How to Save For a Home While Managing Student Loan Debt

First-time homeowners are often younger than the average homebuyer, which means lower income levels, less money saved and, typically, more student loan debt. Concerns about student loans often discourage would-be first-time buyers from pursuing their goal of homeownership. If you’re considering purchasing your first home, these tips can help get you there.

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What The Self-Employed Need to Know About Home Loans

Qualifying for a mortgage can be more complex for someone who does not have pay stubs and a W2 form to verify consistent income. If you’re an entrepreneur with your own business and fall into this category, don’t worry—there are loans for you. You just need to know how to navigate. I asked RPM’s EVP, Julian Hebron, to explain how specialized loan products serve the specific needs of self-employed home buyers.

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Is Your Home Summer-Ready?

As seasonal temperatures heat up, utility bills will also inch up as homeowners try to beat the heat. What can you do to prepare your home for the hot summer months and minimize the cost of keeping indoor spaces comfortable? A “do-it-yourself” (DIY) home energy audit can be a good starting point to help determine what areas to prioritize for energy efficient repairs and upgrades. By following the simple steps below, you can uncover the most obvious spots where your home is losing energy and where you may have opportunities to improve your home’s performance.

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Interest Rates in an Election Year

There is no escaping it; debates, primaries and non-stop political rhetoric across all media channels. It’s 2016 and it’s an election year. And if you’re considering buying a Presidential Electionhome sometime in the next year, you may be curious about historical interest rate trends during the months before and after we’ve elected a new president.

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How to Level the Playing Field in a Competitive Housing Market

A recent Wall Street Journal article pointed out that real estate investors may be pushing young, first-time homebuyers out of the housing market. Low and mid-priced homes, which appeal to both first-time buyers and investors, are in tight supply. Investors are swooping in with all-cash offers only to turn around and rent out the properties. As rental rates skyrocket across the nation, investors stand to benefit while potential homebuyers are challenged by high rent that may prolong saving for a down payment. Is there a solution? Can buyers finance a home purchase and still put forth a strong enough offer to compete against all-cash? We asked Realtor® Dana Green to weigh in on how buyers can level the playing field.

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Can Social Business Thrive Under Regulatory Scrutiny?

For any company where professional reputations and customer relationships matter, social media is the sensible place to put marketing efforts and budget. For relatively little budget, audiences can be micro-targeted and reached easily on all devices. Individual experts can put forth their unique selling propositions, beyond the reputation of a corporate brand, in spaces where friends and friends of friends are paying attention. According to statistics portal company Statista, personal recommendations and consumer opinions posted online are the most trusted forms of advertising, so a strong online reputation is critical.

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