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There aren't enough ways to repay a military serviceman who has fought for his country--but a VA housing loan tries to do its part. If you are a military member who has served at least 181 days on active duty, or in the National Guard or Reserve for at least six years, or are the spouse of someone who has been killed in the line of duty, you may be eligbile for a Veterans Administration (VA) home loan

The VA loan has its origins in the original Servicemen's Readjustment Act, also known as the GI Bill of Rights, which was signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944. The loan was meant to provide veterans and their familiies housing assistance through a federally guaranteed loan with no down payment. Since its creation, the VA loan has

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Homeowners need to use every inch of their resources to market their home.   Continue to have that 'for sale' sign in your yard and place ads in newspapers and real estate websites, but broaden your reach with one more marketing element:  your connections.  You know some people, and those people know other people who may be in the search for a home.  Reach out to your network in two ways:  social networks and word of mouth.

Use social networks to broaden your reach.  Mention it once a week at the minimum; promoting your home in every post will turn buyers and your connections off.  Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+ are great for promoting your ad with a link to photos in the same post.  Pinterest and Instagram are great for uploading photos of

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When you think of WASHINGTON STATE AREA INFO, most people think of Mt. Ranier, Mt. St. Helens, or Puget Sound. But as beautiful and exciting as those places are, it is the Columbia River that is both a workhorse and a recreational center of the state.

The Columbia River is the longest river in the Pacific Northwest and the 4th longest river in the United States. It criss-crosses the state of Washington for 745 miles. From it's beginning in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada, it winds its way north, south, east and finally west where it forms 309 miles of the border between Washington and Oregon.  

Tamed by 14 hydroelectric dams, the Columbia provides much of the electric power that drives the economies of Washington and Oregon. Over the

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Northwest MLS NWMLSNWMLS, Kirkland, WA, July 3, 2013 – Current market conditions  ̶  including rising mortgage rates, tight inventory and declining unemployment  ̶  are driving even more buyers into what is already an "extremely competitive housing market," reported OB Jacobi, a member of the board of directors for Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

New figures from the MLS show pending sales during June jumped 10.6 percent from twelve months ago as buyers scrambled to lock in loan rates and bid on a limited supply of homes. Members in the 21 counties served by Northwest MLS reported 9,484 mutually accepted offers last month, outgaining the year-ago number of pending sales by 907 transactions.

"In June, our brokers reported anywhere from 2-to-7 offers on homes in the

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Washington State has solid and growing rural and agricultural community. As such, it is a prime location for home owners looking to take advantage of the USDA Zero Down Payment Program. The United States Department of Agriculture provides a program for low to mid income families looking to move into a home in a rural or agricultural community.

Because this is a federally guaranteed loan, qualifying applicants will find that they are fully financed meaning you aren’t required to put down any money up front. The loan must be no more than the value of the home as appraised. There is no limit to the purchase price, what matters is the qualifying ratios, which are twenty-nine percent for housing costs, and that you have an established income. Special

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Bank owned foreclosures are some of the best deals going around in the real estate market. While it seems a simple matter to just approach a bank and purchase one of these properties outright, it isn't always that easy. Most of these properties are in high demand as you can imagine, and the competition for a title can be pretty intense. If you are convinced that bank owned foreclosures are for you, here are a few ideas on how you can increase your chances of getting one.

Research thoroughly

Just as with anything else that involves a hefty financial investment, you will want to do a lot of research on the market, paying particular attention to the properties that you want to buy. By looking into the financial and chronological history of the

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