VA lending

To set the record straight, here are five myths about VA loans that no longer hold water.

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Before painting your house “neutral colors”

When we’re planning to sell our most valuable asset, it’s a good idea to consider painting. A fresh coat of paint will add value. But before neutralizing your home’s color palate consider
painting with color
Realtor.com

Before hiring a contractor to work on your house…

House repair, renovations or a rehab make our house into a home. There is nothing like having the kitchen of your dreams or a new patio with an outdoor kitchen. But before we begin do your homework.

essential questions for a contractor
HouseLogic.com

Shipping container homes? Would you consider living in one?

They don’t have to look like giant rectangles. They can be customized to look like traditional homes with many different options to choose from and a wide variety of floor plans and design styles.

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What’s the advantage of pricing .99

Our brains are prewired to think that there is a difference; $9.99 isn’t $10.00. So when shopping for a home $299,990 seems to sell faster and potentially bring you more money than pricing $300,000.

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A look at residential real estate sales at the end of 2014.

Status

There is nothing indicating any unfavorable issues going forward. Job growth is steady and moving in the right direction during the holiday hiring. Consumer confidence and spending are healthy. Housing conditions could be considered a healthy normal.

This being said, there are myriad factors which impact the value of real estate. Tomorrow is always a new day with new factors which may positively or negatively impact marketability and the sale ability of a property.

Graphics: http://www.keepingcurrentmatters.com/2014/12/05/7-graphs-that-prove-the-real-estate-market-is-back-infographic

Local Statistics: http://tucsonrealtors.org/news/statistics

Generation Z – picking up the homeownership mantel

Today’s teens are saying they see their success in the coming years and it includes savings and buying a home.
http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/240003
Having lived through the Great Recession, they may have learned a thing or two that their elder generation never did. Now, about to enter their adult years, their perspective may be very similar to those who lived through the Great Depression in the 1930s.