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Housing Market Projections The new year ushered in a variety of changes for the United States. With a new administration and a generally healthy economy, 2017 poses unique challenges as well as attractive opportunities for people who are aiming to buy a home. Whether thinking about buying a home for the first time, moving to a new city, or downsizing, it benefits the process to be educated on the current real estate climate.

Here are 7 home buying trends that may affect your plans on purchasing a house in 2017.

1. Credit Standards are Loosening Up

After the mortgage meltdown in 2008, lenders tightened credit standards to a never-been-seen-before point. The credit score needed to buy a home during that period rose significantly, and buyers with even mediocre credit

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Moving in Home in Great Condition More than half of homebuyers today make improvements to the property they close on. "Move-in ready" doesn't seem as important as it used to be. Only 18 percent of recent homebuyers reported buying a home that had recently been remodeled. If this seems like an unusual trend, it just one of the surprising findings in a study of real estate buying selling habits found in a recent study.

More than 80 percent of sellers, according to the same body of statistics take the time and spend the money to complete home improvements prior to listing. Although those improvements are most commonly relatively minor, including interior and/or exterior painting, redoing a bathroom, boosting curb appeal, improving landscaping and adding new flooring, typical

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Cat on Couch in Listed Home Pet ownership in America is a steadily growing trend. In fact, according to statistics published by the ASPCA, some 37 to 47 percent of all households in the United States include one or more dogs and some 30 to 37 percent of homes are shared with one or more cats. In actual numbers, this translates to approximately 70 to 80 million dogs and 74 to 96 million cats living in homes throughout the country.

While these numbers clearly show that having a pet is popular, not all home buyers are pet owners and this can create a problem when those who are need to sell their home.  

Start by Deciding on the Best Marketing Path to Follow

Sellers who share their homes with pets will typically be faced with two choices when putting their homes on the

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Smart Energy Usage in Home Efficiency is all the rage for today's homeowners and buyers, and you may want to make sure that the home you buy is following that trend.

These tips help you to determine whether a home on the market will be energy-efficient, or if you will need to pay out some extra cash on your utility bills or upgrades.

Categories of Home Energy Consumption

You have probably read at least a little about cutting down on your home’s energy consumption in heating and cooling, but there are other categories of home energy use that deserve your attention. Heating and cooling typically takes up about 48 percent of the average home’s energy usage. That figure represents a 10 percent drop since the 1990s.

Roughly 35 percent of energy usage is through

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 In many areas of the country you can purchase a home and pay less for your monthly mortgage than you might pay for rent – however, when looking at mortgage calculators online, be careful that the monthly mortgage payment you’re looking at is the complete picture of all required homeownership costs and not just the amount you’ll need to reimburse your lender each month for your mortgage loan. In some cases, property taxes can be 50% (or more) of a monthly mortgage payment amount, taking the true price of home ownership much higher than originally anticipated. When you’re looking to become a home owner, make sure that you understand the full financial commitment you’re entering into. There are many advantages of home ownership, but you also want to ensure

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Picking the Right Home Loan As you start to search for a mortgage loan, you will probably receive a lot of advice from friends and relatives about the loans they think are best. While personal recommendations can be helpful, you should keep in mind that, while your friend's mortgage worked for them, it may not be as practical for you.

With this guide, you will understand how different loan terms affect your monthly payments and long-term investment. That way, you can balance your budgetary concerns in the short-term with your long-term goals as you search for homes.

To determine how a mortgage may work for your specific situation, first speak with your lender or financial advisor.

What Types of Mortgages Are Available?

Although there is a great deal in the news

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Making a Home Sell Soon Days on market (DOM) is a crucial number in any real estate transaction. Defined as the number of days that it takes a home to progress from listing date through closing date, this number is one that sellers need to take seriously.

When real estate markets are relatively stable, homes that can compete well with their competition might reasonably be expected to successfully sell within the time frame of the average DOM figure for their area and their particular segment of the market. In some cases, however, sellers may want or need their homes to not linger on the market or sell more quickly than average.

If you are preparing your home for sale and want or need it to sell as quickly as possible, here are six things you can do to help make

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As the housing market across the country continues to rebound, many areas have become “seller’s markets” – a market in which there are more buyers than there are homes for sale and where sellers are more likely to have their choice of buyer and to be able to dictate more attractive options for themselves, rather than buyers being able to dictate terms that are beneficial. In many of these markets, buyers have to content with and go up against offers of “all cash”, where the other buyer won’t be taking out a mortgage and will instead be handing the seller a lump sum of cash for the purchase of their home. How can you combat an all-cash offer? It is possible to submit an offer that’s more attractive than an all-cash offer, one that will get you into the

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There are many mortgage products available on the market today, which is great for buyers who now have more than one option for purchasing a home. There are your traditional 15-year or 30-year fixed rate mortgage loans (which are often just called conventional mortgages), adjustable rate mortgage loans, balloon payment loans, jumbo loans, variable term mortgage loans - - what do they all mean?!?! And of course most importantly: which one is the right choice for you and your family?

One popular mortgage loan product is adjustable rate mortgages, or ARMs. ARMs generally are advertised as 5, 7 or 10 year (or 5/1, 7/1, and 10/1) ARMs, although some mortgage lenders may offer other loan terms. When you see an ARM advertised as a “5/1” or “10/1”, the first

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Buying a House for a College Student Watching a child graduate from high school is a joyous occasion for many parents. However, if they are planning on going to college, you may be worrying about the college bills that will soon be arriving as your high school graduate enters the next, and most expensive, phase of their education.

College expenses can be especially worrisome when a student will be attending school far away, making it impossible for them to commute from home. If you or someone you know has someone that may be college bound - or you are interested in an investment rental property, you may be surprised to discover that buying a home in a college or university town might be a way to cut college costs while having an investment property after they graduate.  

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