UC Riverside Tops Time Magazine List

UCR: Time magazine puts campus at top From Press-Enterprise 4/28/14 With graduation rates, affordability and access equally weighted, UC Riverside is the top university in the country. At least, it comes out that way in a new ranking by Time magazine. Time used an algorithm based on data pulled from the Department of Education’s Integrated … Continue reading UC Riverside Tops Time Magazine List

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10 Reasons Being a Homeowner Wins

From AOL Real Estate 4/21/14 Homebuying has earned a bad rap in recent years: The subprime mortgage crisis and ensuing economic meltdown left many homeowners underwater, unable to pay their mortgage and even facing foreclosure. Homeownership rates fell throughout the recession and got down to about 65 percent, compared with almost 70 percent before the … Continue reading 10 Reasons Being a Homeowner Wins

Is a 20-year mortgage right for you?

From Yahoo Homes 4/25/14 Does a 30-year mortgage seem excruciatingly long? Well, it does for many homeowners, but luckily, it's not your only option. Whether you're looking to purchase or refinance your home, you could reap huge savings by going for the under-the-radar 20-year mortgage. It's not as popular as the 30-year mortgage, which offers … Continue reading Is a 20-year mortgage right for you?

Travelers Pick Top US Destinations for Vacation

From CNN.com 4/8/14 In the United States, the South makes a strong showing in 2014, with Austin, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; and Nashville, Tennessee, breaking into the top 25 this year. Here are the top cities from the Travelers' Choice U.S. list (see the top global destinations in the gallery): 1. New York, New York 2. … Continue reading Travelers Pick Top US Destinations for Vacation

Is Your Commute a Mortgage Killer?

From Daily Real Estate News 4/23/14 Most home buyers know they'll pay for desirable locations, whether it's conveniently near their workplace or pleasantly distant from it. But a recent look at commuting costs by Credit.com reminds buyers to put the figures into stark black and white, even if the lender doesn't require it. Many lenders, … Continue reading Is Your Commute a Mortgage Killer?

VA Frequently Asked Questions and Tips For Home Buyers

From Free Resources for CA Real Estate Agents November 2013 There are over 2.3 million veterans now living in California alone, with a large percentage of these based in San Diego, so VA financing plays a huge role in the CA housing market. I believe VA financing is the best purchase product available in the … Continue reading VA Frequently Asked Questions and Tips For Home Buyers

Don’t Make These Seller Mistakes

From Trulia.com 4/24/14 Here are five potholes you, literally, can’t afford to stumble into this spring: 1. Demand “Dumbification” It’s bad when a client can’t see beyond their emotional attachment to a home. It’s even worse when sellers ignore the facts about what’s making today’s buyer’s fall in love. ~Don't forget that even though this … Continue reading Don’t Make These Seller Mistakes

America’s Coolest Desert Towns

Marfa, Texas Marfa has been renowned as a surprising art hub since minimalist sculptor Donald Judd arrived to far west Texas in 1971 and started peppering the highland desert landscape with his massive concrete works. Nowadays, the Chinati Foundation keeps up his vision in a disused army base turned contemporary art museum. But this city—which … Continue reading America’s Coolest Desert Towns

The 25 best neighborhoods for young people

From By Megan Willett Business Insider 4/21/14 Greenpoint Cyclist With May right around the corner, U.S. college graduates will be migrating to the nation's biggest cities to try to find jobs and apartments and to start life on their own. Niche Ink, a website dedicated to education analysis, put together a list of the best metro … Continue reading The 25 best neighborhoods for young people

Bad mortgage advice could cost you tons of money and time

The worst mortgage advice you could get By Tony Moton 4/17/14 Are you thinking about buying or refinancing a home in the near future? If so, chances are you're getting all kinds of advice from well-intentioned friends and family. Just remember to keep this important piece of advice in mind: Don't listen to everything you … Continue reading Bad mortgage advice could cost you tons of money and time