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Five Loan Worries for Buyers

While 30% of buyers today are paying cash, 70% are using a mortgage to purchase their new home.  Even with a good pre approval, buyers still worry about getting to the closing table. Here are the top five worries buyers …
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Categories: Home Buying, Mortgage


Mortgage Rates for Summer 2012 at an All Time Low

Mortgage rates have been falling throughout summer 2012 and continue to entice potential buyers. Surveys have shown 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 3.57%, falling from the previous month’s average of 3.71%. In July 2011, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.60%. The 15-year …
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A Fresh Coat Can Lead to a Fresh Look

One of the easiest ways to get a home ready to sell or to personalize a room in your new home is a fresh coat of paint. Here are 10 tips to help ensure a perfect paint job. Use a …
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Milwaukee Ranked #2 in Top 10 Real Estate Buyers’ Markets

Good Morning America’s Susanna Kim reported this month on the Top 10 Real Estate Buyers’ Markets in the United States. Taking the 50 largest metropolitan areas, cities were ranked using a number of criteria including the Sale-to-List price ratio, percentage …
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9 Things to Pack Carefully – Most Likely To Get Broken During a Move

One of the many details to consider during a move is how to pack, and it’s something that often gets rushed. We’ve brought you a list of things most likely to get broken during a move so you can be …
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Largest One-Month Homebuilder Confidence Gain in 10 years

Homebuilder confidence rose six points in July, according to a new report from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). This is the largest recorded increase in a decade.  In conjunction, the Home Price Index reached its highest point on …
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Six Surprising Factors that Affect Home Insurance Rates

Personal factors hold a lot of weight with your home owner’s insurance agent.  Be prepared to pay more when you or your home features these more costly circumstances. Pets. Insurance rates may increase if you own pets. Some insurance companies …
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Categories: Home Buying


Pools: Yay or Nay?

Wisconsin’s hot weather streak has us thinking about one thing: where is the nearest pool?  The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals say around 4.7 million U.S. homes have in-ground pools.  What are the benefits to having a pool on …
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Single Home Owners Boosting U.S. Economy

The U.S. has reported its highest percentage of solo home owners ever.  With 28% of households being one person, singles are fast becoming an economic powerhouse.  Around 30 million people, including 18 million women, have pursued single person homes, and …
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Urban Growth Outpaces Suburbs for First Time in a Century

New data from the Census Bureau shows American cities growing more than their suburban counterparts for the first time in 100 years.  Since the mass production of the automobile began, US cities have not seen such a dramatic change in …
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