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    • Will Your Side Hustle Buy You a House This Year?

      The top concern for most first-time home buyers is their ability to save for a down payment. According to a new survey, 36% of millennials took on a second job to make their dreams of homeownership a reality in 2017.  Among millennials with incomes over $100,000 a year, the top ways to come up with […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • Females Are Making It a Priority to Invest in Real Estate!

      Everyone wants a place to call home; a place that gives them a sense of security. We are currently seeing major interest from females who want to achieve this dream, and the numbers are proving it! In 2018, for the second year in a row, single female buyers accounted for 18% of all buyers. In […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • 7 Reasons to List Your House For Sale This Holiday Season

      Every year at this time there are many homeowners who decide to wait until after the holidays to list their homes for the first time, while others who already have their homes on the market decide to take them off until after the holidays. Here are seven great reasons not to wait: Relocation buyers are […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • The Cost of Renting vs. Buying a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

      Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a tough decision. Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (28.4%) vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-priced home (17.5%)...
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • Wage Increases Make Home Buying More Affordable

      Everyone knows that housing affordability has been negatively impacted by rising prices and increasing mortgage rates, but there is another piece to the affordability equation – wages. How much a family earns obviously impacts how easy or difficult it is for them to afford to own a home. Because of an improving economy, wages are […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • Home Sellers in Q3 Netted $61K at Resale

      According to a recent report by ATTOM Data Solutions, home sellers who sold their homes in the third quarter of 2018 benefited from rising home prices and netted an average of $61,232. This is the highest average price gain since the second quarter of 2007 and represents a 32% return on the original purchase prices. […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • Are Homeowners Renovating to Sell or to Stay?

      Over the past few years, two trends have emerged in the housing market: Home renovations have shot up Inventory of homes available for sale on the market has dropped A ‘normal’ housing market is defined by having a 6-month supply of homes for sale. According to the latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • How to Honor a Veteran Today and Everyday

      One hundred years ago, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we marked the end of the “war to end all wars.” That day, which was to be observed annually on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, became known as Armistice Day and then, later on, became Veterans Day. […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • VA Home Loans by the Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC]

      Some Highlights: The Veterans Administration (VA) Home Loan is a benefit that is available to more than 22 million veterans & 2 million active duty service members which helps them achieve their dreams of homeownership. In 2017, $189 billion wa...
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • 75% of Renters Have Been Misinformed

      Recently, multiple headlines have been written asserting that homeownership is less affordable today than at any other time in the last decade. Though the headlines are accurate, they lack context and lead too many Americans to believe that they can’t partake in a major part of the American Dream – owning a home. In 2008, […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
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