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How to Save For a Down Payment on a Home

To figure out how much you need to save for a down payment on a home, you first need to determine what you can realistically spend on a house. According to CNN Money, most lenders restrict your mortgage amount in order for your monthly housing payments, including property taxes and insurance, to not surpass 28% of your pre-tax monthly income. Aiming for a lower percentage such as 20% may be better if your income fluctuates. Other expenses as a homeowner to keep in mind are repairs, maintenance, utilities, and even home owner association fees if they apply. The second step...
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Housing Market Report-June 2018

Demand for homes in Wisconsin remained strong in May but the number of home sales fell 5% compared to May 2017 according to the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association’s May 2018 Home Sales Report. In contrast, median home sales prices increased 8% over the same period. The main reason for the drop in home sales and increase in home prices is lack of inventory of homes on the market, which has been a nationwide problem. Metropolitan counties in the state had just over 3.5 months of housing supply in May compared to rural counties which had over 7 months of supply. Typically,...
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5 DIY Projects to Prep Your Home to Sell

Instead of focusing on major renovations that are expensive and time consuming, consider taking on a few inexpensive projects to make your home more appealing to potential buyers and help you sell. Improve Storage Space: Buyers will be interested in checking out the storage options in a home. Ways to make storage spaces appear larger include: Empty out half of your closets and add a closet organizer Remove junk in the garage and crawl spaces Add organizers in your cabinets Improve bathroom storage by adding additional cabinets or over-the-toilet storage Fresh Paint: A fresh coat of paint can easily make...
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Housing Market Report-May 2018

The healthy economy continues to invigorate Wisconsin’s housing market as buyer demand remains strong, motivating home prices to persistently increase. According to the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association’s April Home Sales Report, median prices in the state have increased 5.9% in the last 12 months, pushing up the median home sales price to $180,000. The low level of homes for sale is also a major contributing factor to the surge in home prices. Comparing April 2018 to last April, the level of homes for sale were 19% lower and new listings were 14% lower. As a result, it left only 4.2 months...
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