Here's Why Your Debt-to-Income Ratio Matters

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Home shoppers eager to qualify for a mortgage could get turned down because of a number they’ve never heard of: their debt-to-income ratio (DTI).

If you’re a bit hazy on DTI, you’re in good company. According to Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research (ESR) Group, more than half of consumers surveyed weren’t sure what it is either.

And, in this case, what t…

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Home shoppers eager to qualify for a mortgage could get turned down because of a number they’ve never heard of: their debt-to-income ratio (DTI).

If you’re a bit hazy on DTI, you’re in good company. According to Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research (ESR) Group, more than half of consumers surveyed weren’t sure what it is either.

And, in this case, what t…

Sweet 'Sixteen Candles' Home for Sale

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The home where Samantha Baker faced her sixteenth birthday with adolescent aplomb is on the market — a 3,250-square-foot colonial home in suburban Chicago.

For $1.499 million, you can have 6 bedrooms, 6 baths and all the “Sixteen Candles” nostalgia you can handle, including the front win…

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The home where Samantha Baker faced her sixteenth birthday with adolescent aplomb is on the market — a 3,250-square-foot colonial home in suburban Chicago.

For $1.499 million, you can have 6 bedrooms, 6 baths and all the “Sixteen Candles” nostalgia you can handle, including the front win…

Sellers: Are You Making Your Agent Crazy?

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The agent/seller relationship is like none other. No other professional spends the majority of their client time in the client’s actual home. We get very close to our sellers, not just physically but mentally and emotionally.

Because we see them in this somewhat vulnerable setting, and for an extended period, sometimes special bonds form. The line between the business and the personal sometimes blurs, and the seller feels comfortable enough to indulge in some behaviors that drive the a…

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The agent/seller relationship is like none other. No other professional spends the majority of their client time in the client’s actual home. We get very close to our sellers, not just physically but mentally and emotionally.

Because we see them in this somewhat vulnerable setting, and for an extended period, sometimes special bonds form. The line between the business and the personal sometimes blurs, and the seller feels comfortable enough to indulge in some behaviors that drive the a…

How Brexit could make winners out of US real estate investors

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U.S. REITs, and the real estate underlying them, are the power play for the anxious investor after Brexit….

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U.S. REITs, and the real estate underlying them, are the power play for the anxious investor after Brexit….

5 Rental Must-Haves for Baby Boomers

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The Baby Boomer generation is proving once again that they’re anything but predictable.

In fact, Boomers are one of the fastest growing groups of renters in the country, and their numbers are expected to grow upwards of 12 million by 2030. While many Boomers are moving into rentals to <a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/d…

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The Baby Boomer generation is proving once again that they’re anything but predictable.

In fact, Boomers are one of the fastest growing groups of renters in the country, and their numbers are expected to grow upwards of 12 million by 2030. While many Boomers are moving into rentals to <a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/d…

Gov. Christie’s Toxic School Plan

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New Jersey’s governor is trying to strip poor communities of desperately needed school aid in order to fund property tax cuts for suburbanites….

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New Jersey’s governor is trying to strip poor communities of desperately needed school aid in order to fund property tax cuts for suburbanites….

Balancing Home Improvements With Big Price Tags

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Whether you’re rehabbing an investment property, getting your house ready to sell, or just want to improve your home, renovating a house is expensive.

For our business, Tarek and I have to make a lot of hard decisions to stay within really strict budgets, but we can’t ever leave one of our flipped hou…

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Whether you’re rehabbing an investment property, getting your house ready to sell, or just want to improve your home, renovating a house is expensive.

For our business, Tarek and I have to make a lot of hard decisions to stay within really strict budgets, but we can’t ever leave one of our flipped hou…

A City Girl Moves to the Suburbs

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Growing up in a tight one-bedroom apartment in the heart of Manhattan, the suburbs seemed downright exotic to me. Everything about them felt foreign, from the sizable houses to the reliance on cars.

By the time I was in middle school I’d already mastered the art of independent NYC public transportation. The parks were my backyard, and having your own room seemed like the epitome of luxury.

Each summer my parents would rent a car and we’d drive the hour to my great aunt’s h…

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Growing up in a tight one-bedroom apartment in the heart of Manhattan, the suburbs seemed downright exotic to me. Everything about them felt foreign, from the sizable houses to the reliance on cars.

By the time I was in middle school I’d already mastered the art of independent NYC public transportation. The parks were my backyard, and having your own room seemed like the epitome of luxury.

Each summer my parents would rent a car and we’d drive the hour to my great aunt’s h…

Quiz: Can You Match the Celebrities to Their Homes?

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Creative Ways to Add Color to Your Rental

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Living in a rental can put a significant damper on your design options. With unchangeable fixtures and cabinets, blasé paint colors, and the threat of losing your security deposit if you make changes, a lot of renters suppress their personal style and force themselves to live with builder-grade basic.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. By getting creative with your furniture and accessories, you can have a colorful and inviting home without sacrificing your deposit or infur…

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Living in a rental can put a significant damper on your design options. With unchangeable fixtures and cabinets, blasé paint colors, and the threat of losing your security deposit if you make changes, a lot of renters suppress their personal style and force themselves to live with builder-grade basic.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. By getting creative with your furniture and accessories, you can have a colorful and inviting home without sacrificing your deposit or infur…