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By Marissa Hermanson If you and your partner are planning a wedding and purchasing a home together, there are large expenses to take into consideration as you save up for both milestones. Couples are spending an average of $33,391 on their wedding, and first-time homebuyers are spending $18,000 on average for a home down payment ($10,512 with FHA loans). With the...

Purchasing a home is a long-term goal for many, but for singles, with half the income to apply for a mortgage, homeownership can seem more like a dream than a reality; however, it's a dream that lives. According to a poll from the National Association of REALTORS®, 83 percent of renters have a desire to own their home, both single and otherwise. And while married...

By Tom McMakin On her way home, Lisa Jordan complained to her husband, "I can't believe they listed their house with Betsy; I've known them for years." Seasoned real estate professionals know not to take such slights personally—it's all part of the business. While people's choice of an agent might be something none of us can fully understand, we can increase the...

Every homeowner has one question in mind before updating their house: Which upgrades will command top dollar when it's time to sell? The answer can be complicated, since each buyer offers a different perspective; however, there's one universal truth: Everyone likes bonus amenities. Zillow recently analyzed the listing descriptions of nearly four million homes across...

How is this for a statistic? Close to 70 percent of markets today are unaffordable. Incomes are being far outpaced by prices—a gap that persists even as employment gains ground—and inventory is rapidly vanishing. By all accounts, affordability is one of the critical issues in real estate this spring. For buyers, their careers directly impact what they can purchase—and,...

By Kara Masterson It's an exciting milestone in a young person's life to be on the cusp of purchasing a first home. If this is where you are at the moment, you probably have mixed feelings ranging from thrilled to anxious. That's understandable, as this is a big purchase that will change your life forever. To help you, here's a quick guide that'll make you better...

By Brentnie Daggett Spring cleaning has become synonymous with getting your affairs in order. With its roots dating back centuries ago, spring cleaning began as the heavy-duty scrub-down of a home at a certain time of year, likely coinciding with a religious tradition. Related: 7 Steps for Stress-Free Spring Cleaning This act of annual cleaning has continued through...

It's that time of year again. New commercials are rolling out and everyone's itching to get their hands on the latest release of their beloved cell phone, whether that be Apple's iPhone, Samsung's Galaxy, Google's Pixel or any others. Samsung isn't releasing its newest entrant—Galaxy Note 9—until late summer at the very earliest, but the other two models—Galaxy...

Facebook has quite a problem on its hands… It seems like every day we wake up to new developments concerning the privacy of millions of Facebook users in the U.S., and none of the news is good. Most recently, Facebook revealed that Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm, was able to gain unauthorized access to at least 87 million users' data—much higher...

One of the fastest-growing real estate brands announces 22 new franchise locations in first quarter, significantly outpacing previous rates of growth Following a year in which Realty ONE Group had sold 30 new franchises, the family-owned and debt-free real estate franchisor has sold an additional 22 franchises in the first quarter of 2018, the company announced...