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Local region expected to buck national housing trends in 2014

Posted by Coldwell Banker River Valley on December 30, 2013 in  Buying and Selling
Real estate experts around the country are expecting continued but slowed growth in the national housing market in 2014. But they’re also expecting the upper Midwest to buck that trend. That’s because lenders will be operating under new regulations designed to prevent the loose loan practices that created the housing bubble in the 2000s, the bubble that burst disastrously in 2008. The regulations are expected to affect consumers’ ability to borrow, particularly in areas where lending practices we... read more
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If a New Year Means a New Home

Posted by Coldwell Banker River Valley on December 17, 2013 in  Buying and Selling
New years often bring new goals. It’s a time when people promise to lose weight and exercise more, take better care of themselves and the planet, get out of debt and save more. And oftentimes the latter marks a much bigger goal: buying a new home. If this is the year for you to make your move, here are five steps to get you started.1. Contact your agent. Agents know the housing market and various neighborhoods and have the resources and negotiating skills to get you the best deal and do it more quickly than ... read more
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Our top ten gifts for new homeowners

Posted by Coldwell Banker River Valley on December 08, 2013 in  Uncategorized
With Christmas just days away now, it’s time to finish up your shopping. If a new homeowner’s on your list then our list of top 10 gift picks for new homeowners can help.1. Tools — You can’t always predict when you’ll need them, so it’s a good idea to help the homeowners in your life get stocked up. Start with the basics: a wrench set that includes an adjustable wrench, slip-joint and needlenose pliers, a claw     hammer, screwdrivers and wire cutters.2. Toolbox or tote... read more
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