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How Do Climate Risks Affect Your Next Home?

Climate change is impacting where people buy homes. As the experts at the National Association of Realtors (NAR) explain:“Sixty-three percent of people who have moved since the pandemic began say they believe climate change is—or will be—an issue in the place they currently live.”If you’re planning to move, climate change is something you might want to consider, no matter where you are. A recent study from Realtor.com helps put the growing impact climate change is having on real estate...

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How VA Loans Can Help You Buy a Home

For over 80 years, Veterans Affairs (VA) home loans have helped millions of veterans buy their own homes. If you or someone you know has served in the military, it's important to learn about this program and its benefits.Here are some key things to know about VA loans before buying a home.Top Benefits of VA Home LoansVA home loans make it easier for veterans to buy a home, and they're a great perk for those who qualify. According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, some benefits include:Options for No Down Payment: Qualified borrowers c...

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Your Agent Is the Key To Pricing Your House Right [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some HighlightsThe asking price for your house can impact your bottom line and how quickly it sells.Both under- and overpricing have drawbacks. So to find the right price for your house, lean on your agent for their expertise.Don’t pick just any price for your listing. Trust your real estate professional to help you find the perfect price for your house.

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Questions You May Have About Selling Your House

There’s no denying mortgage rates are having a big impact on today’s housing market. And that may leave you with some questions about whether it still makes sense to sell your house and make a move.Here are three of the top questions you may be asking – and the data that helps answer them.1. Should I Wait To Sell?If you’re thinking about waiting to sell until after mortgage rates come down, here’s what you need to know. So are a ton of other people.And while mortgage rates are still forecasted to come down later this year, if yo...

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How Many Homes Are Investors Actually Buying?

Are big investors really buying up all the homes today?If you’re trying to find a house to buy, this may be something you’re wondering about. Maybe you’ve read about it or seen reels on social media saying investors buying all the homes is making it even harder to find what the average buyer is looking for. But spoiler alert – there’s a lot of misinformation out there. To clear things up, here's the scoop on what's really happening. A lot of the big investor activity is actually in the rearview mirror already.The Wall Street Jou...

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Worried About Home Maintenance Costs? Consider This

If one of the main reasons you’re hesitant to buy a home is because you’re worried about the upkeep, here’s some information you may find interesting on both new home construction and existing homes (a home that’s been lived in by a previous owner).Newly Built Homes Need Less Upfront Maintenance If you can afford it, you may find a newly built home could help ease your worries about maintenance costs. Think about it, if everything in the house is brand new, it won’t have the wear and tear you may see in an existing home – and ...

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What’s Next for Home Prices and Mortgage Rates?

If you’re thinking of making a move this year, there are two housing market factors that are probably on your mind: home prices and mortgage rates. You’re wondering what’s going to happen next. And if it’s worth it to move now, or better to wait it out.The only thing you can really do is make the best decision you can based on the latest information available. So, here’s what experts are saying about both prices and rates.1. What’s Next for Home Prices? One reliable place you can turn to for information on home price forecasts...

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Should I Rent or Buy a Home? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some HighlightsWhile renting may be less expensive in some areas right now, there are two big benefits homeownership provides that renting can’t. ​Owning a home means you get to say goodbye to rising rents and hello to stability. It also gives you the chance to gain equity as home values rise over time. If you’re ready to learn more about the perks of owning a home, connect with a local real estate agent.

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The Number of Homes for Sale Is Increasing

There’s no denying the last couple of years have been tough for anyone trying to buy a home because there haven’t been enough houses to go around. But things are starting to look up.There are more homes up for grabs this year. The graph below uses the latest data from Realtor.com to show in April 2024 there were more homes for sale than there were over the last few years (2021-2023): As Realtor.com explains:“There were 30.4% more homes actively for sale on a typical day in April compared with the same time in 2023, marking the sixt...

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Why a Condo May Be a Great Option for Your First Home

Having a hard time finding a first home that's right for you and your wallet? Well, here's a tip – think about condominiums, or condos for short.They're usually smaller than single-family homes, but that's exactly why they can be easier on your budget. According to the latest data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), condos are typically less expensive than single-family homes (see graph below):So, if you're comfortable with a smaller space and want to buy your first home this year, adding condos to your search might be easi...

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Thinking of Selling? You Want an Agent with These Skills

Selling your house is a big decision. Your home is one of the biggest investments you’ve probably ever made, and it’s a place where you’ve created countless memories. That combo means there’s going to be a lot of emotions involved. You want someone who understands your perspective, knows what it feels like, and is an expert at helping homeowners just like you navigate the process of selling a home.That’s where a good listing agent, also known as a seller's agent, comes in. Here are just a few skills you’ll want your agent to h...

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Home Prices Are Climbing in These Top Cities

Thinking about buying a home or selling your current one to find a better fit? If so, you might be wondering what's going on with home prices these days. Here's the scoop.The latest national data from Case-Shiller and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) shows they’re going up (see graphs below):As you can see, home prices were rising for most of 2023. But over the course of December and January, they were virtually flat – which is pretty normal for that time of year.But here's what you need to know now. As of February, when the ...

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The Sun Is Shining on Sellers This Summer [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some HighlightsIf your needs have changed, now’s a great time to sell and get the features you want most.Many buyers are eager to move between the school years, so you may see a faster sale, multiple offers, a higher final sales price, and more.If you want to get your house ready for a summer listing, connect with a local real estate professional.

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The Top 2 Reasons To Consider a Newly Built Home

When you’re planning a move, it’s normal to wonder where you’ll end up and what your future home is going to look like. Maybe you’ve got a specific picture of that house in your mind. But unless you came into this process knowing you want to buy a newly built home, you may not have pictured new home construction.A trusted real estate agent can help walk you through these two reasons you may want to reconsider that.1. Adding Newly Built Homes Could Give You More OptionsThere are two types of homes on the market: new and existing. A...

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How Buying or Selling a Home Benefits Your Community

If you're thinking of buying or selling a house, it's important to know it doesn't just impact you—it helps out the local economy and your community, too.Every year, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) puts out a report that breaks down the financial impact that comes from people buying and selling homes (see visual below):When a house is sold, it really boosts the local economy. That’s because of all the people needed to build, fix up, and sell homes. Robert Dietz, Chief Economist at the National Association of Home Builders (...

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Tips for Younger Homebuyers: How To Make Your Dream a Reality

If you’re a member of a younger generation, like Gen Z, you may be asking the question: will I ever be able to buy a home? And chances are, you’re worried that’s not going to be in the cards with inflation, rising home prices, mortgage rates, and more seemingly stacked against you.While there’s no arguing this housing market is challenging for first-time homebuyers, it is still achievable, especially if you have professionals on your side.Here are some helpful tips you may get from a pro.1. Explore Your Options for a Down PaymentI...

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What’s Motivating Your Move?

Thinking about selling your house? As you make your decision, consider what's pushing you to think about moving. A recent survey from Realtor.com looked into why people want to sell their homes this year. Here are the top two reasons (see graphic below):Let's take a closer look and see if they’re motivating you to make a change too.1. To Make a ProfitIf you’re thinking about selling your house, you probably have a lot of questions on your mind. Well, here's some good news – the latest data shows most sellers get a great return on th...

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Builders Are Building Smaller Homes [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some HighlightsHaving a hard time finding a home in your budget? ​Builders may have a solution that can help.Builders are shifting their attention to what buyers want most right now – smaller, more affordable homes.If you want to see what’s available locally and in other areas nearby, connect with an agent to explore your options together. 

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What More Listings Mean When You Sell Your House

The number of homes for sale is playing a big role in today’s housing market. And, if you’re considering whether or not to list your house, today’s limited supply is one of the biggest advantages you have right now. That’s because your house stands out more when the inventory is low, especially if it’s priced right.But the supply of homes for sale is growing. According to the latest data from Realtor.com, new listings (homeowners who just put their house up for sale) are trending up (see graph below): This graph shows more home...

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Now’s a Great Time To Sell Your House

Thinking about selling your house? If you are, you might be weighing factors like today’s mortgage rates and your own changing needs to figure out your next move.Here’s something else to consider. According to the latest Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI) from Fannie Mae, the percent of respondents who say it’s a good time to sell is on the rise (see graph below):Why Are Sellers Feeling so Optimistic?One reason why is because right now is traditionally the best time of year to sell a house. A recent article from Bankrate says:“L...

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Equity Can Make Your Move Possible When Affordability Is Tight [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some HighlightsDid you know the equity you have in your current house can help make your move possible?Once you sell, you can use it for a larger down payment on your next home, so you’re borrowing less. Or, you may even have enough to be an all-cash buyer. The typical homeowner has $298,000 in equity. If you want to find out how much you have, connect with a local real estate agent for a Professional Equity Assessment Report.

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Is a Multi-Generational Home Right for You?

Ever thought about living in the same house with your grandparents, parents, or other loved ones? You're not alone. A lot of people are choosing to buy multi-generational homes where everyone can live together. Let's check out why they think it’s a good idea to see if it might be a good fit for you, too.Why People Are Choosing Multi-Generational LivingAccording to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), here are just a few key reasons buyers opted for multi-generational homes over the past year (see graph below): Two of the top rea...

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Foreclosure Numbers Are Nothing Like the 2008 Crash

If you’ve been keeping up with the news lately, you’ve probably come across some articles saying the number of foreclosures in today’s housing market is going up. And that may leave you feeling a bit worried about what’s ahead, especially if you owned a home during the housing crash in 2008.The reality is, while increasing, the data shows a foreclosure crisis is not where the market is headed.Here’s the latest information stacked against the historical data to put your mind at ease.The Headlines Make the Increase Sound Dramatic ...

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The Best Way To Keep Track of Mortgage Rate Trends

If you’re thinking about buying a home, chances are you’ve got mortgage rates on your mind. You’ve heard about how they impact how much you can afford in your monthly mortgage payment, and you want to make sure you’re factoring that in as you plan your move.The problem is, with all the headlines in the news about rates lately, it can be a bit overwhelming to sort through. Here’s a quick rundown of what you really need to know.The Latest on Mortgage RatesRates have been volatile – that means they’re bouncing around a bit. And...

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