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Just Because It’s a Sellers’ Market Doesn't Mean You Should Sell it on Your Own

Don’t Sell on Your Own Just Because It’s a Sellers’ MarketIn a sellers’ market, some homeowners might be tempted to try to sell their house on their own (known

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How Can Your Tax Refund and Stimulus Help You Achieve Homeownership This Year?

Your Tax Refund and Stimulus Savings May Help You Achieve Homeownership This YearIf you’re planning to buy a home this year, saving for a down payment is one of the most important steps in the

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How is Buyer Competition Good News for Sellers?

Buyer Competition Is Good News for SellersSome HighlightsWith so many buyers looking for homes to purchase and so few houses available today, there’s a substantial increase in bidding wars,

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Is Homeownership Still Apart of the American Dream?

Is Homeownership Still Considered Part of the American Dream?Since the birth of our nation, homeownership has always been considered a major piece of the American Dream. As Frederick Peters 

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How Does a Change in Mortgage Rates Impact Your Homebuying Budget?

How a Change in Mortgage Rate Impacts Your Homebuying BudgetMortgage rates are on the rise this year, but they’re still incredibly low compared to the historic average. However,

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What does it Mean to be in A "Seller's Market"?

What It Means To Be in a Sellers’ MarketIf you’ve given even a casual thought to selling your house in the near future, this is the time to really think seriously about making

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Perks of being a Buyer OR a Seller in Today’s Housing Market

Buyer & Seller Perks in Today’s Housing MarketRight now, the housing market is full of outstanding opportunities for both buyers and sellers. Whether you’re thinking of

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What Credit Score Do You Need to Purchase a Home?

What Credit Score Do You Need for a Mortgage?According to data from the most recent Origination Insight Report by Ellie Mae, the average FICO® score on closed loans

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To Renovate or Not To Renovate? That is the Question!

To Renovate or Not To Renovate Before You SellWhen thinking about selling, homeowners often feel they need to get their house ready with some remodeling to make it more appealing to buyers. However,

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What's the Strongest Tailwind in Today’s Recovering Economy?

What Is the Strongest Tailwind to Today’s Recovering Economy?Last year started off with a bang. Unemployment was under 4%, forecasters were giddy with their projections for the economy,

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What's the Financial Benefit of Homeownership?

What Is the #1 Financial Benefit of Homeownership?There are many financial and non-financial benefits of homeownership, and the greatest financial one is wealth creation. Homeownership has

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How to Make an Offer They Can't Refuse!

How to Make a Winning Offer on a HomeToday’s homebuyers are faced with a strong sellers’ market, which means there are a lot of active buyers competing for a relatively

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Interest Rates are Rising - How Upset Should You Be About the Increase?

How Upset Should You Be about 3% Mortgage Rates?Last Thursday, Freddie Mac announced that their 30-year fixed mortgage rate was over 3% (3.02%) for the first time since last July.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Sell Your Home This Spring!

5 Reasons to Sell Your House This SpringWhen selling a house, most homeowners hope for a quick and profitable transaction that puts them in a position to make a great move. If you’re waiting

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Mindful Monday: How Smart Is It to Buy a Home Today?

How Smart Is It to Buy a Home Today?Whether you’re buying your first home or selling your current house, if your needs are changing and you think you need to move, the decision can be

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Home Prices: What Happened in 2020? What Will Happen In 2021?

Home Prices: What Happened in 2020? What Will Happen This Year?The real estate market was on fire during the second half of 2020. Buyer demand was way up, and the supply of homes available for sale

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What Are the Benefits of a Higher Down Payment?

What Are the Benefits of a 20% Down Payment?If you’re thinking of buying a home this year, you may be wondering how much money you need to come up with for your down payment. Many

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Tuesday Talk: Are There Going to Be More Homes to Buy This Year?

Are There Going to Be More Homes to Buy This Year?If you’re looking for a home to purchase right now and having trouble finding one, you’re not alone. At a time like this when there are

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When is the Right Time to Sell My House?

Is It a Good Time to Sell My House?Last year, many homeowners thought twice about selling their houses due to the onset of the health crisis. This year, however, homeowners are beginning to regain

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Friday Finds: How Much Leverage Do Today’s House Sellers Have?

How Much Leverage Do Today’s House Sellers Have?The housing market has been scorching hot over the last twelve months. Buyers and their high demand have far outnumbered sellers and a short

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Mortgage Rates Are Projected to Increase: See What It Means for You!

The Reason Mortgage Rates Are Projected to Increase and What It Means for YouWe’re currently experiencing historically low mortgage rates. Over the last fifty years, the average on a 

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Oh Where, Oh Where Have All the Houses Gone?

Where Have All the Houses Gone?In today’s housing market, it seems harder than ever to find a home to buy. Before the health crisis hit us a year ago, there was already a shortage of homes for

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Friday Finds: Will Low Mortgage Rates Continue through 2021?

Will Low Mortgage Rates Continue through 2021?With mortgage interest rates hitting record lows so many times recently, some are wondering if we’ll see low rates continue throughout

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Here's 3 Ways You'll Score Big When Buying a Home This Year!

3 Ways You’ll Win When You Buy a Home This YearThere are so many great reasons to purchase a home, and over the past year, we’ve realized more of them than we ever thought possible. If

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How the Luxury Real Estate Market Is Attracting Buyers in 2021

As more people continue to identify their changing needs this year, some are turning to the upscale housing sector for more space or finer features. In their most recent Luxury Market Report,

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3 Reasons We're SO Not in a Housing Bubble

Home values appreciated by about ten percent in 2020, and they’re forecast to appreciate by about five percent this year. This has some voicing concern that we may be in another housing bubble

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Foundational Benefits

 6 Foundational Benefits of Homeownership TodayOver the past year, our homes have become an integral part of our lives more than ever. They’re much more than the houses we live in. They

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Appraisal and a Home Inspection

What’s the Difference between an Appraisal and a Home Inspection?If you’re planning to buy a home, an appraisal is an important step in the process. It’s a

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Don’t Let These Common Myths Hold You Back From Buying A Home

Buying a home is a big commitment—and if you’re currently renting, there are likely some ideas that make you question whether you’re ready or able to buy a home.But the truth is, a

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On The Fence About Buying? Homeownership Still More Affordable Than Renting In The Majority Of Counties In The United States

Most people think that renting a home is a more affordable option than buying. But, as it turns out, in the majority of counties across the US, the opposite is actually true.According to

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Working Remotely Impacts Real Estate Last Year and Continues Into 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live and work—and, in light of the pandemic, many companies have shifted to remote operations, giving their employees the ability to work from home

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Selling Your Home? These Upgrades Can Help To Keep Germ Transmission To A Minimum

When you’re selling your home, you’ll typically need to open up your property to real estate agents and potential buyers—but in the midst of COVID, that prospect can be stressful

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Buying A Home Sight Unseen? Avoid These Mistakes

Because of social distancing, stay-at-home orders, and other COVID-related challenges, buying a home sight unseen has become increasingly common. And when you do it the right way, you can find

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Buying A Home? Make Sure To Look For These Red Flags

When you’re touring a home, it’s important to be on the lookout for any indication that there’s something wrong with the property.But what kind of indicators should you be on the

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Before Taking on a Fixer-Upper Right Now Consider These Current Issues

Fixing up a property can be a fun, fulfilling experience for many homeowners. But fixer-uppers can be challenging in the best of times—and with some of the challenges in today’s market,

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How COVID Changed The Home Selling Process For Good (And For The Better)

There’s no denying that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way homes are sold.But which of those changes are here to stay?A recent article from realtor.com outlined some of the

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Overall Home Sales Up Nearly 26 Percent Year-Over-Year

The pandemic has presented certain challenges in buying and selling real estate—but those challenges have done nothing to slow home sales.According to data from the National Association of

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Real Estate Looks Promising for 2021

This year will be remembered for many reasons, and optimism is one thing that’s been in short supply since the spring. We’re experiencing a global pandemic, social unrest, an economic

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The Home-Buying Rules You Need To Know If You’re Planning To Buy A Home This Winter

In a normal year, winter tends to be a buyer-friendly season; because fewer people want to buy in the winter, it can be easier for prospective buyers to find the right property at the right price

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