A Million+ Boomerang Buyers about to Enter Market

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  TransUnion recently released the results of a new study titled “The Bubble, the Burst and Now – What Happened to the Consumer?” The study revealed that 1.5 million homeowners that were negatively impacted by the housing crisis could re-enter the housing market in the next three years. TransUnion defined “negatively impacted” as… “…those who were 60+ days past due […]

Are Garage Sales Really Worth It?

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By Marjorie Youngren GLOBE CORRESPONDENT Everyone knows the merits of decluttering before selling. It is one of the first things realtors tell clients to do to make their home more marketable. Many times sellers have not only accumulated their own items, but the contents of their relatives’ homes as well. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to find […]

The Most Appealing Aspects of Homeownership

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The National Association of Realtors (NAR) just released their first issue of the Housing Opportunities & Market Experience Survey (HOME). In the report, NAR revealed what Americans believe to be the most appealing aspects of homeownership. Here is a graph showing the results: It is interesting to see that the two most appealing aspects had nothing to do with […]

Obstacles to Homeownership: Perceived or Real?

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Yesterday, we discussed the belief Americans have in homeownership and their desire to partake in this piece of the American Dream. We also discussed some of the obstacles preventing them from attaining that goal. However, studies have shown that many of the obstacles mentioned are perceived, not real. A recent study by Fannie Mae, What Do Consumers Know About […]

Homeownership Still Part of the American Dream

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The National Association of Realtors (NAR) just released the first edition of their Housing Opportunities and Market Experience Survey (H.O.M.E.). NAR explained that the report covers: “…core topics that will be tracked on a monthly basis such as views on housing as a good financial investment, whether homeownership is part of the American Dream…” The current survey confirmed two […]

Move or Renovate? Questions to Ask Before You Decide

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By Marjorie Youngren GLOBE CORRESPONDENT  DECEMBER 23, 2015 Should I stay and remodel, or should I move? These are questions many people struggle with. You love your neighborhood and certain spaces in your home, but you want more room or updates. Maybe your family has grown or you finally got that raise and can afford the gourmet […]

How Long Does It Take To Save A Down Payment?

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In a recent study conducted by Builder.com, researchers determined that nationwide it would take “nearly eight years” for a first-time buyer to save enough for a down payment on their dream home. Depending on where you live, median rents, incomes and home prices all vary. By determining the percentage a renter spends on housing in each state and the amount […]