Buying and Selling Homes in 2014: A More Balanced Market

Buying and Selling Homes in 2014: A More Balanced Market

2013 has seen some major economic events, and balance probably isn’t the first word most people would think of to describe them. However, there’s some balance coming in 2014…to the housing market, at least. A recent article on CNNMoney discusses how the housing market is shifting and will provide more opportunities for both buyers and sellers, as long as you’re a savvy player in the game.

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VA Loan Q&A: What’s the Difference Between a Realtor and a Real Estate Agent?

VA Loan Q&A: What’s the Difference Between a Realtor and a Real Estate Agent?

Do you use the terms “realtor” and “real estate agent” interchangeably? A lot of people do, but there’s actually a distinct difference between the two. During our VA Loan Q&A Google Hangout, Margo Willis and Nick Mannis of the National Association of Realtors® let us in on the professional differences between realtors and agents.

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Hottest 2014 Building Materials Are Energy-Efficient and Sustainable

Hottest 2014 Building Materials Are Energy-Efficient and Sustainable

As builders and remodeling contractors look ahead to 2014, what materials are they likely to choose? Of the new building products cited by architects, builders, designers, and marketers as the ones to watch in 2014, many are technically not "new." They are materials and products that have been on the market but are just catching on or are long-time favorites with enough staying power to remain top choices for 2014. What most of them have in common, however, are two things: energy-efficiency and sustainability.

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Should You Buy a Home During Winter?

Should You Buy a Home During Winter?

Would you buy a house during the winter? Are you prepared to slog through feet of snow and slide around on sheets of ice looking for a new place to hang your hat? Are you willing to move your family’s belongings into a new place when temperatures are freezing outside? Doesn’t sound too fun, does it? What if buying a house in cold, hard weather translated into saving some cold, hard cash? According to a Realtor.com survey of over 1,300 prospective winter home buyers, there are plenty of reasons why it makes sense.

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Investing in Real Estate: How and Why

Investing in Real Estate: How and Why

If you’re like me, you often sit around and contemplate, “What exactly should I do with my money?” If you’re really like me, your answer is usually to hit up the Taco Bell drive through. But for those times when you have more than a burrito’s worth of money to figure out, you probably want to invest it. There are many options available, but real estate may be a good option for you. “Why?” you ask. Well, as Mark Twain famously put it, “Buy land, they aren’t making any more.”

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Should I Choose a Walkable Community or a Suburban Community?

Should I Choose a Walkable Community or a Suburban Community?

According to the NAR Community Preference Survey of 2013, most Americans prefer houses with easy walks to schools, stores and restaurants over houses with large yards, but where you have to drive to go to schools, stores and restaurants (55% to 40%). An even larger majority prefers houses with smaller yards but a shorter commute to work over houses with larger yards but a longer commute to work (57% to 36%).

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Introducing Mortgage First, Exclusively from Quicken Loans!

Introducing Mortgage First, Exclusively from Quicken Loans!

At Quicken Loans, we like to throw the old rulebook out the window from time to time – and we find that by doing things differently, we can make the experience of buying a home even better for our clients. So we say, go ahead – take a different route to the finish line! And with our brand new approach to home buying called Mortgage First, you can do just that.

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