6 Forgotten Housing Costs That Could Push You Over Budget

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These are costs you’ll probably never see on a lender’s checklist, but they represent real money — sometimes large amounts of it. 1. Improvements Even if your home is in great shape or brand new on the date of purchase, there will probably be things you want to change to make it uniquely yours. New carpet, paint, or countertops, perhaps? … Read More

How to Lower the Cost of Your Home Loan

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After working with your lender to determine your borrowing limits — either during pre-approval, or when applying for your loan — you may discover that you cannot or are not willing to borrow as much money as you had originally planned. Here are some reasons you may be having second thoughts: The payments are higher than you’d expected. The interest … Read More

Textiles, Plants and Fringe: How to Go Full-on Bohemian in Your Home

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It seems like every other magazine and catalog I’ve received is touting “new bohemian” style; I haven’t seen those words used so much since Edie Brickell & New Bohemians topped the charts with “What I Am” in 1988. Even the most buttoned-up brands like Great Britain’s Burberry and usually all-American Ralph Lauren celebrated boho-spirit throwbacks in new ways. Some hear … Read More

This Common Mistake Can Kill Your Mortgage

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Young Couple Moving In To New Home Together In order to qualify for a mortgage, you need to show your lender that you have a down payment and access to funds for closing. This money needs to come from documentable sources prior to moving it from your bank account to your escrow account. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t do … Read More

5 Predictions for Renters and Home Buyers in 2017

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If you’re a renter, you (and your bank account) probably know this already: Over the past decade, rents have been going up. And up. In many parts of the country, in fact, rents have been increasing at a faster rate than home values. The good news? The rate of growth has gradually slowed since its peak in July 2015, according … Read More

Economic Sweet Spots for Tech, Finance and Health Care Workers

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With Silicon Valley workers living in vans and RVs and interns squatting in corporate offices , it’s clear that even a tech salary does not shield some workers from the vagaries of sky-high housing costs. The good news is, there are tech jobs outside the Bay Area — and, in some places, workers have thousands of dollars left over each month after paying … Read More

These Are the Best Places to Live If You Love March Madness

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The official bracket has been released and we’re ready to kick off March Madness! It’s the time of year for office pools, alma mater pride and the chance to impress the world with your basketball knowledge (or incredible luck depending on how you view gambling). About 40 million Americans fill out a bracket and bet more than $2 billion on … Read More

Redfin CTO Bridget Frey Discusses Diversity & Inclusion at Google Cloud Next

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In honor of International Women’s Day, our Chief Technology Officer, Bridget Frey, spoke alongside other female leaders on a panel about diversity & inclusion in tech at Google Cloud Next ’17 . During the conversation, Bridget shared her own experiences as a female in the tech industry and described how that has shaped her perspective as a leader. “Early on … Read More

How Ben Carson and HUD Can Begin to Solve America’s Housing Affordability Crisis

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Image via Wikimedia Commons This afternoon Dr. Ben Carson, the newly-confirmed Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), addressed his staff, observing that because of its scope, the department was well-positioned to influence the country very broadly. On this point, we couldn’t agree more. Income inequality and a shortage of affordable housing are at the worst levels … Read More