How to Prepare Your Home for a Winter Storm

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Jan 172019

In many parts of the northern U.S., a forecast for a winter storm is standard course for the season. It’s only when the car can’t make it down the driveway anymore that it’s time to consider the weather bad. For people in other regions, the first hint of snow in the forecast can cause them to rush to the grocery store for bread and milk before a snowflake even falls.

Whether you’ve got snowshoes or don’t even own a pair of winter boots, your home should be ready for a storm. Follow these recommendations to prepare your home for winter weather and reduce the chances of damage to your home or yourself in snowy conditions.



First-Time Homebuyers Are Ready to Test the Housing Market. Can They Find a Home?

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Jan 102019

First-Time Homebuyers Are Ready to Test the Housing Market. Can They Find a Home?

Does that mean I should buy or sell now?

When buying or selling a home, you’ll always want to consider a number of factors including: Where are interest rates at and where are they heading? What’s my plan? What’s my motivation behind the decision? Where are we in the real estate cycle?


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The Guide For First-Time Homebuyers

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Jan 032019

The Guide for First-Time Homebuyers

What you need to know about going from full-time renter to homeowner and the process in between.

You have a lot of logistical and financial hurdles to clear before you can celebrate the biggest purchase of your life.

Owning a home is a major milestone many Americans expect to achieve in their lifetime. It’s not simply about having the ability to stay in one place for years – it’s also about taking advantage of the incentives to homeownership, including the financial security to make a major investment and see it grow over time.

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Even for the millennial generation, which has been slower to become a major part of the homeowner pool than previous generations, buying a house remains a key goal in life. In a study released earlier this year on expectations for aging, skilled nursing and assisted living company Aperion Care surveyed 2,000 millennials, of which 85 percent say they expect to own a home in their lifetime.

Following a decline in homeownership after the Great Recession, homeownership rates nationwide are above 64 percent as of the first quarter of 2018, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. While homeownership has not returned to its historical peak of 69.2 percent in 2004, it is edging upward again after hitting a 50-year low in mid-2016 at 62.9 percent.

While buying a house for the first time may be intimidating, no homeowner started the process feeling confident every step of the way. Here’s what first-time homebuyers need to know.

Are You Ready to Become a Homeowner?

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What to Expect From the Housing Market in 2019

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Dec 272018

What to Expect From the Housing Market in 2019

Changes in mortgage rates may cause homebuyers and sellers to hesitate about jumping into the market, while renters benefit from higher homeownership rates.

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Experts predict a slowing growth of home prices across the U.S. (Getty Images)

Whether you’re looking to buy or sell a home in 2019 – or find the perfect rental – it helps to know what you’re up against. In many markets, the trend of a low volume of homes on the market compared to the number of buyers that has been fueling bidding wars and rapid increases in home prices may losing steam, but rising interest rates may also cause more buyers and sellers to hold off on making a new deal.

Here’s what to expect from the housing market in 2019.


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The Best Apps for House Hunting

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Dec 202018

The Best Apps for House Hunting

These apps will have you scrolling and swiping listings to your heart’s content.

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Browse for homes – and maybe even close a deal.

The days of picking up a real estate book at your local grocery store are long gone, and house hunting apps are growing in number and sophistication. As the online real estate marketing industry becomes increasingly competitive, mobile tools are getting better at helping consumers find accurate housing information. Check out some of the most popular and helpful apps to use when searching for your next house.