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Buyers: You May Face Less Competition as Bidding Wars Ease

Buyers: You May Face Less Competition as Bidding Wars EaseOne of the top stories in recent real estate headlines was the intensity and frequency of bidding wars. With so many buyers looking to

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New Homes May Have the Incentives You’re Looking for Today

New Homes May Have the Incentives You’re Looking for TodayAccording to the U.S. Census Bureau, this year, builders are on pace to complete more than a million new homes in this

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What’s Actually Happening with Home Prices Today?

What’s Actually Happening with Home Prices Today?One of the biggest questions people are asking right now is: what’s happening with home prices? There are headlines about ongoing

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A Trusted Real Estate Advisor Provides Expert Advice

A Trusted Real Estate Advisor Provides Expert AdviceIf you’re a homeowner or are planning to become one soon, you’re probably looking for clear information about today

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What Would a Recession Mean for the Housing Market? [INFOGRAPHIC]

What Would a Recession Mean for the Housing Market? Some HighlightsIf you’re wondering what a potential recession could mean for the housing market, here’s what 

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What Sellers Need To Know in Today’s Housing Market

What Sellers Need To Know in Today’s Housing MarketIf you’re thinking about selling your house, you may have heard about the housing market slowing down in recent months. While it

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3 Tips for Buying a Home Today

3 Tips for Buying a Home TodayIf you put off your home search at any point over the past two years, you may want to consider picking it back up based on today’s housing market conditions.

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Why a Home Inspection Is Important [INFOGRAPHIC]

Why a Home Inspection Is Important Some HighlightsIf you’re buying a home, here’s what you should know about your home inspection and why it’s so important.A 

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What Would a Recession Mean for the Housing Market?

What Would a Recession Mean for the Housing Market?According to a recent survey from the Wall Street Journal, the percentage of economists who believe we’ll see a recession in

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Why Experts Say the Housing Market Won’t Crash

Why Experts Say the Housing Market Won’t Crash Some HighlightsMany people remember the housing crash in 2008, but experts say today’s market is fundamentally different in

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Is the Shifting Market a Challenge or an Opportunity for Homebuyers?

Is the Shifting Market a Challenge or an Opportunity for Homebuyers?If you tried to buy a home during the pandemic, you know the limited supply of homes for sale was a considerable

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Real Estate Consistently Voted Best Investment

Real Estate Consistently Voted Best Investment Some HighlightsBased on a recent Gallup poll, real estate has been rated the best long-term investment for nine years in a row

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Things To Avoid After Applying for a Home Loan

Things To Avoid After Applying for a Home LoanOnce you’ve applied for a mortgage to buy a home, there are some key things to keep in mind. While it’s exciting to start thinking

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Homeownership Is a Great Hedge Against the Impact of Rising Inflation

Homeownership Is a Great Hedge Against the Impact of Rising InflationIf you’re following along with the news today, you’ve heard about rising inflation. Today, inflation is at&

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Two Reasons Why Today’s Housing Market Isn’t a Bubble

Two Reasons Why Today’s Housing Market Isn’t a BubbleYou may be reading headlines and hearing talk about a potential housing bubble or a crash, but it’s important to understand

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A Key Opportunity for Homebuyers

A Key Opportunity for HomebuyersThere’s no denying the housing market has delivered a fair share of challenges to homebuyers over the past two years. Two of the biggest hurdles homebuyers

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Homeownership Could Be in Reach with Down Payment Assistance Programs

Homeownership Could Be in Reach with Down Payment Assistance ProgramsA recent survey from Bankrate asks prospective buyers to identify the biggest obstacles in their homebuying

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If You’re Selling Your House This Summer, Hiring a Pro Is Critical

If You’re Selling Your House This Summer, Hiring a Pro Is CriticalIt can be tempting, especially with how hot the housing market has been over the past two years, to consider selling your

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Why an Agent Is Essential When Pricing Your House

Why an Agent Is Essential When Pricing Your House [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsWhen it comes to pricing your house, there’s a lot to consider. The only way to ensure you price it right is

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Is Homeownership Still the American Dream?

Is Homeownership Still the American Dream?Defining the American dream is personal, and no one individual will have the same definition as another. But the feelings it brings about – success,

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Why Home Loans Today Aren’t What They Were in the Past

Why Home Loans Today Aren’t What They Were in the PastIn today’s housing market, many are beginning to wonder if we’re returning to the riskier lending habits and borrowing options

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How Homeownership Impacts You

How Homeownership Impacts YouJune is National Homeownership Month, and it’s the perfect time to reflect on how impactful owning a home can truly be. When you purchase a house, it becomes

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Why You Need an Expert To Determine the Right Price for Your House

Why You Need an Expert To Determine the Right Price for Your HouseIf your lifestyle has changed recently and you’re ready to make a move, taking advantage of today’s sellers’

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Why the Growing Number of Homes for Sale Is Good for Your Move Up

Why the Growing Number of Homes for Sale Is Good for Your Move UpAre you thinking about selling your current home? If so, the biggest question on your mind may be: if I sell now, where will I?

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History Proves Recession Doesn’t Equal a Housing Crisis [INFOGRAPHIC]

History Proves Recession Doesn’t Equal a Housing Crisis Some HighlightsIt’s important to understand history proves an economic slowdown does not equal a housing crisis.In

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What Are the Best Options for Today’s First-Time Homebuyers?

What Are the Best Options for Today’s First-Time Homebuyers?If you’re looking to buy your first home, you’re likely balancing several factors. Because both mortgage rates 

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Luxury Homes Are in High Demand

Luxury Homes Are in High DemandAs people realize their needs are changing, some are turning to luxury housing to find their dream home. Investopedia helps define what pushes a home into

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The Top Reasons To Own Your Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Top Reasons To Own Your HomeSome HighlightsJune is National Homeownership Month, and it’s a great time to consider the benefits of owning your own home.If you’re

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More Americans Choose Real Estate as the Best Investment Than Ever Before

More Americans Choose Real Estate as the Best Investment Than Ever BeforeAmericans’ opinion on the value of real estate as an investment is climbing. That’s according to an annual 

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Sellers Have an Opportunity with Today’s Home Prices

Sellers Have an Opportunity with Today’s Home PricesAs mortgage rates started to rise this year, many homeowners began to wonder if the value of their homes would fall. Here’s

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Work With a Real Estate Professional if You Want the Best Advice

Work With a Real Estate Professional if You Want the Best AdviceBecause buying or selling a home is such a big decision in our lives, the need for clear, trustworthy

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How Buying or Selling a Home Benefits the Economy and Your Community

How Buying or Selling a Home Benefits the Economy and Your CommunityIf you’re thinking of buying or selling a home, chances are you’re focusing on the many

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The One Thing Every Homeowner Needs To Know About a Recession

The One Thing Every Homeowner Needs To Know About a RecessionA recession does not equal a housing crisis. That’s the one thing that every homeowner today needs to know. Everywhere you look,

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How Homeownership Can Bring You Joy

How Homeownership Can Bring You JoyIf you're trying to decide whether to rent or buy a home, you're probably weighing a few different factors. The financial benefits of homeownership might

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Why Summer Is a Great Time To Buy a Vacation Home

Why Summer Is a Great Time To Buy a Vacation HomeYou may be someone who looks forward to summer each year because it gives you an opportunity to rest, unwind, and enjoy more quality time with your

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Why Rising Mortgage Rates Push Buyers off the Fence

Why Rising Mortgage Rates Push Buyers off the FenceIf you’re thinking about buying a home, you’ve probably heard mortgage rates are rising and have wondered what that

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Don’t Let Rising Inflation Delay Your Homeownership Plans [INFOGRAPHIC]

Don’t Let Rising Inflation Delay Your Homeownership Plans [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsIf recent headlines about rising inflation are making you wonder if it’s still a good time to buy,

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If You’re a Homeowner, You Have Incredible Leverage When You Sell Today

If You’re a Homeowner, You Have Incredible Leverage When You Sell TodayIn today’s housing market, homeowners have a great opportunity to sell their house and receive the best terms

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Things That Could Help You Win a Bidding War on a Home

Things That Could Help You Win a Bidding War on a HomeWith a limited number of homes for sale today and so many buyers looking to make a purchase before mortgage rates rise

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Today’s Home Price Appreciation Is Great News for Existing Homeowners

Today’s Home Price Appreciation Is Great News for Existing HomeownersIf you’re planning to sell your home this season, rising prices are great news for you. But it’s

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Give Your Curb Appeal a Boost Before You Sell

Give Your Curb Appeal a Boost Before You Sell Some HighlightsIf you’re thinking about selling your house this season, focusing on a few quick and easy updates outside can help

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Why This Housing Market Is Not a Bubble Ready To Pop

Why This Housing Market Is Not a Bubble Ready To PopHomeownership has become a major element in achieving the American Dream. A recent report from the National Association of Realtors )

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What You Need To Know About Selling in a Sellers’ Market

What You Need To Know About Selling in a Sellers’ MarketEven if you haven’t been following real estate news, you’ve likely heard about the current sellers’ market. That

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How To Approach Rising Mortgage Rates as a Buyer

How To Approach Rising Mortgage Rates as a BuyerIn the last few weeks, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate from Freddie Mac inched up to 5%. While that news may have you questioning

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The Dream of Homeownership Is Worth the Effort

The Dream of Homeownership Is Worth the EffortIf you’re in the market to buy a home this season, stick with it. Homebuyers face challenges in any market, and today’s is no exception. But

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How Homeownership Can Help Shield You from Inflation

How Homeownership Can Help Shield You from InflationIf you’re following along with the news today, you’ve likely heard about rising inflation. You’re also likely feeling the impact

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Why Pre-Approval Is an Important Step for Today’s Homebuyers

Why Pre-Approval Is an Important Step for Today’s HomebuyersBeing intentional and competitive are musts when buying a home this season. That’s why pre-approval is so important

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Is It Time To Buy a Smaller Home?

Is It Time To Buy a Smaller Home?Life events can have a major impact on what you need from your home, and retirement is one of the biggest changes many of us face. This period of your life can mean

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On the Fence of Whether or Not To Move This Spring? Consider This.

On the Fence of Whether or Not To Move This Spring? Consider This.If you’re thinking of selling your house, it may be because you’ve heard prices are rising, listings are

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Where Are Mortgage Rates Headed?

Where Are Mortgage Rates Headed?There’s never been a truer statement regarding forecasting mortgage rates than the one offered last year by Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First

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The Future of Home Price Appreciation and What It Means for You

The Future of Home Price Appreciation and What It Means for YouMany consumers are wondering what will happen with home values over the next few years. Some are concerned that the recent run-up

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Why a Real Estate Professional Is Key When Selling Your House

Why a Real Estate Professional Is Key When Selling Your HouseWith today’s real estate market moving as fast as it is, working with a real estate professional is more essential than

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Myths About Today’s Housing Market

Myths About Today’s Housing Market [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsIf you’re planning to buy or sell a home today, it’s important to be aware of common

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Using Your Tax Refund To Achieve Your Homeownership Goals This Year

Using Your Tax Refund To Achieve Your Homeownership Goals This YearIf you’re buying or selling a home this year, you’re likely saving up for a variety of expenses. For buyers, that

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Remote Work Trends Mean Flexibility for First-Time Homebuyers

Remote Work Trends Mean Flexibility for First-Time HomebuyersToday's low inventory can be challenging for homebuyers, especially if you’re looking to purchase your first home. But if

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It’s Still a Sellers’ Market

It’s Still a Sellers’ Market Some HighlightsDue to low supply and high demand, today is one of the strongest sellers’ markets we’ve seen.Sellers can

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What You Need To Budget for When Buying a Home

What You Need To Budget for When Buying a HomeWhen it comes to buying a home, it can feel a bit intimidating to know how much you need to save and where to find that information. But you should

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Balancing Your Wants and Needs as a Homebuyer Today

Balancing Your Wants and Needs as a Homebuyer TodaySince the number of homes for sale is low today, it can feel challenging to find one that checks all your boxes. But if you know which

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There Are Several Great Reasons To Consider Buying a Condo Today

There Are Several Great Reasons To Consider Buying a Condo TodayIf you’re a first-time buyer looking to break into the housing market but struggling to find a home to buy, condominiums (or

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What’s Happening with Mortgage Rates, and Where Will They Go from Here?

What’s Happening with Mortgage Rates, and Where Will They Go from Here?Based on the Primary Mortgage Market Survey from Freddie Mac, the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has

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How an Energy Efficient Home Can Be a Bright Idea

How an Energy Efficient Home Can Be a Bright Idea Some HighlightsWith inflation driving up the cost of everyday items, seeking out an energy-efficient home can be a great way to decrease

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The Best Week To List Your House Is Just Around the Corner

The Best Week To List Your House Is Just Around the CornerAre you thinking about selling your house? If so, you may want to make it a priority to start the process soon. According to 

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The Average Homeowner Gained More Than $55K in Equity over the Past Year

The Average Homeowner Gained More Than $55K in Equity over the Past YearIf you’re a current homeowner, you should know your net worth just got a big boost. It comes in the form of rising home

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What You Can Expect from the Spring Housing Market

What You Can Expect from the Spring Housing MarketAs the spring housing market kicks off, you likely want to know what you can expect this season when it comes to buying or selling

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Spring Cleaning Checklist for Sellers

Spring Cleaning Checklist for Sellers Some HighlightsIf you’re thinking about selling your house this spring, here are some things you’ll want to tackle before you list

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What You Need To Know if You’re Thinking About Building a Home

What You Need To Know if You’re Thinking About Building a HomeIf you’re ready to move up, you may be trying to decide whether you want to buy a home that's already on the market or

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The Many Benefits of Homeownership

The Many Benefits of HomeownershipThe past two years have taught us the true value of homeownership, especially the stability and the feeling of accomplishment it can provide. But homeownership

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How To Navigate a Market Where Multiple Offers Is the New Normal

How To Navigate a Market Where Multiple Offers Is the New NormalIf you’re thinking of buying a home today, you already know that the number of homes available for sale is low. But

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Key Factors That Impact Affordability Today

Key Factors That Impact Affordability TodayYou can’t read an article about residential real estate without the author mentioning the affordability challenges that today’s buyers face.

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How Global Uncertainty Is Impacting Mortgage Rates

How Global Uncertainty Is Impacting Mortgage RatesIf you’re thinking about buying or selling a home, you’ll want to keep a pulse on what’s happening with

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This Spring Presents Sellers with a Golden Opportunity

This Spring Presents Sellers with a Golden OpportunityIf you’re thinking of selling your house this year, timing is crucial. After all, you’ll want to balance getting the most

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Supply and Demand in Today’s Market [INFOGRAPHIC]

Supply and Demand in Today’s Market Some HighlightsToday’s housing market is the direct result of low supply and high buyer demand. Here’s what that

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Why It’s Critical To Price Your House Right

Why It’s Critical To Price Your House RightWhen you make a move, you want to sell your house for the highest price possible. That might be why many homeowners are eager to list in

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Are Home Prices Continuing To Rise?

Are Home Prices Continuing To Rise?Many analysts projected home price appreciation would slow dramatically in the fall of 2021 and then continue to soften throughout 2022. So far, that hasn

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An Expert Advisor Will Give You the Best Advice in Today’s Market

An Expert Advisor Will Give You the Best Advice in Today’s MarketHaving an experienced guide coaching you through the process of buying or selling a home is important in a normal market ;&

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Down Payment Assistance Programs Can Help You Achieve Homeownership

Down Payment Assistance Programs Can Help You Achieve HomeownershipFor many homebuyers, the thought of saving for a down payment can feel daunting, especially in today’s market. That’s

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The #1 Reason To Sell Your House Today

The #1 Reason To Sell Your House TodayAlmost every industry is currently struggling with supply chain disruptions. This also applies to the current U.S. housing market, where buyer demand far

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How Supply and Demand Can Impact Your Buying and Selling Goals

How Supply and Demand Can Impact Your Buying and Selling GoalsIn today’s housing market, there are far more buyers looking for homes than sellers listing their houses. Based on the

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The Perks of Owning More Than One Home

Many things have changed over the past couple of years, and real estate is no exception. One impact is an increased desire to own more than one home. According to the recent Luxury Market&

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Real Estate Voted the Best Investment Eight Years in a Row

Real Estate Voted the Best Investment Eight Years in a RowIn an annual Gallup poll, Americans chose real estate as the best long-term investment. And it’s not the first time it&rsquo

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More People Are Planning To Buy a Home Soon

More People Are Planning To Buy a Home SoonWhile some homeowners may be tempted to hold off until spring to list their houses, you should know – homebuyers aren’t waiting. Demand is

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What Every Seller Needs To Know About Renovating This Year

What Every Seller Needs To Know About Renovating This YearIf you’re planning to sell this year, you’re probably thinking about what you’ll need to do to get your house ready to

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Want Top Dollar for Your House? Now’s the Time To List It.

Want Top Dollar for Your House? Now’s the Time To List It.When you’re selling any item, you usually want to sell it for the greatest profit possible. That happens when there’s a

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The Path To Homeownership Can Be Steeper for Some Americans

The Path To Homeownership Can Be Steeper for Some AmericansAs we celebrate Black History Month, we honor and recognize the past and present experiences of Black Americans. A significant part of this

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Consumers Agree: It’s a Good Time To Sell

Consumers Agree: It’s a Good Time To SellIn today’s sellers’ market, many homeowners are weighing their options and trying to decide if they should sell their house. If you&rsquo

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Don’t Let Student Loans Delay Your Homeownership Dreams

Don’t Let Student Loans Delay Your Homeownership DreamsIf you’re looking to buy a home, you may be wondering how your student loan debt could impact those plans. Do you have to wait

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Millions of Americans Have Discovered the Benefits of Multigenerational Households

Millions of Americans Have Discovered the Benefits of Multigenerational HouseholdsIf your needs are changing, you may be thinking about sharing a home with additional loved ones, such as,

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The Top Indicator if You Want To Know Where Mortgage Rates Are Heading

The Top Indicator if You Want To Know Where Mortgage Rates Are HeadingMortgage rates have increased significantly since the beginning of the year. Each Thursday, Freddie Mac releases its

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Why a Move Could Bring You More Happiness This Year

Why a Move Could Bring You More Happiness This YearOver the past two years, we’ve lived through one of the most stressful periods in recent history. Because of the health crisis, many of us

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Owning Is More Affordable than Renting in the Majority of the Country

If you were thinking about buying a home this year, but already pressed pause on your plans due to rising home prices and increasing mortgage rates, there’s something you should

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Why Right Now Is a Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity for Sellers

If you’re thinking about selling your house in 2022, you truly have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at your fingertips. When selling anything, you always hope for strong demand for

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Why Your Home Inspection Matters

Some HighlightsBuying a home and wondering if your inspection is necessary? While some buyers may decide to waive their inspection, it’s risky decision.Your home

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Are You a Homeowner Thinking About Climate Change?

Americans are more aware than ever of the effects climate change and natural disasters can have on their homes. According to a report from realtor.com:“More than 3 in 4 recent

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The Next Generation of Homebuyers Is Here

Many members of Generation Z (Gen Z) are aging into adulthood and deciding whether to rent or buy a home. If you find yourself in this group, it’s important to understand you&rsquo

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Why Pre-Approval Is Key for Homebuyers in 2022

You may have heard that it’s important to get pre-approved for a mortgage at the beginning of the homebuying process, but what does that really mean, and why is it so

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With Mortgage Rates Climbing, Now’s the Time To Act

With Mortgage Rates Climbing, Now’s the Time To ActLast week, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate from Freddie Mac jumped from 3.22% to 3.45%. That’s the;

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Buyers Want To Know: Why Is Housing Supply Still So Low?

One key question that’s top of mind for homebuyers this year is: why is it so hard to find a house to buy? The truth is, we’re in the ultimate sellers’ market, so real

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Sellers: Don’t Wait Until Spring To Make Your Move

Sellers: Don’t Wait Until Spring To Make Your MoveAs you plan out your goals for the year, moving up to your dream home may top the list. But, how do you know when to make your move? You

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Achieving the Dream of Homeownership

Achieving the Dream of HomeownershipHomeownership has long been considered the American Dream, and it’s one every American should feel confident and powerful pursuing. But owning a home is

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When Is the Right Time To Sell

When Is the Right Time To SellSome HighlightsIf you’re trying to decide when to list your house, the time is now. There are plenty of buyers eagerly waiting for your home to hit

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How To Hit Your Homebuying Goals This Year

How To Hit Your Homebuying Goals This YearSome HighlightsIf you’re looking to buy a home, you may want to put these items on your to-do list to ensure you hit your goals.It’s

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What’s Going To Happen with Home Prices This Year?

What’s Going To Happen with Home Prices This Year?After almost two years of double-digit increases, many experts thought home price appreciation would decelerate or happen at a slower pace in

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Two Ways Homebuyers Can Win in Today’s Market

Two Ways Homebuyers Can Win in Today’s MarketIf your goal is to purchase a home this year, you might be looking for any advantage you can get in today’s sellers’ market. While

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Why Inflation Shouldn’t Stop You from Buying a Home in 2022

Why Inflation Shouldn’t Stop You from Buying a Home in 2022If you’re following along with the news today, you’re probably hearing a lot about record-breaking home prices, rising

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Real Estate Professionals Are Experts at Keeping You Safe When You Sell

Real Estate Professionals Are Experts at Keeping You Safe When You SellIf you’re on the fence about whether or not you want to sell your house this year, there’s good news. For nearly

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There Won’t Be a Wave of Foreclosures in the Housing Market

There Won’t Be a Wave of Foreclosures in the Housing MarketWhen mortgage forbearance plans were first announced and the pandemic surged through the country in early 2020, many homeowners were

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Why Waiting To Sell Your House Could Cost You a Small Fortune

Why Waiting To Sell Your House Could Cost You a Small FortuneMany homeowners who plan to sell in 2022 may think the wise thing to do is to wait for the spring buying market since historically about

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Avoid the Rental Trap in 2022

Avoid the Rental Trap in 2022Are you one of the many renters thinking about where you’ll live the next time your lease is up? Before you decide whether to look for a new house or another

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How Much Do You Need for Your Down Payment?

How Much Do You Need for Your Down Payment?As you set out on your homebuying journey, you likely have a plan in place, and you’re working on saving for your purchase. But do you know how much

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Why Selling Your House with a Real Estate Professional Is Essential

Why Selling Your House with a Real Estate Professional Is EssentialSelling your house is no simple task. And when you sell on your own – known as a FSBO (or For Sale by Owner) – you

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Expert Insights on the 2022 Housing Market

Expert Insights on the 2022 Housing MarketAs we move into 2022, both buyers and sellers are wondering, what’s next? Will there be more homes available to buy? Will prices

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Key Things To Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage

Key Things To Avoid After Applying for a MortgageOnce you’ve found your dream home and applied for a mortgage, there are some key things to keep in mind before you close. It’s exciting

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When a House Becomes a Home

When a House Becomes a HomeIt’s clear that owning a home makes financial sense. But lately, the emotional side of what drives homeownership is becoming increasingly

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The Perks of Putting 20% Down on a Home

The Perks of Putting 20% Down on a HomeIf you’re thinking of buying a home, you’re probably wondering what you need to save for your down payment. Is it 20% of the loan, or could you put

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The Average Homeowner Gained $56,700 in Equity over the Past Year

The Average Homeowner Gained $56,700 in Equity over the Past YearWhen you think of homeownership, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Chances are you might focus on the non

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Homebuyers: Be Ready To Act This Winter

Homebuyers: Be Ready To Act This WinterTo succeed as a buyer in today’s market, it’s important to understand which market trends will have the greatest impact on your home search.

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Homebuyers Are Going on a Shopping Spree This Winter

Homebuyers Are Going on a Shopping Spree This WinterBlack Friday and Cyber Monday are over, which means some shoppers have wrapped up their holiday buying. But there’s still a group of buyers

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What Everyone Wants To Know: Will Home Prices Decline in 2022?

What Everyone Wants To Know: Will Home Prices Decline in 2022?If you’re thinking of buying a home in today’s housing market, you may be wondering how strong your investment will be. You

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If You Think the Housing Market Will Slow This Winter, Think Again.

If You Think the Housing Market Will Slow This Winter, Think Again.From the opportunity to take advantage of today’s low mortgage rates to changing homeowner needs, Americans

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Two Reasons Why Waiting To Buy a Home Will Cost You

Two Reasons Why Waiting To Buy a Home Will Cost YouIf you’re a homeowner who’s decided your current house no longer fits your needs, or a renter with a strong desire to become a,

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Struggling To Find a Home To Buy? New Construction May Be an Option.

Struggling To Find a Home To Buy? New Construction May Be an Option.There’s no question that the financial benefits of selling a house are outstanding today. Now is truly a great

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Why It Just Became Much Easier To Buy a Home

Why It Just Became Much Easier To Buy a HomeSince the pandemic began, Americans have reevaluated the meaning of the word home. That’s led some renters to realize the many benefits of

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Win When You Sell (And When You Move)

Win When You Sell (And When You Move)If you’re trying to decide when to sell your house, there may not be a better time than this winter. Selling this season means you can take

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Tips for Single Homebuyers: How To Make Your Dream a Reality

Tips for Single Homebuyers: How To Make Your Dream a RealityIf you’re living on your own and looking to buy a home, know that you can make your dream a reality with thoughtful

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How To Think Strategically as a Buyer in Today’s Market

How To Think Strategically as a Buyer in Today’s MarketThe game of chess can provide incredible lessons to apply to all aspects of life, including the homebuying process. Chess requires you to

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Home Is Where the Heart Is More than Ever This Year

Home Is Where the Heart Is More than Ever This YearThere’s no denying the financial benefits of homeownership, but what’s often overlooked are the feelings of gratitude,

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Why Now Is a Great Time To Sell Your House

Why Now Is a Great Time To Sell Your HouseAs we near the end of the year, more homeowners are realizing the benefits of today’s sellers’ market. Record-breaking home price

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How Smart Buyers Are Approaching Rising Mortgage Rates

How Smart Buyers Are Approaching Rising Mortgage RatesLast week, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate from Freddie Mac inched up to 3.1%, and experts project rates will

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Don’t Believe Everything You Read: The Truth Many Headlines Overlook

Don’t Believe Everything You Read: The Truth Many Headlines OverlookThere are a lot of questions right now regarding the real estate market as we head into 2022. The forbearance program is

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Your Journey to Homeownership

Your Journey to Homeownership Some HighlightsWhen it comes to buying a home, there are a number of key milestones along the way.The process includes everything from building your team and

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Home Sales About To Surge? We May See a Winter Like Never Before.

Home Sales About To Surge? We May See a Winter Like Never Before.Like most industries, residential real estate has a seasonality to it. For example, toy stores sell more toys in October, November,

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Remote Work Has Changed Our Home Needs. Is It Time for Your Home To Change, Too?

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Housing Supply Is Rising. What Does That Mean for You?

Housing Supply Is Rising. What Does That Mean for You?An important factor in today’s market is the number of homes for sale. While inventory levels continue to sit near historic lows, there

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Why This Isn’t Your Typical Summer Housing Market

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What’s Motivating People To Move Right Now?

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How Misunderstandings about Affordability Could Cost You

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Where Do Experts Say the Housing Market Is Heading?

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Sellers Are Ready To Enter the Housing Market

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It’s Not Too Late To Apply For Forbearance

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Experts Say Home Prices Will Continue to Appreciate

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Americans Find the Nonfinancial Benefits of Homeownership Most Valuable

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Patience Is the Key to Buying a Home This Year

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Will the Housing Market Maintain Its Momentum?

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Don’t Be Fooled by Remarkable Real Estate Headlines

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How Much Time Do You Need To Save for a Down Payment?

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Latest Jobs Report: What Does It Mean for You & the Housing Market?

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Buyer Competition Is Good News for Sellers

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Your Tax Refund and Stimulus Savings May Help You Achieve Homeownership This Year

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There’s No Reason To Panic Over Today’s Lending Standards

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Is Homeownership Still Considered Part 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 a Change in Mortgage Rate Impacts Your Homebuying Budget

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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, and the residential housing market had the strongest January and

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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 always been the first rung on the ladder that leads to

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Will the Housing Market Bloom This Spring?

Spring is almost here, and many are wondering what it will bring for the housing market. Even though the pandemic continues on, it’s certain to be very different from the spring we experienced

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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 supply of houses. According to the latest Existing

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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 their confidence when it comes to

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How Smart Is It to Buy a Home Today?

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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 hit record lows. The price of anything is determined by the

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The Reason Mortgage Rates Are Projected to Increase and What It Means for You

We’re currently experiencing historically low mortgage rates. Over the last fifty years, the average on a Freddie Mac 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has been 7.76%. Today, that rate is

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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 people may think it’s 20% of the loan to

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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 so few houses for sale, it’s

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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 sale. When many homeowners

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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 2021, or if they’ll start to rise.

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Millennials: Is It Time to Buy a Bigger Home?

In today’s housing market, all eyes are on millennials. Not only are millennials the largest generation, but they’re also currently between 25 and 40 years old. These are often

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Why Owning a Home Is a Powerful Financial Decision

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