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New Rules for Home Mortgage Processing in 2016

Since the financial crisis of 2008, which many experts blamed in large part to lax mortgage lending practices (among other financial shenanigans), the rules for getting a home mortgage have tightened up quite a bit. In 2016, even more changes will ensure that borrowers get the best information available prior to signing on the dotted […]

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Common Questions on FSBOs

Every once in a while, we get questions about how a “For Sale By Owner” (FSBO) home sale works and if we will be the buyer’s agent for a FSBO (short answer – Yes!). Like the name implies, a FSBO is a way for homeowners to sell their home without the assistance of an agent […]

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Man Caves and Real Estate Value

Man caves have become as American as Mom, Apple Pie and well, the Super Bowl. Since they first hit the home improvement scene in 2007, Google reports interest in these masculine retreats has grown steadily, peaking December through February every year, just in time for college Bowl Games, the Super Bowl and March Madness. Interestingly […]

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Selling Your Home: Equity vs Profit

Building equity in your home takes hard work and persistence. For many homeowners, the day your mortgage payment finally starts to pay more of the principal than the interest is a milestone. Once you’ve finally built up some equity in your home, you tend to feel like it’s “money in the bank” especially when you […]

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How to Choose Your Next Neighborhood

Iowa’s Creative Corridor is one of the most powerful economic regions in the Midwest. Located between Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, this booming region boasts a growing population and a strong economy, spurring the development of dozens of new neighborhoods every year. How do you go about selecting your next neighborhood or even know what’s […]

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Tips for a Spring Home Sale

You hear it all the time in the real estate business – timing is everything. For instance, if you are planning a spring home sale in the Iowa City area next year, and you think you have plenty of time to get everything ready, think again. Because of the fierce competition in this area, it’s critical to […]

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