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The Process of Buying a Home

By on May 21, 2014 in Home Buying Advice
The Process of Buying a Home

Purchasing a home for anyone, whether it be a first-time homebuyer or second home investor can be a long and stressful experience. There are several steps to take and many things to consider before jumping in with an offer to purchase. Every home buying experience is different and may have different requirements involved. You may […]

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Healthiest Foods On The Planet

By on May 20, 2014 in For Fun
Healthiest Foods On The Planet

Photo Credit Many of us may not think that we are eating healthy enough, when in fact we may have been consuming some of the most healthiest foods that grow in our planet. Eating healthy is not too hard after all. Here is a list of 10 of the most healthiest foods we can put […]

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Top 10 Most Livable Cities Of 2014

By on May 17, 2014 in For Fun
Top 10 Most Livable Cities Of 2014

Photo Credit You may think that your city is the best place in the world, but each year comes a list that makes you think twice. Livability is a subjective idea, but rankings based on quality of life help you find your next perfect neighborhood. If you’ve never heard of Bozeman, Montana, for example, it’s […]

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Oldest Man-Made Superstructures in the World

By on May 17, 2014 in For Fun
Oldest Man-Made Superstructures in the World

There are several old buildings around all over the globe, but which ones do you know of that are still in good use today? This article lists a couple of the world’s most oldest buildings still standing today, and we aren’t talking 1920’s old or 1800’s old…we are talking B.C.’s and A.D.’s kind of old. […]

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Europe’s Most Extraordinary Castles

By on May 15, 2014 in For Fun
Europe’s Most Extraordinary Castles

In this slide share created by Melcioiu Flori are a few of Europes most extraordinary castles still thriving today, from neighboring countries like Scotland, England, France, and Germany to Switzerland, Rome, and Spain. The first castles ever built was said to have been in England right after the Norman Conquest in 1066 and introduced by […]

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10 DIY Improvements To Help Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

By on May 9, 2014 in For Fun
10 DIY Improvements To Help Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

So you’ve decided to list your home in the market, but can’t seem to get any homeseekers to stop by? You may be shocked to find that there are a few simple things you may have overlooked. Yes, the inside of your home may be amazing, but the brainless trick to building an interest in […]

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Six Tricks to Saving Energy in Your Home

By on May 9, 2014 in For Fun
Six Tricks to Saving Energy in Your Home

If you want to trim your household expenses, a good place to start is by learning a few easy tricks to save on your energy bills. Making your home more energy efficient doesn’t always have to involve making huge, expensive upgrades such as installing solar panels or buying new Energy Star appliances and windows. Make […]

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FHFA February 2014 Report: Top 10 HARP Refinance States

By on April 30, 2014 in Market Updates
FHFA February 2014 Report: Top 10 HARP Refinance States

According to the most recent report presented through the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), HARP Refinances have decreased possibly due to rising mortgage rates of four to four and a half percent since June 2013. As of March 2014 there are a total of 48,000 foreclosures completed, which is a pretty high amount since 2008. […]

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Top 10 Amazing Treehouses With Feng “Swayyy”

By on April 3, 2014 in For Fun
Top 10 Amazing Treehouses With Feng “Swayyy”

If you could trade your current home for any of these treehouses, would you? It is afterall, energy efficient and I would imagine you’d get a great view as well. Taking treehouses to another level are these top 10 man-made creations. These homes are certainly alive and thriving, one of them even holds church services! […]

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FHFA January 2014: Top 10 HARP Refinance States

By on April 1, 2014 in Market Updates
FHFA January 2014:  Top 10 HARP Refinance States

The top ten states with highest HARP Refinance volumes for the month of January 2014 has been released. The state of Georgia contributed to 42 percent of the total refinances and 40 percent from Florida. The total HARP refinances reported as a nation was 22 percent for the January according to gathered data analysis from […]

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16 Unique Fairy Tale Homes You Won’t Believe Exist

By on March 25, 2014 in For Fun
16 Unique Fairy Tale Homes You Won’t Believe Exist

Homes, lovely, original… from Makala D. From a Hobbit house in Germany, to a Doll house in Houston, TX, there are so many unique fairy tale homes that people actually build to live in. I wonder if the appraiser has to compare these homes to other “fairy tale” properties for an accurate value? Photo Credit

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CFPB Putting an End to the Growing Trend of Zombie Foreclosures

By on March 18, 2014 in Market Updates
CFPB Putting an End to the Growing Trend of Zombie Foreclosures

Zombie foreclosures are still trending, since the start of the housing crisis. There is an estimate of two million properties foreclosed that have still not yet recovered according to various sources. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) now has plans to try and stop this growing trend as announced in a Common Ground Conference. At […]

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February 2014: Realtytrac’s Top 5 Foreclosure States

By on March 13, 2014 in Market Updates
February 2014: Realtytrac’s Top 5 Foreclosure States

According to a most recent Realtytrac (the leading online marketplace of foreclosure properties, along with detailed property and home sales data) report released for the month of February 2014, there are currently 1,196,954 properties that are in some stage of foreclosure in the United States today. The number of foreclosure filings received for the month […]

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Credit Clean-Up Tips to Help Obtain Mortgage Approval

By on March 3, 2014 in Home Buying Advice
Credit Clean-Up Tips to Help Obtain Mortgage Approval

As result of a stark increase in mortgage interest rates and fees, it has become essential to have the highest credit score possible when applying for financing. Any score below 740 (as set forth by Fannie Mae guidelines) carries far greater risk, and prospective borrowers will pay higher interest rates and fees. With a credit […]

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RealtyTrac – Foreclosure Report: January 2014

By on February 17, 2014 in Market Updates
RealtyTrac – Foreclosure Report: January 2014

There was a spike in foreclosure numbers interpreted in the most recent report released by RealtyTrac (the nation’s leading source of comprehensive housing data). The U.S. saw an 8 percent increase in January and double digit increases in several states. There were a total of 124,419 reported U.S. properties, one in every 1,058 housing units […]

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