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Today’s Buyer

DECOR TRENDS FOR 2017 – ALL ABOUT EASE & COMFORT

Excerpted from an article by Kim Cook for the Associated Press “Decor trends take us on a little emotional journey every season. Some speak to how we’re feeling, some to how we want to feel.. For 2017, trend spotters say we’re looking for ease and comfort – even at the luxury end of the decor…

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30-YEAR MORTGAGE RATE JUMPS 50O 3.94%

Excerpted from an article in the Associated Press/Asheville Citizen-Times “WASHINGTON – Long-term mortgage rates climbed this week, reflecting deep declines in US government bond prices in the days after Donald Trump’s election victory. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage jumped to 3.94% from 3.57% last week.  That put…

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HOUSING STARTS SURGE 25% TO POST-RECESSION HIGH

Excerpted from an article by Paul Davidson for USA TODAY “Housing starts jumped 25% in October to a post-recession high as volatile apartment construction more than reversed a sharp decline and single-family starts surged as well.  Construction of homes and apartments rose 25.5 to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.3 million, the Commerce Department…

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2016 HOMEBUYER SURVEY CONTAINS VALUABLE INFORMATION….

FOR AGENTS AND SELLERS… Excerpted from an article by Bob Hunt for realtytimes.com “One of the most useful research projects of the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) is the annual survey of home buyers and sellers.  It is particularly useful because it shows sellers and their agents what works and what sources buyers use to…

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MORTGAGE BROKER VS. MORTGAGE LENDER – WHICH IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

Excerpted from an article by Jeff Ostrowski for realtytimes.com “When you’re ready to get a mortgage, you face an array of choices:  Fixed rate or variable?  Points or no points?  Mortgage broker or mortgage lender?  That last decision involves a simple but easily misunderstood distinction. Simply put, a mortgage broker is an independent professional who…

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SHOP WITH AN EYE FOR FUTURE HOME ACCESSIBILITY NEEDS

Excerpted from an article by Jim Adair for realtytimes.com “It can be heartbreaking to have to leave your home because of mobility issues at any age or stage of your life..so when you’re building, choosing a new home or renovating, keep basic accessibility features in mind.  These features will help make it easier to you,…

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KITCHEN RENOVATIONS THAT WILL GIVE YOU THE BIGGEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

Excerpted from an article by Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes. “…The idea of redoing your kitchen, especially if it will involve demolition and you don’t know what surprises await behind your walls, can be scary.  Whether you’re approaching a renovation with enthusiasm or something more closely resembling terror, you still want to make sure you get…

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HOMEOWNER HAPPINESS – AND HOW IT AFFECTS YOU

Excerpted from an article by Andrea Davis for realtytimes.com “Owning your own home can be one of the most wonderful experiences of your life…but are you truly happy in your current situation?  According to a recent survey by HomeAdvisor, there are a number of different factors that come into play that determine whether someone is…

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10 THINGS THAT’LL MAKE YOUR MOVE EASIER

Excerpted from an article by Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com “Moving:  one of the most stressful activities there is.  If you’re getting ready to move or are in the process of buying or selling a house, you may have been thinking about the unpacking and the packing and the change of address and turning on utilities. …

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7 REAL ESTATE PITFALLS THAT COULD COST YOU A SALE

Excerpted from an article by Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com “Selling a home has its typical challenges.  Maybe the couple across the street just listed their house, which you know has an amazing kitchen (while yours is slightly less so).  Maybe values have started to drop a tad.  Or maybe you’re under pressure to sell your…

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