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It costs more to get a college education than any other time in American history. Unfortunately, that’s forcing students to take out multiple loans to cover their expenses. Bigger loans — and more of them — means it takes the average graduate much longer to pay off their student debt. 

And that, sadly, is causing many post-graduate students to postpone their dreams of buying their first home because of student loan obligations.

According to a recent report from the National Association of Realtors, half of U.S.-based non-homeowners — 51% — say student loan debt is causing them to put their home-buying plans on the back burner. In fact,

  • 47% think having student loans makes it hard to save for a downpayment
  • 45% believe existing debt will…
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For many people — especially first-time homebuyers — the process of buying a home can seem a little off-putting. To the unaware, it can look as if a huge financial fire-pit will swallow up unsuspecting newbies, especially if they don’t have a guiding hand.

While it’s not that dramatic in real life, there is a bit of truth to the notion that there are things you can do to avoid unnecessary hiccups and make the process so much smoother. 

This blog looks at 3 of those hiccups, with advice to keep you from falling into a new home booby-trap! Let’s get started.

Hiccup #1: 

Ignoring life’s little pleasures

When getting pre-qualified for a mortgage, lenders look for what you technically can afford based on a high-level review of income…

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Popular Television Personality Brittany Picolo-Ramos Joins the ERA Network 

MADISON, N.J., March 23, 2022 -- ERA® Real Estate, a global franchising leader within the Realogy family of brands, announced today that Godwyn Realty, based in New Orleans, La., has affiliated with the ERA® brand.

The firm, which serves the Greater New Orleans area, including Metairie, Kenner, Slidell, Mandeville, Covington, Madisonville, Gretna, La Place and Destrehan, will be known as Godwyn Realty ERA Powered. The ERA Powered® flexible branding option gives companies a choice to leverage their local brand identity and benefit from the ERAbrand’s full suite of…

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Many families have found their savings accounts a little fatter over the last two years, thanks to remote working, less commuting and more cooking at home versus dining out. If that sounds like you, and you’re in the market to buy a new home, you might find that new construction fits — maybe for the first time — in your budget. 

What is a “seller’s market”? It’s when homes are scarce for sale but plenty of potential buyers. This can lead to open houses that feel more like Black-Friday sales (or Covid testing queues), desperate FOMO-based decision-making and multiple offers on homes you wouldn’t usually be so excited about. Like the term alludes to, it’s the seller who benefits in a seller’s market. 

Ever since the pandemic began, America has…

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Moving to New Orleans from out of town, Murray & Whitney were ready to make the jump and buy their first home!  After interviewing two other agents, they found Joel Picolo through Zillow and met up for a Buyer's Consultation!  Joel asked what their home goals were and what exactly they were looking for in a home.  Whitney and Murray desired a 3 bed/2 bathroom home, with an open living and kitchen floor plan and a backyard that would be perfect for entertaining friends and family.  The cherry on top would be that it was also nearby a park!  Above all, they wanted to make sure they would be making a good investment, as well as find the home that best fit their lifestyle.

Now Murray and Whitney were still in a lease, 4-5 months to be exact, and they…

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Mortgage interest rates are grabbing headlines and rightfully so. There was a significant jump in rates recently with Freddie Mac’s latest 30-year fixed-rate mortgage average hitting 3.45%. As Freddie Mac’s economists note, this was due in large part to actions taken by the Federal Reserve.

In a statement, Freddie Mac economists note, “Mortgage rates rose across all mortgage loan types, with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage increasing by almost a quarter of a percent from last week. This was driven by the prospect of a faster than expected tightening of monetary policy in response to continued inflation exacerbated by uncertainty in labor and supply chains. The rise in mortgage rates so far this year has not yet affected purchase demand, but given…

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Have a disaster-free holiday by practicing these simple (but essential!) Christmas safety tips.

The stockings are hung by the chimney with care…and the Christmas tree is safely placed three feet away from the fireplace. OK, that might not be how the old Christmas poem goes. But it’s a good tip to keep in mind! Read on for more Christmas safety tips to keep your loved ones safe this holiday season.

1. Replace Old Lights and Use Them Correctly

The lights bring holiday cheer for sure, but they can be a safety hazard. Use indoor lights indoors and outdoor lights outdoors, and always turn them off when leaving the house or going to bed. Be sure to replace light sets that have broken sockets or frayed wires.

2. Be Mindful of Poisonous Plants

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Spring cleaning is traditionally thought of as an annual opportunity to scrub the entire house or condo from top to bottom — but it’s also a great time to turn your home into an allergy-free zone. While it may feel a bit overwhelming to take on such a big project, it doesn’t have to be a daunting experience. 

We pulled together 10 tips that will help you spring into action and allergy-proof your home while you get it squeaky clean! Try any or all and enjoy your home all over again!

How to get a spotless and allergen-free home

TIP #1: Have a clear plan. For efficiency’s sake, the best way to tackle spring cleaning is one project at a time (or one room at a time). Having a strategy worked out in advance helps you stay focused by…

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After living in Austin, Texas, Christiana was looking to make New Orleans her new home. She was tired of renting, and wanted make an investment by buying her very first home in the Big Easy.  Christiana was very specific about her wants and needs for her future home: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, move-in ready, and a short commute time to her new job in the city.  Christiana's desire was to make sure she would make a good investment, as well as find the home that best fit her lifestyle

The Godwyn Realty team, led by stellar agent Clint Engvall, helped Christiana find a home that was uniquely hers and a perfect fit! First, they made a list of Home Goals, the “must haves” for Christiana. Next, they hit the pavement finding a selection of homes in…

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Godwyn Realty Unveils New Office Headquarters in Historic Uptown New Orleans Building

New office location and team of experts remind clients that real estate should be personal

NEW ORLEANS, LA, (August 5, 2021) – Today, New Orleans based real estate company, Godwyn Realty, is announcing the opening of its brand new office headquarters located at 1943 Sophie Wright Place in New Orleans with a private grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting at the iconic uptown location. 

The new office space, located in an historic New Orleans building designed in the 1860s, echoes the Godwyn Realty promise that real estate should be personal. The spacious setting will house approachable and passionate agents that value people and offer clients positive…

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