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    • How to Get a Better Perspective on Affordability

      Headlines spotlight the fact that buying a home is less affordable today than it was at any other time in more than a decade. Those headlines are accurate. Understandably, buying a home is more expensive now than immediately following one of the worst housing crashes in American history. Over the past decade, the market was […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • The KonMari Method: Helping You Prep Your House For Sale

      One of the biggest challenges sellers face when listing their house is decluttering. Cleaning out some of the more personal decorating choices allows buyers to imagine themselves living in the house. Those planning to sell soon are in luck! Marie Kondo, the inventor of the KonMari Method of Tidying Up, has gained popularity with her […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • One More Time… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a Home

      The largest obstacle renters face when planning to buy a home is saving for a down payment. This challenge is amplified by rising rents, which has eaten into the amount of money renters have leftover for savings each month after paying expenses. In combination with higher rents, survey after survey has shown that non-homeowners (renters […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • Whose Mortgage Do You Want to Pay? Yours or Your Landlord’s?

      There are some people who haven’t purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. However, everyone should realize that unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. As Entrepreneur Magazine, a premier source for small business explained in their […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • 5 Reasons Homeowners Throw the Best Super Bowl Parties! [INFOGRAPHIC]

      Highlights:

      • Watching the big game at home with your friends and family offers many advantages.
      • There’s more room to entertain a large crowd, and you don’t have to worry about complaints to your landlord if you cheer too loudly!
      • The kitchen is big enough to make as many appetizers as you want, and if some of your guests are only there to watch the commercials, they can do so on a different TV in another room!
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • Do You Know How Much Your Home Has Increased in Value?

      Last year we saw headlines about a possible housing market bubble, and many wondered if Americans still felt confident about the value of their homes. Recently, the 2018 Houzz & Home Study revealed: “Homeowners with mortgages have seen their home equity more than double since 2011, increasing to a record-setting $8.3 trillion in 2017.” The […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • 4 Proven Ways Real Estate Can Build Sizable Family Wealth

      Recently, David Greene, co-host of the BiggerPockets podcast and a nationally renowned author and speaker, wrote an article in Forbes explaining how investing in real estate could help build wealth. Many of the points he made also apply to a family owning their own home. Here are a few: 1. Appreciation “The rising of home […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • Is Student Loan Debt A Threat to Homeownership? No!

      Over the course of the last thirty years, a shift has happened. An entire generation has been raised to believe that a college education is their key to unlocking opportunities that were not available to their parent’s or grandparent’s generations. Due to this, student loan debt has soared to $1.5 trillion and represents the largest […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • Why It Makes No Sense to Wait for Spring to Sell

      The price of any item (including residential real estate) is determined by the theory of ‘supply and demand.’ If many people are looking to buy an item and the supply of that item is limited, the price of that item increases. The supply of homes for sale dramatically increases every spring, according to the National Association of […]
      Written by Denise Zervos