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Are The Top 3 Housing Market Questions on Your Mind?

When it comes to what’s happening in the housing market, there’s a lot of confusion going around right now.

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November 28, 2023
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Is Wall Street Buying Up All the Homes in America?

If you’re thinking about buying a home, you may find yourself interested in the latest real estate headlines so you can have a pulse on all of the things that could impact your decision.

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November 27, 2023
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Why Homeowners Are Thankful They Own

Countless people have set out on the exciting journey of homeownership.

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November 23, 2023
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Home Prices Still Growing – Just at a More Normal Pace

If you’re feeling a bit muddy on what’s happening with home prices, that’s no surprise.

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November 22, 2023
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Are There Actually More Homes for Sale Right Now?

If you’re looking to make a move, you want to be sure you have the latest information on the housing market.

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November 21, 2023
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People Are Still Moving, Even with Today’s Affordability Challenges

If you're thinking about buying or selling a home, you might have heard that it’s tough right now because mortgage rates are higher than they’ve been over the past few years, and home prices are rising.

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November 16, 2023
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The Latest 2024 Housing Market Forecast

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.

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November 15, 2023
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These Top Cities Show Home Prices Are Still Climbing

If you’re considering buying a home or selling your current one to find something that better suits your needs, you may have questions about what’s happening with home prices today.

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November 14, 2023
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Life-Changing Events That Move the Housing Market

Life is a journey filled with unexpected twists and turns, like the excitement of welcoming a new addition, retiring and starting a new adventure, or the bittersweet feeling of an empty nest.

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November 13, 2023
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How VA Loans Can Help Make Homeownership Dreams Come True

For more than 79 years, Veterans Affairs (VA) home loans have helped millions of veterans buy their own homes.

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November 9, 2023
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Thinking About Using Your 401(k) To Buy a Home?

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

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November 8, 2023
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Homeowner Net Worth Has Skyrocketed

If you’re weighing your options to decide whether it makes more sense to rent or buy a home today, here’s one key data point that could help you feel more confident in making your decision.

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November 7, 2023
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Are Grandparents Moving To Be Closer to Their Grandkids?

During the pandemic, many people distanced themselves from their loved ones for health reasons.

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October 10, 2023
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Are You a Homebuyer Worried About Climate Risks?

The increasing effects of natural disasters are leading to new obstacles in residential real estate.

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October 5, 2023
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Understanding the Benefits of Owning Your First Home

Are you considering buying your first home?

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October 4, 2023
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Unpacking the Long-Term Benefits of Homeownership

If you’re thinking about buying a home soon, higher mortgage rates, rising home prices, and ongoing affordability concerns may make you wonder if it still makes sense to buy a home right now.

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October 2, 2023
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Why Today’s Housing Inventory Shows a Crash Isn’t on the Horizon

You might remember the housing crash in 2008, even if you didn't own a home at the time.

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September 27, 2023
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The Return of Normal Seasonality for Home Price Appreciation

If you’re thinking of making a move, one of the biggest questions you have right now is probably: what’s happening with home prices?

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September 26, 2023
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Beginning with Pre-Approval

If you’re looking to buy a home this fall, there are a few things you need to know.

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September 25, 2023
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The Many Non-Financial Benefits of Homeownership

Buying and owning your own home can have a big impact on your life.

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September 21, 2023
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Remote Work Is Changing How Some Buyers Search for Their Dream Homes

The way Americans work has changed in recent years, and remote work is at the forefront of this shift.

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September 20, 2023
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Why Is Housing Inventory So Low?

One question that’s top of mind if you’re thinking about making a move today is: Why is it so hard to find a house to buy?

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September 14, 2023
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Should Baby Boomers Buy or Rent After Selling Their Houses?

Are you a baby boomer who’s lived in your current house for a long time and you’re ready for a change?

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September 13, 2023
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What Experts Project for Home Prices Over the Next 5 Years

If you're planning to buy a home, one thing to consider is what experts project home prices will do in the future and how that might affect your investment.

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September 12, 2023
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Get Ready for Smaller, More Affordable Homes

Have you been trying to buy a home, but higher mortgage rates and home prices are limiting your options?

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September 7, 2023
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How Inflation Affects the Housing Market

Have you ever wondered how inflation impacts the housing market?

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August 31, 2023
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Gen Z: The Next Generation Is Making Moves in the Housing Market

Generation Z (Gen Z) is eager to put down their own roots and achieve financial independence.

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August 28, 2023
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Why You Need a True Expert in Today’s Housing Market

The housing market continues to shift and change, and in a fast-moving landscape like we’re in right now, it’s more important than ever to have a trusted real estate agent on your side.

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August 23, 2023
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Why You Don’t Need To Fear the Return of Adjustable-Rate Mortgages

If you remember the housing crash back in 2008, you may recall just how popular adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) were back then.

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August 22, 2023
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Why Median Home Sales Price Is Confusing Right Now

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) is set to release its most recent Existing Home Sales (EHS) report tomorrow.

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August 21, 2023
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People Want Less Expensive Homes – And Builders Are Responding

In today’s housing market, there are two main affordability challenges impacting buyers: mortgage rates that are higher than they’ve been the past couple of years, and rising home prices caused by low inventory.

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August 17, 2023
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Don’t Expect a Flood of Foreclosures

The rising cost of just about everything from groceries to gas right now is leading to speculation that more people won’t be able to afford their mortgage payments.

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August 16, 2023
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Where Are People Moving Today and Why?

Plenty of people are still moving these days.

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August 14, 2023
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The Value of an Agent When Buying Your New Construction Home

Buying a new construction home can be an exciting experience.

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August 9, 2023
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Four Ways You Can Use Your Home Equity

If you’re a homeowner, odds are your equity has grown significantly over the last few years.

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August 7, 2023
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How Inflation Affects Mortgage Rates

When you read about the housing market in the news, you might see something about a recent decision made by the Federal Reserve (the Fed).

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August 3, 2023
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How To Know If You’re Ready to Buy a Home

If you’re trying to decide if you’re ready to buy a home, there’s probably a lot on your mind.

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August 2, 2023
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Sellers: Don’t Let These Two Things Hold You Back

Many homeowners thinking about selling have two key things holding them back.

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August 1, 2023
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Tips for Making Your Best Offer on a Home

While the wild ride that was the ‘unicorn’ years of housing is behind us, today’s market is still competitive in many areas because the supply of homes for sale is still low.

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July 26, 2023
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Don’t Fall for the Next Shocking Headlines About Home Prices

If you’re thinking of buying or selling a home, one of the biggest questions you have right now is probably: what’s happening with home prices?

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July 25, 2023
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Foreclosure Numbers Today Aren’t Like 2008

If you've been keeping up with the news lately, you've probably come across headlines talking about the increase in foreclosures in today’s housing market.

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July 24, 2023
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Owning Your Home Helps You Build Wealth

You may have heard some people say it’s better to rent than buy a home right now.

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July 20, 2023
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Explaining Today’s Mortgage Rates

If you’re following mortgage rates because you know they impact your borrowing costs, you may be wondering what the future holds for them.

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July 19, 2023
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Home Prices Are Rebounding

If you’re following the news today, you may feel a bit unsure about what’s happening with home prices and fear whether or not the worst is yet to come.

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July 17, 2023
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How Remote Work Expands Your Homebuying Horizons

Even as some companies transition back into the office, remote work remains a popular choice for many professionals.

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July 13, 2023
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Momentum Is Building for New Home Construction

If you’re in the process of looking for a home today, you know the supply of homes for sale is low because you’re feeling the impact of having a limited pool of options.

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July 11, 2023
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Two Questions To Ask Yourself if You’re Considering Buying a Home

If you’re thinking of buying a home, chances are you’re paying attention to just about everything you hear about the housing market.

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July 5, 2023
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Americans Still View Homeownership as the American Dream

Everyone’s interpretation of the American Dream is unique and personal.

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July 4, 2023
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Evaluating Your Wants and Needs as a Homebuyer Matters More Today

When it comes to buying a home, especially with today’s affordability challenges, you’ll want to be strategic.

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July 3, 2023
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Where Will You Go If You Sell? Newly Built Homes Might Be the Answer.

Do you want to sell your house, but hesitate because you’re worried you won’t be able to find your next home in today’s market?

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June 29, 2023
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Lending Standards Are Not Like They Were Leading Up to the Crash

You might be worried we’re heading for a housing crash, but there are many reasons why this housing market isn’t like the one we saw in 2008.

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June 28, 2023
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Why Homeownership Wins in the Long Run

Today’s higher mortgage rates, inflationary pressures, and concerns about a potential recession have some people questioning: should I still buy a home this year?

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June 27, 2023
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What Homebuyers Need To Know About Credit Scores

If you’re thinking about buying a home, you should know your credit score’s a critical piece of the puzzle when it comes to qualifying for a home loan.

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June 22, 2023
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Why the Median Home Price Is Meaningless in Today’s Market

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) will release its latest Existing Home Sales (EHS) report later this week.

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June 20, 2023
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Saving for a Down Payment? Here’s What You Need To Know.

If you're planning to buy your first home, then you're probably focused on saving for all the costs involved in such a big purchase.

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June 19, 2023
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Why Buying or Selling a Home Helps the Economy and Your Community

If you're thinking about buying or selling a house, it's important to know that it doesn't just affect your life, but also your community.

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June 15, 2023
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A Drop in Equity Doesn’t Mean Low Equity

You may see media coverage talking about a drop in homeowner equity.

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June 14, 2023
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Your Needs Matter More Than Today’s Mortgage Rates

If you’re thinking about selling your house right now, chances are it’s because something in your life has changed.

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June 13, 2023
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Are Home Prices Going Up or Down? That Depends…

Media coverage about what’s happening with home prices can be confusing.

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June 12, 2023
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This Real Estate Market Is the Strongest of Our Lifetime

When you look at the numbers today, the one thing that stands out is the strength of this housing market.

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June 8, 2023
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The Main Reason Mortgage Rates Are So High

Today’s mortgage rates are top-of-mind for many homebuyers right now.

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June 7, 2023
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Real Estate Is Still Considered the Best Long-Term Investment

With all the headlines circulating about home prices and rising mortgage rates, you may wonder if it still makes sense to invest in homeownership right now.

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June 6, 2023
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Oops! Home Prices Didn’t Crash After All

During the fourthquarter of last year, many housing experts predicted home prices were going to crash this year.

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June 5, 2023
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The True Value of Homeownership

Buying and owning your home can make a big difference in your life by bringing you joy and a sense of belonging.

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June 1, 2023
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Keys to Success for First-Time Homebuyers

Buying your first home is an exciting decision and a major milestone that has the power to change your life for the better.

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May 31, 2023
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Today’s Real Estate Market: The ‘Unicorns’ Have Galloped Off

Comparing real estate metrics from one year to another can be challenging in a normal housing market.

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May 30, 2023
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Owning a Home Helps Protect Against Inflation

You’re probably feeling the impact of high inflation every day as prices have gone up on groceries, gas, and more.

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May 24, 2023
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Why Buying a Vacation Home Beats Renting One This Summer

For many of us, visiting the same vacation spot every year is a summer tradition that’s fun, relaxing, and restful.

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May 23, 2023
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Why Buyers Need an Expert Agent by Their Side

The process of buying a home can feel a bit intimidating, even under normal circumstances.

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May 22, 2023
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What You Need To Know About Home Price News

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) will release its latest Existing Home Sales Report tomorrow.

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May 17, 2023
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The Worst Home Price Declines Are Behind Us

If you’re following the news today, you may feel a bit unsure about what’s happening with home prices and fear whether or not the worst is yet to come.

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May 16, 2023
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Homeowners Have Incredible Equity To Leverage Right Now

Even though home prices have moderated over the last year, many homeowners still have an incredible amount of equity.

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May 15, 2023
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Why Today’s Housing Market Is Not About To Crash

There’s been some concern lately that the housing market is headed for a crash.

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May 9, 2023
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It May Be Time To Consider a Newly Built Home

If you’re looking to buy a house, you may find today’s limited supply of homes available for sale challenging.

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May 8, 2023
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How Homeowners Win When They Downsize

Downsizing has long been a popular option when homeowners reach retirement age.

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May 4, 2023
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Why Buying a Home Makes More Sense Than Renting Today

Wondering if you should continue renting or if you should by a home this year?

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May 1, 2023
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The Three Factors Affecting Home Affordability Today

There’s been a lot of focus on higher mortgage rates and how they’re creating affordability challenges for today’s homebuyers.

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April 26, 2023
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What Are the Experts Saying About the Spring Housing Market?

The housing market’s been going through a lot of change lately, and there’s been uncertainty surrounding what will happen this spring.

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April 25, 2023
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The Power of Pre-Approval

If you’re buying a home this spring, today’s housing market can feel like a challenge.

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April 24, 2023
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What’s the Difference Between a Home Inspection and an Appraisal?

If you're planning to buy a home, an inspection is an important step in the process.

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April 20, 2023
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5 Reasons Millennials Are Buying Homes

In the United States, there are over 72 million millennials.

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April 18, 2023
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Think Twice Before Waiting for Lower Home Prices

As the housing market continues to change, you may be wondering where it’ll go from here.

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April 17, 2023
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Your Tax Refund Can Help You Achieve Your Homebuying Goals

Have you been saving up to buy a home this year?

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April 12, 2023
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Trying To Buy a Home? Hang in There.

We’re still in a sellers’ market.

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April 6, 2023
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Why Aren’t Home Prices Crashing?

There have been a lot of shifts in the housing market recently.

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April 5, 2023
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How Changing Mortgage Rates Can Affect You

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate has been bouncing between 6% and 7% this year.

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April 3, 2023
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How Homeownership Is Life Changing for Many Women

Throughout Women’s History Month, we reflect on the impact women have in our lives, and that includes impact on the housing market.

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March 28, 2023
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Why Buying a Home Is a Sound Decision

If you’re thinking about buying a home, you want to know the decision will be a good one.

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March 23, 2023
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Reasons To Consider Condos in Your Home Search

Are you having trouble finding a home that fits your needs and your budget?

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March 22, 2023
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An Expert Gives You Clarity in Today’s Housing Market

<p>The housing market has been going through shifts lately.</p>

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March 14, 2023
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4 Tips for Making Your Best Offer on a Home

<p>Are you planning to buy a home this spring?</p>

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March 9, 2023
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Could a Multigenerational Home Be the Right Fit for You?

<p>During the pandemic, many of us reexamined the meaning of <em>home</em> for ourselves and our loved ones.&nbsp;</p>

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March 7, 2023
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Could a Multigenerational Home Be the Right Fit for You?

<p>During the pandemic, many of us reexamined the meaning of <em>home</em> for ourselves and our loved ones.&nbsp;</p>

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March 7, 2023
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Is It Really Better To Rent Than To Own a Home Right Now?

You may have seen reports in the news recently saying it’s better to rent right now than it is to <a href="https://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/2023/02/23/how-to-make-your-dream-of-homeownership-a-reality/?a=712644-838b6c55a1809c97da6d61c83d33dbdc">own your home</a>. But before you let that impact your decisions, you should understand what these claims are based on.

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March 6, 2023
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What You Should Know About Rising Mortgage Rates

After steadily falling over the winter, mortgage rates have started to rise in recent weeks. This is concerning to some potential <a href="https://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/2023/02/14/why-its-easy-to-fall-in-love-with-homeownership-1/?a=712644-838b6c55a1809c97da6d61c83d33dbdc">homebuyers</a> as the combination of higher mortgage rates and higher <a href="https://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/2023/02/16/wondering-whats-going-on-with-home-prices/?a=712644-838b6c55a1809c97da6d61c83d33dbdc">prices</a> have made homes less affordable. So, if you’re planning to purchase a home this year, you too may be wondering if now’s the right time to buy or if you should hold off on your search until rates come back down.

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February 28, 2023
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One Major Benefit of Investing in a Home

One of the many reasons to buy a home is that it’s a major way to <a href="https://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/2023/01/27/homeownership-builds-your-wealth-over-time-infographic/?a=712644-838b6c55a1809c97da6d61c83d33dbdc">build wealth</a> and gain financial stability. According to <a href="https://myhome.freddiemac.com/owning/equity-and-appreciation.html"><em>Freddie Mac</em></a>:

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February 27, 2023
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How To Make Your Dream of Homeownership a Reality

According to a recent <em>Harris Poll </em>survey, <a href="https://www.nerdwallet.com/article/mortgages/2023-home-buyer-report">8 in 10</a> Americans say buying a home is a priority, and 28 million Americans actually plan to buy within the next 12 months. Homeownership provides many financial and nonfinancial <a href="https://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/2022/12/22/what-makes-a-house-a-home/?a=712644-838b6c55a1809c97da6d61c83d33dbdc">benefits</a>, so that interest is understandable.

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February 23, 2023
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A Smaller Home Could Be Your Best Option

Many people are reaching the point in their lives when they need to decide where they want to live when they retire. If you’re a homeowner approaching this stage, you have several options to explore. Jessica Lautz, Deputy Chief Economist and Vice President of Research at the <em>National Association of Realtors</em> (NAR), <a href="https://www.nar.realtor/blogs/economists-outlook/all-in-the-family-multi-generational-home-buying">says</a>:

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February 22, 2023
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The Two Big Issues the Housing Market’s Facing Right Now

The biggest challenge the housing market’s facing is how few homes there are for sale. Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at <em>First American, </em><a href="https://blog.firstam.com/economics/why-housing-market-potential-increased-for-the-second-straight-month">explains</a> the root causes of today’s low supply:

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February 21, 2023
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Wondering What’s Going on with Home Prices?

The recent changes in home prices are top of mind for many as the <a href="https://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/2023/02/02/experts-forecast-a-turnaround-in-the-housing-market-in-2023/?a=712644-838b6c55a1809c97da6d61c83d33dbdc">housing market</a> begins gearing up for spring. It can be hard to navigate misleading headlines and confusing data, so here’s what you should know about today’s home prices.

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February 16, 2023
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