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5 Steps to Homeownership in 2017

Posted by Anna Jotham on December 12, 2016 in  Buying and Selling  Financing
Sitting at the intersection of low interest rates and a slightly cooler market, this might be the perfect year to make that move on your first home. Take these five steps to get started in the right direction. Explore locations. Many young professionals are still in fluid career positions, and buying a home means you should be prepared to stay put for five to seven years. If you’re serious about buying, make sure you’re looking in a location where you can stay for a bit. Buying involves significant upf... read more
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Tips for Selling in January

Posted by Anna Jotham on December 12, 2016 in  Buying and Selling  Decorating and Staging  Financing
A job transfer requires us to put our home on the market in January. How can we make that work? If you’re moving away for work, odds are that someone else is moving here for work. January is actually a fairly typical time for businesses to make personnel decisions involving transfers. The most important step you can take is finding yourself a solid real estate agent. These three tips will also help you sell a property in the middle of a Minnesota or Wisconsin winter. Keep up with the snow. Make sure you ha... read more
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Market Outlook: 2017 Looks Solid and Steady

Posted by Anna Jotham on December 12, 2016 in  Buying and Selling  Financing
National real estate and lending entities are projecting continued growth through 2017 and beyond. The National Association of Realtors, various lenders, and the Mortgage Bankers’ Association are predicting a movement among Generation Y to finally take that leap and purchase their first homes. Home sales will continue to increase, says NAR, through 2020 as unemployment rates remain low and young people begin to feel more confident investing in real estate. Some predict that sales will remain steady through ... read more
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Best Practices for Paying Off Your Mortgage

Posted by Anna Jotham on October 06, 2016 in  Buying and Selling  Financing
Early in home ownership, it’s tough to picture life without a mortgage payment. Would you travel more? Take that art class? Save more for retirement? Among the choices you can make with extra income, putting some toward your mortgage is a sound financial decision. Choose from several strategies toward knocking out your home mortgage. • Buy a home you can afford in the first place. Lenders are usually pretty generous in approving mortgage loans. Look to buy a home priced lower than the maximum amount a... read more
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Funding Your Retirement with Real Estate Income

Posted by Anna Jotham on October 05, 2016 in  Buying and Selling  Financing
There are many options to consider when it comes to funding your retirement, and some savvy investors are padding their nest egg by simply buying another nest. No, we're not talking a second home here, we're talking about investment properties. Whether residential or commercial real estate, investment properties can enable you to collect income before and beyond retirement. Of course, as with any investment, there are pros and cons to consider. On the upside, rental properties can offer you regular income every ... read more
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