Daniel Kaercher's Blog Posts

Will My House Still Sell in Today’s Market?....

If recent headlines about the housing market cooling and buyer demand moderating have you worried you’ve missed your chance to sell, here’s what you need to know. Buyer demand

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Buyers Are Regaining Some of Their Negotiation Power in Today’s Housing Market.....

If you're thinking about buying a home today, there's welcome news. Even though it’s still a sellers’ market, it’s a more moderate sellers’ market than last year. And

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Is the Real Estate Market Slowing Down, or Is This a Housing Bubble?...

The talk of a housing bubble in the coming year seems to be at a fever pitch as rising mortgage rates continue to slow down an overheated real estate market. Over the past two years, home

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Three Things Buyers Can Do in Today’s Housing Market.....

It’s clear the 2022 housing market has been defined by rising mortgage rates. With rates on the rise, it’s also become more costly to purchase a home. According to the National

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Getting Your House Ready To Sell? Work with an Agent for Expert Advice....

In a market that’s shifting as fast as it is today, many homeowners wonder what, if anything, needs to be renovated before they sell their house. That’s where a trusted

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Should I Sell My House This Year?.....

There’s no denying the housing market is undergoing a shift this season as buyer demand slows and the number of homes for sale grows. But that shift actually gives you some

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Expert Forecasts on Mortgage Rates.....

If you’ve been thinking of buying a home, you may have been watching what’s happened with mortgage rates over the past year. It’s true they’ve risen dramatically, but

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How Owning a Home Builds Your Net Worth........

Owning a home is a major financial milestone and an achievement to take pride in. One major reason: the equity you build as a homeowner gives your net worth a big boost. And with high

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

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, this year, builders are on pace to complete more than a million new homes in this country. If you’ve had trouble finding a home to buy over

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Buyers: You May Face Less Competition as Bidding Wars Ease....

One of the top stories in recent real estate headlines was the intensity and frequency of bidding wars. With so many buyers looking to purchase a home and so few of them available for sale, fiercely

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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 price appreciation, but at the same time, some sellers

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Why You May Want To Start Your Home Search Today....

If you’re thinking about buying a home, you likely have a lot of factors on your mind. You’re weighing your own needs against higher mortgage rates, today’s home prices,

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Why Today’s Housing Inventory Proves the Market Isn’t Headed for a Crash....

Whether or not you owned a home in 2008, you likely remember the housing crash that took place back then. And news about an economic slowdown happening today may bring all those concerns

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A Trusted Real Estate Advisor Provides Expert Advice...

If you’re a homeowner or are planning to become one soon, you’re probably looking for clear information about today’s housing market. And if you’ve turned to

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What Sellers Need To Know in Today’s Housing Market....

If you’re thinking about selling your house, you may have heard about the housing market slowing down in recent months. While it’s still a sellers’ market, the peak frenzy the

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Planning To Retire? Your Equity Can Help You Reach Your Goal....

Whether you’ve just retired or you’re thinking about retirement, you may be considering your options and trying to picture a whole new stage of your life. And you’re not alone.;

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3 Tips for Buying a Home Today....

If 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. Recent data shows the supply

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Experts Increase 2022 Home Price Projections....

If you’re wondering if home prices are going to come down due to the cooldown in the housing market or a potential recession, here’s what you need to know. Not

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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 the next 12 months is growing. When surveyed in July

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The U.S. Homeownership Rate Is Growing....

The desire to own a home is still strong today. In fact, according to the Census, the U.S. homeownership rate is on the rise. To illustrate the increase, the graph below shows the

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What Does the Rest of the Year Hold for Home Prices?...

Whether you’re a potential homebuyer, seller, or both, you probably want to know: will home prices fall this year? Let’s break down what’s happening with home

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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 challenge. It created intense bidding wars which drove home prices;

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Selling Your House? Your Asking Price Matters More Now Than Ever....

There’s no doubt about the fact that the housing market is slowing from the frenzy we saw over the past two years. But what does that mean for you if you’re thinking of selling

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Why the Forbearance Program Changed the Housing Market....

When the pandemic hit in 2020, many experts thought the housing market would crash. They feared job loss and economic uncertainty would lead to a wave of foreclosures similar to when the

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Why It’s Still a Sellers’ Market....

As there’s more and more talk about the real estate market cooling off from the peak frenzy it saw during the pandemic, you may be questioning what that means for your plans to 

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Buying a Home May Make More Financial Sense Than Renting One.......

If rising home prices leave you wondering if it makes more sense to rent or buy a home in today’s housing market, consider this. It’s not just home prices that have

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The One Thing Every Homeowner Needs To Know About a Recession....

A recession does not equal a housing crisis. That’s the one thing that every homeowner today needs to know. Everywhere you look, experts are warning we could be heading toward a recession, and

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How Homeownership Can Bring You Joy....

If 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 be one of the reasons you want to

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Why Rising Mortgage Rates Push Buyers off the Fence.....

If you’re thinking about buying a home, you’ve probably heard mortgage rates are rising and have wondered what that means for you. Since mortgage rates have increased over

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

In today’s housing market, homeowners have a great opportunity to sell their house and receive the best terms for their personal situation. That’s because there’s a 

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What You Actually Need To Know About the Number of Foreclosures in Today’s Housing Market.....

While you may have seen recent stories about the volume of foreclosures today, context is important. During the pandemic, many homeowners were able to pause their mortgage payments using the

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Are There More Homes Coming to the Market?...

According to a recent survey from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), one of the top challenges buyers face in today’s housing market is finding a home

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Three Tips for First-Time Homebuyers....

Buying your first home is a major decision and an exciting milestone. Even though it can feel daunting at times, it has the power to change your life for the better. If you're looking to purchase

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Your House Could Be Closer to List-Ready Than You Think...

One of the biggest concerns for a homeowner looking to sell is the time they’ll have to put in before listing their house. If that’s the case for you, you should know – your

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

With a limited number of homes for sale today and so many buyers looking to make a purchase before mortgage rates rise further, bidding wars are common. According to&

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

If you’re planning to sell your home this season, rising prices are great news for you. But it’s important to understand why prices are rising to begin with. One

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

Even if you haven’t been following real estate news, you’ve likely heard about the current sellers’ market. That’s because there’s a lot of talk about how strong

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The Dream of Homeownership Is Worth the Effort.....

If 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 if you persevere, your decision to purchase a

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How Homeownership Can Help Shield You from Inflation....

If you’re following along with the news today, you’ve likely heard about rising inflation. You’re also likely feeling the impact in your day-to-day life as prices go up for gas,

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Is It Enough To Offer Asking Price in Today’s Housing Market?....

If you’re planning to buy a home this season, you’re probably thinking about what you’ll need to do to get your offer accepted. In previous years, it was common for

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

If you’re living on your own and looking to buy a home, know that you can make your dream a reality with thoughtful planning and the right team of experts. Research from

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Home Is Where the Heart Is More than Ever This Year.....

There’s no denying the financial benefits of homeownership, but what’s often overlooked are the feelings of gratitude, security, pride, and comfort we get from owning a home.

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

The game of chess can provide incredible lessons to apply to all aspects of life, including the homebuying process. Chess requires you to plan and think about your strategy from the very beginning

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Why Now Is a Great Time To Sell Your House....

As we near the end of the year, more homeowners are realizing the benefits of today’s sellers’ market. Record-breaking home price appreciation, growing equity, low 

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Two Graphs That Show Why You Shouldn’t Be Upset About 3% Mortgage Rates....

With the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate from Freddie Mac climbing above 3%, rising rates are one of the topics dominating the discussion in the housing market today. And since experts

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Why a Wave of Foreclosures Is Not on the Way....

With forbearance plans coming to an end, many are concerned the housing market will experience a wave of foreclosures similar to what happened after the housing bubble 15 years ago. Here are a few

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Experts Project Mortgage Rates Will Continue To Rise in 2022.....

Mortgage rates are one of several factors that impact how much you can afford if you’re buying a home. When rates are low, they help you get more house for your money. Within the last year,

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Sellers Have Incredible Leverage in Today’s Market.....

With mortgage rates climbing above 3% for the first time in months, serious buyers are more motivated than ever to find a home before the end of the year. Lawrence Yun, Chief

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Renters Missed Out on $51,500 This Past Year...

Rents have increased significantly this year. The latest National Rent Report from Apartmentlist.com shows rents are rising at a rate much higher than the three years leading up

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Does Your House Have What Buyers Want?...

The rise in remote work is changing what many Americans want in their homes. Many companies are choosing to delay reopening or go remote full-time, and today’s buyers are looking for

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Housing Challenge or Housing Opportunity? It Depends....

The biggest challenge in real estate today is the lack of available homes for sale. The low housing supply has caused homes throughout the country to appreciate at a much faster rate than what we

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There Are More Homes Available Now than There Were This Spring......

There’s a lot of talk lately about how challenging it can be to find a home to buy. While housing inventory is still low, there are a few important things to understand about the supply

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Knowledge Is Power When It Comes to Appraisals and Inspections....

Buyers in today’s market often have questions about the importance of getting a home appraisal and an inspection. That’s because high buyer demand and low housing supply are

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Important Distinction: Homes Are Less Affordable, Not Unaffordable.....

It’s impossible to research the subject of buying a home without coming across a headline declaring that the fall in home affordability is a crisis. However, when we add context to the most

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Looking To Move? It Could Be Time To Build Your Dream Home......

While today’s supply of homes for sale is still low, the number of newly built homes is increasing. If you’re ready to sell but have held off because you weren

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What Does the Future Hold for Home Prices?.....

If you’re looking to buy or sell a house, chances are you’ve heard talk about today’s rising home prices. And while this increase in home values is great news for sellers, you

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Sellers: Your House Could Be an Oasis for Buyers Seeking More Options....

Sellers have a great opportunity this season as buyer demand still heavily outweighs the current supply of homes for sale. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), today

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What Do Past Years Tell Us About Today’s Real Estate Market?....

As you follow the news, you’re likely seeing headlines discussing what’s going on in today’s housing market. Chances are high that some of the more recent storylines you’ve

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The Big Question: Should You Renovate or Move?....

The last 18 months changed what many buyers are looking for in a home. Recently, the American Institute of Architects released their AIA Home Design Trends Survey results for Q3

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Don’t Wait for a Lower Mortgage Rate – It Could Cost You......

Today’s housing market is truly one for the record books. Over the past year, we’ve seen the lowest mortgage rates in history. And while those rates seemed to bottom out in

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Experts Agree: Homeownership Provides a Path to Long-Term Wealth....

A recent survey from LendingTree.com found there are multiple reasons why Americans would choose to purchase a home instead of renting. Some of the most popular non-financial;

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111,285 Reasons You Should Buy a Home This Year.....

The financial benefits of buying a home versus renting one are always up for debate. However, one element of the equation is often ignored – the ability to build wealth as a homeowner

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What Do Supply and Demand Tell Us About Today’s Housing Market?.....

There’s a well-known economic theory – the law of supply and demand – that explains what’s happening with prices in the current real estate market. Put simply, when demand

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The Main Key To Understanding the Rise in Mortgage Rates.....

Every Thursday, Freddie Mac releases the results of their Primary Mortgage Market Survey which reveals the most recent movement in the 30-year fixed mortgage rate. Last week, the

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4 Tips To Prep for Your Home Sale This Fall....

Even in a hot sellers’ market like today’s in which homes are selling so quickly, it’s still important to make a good first impression on potential buyers. Taking the

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As Home Equity Rises, So Does Your Wealth.....

Homeownership is still a crucial part of the American dream. For those people who own a home (and those looking to buy one), it’s clear that being a homeowner has considerable

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Don’t Tackle Selling Your Home on Your Own – an Agent Can Help....

If you’re looking to maximize your sale and minimize your effort, you need to work with a real estate professional. In a sellers’ market like today’s, it can be tempting

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If You’re a Buyer, Is Offering Asking Price Enough?...

In today’s real estate market, buyers shouldn’t shop for a home with the expectation they’ll be able to negotiate a lower sales price. In a typical housing market, buyers try to

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Two Reasons Why Waiting a Year To Buy Could Cost You....

If you’re a renter with a desire to become a homeowner, or a homeowner who’s decided your current house no longer fits your needs, you may be hoping that waiting a year might mean better

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Is a 20% Down Payment Really Necessary To Purchase a Home?....

There’s a common misconception that, as a homebuyer, you need to come up with 20% of the total sale price for your down payment. In fact, a recent survey by Lending Tree asks

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Remote Work Is Here To Stay. Can Your Home Deliver the Space You Need?....

A lot has changed over the past year. For many people, the rise in remote work influenced what they’re looking for in a home and created a greater appetite for a dedicated home office. Some

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Is It Time To Move on to a New Home?...

If you’ve been in your home for longer than five years, you’re not alone. According to recent data from First American, homeowners are staying put much longer than historical

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Is the Number of Homes for Sale Finally Growing?...

An important metric in today’s residential real estate market is the number of homes available for sale. The shortage of available housing inventory is the major reason for the-

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5 Tips for Making Your Best Offer.....

In today’s sellers’ market, standing out as a buyer is critical. Multi-offer scenarios and bidding wars are the norm due to the low supply of houses for sale and high buyer;

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The Truth About Today’s Buyer Demand......

When it comes to the latest news in real estate, there are a lot of sensational headlines in the media. In times like this, when it can be hard to know what to believe, put your trust in the

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Why It’s Still Safe To Sell Your Home......

If you’re on the fence about whether or not you want to sell your house this year, there’s good news. Real estate professionals are highly experienced in how to sell houses

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Fact or Fiction: Homebuyer Edition ....

Some HighlightsWhen it comes to the current housing market, there are multiple misconceptions – from what the current supply of available homes looks like to how much houses are

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Home Price Appreciation Is Skyrocketing in 2021. What About 2022?....

One of the major story lines over the last year is how well the residential real estate market performed. One key metric in the spotlight is home price appreciation. According to the latest indices,

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Understand Your Options To Avoid Foreclosure.....

Even though experts agree there’s no chance of a large-scale foreclosure crisis, there are a number of homeowners who may be coming face-to-face with foreclosure as a possibility.

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Your Agent Is Key When Pricing Your House .....

Your Agent Is Key When Pricing Your House Some HighlightsPricing your house right takes market experience and expertise.To find the best list price, your agent balances current market

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5 Reasons Today’s Housing Market Is Anything but Normal....

There are many headlines out there that claim we’re reverting to a more normal real estate market. That would indicate the housing market is returning to the pre-pandemic numbers we saw from

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What You Can Do Right Now To Prepare for Homeownership...

What You Can Do Right Now To Prepare for HomeownershipAs rent prices continue to soar, many renters want to know what they can do to get ready to buy their first home. According to recent

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What Buyers and Sellers Need To Know About the Appraisal Gap.....

It’s economy 101 – when supply is low and demand is high, prices naturally rise. That’s what’s happening in today’s housing market. Home prices are appreciating

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Honoring the American Workforce!

Honoring the American WorkforceWishing you a happy and safe Labor.

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The Difference in Net Worth Between Homeowners and Renters Is Widening....

The Difference in Net Worth Between Homeowners and Renters Is WideningBecoming financially secure is an important goal for many people today, but some don’t realize just how much 

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If Housing Affordability Is About the Money, Don’t Forget This.....

There are many non-financial benefits of buying your own home. However, today’s headlines seem to be focusing primarily on the financial aspects of homeownership – specifically

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Why 2021 Is Still the Year To Sell Your House??

If you’re trying to decide whether or not to sell your house, this is the time to think seriously about making a move. Fannie Mae’s recent Home Purchase

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What To Do with Your Vacation Home as Summer Ends???

As summer comes to a close, is it time to think about selling your vacation home? Based on recent data and expert opinions, it’s something you may want to consider. According to research

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What Do Experts Say About Today’s Mortgage Rates?...

Mortgage rates are hovering near record lows, and that’s good news for today’s homebuyers. The graph below shows mortgage rates dating back to 2016 and where today falls by

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More Young People Are Buying Homes!!!!

There’s a common misconception that younger generations aren’t interested in homeownership. Many people point to the fact that millennials put off purchasing their first home as a reason

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Real Estate: It’s Still a Lack of Supply, Not a Lack of Demand...

One of the major questions real estate experts are asking today is whether prospective homebuyers still believe purchasing a home makes sense. Some claim rapidly rising home prices are impacting

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A Look at Home Price Appreciation and What It Means for Sellers....

When you hear the phrase home price appreciation, what does it mean to you? Through context clues alone, chances are you know it has to do with rising home prices. And as a seller, you know

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The Best Use of Time (and Money) When It Comes to Renovations....

In the current sellers’ market, many homeowners wonder what, if anything, needs to be remodeled before they list their house. That’s where a trusted real estate professional comes in.

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Are Houses Less Affordable Than They Were in Past Decades?....

There are many headlines about how housing affordability is declining. The headlines are correct: it’s less affordable to purchase a home today than it was a year ago. However, it’s

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Looking for a Place To Call Home? Consider a Condominium.....

It’s no secret that one of the top stories in today’s real estate market is low housing supply and high buyer demand. If you’re a first-time buyer looking for a starter

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The Community and Economic Impacts of a Home Sale....

If you’re thinking of buying or selling a house, chances are you’re focusing on the many extraordinary ways it’ll change your life. What you may not realize is that

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Surprising Shift Favors Homeowners: Buyers Now Prefer Existing Homes...

In April, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) posted an article, Home Buyers’ Preferences Shift Towards New Construction, which reported:“60% of people who

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Sellers: Make Today’s Home Price Appreciation Work for You...

Home prices continue to rise as we move through the summer, and that’s good news for sellers who are looking to maximize their home’s potential. If you’re on the fence

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With Rents on the Rise – Is Now the Time To Buy?...

According to recent data from realtor.com, median rental prices have reached their highest point ever recorded in many areas across the country. The report found rents rose

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Key Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying a Home....

Sometimes it can feel like everyone has advice when it comes to buying a home. While your friends and loved ones may have your best interests in mind, they may also be missing crucial

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Waiting To Buy a Home Could Cost You .....

Some HighlightsIf you’re thinking of buying a home but wondering if waiting a few years will save you in the long run, think again.The longer the wait, the more you’ll pay,

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Home Sellers: There Is an Extra Way To Welcome Home Our Veterans....

Some veterans are finding it difficult to obtain a home in today’s market. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR):“Conventional conforming

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4 Reasons Why the End of Forbearance Will Not Lead to a Wave of Foreclosures....

With forbearance plans about to come to an end, many are concerned the housing market will experience a wave of foreclosures like what happened after the housing bubble 15 years ago. Here are four

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A Look at Housing Supply and What It Means for Sellers....

A Look at Housing Supply and What It Means for SellersOne of the hottest topics of conversation in today’s real estate market is the shortage of available homes. Simply put, there

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3 Hot Topics in the Housing Market Right Now......

If you’re a prospective buyer or seller, it’s important to understand the current real estate market conditions and how they affect you. The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE);

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Pop Quiz: Can You Define These Key Terms in Today’s Housing Market? ....

Some HighlightsThe language of buying and selling a home may sound scary at first, but knowing how key terms relate to today’s market can help you. For example, current low mortgage

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Today’s Real Estate Market Explained Through 4 Key Trends......

As we move into the second half of the year, one thing is clear: the current real estate market is one for the record books. The exact mix of conditions we have today creates opportunities for both

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

Over the past year, many homeowners realized what they need in a home is changing, especially with the rise in remote work. If you’re longing for a dedicated home office or a change in,

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3 Charts That Show This Isn’t a Housing Bubble.....

With home prices continuing to deliver double-digit increases, some are concerned we’re in a housing bubble like the one in 2006. However, a closer look at the market data indicates this is

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What You Should Do Before Interest Rates Rise....

In today’s real estate market, mortgage interest rates are near record lows. If you’ve been in your current home for several years and haven’t refinanced lately, there’s

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Experts Agree: Options Are Improving for Buyers ......

Experts Agree: Options Are Improving for Buyers Some HighlightsBuyers hoping for more homes to choose from may be in luck as housing inventory begins to rise. Many experts agree

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Diving Deep into Today’s Biggest Buyer Concerns.......

Last week, Fannie Mae released their Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI). Though the survey showed 77% of respondents believe it’s a “good time to sell,” it

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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 are indications we may have hit the lowest point we

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Why This Isn’t Your Typical Summer Housing Market.....

In real estate, it’s normal to see ebbs and flows in the market. Typically, the summer months are slower-paced than the traditionally busy spring. But this isn’t a typical summer. As the

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4 Major Incentives To Sell This Summer....

While the housing market forecast for the second half of the year remains positive, there may not be a better time to sell than right now. Here are four things to consider if you’re

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Your Home Equity Can Take You Places...

Your Home Equity Can Take You PlacesSome HighlightsThe amount of wealth Americans have stored in their homes has increased astronomically.On average, homeowners gained $33,400 in equity

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Selling Your House? Make Sure You Price It Right....

There’s no denying we’re in a sellers’ market. With low inventory and high buyer demand, homes today are selling above the asking price at a record rate. According to the

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The Truths Young Homebuyers Need To Hear....

For many young or first-time homebuyers, purchasing a home can feel intimidating. A recent survey shows some homebuyers ages 25 to 40 may be unsure about the homebuying process and what

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A Look at Home Price Appreciation Through 2025.....

Home prices have increased significantly over the last year, which in turn has grown the net worth of homeowners. Appreciation and home equity are directly linked – as the value of a home

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Home Builders Ramp Up Construction Based on Demand....

If you’re thinking of buying a home, there really is no time like the present. With today’s low mortgage rates, you have a great opportunity to get more home for your money. The

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Are We in a Housing Bubble? Experts Say No....

The question of whether the real estate market is a bubble ready to pop seems to be dominating a lot of conversations – and everyone has an opinion. Yet, when it comes down to it, the opinions

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What Do Experts See on the Horizon for the Second Half of the Year?....

As we move into the latter half of the year, questions about what’s to come are top of mind for buyers and sellers. Near record-low mortgage rates coupled with rising home price appreciation

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What To Expect as Appraisal Gaps Grow.....

In today’s real estate market, low inventory and high demand are driving up home prices. As many as 54% of homes are getting offers over the listing price, based on the latest 

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What To Expect as Appraisal Gaps Grow....

In today’s real estate market, low inventory and high demand are driving up home prices. As many as 54% of homes are getting offers over the listing price, based on the latest 

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Save Time and Effort by Selling with an Agent...

Selling a house is a time-consuming process – especially if you decide to do it on your own, known as a For Sale By Owner (FSBO). From conducting market research to reviewing legal

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Homebuyers: Hang in There .....

Some HighlightsToday’s sellers’ market provides unique challenges—and benefits—for buyers.Current low interest rates won’t last forever, and home prices

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Demand for Vacation Homes Is Still Strong....

The pandemic created a tremendous interest in vacation homes across the country. Throughout the last year, many people purchased second homes as a safe getaway from the challenges of the

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Homeowner Wealth Increases Through Growing Equity This Year.....

Building financial wealth and stability remains one of the top reasons Americans choose to own a home, and as a homeowner, your wealth often grows without you even realizing it. In a

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Pre-Approval Makes All the Difference When Buying a Home....

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

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5 Things Homebuyers Need To Know When Making an Offer.....

When it comes to buying a house, you’re looking for the perfect place to call home. The problem is, in today’s market there just aren’t that many homes available to purchase. With

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Owning a Home Has Distinct Financial Benefits Over Renting ....

Some HighlightsWhen you rent, you build your landlord’s wealth, your monthly payment depends on ever-rising rents, and you don’t benefit from home price appreciation.On

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Housing Wealth: The Missing Piece of the Affordability Equation....

The real estate market is soaring today. Residential home values are rising, and that’s a big win for homeowners. In 2020, there was a double-digit increase in home values – a trend that

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Home price appreciation continues to accelerate. Today, prices are driven by the simple concept of supply and demand. Pricing of any item is determined by how many items are available compared

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The last year has put emphasis on the importance of one’s home. As a result, some renters are making the jump into homeownership while some homeowners are re-evaluating their current house and

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Last month, in a post on the Liberty Street Economics blog, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York noted that Americans believe buying a home is definitely or probably a

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Last March, many involved in the residential housing industry feared the market would be crushed under the pressure of a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. Instead, real estate had one of its best

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Last Thursday, Freddie Mac announced that their 30-year fixed mortgage rate was over 3% (3.02%) for the first time since last July. That news dominated real estate headlines that day

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Today’s real estate market has high buyer interest and low housing inventory. With so many buyers competing for a limited number of homes, it’s more important than ever to

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This year, the opportunity to work remotely has increased the demand for vacation homes. Gay Cororaton, Senior Economist and Director of Housing and Commercial Research at the 

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There’s no doubt 2020 has been a challenging year. A global pandemic coupled with an economic recession has caused heartache for many. However, it has also prompted more Americans to

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In 2020, buyers got a big boost in the housing market as mortgage rates dropped throughout the year. According to Freddie Mac, rates hit all-time lows 12 times this year, dipping 

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Around this time each year, many homeowners decide to wait until after the holidays to sell their houses. Similarly, others who already have their homes on the market remove their listings until the

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There seems to be some concern that the 2020 economic downturn will lead to another foreclosure crisis like the one we experienced after the housing crash a little over a decade ago. However, there

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In the second half of this year, the housing market surged with activity. Today, real estate experts are looking ahead to the winter season and the forecast is anything but chilly. As

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For years, real estate has been considered the best investment you can make. A major reason for this is due to the net worth a household gains through homeownership. In fact, according to

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In today’s real estate market, the buzz is all about how it’s a great time to sell your house. Buyer demand is high, and there simply aren’t enough homes available to buy

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Real Estate Is a Driving Force in the 2020-2021 Economy

Real Estate Is a Driving Force in the EconomyAs the economy recovers from this year’s health crisis, the housing market is playing a leading role in the turnaround. It’s safe to say that

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VA Home Loans: Helping Heroes Find Their Dream Home

Today, on Veterans Day, we honor those who have served our country and thank them for their continued dedication to our nation. In the United States, there are many valuable benefits available to

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Rent vs. Buy: How to Decide What’s Best for You and Your Future

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, median rent continues to rise. With today’s low mortgage rates, there’s great opportunity for current renters to make a move

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Top 4 Reasons Why the Election Won’t Dampen the Housing Market

Tomorrow, Americans will decide our President for the next four years. That decision will have a major impact on many aspects of life in this country, but the residential real estate market will not

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Three Ways Low Inventory Is a Win for Sellers in 2020

The number of houses for sale today is significantly lower than the high buyer activity in the current housing market. According to Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the 

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Buyer Interest Is Growing among Younger Generations in 2020

The demand for homes this year is extraordinary as record-breaking numbers of hopeful buyers continue to shop for homes. In a normal year, the peak homebuying season comes to a close by early fall.

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How Down Payment Assistance Opens the Door to Home Ownership in 2020

Many people are eager to buy a home right now while affordability continues to be a highlight of the current housing market. However, a recent survey by Sparks Research 

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Two Important Impacts of Home Equity in 2020

Equity continues to rise, helping American homeowners secure a much more stable financial future. According to the most recent data from CoreLogic, the average homeowner gained $9,800 

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2020 Home Values Projected to Keep Rising

As we enter the final months of 2020 and continue to work through the challenges this year has brought, some of us wonder what impact continued economic uncertainty could have on home prices.

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Why Today’s Options Will Save Homeowners from Foreclosure in 2020

Many housing experts originally voiced concern that the mortgage forbearance program (which allows families impacted financially by COVID to delay mortgage payments to a later date) could lead to an

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3 Pro Tips to Prepare Yourself for a Bidding War

Some HighlightsWith so few houses available on the market today, being ready for a bidding war is essential for prospective homebuyers.From pre-approval to making your best offer, here are three

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Would You Like More About Forbearance and Mortgage Relief Options?

Earlier this year when the nation pressed pause on the economy and unemployment rates jumped up significantly, many homeowners were immediately concerned about being able to pay their mortgages, and

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The #1 Reason Not to Wait to List Your Home in 2020

Many industries have been devastated by the economic shutdown caused by the COVID-19 virus. Real estate is not one of them.Mark Fleming, Chief Economist for First American,

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Do You Know if You Have Enough Money Saved for a Down Payment?

One of the biggest misconceptions for first-time homebuyers is how much you’ll need to save for a down payment. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t always have to put 20% down to

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6 Reasons You’ll Win by Selling with a Real Estate Agent This Fall, 2020

6 Reasons You’ll Win by Selling with a Real Estate Agent This FallThere are many benefits to working with a real estate professional when selling your house. During challenging times, like

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Is Now a Good Time to Move into a Single-Story Home?

Once the kids have left the nest, you may be wondering what to do with all of the extra space in your home. Chances are, you don’t need four bedrooms anymore, and it may be a great time to;

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Did You Know: A Homeowner's Net Worth is 40X Greater Than a Renter's?

A Homeowner’s Net Worth Is 40x Greater Than a Renter’sOne of the best ways to build your family’s financial future is through homeownership. Recent data from the Federal

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Question: Should You Buy a Retirement Home Sooner Rather than Later?

Should You Buy a Retirement Home Sooner Rather than Later?Every day in the U.S., roughly 10,000 people turn 65. Prior to the health crisis that swept the nation in 2020, most people had to

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Why Pricing Your House Right is Essential in 2020

Why Pricing Your House Right Is EssentialIn today’s real estate market, setting the right price for your house is one of the most valuable things you can do.According to the U.S. Economic

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Where are Home Values Headed in the Next Year?

As shelter-in-place orders were implemented earlier this year, many questioned what the shutdown would mean to the real estate market. Specifically, there was concern about home values. After years

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2020 Housing Market Back on Track to Beat 2019

Housing Market on Track to Beat Last Year’s SuccessBack in March, as the nation’s economy was shut down because of the coronavirus, many were predicting the real estate market would face

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The Cost of a Home is Far More Important than the Price?

The Cost of a Home Is Far More Important than the PriceHousing inventory is at an all-time low. There are 39% fewer homes for sale today than at this time last year, and buyer demand

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2020 Surging Real Estate Market Continues to Climb

The Surging Real Estate Market Continues to ClimbEarlier this year, realtor.com announced the release of the Housing Recovery Index, a weekly guide showing how the pandemic has

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How is the 2020 Presidential Election going to Impact Real Estate?

How Will the Presidential Election Impact Real Estate?The year 2020 will be remembered as one of the most challenging times of our lives. A worldwide pandemic, a recession causing historic

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Forbearance Numbers Are Lower Than Expected in 2020

Forbearance Numbers Are Lower than ExpectedOriginally, some housing industry analysts were concerned that the mortgage forbearance program (which allows families to delay payments to a later date)

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How is Working From Home Changing Home Buyer Needs?

How Is Remote Work Changing Homebuyer Needs?With more companies figuring out how to efficiently and effectively enable their employees to work remotely (and for longer than most of us initially

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2020 Housing Market, what to look in the 4th quarter

Where Is the Housing Market Headed for the Rest of 2020? [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights:The housing market is forecasted to finish the year with growing strength.Historically low mortgage rates are

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Buyers: Are You Prepared for a Bidding War?

Buyers: Are You Ready for a Bidding War?With businesses reopening throughout the country and some experts indicating early signs of a much-anticipated economic recovery, more homebuyers are

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Impacts of COVID-19 on Real Estate

New Index Reveals Impact of COVID-19 on Real EstateEarlier this month, realtor.com announced the release of their initial Housing Recovery Index, a weekly guide showing how the

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Home Buyers are in the Mood to Buy in 2020

Homebuyers Are in the Mood to Buy TodayAccording to the latest FreddieMac Quarterly Forecast, mortgage interest rates have fallen to historically low levels this spring and they’re

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Benefits of Home Ownership May Reach Further Than You Think

The Benefits of Homeownership May Reach Further Than You ThinkThe Benefits of Homeownership May Reach Further Than You Think | MyKCMMore than ever, our homes have become an integral part of our.

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Family Wealth: #1 Financial Benefit of Home Ownership

    #1 Financial Benefit of Homeownership: Family WealthWhile growing up, we were taught by our parents and grandparents that owning a home is a financially savvy move. They explained how

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Are Home Values going up or down in 2020?

Will Home Values Appreciate or Depreciate in 2020?With the housing market staggered to some degree by the health crisis the country is currently facing, some potential purchasers are questioning

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Unemployment: Hope is on the Horizon!

 Unemployment: Hope on the HorizonTomorrow, the unemployment rate for April 2020 will be released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It will hit a peak this country has never

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2020 Home Buyers Want Lower Prices. Sellers Disagree.

The uncertainty the world faces today due to the COVID-19 pandemic is causing so many things to change. The way we interact, the way we do business, even the way we buy and sell real estate is

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Why Home Office Space is More Desirable Than Ever in 2020

For years, we’ve all heard about the most desirable home features buyers are looking for, from upgraded kitchens to remodeled bathrooms, master suites, and more. The latest on the hotlist,

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#75Hard and how it's changed my life

One year ago today I met my mentor Andy Frisella at the Arete Syndicate  Live event..We had dinner that night with handful of other like minded individuals, it was incredible..What I didn&rsquo

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Will the Surging Unemployment Crush Home Sales in 2020?

Ten million Americans lost their jobs over the last two weeks. The next announced unemployment rate on May 8th is expected to be in the double digits. Because the health crisis brought the economy

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Family Friendly Activity During Corona-Virus

Looking for a fun activity to do as a family during these difficult times?  Give this art project a go.  My family started doing this and sharing via text with my nephews, nieces, aunts

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Need a break on Mortgage Payment? U.S. order up to a year long break!

Homeowners who have lost income or their jobs because of the coronavirus outbreak are getting some relief. Depending on their situation, they should be eligible to have their mortgage payments

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Zillow is losing millions on selling homes.

Story by Aimee Rawlins, CNN BusinessVideo by Richa Naik, Frank Fenimore, Gabe Ramirez, Zach Wasser and Matt Gannon, CNN BusinessUpdated 2:19 PM ET, Fri February 21, 2020Zillow has long been known as

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 I went to Chicago recently while sticking with the #75hard program I needed to find a gym.I called around and the best fit was Jabroni gym, I don’t remember the name but whatever.

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First Friday in Phoenix

Did you know that the first Friday of every month Downtown Phoenix Holds an Art Walk?  If you're looking for something to kickoff the weekend this is it.  Plus Downtown Phoenix has

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One 2020 Home Trend you are going to want to be apart of!

the Audio RoomIt's the year 2020 and records from the 60's, 70's and 80's couldn't be more popular.One of the new trends for 2020 is adding an Audio Room to your home. It makes total sense. Right?In

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How to overcome resolutions and start the year with attainable goals

If you're anything like me your 2019 saw peaks and valleys when it comes to diet and exercise and to be honest I finished the year in a valley.Over the last 10-15 days my diet and exercise has been

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Phoenix Suns Owner Sells Paradise Valley Home

Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver has set a record away from the world of basketball by selling his Paradise Valley house for $19.25 million.The sale, announced Monday, is the highest price ever paid

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You’ve got more options than ever when mattress shopping these days with no shortage of brick-and-mortar and online-only retailers to choose from. Here are the factors you should consider when you’re shopping for a perfect night’s sleep.

Mattress construction: The most popular mattress types are inner spring mattresses, memory foam mattresses, and adjustable air mattresses. Each has pros and cons when it comes to durability and

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Create an Evacuation Plan for the ones you love the most (your pets)

An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Many homeowners create

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