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Manufactured Homes, Plus Down Payment Assistance, Could Be an Affordable Housing Solution

By Anita Johnston | Dec 31, 2021

Manufactured Homes, Plus Down Payment Assistance, Could Be an Affordable Housing Solution Down Payment Resource, the nationwide database for homebuyer programs, today released its Fourth Quarter 2020 Homeownership Program Index (HPI). The number of total programs is 2,305, and over 81 percent (81.4) of programs currently have funds available for eligible homebuyers. Down Payment Resource (DPR) […]

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Down Payment Assistance Program Types and Features

By Anita Johnston | Dec 31, 2021

Down Payment Assistance Program Types and Feature The Second Quarter 2021 Homeownership Program Index (HPI) reveals that Down Payment Assistance (DPA) programs make up 73 percent of the programs in the Down Payment Resource database. These programs may come in the form of a repayable second mortgage loan or a non-repayable grant. They’re offered by federal, state, […]

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Is down payment assistance for everyone?

By Anita Johnston | Dec 31, 2021

Is down payment assistance for everyone? Homeownership programs are available nationwide, and the average down payment assistance benefit is currently between $10,000 and $12,000. These programs can help homebuyers get into a house sooner than they may think and give them a valuable cash cushion for other expenses, like the home inspection and possible repairs. […]

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Things to do Today to make you a Homeowner Tomorrow

By Anita Johnston | Dec 27, 2021

HOME • REAL ESTATE • NOVEMBER 8, 2021 Things to do Today to make you a Homeowner Tomorrow by Windermere Whidbey Island   As the gap between the cost of rent and the cost of a mortgage continues to close, we see an increasing number of renters interested in buying. But how can renters make the transition to owners? […]

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Why you should NOT wait to list your house right now

By Anita Johnston | Dec 27, 2021

Why you should NOT wait to list your house right now by Windermere Whidbey Island As the year comes to an end, we recognize a trend where homeowners are motivated to make the move and finally get into a home that complements their changing lifestyles. It is clear that homeowners have begun to understand the […]

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THE SECRET BEHIND SELLING YOUR HOME

By Anita Johnston | Dec 27, 2021

THE SECRET BEHIND SELLING The end goal is to get the best price and most favorable terms in the shortest amount of time. We are experts at this process, using our mastery of marketing, pricing, and negotiation to achieve the best outcome for you. Here is an overview of the steps to selling a home. 01 […]

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Whidbey Island Homebuyers: Be Ready To Act This Winter

By Anita Johnston | Dec 21, 2021

Homebuyers: Be Ready To Act This Winter To succeed as a buyer in Whidbey Island’s market, it’s important to understand which market trends will have the greatest impact on your home search. Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at realtor.com, says there are two factors every buyer should keep their eyes on: “Going forward, the conditions buyers face are […]

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Why It Just Became Much Easier To Buy a Home

By Anita Johnston | Dec 17, 2021

Why It Just Became Much Easier To Buy a Home   Since the pandemic began, Americans have reevaluated the meaning of the word home. That’s led some renters to realize the many benefits of homeownership, including the feelings of security and stability and the financial benefits that come with rising home equity. At the same time, many current homeowners […]

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What to Expect from Your Home Inspection

By Anita Johnston | Dec 16, 2021

What to Expect from Your Home Inspection   You made an offer and it was accepted. Your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. Agents often recommend you make your offer contingent upon a clean home inspection. This contingency allows you to renegotiate the price you offered for the home, ask […]

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