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How The U.S. Housing Market Is Booming Despite COVID

There’s an amazing transformation going on before our eyes. The U.S. housing market is booming, thanks to record low interest rates and social trends accelerated by the COVID pandemic. Here’s 7 key facts shaping this major industry that you’ll want to factor into your financial planning and share with family members who may be contemplating […]

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Applying For A New Mortgage? Make Sure Your Credit Score Is At Its Best

Why a top credit score matters You may already know how important it is to have the best credit score possible. Your credit score typically affects how much you pay on your home mortgage, your new car loan, and even your cell phone contract. Depending on where you live, it may influence how much you […]

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Florida Cities Ranked Best Places To Retire

With only 24 percent of working Americans reporting that they are “very confident” they will have enough money for a comfortable retirement, picking the right place to retire becomes vitally important. For retirees, the ideal city has to offer good weather, lots to do, and access to good health-care, especially in light of the COVID crisis. […]

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Real Estate Winners And Losers: Taking A Closer Look

Like many other investors, you probably own a handful of REITs or real estate mutual funds in your portfolio. Publicly traded real estate, whether packaged inside real estate mutual funds or exchange traded funds (ETFs), has been a perennial investor favorite, offering decent income payouts, good portfolio diversification, inflation protection, and tax benefits. Lately, as […]

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These Young Consumers Are Buying Their First Home During The Pandemic

It takes a lot of courage to move forward with a life-changing financial decision in the midst of the pandemic. But many young consumers are doing just that. They are forging ahead with their very first home purchase in one of the most uncertain economic climates we’ve ever experienced. In fact, Client Associate Scott Weigel, whom […]

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12 Most Affordable Housing Markets For First-Time Homebuyers

Young Americans are priced out of real estate markets in many of their favorite cities. Home values are so high in relation to income in the nation’s leading metropolitan areas that young home-buyers would need decades to save enough money to put down a 20% down payment. But it doesn’t need to be that way. […]

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Refinancing Done Right: When A Mortgage Re-Do Generates Big Savings

Rates are lower than ever, so we’ve been helping several clients explore mortgage refinancing options. When a refinancing is done right, it can save you thousands of dollars. But not every potential refi makes the cut. Sometimes the expenses just don’t justify the potential savings. But the refi that closed last week for our clients […]

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Florida Real Estate Holds Its Own During The Pandemic

We may be in the midst of a global pandemic, but life goes on. No surprise, then, that we have clients who are selling, building, buying, and refinancing homes across the state, despite COVID-19. Curious as to how Florida’s real estate market is weathering the pandemic? Here’s some highlights: Transactions are continuing day by day. […]

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4 Financial Wellness Tips For Real Estate Professionals

We work with quite a few real estate professionals, and were honored to contribute commentary a few weeks ago to an article in REALTOR® magazine on financial wellness. Like many others, real estate professionals have been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The traditional home buying and selling market has been turned on its head […]

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Navigating 5 Key Financial Challenges During COVID-19

Summary If you’ve been financially impacted by COVID-19, there is relief for you and your family. From unemployment benefit extensions to mortgage payment suspensions, here are 5 ways you can access help. 5 Key Financial Challenges During COVID-19 The COVID-19 pandemic may have peaked in some areas, but we’ve barely begun to deal with the […]

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