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Home Design Trends in 2017

Home Design Trends for 2017 brought to you by Raleigh Realty

Now that we’ve bid adieu to 2016, the New Year brings with it exciting possibilities that encompass many spheres of our life. When it comes to home decor and interior design, 2017 promises to be a year that will make people look beyond the obvious color palettes and the “oh so!” style themes.

  • For the Kitchen
  • For the Bedrooms
  • For the Bathrooms
  • For the Living Room
  • What is out of style?

Over the last couple of years, home decor has completely changed its ballpark with new trends emerging every season. As the world becomes more compact, tastes and preferences are no longer defined by geographies. Now, people are also more willing to spend a generous amount of money to give their home a makeover it

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How to Save Up for a Down Payment

Saving for a Downpayment on a House

Let's start with some great news: You DON'T need 20% down to buy a house. In our market, here in Raleigh, North Carolina, and in a lot of other places, you can buy a home with 0% down

It’s pretty much common knowledge that a great way to wealth over a period of time is through the building of home equity. Obviously, this means that one of the main requirements need to build this home equity is to actually own a home. Many aspiring home buyers typically run into the problem of acquiring the funds needed to make their first down payment on a new home. Not a problem. This article lists the many steps a person can take to save up the money needed to do just that. Simply read on further to learn them in detail. 

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How to Get The Best Mortgage Rate and Lender

How to Get the Best Mortgage Rate

Over the last 12 months, mortgage rates have been at historic lows. A mortgage can be daunting since you will be incurring a lot of debt, however, it is going towards something that will help you build wealth, a home. In this article, we are going over simple steps that anyone can take to getting a great mortgage rate.

There is speculation that rates will soon begin to go back up as inflationary fear starts to creep back in. For now, the question we want to address is how to get the best mortgage rates. There are numerous options and strategies out there. Read on a bit further to learn all of the details.

Do the Math

The first thing you want to do is to figure out the math involved with your

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Tax Breaks for Homeowners

10 Tax Breaks When You Own A Home Infographic

This article is for informational purposes only. If you're seeking tax advice please consult with a tax advisor.

When you decided to own a home as opposed to renting one, you were getting started on the road to creating an investment. To assist homeowners such as yourself with the strain caused by paying high mortgages, the US government has created numerous tax deductions specifically designed to lower the payments you’ll have to make during tax season. Now that you qualify for them, your next step should be to learn as much about them as possible.

We’re sure that up until recently, you’ve probably only been claiming standard deductions on your taxes. Now that you’re a homeowner, you’ll learn to itemize the extra

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Reasons to Buy a Home in 2017

Buy-a-Home-2017

One of the best investments one can make is buying a home, especially at a young age. This gives your money time to go to work for you vs. paying rent to build someone else's equity. 

If you're paying rent in 2016, here are a few reasons to buy a home in 2017.

One of the best ways to build wealth is to leverage, time. Albert Einstein calls compounding the most powerful force in the Universe. 

If someone offers you a choice between taking 1 million dollars this very instant or a single penny that doubles in value every day for 31 days, which would you choose? The million dollars right? What if you take the doubling penny....

On day 5 you have 16 cents, and that one million is looking a lot like the better

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6 Reasons to use an Agent in Every Transaction

6 Reasons to NEVER Buy or Sell without a Real Estate Agent

Buying and selling homes should be fun... sometimes it turns into a roller coaster ride that you didn't sign up for

When you're buying and selling real estate by yourself, and without a Realtor, you probably feel like you're doing an excellent job. Chances are you're using all the information at your fingertips whether that means searching homes for sale online or putting that for sale by owner sign in your yard! Either way, you are 100% committed to saving on the commissions you would normally have to pay to a realtor. Even when a Realtor will save you more money, than you'll save by not paying commissions.

Did you know the founder of forsalebyowner.com uses a Realtor? Oh, and the founders of

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How to Buy a Home When You're Engaged (Before Marriage)

Are you considering buying a house during your engagement? You’re not alone. Many couples believe that a home purchase should take place before marriage.

One in four couples between the ages of 18 and 34 bought a house together before the wedding.

Understanding the home buying process is important, and equally, as important is understanding how to buy a house prior to the wedding! 

Common Home Buying Questions When You’re Engaged

  • What are the differences?
  • How do you take title?
  • Legal Implications?
  • What happens after we are Married?

How to Buy a Home During an Engagement

A home, and a diamond ring, two of the larger purchases you will make in your lifetime. You’re going to spend a lot of time searching for both, and

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ACID Test or Liquidity Ratio: How it Applies to Your Mortgage Approval

What is the Acid Test (Liquidity Ratio) in a Mortgage Approval?

Buying a home can be both exciting and nerve-racking. If it’s your first time, you are probably overwhelmed. Before you buy a home, you’ll want to know the steps involved, money saving strategies, and the mistakes to avoid for first time home buyers.

One of the biggest reasons first time home buyers are unable to buy the home they want is because they are unable to qualify for a mortgage. You should spend equal time and effort on improving your mortgage qualifications as you do on finding a great home.

Before you begin the home buying process, you’ll want to learn about everything a mortgage lender and bank will want to see, in order for you to qualify for a home

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Snapchat Vs. Facebook Live Real Estate Lead Generation

Snapchat is not going to make you consistent money as a Real Estate Agent. Facebook Live is.

Let’s dive into the data:

Why Real Estate Agents Should Ignore Snapchat

Any Realtor who is focusing on Snapchat right now should stop and turn their focus to Facebook.

The average age of a homeowner is 55 years old says a report published by NAR (the National Association of Realtors).

Only 2% of the audience on Snapchat is 55 or older.

This means the average homeowner is not on Snapchat.

60% of the audience on snapchat is under the age of 24. For Americans under 25, homeownership is around 21.5 percent.

When you consider the audience on Snapchat, it’s a big reason to ignore the social media network altogether.

Growing a Following on

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