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Rent-to-Own: Is It an Option?

Rent-to-own is an alternative to the traditional agreement between homebuyers and sellers. Typically, a buyer presents an offer. Once accepted, the payment, settlement and new ownership takes place. Lease-to-own or rent-to-own does not follow this process... Read more

Social Benefits of Homeownership

Improved educational performance, higher civic participation, lower crime rates, and improved health remain the biggest social benefits linked to homeownership, according to a new research paper by NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun and research economist N... Read more

5 Most Common Reasons for Closing Delays

A recent article from "DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS" discussed the 5 most common reasons. In their findings, seventy-three percent of home sales closed on time, but 25 percent of REALTORS® report a delay in getting to the settlement table, accord... Read more

Avoiding Fraud: Key Practices in Real Estate

Did you know it can take cyber criminals one day to decipher an eight-character password? Did you know it can take them 591 days to figure out a 10-character one? "It is a crime for anyone to exceed their authorized access to a computer or co... Read more

5 Essential Home-Buying Considerations

Buying a house is a life-changing process that requires lots of upfront financial planning. When looking for a home, keep certain factors in mind, including your financial situation, types of available loans, your credit score, the price of the ho... Read more

Why Your Mortgage Is Getting More Expensive

World events are conspiring to make it more expensive for you to borrow money to buy a house. Mortgage rates have increased for five consecutive weeks, according to Bankrate data, bringing interest on a 30-year fixed rate loan to 4.44 percent&mdas... Read more

How to Make a Difference in Your Homeowner Association

Homeowner associations were created to provide a governing body for residential developments to make decisions regarding upkeep, appearance and finances. These agencies are usually composed of residents of the community. Periodic meetings are held to ensu... Read more

Should I Buy a House as I'm Switching Jobs?

If you're switching jobs or plan to in the near future, you might want to know how that impacts your ability to buy a house. After all, purchasing a home is a lengthy, stressful process once you tally up the time for mortgage approval and pounding the... Read more

Sell Faster in 2018: Design and Staging Tips

Selling your home can often be stressful as you live life in limbo. Once the house is listed, you want to receive a good offer as quickly as possible. Here are tips for staging and upgrading your home for a faster sale in 2018: Start With the Basi... Read more

'Aging in Place' Begins Early: Report

By Suzanne De Vita Homeowners are getting older, and to continue on in their current house, improvements are necessary. "Aging in place," however, is not just about adding railings and ramps—in fact, 46 percent of ... Read more

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