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Resource Video: Buyer Edition

What are Discount Points? Discount points are a kind of prepaid interest that a borrower pays as an upfront fee to their lender at the time of closing. By paying discount points you pay more upfront, but receive a lower …
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The Best Time to Sell Your Home? Now! The Best Company to Sell Your Home? Shorewest!

Demand for housing has remained strong as mortgage rates have remained near historic lows in 2017. The first quarter was sensational for the housing market as robust sales activity continued from the previous year.Sellers should know that the housing market …
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How Does Owning a Home Give You Wealth?

You have heard repeatedly that putting money down on a home will repay you with equity. But that’s hard to remember after a large down payment and closing costs! However it is an important piece of information to remember when …
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Calling All Sellers!

Why does the market sway between a buyer’s market and a seller’s market? The price of any item is determined by the supply of that item, as well as the market demand. The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) surveys “over 50,000 real estate …
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Want to Buy or Sell a Home? Now is the Time!

2016 was the year of low mortgage rate and also low inventory. The average for the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 3.65% which is the lowest annual average ever recorded by Freddie Mac going back to 1971. Since then mortgage rates …
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Where Are All of the First Time Buyers?

Many first-time home buyers are Millennials, but we are seeing a large part of this generation hesitating to make the leap into homeownership. Which begs the question, why the hesitation? Recent surveys have uncovered that potential buyers believe that you …
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State of the Market – January 2017

A letter from Joseph A. Horning, President of Shorewest, REALTORS® The beginning of the year is a time to pause and reflect on the success of the 2016 market and look forward to the continued growth of 2017. According to …
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Resource Video: Buyer Edition

What is a Mortgage Gift Letter? Saving enough money to use as a down payment to purchase a home is no easy task, especially if you are buying for the first time. Most lenders allow gifted funds to be used …
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2019: Five Real Estate Resolutions that Stick

So we are just getting into the first month of the New Year! How are your resolutions coming along? Some of them may be sticking and some might be done already. Here are some real estate resolutions not to give up on! …
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Serious About Buying a Home? Get Pre-Approved!

Right now we are in the midst of a serious sellers market. What this entails is that there are more buyers in the market than homes available to buy.Freddie Mac explains the advantages of pre-approval on their website, “It’s highly …
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