Uncategorized 5 Ways to Write a Winning Offer in Today’s Real Estate Market Our nation is in the midst of a serious housing crunch. A lack of inventory, high prices, and climbing mortgage rates have left many would-be homebuyers feeling pinched.[1]   But if you’ve been struggling to buy a home, I have some good news. While it’s true that a high offer price gets attention, most sellers […]
Uncategorized Seller’s Checklist: A Timeline to Prep Your Home for Sale Even a strong seller’s market doesn’t mean your home is guaranteed to easily sell. If you want to maximize your sale price, it’s still important to prepare your home before putting it on the market.   Start by connecting with a real estate agent as soon as possible. Having the eyes and ears of an […]
Uncategorized Hedge Against Inflation With These 3 Real Estate Investment Types The annual inflation rate in the United States is currently around 7.5%—the highest it has been since 1982.[1] It doesn’t matter if you’re a cashier, lawyer, plumber, or retiree; if you spend U.S. dollars, inflation impacts you.   Economists expect the effects of inflation, like a higher cost of goods, to continue.[2] Here’s what you […]
Uncategorized 8 Popular Home Design Features for 2022 There’s a lot to consider when selling your home, from the market and appraisals to where you’ll go next. Don’t forget, however, that design is also a key factor. It’s often one of the first things buyers notice when they walk into a home.   Changes like new security features or upgraded siding can add […]
Uncategorized A Return to ‘Normal’? The State of Real Estate in 2022 Last year was one for the real estate history books. The pandemic helped usher in a buying frenzy that caused home prices to soar nationwide by a record 19.9% between August 2020 and August 2021.1   However, there were signs in the fourth quarter that the red-hot housing market was beginning to simmer down. In […]
Uncategorized 20 Unique Home Gifts for Every Person on Your List Every year, it seems the holidays sneak up on us—and every year, that brings with it the dreaded last-minute gift panic. Finding a present that hits all the right notes can be surprisingly stressful.   But have no fear! I’ve lined up a list of unique gifts for every “type” on your list. And since […]
Uncategorized New Build or Existing Home: Which One Is Right for You? Homebuyers today are facing a huge dilemma. There simply aren’t enough homes for sale.1   Nationwide, there were 1.27 million active listings in September, down 13% from the previous year. According to the National Association of Realtors, that’s about 2.4 months of inventory, which is far less than the six months that is generally needed […]
Uncategorized Shut Down Home Intruders With These 7 Safety Strategies According to the FBI, more than one million burglaries are committed in the United States each year.[1] Fortunately, there are some proven tactics you can use to decrease your likelihood of a home invasion.   Most burglars are looking for easy access with minimal risk. A monitored security system can be an effective deterrent, but […]
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Uncategorized 9 Tips for Buying and Selling Your Home at the Same Time Selling your home while shopping for a new one can feel daunting to even the most seasoned homeowner––especially when the competition for housing is so high.[1] That doesn’t mean, though, that you should just throw up your hands and give up on moving altogether. In fact, as a current homeowner, you could be in a […]
Uncategorized 5 Factors That Reveal Where The Real Estate Market Is Really Headed   It’s the old supply-and-demand predicament: Home sales in the U.S. continue at a torrid pace, but the availability of listings remains limited. Buoyed by historically low mortgage rates, buyers keep shopping for homes, reducing the available inventory and sparking a rise in home prices across the country. News website The Atlantic summarized the sizzling […]
Uncategorized How to Bridge the Appraisal Gap in Today’s Real Estate Market If you’re searching for drama, don’t limit yourself to Netflix. Instead, tune in to the real estate market, where the competition amongst buyers has never been fiercer. And with homes selling for record highs,[1] the appraisal process is receiving more attention than ever. That’s because, in a rapidly appreciating market, a property is more likely […]
Uncategorized Can I Buy or Sell a Home Without a Real Estate Agent? Today’s real estate market is one of the fastest-moving in recent memory. With record-low inventory in many market segments, we’re seeing multiple offers—and sometimes even bidding wars—for homes in the most sought-after neighborhoods. This has led some sellers to question the need for an agent. After all, why spend money on a listing agent when […]
Uncategorized Could Rising Home Prices Impact Your Net Worth? Could Rising Home Prices Impact Your Net Worth? Among its many impacts, COVID-19 has had a pronounced effect on the housing market. Low home inventory and high buyer demand have driven home prices to an all-time high.[1] This has given an unexpected financial boost to many homeowners during a challenging time. However, for some renters, […]