Category Archives: General Information

NEW Work From Home Scores for U.S. Counties

The option to work from home or remotely is likely to become part of the workforce culture. A larger fraction of workers allowed to work from home will change the mix of demand for residential and commercial real estate between the city and the suburbs, give rise to new home designs that allow workers to […]


Does a Cash-Out Refi Affect Property Tax?

A cash-out refinance replaces your existing mortgage with a new home loan for more than you owe on your house. The difference goes to you in cash and you can spend it on home improvements, debt consolidation or other financial needs. You must have equity built up in your house to use a cash-out refinance. […]


Mortgage Rates Will Rise in 2021, 5 Reasons Why.

Mortgage interest rates are going to rise in 2021. The Mortgage Bankers Association in its most recent forecast sees two things that stand out. First, 2020 will prove itself to be the second biggest mortgage year in history. At over three trillion, 2020 will only stand behind 2003 in single family mortgage production history.  Second, the MBA joined […]


Study Reports 90% of Consumers Used an Agent in 2018

If you were thinking tech and for-sale-by-owner real estate transactions might replace real estate agents, new data should put this notion to rest: in the first half of 2018, 90% of home buyers and sellers used an real estate agent, according to the REAL Trends 2018 Consumer Study released on Monday, That’s the highest rate […]


Home Warranties Explained

While buying a home remains one of the biggest investments a person will make in his or her life, there’s always a lingering fear that something may go wrong soon after the purchase. Though home inspections may catch most of these problems before they occur, what happens if a major system or appliance goes haywire […]


Make Your Home FHA-Loan Friendly

Knowing the basics of FHA loan rules can increase your chances of selling your house or condo. If your house meets the FHA guidelines, it will appeal to buyers who plan to use an FHA-insured mortgage. If your house doesn’t qualify for an FHA loan, you’re cutting out 30% of potential buyers. FHA is especially important […]



New Albany OH Ranked the Best Suburb in America

After examining data on 2,754 municipalities across the country, Business Insider put together a list of America’s 50 best suburbs. They considered suburbs with populations between 5,000 and 100,000 within 40 kilometers of the nearest metropolitan area. They also factored in average commute times, median household income, poverty and crime rates, public-school ratings from GreatSchools.org, […]



Why a Home is the Best Investment

America is, by and large, a nation of homeowners. Though more than 100 million Americans rent, they’re outnumbered two-to-one by Americans who own their own home, according to data from the U.S. Census.. Ask the 64% of Americans who currently own homes why they made the decision to stop renting. They will describe the personal […]