Laura Byther's Blog Posts

~ 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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~ Hope Is on the Horizon for Today’s Housing Shortage ~

Hope Is on the Horizon for Today’s Housing ShortageThe major challenge in today’s housing market is that there are more buyers looking to purchase than there are homes available to buy.

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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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~ Have Your Day in the Sun by Moving Up This Summer ~

Some HighlightsLonger days and sunny weather mean summer is upon us, and what better conditions than right now to upgrade to the home of your dreams?If your needs have changed,&

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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 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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~ In Today’s Market, Listing Prices Are Like an Auction’s Reserve Price ~

In Today’s Market, Listing Prices Are Like an Auction’s Reserve PriceFor generations, the process of buying and selling a home never really changed. A homeowner would try to estimate the

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~ Why You May Want To Cash in on Your Second Home ~

Why You May Want To Cash in on Your Second HomeWhen stay-at-home mandates were enforced last year, many households realized their homes didn’t really fulfill their new lifestyle needs. An

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~ Top Reasons To Own Your Home ~

Some HighlightsJune is National Homeownership Month, and it’s a great time to consider the benefits of owning your own home.If you’re thinking of buying a home, it might just help

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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 ~

Some HighlightsIn today’s whirlwind real estate market, houses are selling at astonishing speed – from sea to shining sea.Four years ago, the average house spent 39 days on the market.

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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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~ Where Do Experts Say the Housing Market Is Heading?~

Where Do Experts Say the Housing Market Is Heading?As we enter the middle of 2021, many are wondering if we’ll see big changes in the housing market during the second half of this year. Here

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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 ~

Some HighlightsFor the eighth year in a row, real estate maintained its position as the preferred long-term investment among Americans.Real estate has been gaining ground against stocks,

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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 ~

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 responsible for all the expert-level work of a real estate professional

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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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~ It’s Not Too Late To Apply For Forbearance ~

It’s Not Too Late To Apply For ForbearanceOver the past year, the pandemic made it challenging for some homeowners to make their mortgage payments. Thankfully, the government initiated a 

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~ Experts Say Home Prices Will Continue to Appreciate ~

Experts Say Home Prices Will Continue to AppreciateIt’s clear that consumers are concerned about how quickly home values are rising. Many people fear the speed of appreciation may lead to a

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~ 3 Graphs Showing Why You Should Sell Your House Now ~

3 Graphs Showing Why You Should Sell Your House NowThere’s no doubt that 2021 is the year of the seller when it comes to the housing market. If you’re a homeowner thinking of moving

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~ The Power of Mortgage Pre-Approval ~

Some Highlights Mortgage pre-approval means a lender has reviewed your finances and, based on factors like your income, debt, and credit history, determined how much you’re qualified to

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~ Why Waiting to Buy a Home Could Cost You a Small Fortune ~

Why Waiting to Buy a Home Could Cost You a Small FortuneMany people are sitting on the fence trying to decide if now’s the time to buy a home. Some are renters who have a strong desire to

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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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~ 4 Big Incentives for Homeowners to Sell Now ~

4 Big Incentives for Homeowners to Sell NowThe housing market keeps sailing along. The only headwind that could take it off course is the lack of inventory for sale. The National Association of

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~ Americans Find the Nonfinancial Benefits of Homeownership Most Valuable ~

Americans Find the Nonfinancial Benefits of Homeownership Most ValuableHomeownership is a foundational part of the American Dream. As we look back on more than a year of sheltering in our,

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~ Should I Buy Now or Wait? ~

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 rates are currently very low, but experts

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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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~ Patience Is the Key to Buying a Home This Year ~

Patience Is the Key to Buying a Home This YearThe question many homebuyers are facing this year is, “Why is it so hard to find a house?” We’re in the ultimate sellers

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~ 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% compared to the month before. This is the second

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~ 4 Tips to Maximize the Sale of Your House ~

4 Tips to Maximize the Sale of Your HouseHomeowners ready to make a move are definitely in a great position to sell today. Housing inventory is incredibly low, driving up buyer competition. This

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~ This Isn’t a Bubble. It’s Simply Lack of Supply. ~

Some HighlightsIn a recent article, Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors (NAR), discussed the state of today’s housing market.When

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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

The 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 ability to build wealth as a homeowner

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~ How Much Time Do You Need To Save for a Down Payment? ~

How Much Time Do You Need To Save for a Down Payment?One of the biggest hurdles homebuyers face is saving for a down payment. As you’re budgeting and planning for your home purchase, you&rsquo

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~ Home Is Where the Heart Is ~

Some HighlightsThere’s no doubt about it: homeowners love their homes, and that feeling has become even more important over the past year.The vast majority of homeowners say they

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~ Why This Is a Great Year to Sell Your Vacation Home ~

Why This Is a Great Year to Sell Your Vacation HomeAs vaccines are administered and travel resumes, many of us are beginning to plan for those long-awaited vacations we missed out on over the past

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~ 93% of Americans Believe a Home Is a Better Investment Than Stocks ~

A recent Survey of Consumer Finances study released by the Federal Reserve reveals the net worth of homeowners is forty times greater than that of renters. If you’re

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~ Some Buyers Prefer Smaller Homes ~

Some Buyers Prefer Smaller HomesOver the past year, we’ve had plenty of opportunities to reflect on what we consider most important in our lives. The place we call home is one of the

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~ 4 Major Reasons Households in Forbearance Won’t Lose Their Homes to Foreclosure ~

4 Major Reasons Households in Forbearance Won’t Lose Their Homes to ForeclosureThere has been a lot of discussion as to what will happen once the 2.3 million households currently in

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~ Multigenerational Housing Is Gaining Momentum ~

Some HighlightsIf your house is feeling a little cramped with the addition of adult children or aging parents, it might be time to consider a move-up into a multigenerational home that

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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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~ Latest Jobs Report: What Does It Mean for You & the Housing Market? ~

Latest Jobs Report: What Does It Mean for You & the Housing Market?Last Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a very encouraging jobs report. The economy gained 916,000

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~ Don’t Sell on Your Own Just Because It’s a Sellers’ Market ~

Don’t Sell on Your Own Just Because It’s a Sellers’ MarketIn a sellers’ market, some homeowners might be tempted to try to sell their house on their own (known

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~ Your Tax Refund and Stimulus Savings May Help You Achieve Homeownership This Year ~

Your Tax Refund and Stimulus Savings May Help You Achieve Homeownership This YearIf you’re planning to buy a home this year, saving for a down payment is one of the most important steps in the

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~ Buyer Competition Is Good News for Seller ~

Some HighlightsWith so many buyers looking for homes to purchase and so few houses available today, there’s a substantial increase in bidding wars, and homes are selling fast.According to the

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~ There’s No Reason To Panic Over Today’s Lending Standards~

There’s No Reason To Panic Over Today’s Lending StandardsToday, some are afraid the real estate market is starting to look a lot like it did in 2006, just prior to the housing crash. One

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~ Is Homeownership Still Considered Part of the American Dream? ~

Is Homeownership Still Considered Part of the American Dream?Since the birth of our nation, homeownership has always been considered a major piece of the American Dream. As Frederick Peters 

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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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~ What It Means To Be in a Sellers’ Market ~

What It Means To Be in a Sellers’ MarketIf you’ve given even a casual thought to selling your house in the near future, this is the time to really think seriously about making

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~ 2021 Real Estate Myth Buster ~

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 real estate landscape.Here’s a little

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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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~ Should We Fear the Surge in Cash-Out Refinances? ~

Should We Fear the Surge in Cash-Out Refinances?Freddie Mac recently released their Quarterly Refinance Statistics report which covers refinances through 2020. The report explains

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~ Americans See Major Home Equity Gains ~

Some HighlightsToday’s home price appreciation is driving equity higher throughout the country.If your needs are changing and you’re ready for a new home, your equity may be a

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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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~ 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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~ What Is the #1 Financial Benefit of Homeownership? ~

What Is the #1 Financial Benefit of Homeownership?There are many financial and non-financial benefits of homeownership, and the greatest financial one is wealth creation. Homeownership has

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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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~ Will the Housing Market Bloom This Spring? ~

Will the Housing Market Bloom This Spring?Spring is almost here, and many are wondering what it will bring for the housing market. Even though the pandemic continues on, it’s certain to be

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~ 6 Simple Graphs Proving This Is Nothing Like Last Time ~

6 Simple Graphs Proving This Is Nothing Like Last TimeLast March, many involved in the residential housing industry feared the market would be crushed under the pressure of a once-in-a-lifetime

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~ How Upset Should You Be about 3% Mortgage Rates? ~

How Upset Should You Be about 3% Mortgage Rates?Last Thursday, Freddie Mac announced that their 30-year fixed mortgage rate was over 3% (3.02%) for the first time since last July.

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~ 5 Reasons to Sell Your House This Spring ~

5 Reasons to Sell Your House This SpringWhen selling a house, most homeowners hope for a quick and profitable transaction that puts them in a position to make a great move. If you’re waiting

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~ How to Prepare Your House for a Winning Sale This Spring ~

Some HighlightsWith so few homes available to buy today, houses are in high demand, and they’re selling fast.That means it’s a great time to sell if you’re

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~ Is It a Good Time to Sell My House? ~

Is It a Good Time to Sell My House?Last year, many homeowners thought twice about selling their houses due to the onset of the health crisis. This year, however, homeowners are beginning to regain

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~ How Smart Is It to Buy a Home Today? ~

How Smart Is It to Buy a Home Today?Whether you’re buying your first home or selling your current house, if your needs are changing and you think you need to move, the decision can be

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~ Home Prices: What Happened in 2020? What Will Happen This Year? ~

Home Prices: What Happened in 2020? What Will Happen This Year?The real estate market was on fire during the second half of 2020. Buyer demand was way up, and the supply of homes available for sale

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~ What Are the Benefits of a 20% Down Payment? ~

What Are the Benefits of a 20% Down Payment?If you’re thinking of buying a home this year, you may be wondering how much money you need to come up with for your down payment. Many

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~ It’s a Sellers’ Market ~

Some HighlightsOver the past year, homeowners have gained an unprecedented opportunity to sell with great success while buyer demand is soaring.With homes selling twice as fast as they did

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~ Are There Going to Be More Homes to Buy This Year?~

Are There Going to Be More Homes to Buy This Year?If you’re looking for a home to purchase right now and having trouble finding one, you’re not alone. At a time like this when there are

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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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~ Home Mortgage Rates by Decade ~

Some HighlightsMortgage interest rates have dropped considerably over the past year, and compared to what we’ve seen in recent decades, it’s a great time to buy a home.Locking in a low

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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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~ 3 Ways Home Equity Can Have a Major Impact on Your Life ~

3 Ways Home Equity Can Have a Major Impact on Your LifeThere have been a lot of headlines reporting on how homeowner equity (the difference between the current market value of your home and the

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~ Millennials: Is It Time to Buy a Bigger Home? ~

Millennials: Is It Time to Buy a Bigger Home?In today’s housing market, all eyes are on millennials. Not only are millennials the largest generation, but they’re also currently between

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~ 3 Ways You’ll Win When You Buy a Home This Year~

3 Ways You’ll Win When You Buy a Home This YearThere are so many great reasons to purchase a home, and over the past year, we’ve realized more of them than we ever thought possible. If

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~ Why It’s Easy to Fall in Love with Homeownership ~

Some HighlightsHomeownership provides comfort, stability, and security, and it makes you feel more connected to your community.Your home is something to be proud of and is uniquely yours, so you can

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~ 47% of New Buyers Surprised by How Affordable Homes Are Today ~

47% of New Buyers Surprised by How Affordable Homes Are TodayHeadlines matter. Right now, it’s hard to read about real estate without seeing a headline that suggests homes have become

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~ The Luxury Market Is Attracting Buyers in 2021 ~

The Luxury Market Is Attracting Buyers in 2021As more people continue to identify their changing needs this year, some are turning to the upscale housing sector for more space or finer features. In

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~ 3 Reasons We’re Definitely Not in a Housing Bubble ~

3 Reasons We’re Definitely Not in a Housing BubbleHome values appreciated by about ten percent in 2020, and they’re forecast to appreciate by about five percent this year. This has some

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~ 6 Foundational Benefits of Homeownership Today~

Over the past year, our homes have become an integral part of our lives more than ever. They’re much more than the houses we live in. They’re our workplaces, virtual schools, and safe

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~ Thinking about Building a New Home? Your Agent Is Critical. ~

Some HighlightsA real estate professional is an expert who can advocate on your behalf throughout the process when building a home.Agents help you understand key steps, like choosing upgrades and

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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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~ Do I Really Need a 20% Down Payment to Buy a Home? ~

Do I Really Need a 20% Down Payment to Buy a Home?Is the idea of saving for a down payment holding you back from buying a home right now? You may be eager to take advantage of today’s low

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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? ~

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 fierce buyer competition.With buyer demand 

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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 Experts Are Saying about the 2021 Job Market ~

What Experts Are Saying about the 2021 Job MarketEarlier this month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released their most recent Jobs Report. The report revealed that the economy

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~ Owning a Home Is Still More Affordable Than Renting One ~

Owning a Home Is Still More Affordable Than Renting OneIf spending more time at home over the past year is making you really think hard about buying a home instead of renting one, you;

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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 ~

Some HighlightsThere are a few key things to make sure you avoid after applying for a mortgage to help make sure you still qualify for your loan at the closing table.Along the way, be sure

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~ How to Make the Dream of Homeownership a Reality This Year ~

How to Make the Dream of Homeownership a Reality This YearIn 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired a powerful movement with his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Through his passion and

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~ Why Right Now May Be the Time to Sell Your House ~

Why Right Now May Be the Time to Sell Your HouseThe housing market made an incredible recovery in 2020 and is now positioned for an even stronger year in 2021. Record-low mortgage interest&

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~ Will Forbearance Plans Lead to a Tsunami of Foreclosures? ~

Will Forbearance Plans Lead to a Tsunami of Foreclosures?At the onset of the economic disruptions caused by the COVID pandemic, the government quickly put into place forbearance plans to allow

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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 ~

Some HighlightsChoosing the right real estate professional to work with is one of the most important decisions you can make in your homebuying or selling process.The right agent can explain current

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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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~ Why Selling Your House on Your Own in 2021 Is a Mistake ~

Why Selling Your House on Your Own in 2021 Is a MistakeThere are many benefits to working with a real estate professional when selling your house. During challenging times, like what we face today,

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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,

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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 Mortgageur home loan.Below is a list of things you shouldn’t do after applying for a mortgage. They’re all important to know –

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~ 2021 Housing Forecast ~

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 more home sales and continue to

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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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~ 5 Steps to Follow When Applying for Forbearance ~

5 Steps to Follow When Applying for ForbearanceIf you’re currently feeling the stress of affording your mortgage payment, or if you know someone who is, there’s still time to get help.

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~ Winning as a Buyer in a Sellers’ Market ~

Some HighlightsBuying a home in today’s sellers’ market doesn’t have to feel like an uphill battle.Here are four ways to make sure you’re positioned for success when making a

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~ Why It Makes Sense to Sell Your House This Holiday Season ~

Why It Makes Sense to Sell Your House This Holiday SeasonIf you’re one of the many homeowners thinking about taking your house off the market for the holidays, hang on. You definitely don;

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~ The Path to Homeownership ~

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 in the homebuying process.Let’s

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~ How Remote Work Can Power Your Vacation Home Sale ~

How Remote Work Can Power Your Vacation Home SaleThis year, the opportunity to work remotely has increased the demand for vacation homes. Gay Cororaton, Senior Economist and Director of Housing

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~ An Honest Look at Unemployment Numbers ~

An Honest Look at Unemployment NumbersLast Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the November Jobs Report. It revealed that, though headed in the right direction, the nation

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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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~ Homes for Sale Are Rapidly Disappearing ~

Homes for Sale Are Rapidly DisappearingThrough all the challenges of 2020, the real estate market has done very well, and purchasers are continuing to take advantage of historically low mortgage

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~ Why Working from Home May Spark Your Next Move ~

Why Working from Home May Spark Your Next MoveIf you’ve been working from home this year, chances are you’ve been at it a little longer than you initially expected. Businesses

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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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~ VA Home Loans: Helping Heroes Find a Home ~

VA Home Loans: Helping Heroes Find a HomeToday, 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

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~ Homeownership Is a Key to Building Wealth ~

Homeownership Is a Key to Building WealthFor 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

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~ Is it Safe to Sell My House Right Now? ~

Is it Safe to Sell My House Right Now?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

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~ Making a Home for the Brave Possible ~

Some HighlightsVA Home Loans provide unique opportunities for Veterans, active-duty personnel, and their families in recognition of their service to our Nation.For eligible individuals, options

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~ Two Important Impacts of Home Equity ~

Two Important Impacts of Home EquityEquity continues to rise, helping American homeowners secure a much more stable financial future. According to the most recent data from CoreLogic, the

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~ Home Values Projected to Keep Rising ~

Home Values Projected to Keep RisingAs 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

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~ Why Today’s Options Will Save Homeowners from Foreclosure ~

Why Today’s Options Will Save Homeowners from ForeclosureMany housing experts originally voiced concern that the mortgage forbearance program (which allows families impacted financially by

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~ Why Selling this Fall May Be Your Best Move ~

Why Selling this Fall May Be Your Best MoveIf you’re thinking about moving, selling your house this fall might be the way to go. Here are four highlights in the housing market that may make

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~ Housing Market on Track to Beat Last Year’s Success ~

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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~ Why Pricing Your Home Right Matters This Fall ~

Why Pricing Your Home Right Matters This FallSome HighlightsAs a seller today, you may think pricing your home on the high end will result in a higher final sale price, but the opposite is actually

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~ Home Equity Gives Sellers Options in Today’s Market ~

Home Equity Gives Sellers Options in Today’s MarketHomeownership is one of the best ways to invest in your financial future, especially as your home equity grows. Home equity is a form of

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~ Home Builder Confidence Hits All-Time Record ~

Home Builder Confidence Hits All-Time RecordLast week, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported their Housing Market Index (HMI) hit an all-time high 

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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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~ Is the Economic Recovery Beating All Projections? ~

Is the Economic Recovery Beating All Projections?Earlier this year, many economists and market analysts were predicting an apocalyptic financial downturn that would potentially rattle the U.S.

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~ Should You Buy an Existing Home or New Construction? ~

Should You Buy an Existing Home or New Construction?Finding the right home to purchase today is one of the biggest challenges for potential buyers. With so few homes for sale and

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~ The Top Reasons People Are Moving This Year ~

The Top Reasons People Are Moving This YearToday, Americans are moving for a variety of different reasons. The current health crisis has truly re-shaped our lifestyles and our needs. Spending extra

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~ Builders & Realtors Agree: Real Estate Is Back ~

Builders & Realtors Agree: Real Estate Is BackWhen shelter-in-place orders brought the economy to a screeching halt earlier this year, many believed the residential housing market would follow

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~ Ask a Pro About Buying a Home ~

Some HighlightsAccording to trending data, searches for key real estate topics are skyrocketing online.Clearly, lots of people have questions about buying a home, and other topics related to

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~ Forbearance Numbers Are Lower than Expected ~

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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~ Just How Strong Is the Housing Recovery? ~

Just How Strong Is the Housing Recovery?The residential real estate market has definitely been the shining light in this country’s current economic situation. All-time low mortgage

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~ Sellers Are Returning to the Housing Market ~

Sellers Are Returning to the Housing MarketIn today’s housing market, it can be a big challenge for buyers to find homes to purchase, as the number of houses for sale is far below

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~ The Beginning of an Economic Recovery ~

The Beginning of an Economic RecoveryThe news these days seems to have a mix of highs and lows. We may hear that an economic recovery is starting, but we’ve also seen some of the worst

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~ Mortgage Rates & Payments by Decade ~

Some HighlightsSometimes it helps to see the dollars and cents you’ll save when you purchase a home while mortgage rates are low.Today’s low rates mean it’s less expensive to

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~ Homes Are More Affordable Right Now Than They Have Been in Years ~

Homes Are More Affordable Right Now Than They Have Been in YearsToday, home prices are appreciating. When we hear prices are going up, it’s normal to think a home will cost more as the trend

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~ Why Foreclosures Won’t Crush the Housing Market Next Year ~

Why Foreclosures Won’t Crush the Housing Market Next YearWith the strength of the current housing market growing every day and more Americans returning to work, a faster

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~ Current Buyer & Seller Perks in the Housing Market ~

Current Buyer & Seller Perks in the Housing MarketToday’s housing market is making a truly impressive turnaround, and it’s also setting up some outstanding opportunities

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~ The Latest Unemployment Report: Slow and Steady Improvement ~

The Latest Unemployment Report: Slow and Steady ImprovementLast Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its latest Employment Situation Summary. Going into the release,

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~ 2020 Homebuyer Preferences ~

Some HighlightsA recent study from HarrisX shows the current health crisis isn’t slowing down today’s homebuyers.Many buyers are accelerating their timelines to take

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~ How Is Remote Work Changing Homebuyer 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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~ Why Homeowners Have Great Selling Power Today ~

Why Homeowners Have Great Selling Power TodayWe’re sitting in an optimal moment in time for homeowners who are ready to sell their houses and make a move this year. Today’s homeowners,

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~ Today’s Buyers Are Serious about Purchasing a Home ~

Today’s Buyers Are Serious about Purchasing a HomeToday’s homebuyers are not just talking about their plans, they’re actively engaged in the buying process – and they&rsquo

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~ Experts Weigh-In on the Remarkable Strength of the Housing Market ~

Experts Weigh-In on the Remarkable Strength of the Housing MarketAmerica has faced its share of challenges in 2020. A once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, a financial crisis leaving millions still,

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~ Where Is the Housing Market Headed for the Rest of 2020? ~

Some Highlights:The housing market is forecasted to finish the year with growing strength.Historically low mortgage rates are creating great potential for homebuyers, and home sales are on the rise

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~ Will We See a Surge of Homebuyers Moving to the Suburbs? ~

Will We See a Surge of Homebuyers Moving to the Suburbs?As remote work continues on for many businesses and Americans weigh the risks of being in densely populated areas, will more people start to

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~ Homeownership Rate Continues to Rise in 2020 ~

So far, it’s been quite a ride this year, and our nation has truly seen its fair share of hurdles. From COVID-19 to record unemployment and then the resulting recession, just to name a few,

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~ Guidance and Support Are Key When Buying Your First Home ~

Guidance and Support Are Key When Buying Your First HomeIn June, the number of first-time homebuyers accounted for 35% of the existing homes sold, a trend that’s been building steadily

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~ Three of the Latest Reports Show Housing Market Is Strong ~

Three of the Latest Reports Show Housing Market Is StrongThe residential real estate market is remaining resilient as the country still struggles to beat the COVID-19 pandemic. Three separate

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~ A Real Estate Pro Is More Helpful Now than Ever ~

Some HighlightsA recent study shared by NAR notes that both buyers and sellers think an agent is more helpful than ever during the current health crisis.Expertise and professionalism are

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~ Home Sales Hit a Record-Setting Rebound ~

Home Sales Hit a Record-Setting ReboundWith a worldwide health crisis that drove a pause in the economy this year, the housing market was greatly impacted. Many have been eagerly awaiting some

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~ Home Sales Hit a Record-Setting Rebound ~

Home Sales Hit a Record-Setting ReboundWith a worldwide health crisis that drove a pause in the economy this year, the housing market was greatly impacted. Many have been eagerly awaiting some

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~ Two Reasons We Won’t See a Rush of Foreclosures This Fall ~

Two Reasons We Won’t See a Rush of Foreclosures This FallThe health crisis we face as a country has led businesses all over the nation to reduce or discontinue their services altogether. This

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~ A Remarkable Recovery for the Housing Market ~

A Remarkable Recovery for the Housing MarketFor months now the vast majority of Americans have been asking the same question: When will the economy turn around? Many experts have been

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~ Thinking of Selling Your House? Now May be the Right Time ~

Thinking of Selling Your House? Now May be the Right TimeInventory is arguably the biggest challenge for buyers in today’s housing market. There are simply more buyers actively looking for

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~ Mortgage Rates Fall Below 3% ~

Some HighlightsMortgage rates hit another all-time low, falling below 3% this week.If you’re ready to buy a home, now is a great time to truly get more for your money at this historic

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~ Does Your Home Have What Buyers Are Looking For? ~

Does Your Home Have What Buyers Are Looking For?There’s great opportunity for today’s homeowners to sell their houses and make a move, yet due to the impact of the ongoing health crisis,

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~ Mortgage Rates Hit Record Lows for Three Consecutive Weeks ~

Mortgage Rates Hit Record Lows for Three Consecutive WeeksOver the past several weeks, Freddie Mac has reported the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropping to record lows, all the way

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For Sale:  265 Ross Corner Road, Shapleigh, ME 04076Horse Lover's Dream! Cozy, yet spacious and meticulously maintained homestead. Situated on 10 lovely acres of pasture and woods. Trails

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** For Sale: 47 Old Salt Road, Unit #1, Old Orchard Beach **

For Sale:  47 Old Salt Road #1, Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064Close to the beach! Bike or walk. Golf course right around the corner. All the comforts of home. Large and spacious, very well

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~ What Are Experts Saying about Home Prices? ~

What Are Experts Saying about Home Prices?Last week, a very well-respected real estate analytics firm surprised many with their home price projection for the next twelve months. CoreLogic, in

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~ Buyers: Are You Ready 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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~ Not All Agents Are Created Equal ~

Not All Agents Are Created EqualIn today’s fast-paced world where answers are just a Google search away, there are some who may question the benefits of hiring a real estate professional when

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~ Americans Rank Real Estate Best Investment for 7 Years Running ~

Some HighlightsReal estate has outranked stocks, savings accounts, and gold as the best long-term investment among Americans for the past 7 years.The belief in the stability of

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~ Best Time to Sell? When Competition Is at an All-Time Low ~

Best Time to Sell? When Competition Is at an All-Time LowIn a recent survey of home sellers by Qualtrics, 87% of respondents said they were concerned their home won’t sell

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~ Taking Advantage of Homebuying Affordability in Today’s Market ~

Taking Advantage of Homebuying Affordability in Today’s MarketEveryone is ready to buy a home at different times in their lives, and despite the health crisis, today is no exception.

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~ Latest Unemployment Report: Great News…for the Most Part ~

Latest Unemployment Report: Great News…for the Most PartThe Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released their latest Employment Situation Summary last Thursday, and it again beat

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~ Should We Be Looking at Unemployment Numbers Differently? ~

Should We Be Looking at Unemployment Numbers Differently?The New York Times recently ran an article regarding unemployment titled: Don’t Cheer Too Soon. Keep an Eye on

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~ What Are the Experts Saying About Future Home Prices? ~

What Are the Experts Saying About Future Home Prices?A worldwide pandemic and an economic recession have had a tremendous effect on the nation. The uncertainty brought about by both has made

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~ Homebuyers Are in the Mood to Buy Today ~

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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~ Want to Make a Move? Homeowner Equity is Growing Year-Over-Year ~

Want to Make a Move? Homeowner Equity is Growing Year-Over-YearOne of the bright spots of the 2020 real estate market is the growth in equity homeowners are experiencing across the country.

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~ Is the Economic Recovery Already Underway? ~

Is the Economic Recovery Already Underway?The Wall Street Journal just released their latest monthly Survey of Economists. In an article on the findings, they reported:;

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~ Three Reasons Homebuyers Are Ready to Purchase This Year ~

Three Reasons Homebuyers Are Ready to Purchase This YearA recent survey by Lending Tree tapped into behaviors of over 1,000 prospective buyers. The results indicated 53% of

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~ Summer is the New Spring for Real Estate ~

Some HighlightsThe health crisis slowed the market this spring, so buyers are jumping back into the market to make their moves this summer.Check these 10 items off your to-do list so your house is

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~ Real Estate Tops Best Investment Poll for 7th Year Running ~

Real Estate Tops Best Investment Poll for 7th Year RunningEvery year, Gallup conducts a survey of Americans to determine their choice for the best long-term investment.

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~ Are You Ready for the Summer Housing Market? ~

Are You Ready for the Summer Housing Market?As the health crisis started making its way throughout our country earlier this spring, sellers have been cautious about putting their homes on the.

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~ Is a Recession Here? Yes. Does that Mean a Housing Crash? No. ~

Is a Recession Here? Yes. Does that Mean a Housing Crash? No.On Monday, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) announced that the U.S. economy is officially in a

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~ Real Estate Will Lead the Economic Recovery ~

Real Estate Will Lead the Economic RecoveryWith more U.S. states reopening for business this summer, and as people start to return to work, we can expect the economy to begin improving. Most expert

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~ The Shocking News in the Unemployment Report !

The Shocking News in the Unemployment ReportLast Friday, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released their May Employment Situation Summary. Leading up to the release, most

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~ National Homeownership Month ~

Some HighlightsNational Homeownership Month is a great time to reflect on how we can each promote stronger community growth.Homeownership helps families build financial freedom, find greater

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~ Three Things to Understand About Unemployment Statistics ~

Three Things to Understand About Unemployment StatisticsTomorrow morning the Bureau of Labor Statistics will release the latest Employment Situation Summary, which will include the

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~ Is it Time to Sell Your Vacation Home? ~

Is it Time to Sell Your Vacation Home?The travel industry is one of the major sectors that’s been hit extremely hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, it’s hard to know how long it will

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~ The Benefits of Homeownership May Reach Further Than You Think ~

The Benefits of Homeownership May Reach Further Than You ThinkMore than ever, our homes have become an integral part of our lives. Today they are much more than the houses we live in. They’re

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Brand New! Construction has begun. Ready for you in August! At this time, a buyer can choose some of the details. Designed for a future finished daylight basement with walkout. Perfect for an in-law

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~ Economists Forecast Recovery to Begin in the Second Half of 2020 ~

Economists Forecast Recovery to Begin in the Second Half of 2020With the U.S. economy on everyone’s minds right now, questions about the country’s financial outlook continue to come up

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If you're looking for a retreat, come live on top of this mountain with 52 private acres. The mountains and lakes of Western Maine make it a hub for year-round, outdoor recreation: hiking, skiing,

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~ Why This Summer Is the 2020 Real Estate Season ~

Why This Summer Is the 2020 Real Estate SeasonWith stay-at-home orders starting to gradually lift throughout parts of the country, data indicates homebuyers are jumping back into

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~ Buying or Selling a Home? You Need an Expert Kind of Guide ~

Buying or Selling a Home? You Need an Expert Kind of GuideIn a normal housing market, whether you’re buying or selling a home, you need an experienced guide to help you navigate through the

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~ Interest Rates Hover Near Historic All-Time Lows ~

Interest Rates Hover Near Historic All-Time LowsSome HighlightsMortgage interest rates have dropped considerably this spring and are hovering at a historically low level.Locking in at a low rate

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~ Experts Predict Economic Recovery Should Begin in the Second Half of the Year ~

Experts Predict Economic Recovery Should Begin in the Second Half of the YearOne of the biggest questions we all seem to be asking these days is: When are we going to start to see an economic

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~ 6 Reasons Why Selling Your House on Your Own Is a Mistake ~

6 Reasons Why Selling Your House on Your Own Is a MistakeThere are many benefits to working with a real estate professional when selling your house. During challenging times like the one

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~ Housing Market Positioned to Bring Back the Economy ~

Housing Market Positioned to Bring Back the EconomyAll eyes are on the American economy. As it goes, so does the world economy. With states beginning to reopen, the question becomes: which

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~ #1 Financial Benefit of Homeownership: Family Wealth ~

#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 a mortgage is

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~ 2020 Homeowner Wish List ~

Some HighlightsIn a recent study by realtor.com, homeowners noted some of the main things they would change about their homes to make them more livable.Not surprisingly, more space, an updated

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~ Will the Housing Market Turn Around This Year? ~

Will the Housing Market Turn Around This Year?Today, many people are asking themselves if they should buy or sell a home in 2020. Some have shifted their plans or put them on hold over the past

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~ A Surprising Shift to the ‘Burbs May Be on the Rise ~

A Surprising Shift to the ‘Burbs May Be on the RiseWhile many people across the U.S. have traditionally enjoyed the perks of an urban lifestyle, some who live in more populated city limits

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~ Unemployment Report: No Need to Be Terrified ~

Unemployment Report: No Need to Be TerrifiedLast Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its latest jobs report. It revealed that the economic shutdown made necessary by

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~ Will Home Values Appreciate or Depreciate 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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~ A Day When Americans Can Return to Work ~

A Day When Americans Can Return to WorkSome HighlightsTaking a moment to reflect upon what we’ve heard from historical leaders can teach us a lot about getting through the many challenges we

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~Why Home Equity Is a Bright Spark in the Housing Market~

Why Home Equity Is a Bright Spark in the Housing MarketGiven how we have seen more unemployment claims than ever before over the past several weeks, fear is spreading widely. Some good news,,

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~ Confused About the Economic Recovery? Here’s Why. ~

Confused About the Economic Recovery? Here’s Why.As we continue to work through the health crisis that plagues this country, more and more conversations are turning to economic recovery. While

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~ U.S. Homeownership Rate Rises to Highest Point in 8 Years ~

For nearly two months, most of us have been following strict stay-at-home orders from our state and local governments. It is a whole new way of life that has put our daily lives on pause. On the

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~ How to Test-Drive a Neighborhood While Sheltering in Place ~

Some HighlightsStaying at home doesn’t mean your search for a new place needs to come to a standstill.Check out these tips on how to explore other neighborhoods virtually in the

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~ Why the Housing Market Is a Powerful Economic Driver ~

Why the Housing Market Is a Powerful Economic DriverWith businesses starting to slowly open back up again in some parts of the country, it’s important to understand how housing can have a

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~ Buying a Home Right Now: Easy? No. Smart? Yes. ~

Buying a Home Right Now: Easy? No. Smart? Yes.Through all the volatility in the economy right now, some have put their search for a home on hold, yet others have not. According to ShowingTime,

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~ Rise to the Top of the Pool by Selling Your House Today ~

Rise to the Top of the Pool by Selling Your House TodayWith the release of the latest Economic Pulse Flash Survey from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), results

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~ What Impact Might COVID-19 Have on Home Values? ~

What Impact Might COVID-19 Have on Home Values?A big challenge facing the housing industry is determining what impact the current pandemic may have on home values. Some buyers are hoping for major

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~ Today’s Expert Insight on the Housing Market ~

Some HighlightsAccording to Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at NAR, home prices are forecasted to rise.Results from the Existing Home Sales Report note that home sales

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~ Uncertainty Abounds in the Search for Economic Recovery Timetable ~

Uncertainty Abounds in the Search for Economic Recovery TimetableEarlier this week, we discussed how most projections from financial institutions are calling for a quick V-shaped recovery

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~ Keys to Selling Your House Virtually ~

Keys to Selling Your House VirtuallyIn a recent survey by realtor.com, people thinking about selling their homes indicated they’re generally willing to allow their agent and some

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~ Will This Economic Crisis Have a V, U, or L-Shaped Recovery? ~

Will This Economic Crisis Have a V, U, or L-Shaped Recovery?Many American businesses have been put on hold as the country deals with the worst pandemic in over one hundred years. As the states are

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~ The Pain of Unemployment: It Will Be Deep, But Not for Long ~

The Pain of Unemployment: It Will Be Deep, But Not for LongThere are two crises in this country right now: a health crisis that has forced everyone into their homes and a financial crisis caused by

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~ How Technology is Helping Buyers Navigate the Home Search Process ~

Some Highlights:A recent realtor.com survey revealed that buyers are still considering moving forward with the homebuying process, even if they can’t see the home in-person.While

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~ Today’s Homebuyers Want Lower Prices. Sellers Disagree. ~

Today’s Homebuyers 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

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~ Think This Is a Housing Crisis? Think Again. ~

Think This Is a Housing Crisis? Think Again.With all of the unanswered questions caused by COVID-19 and the economic slowdown we’re experiencing across the country today, many are asking if

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~ What If I Need to Sell My Home Now? What Can I Do? ~

What If I Need to Sell My Home Now? What Can I Do?Every day that passes, people have a need to buy and sell homes. That doesn’t stop during the current pandemic. If you’ve had a major

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~ Recession? Yes. Housing Crash? No. ~

Recession? Yes. Housing Crash? No.With over 90% of Americans now under a shelter-in-place order, many experts are warning that the American economy is heading toward a recession, if it’s not

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~ What You Can Do to Get Your House Ready to Sell ~

Some Highlights:Believe it or not, there are lots of things you can do to prep your house for a sale without even going to the store.Your real estate plans don’t have to be completely on hold

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~ Why Home Office Space Is More Desirable Than Ever ~

Why Home Office Space Is More Desirable Than EverFor years, we’ve all heard about the most desirable home features buyers are looking for, from upgraded kitchens to remodeled bathrooms, master

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~ How Technology Is Enabling the Real Estate Process ~

How Technology Is Enabling the Real Estate ProcessToday’s everyday reality is pretty different than it looked just a few weeks ago. We’re learning how to do a lot of things in new ways,

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~ How to Find the Perfect Real Estate Agent ~

How to Find the Perfect Real Estate AgentThere’s a ton of real estate information available in the news today and on the Internet. It can be extremely confusing, especially in times of

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~ Will Surging Unemployment Crush Home Sales? ~

Will Surging Unemployment Crush Home Sales?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.

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~ The Housing Market Is Positioned to Help the Economy Recover ~

The Housing Market Is Positioned to Help the Economy RecoverSome HighlightsExpert insights are painting a bright future for housing when the economy bounces back – and it will.We may be

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~ Looking to the Future: What the Experts Are Saying ~

Looking to the Future: What the Experts Are SayingAs our lives, our businesses, and the world we live in change day by day, we’re all left wondering how long this will last. How long will we

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Setting on 5 beautiful, wooded acres with scenic mountain views. This property is perfect for families, corporate retreat, or Airbnb. From the back yard, you can see the ski slopes on Shawnee Peak.

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~ The #1 Thing You Can Do Now to Position Yourself to Buy a Home This Year ~

The #1 Thing You Can Do Now to Position Yourself to Buy a Home This YearThe last few weeks and months have caused a major health crisis throughout the world, leading to a pause in the U.S. economy

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If you're looking for a retreat, come live on top of this mountain with 52 private acres. The mountains and lakes of Western Maine make it a hub for year-round, outdoor recreation: hiking, skiing,

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~ The Economic Impact of Buying a Home ~

The Economic Impact of Buying a HomeWe’re in a changing real estate market, and life, in general, is changing too – from how we grocery shop and meal prep to the ways we can interact

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~ The Best Advice Does Not Mean Perfect Advice ~

The Best Advice Does Not Mean Perfect AdviceThe angst caused by the coronavirus has most people on edge regarding both their health and financial situations. It’s at times like these when we

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~ What You Can Do to Keep Your Dream of Homeownership Moving Forward ~

Some Highlights:Don’t put your homeownership plans on hold just because you’re stuck inside.There are several things you can do right now to keep your home search moving forward.Connect

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~ Don’t Let Frightening Headlines Scare You ~

Don’t Let Frightening Headlines Scare YouThere’s a lot of anxiety right now regarding the coronavirus pandemic. The health situation must be addressed quickly, and many are concerned

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~ Is Now a Good Time to Refinance My Home? ~

Is Now a Good Time to Refinance My Home?With interest rates hitting all-time lows over the past few weeks, many homeowners are opting to refinance. To decide if refinancing your home is

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~ Why the Stock Market Correction Probably Won’t Impact Home Values ~

Why the Stock Market Correction Probably Won’t Impact Home ValuesWith the housing crash of 2006-2008 still visible in the rear-view mirror, many are concerned the current correction in the

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~ Economic Slowdown: What the Experts Are Saying ~

Economic Slowdown: What the Experts Are SayingMore and more economists are predicting a recession is imminent as the result of the pullback in the economy caused by COVID-19. According to the 

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~ A Recession Does Not Equal a Housing Crisis ~

A Recession Does Not Equal a Housing CrisisSome HighlightsThe COVID-19 pandemic is causing an economic slowdown.The good news is, home values actually increased in 3 of the last 5 U.S. recessions

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~ Are We About to See a New Wave of Foreclosures? ~

Are We About to See a New Wave of Foreclosures?With all of the havoc being caused by COVID-19, many are concerned we may see a new wave of foreclosures. Restaurants, airlines, hotels, and many other

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~ Three Reasons Why This Is Not a Housing Crisis ~

Three Reasons Why This Is Not a Housing CrisisIn times of uncertainty, one of the best things we can do to ease our fears is to educate ourselves with research, facts, and data. Digging into past

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~ Two Big Myths in the Homebuying Process ~

Two Big Myths in the Homebuying ProcessThe 2020 Millennial Home Buyer Report shows how this generation is not really any different from previous ones when it comes to homeownership goals:

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Carbon Monoxide SafetyUnderstanding the risks associated with carbon monoxide (CO) and how carbon monoxide detectors work can help protect you and your home. Unfortunately, there’s a

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~ 5 Simple Graphs Proving This Is NOT Like the Last Time ~

5 Simple Graphs Proving This Is NOT Like the Last TimeWith all of the volatility in the stock market and uncertainty about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), some are concerned we may be headed for another

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~ Buying a Home: Do You Know the Lingo? ~

FacebookSome Highlights:Buying a home can be intimidating if you’re not familiar with the terms used throughout the process.To point you in the right direction, here’s a list of some of

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