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Reflections on the latest real estate news, updates, and trends.

Mid-Year Market Update for 2024: What Buyers and Sellers Need to Know

Mid-Year Market Update for 2024: What Buyers and Sellers Need to Know

  • Maria Sandberg
  • 06/3/24

Last December, when the Federal Reserve projected a series of benchmark rate cuts in the coming year, some analysts speculated ...

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Questions You May Have About Selling Your House

Questions You May Have About Selling Your House

  • Maria Sandberg
  • 05/28/24

There’s no denying mortgage rates are having a big impact on today’s housing market. And that may leave you with some questions...

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A Quick Guide to HOAs

A Quick Guide to HOAs

  • Maria Sandberg
  • 05/21/24

HOA stands for Homeowner Association and is a private organization and a governing body of a specific community, development, s...

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Facts in Focus | Home Prices Are Climbing in These Top Cities

Facts in Focus | Home Prices Are Climbing in These Top Cities

  • Kyle Frazier
  • 05/17/24

Thinking about buying a home or selling your current one to find a better fit? If so, you might be wondering what's going on wi...

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Thinking of Selling? Look For an Agent with These Skills

Thinking of Selling? Look For an Agent with These Skills

  • Maria Sandberg
  • 05/14/24

Selling your house is a big decision. Your home is one of the biggest investments you’ve probably ever made, and it’s a place w...

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A Home Buyers Guide to Earnest Money 

A Home Buyers Guide to Earnest Money 

  • Maria Sandberg
  • 05/11/24

Earnest money is a crucial step in the home buying process and can amount to several thousands of dollars. Earnest money deposi...

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Facts in Focus | The Perks of Buying over Renting

Facts in Focus | The Perks of Buying over Renting

  • Kyle Frazier
  • 05/4/24

Thinking about buying a home? While today’s mortgage rates might seem a bit intimidating, here are two solid reasons why, if yo...

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The Ultimate Relocation Guide: From Finding a House to Feeling at Home

The Ultimate Relocation Guide: From Finding a House to Feeling at Home

  • Maria Sandberg
  • 05/2/24

The peak moving season is upon us. In fact, according to Move.com, almost 70% of U.S. moves occur between May and September. An...

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The Best Way To Keep Track of Mortgage Rate Trends

The Best Way To Keep Track of Mortgage Rate Trends

  • Maria Sandberg
  • 04/23/24

If you’re thinking about buying a home, chances are you’ve got mortgage rates on your mind. You’ve heard about how they impact ...

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Facts in Focus | Should I Wait for Mortgage Rates To Come Down Before I Move?

Facts in Focus | Should I Wait for Mortgage Rates To Come Down Before I Move?

  • Kyle Frazier
  • 04/19/24

If you’ve got a move on your mind, you may be wondering whether you should wait to sell until mortgage rates come down before y...

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6 Strategies to Save on Home Insurance Premiums

6 Strategies to Save on Home Insurance Premiums

  • Maria Sandberg
  • 04/16/24

From wildfires to floods, the past few years have brought a historic number of devastating climate and weather events to the Un...

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Facts in Focus | Should I Move with Today’s Mortgage Rates?

Facts in Focus | Should I Move with Today’s Mortgage Rates?

  • Kyle Frazier
  • 04/12/24

When mortgage rates spiked up over the last few years, some homeowners put their plans to move on pause. Maybe you did too beca...

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Top 5 Reasons To Hire an Agent When Buying a Home

Top 5 Reasons To Hire an Agent When Buying a Home

  • Maria Sandberg
  • 04/9/24

Top 5 Reasons To Hire an Agent When Buying a Home

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The Best Week To List Your House Is Almost Here

The Best Week To List Your House Is Almost Here

  • Maria Sandberg
  • 04/2/24

Are you thinking about making a move? If so, now may be the perfect time to start the process. That’s because experts say the b...

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What Every Homebuyer Should Know About Closing Costs

What Every Homebuyer Should Know About Closing Costs

  • Maria Sandberg
  • 03/26/24

Before making the decision to buy a home, it's important to plan for all the costs you’ll be responsible for. While you're busy...

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Facts in Focus | Your Home Is a Powerful Investment

Facts in Focus | Your Home Is a Powerful Investment

  • Kyle Frazier
  • 03/17/24

Going into last year (2023), there was a lot of talk about a possible recession that would cause the housing market to correct....

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What Mortgage Rate Do You Need To Move?

What Mortgage Rate Do You Need To Move?

  • Maria Sandberg
  • 03/12/24

If you’ve been thinking about buying a home, mortgage rates are probably top of mind for you. They may even be why you’ve put y...

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Facts in Focus | The Benefits of Downsizing When You Retire

Facts in Focus | The Benefits of Downsizing When You Retire

  • Kyle Frazier
  • 03/8/24

If you’re taking a look at your expenses as you retire, saving money where you can has a lot of appeal. One long-standing, popu...

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What To Know About Credit Scores Before Buying a Home

What To Know About Credit Scores Before Buying a Home

  • Maria Sandberg
  • 03/4/24

If you want to buy a home, you should know your credit score is a critical piece of the puzzle when it comes to qualifying for ...

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The Truth About Down Payments

The Truth About Down Payments

  • Maria Sandberg
  • 02/27/24

If you’re planning to buy your first home, saving up for all the costs involved can feel daunting, especially when it comes to ...

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Facts in Focus | Expert Home Price Forecasts for 2024 Revised ... Up

Facts in Focus | Expert Home Price Forecasts for 2024 Revised ... Up

  • Kyle Frazier
  • 02/24/24

Over the past few months, experts have revised their 2024 home price forecasts based on the latest data and market signals, and...

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It’s Time To Prepare Your House for a Spring Listing

It’s Time To Prepare Your House for a Spring Listing

  • Maria Sandberg
  • 02/20/24

If you're thinking of selling your house this spring, now is the perfect time to start getting it ready. With the market gearin...

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Home Equity Can Be a Game Changer When You Sell

Home Equity Can Be a Game Changer When You Sell

  • Maria Sandberg
  • 02/13/24

Are you on the fence about selling your house? While affordability is improving this year, it’s still tight. And that may be on...

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Facts in Focus | Demographic Tailwinds in 2024 Real Estate

Facts in Focus | Demographic Tailwinds in 2024 Real Estate

  • Kyle Frazier
  • 02/10/24

We are now ramping up for what should be a busy year in real estate. Why? Demographics.

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Two of the Factors That Impact Mortgage Rates

Two of the Factors That Impact Mortgage Rates

  • Maria Sandberg
  • 02/6/24

If you’re looking to buy a home, or if you will need to refinance in the near future, you’ve probably been paying close attenti...

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Facts in Focus | Don’t Wait Until Spring To Sell Your House

Facts in Focus | Don’t Wait Until Spring To Sell Your House

  • Kyle Frazier
  • 02/2/24

As you think about the year ahead, one of your big goals may be moving. But, how do you know when to make your move? While spri...

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Will a Silver Tsunami Change the 2024 Housing Market?

Will a Silver Tsunami Change the 2024 Housing Market?

  • Maria Sandberg
  • 01/30/24

Have you ever heard the term “Silver Tsunami” and wondered what it's all about? If so, that might be because there’s been lot o...

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Key Terms Every Homebuyer Should Learn

Key Terms Every Homebuyer Should Learn

  • Maria Sandberg
  • 01/23/24

Key Terms Every Homebuyer Should Learn

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Facts in Focus | 2 Reasons Why Today’s Mortgage Rate Trend Is Good for Sellers

Facts in Focus | 2 Reasons Why Today’s Mortgage Rate Trend Is Good for Sellers

  • Kyle Frazier
  • 01/20/24

If you’ve been holding off on selling your house to make a move because you felt mortgage rates were too high, their recent dow...

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Avoid These Common Mistakes After Applying for a Mortgage

Avoid These Common Mistakes After Applying for a Mortgage

  • Maria Sandberg
  • 01/16/24

If you’re getting ready to buy a home, it’s exciting to jump a few steps ahead and think about moving in and making it your own...

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Real Estate Market Forecast: Opportunities for Home Buyers and Sellers in 2024

Real Estate Market Forecast: Opportunities for Home Buyers and Sellers in 2024

  • Maria Sandberg
  • 01/9/24

A growing share of home buyers and sellers sat on the sidelines last year as the pace of home sales continued its downward traj...

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3 Keys To Hitting Your Homeownership Goals in 2024

3 Keys To Hitting Your Homeownership Goals in 2024

  • Maria Sandberg
  • 01/2/24

If buying or selling a home is your goal for 2024, it’s important to understand today’s housing market, know your why, and work...

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Facts in Focus | Saving for a Home in 2024

Facts in Focus | Saving for a Home in 2024

  • Kyle Frazier
  • 12/31/23

If you’re planning to buy a home, knowing what to budget for and how to save may sound intimidating – but it doesn’t have to be...

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Why Mortgage Rates Could Continue To Decline

Why Mortgage Rates Could Continue To Decline

  • Maria Sandberg
  • 12/26/23

When you read about the housing market, you’ll probably come across some information about inflation or recent decisions made b...

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Facts in Focus | Experts Weigh In - 2024 Housing Market Forecast

Facts in Focus | Experts Weigh In - 2024 Housing Market Forecast

  • Kyle Frazier
  • 12/22/23

If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home soon, you probably want to know what you can expect from the housing market i...

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What You Need To Know About Down Payments 

What You Need To Know About Down Payments 

  • Maria Sandberg
  • 12/19/23

If you want to buy a home, you may not need as much for your down payment as you think.

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Facts in Focus | The Surprising Trend in the Number of Homes Coming onto the Market

Facts in Focus | The Surprising Trend in the Number of Homes Coming onto the Market

  • Kyle Frazier
  • 12/15/23

If you're thinking about moving, it's important to know what's happening in the housing market. Here's an update on the supply ...

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The Perfect Home Could Be the One You Perfect After Buying

The Perfect Home Could Be the One You Perfect After Buying

  • Maria Sandberg
  • 12/13/23

There’s no denying mortgage rates and home prices are higher now than they were last year and that’s impacting what you can aff...

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Ideas for an Eco Friendly Holiday at Home

Ideas for an Eco Friendly Holiday at Home

  • Maria Sandberg
  • 12/5/23

It's the most wonderful time of the year, but for many families with festive plans and hectic schedules, it can also be the mos...

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Is Wall Street Buying Up All the Homes in America?

Is Wall Street Buying Up All the Homes in America?

  • Maria Sandberg
  • 11/28/23

If you’re thinking about buying a home, you may find yourself interested in the latest real estate headlines so you can have a ...

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Facts in Focus | Why Homeowners Are Thankful They Own

Facts in Focus | Why Homeowners Are Thankful They Own

  • Kyle Frazier
  • 11/26/23

Ask around and you’ll find the vast majority are thankful they took the leap and bought a home. But why? It’s because of the ma...

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Need to Sweeten a Deal? Understanding Seller Concessions

Need to Sweeten a Deal? Understanding Seller Concessions

  • Maria Sandberg
  • 11/22/23

Buying and selling real estate can involve many complex negotiations. Buyers and sellers generally pay for their own closing co...

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Facts in Focus | The Latest 2024 Housing Market Forecast

Facts in Focus | The Latest 2024 Housing Market Forecast

  • Kyle Frazier
  • 11/18/23

The new year is right around the corner, and you might be wondering if 2024 will be the right time to buy or sell a home. If yo...

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Life-Changing Events That Move the Housing Market

Life-Changing Events That Move the Housing Market

  • Maria Sandberg
  • 11/14/23

Life is a journey filled with unexpected twists and turns, like the excitement of welcoming a new addition, retiring and starti...

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Facts in Focus | Thinking About Using Your 401(k) To Buy a Home?

Facts in Focus | Thinking About Using Your 401(k) To Buy a Home?

  • Kyle Frazier
  • 11/11/23

Are you dreaming of buying your own home and wondering about how you’ll save for a down payment? You're not alone. Some people ...

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Tips to Furnish Your New Home for Less

Tips to Furnish Your New Home for Less

  • Maria Sandberg
  • 11/7/23

Buying a new home is one of the most exciting experiences in life. If you’re like many homebuyers, you’ll be planning your furn...

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Facts In Focus | What Are Accessory Dwelling Units and How Can They Benefit You?

Facts In Focus | What Are Accessory Dwelling Units and How Can They Benefit You?

  • Maria Sandberg
  • 11/3/23

Maybe you’re in the market for a home and are having a hard time finding the right one that fits your budget. Or perhaps you’re...

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Unmasking Scary Myths about Today’s Housing Market

Unmasking Scary Myths about Today’s Housing Market

  • Maria Sandberg
  • 10/31/23

Here’s what you really need to know about a few myths causing fear in today’s housing market.

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Facts in Focus | Affordable Homeownership Strategies for Gen Z

Facts in Focus | Affordable Homeownership Strategies for Gen Z

  • Kyle Frazier
  • 10/27/23

The idea of owning a home has always been a big part of the American Dream. It's a symbol of stability, independence, and havin...

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Are Grandparents Moving To Be Closer to Their Grandkids?

Are Grandparents Moving To Be Closer to Their Grandkids?

  • Maria Sandberg
  • 10/24/23

During the pandemic, many people distanced themselves from their loved ones for health reasons. Grandparents were told to stay ...

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