As Millennials grow up, more and more are look for homes for sale . This has driven growth in the market. Even before this development millennial made up about one third of home sales. This was reported in MyCentralJersey.com. This was announced at the November 2016 Realtors Conference & Expo. The realtors say they expect this trend through 2017.

The National Association of Realtors (NAD) released a press release about the changing landscape of the American housing market. According to that report:

Paul Taylor, executive vice president of the Pew Research Center and author of "The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown." "America in the near future will look nothing like the America of the past, Generational…

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Many long-time renters put off looking at homes for sale simply because they don't think they're ready. What many people don't realize, however, is that owning real estate can be more affordable, rewarding, and manageable in the long run than renting. Here are five key signs that it might be time to say goodbye to renting and call up your local Realtors and start house hunting.

A mortgage is more affordable than your rent.

Start by taking a look at your finances. The amount you pay in monthly rent and utilities might be more than what you'd pay on a mortgage. Not only would a house give you a space to truly call your own, but you'll be building your assets for the future with every payment.

The market is in your favor.

Timing is everything…

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You may be ready to buy a home. You know that you need a low interest rate on the home loan. You know you need a down payment. You even know what to expect when it comes to the monthly payment. But have you taken the time to consider what amortization is? Mortgage loan amortization is simply a term that discusses how much of the loan you are going to pay in principal (the amount you actually borrowed) compared to interest ( the fee for doing that borrowing.) It is important to understand what this means before you buy a home.

Your Monthly Payment

When you work with your mortgage lender, he or she will likely talk to you closely about your monthly payment. He or she will break down the amount you'll pay each month. However, you'll also want to see…

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For those people who are tired of renting a home and just want to buy, but don't have a down payment, the options often seem limited. Saving that big 20 percent or more seems impossible initially. There's little doubt that having a down payment is a good thing and it can help you to achieve a lower interest rate. However, it is not always necessary. Consider these helpful tips about down payments.

A good place to start is with the conventional loan. Each lender sets his or her terms for these loans, giving you some leeway. That is, some lenders require no more than 10 percent. Nevertheless, you may be able to piggyback two loans, one for the 10 percent and another for the remaining balance on the home. Before you make this decision, be sure to talk to…

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homes for saleMany long-time renters put off looking at homes for sale simply because they don't think they're ready. What many people don't realize, however, is that owning real estate can be more affordable, rewarding, and manageable in the long run than renting. Here are five key signs that it might be time to say goodbye to renting and call up your local Realtors and start house hunting.

  1. A mortgage is more affordable than your rent.

    Start by taking a look at your finances. The amount you pay in monthly rent and utilities might be more than what you'd pay on a mortgage. Not only would a house give you a space to truly call your own, but you'll be building your assets for the future with every payment.

  2. The market is in your favor.

    Timing is…

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A short sale is a type of property that is, potentially, being sold for less than what the current homeowner owes on it. A verified short sale is one that the lender has already agreed to. That means that the lender has agreed to allow the homeowners to sell the home for less than what is owed, and allow them out of the financial constraints of the mortgage loan. Short sales may be necessary for many reasons, such as the seller's risk of foreclosure or need to move quickly. Yet, for mortgage lenders, that means a cut in profits. This makes buying a short sale sometimes a difficult process. There are some tips that can make the process easier on you, the home buyer.

#1: Are You an Investor? Get Educated First

If you plan to buy short sales for their…

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Buying a foreclosure is an opportunity for you to purchase a home that's potentially listed for a lower level than other homes like it. In a foreclosure, the lender has taken legal action to force the sale or to take ownership of the home because the previous owners failed to meet their financial requirements. In some cases, taxing authorities take this step. For those people who are looking to buy a home, though, these properties can be a good investment, if you know what to buy and what not to.

#1: Realize That Not All Foreclosures Are Good Deals

Banks still want to make money. They may sell the home for what is owed on it, but others will sell it for its true market value. Finding a great deal is harder now than it used to be. Hire a…

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As you consider purchasing a home, there are many elements to think about. You'll need to negotiate the contract, obtain the right loan, and handle the closing process. You are thinking about money the whole time. The problem though is that you may not have factored in taxes. Real estate taxes are a part of both the home buying process and, in some areas, down the road as well. It is ultimately up to you to ensure you pay your taxes promptly and that you plan for them now, before you buy that home. What should you know about taxes?

Paying Your Taxes

In real estate, many people pay real estate taxes. That is, these are annual or every six month payments to the county government. The funds from these taxes are often used to fund schools, county road…

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Your credit score is one of the most important numbers you'll need to consider when buying a home. It is one of the key factors lenders look at when deciding whether or not to lend to you. Don't get hung up on the very specific number, but do spend the time working to improve this number as much as possible. Even just a few ticks upward can help you to see a better interest rate and loan availability than you would have had. The following tips can help you to make that possible.

 

  • Get a copy of your credit report. Check it over. Ensure it is accurate and remove any outdated negative information. Never close an old credit account, though, as this can negatively impact your score.
  • Pay down your debt. Don't add to those credit cards right now. Pay…

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As you get ready to close on your home purchase, one of the steps you'll take is a long walk with your home inspector. The home inspection is an important step because it allows you to learn all that you can about the property you plan to purchase. If you find a problem at this point, you can decide to back out of the contract to buy your home or you can work with the seller to get the problem fixed. The most important part of this process is knowing as much as you can about the property. Here are a few tips for the process.

#1: You Need to Go Up There

Whether it is the attic or the roof, climb up with the home inspector. You'll learn about key problems with your home's systems and, even more importantly, you'll likely learn how to make repairs on any…

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