Cities and Zoning: the Conundrum

Tim Hedberg from Motivo produced a short documentary about the exodus of families from urban centers like Seattle and the role zoning plays in that trend. While zoning is intended to create more affordable housing in large cities in response to growing demand, many families are being priced out as a result. The film features multiple experts who disagree […]

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How Interest Rates Can Impact Your Monthly Housing Payments

Spring is right around the corner, so flowers are starting to bloom, and many potential homebuyers are getting ready to step into the market. If you’re thinking of buying this season, here’s how mortgage interest rates are working in your favor. Freddie Mac explains: “If you’re in the market to buy a home, today’s average […]

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Can’t find an affordable FHA-approved home? You have options.

Americans took out nearly $150 billion in loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration to buy homes in 2018. Nearly 83% of those FHA borrowers were first-time homebuyers, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. It’s unsurprising that FHA loans are especially popular with first-time homebuyers, due to more lenient credit-score and debt-to-income […]

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7 tips for picking a great real estate agent

Real-estate agents promote themselves with yard signs, online ads, direct-mail postcards and even sponsored public benches. So cutting through the advertising hype and finding the right agent can be tough. “We don’t have the information (about real-estate agents) that we have about other service professionals,” says Stephen Brobeck, executive director of the Consumer Federation of America. Still, […]

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