How to Ensure a Successful Closing on Your New Home

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How to Ensure a Successful Closing on Your New Home

You’ve found the right home, you’ve made an offer that the seller accepted, and now you’re heading into closing with your head held high—you’re about to be a homeowner! But before you start choosing paint swatches and purchasing furniture, you’ll have to successfully make it through the closing process first. The closing process occurs at the end of a real …

What Happens When You Go into Escrow?

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What is escrow

Buying a home for the first time (or even the second time) can be an intimidating process. Not only are you making one of the largest purchases in your life, but you’re also being introduced to a completely new set of words, rules, and customs. One of those confusing terms that gets thrown around a lot in the real estate …

Requirements for a Jumbo Mortgage: Will I Qualify?

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Requirements for a Jumbo Mortgage Loan Will I Qualify

Do you need a “conforming” mortgage or a “jumbo” mortgage? It sounds like a strange question, but it’s a real one. Here’s why. In the U.S., there are two government-sponsored enterprises known as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that guarantee mortgage loans made by lenders up to a certain amount. That amount is $453,100 in most states but is $679,650 …

12 of the Best Blogs for Home Buyers

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Best Blogs for Home Buyers

Are you looking to buy a home? If so, it might help to have some support along the way. Whether you’ve already started your search or you are just beginning to think about buying a home, it is an exciting time in your life. But it can also be overwhelming and confusing, especially if you don’t have anyone to answer …

What These 7 Cities Are Doing to Promote Homeownership

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The home ownership rate in the U.S. was roughly 64.2% in the first quarter of 2018, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Although this rate is slowly but surely climbing (up from a low of 62.9% in the second quarter of 2016), it’s still far below the peak homeownership rate. Many things are to blame for this low rate of …

Would You Be More Likely to Marry Someone Who Owns a Home? (Survey Says “Yes”)

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Survey More Likely to Date or Marry Who Owns Home

If you’ve ever been on a date, you’ve probably wondered what qualities or characteristics go into making you attractive to a potential mate. However, you might not have guessed that owning a home could be one of those characteristics. According to a survey by Atomik Research commissioned by Unison Home Ownership Investors, almost 6 in 10 respondents (58%) said they …

The Value of Owning a Home

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Unison Home Buying Survey

A new survey of over 1,000 potential U.S. home buyers by Unison Home Ownership Investors and commissioned by Atomik Research revealed the financial challenges of saving for a down payment and what people are willing to sacrifice to make home ownership possible.  What would you compromise? Surprisingly, there are many luxuries people would quickly give up for a down payment …