6 Features Empty-Nesters Should Look For in Their Next Home Purchase

Posted by Laine Smith on 4/16/17 10:00 AM

The kids have flown the nest and you’re faced with the proverbial decision on your lifelong home – do you stay or do you go? While it’s never an easy decision to sell and buy again, “downsizing” paves the way for a new style of homeownership. If you’re thinking of purchasing a new home as an empty-nester here are a few things to consider in your search.

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It's Almost Tax Day - Did You Catch All of Your Homeowner Tax Perks?

Posted by Laine Smith on 4/15/17 9:00 AM

From personalizing your living space to creating a stable family living environment, there are several personal benefits of owning your own home. On the financial side, tax benefits are one of the biggest perks of homeownership. In honor of the upcoming tax day, we’ve compiled the list of the biggest tax breaks homeowners receive.

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Weekly Economic Review: Consumer Prices Drop for the First Time in a Year

Posted by Laine Smith on 4/14/17 9:57 AM

In this week’s economic review, job openings were up considerably but hiring lagged, consumer sentiment continued to increase, mortgage rates declined, and consumer prices dropped significantly.

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Out and About with Compass: Iowa Edition: Jump 'n' Easter Egg Hunt

Posted by Emma Johnson on 4/13/17 10:00 AM

Spring time often leaves us with inconsistent weather, making outdoor fun hard to plan for during this time of year! Easter is this weekeknd, and if you’d rather not cover up the kids’ Easter garb with a big coat during the egg finding festivities, plan a visit to Pump It Up, in Urbandale, for their Jump ‘n’ Easter Egg Hunt!

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Out and About with Compass: Easter Brunch at the Morton Arboretum

Posted by Emma Johnson on 4/13/17 9:30 AM

Brunch is always a good idea, but it’s an especially appropriate way to celebrate a special event or holiday with your friends and family. This weekend, save yourself the stress of cooking and hosting Easter, and visit the Morton Arboretum for some beautiful scenery and a delicious brunch!

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When Is the Best Time to Buy Your First House?

Posted by Laine Smith on 4/12/17 8:00 AM

Buying your first home used to fall in line with a sequence of other big life events. You got a job, you got married and you bought a home. Many of today’s first-time homebuyers have broken away from that series – getting married later, having kids later and settling into homeownership later. So that begs the question: when is the best time to buy your first house?

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Out and About with Compass: Iowa Edition: Bass Pro Shop's Easter Event

Posted by Emma Johnson on 4/11/17 10:00 AM

If you haven’t properly celebrated Easter yet, it’s not too late! You still have a few days to plan your springtime fun, and Bass Pro Shops, in multiple locations around Iowa, has you covered! Visit this weekend for an unforgettable Easter celebration!

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Out and About with Compass: Lincoln Park Zoo Easter Egg-Stravaganza

Posted by Emma Johnson on 4/11/17 9:30 AM

Spring is in full swing in Chicagoland! We’ve enjoyed some nice weather, the rain has brought flowers and green grass, and Easter is approaching fast! If you haven't planned an Easter outing yet, come celebrate the holiday this weekend at the Lincoln Park Zoo's Easter Egg-Stravaganza!

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Bank, Broker or Mortgage Banker: Which Type of Mortgage Lender Is Right For You?

Posted by Laine Smith on 4/10/17 10:13 AM

When buying a home, you have a lot of choices: what type of loan you want to use, what neighborhood you want to purchase in, which real estate agent you want to work with, etc. When you apply for a mortgage, a big choice is what type of mortgage lender you want to do your financing. Will you go to your bank, find a mortgage broker or work with a mortgage banker? We’ve laid out the definition of each type of lender to help you make the choice that’s right for you.

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Selling Your Home: 4 Ways to Appeal to Millennial Buyers

Posted by Laine Smith on 4/9/17 12:24 PM

If you’re selling your home and want it to sell quickly and for top-dollar (doesn’t everyone?), you need to prepare your home to appeal to the widest group of homebuyers. Today, that demographic is the Millennials, who were behind 60 percent of home purchases in 2016. This generation has been shaping the market the last few years, and while you don’t need to turn your house into the Millennial dream home, a few things are suggested to appeal to this type of homebuyer.

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