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Buying A Home: Step 1 is Getting Pre-Approved

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For many people, the thought of buying a home may seem daunting because of how many steps are required. However, if you break it down into multiple steps, the process isn’t that difficult. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be providing you with instructions for buying a home, step by step. . The first step of the home buying process? …

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Moving Up Is Now More Affordable

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If moving up to a larger home or into a different area that better suits your family’s needs is on the horizon for you, there’s good news: Moving up is more affordable than it’s been in the last 40 years, according to a recent study. Recently, Trulia researched home affordability from 1975 through 2016 and found that “Nationally, homes are …

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Funding A Down Payment On Your New Home

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In the highly-competitive Southern California housing market, the thought of sourcing funds for a home down payment can send shivers through first-time home buyers. Never fear, though. There are lots of options. Sometimes would-be home buyers get discouraged by myths that just aren’t true. Chief among them is, you need to put 20% percent down. If you’re following this school …

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Are Home Values Overinflated?

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With market volatility, rising interest rates and the continued increases in home prices, sometimes comes the question: Are home values overinflated? Last week,the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their most recent Existing Home Sales Report. According to the report: “The median existing-home price for all housing types in January was $240,500, up 5.8 percent from January 2017 ($227,300). January’s price increase marks the 71st straight …

5 Reasons To Buy During the Holidays

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In many parts of the United States, homebuying over the holiday season slows down to a glacial pace. Let’s face it — only really motivated buyers would put on heavy coats and boots and trudge through the snow to find their dream home. Here in sunny Southern California, we face no such weather challenges, but the real estate market still experiences …