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Prep Your Columbia SC Home Now For Vacation

As May rolls around on the calendar, many people start making plans for vacations, or either already have those plans in place for summer. But planning for a vacation means more than just arranging flights or tuning up the car and changing the oil (if you plan to drive to your destination.) It also involves [ ] The post Prep Your Columbia SC Home Now For Vacation appeared first on Columbia South Carolina Real Estate.
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Cost of Columbia SC Homeownership Continues to Climb

The cost of Columbia SC homeownership continues to rise, and is now partly to blame for the recent housing woes. It had been thought that home sales had slowed due to unusual winter weather in many parts of the country, but buyers seem to be contradicting that theory now that spring has arrived. According to [ ] The post Cost of Columbia SC Homeownership Continues to Climb appeared first on Columbia South Carolina Real Estate.
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Things Columbia SC Lawn Services Won’t Tell You

A growing number of homeowners are now hiring Columbia SC lawn services to help make their lawn look good. But guess what? Not all Columbia SC lawn services are legit, and not all of them really know what they re doing and could end up harming your lawn instead of making it look better. Homeowners should [ ] The post Things Columbia SC Lawn Services Won t Tell You appeared first on Columbia South Carolina Real Estate.
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Columbia SC Real Estate Trends in 2014

Columbia SC real estate is now fully into quarter number two, and we re still curious to see where 2014 is headed. In 2013, Columbia SC real estate was up, along with most markets across the U.S. Now that the first quarter of 2014 is in the books, Columbia SC real estate continues to improve, although [ ] The post Columbia SC Real Estate Trends in 2014 appeared first on Columbia South Carolina Real Estate.
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Columbia SC Home Sales Poised to Surge

Columbia SC home sales are beginning to look like the start of a perfect storm for real estate. A combination of frustrated buyers from a lack of inventory, and sellers starting to put their homes on the market may mean the spring selling season could poised for a surge one for the record books. Typically, [ ] The post Columbia SC Home Sales Poised to Surge appeared first on Columbia South Carolina Real Estate.
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Selling Your Columbia SC Home: Biggest Buyer Turn-Offs

When selling your Columbia SC home, you need to be aware of the things that turn buyers off. Then you need to do everything you can to eliminate those turn-offs before even putting your home on the market for sale. You will not get the price you want for your Columbia SC home if you [ ] The post Selling Your Columbia SC Home: Biggest Buyer Turn-Offs appeared first on Columbia South Carolina Real Estate.
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Buying a Flipped Columbia SC Home

If you re considering buying a Columbia SC home, one of the things you want to be cautious about is buying a flipped home. What Is a Flipped Columbia SC Home? Profits from flipping a Columbia SC home come from either buying low and selling high (often in a rapidly-rising market), or buying a house that [ ] The post Buying a Flipped Columbia SC Home appeared first on Columbia South Carolina Real Estate.
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Columbia SC Homebuyers Fear Tougher Mortgage Requirements

Columbia SC homebuyers think credit access is about where it was two months ago. Perceptions remained largely unchanged with slightly more consumers thinking it will be either somewhat or much easier to get a loan a year from now. At the same time, more consumers said they think it will be much harder to obtain [ ] The post Columbia SC Homebuyers Fear Tougher Mortgage Requirements appeared first on Columbia South Carolina Real Estate.
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Columbia SC Flood Insurance Still Affordable, For Now

Columbia SC flood insurance will still be affordable, at least for now, thanks to the Senate recently approving the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act to curb flood insurance rate hikes for homes and commercial properties. Columbia SC Flood Insurance Remains Affordable Thanks to Senate Vote The Senate voted 72-22 to approve the House legislation in [ ]The post Columbia SC Flood Insurance Still Affordable, For Now appeared first on Columbia South Carolina Real Estate.
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Columbia SC Mortgages: ARM’s Making a Comeback

When it comes to Columbia SC mortgages, it appears that adjustable rate loans are becoming more popular once again. Adjustable-rate mortgages, whose rates can jump after a few years, are believed to have been one of the biggest culprits of the housing crisis. However, banks say they are concentrating on making the loans to buyers [ ]The post Columbia SC Mortgages: ARM s Making a Comeback appeared first on Columbia South Carolina Real Estate.
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Will Columbia SC Home Improvement Business Suffer?

January and February housing numbers were down, blamed primarily on bad weather across the country. A question on a lot of people s minds is, will the Columbia SC home improvement business suffer as a result of the slowdown in housing? Digital Risk managing partner Jeff Taylor tells TheStreet s Joe Deaux the slowdown in the housing [ ]The post Will Columbia SC Home Improvement Business Suffer? appeared first on Columbia South Carolina Real Estate.
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5 Mortgage Tips for Columbia SC Home Buyers

Columbia SC home buyers need to be sure they ll qualify for a mortgage before they sign on the dotted line to buy that home of their dreams. Qualifying for a mortgage alone is not enough these days. Columbia SC home buyers also need to know they are getting the best possible rate they can, as [ ]The post 5 Mortgage Tips for Columbia SC Home Buyers appeared first on Columbia South Carolina Real Estate.
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Columbia SC Home Maintenance: Cutting Costs

It used to be that exterior Columbia SC home maintenance involved painting some form of wood siding, or installing vinyl siding over your wood (if you didn t have brick or stone siding.) That meant supposedly never having to paint again, but you sacrifice the architectural beauty of wood. New Products Save on Columbia SC Home [ ]The post Columbia SC Home Maintenance: Cutting Costs appeared first on Columbia South Carolina Real Estate.
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Columbia SC Home Remodeling Spending To Ease

Solid growth is expected in the Columbia SC home remodeling market this year, but momentum should begin to moderate in the fourth quarter, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity index released recently by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. Researchers say the housing recovery has temporarily lost some of its [ ] The post Columbia SC Home Remodeling Spending To Ease appeared first on Columbia South Carolina Real Estate.
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Columbia SC Cash Out Refi May Be History

A XXX cash out refi may soon be a thing of the past, and has in fact, already tumbled from a peak of $320 billion in 2006 to just $32 billion in 2013. During the housing boom of the mid-2000 s, a XXX cash out refi became a popular outlet for homeowners. Homeowners were encouraged to [ ] The post Columbia SC Cash Out Refi May Be History appeared first on Columbia South Carolina Real Estate.
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Columbia SC Short Sales vs Foreclosures

There is still confusion today over the difference between Columbia SC short sales and foreclosures, so we wanted to hit the highlights of each in this short real estate minute video. Both Columbia SC short sales and Columbia SC foreclosures will negatively impact your credit and ability to buy another home, but going the short [ ] The post Columbia SC Short Sales vs Foreclosures appeared first on Columbia South Carolina Real Estate.
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Fed Seems OK With Declining Columbia SC Home Sales

Declining Columbia SC home sales doesn t seem to be worrying the Federal Reserve any these days. Fed Chair Janet Yellen indicated recently, the government is keen to continue its support of the economy via purchases of Treasurys and mortgage-backed securities. However, the amount of which it invests is being gradually phased out. After the recent [ ] The post Fed Seems OK With Declining Columbia SC Home Sales appeared first on Columbia South Carolina Real Estate.
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Putting Columbia SC Mortgage Rates Into Perspective

It s pretty much a foregone conclusion that Columbia SC mortgage rates have already hit their all-time low when the benchmark 30-year fixed rate was 3.31 percent in November 2012. Columbia SC home buyers won t see that level again. But the point the folks at Freddie Mac are making is this: Columbia SC mortgage rates right [ ] The post Putting Columbia SC Mortgage Rates Into Perspective appeared first on Columbia South Carolina Real Estate.
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Getting Your Columbia SC Yard Ready For Summer

Finally spring is here. Time to start working on getting your Columbia SC yard ready for the coming summer weather. It s always great to see green grass again when all you ve been looking at all winter is dormant grass (unless you planted winter rye and have been seeing green all winter.) With spring comes a [ ] The post Getting Your Columbia SC Yard Ready For Summer appeared first on Columbia South Carolina Real Estate.
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Columbia SC Real Estate News – April 2014

In our Columbia SC Real Estate News for April 2014: How Much Columbia SC House Can You Afford? Before you start to look for a Columbia SC house, the first question you should ask is, "how much house can I afford?" Last month, we devoted our entire Columbia SC real estate newsletter to helping those [ ] The post Columbia SC Real Estate News April 2014 appeared first on Columbia South Carolina Real Estate.
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Your Columbia SC Mortgage Data May Be at Risk

Think your Columbia SC mortgage data is secure? Think again! If the ease with which hackers cracked into the financial information of millions of Target and Neiman Marcus customers has you worried about how easily your private data can be lifted from your mortgage company, wait until you hear what a major cyber security firm [ ]The post Your Columbia SC Mortgage Data May Be at Risk appeared first on Columbia South Carolina Real Estate.
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Five Tax Tips for Columbia SC Homeowners

Many Columbia SC homeowners have already filed their taxes for 2013, but a large majority have not. We direct this article to those of us who always seem to procrastinate until the last minute, and are lucky if we get our taxes filed by that dreaded April 15th deadline. 5 Important Tax Tips for Columbia [ ]The post Five Tax Tips for Columbia SC Homeowners appeared first on Columbia South Carolina Real Estate.
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Columbia SC Home Buying Now 38% Cheaper Than Renting

Although the gap between renting and buying is narrowing across the U.S., Columbia SC home buying is still 38% cheaper than renting according to Trulia s Winter 2014 Rent vs Buy Report. Rising mortgage rates and Columbia SC home prices have narrowed the gap over the past year, though rates have recently dropped and price gains [ ]The post Columbia SC Home Buying Now 38% Cheaper Than Renting appeared first on Columbia South Carolina Real Estate.
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Columbia SC Housing Recovery On Track

The Columbia SC housing recovery appears to be on track, according to newly-released data, although not at the pace it once was. Home prices rose slightly more than expected in December, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller index. David Blitzer, chairman of the S&P Dow Jones Indices Index Committee, called 2013 the best year for the index [ ]The post Columbia SC Housing Recovery On Track appeared first on Columbia South Carolina Real Estate.
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Buying Columbia SC Real Estate, You Should Know These Things

Most people buying Columbia SC real estate are somewhat delusional in thinking they know something about what they are doing. The fact is, unless you ve bought and sold a lot of properties, you probably fall into the category of knowing very little. 3 Things You Should Know When Buying Columbia SC Real Estate, But Don t [ ]The post Buying Columbia SC Real Estate, You Should Know These Things appeared first on Columbia South Carolina Real Estate.
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