Angelos Soukovelos's Blog Posts

One More Time You Do Not Need 20 Down To Buy A Home

One More Time… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a HomeThe largest obstacle renters face when planning to buy a home is saving for a down payment. This challenge is amplified by rising rents, which

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Whose Mortgage Do You Want To Pay Yours Or Your Landlords

Whose Mortgage Do You Want to Pay? Yours or Your Landlord’s?There are some people who haven’t purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. However,

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The KonMari Method Helping You Prep Your House For Sale

The KonMari Method: Helping You Prep Your House For SaleOne of the biggest challenges sellers face when listing their house is decluttering. Cleaning out some of the more personal decorating choices

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How To Get A Better Perspective On Affordability

How to Get a Better Perspective on Affordability Headlines spotlight the fact that buying a home is less affordable today than it was at any other time in more than a decade. Those headlines are

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Do You Prefer The Charm Of An Existing Home

Do You Prefer the Charm of an Existing Home?When homebuyers begin their research, they want to see all their available options! In many cases, they will include both new construction and existing

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The Importance Of Homeownership To The American Dream

The Importance of Homeownership to the American DreamFor centuries, people in this country have seen homeownership as part of the American Dream. Whether they were born here or immigrated from

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3 Things You Need In A Shifting Real Estate Market

3 Things You Need in a Shifting Real Estate MarketWhether you are thinking of selling your house or buying a home, today’s real estate headlines can be confusing – perhaps even concerning. What

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Why It Makes No Sense To Wait For Spring To Sell

Why It Makes No Sense to Wait for Spring to SellThe price of any item (including residential real estate) is determined by the theory of ‘supply and demand.’ If many people are looking to buy an

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How To Save Thousands Of Dollars In Interest On Your Mortgage

One of the most common loans you can get to buy a home is a 30-year fixed rate mortgage. If the thought of paying for your home over the course of 30-years seems daunting, here are some easy ways to

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24 Hours That Suddenly Improved The Market

This year started strong for real estate, but then the market began to soften. Home inventory in the starter and move-up categories dwindled to almost nothing, mortgage rates were projected to rise,

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Why You Should Not For Sale By Owner

In today’s market, as home prices rise and a lack of inventory continues, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their homes on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner

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No Bubble Here How New Mortgage Standards Are Helping

Real estate is shifting to a more normal market; the days of national home appreciation topping 6% annually are over and inventories are increasing which is causing bidding wars to almost disappear.

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5 Reasons To Sell This Winter

Here are five reasons listing your home for sale this winter makes sense.1. Demand Is StrongThe latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows

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Why Houses DO NOT Sell In A Strong Market

As we approach the end of the year, many homeowners find themselves asking the question,“If we’re currently in a strong real estate market, why won’t my house sell?”Below are the 5 most

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Homeownership Remains A Huge Part Of The American Dream

As we head into 2019, many news outlets and housing experts warn that the housing market may slow down. Over the last six years, the inventory of homes for sale has been near historic lows, which

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2008 Vs Now Are Owners Using Their Homes As ATMs Again

Over the last six years, we have experienced strong price appreciation which has increased home equity levels dramatically. As the number of “cash-out” refinances begins to approach numbers last

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What If I Wait A Year To Buy A Home

National home prices have increased by 5.4% since this time last year. Over that same time period, interest rates have remained near historic lows which has allowed many buyers to enter

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How To Simply Increase Your Family Wealth By Paying For Housing

Everyone should realize that unless you are living somewhere rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. Buying your own home provides you with a form of

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Do NOT Get Caught In The Rental Trap In 2019

Every year around this time, we take time to reflect and plan for next year. If you are renting your current home but have dreams of homeownership, your plan for the new year may include buying, and

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Are You Wondering If You Can Buy Your First Home

Are You Wondering If You Can Buy Your First Home?There are many people sitting on the sidelines trying to decide if they shouldpurchase a home or sign a rental lease. Some might wonder if it

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The Wave Of Millennial Homebuyers Continues To Swell

The Wave of Millennial Homebuyers Continues to SwellMany have written about the millennial generation and whether or not they, as a whole, believe in homeownership as a part of attaining their

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Homebuyers Willing To Sacrifice MustHaves In Favor Of Good School Districts

Homebuyers Willing to Sacrifice ‘Must-Haves’ in Favor of Good School DistrictsIt should come as no surprise that buying a home in a good school district is important to homebuyers. According to&

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Is Buying A Home Really More Stressful Than Planning A Wedding

Is Buying a Home Really More Stressful Than Planning a Wedding? Some Highlights: According to a new survey from Open Listings, 62% of Americans ages 25-54 believe that buying a

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Americans Rank Real Estate Best Investment For 5 Years Running

Americans Rank Real Estate Best Investment for 5 Years Running! Some Highlights: Real estate has outranked stocks/mutual funds, gold, savings accounts/CDs, and bonds as the best long-term

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Baby Boomers Are Downsizing Are You Ready To Move

Baby Boomers are Downsizing, Are You Ready to Move?For a while now baby boomers have been blamed for a portion of the housing market’s current lack of housing inventory, but should they really be

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Buying A Home Can Be Scary Until You Know The Facts

Buying a Home Can Be Scary… Until You Know the FactsSome Highlights:Many potential homebuyers believe that they need a 20% down payment and a 780 FICO® score to qualify to buy a home which stops

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Still Think You Need Money Down To Buy A Home

Still Think You Need 15-20% Down to Buy a Home? Think Again!According to a new study from Urban Institute, there are over 19 million millennials in 31 cities who are not only ready

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Are You Spending TOO Much On Rent

Are You Spending TOO Much on Rent?Chances are if you are renting you are spending too much of your income on your monthly housing expense. There is a long-standing ‘rule’ that a

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Where Are Home Values Headed Over The NextFew Years

Where are Home Values Headed over the Next Few Years?There are many questions about where home prices will be next year as well as where they may be headed over the next several years to come. We

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A MARKET CRASH IS NOT IMMINENT

Let me preface this by saying loudly and clearly that A MARKET CRASH IS NOT IMMINENT. There are no predictions right now that a crash is on the horizon. So don’t freak out. I’m not writing this

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