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Smart-Home Tech Adoption Motivated by Comfort, Safety

When it comes to adopting smart-home technology, homebuyers and sellers are most interested in privacy and security measures. According to a recent study conducted by Scripps Networks Interactive in conjunction with the National Association of Home Builders and National Kitchen…

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What to Do Before Settling into Your New Home

Whether you are a newlywed just beginning your life with your significant other or a retiree looking to downsize, purchasing a new home is a time of new beginnings. Despite all of the anticipation of owning a new home, RISMedia…

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Six Reasons to Sell Your Home in 2017

Planning to sell in the new year? Get a head start by listing in January or February. Here, Trulia offers six unexpected ways you could benefit by getting in on the real estate market at the beginning of the year.…

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November Existing Home Sales and Median Price Accelerate

Double-digit annual sales increases across every major region of the state propelled California existing home sales higher in November on a year-over-year basis. According to the California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.), this increase is due largely to last year’s new…

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New Down Payment Option Could Boost Homeownership

A groundbreaking pilot program by Freddie Mac is putting homeownership within reach of more consumers and increasing the buying power of others, sometimes by hundreds of thousands of dollars. The Federal mortgage guarantor’s new program enables homebuyers to get half…

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The Ins and Outs of Down Payments

Lenders like to see clients lay down a sizable down payment before they approve a mortgage, which lowers the odds that you’ll default on your loan. Here, some tips from Yahoo.com on how large a down payment you actually need, along with…

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C.A.R. Applauds FHFA for Raising Conforming Loan Limits

The California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) praises Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt for raising the existing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac conforming loan limits, which will provide stability and certainty to the housing market and give tens of…

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Mortgage Rates Climb Higher

Freddie Mac’s most recent Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows average fixed mortgage rates moving higher. “This week’s survey reflects pre-election market conditions,” says Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “As a result, the 30-year mortgage rate increased to 3.57 percent,…

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The Biggest First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes

The National Association of Realtors’ September existing-home sales report showed that individuals entering the home market for the first time accounted for 34 percent of all buyers, helping drive one of the best months the association has ever seen. With…

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