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Gabrielle Reynolds, co-chair of George W. Bush presidential inaugurations, dies at 69

Gabrielle Bouscaren Reynolds, who served as a national co-chair of the 2001 and 2005 inaugurations of President George W. Bush, died at her Hyde Park home on Aug. 23. She was 69.

Reynolds’ husband of 47 years, Mercer Reynolds III, is the former chief …

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EXCLUSIVE: After merger, First Financial shooting to be Cincinnati’s hometown bank

First Financial Bancorp, fresh off an acquisition that made it 50 percent larger than it was, is now setting its sights on becoming Cincinnati’s hometown bank.

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Rent or Buy: Either Way You’re Paying A Mortgage!

Rent or Buy: Either Way You’re Paying A Mortgage! | Simplifying The MarketThere are some people who have not purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize, however, that unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. As Entrepreneur Magazine, a premier source for small business, explained in […]

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What State Gives You the Most ‘Bang for Your Buck’? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights:

The majority of states in the Midwest and South offer a lower cost of living than states in the Northeast and West.
The ‘biggest bang for your buck’ comes in Mississippi where, compared to the national average, you can actually purc…

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What Does the Recent Rash of Price Reductions Mean to the Real Estate Market?

What Does the Recent Rash of Price Reductions Mean to the Real Estate Market? | Simplifying The MarketLast week, in a new report from Zillow, it was revealed that there has been a rash of price reductions across the country. According to the report: There are more price cuts now than a year ago in over two-thirds of the nation’s largest metros About 14% of all listings had a price cut in […]

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Having Trouble Saving Enough for Your Down Payment? Crowdfund It!

Having Trouble Saving Enough for Your Down Payment? Crowdfund It! | Simplifying The MarketYou read that right! First-time buyers across the country are getting creative when it comes to saving the necessary down payment to buy a home. Many couples are asking their wedding guests to contribute to their “Down Payment Fund” rather than fulfilling a traditional registry. This is fueled by the fact that many couples live […]

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5 Real Estate Reality TV Myths Explained

5 Real Estate Reality TV Myths Explained | Simplifying The MarketHave you ever been flipping through the channels, only to find yourself glued to the couch in an HGTV binge session? We’ve all been there, watching entire seasons of “Love it or List it,” “Million Dollar Listing,” “House Hunters,” “Property Brothers,” and so many more all in one sitting. When you’re in the middle of your real […]

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The Net Worth of a Homeowner is 44x Greater Than A Renter!

The Net Worth of a Homeowner is 44x Greater Than A Renter! | Simplifying The MarketEvery three years, the Federal Reserve conducts their Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. Their latest survey data, covering 2013-2016 was recently released. The study revealed that the median net worth of a homeowner was $231,400 – a 15% increase since 2013. At the same time, […]

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The Cost of Waiting: Interest Rates Edition [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights:

Interest rates are projected to increase steadily heading into 2019.
The higher your interest rate, the more money you end up paying for your home and the higher your monthly payment will be.
Rates are still low right now – don’t wa…

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5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional Before Entering the Market!

5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional Before Entering the Market! | Simplifying The MarketWhether you are buying or selling a home, it can be quite the adventure. In this world of instant gratification and internet searches, many sellers think that they can ‘For Sale by Owner’ or ‘FSBO,’ but it’s not as easy as it may seem. That’s why you need an experienced real estate professional to guide you on the path to […]

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