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What Is a Home Equity Line of Credit? The HELOC Explained

If you’ve been looking for a way to get a little money out of your home without actually selling it, you’ve probably come across something called a Home Equity Line of Credit, or HELOC for short (pronounced “heelock”). Clear as mud, right? Now that you’re no doubt wondering what a Home Equity Line of Credit […]

5 (Totally Legal) Tricks to Boost Your Credit Score Fast

So, you’ve decided next year is the year you’re finally going to buy a house, but now you’re a little panicked because your credit score isn’t exactly going to make lenders swoon. You’re not alone. The national average credit score is 695, while only half of consumers fall in the desired 700-plus range. Although you certainly can get […]

Being Pre-Approved Should Always Be Your First Step

  In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes greatly outnumbers the amount of homes for sale, yet few are pre-approved when they start their search. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show you are serious about buying […]

How Long Do Most Families Stay in Their Home?

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) keeps historical data on many aspects of homeownership. One of the data points that has changed dramatically is the median tenure of a family in a home.  Ever wonder how long most people stay in their home? As the graph below shows, for over twenty years (1985-2008), the median tenure averaged […]

Housing Prices and Where they are Heading in the Next 5 Years?

Housing prices today seem to be in the center of many real estate conversations.  Experts have weighed in on the price of homes and where they may be headed. That is why we like the Home Price Expectation Survey. Every quarter, Pulsenomics surveys a nationwide panel of over one hundred economists, real estate experts, and investment & market strategists […]

Are You 1 of the 59M Considering Buying a Home?

According to a survey conducted by Bankrate.com, one in four Americans are considering buying a home this year. If this statistic proves to be true, that means that 59 million people will be looking to enter the housing market in 2017! The survey also revealed 3 key takeaways: Those most likely to buy are ‘Older Millennials’ (ages 27-36) […]