Anna Fox's Blog Posts

Can I Qualify for a Home Loan if I Have Student Loan Debt?

Don’t Let Your Student Loans Delay Your Homeownership PlansIf you have student loans and want to buy a home, you might have questions about how your debt affects your plans. Do you have

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Are There More Homes To Buy Right NOW?

Is It Easier To Find a Home To Buy Now?One of the biggest hurdles buyers have faced over the past few years has been a lack of homes available for sale. But that’s starting to change.The graph

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THREE Things Every First Time Home Buyer Should Know

3 Helpful Tips for First-Time Homebuyers [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsTrying to buy your first home? If you’re worried about affordability today or the limited number

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Is A Fixer Upper Right for You?

Finding Your Perfect Home in a Fixer UpperIf you’re trying to buy a home and are having a hard time finding one you can afford, it may be time to consider a fixer-upper. That’s

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What Credit Score Do I Need to Buy a House?

What To Know About Credit Scores Before Buying a HomeIf you want to buy a home, you should know your credit score is a critical piece of the puzzle when it comes to qualifying for a

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How Much DO You Need for a Home Purchase Down Payment?

The Truth About Down PaymentsIf you’re planning to buy your first home, saving up for all the costs involved can feel daunting, especially when it comes to the down payment.

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DIY Tips for Getting a Property Ready to List

It’s Time To Prepare Your House for a Spring ListingIf you're thinking of selling your house this spring, now is the perfect time to start getting it ready. With the market

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Experts Tend To Agree, Home Price Forecasts are on the Rise in 2024

Expert Home Price Forecasts for 2024 Revised UpOver the past few months, experts have revised their 2024 home price forecasts based on the latest data and market signals, and they’re

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How to Know if You're Ready for Homeownership

Why So Many People Fall in Love with HomeownershipChances are at some point in your life you’ve heard the phrase, home is where the heart is. There’s a reason that’s said so

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Do Buyers Need Their OWN Agent?

Why Having Your Own Agent Matters When Buying a New Construction HomeFinding the right home is one of the biggest challenges for potential buyers today. Right now, the supply of

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Should I Be Concerned About Rising Foreclosure Activity?

Foreclosure Activity Is Still Lower than the NormHave you seen headlines talking about the increase in foreclosures in today’s housing market? If so, they may leave you feeling a bit

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Home Prices to INCREASE in 2024, according to experts

Experts Project Home Prices Will Increase in 2024Even though home prices are going up nationally, some people are still worried they might come down. In fact, a recent survey from 

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Is It A Good Time To List My Home?

2 Reasons Why Today’s Mortgage Rate Trend Is Good for SellersIf you’ve been holding off on selling your house to make a move because you felt mortgage rates were too high,

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Is Ramit Sethi Right about the Home Ownership Conspiracy?

The Dramatic Impact of Homeownership on Net WorthIf you're trying to decide whether to rent or buy a home this year & you just watched Ramit Sethi's show "How to Get Rich" on Netflix, you

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How Can I Make a Good Decision in this Housing Market?

3 Keys To Hitting Your Homeownership Goals in 2024If buying or selling a home is your goal for 2024, it’s important to understand today’s housing market, know your why, and work with

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Housing Market Predictions for 2024

Expert Quotes on the 2024 Housing Market ForecastIf you’re thinking about buying or selling a home soon, you probably want to know what you can expect from the housing

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Home Prices Predictions are Positive

Experts Project Home Prices Will Rise over the Next 5 YearsEven with so much data showing home prices are actually rising in most of the country, there are still a lot of people who

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Is Wall Street Buying Up All the Home In America?

Is Wall Street Buying Up All the Homes in America?If you’re thinking about buying a home, you may find yourself interested in the latest real estate headlines so you can have a

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Should you SELL NOW or WAIT FOR 2024?

Reasons To Sell Your House Before the New YearAs the year winds down, you may have decided it's time to make a move and put your house on the market. But should you sell now or wait until January?

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Help! When Will Mortgage Rates Go Down?

Are Higher Mortgage Rates Here To Stay?Mortgage rates have been back on the rise recently and that’s getting a lot of attention from the press. If you’ve been following the,

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What are the Experts Predicting Next for Home Prices?

The Latest Expert Forecasts for Home Prices in 2023Are you thinking about making a move? If so, all the speculation that home prices would crash this year may have you feeling a bit

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Are Home Prices Falling or Not?

Home Prices Are Not FallingDuring the fourth quarter of last year, some housing experts projected home prices were going to crash in 2023. The media ran with those forecasts and put

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What Are the Top Motivating Factors for Purchasing a Home This year?

The Many Non-Financial Benefits of HomeownershipBuying and owning your own home can have a big impact on your life. While there are financial reasons to become a homeowner, it's essential

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Smaller Homes are Trending

Get Ready for Smaller, More Affordable HomesHave you been trying to buy a home, but higher mortgage rates and home prices are limiting your options? If so, here’s some

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How Do Inflation & the Housing Market Impact One Another?

How Inflation Affects the Housing MarketHave you ever wondered how inflation impacts the housing market? Believe it or not, they’re connected. Whenever there are changes to one,

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Where are People Moving Today & Why?

Plenty of people are still moving these days. And if you’re thinking of making a move yourself, you may be considering the inventory and affordability challenges in the;

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The Market Can Easily Absorb a Doubling of the Available Inventory

There's Only Half the Inventory of a Normal Housing Market TodayWondering if it still makes sense to sell your house right now? The short answer is, yes. Especially if you consider how few

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Shocking Headlines About Home Prices Got You Second-Guessing?

Don’t Fall for the Next Shocking Headlines About Home PricesIf you’re thinking of buying or selling a home, one of the biggest questions you have right now is probably:

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Support Foster Care in Your Community

For the last 16 months (or so) I've been volunteering (nearly) every week with a local Winchester, VA, charity F.R.O.G. aka Froggy's Closet. My main work has been sorting donated clothing and making

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Sell While Inventory is Still Low--It's a Good Plan

One of the biggest challenges in the housing market right now is how few homes there are for sale compared to the number of people who want to buy them. To help emphasize just how limited

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New Construction is Booming in the Shenandoah Valley

Do you want to sell your house, but hesitate because you’re worried about a much higher interest rate when you buy your NextHome? Or are you concerned you won’t even be able to find your

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What's the Minimum Credit Score Required for Getting a Mortgage?

Credit scores are critical when it comes to qualifying for a home laon.Did you know, it’s also a factor that helps determine your mortgage rate. An article from Bankrate explains: &ldquo

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Am I "Buying at the Bottom" in Today's Market?

Are Home Prices Going Up or Down? That Depends…Media coverage about what’s happening with home prices can be confusing. A large part of that is due to the type of data being used and

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Are you ready for Home Ownership? Answer these 5 questions

Home ownership is a big decision. Is it the right decision for you right now? Answer the 5 question quiz below to see how ready you are, or are not, for home ownership.The "Home Ownership Is it

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How does Home Ownership Protect You From Inflation?

Owning a Home Helps Protect Against InflationInflation is felt by everyone! If you're a renter, you're probably feeling it more because your rent continues to rise. Between all of those

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74% of Homeowners Estimate They Have $100,000 in Equity

Homeowners Have Incredible Equity To Leverage Right NowEven though home prices have moderated over the last year, many homeowners still have an incredible amount of equity. But what is equity? In

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Top Three Influences on Home Affordability Today

What factors determine affordability? Can you do anything about it?There’s been a lot of focus on higher mortgage rates and how they’re creating affordability challenges for today&rsquo

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BEFORE You Use Your Tax Refund, Talk to A Lender!

Your Tax Refund Can Help You Achieve Your Homebuying GoalsIt can be tempting to DIY your home buying plans. You're an intelligent and capable adult. You know you need good credit, savings, and a

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Should I Be Concerned that Home Prices are Going to Crash?

There have been a lot of shifts in the housing market recently. Mortgage rates rose dramatically last year, impacting many people’s ability to buy a home. And after several years of rapid

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The Martinsburg Roundhouse hosts 26th Annual Eastern Panhandle Home Show!

With foot traffic estimated to be at or exceeding 5000 people, NextHome Realty Select stayed busy over the weekend at the 26th Annual Eastern Panhandle Home Show! Our French Bulldog Mascot, Luke,

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Largest Jump in Showings for Any January on Record

What Buyer Activity Tells Us About the Housing MarketThough the housing market is no longer experiencing the frenzy of a year ago, buyers are showing their interest in purchasing a home. According

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Is There a New Version of the American Dream?

Could a Multigenerational Home Be the Right Fit for You?During the pandemic, many of us reexamined the meaning of home for ourselves and our loved ones. Today, that can be seen in the

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Renting in 2023

THREE Reminders for RENTERS.1. Apply for properties for which you believe you're qualified. Landlords are generally using a minimum standard of criteria for their applicants. It varies from

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Down Payment vs Closing Costs What's the Difference?

We know it takes $$ to buy a house, but what kinds of numbers are we talking about?Great question; I'm glad you asked.Downpayment: This is the "big one" most people have heard of. And the answer is:

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Cool Spring Battlefield Hike, Clarke County, VA

              It was a cold hike at the Cool Spring Battlefield Trail. We think we'll go again in warmer weather. We did the southern loop, but skipped taking

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Lower Credit? You May have more opportunity BUYING vs RENTING

You May Not Need as Much as You Think for Your Down Payment [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsMany people believe you need to put down 20% of the purchase price when you buy a home. But recent

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Movie Review: A Man Called Otto

The four of us went to see A Man Called Otto today. It was a snow day. The boys didn't have school. It was a movie that made me laugh and cry and ultimately think about an answer to, "What is a?"

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8 Mile Lake Frederick Hike

Carter and I took advantage of a 45 degree, January day to hike the Nature and Wildlife Trail at Lake Frederick before my recent Open House.We remember Lake Frederick before Shea/Triology and

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You Don't Necessarily Need a Crap-Ton of Cash to Buy a House

Wondering How Much You Need To Save for a Down Payment?If you’re getting ready to buy your first home, you’re likely focused on saving up for everything that purchase involves. One cost

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Goal-ies!

What Are Your Goals in the Housing Market This Year?If buying or selling a home is part of your dreams for 2023, it’s essential for you to understand today’s housing market, define your

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