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1 in 4 Homes In America Are “Equity Rich”

1 in 4 Homes In America Are “Equity Rich”

When the housing bubble burst, many Americans found themselves underwater or, in other words, with a home worth significantly less than what they owed on their mortgages. But according to recent data, more and more Americans are finding themselves in the opposite situation—with a home worth far more than what they owe on their mortgage. […]

Couples Prioritize Homeownership Over Weddings

Couples Prioritize Homeownership Over Weddings

Of all the purchases most people will make in a lifetime, two of the most significant—and most expensive—are weddings and purchasing a home. Because they’re so expensive, it can be challenging for couples to save for both. According to a recent survey, it looks like the majority of couples are prioritizing homeownership over a fancy […]

Putting Your Home On The Market? Stage It First

Putting Your Home On The Market? Stage It First

If you’re getting ready to put your home on the market, you might think all you need to do is get organized and show your home as is. But if you want to sell your home, you should definitely consider staging. Home staging, which involves redecorating a property to remove personal effects and make it […]

Housing Demand Shifting From Renting To Owning, According To New Harvard Report

Housing Demand Shifting From Renting To Owning, According To New Harvard Report

  If you needed further confirmation that homeownership is becoming a more attractive option than renting to people across the country, just ask Harvard. According to the recent State of the Nation’s Housing report from the Joint Center on Housing Studies of Harvard University, the national homeownership rate increased for the first time in 13 years (from […]

New Legislation May Make It Easier For Non-Traditional Buyers To Secure Mortgages

New Legislation May Make It Easier For Non-Traditional Buyers To Secure Mortgages

    Following the financial crisis of 2008, the Obama administration passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street and Consumer Protection Act which, in an effort to clean up the mortgage industry, imposed stricter regulations around lending. The legislation completely changed the mortgage industry and made it much more challenging to secure a loan. But now that […]

15 Before & After Photos That Prove the Power of Home Staging

15 Before & After Photos That Prove the Power of Home Staging

  There’s no denying it: Homes that are staged well definitely stand out. Not only does the right amount of decluttering, organizing and accessorizing make your home more attractive, it can actually increase its value. According to the National Association of Realtors’ 2015 Profile of Home Staging Report, 32 percent of buyers’ agents believe their clients […]