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10 Standout Markets for 2022

Expect the nation’s hottest markets next year to be centered largely in tech hubs in the Midwest and Mountain states, which offer affordable alternatives to pricier coastal regions. Realtor.com® recently released its forecast of the top-performing markets for 2022. “Our top housing markets are attracting remote-minded workers, possibly interested in snagging a big-city salary while still enjoying the quality of life that these generally smal

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Top Cities for Gen Z First-Time Buyers

Members of Gen Z, who span ages up to 24, are already starting to make their entrance into real estate. But buying a home has become especially pricey over the past year. Home prices were up 13% in October compared to a year ago, according to the National Association of REALTORS®.So, which locales may offer Gen Z the best chances to buy a home of their own? Living Cozy, a furniture and homeware resource, analyzed the median property value in eac

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The Happiest Places to Live in 2021

What makes for a happy state? Health, income, work-life balance, environment, housing, and plenty of sleep. Researchers with Amerisleep analyzed 17 factors that they believe contribute to happiness among the 50 states to find the happiest residents of all.“This data paints a fascinating picture of happiness across the U.S.,” says April Mayer, a spokesperson with Amerisleep. “The study analyzed a large array of factors, from sleep levels and

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Down Payments Reach a New High

The national median down payment hit its highest level since at least 2005, ATTOM Data Solutions reports. The median down payment on a single-family home purchased with financing in the third quarter was $27,500. That is up 41% from $19,502 in the third quarter of 2020.Overall, the median down payment of $27,500 represented 8% of the national median sales price for homes purchased with financing in the third quarter, up from 6.5% a year earlier.D

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Are At-Risk Homeowners Better Off Selling?

Pandemic-related mortgage forbearance programs are expiring, but hundreds of thousands of homeowners continue to struggle with payments. When loan modifications still don’t help, owners may find themselves at risk of foreclosure. But selling the home, which is likely to have accumulated a lot of equity over the past year, may be a much better option.However, it’s an option that may be getting overlooked. After all, nearly a third of borrowers

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Welcome to the Team Joseph Amin Dealing the Orlando Area

iPro was founded on the idea of building a better living with champion real estate services. We focus on incorporating and mastering the latest technologies and perform all types of real estate transactions. Our team of professionals set a stronger standard of business and give superior results.Click here for information on becoming a salesperson.

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10 Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living

If consumer surveys hold true that Americans are indeed more willing to move to find affordable places to live, certain locales within the U.S. may hold the most promise and be poised for growth.Move.org, a moving resource company, analyzed the 74 most populous cities and ranked them based on how high their monthly living costs are and calculated the city’s median income. The average median individual income across the 74 cities is $33,749

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Home Goods that are Getting Pricier, Harder to Find

Supply chain woes have been hitting the housing market, affecting appliances, windows, paint, and other items needed to build, repair, or improve home. That has driven prices higher.New-home buyers have felt the pinch: The median sales price for a new home in October was $407,700, up 17.5% compared to the same time a year ago, according to realtor.com® data. Builders point to higher material costs, as well as labor and lot shortages.The blame fo

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Mortgage Rates Remain Stable for Now

Mortgage rates held steady this week as the world awaits more information about the severity of the omicron variant of COVID-19 and ongoing supply chain issues. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.11%, Freddie Mac reports.“Mortgage rates continue to remain stable notwithstanding volatility in the financial markets,” says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “The consistency of rates in the face of changes in th

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Congress Passes Short-Term Funding Extension

Congress cleared a short-term funding extension Thursday night, avoiding a government shutdown slated to begin this weekend. The measure keeps spending at current levels through Feb. 18 and extends authorization for the National Flood Insurance Program.The move takes one item off the legislative to-do list during a busy December. Congress has yet to pass any of the 12 annual appropriations bills and will need to strike a longer-term spending

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