign someone's home loan. If they miss a payment your FICO score can drop 90- 110 points.
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Commonly Overlooked Home Hazards
Posted by John Hardy - Dec 4, 2019, 10:01 AM
You don’t have to save your cleaning for the spring! Zillow researchers narrowed down the top five household hazards and how you can avoid them.
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Buying a Home for the Holidays
Posted by John Hardy - Dec 2, 2019, 10:20 AM
During the holidays, home buying and selling activity tends to slow down, if you're a buyer this can work to your advantage.
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5 Home Improvement Trends from the Home Improvement Research Institute
Posted by Mike Dein - Nov 13, 2019, 11:14 AM
Many homeowners are taking advantage of lower mortgage rates to reinvest in their home through improvement projects rather than search for a new home.
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Seniors Need to Consider the Financial Perspective of Their Home
Posted by aneedham - Nov 11, 2019, 10:43 AM
After years of living independently and countless memories, you’ve made the difficult decision to move into an assisted living facility.
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Looking to flip homes?  Look in the Midwest!
Posted by John Hardy - Nov 7, 2019, 7:03 AM
Home flipping is one of the ways real estate investors make money. The practice is usually popular in markets experiencing rapid appreciation.
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Are you financially prepared for an emergency?
Posted by John Hardy - Nov 4, 2019, 7:42 AM
A study shows that man Americans are unprepared for an emergency like a car accident or unexpected medical cost.
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Warning: 7 Outdated Home Décor Trends According to Real Estate Experts
Posted by John Hardy - Oct 28, 2019, 9:51 AM
All good trends must come to an end! It all depends on how long you plan on living in your home. Your style preferences come first.
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Expect Bidding Wars this Fall
Posted by John Hardy - Oct 22, 2019, 8:53 AM
After a busy Spring, and two late-in-the-year rate cuts we're expecting an even busier Fall, bidding wars included.
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Are you making this big money-saving mistakes?
Posted by Mike Dein - Oct 18, 2019, 8:46 AM
While most of us know we are “saving for retirement,” we may forget we are actually “investing for retirement.” 
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Investing in Real Estate vs. Stocks
Posted by Mike Dein - Oct 16, 2019, 8:43 AM
While all investments come with a degree of risk and reward, investing in real estate tends to appreciate over time, and it is a useable, tangible asset.
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Why School Districts Matter, Even if You Don’t Have School-Age Children
Posted by John Hardy - Oct 9, 2019, 10:32 AM
It will influence the overall value of your home. When it comes time to sell, it may even help you sell faster and earn a larger profit.
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Average Consumer FICO Score Reaches 706
Posted by Mike Dein - Oct 4, 2019, 10:10 AM
If you are getting ready to refinance or buy a new home, find out your credit score.  A good credit score will help you qualify for your home loan. 
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What Not to Do When the Fed Cuts Interest Rates
Posted by Mike Dein - Oct 2, 2019, 10:01 AM
Lower interest rates mean a lower cost to borrow money, but also a lower return on your savings investments. Here's what not to do when the rates drop.
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Did you know your homeowner’s insurance may cover this?
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 27, 2019, 11:13 AM
Did you know your homeowner’s insurance may cover some unexpected hazards in addition to fire, theft and weather damage?
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Home Buyers Rank Air Conditioning Over Proximity to Family and Friends
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 25, 2019, 10:06 AM
Buyers and renters today consistently rank features over location.
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Profile of Today’s First-Time Home Buyer
Posted by Mike Dein - Sep 23, 2019, 9:59 AM
Comparing the first-time home buyers of today to twenty years ago.
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Watch Out: 7 Common HOA Rules You May Accidentally Break
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 18, 2019, 1:44 PM
Seemingly routine changes to your home’s exterior or a friend visiting in a Recreational Vehicle may violate the rules and leave you with a fine or worse.
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Listing Your Home?  Emphasize These Features if You’ve Got Them
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 16, 2019, 10:34 AM
Zillow analyzed 4.6 million sales across the country and found that these features tended to sell homes faster and, in some cases, net a greater profit.
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Think You’re Saving Money on that Fixer-Upper?  Think Again!
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 14, 2019, 10:28 AM
Survey discovers fixer-upper buyers spent much less than buyers who bought move-in ready homes but spent more than that difference to make it livable.
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Would a Recession Impact Today’s Housing Market?
Posted by Mike Dein - Sep 12, 2019, 1:11 PM
Networks have been reporting on an impending recession. Although it would not be unusual, it will likely not have the same impact on housing market.   
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Do the Math: How much do you need to save for a down payment?
Posted by Mike Dein - Sep 10, 2019, 8:38 AM
To determine how much you will need to save for a down payment, start with these equations.
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How Soon is too Soon to Sell Your Home?
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 6, 2019, 11:49 AM
Most real estate professionals recommend waiting at least five years after buying a home before selling it but sometimes you benefit from selling sooner. 
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Tesla Tests Rental Solar Panels in Six States
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 3, 2019, 10:20 AM
Tesla is pioneering a rental program with no installation costs and no time commitment. 
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4 Ways to Reduce Your Biggest Expense During Retirement
Posted by Mike Dein - Aug 22, 2019, 2:58 PM
Financial contributors at the Motley Fool compiled this list of four ways to reduce your biggest expense during retirement.
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Choosing the Right Size Home: Floor Plan vs. Square Footage
Posted by John Hardy - Aug 8, 2019, 5:12 PM
Bigger isn't always better. A larger home with poorly used space won’t serve you as well as a smaller home with the right layout.
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5 Most Common First-Time Home Buyer Mistakes, According to Realtors
Posted by John Hardy - Aug 5, 2019, 3:56 PM
Working with a Realtor or real estate agent can help you avoid any rookie mistakes.
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Solar Panels Could Increase Your Home’s Resale Value
Posted by John Hardy - Jul 31, 2019, 11:35 AM
Zillow researchers uncovered that homes with solar panels sell for 4.1% more on average than similar homes without solar power. 
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Build-to-Rent Housing Growing Popular
Posted by Mike Dein - Jul 29, 2019, 11:25 AM
With foreclosure and distressed property sales at an all-time low, investors are looking for new ways to satisfy demand for single-family rental homes.
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Over 8 Million Borrowers Could Save with a Mortgage Refinance
Posted by Mike Dein - Jul 17, 2019, 10:50 AM
With a rate and term refinance, a homeowner lowers their monthly mortgage payment by originating a new loan with a lower interest rate.
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Read This Before Buying a Home With a Pool
Posted by John Hardy - Jul 5, 2019, 2:47 PM
A pool could mean endless summer fun and higher resale value or it could become a pitfall if you don’t do your due diligence or maintain the pool.
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You’re Closing on Your Mortgage! Avoid These 5 Things
Posted by Mike Dein - Jun 26, 2019, 1:40 PM
You're almost to the finish line, don't blow your closing in the final minutes
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Are you making these common house hunting mistakes?
Posted by Mike Dein - Jun 24, 2019, 9:28 AM
Your new home is going to be the place where you host your holidays, raise your family, and make happy memories. Don't get caught up in the chase.
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Good vs Bad Debt
Posted by John Hardy - May 31, 2019, 10:45 AM
As a consumer, it’s important to understand the differences between good and bad debt and how to use credit responsibly to maintain a good credit score.
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5 Challenges Home Sellers Face in 2019
Posted by Mike Dein - May 17, 2019, 10:44 AM
No matter what the market is doing, home sellers will face various challenges in 2019.
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1 in 6 Home Buyers Get Down Payment Assistance from Seller
Posted by Mike Dein - May 14, 2019, 1:03 PM
Saving for a down payment has become increasingly difficult as home prices rise, rents go up, and student loan debt reaches record highs.
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5 Questions to Ask that Could Save You Money
Posted by John Hardy - May 8, 2019, 11:52 AM
Sometimes asking a simple question could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars.
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Natural Disasters Have Lasting Impact on Credit Scores
Posted by Mike Dein - Apr 26, 2019, 10:28 AM
The Urban Institute identified zip codes to determine the long-term effects on residents’ credit scores.
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Analysis of Today’s First-Time Home Buyer.
Posted by John Hardy - Apr 22, 2019, 10:05 AM
On average, first-time home buyers make up a little less than half of total home buyers on the market.
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Report: Healthy Housing Market this Spring Home Buying Season
Posted by Mike Dein - Apr 11, 2019, 2:04 PM
Spring is in the air in the Omaha housing market.
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