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Getting some first time home owners assistance

for sale sign outside houseIf you are a would-be first time home buyer concerned about buying a home, you’re not alone. First time home buyers have had the most difficulty getting back into the real estate market after the Great Recession. Many would-be first time home buyers lack the financial resources, while others worry about the long term value. However, there is probably no better time than now to buy your first home.
You may be one of the many would-be first time home buyers who opted to continue to rent or live with their parents until the timing was right. Many would-be home buyers did the same, as a 2106 Pew Research Center report pointed out the millennial housing trend that may be associated with the decline in the homeownership rate since the Great Recession (For First Time in Modern Era, Living With Parents Edges Out Other Living Arrangements for 18- to 34-Year-Olds; pewsocialtrends.org; May 24, 2016). However, economic factors have significantly improved, and the housing market has stabilized. So what’s holding you back?

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In the end the only commodity is you

for sale sign outside houseMuch of what you see, hear, and read on TV, radio, and the internet is syndicated and distributed through a broad network of affiliated outlets. The purpose is to have as large of an audience as possible. The larger the audience, the larger the advertising revenue. Syndicating and distributing media content has been around for a very long time, and has been very a lucrative industry for those involved.

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Getting that top dollar for your home

The guarantee of “Getting top dollar for your home” is a theme in many real estate ads, as well as being promised by many agents.  Of course “Getting top dollar” is the goal for every home seller!  But why is this meme still prominent, and is it still meaningful?

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Hopeless romantics lost in real estate

Realtors® are guilty of romanticizing, if not glorifying, buying and selling a home. And it’s probably true for many, that initial thoughts of buying or selling a home (and everything that goes along with it) are sanguine. And yet, shortly after they are faced with details of the move, many are hit with the reality that the process is full of potential pitfalls and setbacks. Buying and selling a home can be a confusing endeavor, that can become overwhelming if you’re not mentally prepared.

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Love and the 'boomerang' home buyer

house genericThere is homeownership after a foreclosure or short sale. Home owners, who lost their homes to foreclosure or short sale during the housing downturn and recession, are apparently returning to the housing market in increasing numbers, such that their home buying activity is attracting economists’ attention.

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