Guillaume Derouet's Blog Posts

Impact of the Coronavirus on the U.S. Housing Market....!

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused massive global uncertainty, including a U.S. stock market correction no one could have seen coming. While much of the news has been about the effect

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Detroit Real Estate Market 2020

The 2020 housing market in detroit that May Surprise YouThis will be an interesting year for residential real estate. With a presidential election taking place this fall and talk of a possible

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The Cost Across Time ...!

Some Highlights:With interest rates around 3.66%, now is a great time to look back at where they’ve been over the past few decades. Comparatively, they’re pretty low!According to 

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Buyers Are Looking Now. Are You Ready to List Your Home...?

Inventory on the market today is low, especially among existing homes in the entry and middle-level tiers of the market. It is hovering well below the 6-month supply typically found

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Expert Advice: 3 Benefits to Owning a Home...!

Success is something often worth repeating, and Brent Sutherland, a Certified Financial Planner and Real Estate Investor, has certainly made his way in a momentum-driving direction.

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2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers....!

In a recent article, First American shared how millennials are not really any different from previous generations when it comes to the goal of homeownership; it is still a huge part of

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The Cost of Renting vs. Buying a Home ...!

Some Highlights:Historically, the choice between renting and buying a home has been a tough decision.Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (27.7%).

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This is Not 2008 All Over Again: The Mortgage Lending Factor...!

This is Not 2008 All Over Again: The Mortgage Lending FactorSome are afraid the real estate market may be looking a lot like it did prior to the housing crash in 2008. One of the factors they&rsquo

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Buyer Demand Growing in Every Region...!

Buyers are out in full force this fall, increasing the demand for homebuying in all four regions of the country.According to the latest ShowingTime Showing Index,“Home showing activity

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November by the Numbers...!

November by the NumbersKeeping a pulse on the current status of the housing market is key to making confident and informed decisions. Let's connect to see if you're ready to buy or sell a.

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Homeownership Rate Remains on the Rise...!

In the third quarter of 2019, the U.S. homeownership rate rose again, signaling another strong indicator of the current housing market.The U.S. Census Bureau announced,“The

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75 Years of VA Home Loan Benefits...!

Today, on Veterans Day, we salute those who have served our country in war or peace, and we thank them for their sacrifice.This year marks the 75th anniversary of VA Home Loan Benefit offerings

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Why You Need a Pro When Buying a Home...!

In today’s market: you need an experienced professional. Just like a good accountant or a good attorney, a good agent will save you money, not cost you.

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Why Getting Preapproved Should Be the First Step...!

One way to show you're serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage before starting your.

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Home Prices - The Difference 5 Years Makes...!

Every day, thousands of homeowners regain positive equity in their homes. You may have enough equity to sell your house and move on to your dream.

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Top 4 Renovations...!

Whether you're selling your home, purchasing your first home, or you're a homeowner who's planning to stay put for a while, there is value in knowing which home renovations will net you the most

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You Don't Need 20% Down...!

Saving for a down payment is often the biggest hurdle for homebuyers, but it doesn't have to be! Almost half of all homebuyers are unfamiliar with alternative down payment options (which allow as

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3 Things You'll Need to Get a Home Loan...!

There are many misconceptions out there when it comes to qualifying for a home loan. You may be surprised to find out that you already qualify today! Let's get together to discuss the process and

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Buying Remains Cheaper Than Renting...!

The latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia shows that homeownership is still cheaper than renting in 98 of the 100 largest metro areas in the United States. Let's get together to find you your dream

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How Supply and Demand Impacts Real Estate Values...!

The price of any item is determined by the supply of that item, as well as the demand for that item in its market. The same is true in real estate. As the inventory of homes available for sale

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5 Reasons to Sell Your House This Fall..>!

Have you been thinking about putting your house on the market? What about moving-up to the house of your dreams? With supply and demand continuing to raise prices, now may be the perfect time! Let's

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Top 3 Myths Holding Back Buyers...!

Many buyers are worried about finding a home they like or being able to afford a home as interest rates continue to rise. If you're a potential homebuyer who's on the sidelines because of what you

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Rising Home Prices Help Build Family Wealth...!

As home prices continue to appreciate, many potential buyers and sellers aren't sure what it really means for them. It's important to understand, however, that rising prices also means rising.

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Is There a Shift Happening in the Real Estate Market?...

Housing inventory is up year-over-year for the first time in three years which means that home price appreciation will likely begin to slow. If you're looking to buy or sell a home, now is still a

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Home Equity by the Numbers...!

As home prices have continued to rise across the country, so has home equity. If you're looking to sell your house and move up to your dream home, right now is a great time to use your equity to do

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Owning a Home is Important to All Generations...!

All generations agree that homeownership is an important piece of the American Dream, but there are still many people who are unsure of how to achieve that dream in today's market. Let's get

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How the Housing Market is Impacted by Natural Disasters...!

Just like most other things, natural disasters can impact the housing market and the value of your home. As prices have appreciated, it's important to make sure that you have the proper coverage for

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Are We Heading Towards Another Housing Bubble? NO!....

One of the causes of the housing bubble 10 years ago was the increase of housing inventory to a 10-12 month supply. This over supply caused prices to fall. Today we have a 4.4 month supply of homes

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5 Tips for Building a New Home...!

The current lack of existing inventory on the market has forced many homebuyers to begin looking at new construction. Seeing your home built before your eyes is a wonderful experience, but new

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3 Things Homeowners Are Thankful For...!

As a homeowner, there are many things to be thankful for. For example, as home values increase, so does your family's wealth. Let's get together to discuss how homeownership can benefit you and your

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5 Reasons to List Your Home This Holiday Season....!

Every year at this time there are many homeowners who decide to wait until after the holidays to list their homes. Here are 5 powerful reasons why waiting until after the holidays to sell your home

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51% of Homeowners Love Their Forever Homes ...Do You...?

Studies show that over 50% of homeowners love their homes and have no plans to sell. What's holding you back from finding your forever home? Let's get together so we can find you your dream home

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When's the Best Time to Sell Your House...?

Waiting until spring to list your house no longer makes sense. Most listings come to market between April and June, so waiting to list means you'll be met with a ton of competition. Let's get

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5 Reasons to Resolve to Use a Real Estate Professional in 2019....!

Whether you're buying or selling a home, the transaction can be a bit overwhelming. Working with a real estate professional who understands your market can make your life that much easier! Let's get

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Your 365-Day Mortgage Rate Forecast...!

If you plan on buying a home this year, it doesn't make sense to wait! Mortgage interest rates and home prices are both projected to increase significantly throughout 2019. Let's get together to

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How Much Has Your Home Increased in Value...?

During 2018, home values increased nationally by over 5%! If you are planning on selling your home in 2019 you may be pleasantly surprised by how much your home has appreciated! Every market is

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Buying a Home this Year? Here Comes the Inventory....!

The top reason homeowners cited for not listing their home for sale in 2018, was their belief that they would be unable to find a home to buy. After 3 years of declining inventory for sale, we&rsquo

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Where Are Home Prices Headed...?

Thinking about buying a home or selling your house this year? If so, you’re going to want to pay attention to where home prices are headed in 2019. The experts agree that they will continue to

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No Matter What the Groundhog Says... You Should Sell Before Spring...!

Whether your favorite groundhog sees their shadow or not, you should list your house for sale before Spring! The winter is a perfect time to list with less competition and more access to the buyers

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How to Know if You've Found the Real Estate Agent of Your Dreams...!

Whether you are buying your first home, or selling your house to move up to the home of your dreams, finding the right agent to help you on your journey should be your first step! Look for someone

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4 Questions to Ask Before Selling Your House...!

Are you planning on selling your house in 2019? You will no doubt have more than 4 questions on your mind, but knowing the answers to these will get you started with confidence! Let's get together

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How to Know if You've Found the Real Estate Agent of Your Dreams!...

Whether you are buying your first home, or selling your house to move up to the home of your dreams, finding the right agent to help you on your journey should be your first step! Look for someone

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The First Step in Buying a Home...!

Are you planning on buying a home this year? Show homeowners that you are serious about buying by getting pre-approved for a mortgage! Let's get together to help you take the first step in making

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The Cost of Buying a Home - A 50-Year Flashback...!

The interest rate you secure when buying your home impacts more than just your monthly mortgage payment. The higher the rate, the more money you will pay for your home over the course of your loan.

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Tips For Getting Your House Ready For Sale...!

If you want to sell your home soon, it's worth putting in the work now. Let's get together to chat and start the!

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5 Reasons Homeownership Makes 'Cents'...!

The American Dream of homeownership is alive and well. Before you sign another lease, let’s get together to help you better understand all your.

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The Cost of Renting vs. Buying 2019...!

The latest reports indicate that homeownership is still cheaper than renting in the United States. Let's get together to find you your dream home - it may be cheaper than you!

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4 Reasons This Spring Market Is Better Than Last Year...!

If you're looking to buy or sell a home this year, now is a great time! Let's get together today to go over what is happening in the Spring Market and what it means for.

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Millennial Mythbuster - Homeownership Is Not Out of the Question...!

Some Millennials still believe they will never be able to afford a down payment. This isn't true! Let's get together to talk about homeownership- it isn't as much of a stretch as you may!

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3 Reasons Renters Want to Buy a Home...!

Homeownership is still a cornerstone of the American Dream! 50% of renters are determined to own a home. If you are currently renting, let's get together to discuss your.

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5 Reasons to Sell Your House This Spring...!

Every year, homeowners decide to wait to list their homes. Here are 5 powerful reasons why selling your house this spring makes sense. Let's get together today to discuss how we can market your home

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Would an Economic Slowdown Impact Home Values..??

Don't let fear of an economic slowdown prevent you from buying or selling a home! Let's get together to talk about the changes in the market so you can make the best decision for you and your.

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Should I Buy a Home Right Now..?

Thinking of buying a home? Doing it now instead of waiting could save you thousands of dollars! Let's get together to discuss your.

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Are You About to Be an Empty-Nester..?

In the next couple of months, millions of students will be graduating and moving out of their parents home. If you're a soon-to-be empty nester considering downsizing or making a move, let's get

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Summer is Coming! Time for a Vacation... Home...?

During the summer, many families travel to their favorite vacation destination. What if instead of renting a house or staying in a hotel, you could enjoy a home of your own? If you'd like to make

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Should You Buy a Home Now or Wait Until Next Year..?

Waiting until next year to buy a home could make a significant financial impact. In the case of homeownership, it's better to act sooner than later! Let's get together to make sure you don't miss

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Top 5 Reasons to Own A Home...!

Homeownership has a number of compelling benefits. Let’s get together to make your dream a reality if you are ready to buy a home of your!

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Experts Agree: "Home Prices Will Rise This Year!"...

Many experts are revising their initial predictions for 2019 to reflect more aggressive projections for home price appreciation. This is great news for homeowners who will gain even more equity in

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Your 6-Month Mortgage Rate Forecast...!

Both mortgage interest rates and home prices are projected to rise throughout 2019. If you plan on buying a home this year, the time is now! Let's get together to discuss your plans today

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Homeownership Is the American Dream...!

A recent survey of renters shows that 50% of Americans are DETERMINED to own a home. Let’s get together to help you achieve your American!

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3 Reasons People are Selling Their Houses Right Now...!

There are many reasons to sell a house, and three of them are rising to the top of the list today. Let’s work together to make your dream of home ownership a.

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How to Present an Offer that Stands Out...?

Present an offer to land your dream home by following these three key tips. Let’s work together to make sure your offer stands out from the.

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Should I Put My Home Up For Sale This Summer?

The number of homes for sale has been increasing since February 2019. If you're thinking of selling, let's get together to chat about how you can take advantage of the market this!

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5 Things to Know About this Housing Market...!

Wages are increasing, mortgage rates are low, and inventory is building each month. Let's get together to talk about how to use the strength of the current economy to your advantage if you're

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Do You Know Your Credit Score...?

Many people assume their credit score is too low to qualify to purchase a home. In reality, 84% of Americans have a credit score that would allow them to become homeowners.! If you'd like to find

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A Recession Does Not Equal a Housing Crisis....!

Recently, there's been a lot of news surrounding an impending recession. However, the same experts predicting an economic slowdown also believe it will not be caused by the housing market. If you're

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Don't Fall into the Rental Trap...!

62% of renters indicate they believe they are losing money by renting- and rents only continue to increase. Don't fall into the rental trap! If you're currently renting, let's get together to

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Thinking of Buying or Selling? The Fall Buyer & Seller Guides are Here...!

These guides are designed to help you confidently make the best decision for you and your family. If you’re considering buying or selling this season, let’s connect to provide you with

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What Will Home Prices Look Like Over the Next Few Years...?

Home prices will continue to rise throughout 2023. This means that now is a great time to sell! If you're thinking of listing your home, let's get together to determine your best.

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Why Pre-Approval Should Be Your First Step...!

Houses are selling quickly, and sometimes competition is driving multiple offers. If you're looking for your dream home, let's get together to discuss how pre-approval gives you a competitive edge

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Should You Use Your Equity to Move Up...?

Current market trends make this a great time to use your equity to move-up to the home of your dreams. Let's connect to determine how much equity you have to put toward your next.

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Want to Be in a New Home By the End of the Year...?

Homes are selling quickly, and inventory is typically low during this time of year. If you're considering listing your house, let's connect so you can settle into your dream home before the..

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October by the Numbers....!

Homes are selling quickly, in an average of 31 days, and interest rates are still historically.

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Don't Get Spooked by the Real Estate Market...!

Having an agent to help guide you is key in today's complex housing market. Let's connect so you don't get spooked by the buying or selling!

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3 Things To Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage...!

Before making any big purchases, moving money around, or making any big-time life changes, consult your loan.

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Do You Know Your Credit Score....?

Many people assume their credit score is too low to qualify to purchase a home. In reality, 84% of Americans have a credit score that would allow them to become homeowners.! If you'd like to find

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Is it a Buyer's or Seller's Market...?

With today's advantages for buyers and sellers at different ends of the market, you need an expert on your side to help you navigate the ever-changing waters. Let's connect and determine if you're

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3 Keys to Selling Your House Quickly...!

Ready to sell your house? Let's connect to make sure it sells quickly. Here are three tips to get you.

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3 Tips for Making Your Dream Home a Reality...!

Living within a budget will not only help you save money for a down payment on a home, but it will help you pay down other debts that might be holding you.

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5 Reasons to Use a Real Estate Professional....!

Whether you’re buying or selling, it can be quite the adventure, which is why you need an experienced real estate professional to guide you on the path to achieving your.

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VA Home Loans by the Numbers...!

Some Highlights:The Veterans Administration (VA) Home Loan is a benefit that is available to more than 22 million veterans and 2 million active duty service members to help them achieve

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Forget the Price of the Home. The Cost is What Matters....

Home buying activity (demand) is up, and the number of available listings (supply) is down. When demand outpaces supply, prices appreciate. That’s why firms are beginning to increase their

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Forget the Price of the Home. The Cost is What Matters....!

Home buying activity (demand) is up, and the number of available listings (supply) is down. When demand outpaces supply, prices appreciate. That’s why firms are beginning to increase their

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Millennials: Here’s Why the Process is Well Worth It....

Millennials have waited longer than any other generation to become homeowners, but the wait for this cohort is just about over.According to National Mortgage News, “Millennials,

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The #1 Reason to List Your House in the Winter...

Many sellers believe spring is the best time to put their homes on the market because buyer demand traditionally increases at that time of year. What they don’t realize is if every homeowner

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Planning on Buying a Home? Be Sure You Know Your Options...

When you’re ready to buy, you’ll need to determine if you prefer the charm of an existing home or the look and feel of a newer build. With limited existing home inventory 

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Still Think You Need 15-20% Down to Buy a Home? Think Again!....

According to a new study from Urban Institute, there are over 19 million millennials in 31 cities who are not only ready and willing to become homeowners, but are able to as well!Now

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Buying a Home Can Be Scary… Until You Know the Facts.....

Some Highlights:Many potential homebuyers believe that they need a 20% down payment and a 780 FICO® score to qualify to buy a home which stops many of them from even trying! Here are some facts

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Thinking of Selling Your Home? Here’s Why You Need A Pro in Your Corner....!

With home prices on the rise and buyer demand still strong, some sellers may be tempted to try and sell their homes on their own without using the services of a real estate professional

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75% of Renters Have Been Misinformed....

Recently, multiple headlines have been written asserting that homeownership is less affordable today than at any other time in the last decade. Though the headlines are accurate, they lack context

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5 Tips When Buying a Newly Constructed Home...

The lack of existing inventory for sale has forced many homebuyers to begin looking at new construction. When you buy a newly constructed home instead of an existing home, there are many extra steps

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Are Homeowners Renovating to Sell or to Stay?.....

Over the past few years, two trends have emerged in the housing market:Home renovations have shot upInventory of homes available for sale on the market has droppedA ‘normal’ housing

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The Cost of Renting vs. Buying a Home...!

Some Highlights:Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a tough decision.Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (28.4%).

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7 Reasons to List Your House For Sale This Holiday Season...

Every year at this time there are many homeowners who decide to wait until after the holidays to list their homes for the first time, while others who already have their homes on the market decide

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Buyers: Don’t Be Surprised by Closing Costs!....

Many homebuyers think that saving for their down payment is enough to buy the house of their dreams, but what about the closing costs that are required to obtain a mortgage?By law, a homebuyer will

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The #1 Reason to Not Wait Until Spring to Sell Your House....!

Many sellers believe that spring is the best time to place their homes on the market because buyer demand traditionally increases at that time of year, but what they don’t realize is that if

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24% of Renters Believe Winter is the Best Time to Buy a Home....

In real estate, the spring is often seen as the ideal time to buy or sell a house. The term “Spring Buyer's Season” exists for a reason, as renters and those looking to move on

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Further Proof It’s NOT 2008 All Over Again....

Home sales numbers are leveling off, the rate of price appreciation has slowed to more historically normal averages, and inventory is finally increasing. We are headed into a more normal housing

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4 Reasons to Buy A Home This Winter!....

Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting.1. Prices Will Continue to RiseCoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insight report revealed that home

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Homeowners Aged 65+ Have 48x More Net Worth Than Renters...!

Every 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

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2008 vs. Now: Are Owners Using Their Homes as ATMs Again?...

Over the last six years, we have experienced strong price appreciation which has increased home equity levels dramatically. As the number of “cash-out” refinances begins to approach

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How to Simply Increase Your Family Wealth by Paying for Housing...!

Everyone should realize that unless you are living somewhere rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. Buying your own home provides you with a

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What If I Wait A Year to Buy a Home?....

National home prices have increased by 5.4% since this time last year. Over that same time period, interest rates have remained near historic lows which has allowed many buyers to enter

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No Bubble Here! How New Mortgage Standards Are Helping....

Real estate is shifting to a more normal market; the days of national home appreciation topping 6% annually are over and inventories are increasing which is causing bidding wars to almost disappear.

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4 Reasons to Sell Your House This Winter...!

Some Highlights: Buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of homes for sale which means that buyers are often competing with one another for the few listings that are available!Housing

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5 Reasons to Sell This Winter!....

Here are five reasons listing your home for sale this winter makes sense.1. Demand Is StrongThe latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows

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Why Houses DO NOT Sell in a Strong Market...

As we approach the end of the year, many homeowners find themselves asking the question, “If we’re currently in a strong real estate market, why won’t my house sell?;

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Homeownership Remains a Huge Part of the American Dream....

As we head into 2019, many news outlets and housing experts warn that the housing market may slow down. Over the last six years, the inventory of homes for sale has been near historic lows, which

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4 Quick Reasons NOT to Fear a Housing Crash...

There is a lot of uncertainty regarding the real estate market heading into 2019. That uncertainty has raised concerns that we may be headed toward another housing crash like the one we experienced

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What Makes a House a Home For You?...

We frequently talk about why it makes sense to buy a home financially, but more often than not the emotional reasons are the more powerful or compelling ones.No matter what shape or size your

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How to Save Thousands of Dollars in Interest on Your Mortgage....

One of the most common loans you can get to buy a home is a 30-year fixed rate mortgage. If the thought of paying for your home over the course of 30-years seems daunting, here are some easy ways to

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Why You Should Not For Sale By Owner...

In today’s market, as home prices rise and a lack of inventory continues, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their homes on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by&

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Belief in Homeownership as an Investment is Far from Dead...

Following last year's real estate market was like riding a rollercoaster. The market started off strong in 2018 and then softened before finishing with a mild flurry. However, one thing that

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Top Renovations to Complete Before You Sell Your House..

Some Highlights:If you are planning on listing your house for sale this year, here are the top four home improvement projects that will net you the most Return on Investment (ROI).Minor

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Buying A Vacation Property? Now Is A Good Time!....

Every year around this time, many homeowners begin the process of preparing their homes in case of extreme winter weather. Some others skip winter all together by escaping to their vacation homes in

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Want to Get the Most Money from The Sale of Your Home? Use These 2 Tips!....

Every homeowner wants to make sure they maximize their financial reward when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive the maximum value for your house?Here are two keys to

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The Best Time to List Your House? TODAY!....

You may have heard that the housing market is softening. There is no doubt that buyer traffic has decreased. There are fewer purchasers in the market than there were last month and at this time last

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Buying a House This Year? This Should Be Your 1st Step!...

In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers

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Buying a Home Young is the Key to Building Wealth...!

Homeowners who purchase their homes before the age of 35 are better prepared for retirement at age 60, according to a new Urban Institute study. The organization surveyed adults who turned

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Selling Your Home? Make Sure the Price is Right....

If you’ve ever watched “The Price is Right,” you know that the only way to win is to be the one to correctly guess the price of the item you want without going over! That

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Selling Your Home? Make Sure the Price is Right!...

If you’ve ever watched “The Price is Right,” you know that the only way to win is to be the one to correctly guess the price of the item you want without going over! That

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Last Chance! Homes are a Bargain Compared to Historic Norms...

A loaf of bread used to be a nickel. A movie ticket was a dime.  Not anymore. Houses were also much less expensive than they are now. Inflation raised the price of all three of those items,

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The Difference Having a Professional on Your Side Makes...

In today’s fast-paced world, where answers are a Google search away, there are some who may wonder what the benefits of hiring a real estate professional to help them in their home

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The Importance of Homeownership to the American Dream...

For centuries, people in this country have seen homeownership as part of the American Dream. Whether they were born here or immigrated from another country, they wanted to own a piece of America.

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Do You Prefer the Charm of an Existing Home?...

When homebuyers begin their research, they want to see all their available options! In many cases, they will include both new construction and existing homes in their search; but is a new

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Think You Should For Sale By Owner? Think Again!....

Some Highlights:For Sale By Owner (FSBO) is the process of selling real estate without the representation of a real estate broker or real estate agent.According to the National Association

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3 Things You Need in a Shifting Real Estate Market...

Whether you are thinking of selling your house or buying a home, today’s real estate headlines can be confusing – perhaps even concerning. What is actually happening with mortgage rates?

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Real Estate: We are NOT the Only Ones Saying You Should Buy...

We have never hid our belief in homeownership. That does not mean we think EVERYONE should run out and buy a house. However, if a person or family is ready, willing and able 

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Millennials: Optimistic & Ready to Buy...

A recent survey by the PulteGroup revealed that the Millennial generation has a more optimistic outlook regarding the American economy than other generations. According to the

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Who Says Millennials Are Not Buying Houses?...

We have often gone against the grain to promote the fact that Millennials have a stronger belief in homeownership than previous generations. Some have strongly disagreed. Well, a new study

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Hispanic Millennials & Housing...

Nielsen recently released their report “Millennials – Breaking the Myths” and today I want to focus on the information reported about Hispanic Millennials.Of the 77 million

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Millennials & Income...

Today, Justin DeCesare returns as our guest blogger.  Justin is the CEO of Middleton & Associates Real Estate in La Jolla, CA. - The KCM CrewMillennials have become an important

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Harvard: 5 Financial Reasons to Buy a Home....

Eric Belsky is Managing Director of the Joint Center of Housing Studies at Harvard University. He also currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Housing Research and

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Chicken Little is Wrong: Homeownership Still the American Dream...

[:en]After the harrowing challenges experienced by so many homeowners over the last few years, many housing experts had predicted that the belief in homeownership as a major element of the American

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Will 20% Soon Be the Minimum Down Payment on a Home?...

Several government agencies are reviewing data to determine what will be the minimum down payment required under the new Qualified Residential Mortgage (QRM) guidelines scheduled to

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Is Student Loan Debt A Threat to Homeownership? No.....!

Over the course of the last thirty years, a shift has happened. An entire generation has been raised to believe that a college education is their key to unlocking opportunities that were not

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4 Proven Ways Real Estate Can Build Sizable Family Wealth...

Recently, David Greene, co-host of the BiggerPockets podcast and a nationally renowned author and speaker, wrote an article in Forbes explaining how investing in real estate

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Do You Know How Much Your Home Has Increased in Value?...

Last year we saw headlines about a possible housing market bubble, and many wondered if Americans still felt confident about the value of their homes. Recently, the 2018 Houzz & Home Study

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Whose Mortgage Do You Want to Pay? Yours or Your Landlord’s?...

There are some people who haven’t purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. However, everyone should realize that unless you are living with your

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One More Time… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a Home...

The largest obstacle renters face when planning to buy a home is saving for a down payment. This challenge is amplified by rising rents, which has eaten into the amount of money renters have

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The KonMari Method: Helping You Prep Your House For Sale...!

One of the biggest challenges sellers face when listing their house is decluttering. Cleaning out some of the more personal decorating choices allows buyers to imagine themselves living in the house

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How to Get a Better Perspective on Affordability...!

Headlines spotlight the fact that buying a home is less affordable today than it was at any other time in more than a decade. Those headlines are accurate.Understandably, buying a home is more

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Thinking of Selling Your House? This is a Perfect Time!...

It is common knowledge that a great number of homes sell during the spring buying season. For that reason, many homeowners hold off putting their homes on the market until then. The

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How To List Your Home for the Best Price...

If your plan for 2019 includes selling your home, you will want to pay attention to where experts believe home values are headed. According to the latest Home Price Index from 

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Why Homeownership Matters Now More Than Ever...

Study after study shows that no matter what generation Americans belong to, the vast majority believe that homeownership is an important part of their American Dream. The benefits of homeownership

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First Comes Love… Then Comes Mortgage? Couples Lead the Way...

According to the National Association of REALTORS most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, married couples once again dominated the first-time homebuyer statistics in

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Millionaire To Millennials: Don’t Get Stuck Renting A Home… Buy One!...

In a CNBC article, self-made millionaire David Bach explained that: “The biggest mistake millennials are making is not buying their first home.” He goes on to say that,

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Why A Normal Market is Just What We Need...

The housing market has been hot for a while now. Homes have been flying off the shelves as fast as they have been listed. Buyers have been competing in bidding wars just to find a home to buy, let

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2019 Will Be a Great Year for Buyers AND Sellers...

Many homeowners believe that rising interest rates and home prices have scared away buyers and therefore have not listed their houses for sale. However, the truth is that buyers

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3 Reasons Why We Are Not Heading Toward Another Housing Crash...

With home prices softening, some are concerned that we may be headed toward the next housing crash. However, it is important to remember that today’s market is quite different than the bubble

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3 Tips for Making Your Dream of Buying A Home Come True...

Some Highlights:Setting up an automatic savings plan that saves a small amount of every check is one of the best ways to save without thinking too much about it.Living within a budget right now will

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What are the Benefits of Becoming a Homeowner?...

Every family has a list of important dates. We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, pet adoptions…and the list goes on. For 64.4 percent of households in the United States, this list

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How Can I Increase My Family’s Net Worth?...

Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts their Survey of Consumer Finances. Data is collected across all economic and social groups. The latest survey data covers 2013-2016.The

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Interest Rates Hit New 12 Month Low!...

According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage are currently at their lowest for 2019. Rates like these haven’t

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The Housing Market Will “Spring Forward” This Year!....

Just like our clocks this weekend, in the majority of the country, the housing market will soon “spring forward!” Similar to tension in a spring, the lack of inventory;

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No Worries… Home Prices Coming in for a SOFT Landing...

Home prices have appreciated considerably over the last five years. This has some concerned that we may be in for another dramatic correction. However, recent statistics suggest home values will not

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Home Prices Up 5.73% Across the Country...

Some Highlights:The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their latest Quarterly Home Price Index report.In the report, home prices are compared both

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2 Reports That Say Now Is a Great Time to Sell...

Heading into the spring buying market, there are strong trends starting to emerge.The inventory of homes for sale has increased on a year-over-year basis for eight months in a row. Home price

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How to Have a Unique Open House...

According to the National Association of Realtors, total inventory has been growing for six months straight, as has the number of buyers looking to find their dream.

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Why an Economic Slowdown Will NOT Crush Real Estate this Time...

Last week, the National Association for Business Economics released their February 2019 Economic Policy Survey. The survey revealed that a majority of the panel believe an economic

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Preparing to Spring Forward...

Some Highlights:In the majority of the country, this weekend marks the start of Daylight Savings Time as we set our clocks forward an hour on Sunday at 2:00 AM EST.Whether you plan on buying or

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What’s Going On with Bidding Wars?...

In a strong seller’s market, like the one we have experienced over the past few years, bidding wars are common and expected. This makes sense! A seller’s market is defined as a

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4 Reasons to Buy a Home in the Spring...

Spring has sprung, and it’s a great time to buy a home! Here are four reasons to consider buying today instead of waiting.1. Prices Will Continue to RiseCoreLogic’s latest U.S. Home

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Homeownership is a Cornerstone of the American Dream...

“The rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated.”The famous quote attributed to Mark Twain can apply to homeownership in the United States today. During the housing bubble of the last

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7 Things To Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage!...

Congratulations! You’ve found a home to buy and have applied for a mortgage! You are undoubtedly excited about the opportunity to decorate your new home! But before you make any big purchases,

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Don’t Let Your Luck Run Out! Buy A Home This Spring...

Some Highlights:Interest Rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage have dropped to 4.41% from near 5% in 2018.Take advantage of more inventory coming to market in the spring to find your dream home

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Want To Increase Your Family’s Wealth? Here’s How!...

Everyone should realize that unless you are living somewhere rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. Buying your own home provides you with a

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Do 46 Million Millennials Know They Are Mortgage Ready?....

Many have written about the millennial generation and whether or not they, as a whole, believe in homeownership as part of attaining the American Dream.Millennials have taken longer to obtain

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What Credit Score Do You Need To Buy A House?..

There are many misconceptions about the credit score needed to buy a house. Recently, it was reported that 24% of renters believe they need a 780-800 credit score to be considered for a

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Is Your House Priced To Sell Immediately (PTSI)?...

In today’s real estate market, with more houses coming to market every day and eager buyers searching for their dream home, setting the right price for your house is one of the most important

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20 Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale...!

Some Highlights:When listing your house for sale, your top goal will be to get the home sold for the best price possible!There are many small projects that you can do to ensure this happens!Your

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Your Tax Refund Is The Key To Homeownership!...

According to data released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Americans can expect an estimated average refund of $3,143 this year when filing their taxes. This is down

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The Enormous Divide Between the Headline and the Truth...

“I have observed that not the man who hopes when others despair, but the man who despairs when others hope, is admired by a large class of persons as a sage.” - John Stuart Mill

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Data Says April is the Best Month to List Your Home for Sale...

The spring housing market is off to the races! The inventory of homes for sale is increasing, buyers are out in force, and interest rates have remained low, piquing the interest of buyers 

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How to Put Your Housing Cost to Work for You...

There has been a lot written about the benefits of homeownership. One benefit that continues to rise to the top is the added wealth homeowners gain simply by paying their mortgage while their home

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5 Reasons To Sell Your House This Spring!...

Here are five compelling reasons listing your home for sale this spring makes sense.1. Demand Is StrongThe latest Buyer Traffic Index from the National Association of Realtors 

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10 Steps to Buying a Home....!

Some Highlights:If you are thinking of buying a home, you may not know where to start.Here is a simple list of 10 steps that you will go through to purchase a home.Make sure to ask your agent for

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Homebuyers Shouldn’t Worry About 2008 All Over Again...

Last week, realtor.com released a survey of active home shoppers (those who plan to purchase their next home in 1 year or less). The survey asked their opinion on an impending

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Looking to Upgrade Your Current Home? Now’s the Time to Move-Up!...

In every area of the country, homes that are priced at the top 25% of the price range for that area are considered to be Premium Homes. In today’s real estate market there are deals to be

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What to Consider When Choosing Your Home To Retire In....!

As more and more baby boomers enter retirement age, the question of whether they should sell their homes and move has become a hot topic. In today’s housing market climate, with low available

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3 Graphs that Show What You Need to Know About Today’s Real Estate Market...

The Housing Market has been a hot-topic in the news lately. Depending on which media outlet you watch, it can start to be a bit confusing to understand what’s really going on with interest

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Why Pet-Friendly Homes Are in High Demand...

One of the many benefits of owning your own home is the freedom to find your ‘furever’ friend. By pointing out the aspects of your home that make it ‘pet-friendly

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Home Buyer Demand Will Be Strong for Years to Come....!

There has been a lot written about millennials and their preference to live in city centers above their favorite pizza place. Some have even gone so far as to say that millennials are a &ldquo

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Home Value Appreciation Stops Falling, Begins to Stabilize...!

The percentage of home price appreciation on a year-over-year basis has decreased each month for over a year. The question was how far annual appreciation would fall. It seems we may now have the

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3 Questions You Need To Ask Before Buying A Home...!

If you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are probably getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family have your best interests at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs

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Are Low Interest Rates Here to Stay?...

Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage have been on the decline since November, now reaching lows last seen in January 2018. According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary

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Homeowners: Now Is A Good Time To Sell Your House...

Every month, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) releases their Seller Traffic Index as a part of their Realtors Confidence Index. In the latest release, NAR reported

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Buyer Demand Surging as Spring Market Begins...

Last fall, some predicted that the 2019 residential real estate market would be a disaster. There was even belief we might experience a housing crash like the one that occurred during the last.

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With Inventory Low: Will Your Dream Home Need Some TLC?...

According to a new survey from Move.com, the wave of first-time homebuyers hitting the market this summer has resulted in an interesting statistic. Nearly 60% of buyers searching

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New Study Reveals One Surprising Reason for the Inventory Shortage...!

There has been a great amount written on millennials and their impact on the housing market. However, the headlines often contradict each other. Some claim this generation is becoming the largest

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Selling Your House: Here’s Why You Need A Pro In Your Corner!..

With home prices on the rise and buyer demand still strong, some sellers may be tempted to try to sell their homes on their own rather than using the services of a real estate

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Renters Paying Substantially More While Owning Costs Less...!

In a recent Insights Blog, CoreLogic reported that rent prices have skyrocketed since 2005. Meanwhile, the typical mortgage payment has actually decreased.“CoreLogic’s

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How Quickly Can You Save Your Down Payment?...

Saving for a down payment is often the biggest hurdle for a first-time homebuyer. Depending on where you live, median income, median rents, and home prices all vary. So, we set out to find out how

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2 Trends Helping Keep Housing Affordable...

Two positive trends have started to emerge that impact the 2019 Spring Housing Market. Mortgage interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate loan have dropped to new lows, right as reports show that

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What Would Make You Sell Your House?...

There are many reasons why a homeowner decides to sell their house and move. The latest Generational Trends Report from the National Association of Realtors asked recent home

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Your Fabulous New Dream Home is Now Available...

Over the last several years, many “baby boomers” have undergone a metamorphosis. Their children have finally moved out and they can now dream about their own future. For many, a change

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Why Access Is One of the Most Important Factors in Getting Your House Sold!...

So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you through the entire process, and they have asked you what level of access you want to

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Home Buyers are Optimistic About Homeownership!....

When we consider buying an item, we naturally go through a research process prior to making our decision. We ask our friends and family members who have made similar purchases about their,

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Mainstream Concerns about an Economic Slowdown Revisited...

Recently, we reported that many believe a recession could happen within the next two years. We explained that 70% of economists and market analysts surveyed last year believe that a

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The Benefits of a 20% Down Payment...

If you are in the market to buy a home this year, you may be confused about how much money you need to come up with for your down payment. Many people you talk to will tell you that you need to save

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A Lack of Inventory Continues to Impact the Housing Market...!

The housing crisis is finally in the rear-view mirror as the real estate market moves down the road to a complete recovery. Home values are up and distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales)

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New Research Shows Housing Is Affordable For First-Time Buyers...

Home prices have been on the rise for the last seven years, leading many housing market analysts to conclude that first-time homebuyers are being shut out of the market due to affordability concerns

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4 Tips for Making a Competitive Offer...

So, you’ve been searching for that perfect house to call 'home,' and you've finally found it! The price is right, and in such a competitive market, you want to make sure you make a

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What is Really Happening with Home Prices?...

Home values have softened over the last twelve months. We are no longer seeing 6-7% annual appreciation levels for the national housing market. The current numbers are closer to 4%. Some have

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Starting the Search for Your Dream Home? Here Are 5 Tips!..

In today’s real estate market, low inventory dominates the conversation in many areas of the country. It can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren’t prepared.In a

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Are Older Generations Really Not Selling Their Homes?..

Many studies suggest one of the main reasons for the inventory shortage in today’s market of homes for sale is that older generations have chosen to “age in place” over

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Boomerang Buyers: Don’t Be Afraid to Buy a Home Again!...

According to CoreLogic, from 2006 to 2014 “there were 7.3 million housing foreclosures and 1.9 million short sales.” The hesitation some Americans feel after experiencing a

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4 Most Popular Bottom Line Investments in America...!

Every year, Gallup surveys Americans to determine their choice for the best long-term investment. Respondents are given a choice between real estate, stocks, gold, and savings.

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The Impact Staging Your Home Has On Your Sale Price...

Some Highlights:The National Association of Realtors surveyed their members & released the findings of their Profile of Home Staging.62% of seller’s agents say that staging

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Multigenerational Homes Are on the Rise...

As loved ones start to get older, we start to wonder: how long will they be able to live alone? Will they need someone there to help them with daily life? There’s a reason to ask those

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2 Things You Need to Know to Properly Price Your Home...

In today’s housing market, home prices are increasing at a slower pace (3.7%) than they have over the last eight years (6-7%). However, they are still are above historical norms. Low supply of

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The Ultimate Truth about Housing Affordability...

There have been many headlines decrying an “affordability crisis” in the residential real estate market. While it is true that buying a home is less affordable than it had been over the

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The Top Reasons to Own Your Home...

Some Highlights:June is National Homeownership Month!Now is a great time to reflect on the many benefits of homeownership that go way beyond the financial.What reasons do you have to own your own

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4 Reasons to Buy A Home This Summer...

Here are four reasons to consider buying today instead of waiting.1. Prices Will Continue to RiseCoreLogic’s latest U.S. Home Price Insights reports that home prices have

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How Homeownership Delivers Unsurpassed Family Wealth...

There are many financial benefits to homeownership, but probably none more important than its ability to create family wealth.How Housing Matters is a joint project of the Urban Land

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What is Important to Boomers when Selling their House?...

If you are a “baby boomer” (born between 1946 and 1964), you may be thinking about selling your current home. Your children may have finally moved out. Your large, four-bedroom house

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The Feeling You Get from Owning Your Home...

We often talk about the financial reasons why buying a home makes sense. But, more often than not, the emotional reasons are the more powerful and compelling ones.No matter what shape or size your

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What is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy?...

Some Highlights:The “cost of waiting to buy” is defined as the additional funds necessary to buy a home if prices & interest rates were to increase over a period of time.Freddie Mac

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2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers...!

Freddie Mac recently released a report entitled, “Perceptions of Down Payment Consumer Research.” Their research revealed that,“For many prospective

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Renting or Owning, What Is Better for You?..

In a real estate market where home prices are rising, many have begun to reexamine the idea of buying a home, choosing instead, to rent for a while. But often, there is a dilemma: should you keep

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Top 4 Renovations for the Greatest Return on Investment!...

Some Highlights:If you are planning on listing your house for sale this year, these four home improvement projects will net you the most Return on Investment (ROI).Minor renovations can go

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3 Things to Know in the Housing Market Today!...

A lot is happening in the world, and it’s having a direct impact on the housing market. The reality is this: some of it is positive and some of it may be negative. Some we just don’t

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Time for Your Dream Home, Gen X!...

During the housing market crash, Gen X homeowners lost more wealth than other generations. However, things are changing now! A strong economy, increasing home prices, and the recovery of the housing

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What You Need to Know About Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)...!

Whether it is your first time or your fifth, it is always important to know all the facts when it comes to buying a home. With the large number of mortgage programs available that allow buyers to

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Why Is So Much Paperwork Required to Get a Mortgage?...

When buying a home today, why is there so much paperwork mandated by the lenders for a mortgage loan application? It seems like they need to know everything about you. Furthermore, it

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Young First-Time Buyers Are Saving for Their Dream Homes...!

Young buyers (Millennials & Gen Z) have waited longer than previous generations to enter the housing market for their first home. However, this hasn’t stopped them from dreaming about the

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4 Reasons to Sell This Summer...!

Some Highlights:Buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of homes for sale. This means that buyers are often competing with one another for the few listings that are available.Housing inventory

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Stop Wondering What Your Budget Is & Get Pre-Approved!...

In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers

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Having a Professional on Your Side Makes All the Difference!....

In today’s fast-paced world where answers are a Google search away, there are some who may wonder what the benefits of hiring a real estate professional to help them in their home

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Before You Look for Your Dream Home: Know What You Want vs. What You Need!...

In this day and age of being able to shop for anything anywhere, it is really important to know what you’re looking for when you start your home search.If you’ve been thinking about

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Americans Rank Real Estate Best Investment for 6 Years Running!...

Some Highlights:Real estate has outranked stocks/mutual funds, gold, savings accounts/CDs, and bonds as the best long-term investment among Americans for the last 6 years.Stock owners are

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Know What to Expect at Your Home Inspection...!

So you made an offer and it was accepted. Now, your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. Agents oftentimes make your offer contingent on a clean home inspection.This

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Top 5 Reasons You Should NOT FSBO...!

Rising home prices coupled with a lack of inventory in today’s market may cause some homeowners to consider selling their home on their own (known in the industry as a For Sale By Owner).

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Millennials Are Increasing the Demand for Condominiums....!

When deciding to buy a home, people are presented with many different options. The type of home you buy depends on your needs, budget, and in many cases, the desired maintenance level. For many

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Is Mortgage Debt out of Control?...

The housing crisis of the last decade was partially caused by unhealthy levels of mortgage debt. Homeowners were using their homes as ATMs by refinancing and swapping their equity for cash.When

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Now’s the Time to Move-Up and Upgrade Your Current Home!...

Homes priced at the top 25% of the price range for a particular area of the country are considered "premium homes." In today’s real estate market, there are deals to be had at the higher end!

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10 Steps to Buying a Home This Summer...!

Some Highlights:If you are thinking of buying a home, you may not know where to start.Here is a simple list of 10 steps that you will go through to purchase a home.Make sure to ask your agent for

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4 Tips to Sell Your Home Faster..!

Since June of last year, we have seen an increase in the inventory of homes for sale month per month. Every spring and summer, the inventory increases because people want to sell their home. For

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5 Powerful Reasons to Own Instead of Rent...!

Owning a home has great financial benefits.In a recent research paper, Homeownership and the American Dream, Laurie S. Goodman and Christopher Mayer of the Urban Land Institute explained:&ldquo

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Is Your First Home Now Within Your Grasp?...

Some Highlights:According to the US Census Bureau, “millennials” are defined as 18-36-year-olds.According to NAR’s latest Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, 

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Americans’ Powerful Belief in Homeownership as an Investment...!

The Federal Reserve Bank (The Fed) recently released their 2019  Survey of Consumer Expectations Housing Survey. The survey reported that 65% of Americans believe homeownership is a

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Home Price Appreciation Forecast...!

Questions continue to come up about where home prices will head throughout the rest of this year, as well as where they may be going over the few years beyond.We’ve gathered current data from

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Should I Refinance My Home?...

With the recent lower interest rates, many homeowners are wondering if they should refinance.To decide if refinancing is the best option for your family, start by asking yourself these questions:Why

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What a Difference a Year Makes for Sellers...!

Over the last few years, many sellers have been hesitant to put their houses on the market because they feared not being able to find another home to buy.We’ve reported on inventory

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The Surprising Profile of the Real Estate Investor...!

Over 10% of all residential homes are purchased by investors, and that number continues to rise. Who are these investors?Many have speculated that the large institutional conglomerates such as

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The Cost of Waiting: Interest Rates Edition...!

Some Highlights:Interest rates are projected to increase steadily heading into 2020.The higher your interest rate, the more money you will end up paying for your home and the higher your

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What Experts are Saying About the Current Housing Market...!

We’re halfway through the year, and with a decline in interest rates as well as home price and wage appreciation, many are wondering what the experts predict for the second half of 2019.Here

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Is Renting Right for Me?...

If you’re currently renting and have dreams of owning your own home, it may be a good time to think about your next move. With rent costs rising annually and many helpful down

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Mid-Year Housing Market Update: Three Things to Know Today...!

Shifting trends and industry-leading research are pointing toward some valuable projections about the status of the housing market for the rest of the year.If you’re thinking of buying or

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3 Powerful Reasons to Buy a Home Now...!

3 Powerful Reasons to Buy a Home NowWhether you are a first-time buyer or looking to move up to the home of your dreams, now is a great time to purchase a home. Here are three major reasons to buy

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Why Now Is the Perfect Time to Sell Your House...!

As a homeowner, it’s always tempting to dream about the next big project you’re going to tackle. The possibilities are endless. Should I renovate? Should I refinance? Should I stay?

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How to Increase Your Equity Over the Next 5 Years...

Many of the questions currently surrounding the real estate industry focus on home prices and where they are heading. The most recent Home Price Expectation Survey (HPES) helps target

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How to Judge the Impact of the Next Economic Slowdown on Housing...!

We’ve experienced economic growth for almost a decade, which is the longest recovery in the nation’s history. Experts know a recession can’t be too far off, but when will this

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Existing Home Sales Point Toward a Good Time to Sell...!

Some Highlights:Existing Home Sales dropped 1.7% from May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.27 million in June.Low inventory levels are still a factor in the market. The current supply

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Millionaire to Millennials: The Costly Mistake of Not Buying Now...?

On his personal website, self-made millionaire David Bach makes a striking statement: “Not prioritizing homeownership is the single biggest mistake millennials are making.;&

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How Much Do You Know About Down Payments??

Whether you’ve owned a home before, or you’re ready to jump into homeownership for the first time, there are always a lot of questions swirling around about what is truly required for a

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Appreciation Is Strong: It Might Be Time to Sell...!

There’s no doubt that today’s housing market is changing, and everything we see right now indicates it is time to sell. Here’s a look at why selling now is likely to drive the

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Why All the Chicken Littles Should Calm Down...!

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released their 2019 Q2 Homeownership Report. Some began to see the sky falling, believing the report showed Americans may be stepping back from their belief in

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American Confidence in Housing at an All-Time High...!

Fannie Mae just released the July edition of their Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI). The HPSI takes information regarding consumers’ confidence in the real estate market&

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5 Real Estate Reality TV Myths Explained...!

Have 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 shows like &ldquo

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Busting the Myth About a Housing Affordability Crisis...!

It seems you can’t find a headline with the term “housing affordability” without the word “crisis” attached to it. That’s because some only consider the fact that

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The Benefits of Growing Equity in Your Home...!

Over the last couple of years, we’ve heard quite a bit about rising home prices. Today, expert projections still forecast continued growth, just at a slower pace. One of the often

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A Great Way to Increase Your Family’s Net Worth..!

Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts its Survey of Consumer Finances. Data is collected across all economic and social groups. The latest survey data covers 2013-2016.The

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Seniors Are on the Move in the Real Estate Market..!

Did you know August 21st is National Senior Citizens Day? According to the United States Census, we honor senior citizens today because, "Throughout our history, older

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Housing Supply Not Keeping Up with Population Increase...!

Many buyers are wondering where to find houses for sale in today’s market. It’s a true dilemma. We see an increase in buyer demand, but the supply available for purchase isn’t

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5 Easy Steps to Avoid Overwhelm from Media Overload...!

When someone is thinking about buying or selling a home, they want to be well-informed. They want to make the right decision for themselves and their family. They scour the internet for any

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Experts Predict a Strong Housing Market for the Rest of 2019..

We’re in the back half of the year, and with a decline in interest rates as well as home price and wage appreciation, many are wondering what the predictions are for the remainder of 2019.Here

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What’s the Latest on Interest Rates?...

Mortgage rates have fallen by over a full percentage point since Q4 of 2018, settling at near-historic lows. This is big news for buyers looking to get more for their money in the current housing

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Top Priorities When Moving with Kids...!

According to the Pew Research Center, around 37% of U.S students will be going back to school soon and the rest have already started the new academic year. With school-aged

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iBuyers: What Is the “Cost of Convenience” When Selling Your Home...?

When thinking about selling their house, homeowners have many options. A relatively new option is using an “iBuyer.” What is an iBuyer?According to Jovio, the definition is:“A

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Homeownership Will Always Be a Part of the American Dream...!

On Labor Day we celebrate the hard work that helps us achieve the American Dream.Growing up, many of us thought about our future lives with great ambition. We drew pictures of what jobs we wanted to

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5 Reasons to Sell This Fall...!

Below are 5 compelling reasons listing your home for sale this fall makes sense.1. Demand Is StrongThe latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR)

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How Property Taxes Can Impact Your Mortgage Payment...!

When buying a home, taxes are one of the expenses that can make a significant difference in your monthly payment. Do you know how much you might pay for property taxes in your state or local area

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Everybody Calm Down! This Is NOT 2008...!

Last week realtor.com released the results of a survey that produced three major revelations:53% of home purchasers (first-time and repeat buyers) currently in the market believe

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Home Sales Expected to Continue Increasing In 2020...!

Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and the Mortgage Bankers Association are all projecting home sales will increase nicely in 2020.Below is a chart depicting the projections of each

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The Role Access Plays in Getting Your House Sold...!

So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you with the entire process and you’ve been asked what level of access you want to

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Millennial Buying Power Poised to Boost Homeownership....!

In a recent article by Realtor Magazine, Mark Fleming, Chief Economist of First American Financial Corporation, notes,“The largest group of millennials by birth year will

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Things to Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage...!

Congratulations! You’ve found a home to buy and have applied for a mortgage! You're undoubtedly excited about the opportunity to decorate your new home, but before you make any large,

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What Is the Probability That Home Values Sink?...

With the current uncertainty about the economy triggered by a potential trade war, some people are waiting to purchase their first home or move-up to their dream house because they think or hope

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Home Prices Increase in Every Price Range...!

CoreLogic’s Home Price Index (HPI) Report revealed,“National home prices increased 3.6% year over year in July 2019 and are forecast to increase 5.4% from July 2019 to July.

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What Buyers Need to Know About HOAs...!

When searching for a home, you may end up selecting a property in a community with a Homeowners Association (HOA). Before you buy, it’s important to know how an HOA works and what they mean

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One of the Top Reasons to Own a Home....

One of the benefits of homeownership is that it is a “forced savings plan.” Here’s how it works: You make a mortgage payment each month. Part of that payment is applied

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Is Your House “Priced to Sell Immediately”?..

In today’s real estate market, more houses are coming to market every day. Eager buyers are searching for their dream homes, so setting the right price for your house is one of the most

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Should You Fix Your House Up or Sell Now?...

With the fall season upon us, change is in the air. For many families, children are growing up and moving out of the house, maybe leaving for college or taking a jump into the working world. Parents

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Are You Ready for the ‘Black Friday’ of Real Estate??

Every year, ‘Black Friday’ is a highly anticipated event for eager shoppers. Some people prepare for weeks, crafting and refining a strategic shopping agenda, determining exactly when to

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Homeowners Are Happy! Renters? Not So Much...

When people talk about homeownership and the American Dream, much of the conversation revolves around the financial benefits of owning a home. However, two recent studies show that the non-financial

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How Does the Supply of Homes for Sale Impact Buyer Demand...?

The price of any item is determined by supply, as well as the market’s demand for the item. The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) surveys “over 50,000 real

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What to Expect from Your Home Inspection...?

You made an offer and it was accepted. Your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. Agents often recommend you make your offer contingent upon a clean home inspection.This

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4 Tips to Improve Your Home and Save on Your Energy Bill...!

As a homeowner, it’s important to keep your home running efficiently, not only to save money, but also to help the environment thrive. October 2nd is Energy Efficiency Day, a

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3 Signs the Housing Market Is on the Rebound...!

The residential real estate market has been plodding along for most of the year. However, three recent reports show the market may be on the verge of a rebound:1. Existing Home Sales (closed

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62% of Buyers Are Wrong About Down Payment Needs....!

According to the ‘2019 Home Buyer Report’ conducted by Nerdwallet, many first-time buyers still believe they need a 20% down payment to buy a home in today’s market:

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What FICO® Score Do You Need to Qualify for a Mortgage??

While a recent announcement from CNBC shares that the average national FICO® score has reached an all-time high of 706, the good news for potential buyers is that you don’t

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Homeownership is the Top Contributor to Your Net Worth....!

Many people plan to build their net worth by buying CDs or stocks, or just having a savings account. Recently, however, Economist Jonathan Eggleston and Survey Statistician 

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You Need More Than a Guide. You Need a Sherpa....!

In a normal housing market, whether you’re buying or selling a home, you need an experienced guide to help you navigate the process. You need someone you can turn to who will tell you how to

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What You Need to Know About the Mortgage Process...!

Some Highlights:Many buyers are purchasing homes with down payments as little as 3%.You may already qualify for a loan, even if you don’t have perfect credit.Your local professionals are here

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Existing-Home Sales Report Indicates Now Is a Great Time to Sell..!

The best time to sell anything is when demand for that item is high and the supply of that item is limited. The latest Existing-Home Sales Report released by the National Association

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Be on the Lookout for Gen Z: The Next Generation of Homebuyers...

You’ve likely heard a ton about Millennials, but what about Gen Z? In the next 5 years, this generation will be between the ages of 23 and 28, and they’re eager to become homeowners

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3 Reasons to Use a Real Estate Pro in a Complex Digital World...!

If you’re searching for a home online, you’re not alone; lots of people are doing it. The question is, are you using all of your available resources, and are you using them wisely? Here

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Homes Are Selling Quickly...

Some Highlights:The National Association of REALTORS® surveyed their members for the release of their Confidence Index.The REALTORS® Confidence Index is a key

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3 Reasons This is NOT the 2008 Real Estate Market....!

No one knows for sure when the next recession will occur. What is known, however, is that the upcoming economic slowdown will not be caused by a housing market crash, as was the case in 2008. There

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5 Tips for Starting Your Home Search...!

In today’s market, low inventory dominates the conversation in many areas of the country. It can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren’t prepared. Here are five

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Depending on the Price, You’re Going to Need Advice...

To understand today’s complex real estate market, it is critical to have a local, trusted advisor on your side – for more reasons than you may think.In real estate today, there are

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Thinking of Selling Your Home? The Waiting Is The Hardest Part...

Tom Petty famously penned the words, “the waiting is the hardest part” in his early 80’s hit song The Waiting, and his thought process can surprisingly also be

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How to Determine If You Can Afford to Buy a Home...

The gap between the increase in personal income and residential real estate prices has been used to defend the concept that we are experiencing an affordability crisis in housing today.It is true

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Taking the Fear Out of the Mortgage Process...

A considerable number of potential buyers shy away from the real estate market because they’re uncertain about the buying process – particularly when it comes to qualifying for a.

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What Will Home Prices Look Like Over the Next Few Years?..

What Will Home Prices Look Like Over the Next Few Years?Home prices will continue to rise throughout 2023. This means that now is a great time to sell! If you're thinking of listing your home, let's

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Why Pre-Approval Should Be Your First Step...

Why Pre-Approval Should Be Your First StepHouses are selling quickly, and sometimes competition is driving multiple offers. If you're looking for your dream home, let's get together to discuss how

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Should You Use Your Equity to Move Up?...

Should You Use Your Equity to Move Up?Current market trends make this a great time to use your equity to move-up to the home of your dreams. Let's connect to determine how much equity you have to

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Want to Be in a New Home By the End of the Year?...

Want to Be in a New Home By the End of the Year?Homes are selling quickly, and inventory is typically low during this time of year. If you're considering listing your house, let's connect so you can

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Is it a Buyer's or Seller's Market?..

Is it a Buyer's or Seller's Market?With today's advantages for buyers and sellers at different ends of the market, you need an expert on your side to help you navigate the ever-changing waters. Let

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Don't Get Spooked by the Real Estate Market!...

Don't Get Spooked by the Real Estate Market!Having an agent to help guide you is key in today's complex housing market. Let's connect so you don't get spooked by the buying or selling process!Watch

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5 Reasons to Consider Living in a Multigenerational Home...

Did you know that 1 in 6 Americans currently live in a multigenerational household?According to Generations United, the number of multigenerational households rose from 42.4 million in

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Think Prices Have Skyrocketed? Look at Rents...

Much has been written about how residential real estate values have increased since the housing market started its recovery in 2012. However, little has been shared about what has taken place with

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Don't Get Spooked by the Real Estate Market..!

Having an agent to help guide you is key in today's complex housing market. Let's connect so you don't get spooked by the buying or selling process!Watch

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4 Reasons to Buy a Home This Fall...

4 Reasons to Buy a Home This FallHere are four great reasons to consider buying a home today, instead of waiting.1. Prices Will Continue to RiseCoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insights

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Buying a home can be SCARY…Until you know...

Some Highlights:Many potential homebuyers believe they need a 20% down payment and a 780 FICO® score to qualify to buy a home. This stops many people from even trying to jump into homeownership!

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October by the Numbers...

October by the NumbersHomes are selling quickly, in an average of 31 days, and interest rates are still historically low. If you're thinking of buying or selling a home, let's connect and make these

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