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What to Do If You Can’t Make Your Mortgage or Rent Payment
Posted by Mike Dein - Apr 1, 2020, 10:59 AM
In times of economic stress, many families may be wondering what to do if they are unable to make a mortgage or rent payment. 
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What You Can Do Now to Set Yourself up Financially Later
Posted by Mike Dein - Mar 30, 2020, 10:10 AM
Here are four things CNBC contributors identified as the most important things to do now to be more financially flexible later.
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Financial Moves You Can Make During Coronavirus Quarantine
Posted by Mike Dein - Mar 27, 2020, 9:20 AM
Coronavirus news has left a lot of us thinking about our finances. During this turbulent time, it’s important to protect yourself and finances.
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Flexible Ways to Use the FHA Loan
Posted by John Hardy - Mar 25, 2020, 10:50 AM
The FHA Loan is a popular home loan for first-time home buyers because of its low down payment options and more lenient credit score.
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Why the Fed’s Rate Cut Does Not Mean 0% Mortgage Rates
Posted by Mike Dein - Mar 23, 2020, 10:04 AM
Last Sunday the Federal Reserve cut Federal Funds rates to nearly 0%. It will influence mortgage rates but unlikely we will ever see 0%. 
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How Paying Off Debt Sets You Up for Financial Success
Posted by Mike Dein - Mar 4, 2020, 8:31 AM
Everyone is trying to spend less and save more, but the key to financial success depends what you’re spending on.
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What to Know About Buying a Home Near Water
Posted by John Hardy - Mar 3, 2020, 10:25 AM
Many homeowners are still dealing with last year's flood. Here's some good information to discover how water effects property across the country.
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Braised Corned Beef Brisket
Posted by John Hardy - Feb 29, 2020, 9:45 AM
A St. Patrick's Day must-have in our house. My kids HATED corned beef until now.
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Household Items You Should Be Cleaning but Probably Aren’t
Posted by John Hardy - Feb 28, 2020, 9:08 AM
Did you know that the kitchen is the germiest part of your home? Cleaning your home is always a good idea, especially in the midst of cold and flu season.
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9 Million Homeowners Could Save with a Refinance
Posted by Mike Dein - Feb 25, 2020, 8:55 AM
On the fence about a refinance? About 9.4 million homeowners could save an average of $272 per month if they refinanced their mortgage at today’s rates.
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Should you look at homes outside your budget?
Posted by John Hardy - Feb 23, 2020, 1:39 PM
Why would you look at homes outside your budget. There are a few reasons and they aren't reasons that actually break the bank.
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What can you do about your debt before you buy a home?
Posted by Mike Dein - Feb 12, 2020, 8:53 AM
When you apply for a mortgage, or any other loan or line of credit, your lender will look at your debt-to-income ratio or DTI.
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Caution: What to Know When Buying a Home in Another Country
Posted by John Hardy - Feb 10, 2020, 3:04 PM
Whether you plan to purchase an international vacation home or move abroad permanently, buying overseas is quite the undertaking.
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How to Accurately Price Your Home for Sale
Posted by John Hardy - Feb 6, 2020, 9:33 AM
Your home has probably appreciated since you bought it but do you know how much it’s worth? Avoid these red flags if you're going to sell this year.
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Home Sellers See Record Profits
Posted by Mike Dein - Feb 3, 2020, 1:14 PM
In 2019, sellers netted an average of $65,500, the highest level in 13 years.
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4 Housing Trends to Expect in 2020
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 29, 2020, 11:37 AM
The Federal Open Market Committee met for the first time in 2020 and based on minutes from last month's meeting, no interest rate movement is expected.
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4 Questions to Answer Before You Refinance Your Mortgage
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 27, 2020, 10:09 AM
A refinance is a new loan that comes a new mortgage and closing costs. Whether or not it's right for you, depends on your answer to these four questions.
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Market Forecast January 2020
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 24, 2020, 11:02 AM
Market Forecast: FHFA House Price Index, Mortgage Applications, Existing Home Sales
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Could Densification Give Builders More Space to Build?
Posted by John Hardy - Jan 22, 2020, 9:14 AM
Across the country, home shoppers are competing over a limited homes. That crunch is not enough lots to build on, a shortage we predicted in 2012.
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3 Surprising Documents You May Need for Your Mortgage Application
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 20, 2020, 10:22 AM
Be prepared before you start your application. Before you apply, gather bank statements, tax returns, pay stubs and possibly these three documents.
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Credit Score Myths You Might Believe
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 17, 2020, 9:45 AM
Typically, a higher credit score shows lenders that you're responsible with your debt and may help you get a better interest rate but beware of these myths.
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Rising Childcare Costs Hurt Homeownership
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 15, 2020, 9:33 AM
A major challenge, when it comes to affording a home, is the high cost of childcare. One report found childcare costs have risen 49% in the last 25 years.
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Your New Home Checklist
Posted by John Hardy - Jan 13, 2020, 9:10 AM
Moving into a new home is exciting – and can be overwhelming.  That’s why we’ve created your “Welcome Home” Checklist! 
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Housing Market May See An Early Home Buying Season
Posted by John Hardy - Jan 8, 2020, 10:48 AM
Lower rates plus a more stable interest rate environment will likely trigger mortgage momentum heading into the new year.
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Preventing Ring Doorbell and Camera Hacks
Posted by John Hardy - Jan 6, 2020, 10:57 AM
Ring has been in the news lately for cyber criminals hacking into cameras as they did in this Nebraska home.
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Watch Out for Haphazard Home Renovations
Posted by John Hardy - Jan 2, 2020, 4:39 PM
Buying a home that was recently renovated can be a great find or a big mistake. 
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Fannie Mae: Upbeat Outlook for New Home Construction in 2020
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 2, 2020, 4:29 PM
Researchers predict single-family housing starts will accelerate 10% in 2020 after just a 1% growth this year.
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What to Expect from the Housing Market in 2020
Posted by John Hardy - Dec 30, 2019, 10:22 AM
Although recession rumors persisted throughout 2019, the economy does not appear to be slowing down drastically.
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Is the home the next family heirloom?
Posted by John Hardy - Dec 27, 2019, 1:17 PM
What do you do if you inherit a house? The three main options, move into the home and live there, turn it into a rental to income, or sell it for a profit. 
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Cash-Out Refinances Reach 12-Year High
Posted by Mike Dein - Dec 26, 2019, 7:06 AM
According to a data analytics firm, refinance volume climbed 132% in the third quarter of 2019, the highest level in three years.
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End-of-Year Finance Mistakes to Avoid
Posted by Mike Dein - Dec 23, 2019, 10:55 AM
Pay attention to finances now or it could cost you next year. Review your finances now to cut excess spending and take advantage of opportunities to save.
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Americans of All Ages are Not Moving
Posted by John Hardy - Dec 19, 2019, 1:46 PM
If you’ve been house hunting in recent months, you’ve probably noticed fewer homes for sale. There is a housing inventory shortage and the data proves it.
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Real Estate Experts Warn Against These Kitchen Trends
Posted by John Hardy - Dec 16, 2019, 1:20 PM
What was hot will soon be not. Watch out granite, quartz is here to stay.
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Avoid Debt this Holiday Season
Posted by John Hardy - Dec 13, 2019, 1:32 PM
You want to shower your loved ones with gifts but you don't want the holidays to become a season of debt you'll still be paying for next year.
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What Co-Signing on Someone Else’s Mortgage Means for You
Posted by Mike Dein - Dec 11, 2019, 10:09 AM
If you have a good credit and steady income you may be asked to co-sign someone's home loan. If they miss a payment your FICO score can drop 90- 110 points.
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Rental Rates Rise, Especially for Single-Family Homes
Posted by Mike Dein - Dec 9, 2019, 10:59 AM
Renters are about to start paying more every month, according to data from CoreLogic, due to a shrinking supply of single-family rental homes.
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Commonly Overlooked Home Hazards
Posted by John Hardy - Dec 4, 2019, 10:01 AM
You don’t have to save your cleaning for the spring! Zillow researchers narrowed down the top five household hazards and how you can avoid them.
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Buying a Home for the Holidays
Posted by John Hardy - Dec 2, 2019, 10:20 AM
During the holidays, home buying and selling activity tends to slow down, if you're a buyer this can work to your advantage.
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Carne De Puerco En Chile Verde (Pork with Green Chili)
Posted by John Hardy - Nov 15, 2019, 1:45 PM
This Mexican Chile Verde is made with tender pieces of pork simmered in a flavorful tomatillo and chili pepper broth.
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5 Home Improvement Trends from the Home Improvement Research Institute
Posted by Mike Dein - Nov 13, 2019, 11:14 AM
Many homeowners are taking advantage of lower mortgage rates to reinvest in their home through improvement projects rather than search for a new home.
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Seniors Need to Consider the Financial Perspective of Their Home
Posted by aneedham - Nov 11, 2019, 10:43 AM
After years of living independently and countless memories, you’ve made the difficult decision to move into an assisted living facility.
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Looking to flip homes?  Look in the Midwest!
Posted by John Hardy - Nov 7, 2019, 7:03 AM
Home flipping is one of the ways real estate investors make money. The practice is usually popular in markets experiencing rapid appreciation.
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Are you financially prepared for an emergency?
Posted by John Hardy - Nov 4, 2019, 7:42 AM
A study shows that man Americans are unprepared for an emergency like a car accident or unexpected medical cost.
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7 Inexpensive Ways to Add Value to Your Home
Posted by John Hardy - Oct 30, 2019, 11:10 AM
A couple of inexpensive changes can make a big difference to potential buyers who are touring your home.
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Warning: 7 Outdated Home Décor Trends According to Real Estate Experts
Posted by John Hardy - Oct 28, 2019, 9:51 AM
All good trends must come to an end! It all depends on how long you plan on living in your home. Your style preferences come first.
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Expect Bidding Wars this Fall
Posted by John Hardy - Oct 22, 2019, 8:53 AM
After a busy Spring, and two late-in-the-year rate cuts we're expecting an even busier Fall, bidding wars included.
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Are you making this big money-saving mistakes?
Posted by Mike Dein - Oct 18, 2019, 8:46 AM
While most of us know we are “saving for retirement,” we may forget we are actually “investing for retirement.” 
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Investing in Real Estate vs. Stocks
Posted by Mike Dein - Oct 16, 2019, 8:43 AM
While all investments come with a degree of risk and reward, investing in real estate tends to appreciate over time, and it is a useable, tangible asset.
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Many Seniors Prefer Multigenerational Housing
Posted by John Hardy - Oct 14, 2019, 4:45 PM
In 2018, 20% of Americans lived in a home that included adults from two or more generations. Multigenerational living is growing more common.
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Why School Districts Matter, Even if You Don’t Have School-Age Children
Posted by John Hardy - Oct 9, 2019, 10:32 AM
It will influence the overall value of your home. When it comes time to sell, it may even help you sell faster and earn a larger profit.
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Average Consumer FICO Score Reaches 706
Posted by Mike Dein - Oct 4, 2019, 10:10 AM
If you are getting ready to refinance or buy a new home, find out your credit score.  A good credit score will help you qualify for your home loan. 
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What Not to Do When the Fed Cuts Interest Rates
Posted by Mike Dein - Oct 2, 2019, 10:01 AM
Lower interest rates mean a lower cost to borrow money, but also a lower return on your savings investments. Here's what not to do when the rates drop.
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Did you know your homeowner’s insurance may cover this?
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 27, 2019, 11:13 AM
Did you know your homeowner’s insurance may cover some unexpected hazards in addition to fire, theft and weather damage?
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Home Buyers Rank Air Conditioning Over Proximity to Family and Friends
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 25, 2019, 10:06 AM
Buyers and renters today consistently rank features over location.
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Profile of Today’s First-Time Home Buyer
Posted by Mike Dein - Sep 23, 2019, 9:59 AM
Comparing the first-time home buyers of today to twenty years ago.
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A Buyer’s Market Likely Coming this Fall
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 20, 2019, 11:34 AM
Many buyers are taking their time shopping for homes and bidding wars have declined, turning the seller’s market of previous years into a buyer’s market.
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Watch Out: 7 Common HOA Rules You May Accidentally Break
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 18, 2019, 1:44 PM
Seemingly routine changes to your home’s exterior or a friend visiting in a Recreational Vehicle may violate the rules and leave you with a fine or worse.
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Listing Your Home?  Emphasize These Features if You’ve Got Them
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 16, 2019, 10:34 AM
Zillow analyzed 4.6 million sales across the country and found that these features tended to sell homes faster and, in some cases, net a greater profit.
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Think You’re Saving Money on that Fixer-Upper?  Think Again!
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 14, 2019, 10:28 AM
Survey discovers fixer-upper buyers spent much less than buyers who bought move-in ready homes but spent more than that difference to make it livable.
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Would a Recession Impact Today’s Housing Market?
Posted by Mike Dein - Sep 12, 2019, 1:11 PM
Networks have been reporting on an impending recession. Although it would not be unusual, it will likely not have the same impact on housing market.   
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