Buying a New Build: Spec Home, Custom or Production – What’s Right for You?

Posted by Laine Smith on 3/27/17 6:23 AM

You’ve weighed the pros and cons from pricing and customization to location and home maintenance and decided that a new home is a better fit for you than purchasing an existing home. But what type of new home is the right choice for you? Learn the differences here.

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Spring Housing Market Update: 5 Facts for Homebuyers and Sellers

Posted by Laine Smith on 3/26/17 12:35 PM

As one of the most popular times of the year to buy or sell a home, the 2017 spring housing market is off to an early start. See what mortgage rates, home prices, homebuyer traffic and home inventory are doing to shape this year’s spring market.

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The Best Home Improvements to Complete in the Springtime

Posted by Laine Smith on 3/25/17 8:00 AM

Spring is officially here! If you’re anxious to head outdoors and tackle your spring cleaning and home maintenance to-do list, here are a few home improvement projects that can give you the best of both worlds (and are best completed in the spring).

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Weekly Economic Review: Existing Home Sales Drop, New Home Sales Jump

Posted by Laine Smith on 3/24/17 8:00 AM

In this week’s economic review, mortgage rates softened, existing home inventory improved and new home sales climbed, mostly due to softened pricing.

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Out and About with Compass: Iowa Edition: State Historical Museum of Iowa

Posted by Emma Johnson on 3/23/17 10:00 AM

Each state in America has a unique history and offers a unique contribution to the country as a whole.  If you call Iowa home, or if you'd like to learn more about the state while you're passing the heartland sometime, make a visit to the State Historical Museum of Iowa!

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Out and About with Compass: The Lakefront Trail

Posted by Emma Johnson on 3/23/17 9:30 AM

Lake Michigan, with it’s beautiful water, waves and wildlife, and expansive shoreline is arguably Chicago’s finest asset! It provides our city with many necessities, but also hours of recreation and stunning views. This spring, take a trip down the Lakefront Trail, stretching 18 miles along Lake Michigan’s coast, for a state-of-the-art tour of the city of Chicago.

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3 Reasons a Loan Commitment Is Essential for Homebuyers This Spring

Posted by Laine Smith on 3/22/17 8:00 AM

With mortgage rates still favorable, home prices rising and the number of existing homes on the market near record a record low, having sound financing is essential if you hope to purchase a home heading into the busiest homebuying season of the year. Here’s how a loan commitment gives you a head start against other buyers in the market.

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Out and About with Compass: Iowa Edition: Iowa 80 Trucking Museum

Posted by Emma Johnson on 3/21/17 10:00 AM

With spring break on the horizon, you may be looking at hours in the car as you travel to your final vacation destination. Why not make the most of the road trip, and plan some interesting stops along the way? If you’re travelling though Iowa on I-80, make a pit stop at the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum for a unique peek at trucking history!

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Out and About with Compass: Wrigley Field Tours

Posted by Emma Johnson on 3/21/17 9:30 AM

Spring time is synonymous with baseball! It’s America’s favorite pastime, and it’s a good time to be a fan in Chicago right now! Both teams are fun to watch, but the World Champion Chicago Cubs have recently hit their stride, and even if you don’t typically cheer for the northsiders, you can still find things to appreciate about this historic team--namely their iconic stadium, Wrigley Field!

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The Top 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Buy a Home – and Why They’re Wrong

Posted by Laine Smith on 3/20/17 8:00 AM

Buying a home isn’t the right choice for everyone, but many renters self-exclude themselves from homeownership based on misconceptions they have about the home financing and homebuying process. If owning a home is a priority for you, don’t let these mortgage and homeownership myths discourage you from making it a reality.

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