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Each month AR runs numerous contests as a way for our members to engage in activities
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Find informative stats, trends and insider tips on your state, county, city or neighborhood of choice. The insightful experts of ActiveRain share with you in a way only a local resident can.
There has been lots of talk questioning if we are at the bottom of the market. Truth is, know one knows until it starts going back up. I can tell you that in the last 3 weeks I've seen a real increase in activity. More buyers who are actually buying are smart as they are able to take advantage of tax credits and low interest rates. The recent hike in interest rates was anticipated and may happen yet again. So if you've been waiting for lower prices, you may actually end up paying more through your mortgage. Curious as to what's out there? Click here to take a look.
Are You an Ideal Mortgage Applicant? By Susan Keenan Most lenders check on three main criteria when evaluating a mortgage application. The amount of loan you qualify for and the interest rate quoted will be based on an assessment of your credit score, available cash for a down payment and your ability to make monthly payments. These factors help a lender to decide on their perceived risk in giving you a loan.
Design Techniques to Create a Spacious Home By Mary White A home that is crowded, cluttered or cramped is unappealing to its occupants and to prospective homebuyers-no one likes feeling confined. Take steps to make your home more appealing by using decorating techniques that can make any home feel spacious and inviting.
Sufficient Lighting - Rooms that are dark tend to look smaller than rooms that are well lit. So make sure that each room in your home has plenty... Read More
Can't Live Within Your Means? Rethink Your Budget By E. E. Kane If you have been living beyond your means, it's time to buckle down and stop breaking your budget. Here are some tips that will help you get serious about your financial health.
Review your budget. Were you realistic about the fluctuation of gas prices and groceries? Did you allow for one-time expenses that you didn't anticipate? Find out why you are routinely breaking your budget, and adjust it accordingly.... Read More
The Benefits of a Great Real Estate Agent By Angela Baca Real estate agents do more than just help you search for a home; they provide indispensable advice during the entire home-buying process. Here are three ways that your agent will protect your interests in the steps toward buying a home.
1. Finding Your Ideal Home - If you've already searched for a home for several months, you probably have a few prime properties in mind. Your agent will help you sift through your choices to ensure that the property you think you want is really going to serve you well long-term.
As an added bonus, an experienced agent has a knack for sniffing out things like dishonest sellers, lemon houses, and bad deals. Buying a home... Read More
Use Less Stuff to be "Green" Courtesy of ARAcontent If the desire to "go green" leaves you feeling a bit overwhelmed, keep it simple with a "less is more" attitude, advises Bob Lilienfeld, sustainability expert and author of "Use Less Stuff." You'll be amazed at how simple lifestyle changes can affect your impact on the environment and your budget.
Recycling has long been touted as the centerpiece of environmentally conscious behavior, Lilienfeld notes. But the truth is that recycling by itself can't solve the environmental issues we're now facing. "The real key to saving the planet is to shop smarter so that we manage our consumption and stop... Read More