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Buyers Ask the Strangest Things!

Obviously, prospective home buyers ask a lot of questions before they put an offer on a home, such as “How’s the neighborhood?” or “How old is that water heater, anyway?” But as we see with the questions below, the adage “There’s no such thing as a stupid question” isn't always true. Realtor.com recently asked real estate professionals to share some of the strangest questions a client ever asked. Here’s what some agents said:

By The Numbers – Home Size

1,750 sq. feet – average home size in 1978

2,745 sq. feet – average home size in 2015

Homeowners responses, if they were moving in the next year*:

32% – homeowners who would choose the same size home they currently have

36% – boomers (age 55+) who would downsize

46% – millennials (age 18-24) who want to go larger

It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

When shopping for a new home, it’s important to understand which characteristics are necessary and which are negotiable. This varies based upon individual needs and preferences, as well as the homebuyers’ skills and willingness to complete projects. One critical factor cannot be changed, and that is the location.

Experts Predict Home Prices Will Keep Rising

The recent Case-Shiller results showed home prices keep rising at their fastest pace in almost three years and that’s not going to stop anytime soon according to experts. The index, put out by CoreLogic and S&P Dow Jones Indices, increased 5.8% annually in March, a pace which experts say is good news for sellers, but not so great for home buyers.

Meet Me in St. Louis

Paramount Mortgage Company has been happily headquartered in the Gateway City for more than 46 years. While we have expanded into several other areas in  the nation, there is no place like home. St. Louis is home to many fascinating historical attractions, delicious food, wonderful music, and much more. This summer is the perfect time to meet us in the Lou, and spend a vacation or stay-cation enjoying these fabulous local attractions.

Credit Bureaus are Erasing Negative Info

Credit scores for many people will get a boost this year as tax liens and most civil judgments are removed from their credit reports. As a result, people who have the negative data erased will appear more creditworthy and will be able to take action that could save them plenty of money, according to Matt Schulz, senior industry analyst at creditcards.com.

Secure At Home

Every 13 seconds in the United States, there is a home invasion, with over two million burglaries occurring each year. Not surprisingly, summer time is the most common time for a home to be burglarized. With school out and summer on the horizon, let’s review a few simple steps homeowners can take to prevent their home from becoming a target.

Secure At Home

Every 13 seconds in the United States, there is a home invasion, with over two million burglaries occurring each year. Not surprisingly, summer time is the most common time for a home to be burglarized. With school out and summer on the horizon, let’s review a few simple steps homeowners can take to prevent their home from becoming a target.

4 Things First-Time Homebuyers Need to Know

Buying a home is likely the biggest purchase a person will ever make, and it’s not always an easy one. Low inventory has pushed home prices up in cities throughout the country, giving sellers an advantage. Homes sell fast, bidding wars break out, and offers above the asking price are common. All of this means that buyers need to be on their game and have their finances in order before entering the market.

Here’s what experts said first-time buyers need to know, as shared by money.cnn.com:

1. What you can actually afford

Advice for New Grads

Congratulations to all those who are graduating this month! Completing a new level of education is a huge accomplishment that begins a new and exciting stage of life. As a new class of graduates enters the workforce, we offer a few words of advice.

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