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The Power of VA Loans

November 10, 2017 | Blog

The Department of Veterans Affairs guaranteed more than 707,000 loans in fiscal year 2016, setting an all-time high. The VA Loan program is the most powerful home loan program on the market for many veterans, service members and military families. These flexible, government-backed loans come with significant benefits that open the doors of home-ownership to veterans who might otherwise struggle to […]

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Understanding the Pro’s & Con’s of Using a VA Loan on a Fixer- Upper

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My husband and I bought our first home about five years ago. It was old and hadn’t been taken care of in a long time. But, we got a great price…or so we thought. Our plan was to gut the inside of the house and fit it to our needs. Since we spent so little acquiring […]

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5 of the Most Common VA Loan Myths Debunked

November 9, 2017 | Blog

It’s the “information age,” not the “good information age.” Accurate information on any topic can be hard to find, and the VA loan process is no exception. From inaccuracies posted on message boards to bad blogs, there is an abundance of VA loan myths out there. Let’s tackle the five most common VA home loan myths and reaffirm the […]

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Vast Majority of Vacant Residential Properties in U.S. are Investment Homes, 3 out of 4

November 2, 2017 | Blog

According to ATTOM Data Solutions 2017 U.S. Residential Vacant Property and Zombie Foreclosure Report, nearly 1.4 million (1,367,793) U.S. residential properties (1 to 4 units) were vacant as of the end of the third quarter of 2017 — representing 1.58 percent of all U.S. residential properties. The 1.58 percent vacant property rate nationwide decreased slightly from […]

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Millennials & Money | How to Buy Your First Home

October 24, 2017 | Blog

  The real estate market is soaring. But Millennials shouldn’t feel pressure to get in on the action, according to financial experts. They’re the largest group of homebuyers in the market today. Buying a home is one of the most — if not the most — significant purchases of your adult life. So, you’ll want to make sure […]

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Aston Martin is Now Doing Luxury Real Estate?!

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  The British luxury automaker, which is closely associated with the James Bond movie franchise, announced it’s partnering with a property developer to build a new 66-story residential tower in Miami, Florida. The companies broke ground on the new Aston Martin Residences on Wednesday, and expect the building will be finished in 2021. A move […]

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Renters feel the housing market is loosening up, which is fueling the sudden optimism among homebuyers

October 17, 2017 | Blog

Recently, too few homes have been for sale, leading to high prices and fierce competition among buyers. Yet there has been a sudden burst of optimism among potential homebuyers in a monthly sentiment survey from Fannie Mae. Housing confidence rose in September to match the all-time high set in June. Renters think the housing market […]

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Millennials Started Buying in Tampa Bay. What Does This Mean for the Tampa Bay Housing Market?

October 4, 2017 | Blog

When Michael Berry first moved into Tampa’s Madison at Soho condos, he liked being smack in the midst of the lively bar and restaurant scene on South Howard Avenue. That was two years ago. Now Berry is 26, about to turn 27. So is his fiance, Alicia Kais. “We’ve had our fun here, but it’s […]

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STOP! Before You Apply for A Home Loan Read These 7 Tips!

October 3, 2017 | Blog

While television commercials can make it seem like getting a mortgage requires just a few clicks of a button, that’s rarely the case in reality. For most people, securing a loan to buy a home takes time, and means intense scrutiny from the institution doing the lending. It’s not an overly pleasant project — getting […]

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8 Tips to Cut Mortgage Closing Costs for Homebuyers

October 2, 2017 | Blog

HOW TO CUT CLOSING COSTS For many potential buyers, closing costs are a big hurdle to home-ownership and can add thousands of dollars to the price of a mortgage. Like the down payment, closing costs are often paid upfront. Looking for a few ways to trim the amount of cash you have to take to the […]

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