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Today’s Real Estate Market Explained Through 4 Key Trends

Today’s Real Estate Market Explained Through 4 Key TrendsAs 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

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

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

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3 Charts That Show This Isn’t a Housing Bubble

3 Charts That Show This Isn’t a Housing BubbleWith home prices continuing to deliver double-digit increases, some are concerned we’re in a housing bubble like the one in 2006. However, a

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What You Should Do Before Interest Rates Rise

What You Should Do Before Interest Rates RiseIn 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

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Experts Agree: Options Are Improving for Buyers [INFOGRAPHIC]

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

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Diving Deep into Today’s Biggest Buyer Concerns

Diving Deep into Today’s Biggest Buyer ConcernsLast week, Fannie Mae released their Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI). Though the survey showed 77% of respondents

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Why This Isn’t Your Typical Summer Housing Market

Why This Isn’t Your Typical Summer Housing MarketIn real estate, it’s normal to see ebbs and flows in the market. Typically, the summer months are slower-paced than the traditionally

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4 Major Incentives To Sell This Summer

4 Major Incentives To Sell This SummerWhile 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

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Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!Wishing you a happy and safe Independence.

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Are We in a Housing Bubble? Experts Say No.

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.

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

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

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What To Expect as Appraisal Gaps Grow

What To Expect as Appraisal Gaps GrowIn 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

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Homebuyers: Hang in There [INFOGRAPHIC]

Homebuyers: Hang in There [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsToday’s sellers’ market provides unique challenges—and benefits—for buyers.Current low interest rates won

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Pre-Approval Makes All the Difference When Buying a Home

Pre-Approval Makes All the Difference When Buying a HomeYou may have been told that it’s important to get pre-approved at the beginning of the homebuying process, but what

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5 Things Homebuyers Need To Know When Making an Offer

5 Things Homebuyers Need To Know When Making an OfferWhen 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

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Owning a Home Has Distinct Financial Benefits Over Renting [INFOGRAPHIC]

Owning a Home Has Distinct Financial Benefits Over Renting [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsWhen you rent, you build your landlord’s wealth, your monthly payment depends on ever-rising

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Housing Wealth: The Missing Piece of the Affordability Equation

Housing Wealth: The Missing Piece of the Affordability EquationThe real estate market is soaring today. Residential home values are rising, and that’s a big win for homeowners. In 2020, there

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Don’t Wait To Sell Your House

Don’t Wait To Sell Your HouseWe’re in the ultimate sellers’ market right now. If you’re a homeowner thinking about selling, you have a huge advantage in today’s housing

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The Right Expert Will Guide You Through This Unprecedented Market

The Right Expert Will Guide You Through This Unprecedented MarketIn a normal market, it’s good to have an experienced guide coaching you through the process of buying or selling a home. That

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Why This Is Not Like 2008 Again

Why This Is Not Like 2008 AgainDuring the Great Recession, just over a decade ago, the financial systems the world depended on started to collapse. It created a panic that drove some large companies

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Home Price Appreciation Is as Simple as Supply and Demand

Home Price Appreciation Is as Simple as Supply and DemandHome price appreciation continues to accelerate. Today, prices are driven by the simple concept of supply and demand. Pricing of any

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Dreaming of a Bigger Home? Why Not Buy It This Year?

Dreaming of a Bigger Home? Why Not Buy It This Year?Are you clamoring for extra rooms or a more functional floorplan in your house? Maybe it’s time to make a move. If you’ll be able to

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What’s Motivating People To Move Right Now?

What’s Motivating People To Move Right Now?This year, Americans are moving for a variety of reasons. The health crisis has truly reshaped our lifestyles and our needs. Spending so much more

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6 Reasons to Celebrate National Homeownership Month

6 Reasons to Celebrate National Homeownership MonthOur homes are so much more than the houses we live in. For many, they’ve also become our workplaces, schools for our children, and safe

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Homes Across the Country Are Selling Fast [INFOGRAPHIC]

Homes Across the Country Are Selling Fast [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsIn today’s whirlwind real estate market, houses are selling at astonishing speed – from sea to shining sea.Four

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How Misunderstandings about Affordability Could Cost You

How Misunderstandings about Affordability Could Cost YouThere’s a lot of discussion about affordability as home prices continue to appreciate rapidly. Even though the most recent index on

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Buying a Home Is Still Affordable

Buying a Home Is Still AffordableThe 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

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3 Things To Prioritize When Selling Your House

3 Things To Prioritize When Selling Your HouseToday’s housing market is full of unprecedented opportunities. High buyer demand paired with record-low housing inventory is creating the

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Americans Choose Real Estate as the Best Investment [INFOGRAPHIC]

Americans Choose Real Estate as the Best Investment [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsFor the eighth year in a row, real estate maintained its position as the preferred long-term investment

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Should I Move or Refinance?

Should I Move or Refinance?The level of equity homeowners have is at an all-time high. According to the U.S. Census, over 38% of owner-occupied homes are owned free and clear, meaning

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Sellers Are Ready To Enter the Housing Market

Sellers Are Ready To Enter the Housing MarketOne of the biggest questions in real estate today is, “When will sellers return to the housing market?” An ongoing shortage of home supply

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Americans See Real Estate as a Better Investment Than Stocks or Gold

Americans See Real Estate as a Better Investment Than Stocks or GoldLast month, in a post on the Liberty Street Economics blog, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York noted that

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Don’t Forget to Budget for Closing Costs

Don’t Forget to Budget for Closing CostsWhen buying a home, it’s important to have a budget and make sure you plan ahead for certain homebuying expenses. Saving for a down payment

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When It Comes To Selling a House, Your Time Is Money [INFOGRAPHIC]

When It Comes To Selling a House, Your Time Is Money [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsSelling a house is no small task. If you decide to try to do it on your own, keep in mind you’ll be

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Your House Could Be the Oasis in an Inventory Desert

Your House Could Be the Oasis in an Inventory DesertHomebuyers are flooding the housing market right now to take advantage of record-low mortgage rates. Many have a sense of urgency to find a

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The Power of Mortgage Pre-Approval [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Power of Mortgage Pre-Approval [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights Mortgage pre-approval means a lender has reviewed your finances and, based on factors like your income, debt, and credit history,

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Are Interest Rates Expected to Rise Over the Next Year?

Are Interest Rates Expected to Rise Over the Next Year?So far this year, mortgage rates continue to hover around 3%, encouraging many hopeful homebuyers to enter the housing market. However, there

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Should I Buy Now or Wait? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Should I Buy Now or Wait? [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsIf you’re thinking that waiting a year or two to purchase a home might mean you’ll save some money, think again.Mortgage interest

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Is Home Price Appreciation Accelerating Again?

Is Home Price Appreciation Accelerating Again?At the beginning of the year, industry forecasts called for home price appreciation to slow to about half of the double-digit increase we saw last year.

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Will the Housing Market Maintain Its Momentum?

Will the Housing Market Maintain Its Momentum?Last week’s Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows sales have dropped by 3.7%

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This Isn’t a Bubble. It’s Simply Lack of Supply. [INFOGRAPHIC]

This Isn’t a Bubble. It’s Simply Lack of Supply. [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsIn a recent article, Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of

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Don’t Be Fooled by Remarkable Real Estate Headlines

Don’t Be Fooled by Remarkable Real Estate HeadlinesDon’t be impressed by the headlines reporting year-over-year housing numbers for the next several months (data covering March, April,

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Planning to Move? You Can Still Secure a Low Mortgage Rate on Your Next Home

Planning to Move? You Can Still Secure a Low Mortgage Rate on Your Next HomeThis year, mortgage rates have started to slowly climb above recent record-breaking lows. Many homeowners planning to 

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82,338 Great Reasons to Buy a Home Today

82,338 Great Reasons to Buy a Home TodayThe financial benefits of buying a home as compared to renting one are always up for debate. However, one element of the equation is often ignored – the

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Homeownership Is Full of Financial Benefits

Homeownership Is Full of Financial BenefitsA Fannie Mae survey recently revealed some of the most highly-rated benefits of homeownership, which continue to be key drivers in today

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How a Change in Mortgage Rate Impacts Your Homebuying Budget

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

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2021 Real Estate Myth Buster [INFOGRAPHIC]

2021 Real Estate Myth Buster [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsThere are a lot of misconceptions about buying or selling a home today, making it challenging to know exactly how to navigate the current

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Buyer & Seller Perks in Today’s Housing Market

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

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Why You Should Think About Listing Prices Like an Auction’s Reserve Price

Why You Should Think About Listing Prices Like an Auction’s Reserve PriceFor generations, the homebuying process never really changed. The seller would try to estimate the market value of the

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What Credit Score Do You Need for a Mortgage?

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

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Americans See Major Home Equity Gains [INFOGRAPHIC]

Americans See Major Home Equity Gains [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsToday’s home price appreciation is driving equity higher throughout the country.If your needs are changing and you

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To Renovate or Not To Renovate Before You Sell

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

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What Is the Strongest Tailwind to Today’s Recovering Economy?

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

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How to Make a Winning Offer on a Home

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

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How to Prepare Your House for a Winning Sale This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]

How to Prepare Your House for a Winning Sale This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsWith so few homes available to buy today, houses are in high demand, and they’re selling fast

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How Much Leverage Do Today’s House Sellers Have?

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

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

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

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Where Have All the Houses Gone?

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

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Will Low Mortgage Rates Continue through 2021?

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

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Why It’s Easy to Fall in Love with Homeownership [INFOGRAPHIC]

Why It’s Easy to Fall in Love with Homeownership [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsHomeownership provides comfort, stability, and security, and it makes you feel more connected to your community

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Thinking about Building a New Home? Your Agent Is Critical. [INFOGRAPHIC]

Thinking about Building a New Home? Your Agent Is Critical. [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsA real estate professional is an expert who can advocate on your behalf throughout the process when building a

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Why Owning a Home Is a Powerful Financial Decision

Why Owning a Home Is a Powerful Financial DecisionIn today’s housing market, there are clear financial benefits to owning a home: increasing equity, the chance to build your net,

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Want to Build Wealth? Buy a Home This Year.

Want to Build Wealth? Buy a Home This Year.Every year, households across the country make the decision to rent for another year or take the leap into homeownership. They look at their earnings and

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Turn to an Expert for the Best Advice, Not Perfect Advice

Turn to an Expert for the Best Advice, Not Perfect AdviceAs we approach the anniversary of the hardships we’ve faced through this pandemic and the subsequent recession, it’s normal to

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Is Right Now the Right Time to Sell? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Is Right Now the Right Time to Sell? [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsIf you’re on the fence about selling your house, now is a great time to take advantage of sky-high demand, low supply, and

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What Record-Low Housing Inventory Means for You

What Record-Low Housing Inventory Means for YouThe real estate market is expected to do very well in 2021, with mortgage rates that are hovering at historic lows and forecasted by 

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What Happens When Homeowners Leave Their Forbearance Plans?

What Happens When Homeowners Leave Their Forbearance Plans?According to the latest report from Black Knight, Inc., a well-respected provider of data and analytics for mortgage

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What’s the Difference between an Appraisal and a Home Inspection?

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

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Why Moving May Be Just the Boost You Need

Why Moving May Be Just the Boost You NeedAs we look back over the past year, we’ve certainly lived through one of the most stressful periods in recent history. After spending so much more time

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Financial Fundamentals for Homebuyers [INFOGRAPHIC]

Financial Fundamentals for Homebuyers [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsWhen you’re thinking about buying a home, there are a few key steps to take before you even start to look at houses.From

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Should I Wait for Lower Mortgage Interest Rates?

Should I Wait for Lower Mortgage Interest Rates?Historically low mortgage rates are a big motivator for homebuyers right now. In 2020 alone, rates hit new record-lows 16 times, and the

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Things to Avoid after Applying for a Mortgage [INFOGRAPHIC]

Things to Avoid after Applying for a Mortgage [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsThere are a few key things to make sure you avoid after applying for a mortgage to help make sure you still

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4 Reasons People Are Buying Homes in 2021

4 Reasons People Are Buying Homes in 2021According to many experts, the real estate market is expected to continue growing in 2021, and it’s largely driven by the lasting impact the

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What Does 2021 Have in Store for Home Values?

What Does 2021 Have in Store for Home Values?According to the latest CoreLogic Home Price Insights Report, nationwide home values increased by 8.2% over the last twelve months.

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Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional [INFOGRAPHIC]

Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsChoosing the right real estate professional to work with is one of the most important decisions you can make in your homebuying

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Is This the Year to Sell My House?

Is This the Year to Sell My House?If one of the questions you’re asking yourself is, “Should I sell my house this year?” consumer sentiment about selling today should

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The Importance of Home Equity in Building Wealth

The Importance of Home Equity in Building WealthHomeownership has always been the first rung on the ladder leading to household wealth. As Freddie Mac recently posted:&ldquo

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Why Not to Wait Until Spring to Make a Move

Why Not to Wait Until Spring to Make a MoveThe housing market recovery coming into the new year has been nothing short of remarkable. Many experts agree the turnaround from the nation’s

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3 Must-Do’s When Selling Your House This Year

3 Must-Do’s When Selling Your House This YearIt’s exciting to put a house on the market and to think about making new memories in new spaces. However, despite the anticipation of what

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Here’s to a Wonderful 2021!

Here’s to a Wonderful!

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Four Expert Views on the 2021 Housing Market

Four Expert Views on the 2021 Housing MarketThe housing market was a shining star in 2020, fueling the economic turnaround throughout the country. As we look forward to 2021, can we expect real

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More Generations Are Living Under One Roof This Year

More Generations Are Living Under One Roof This YearThis year challenged us to reprioritize everything - from the way we use our time to where we work, how we socialize and gather together, and our

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Why It’s Important to Price Your House Right Today

Why It’s Important to Price Your House Right TodayEven in today’s sellers’ market, setting the right price for your house is one of the most valuable things you can do.

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Turning a House into a Happy Home

Turning a House into a Happy HomeWe talk a lot about why it makes financial sense to buy a home, but more often than not, we’re drawn to the emotional reasons for homeownership.No

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Did You Outgrow Your Home in 2020?

Did You Outgrow Your Home in 2020?It may seem hard to imagine that the home you’re in today – whether it’s your starter home or just one you’ve fallen in love with along the

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The Difference a Year Makes for Homeownership

The Difference a Year Makes for HomeownershipOver the past year, mortgage rates have fallen more than a full percentage point, hitting a new historic low 15 times. This is a great driver

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The Do’s and Don’ts after Applying for a Mortgage

The Do’s and Don’ts after Applying for a MortgageOnce you’ve found the right home and applied for a mortgage, there are some key things to keep in mind before you close. You're

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2021 Housing Forecast [INFOGRAPHIC]

2021 Housing Forecast [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsExperts project an optimistic year for the 2021 housing market.With mortgage rates forecasted to remain low, high buyer demand is expected to fuel

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Homeowner Equity Increases an Astonishing $1 Trillion

Homeowner Equity Increases an Astonishing $1 TrillionIn a year that was financially devastating for many Americans, some good news for most homeowners is the dramatic gain in home equity over the

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3 Reasons to Be Optimistic about Real Estate in 2021

3 Reasons to Be Optimistic about Real Estate in 2021This year will be remembered for many reasons, and optimism is one thing that’s been in short supply since the spring. We’re

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The Holidays Aren’t Stopping Homebuyers This Year

The Holidays Aren’t Stopping Homebuyers This YearBlack Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us, yet finding the perfect holiday gifts for friends and family is certainly still top of mind for

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Winning as a Buyer in a Sellers’ Market [INFOGRAPHIC]

Winning as a Buyer in a Sellers’ Market [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsBuying a home in today’s sellers’ market doesn’t have to feel like an uphill battle.Here are four ways to

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Are Home Prices Headed Toward Bubble Territory?

Are Home Prices Headed Toward Bubble Territory?Talk of a housing bubble is beginning to crop up as home prices have appreciated at a rapid pace this year. This is understandable since the

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Things to Consider When Buying a Home (Winter 2021)

Click on the link to download our Home Buyer's Guide - Winter 2020/2021 Edition https://dallasy.link

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The Path to Homeownership [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Path to Homeownership [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsIf you’re thinking of buying a home and not sure where to start, you’re not alone.Here’s a map with 10 simple steps to follow

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A New Way to Shop for Homes in a Virtual World

A New Way to Shop for Homes in a Virtual WorldIn a year when we’re learning to do so much remotely, homebuying is no exception. From going to work to attending school, grocery shopping, and

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With Home Values Surging, Is it Still Affordable to Buy Right Now?

With Home Values Surging, Is it Still Affordable to Buy Right Now?Housing inventory is at an all-time low. Realtor.com just reported that there are 39% fewer homes for sale

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Knowledge Is Power on the Path to Homeownership

Knowledge Is Power on the Path to HomeownershipHomeownership is on the goal list for many young adults, but sometimes it’s hard to know exactly how to get there. From understanding the

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5 Tips for Homebuyers Who Want to Make a Competitive Offer

5 Tips for Homebuyers Who Want to Make a Competitive OfferToday’s real estate market has high buyer interest and low housing inventory. With so many buyers competing for a

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Key Terms to Know in the Homebuying Process [INFOGRAPHIC]

Key Terms to Know in the Homebuying Process [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsBuying a home can be intimidating if you’re not familiar with the terms used throughout the process.To point you in the

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Your House May Be High on the Buyer Wish List This Holiday Season

Your House May Be High on the Buyer Wish List This Holiday SeasonAround this time each year, many homeowners decide to wait until after the holidays to sell their houses. Similarly, others who

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Is Buying a Home Today a Good Financial Move?

Is Buying a Home Today a Good Financial Move?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

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Don’t Let Buyer Competition Keep You from Purchasing a Home

Don’t Let Buyer Competition Keep You from Purchasing a HomeThis year’s record-low mortgage rates sparked high demand among homebuyers. Current homeowners, however, haven’t put

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It Pays to Sell with a Real Estate Agent [INFOGRAPHIC]

It Pays to Sell with a Real Estate Agent [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsToday, it’s more important than ever to have an expert you trust to guide you as you sell your house.From your safety

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Chances of Another Foreclosure Crisis? “About Zero Percent.”

Chances of Another Foreclosure Crisis? “About Zero Percent.”There seems to be some concern that the 2020 economic downturn will lead to another foreclosure crisis like the one we

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Winter Will Bring a Flurry of Activity to the Housing Market

Winter Will Bring a Flurry of Activity to the Housing MarketIn the second half of this year, the housing market surged with activity. Today, real estate experts are looking ahead to the

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Three Ways Low Inventory Is a Win for Sellers

Three Ways Low Inventory Is a Win for SellersThe number of houses for sale today is significantly lower than the high buyer activity in the current housing market. According to Lawrence,

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Buyer Interest Is Growing among Younger Generations

Buyer Interest Is Growing among Younger GenerationsThe 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

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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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Why Pricing Your Home Right Matters This Fall

Why Pricing Your Home Right Matters This Fall [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsAs a seller today, you may think pricing your home on the high end will result in a higher final sale price, but the

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