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States With the Largest Home Equity Gains

National home equity in the third quarter of 2019 rose 5.1% year over year, reaching an average of $5,300 per homeowner, according to CoreLogic’s Home Equity Report. States that saw the largest equity gains are Idaho (where homeowners saw an average increase of $25,800), Wyoming ($24,000), Utah ($21,000), and Montana ($17,800). © CoreLogic Meanwhile, the …

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A Calendar for Shoppers: December’s Best Buys

With the holidays upon us, there’s still plenty of time to score some excellent deals. Here’s a look at the biggest December discounts. Big-screen TVs, home theater accessories and gaming systems. The sales on these popular holiday gifts will continue through December, though rock-bottom prices may have already occurred in November. Tools. A popular classic …

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Think Prices Have Skyrocketed? Look at Rents.

Much has been written about how residential real estate values have increased since the housing market started its recovery in 2012. However, little has been shared about what has taken place with residential rental prices. Let’s shed a little light on this subject. In the most recent Apartment Rent Report, RentCafe explains how rents have …

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5 Staging Tips to ‘Master’ the Owner’s Suite

The master bedroom is an important room to stage in order to help potential buyers feel right at home. Apartment Therapy recently highlighted tips from designers on how to achieve a posh bedroom look without spending big bucks. A few of their ideas include: Add overstuffed pillows. Overstuffed decorative throw cushions can offer a luxurious …

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Buyers Are Looking Now. Are You Ready to List Your Home?

Inventory on the market today is low, especially among existing homes in the entry and middle-level tiers of the market. It is hovering well below the 6-month supply typically found in a more normal market, as shown in the graph below:With inventory being one of the biggest housing market challenges today, finding a starter home …

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What Credit Score Do You Need To Buy A House?

There are many misconceptions about the credit score needed to buy a house. Recently, it was reported that 24% of renters believe they need a 780-800 credit score to be considered for a mortgage. The reality is they are misinformed! Only 25% of the Americans have a FICO® Score between 740 and 800. Here is …

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Skillet Nachos

   Total Time: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.    Makes: 6 servings Ingredients 1 pound ground beef 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained 1 cup fresh or frozen corn, thawed 3/4 cup uncooked instant rice 1/2 cup water 1 envelope taco seasoning 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese 1 package (16 ounces) …

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