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    Rent Or Buy: Either Way You’re Paying A Mortgage!

    By Alison Brelie | August 27, 2018

    There are some people who have not purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize, however, that unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. As Entrepreneur Magazine, a premier source for small business, explained in their article, “12... Read More

    Who Are Millennials and What Do They Want in a Home?

    By Alison Brelie | August 24, 2018

    If you work with first time home buyers, chances are, you’re going to be working with Millennials. Who are millennials?They represent the biggest generation in history and the biggest group of home buyers in America. As a real estate professional, you need to understand the Millennial generation. In this article and in our course, Millennials are Changing... Read More

    What Does The Recent Rash Of Price Reductions Mean To The Real Estate Market?

    By Alison Brelie | August 23, 2018

    Last week, in a new report from Zillow, it was revealed that there has been a rash of price reductions across the country. According to the report: There are more price cuts now than a year ago in over two-thirds of the nation’s largest metros About 14% of all listings had a price cut in June Since the... Read More

    Small Kitchen? Try These 9 Tips for Making the Most of Your Limited Space

    By Alison Brelie | August 22, 2018

    Transform your standard-issue rental kitchen with these tips. Is there some kind of law that requires rental apartments to supply no more than a single square of kitchen counter space to each unit? Between the white walls, scarce and often outdated cabinets, and a lack of amenities, it’s rare to find a solid kitchen in... Read More

    5 Real Estate Reality TV Myths Explained

    By Alison Brelie | August 21, 2018

    Have you ever been flipping through the channels, only to find yourself glued to the couch in an HGTV binge session? We’ve all been there, watching entire seasons of “Love it or List it,” “Million Dollar Listing,” “House Hunters,” “Property Brothers,” and so many more all in one sitting. When you’re in the middle of your real... Read More

    The Net Worth of a Homeowner is 44x Greater Than A Renter!

    By Alison Brelie | August 20, 2018

    Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts their Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. Their latest survey data, covering 2013-2016 was recently released. The study revealed that the median net worth of a homeowner was $231,400 – a 15% increase since 2013. At the same time, the median net worth... Read More

    The Cost Of Waiting: Interest Rates Edition

    By Alison Brelie | August 17, 2018

    Some Highlights: Interest rates are projected to increase steadily heading into 2019. The higher your interest rate, the more money you end up paying for your home and the higher your monthly payment will be. Rates are still low right now – don’t wait until they hit 5% to start searching for your dream home!... Read More

    Homebuyers Willing To Sacrifice ‘Must-Haves’ In Favor Of Good School Districts

    By Alison Brelie | August 16, 2018

    t should come as no surprise that buying a home in a good school district is important to homebuyers. According to a report from, 86% of 18-34 year-olds and 84% of those aged 35-54 indicated that their home search areas were defined by school district boundaries. What is surprising, however, is that 78% of recent homebuyers sacrificed... Read More

    Have You Outgrown Your Starter Home?

    By Alison Brelie | August 14, 2018

    For many Americans, buying their first home is their first taste of achieving part of the American Dream. There is a sense of pride that comes along with owning your own home and building your family’s wealth through your monthly mortgage payment. It may seem hard to imagine that the first home you purchased (which... Read More

    5 Reasons Millennials Choose To Buy A Home

    By Alison Brelie | August 13, 2018

    Some Highlights: “The majority of millennials said they consider owning a home more sensible than renting for both financial and lifestyle reasons — including control of living space, flexibility in future decisions, privacy and security, and living in a nice home.” The top reason millennials choose to buy is to have control over their living... Read More