A new year and a new forecast for 2015

Things are looking up. 2015 housing forecast:

As inventory continues to increase, interest rates will rise on better economic reports. Employment continues to improve and inventory grows. Lower fuel costs will add to confidence and a return of the 3% down payment.

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NAR 2014 report of Buyer & Seller trends.

Realtor.org 2014 in Review. Each year the National Association of Realtors compiles myriad statistics and publishes their report.

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
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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
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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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