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VA financing for military veterans – a great opportunity

Did you know there are more than 27 million veterans eligible for VA financing? These potential home buyers enjoy significant loan advantages not available to non-veteran homebuyers. If you’re working with prospective home buyers right now, check with them to see if they are veterans. If they are, make sure they are aware of the…

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4 Strong Reasons to Buy a Home Now

DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 2012 “It’s hard to argue against buying a house now, assuming you can get a loan,” writes John Waggoner, a columnist with USA Today. Sure, Waggoner says that getting a credit check for approval of a mortgage can be an “only slightly less intrusive than a CIA…

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Your Home Maintenance Quiz

It’s the weekend and you have a whole list of household chores to do. Oh, we know you’d rather be golfing or playing tennis or watching TV, but keeping your home in good shape is important. Your home may be the biggest investment you will ever make. Taking good care of it with regular maintenance…

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Green Building is the Answer to the Housing Turnaround

The green building sector is offering some hope for the home building industry, which has battled sluggish sales in recent years that has practically brought new-home construction to a halt. But home builders that have opted for green construction are beating the odds and have even seen their market share rise slightly, according to panelists…

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Home Ownership is Still a Great Investment

Seventy-five percent of Americans say that “owning a home is the best long-term investment they can make and is worth the risk of ups and downs in the housing market,” according to a new survey of 2,000 bipartisan voters by the National Association of Home Builders. Despite their situation – whether underwater on their home…

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Build Now Before Material Costs Skyrocket

new home construction and remodeling

United States economic recovery, rebuilding efforts in Japan, a worldwide weakness in the dollar and unrest in the Middle East are creating the “perfect storm” for material pricing. Read more at this post on CNNMoney.com: The commodities crunch hits homebuilders hard

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81 percent still think home is best investment

new home construction and remodeling

Published on Housing Zone (http://www.housingzone.com) Byline: Jonathan Sweet, Editor in Chief Publication Date: Wed, 2011-04-13 10:27 Despite the housing bubble and subsequent crash, more than 80 percent of remodelers still think buying a home is the best long-term investment a person can make. That’s according to a recent Pew Research Center study [1], which found…

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The Not-So-Obvious Benefits of Buying New

Entry-door

Prospective home buyers have the choice of two types of houses on the market: resale or new. Home buyers planning to buy a brand-new house or condominium often cite energy-efficiency, open layout, a warranty, and being able to select appliances, flooring, paint colors and other design elements as factors driving their choice. But builders say…

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Housing Shortage on the Horizon?

Elevation

Mike Castleman, founder and CEO of Metrostudy, which tracks real-time data of the country’s inventory of new homes, says a housing shortage is looming that will soon will create a huge surge in demand for new homes. As such, now is the time to buy, he says. In the 41 cities Metrostudy covers, 78,000 houses…

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