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Good things come in smaller packages. At least that’s the feeling today among many homebuyers, who are increasingly interested in smaller spaces instead of the gaudy, sprawling homes that were popular in the ’80s and ’90s. Many agents believe that smaller homes are more in demand beca...
Real estate consumers today can find ample value in distressed homes – properties that are under a foreclosure order or up for short sale. In many cases, however, “distressed” speaks more for the condition of the homes than their recent financial histories, as they’ve sat empty for extended perio...
When people enter your home they usually look down before up, so that first step is vital for attracting a homebuyer and making a great first impression. This is one reason why more people are installing hardwood floors in their homes. Hardwood flooring enhances the look of any ...
In the world of stock trading, there is a group referred to as “contrarians” because of their practice of doing exactly the opposite of what the rest of the market is doing. Because of human nature, we tend to want to conform to other folks, so this might seem a little bazaar. When everyone else ...
There hasn’t been a lot to write about real estate in Pickens County lately. We are mostly just bumping along on the bottom and wondering when things will get better. The headlines we see say things are getting better, but sometimes it’s hard to swallow, even for someone like me who tends to be m...
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Although your home may have been housing a traditional family of a mom, dad and two kids, savvy real estate agents will tell you that in order to attract more buyers, staging your house as one fit for multi-generations is the way to go. More parents and grandparents are finding a need...
Tight lending guidelines have weighed on the U.S. housing market during its ongoing recovery. Most lending institutions during the past two years raised their credit score requirements to as high as 650, making it nearly impossible for many people to obtain a loan. Wells Fargo made it a little ea...
One important decision homebuyers face is whether to secure a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage or go for a 15-year one, which carries a lower interest rate. “All things equal, a 15-year mortgage allows you to pay off your mortgage twice as fast while saving a significant chunk of money on...
Mortgage lenders dissect the entire credit history of a potential client with strict attention to income, credit, collateral and assets. Of the four, assets are perhaps the least discussed yet may be the most important in securing credit and buying a home. Simply put, assets include t...