Month: July 2015
How the EEOC’s Decision Affects LGBT People
While it wasn’t shouted from the rooftops like the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage was, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) decision on discrimination based on sexual orientation is certainly historic and very important. In a 3-2 vote, the five people on the commission stated that discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation is illegal. In fact, it has been for years! A Surprising Decision The fact that the vote was three to two shows that there was much […]
Get the Most House for your Money in these 4 Markets
Buying your first home is a large undertaking that taxes you physically, emotionally, and (most of all) financially. It can be scary at first, but you can leave the experience with a fabulous piece of property that’s easily able to be resold if you choose. All you need is to conduct your research properly; pick the right location; and have a good realtor on your side. Money is the biggest hurdle for many first time home buyers. Luckily, we’ve compiled […]
Is An Open House Really Worth It?
Common knowledge would tell you that an open house is the best way to drum up excitement for your newly listed FSBO home. After all, it’s so easy to do; all you need is a fruit platter, a sign, and a few hours of spare time. However, open houses aren’t quite as effective as you’d think. Open Houses are Inconvenient and Unpredictable First, the aforementioned “few hours of spare time” is easier said than done for most people. If you’re […]
Now that Gay Marriage is Legal, What Does it Mean for the Mortgage Market?
On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its ruling on the case of Obergefell v. Hodges. This ruling gave gays and lesbians the right to marry in all states and struck down all current gay marriage bans. While we may not realize exactly how this ruling affected the country for a few years, experts are already anticipating changes in a number of industries. Those in the real estate industry have a few predictions for how same-sex marriage […]
4 Best Vacation Home States
The most important thing to think about when buying a vacation home is the location. This crucial detail can influence how much you’ll use the home, the cost of upkeep, and the ability to resell the home in the future. Instead of guessing and second guessing at what states are the best for vacation homes, let us give you some ideas! Below is a list of the five best vacation states taking things like weather, local economy, and resell ability […]
How Legal Gay Marriage Will Effect Getting VA Loans
When the Supreme Court handed down their landmark decision on June 26, 2015, that reversed the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Obergefell v. Hodges and effectively made same-sex marriage legal in all states, it affected more than just LGBT couples. It also affected the mortgage market in a number of ways. The first is that now same-sex couples can legally marry in any state, and those marriages are recognized throughout the U.S. This means that they now have all of the […]