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Should We Sell Our Home Or Keep It As A Rental?

By FirstAm Editor on February 28, 2017

Many homeowners who are preparing to move from one home to another ask themselves this question. Human nature compels us to cling to the things we care about and consider valuable. In order to make an informed decision here are a few things to consider. This article is strictly meant to be thought provoking and should not in any way be...

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Topics: Housing

Housing's Inventory Issue

By FirstAm Editor on February 11, 2014

The housing market's gradual recovery continues to face one major obstacle in many local markets: Limited inventory.

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Topics: Economy, Housing

Helping Buyers Find Homes (and Love) This Valentine’s Day

By FirstAm Editor on February 10, 2014

Do you know a buyer looking to relocate? When selecting a new locale, homebuyers might consider home prices, per capita income, educational opportunities or employment rates. But if your customers are alone this Valentine’s Day, perhaps it’s time to consider the romance quotient.

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Topics: Housing

Mortgages For One

By FirstAm Editor on March 19, 2013

Mortgages are often thought of as a two-person operation, but that trend is starting to shift in the real estate market as individuals are increasingly seeking home loans on their own. Buyers who choose to go it alone enjoy some unique freedoms like not being tied to another person's credit or employment history. However, they also may...

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Topics: Homebuyer and Seller Education, Economy, Housing

5 Things NOT To Do During The Closing Process

By FirstAm Editor on November 26, 2012

Keeping things consistant throughout the closing process will help ensure you have a predictable and stress-free closing experience. Here are 5 tips from our closing experts.

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Topics: Housing, New Home Buying

Buying A Home For Retirement

By FirstAm Editor on November 9, 2012

Low mortgage rates and improving optimism across the country have helped entice first-time homebuyers into the market. Several recent studies have shown that in most areas, buying a home is a superior fiscal option than renting, and as a result, many lifelong renters have become homeowners. However, it's not only young people that have been...

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Topics: Homebuyer and Seller Education, Housing, New Home Buying

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