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November 2019
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Scary Issues That Can Kill Your New Home Joy
Be afraid. Be very afraid. That new home you’re thinking of buying might not be as perfect as you think. Danger lurks behind every wall. Or maybe just one. Either way, it's probably something you should know about. 
      Buying a home is full of challenges, and the one that might be the most frustrating of all is finding out there’s something wrong after you’ve already closed escrow. In many cases, you may have recourse against the seller if there is an issue that wasn’t disclosed, or against the home inspector if he or she missed something serious. But even then, you’re still left with a problem you have to deal with when all you want is to be enjoying your new
Mortgage Rates
U.S. averages as of November 2019:


30 yr. fixed: 3.75%
15 yr. fixed: 3.18%
5/1 yr. adj: 3.4%






are eight things to look for before signing on the dotted
Wondering What Your Home Is Worth?

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Now That It’s Fall, Did You Miss the Home Selling Boat?
     Worried you missed your window when it comes to selling your home this year? It’s true that spring and summer are the hottest (literally) seasons of the year, with more buyers out there looking to purchase a home and get settled before school starts. Also, there is some recent data out there that says that October and December are two of the slowest months of the year for home sales. 
      But that doesn’t mean you can’t offload your home now, or that you won’t get a good price if you do. If you have to list now and you want to get your home in the best position to sell quickly and for a good number, heed these tips. 
      Make sure your home is market ready Buyers at this time of



New Appraisal Rule: What Does It Mean for You?
     A new home appraisal rule just went into effect—the first time in 25 years that "federal regulators have increased the property value limit of the homes that require an appraisal as part of the selling process,” said REALTOR® Magazine. The rule exempts some home sales priced at $400,000 and below from requiring an appraisal. That figure was previously capped at $250,000. "The new rules likely apply to about 40% of home sales, regulators estimate.”
      So how will this affect home buyers and sellers? First, it should be noted that those homes that do receive the exemption still have to be evaluated "to provide an estimate of the market value of real estate collateral,” said Housingwire. "The agencies state that the evaluation must be ‘consistent with safe and sound banking practices.’ To that point, the rule establishes that an evaluation "should contain sufficient information and

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Paint Colors that Help You Sell Your House (Backed By Science)
     Paint your house. Almost every homeowner hears that piece of advice when they’re preparing to sell. After all, adding a fresh coat of paint is a fast — and inexpensive — way to spruce up a home for prospective buyers. 
      But before you buy gallons of paint at the hardware store, it’s important to choose your colors wisely. According to a Zillow study, certain colors can help you sell your home — and for a bigger price tag — while others could leave you seeing red. 
      How can painting help you sell your house? When done effectively, a well-staged — and painted — home invites prospective buyers to imagine themselves living there. A fresh coat of paint covers the scrapes and marks that inevitably come from daily use, making a home appear fresh and new. Paint can also create a more open and inviting home. Using the same paint color in adjoining rooms gives the illusion of space. Likewise, darker colors can close off rooms, making them appear smaller. 
      Neutral colors offer buyers a blank canvas — a place where


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