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5 Factors That Reveal Where The Real Estate Market Is Really Headed

It’s the old supply-and-demand predicament: Home sales in the U.S. continue at a torrid pace, but the availability of listings remains limited. Buoyed by historically low mortgage rates, buyers keep shopping for homes, reducing the available inventory and sparking a rise in home prices across the country. News website The Atlantic summarized the sizzling home…

How to Bridge the Appraisal Gap in Today’s Real Estate Market

If you’re searching for drama, don’t limit yourself to Netflix. Instead, tune in to the real estate market, where the competition among buyers has never been fiercer. And with homes selling for record highs,1 the appraisal process—historically a standard part of a home purchase—is receiving more attention than ever. That’s because some sellers are finding…

Can I Buy or Sell a Home Without a Real Estate Agent?

Today’s real estate market is one of the fastest-moving in recent memory. With record-low inventory in many market segments, we’re seeing multiple offers—and sometimes even bidding wars—for homes in the most sought-after neighborhoods. This has led some sellers to question the need for an agent. After all, why spend money on a listing agent when…

Mortgage Rates 2018

If you have been looking at the market trends and thinking of buying we are sure you have noticed the mortgage rates increase! The interest rate you pay on your home mortgage has a direct impact on your monthly payment; the higher the rate, the greater the payment will be. That is why it is…

2017 Home Design Trends

Learn about the latest on the residential style horizon so you can help clients meet their own needs as well as those of future buyers when it’s time to sell. DECEMBER 2016 | BY BARBARA BALLINGER  Housing styles emerge slowly and typically appeal first to cutting-edge architects, builders, and interior designers. As a trend spreads…

Warn Buyers: Earnest Money Mistakes To Avoid

Warn Buyers: Earnest Money Mistakes to Avoid Once a buyer settles on a home, they often show their commitment with an earnest-money deposit. But if they’re not careful, they could lose thousands of dollars. Realtor.com® recently featured some of the biggest mistakes home buyers most often make with earnest-money deposits, including: Failing to understand exactly…