Brian Wilson's Blog Posts

Why Buying a Home May Make More Sense Than Renting in 2022

Some HighlightsIf you’re trying to decide whether to rent or buy a home, consider the advantages homeownership offers.Buying a home can help you escape the cycle of rising,

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Why You Should Consider Condos as Part of Your Fall 2022 Home Search

The historically low inventory over the past few years led to challenges for many buyers trying to find a home that met their needs and their budget. If you’re in the same boat, you should

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If You’re Thinking of Selling Your House This Fall, Hire The Hybrid Agent

Today’s market is at a turning point, making it more essential than ever to work with The Hybrid Agent, your real estate professional. Not only will The Hybrid Agent, your trusted real

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How The Hybrid Agent Can Help You Understand Inflation & Mortgage Rates

If you’re following today’s housing market, you know two of the top issues consumers face are inflation and mortgage rates. Let’s take a look at each one.Inflation and the

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The True Strength of Homeowners In Fall 2022

The real estate market is on just about everyone’s mind these days. That’s because the unsustainable market of the past two years is behind us, and the difference is being felt. The

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Fall Hybrid Home Selling Checklist

Some HighlightsWhen it comes to selling your house, you want it to look its best inside and out so it catches the attention of buyers. The Hybrid Agent can help you decide what to do to make

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What Experts Say Will Happen with Home Prices In 2023

Experts are starting to make their 2023 home price forecasts. As they do, most agree homes will continue to gain value, just at a slower pace. Over the past couple of years, home prices 

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Top Reasons Homeowners Are Selling Their Houses Fall of 2022

Some people believe there’s a group of homeowners who may be reluctant to sell their houses because they don’t want to lose the historically low mortgage rate they have on

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Watching the Stock Market Drop in 2022? Check the Value of Your Home for Good News

While watching the stock market recently may have started to feel pretty challenging, checking the value of your home should come as welcome relief in this volatile time. If you’re a,

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Will My House Still Sell in the Fall 2022 Market?

If recent headlines about the housing market cooling and buyer demand moderating have you worried you’ve missed your chance to sell, here’s what you need to know. Buyer demand

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Your Crucial First Step: Mortgage Pre-Approval

Some HighlightsMortgage 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

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Buyers Are Regaining Some of Their Negotiation Power in the Fall 2022 Housing Market

If you're thinking about buying a home today, there's welcome news. Even though it’s still a sellers’ market, it’s a more moderate sellers’ market than last year. And

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Is the Fall 2022 Real Estate Market Slowing Down, or Is This a Housing Bubble?

The talk of a housing bubble in the coming year seems to be at a fever pitch as rising mortgage rates continue to slow down an overheated real estate market. Over the past two years, home

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Three Things Buyers Can Do in the 2022 Fall Housing Market

It’s clear the 2022 housing market has been defined by rising mortgage rates. With rates on the rise, it’s also become more costly to purchase a home. According to the National

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Getting Your House Ready To Sell? Work with The Hybrid Agent for Expert Advice

In a market that’s shifting as fast as it is today, many homeowners wonder what, if anything, needs to be renovated before they sell their house. That’s where The Hybrid

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Why It’s So Important To Hire The Hybrid Agent

Some HighlightsIf you’re thinking of buying or selling a home, you’ll want The Hybrid Agent - your trusted real estate professional - on your side for their

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Should I Sell My House In The Fall of 2022?

There’s no denying the housing market is undergoing a shift this season as buyer demand slows and the number of homes for sale grows. But that shift actually gives you some

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Expert Forecasts on Mortgage Rates Fall 2022-2023

If you’ve been thinking of buying a home, you may have been watching what’s happened with mortgage rates over the past year. It’s true they’ve risen dramatically, but

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Owning Your Home Builds Your Net Worth

Owning a home is a major financial milestone and an achievement to take pride in. One major reason: the equity you build as a homeowner gives your net worth a big boost. And with high

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Here’s Why 2022 Is Still a Sellers’ Market

Some HighlightsWhile buyer demand has moderated and housing supply has grown in recent months, it’s still a sellers’ market because inventory is low.The latest

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New Homes May Have the Incentives You’re Looking for in 2022

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, this year, builders are on pace to complete more than a million new homes in this country. If you’ve had trouble finding a home to buy over

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What’s Actually Happening with Summer 2022 Home Prices?

One of the biggest questions people are asking right now is: what’s happening with home prices? There are headlines about ongoing price appreciation, but at the same time, some sellers

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Buyers: You May Face Less Competition as 2022 Bidding Wars Ease

One of the top stories in recent real estate headlines was the intensity and frequency of bidding wars. With so many buyers looking to purchase a home and so few of them available for sale, fiercely

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The Hybrid Agent, Your Trusted Real Estate Advisor, Provides Expert Advice

If you’re a homeowner or are planning to become one soon, you’re probably looking for clear information about today’s housing market. And if you’ve turned to

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What Would a Potential Recession Mean for You and the Housing Market?

Some HighlightsIf you’re wondering what a potential recession could mean for the housing market, here’s what history tells us.In four of the last six recessions, 

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Why You May Want To Start Your Home Search Right Now

If you’re thinking about buying a home, you likely have a lot of factors on your mind. You’re weighing your own needs against higher mortgage rates, today’s home prices,

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Why 2022 Housing Inventory Proves the Market Isn’t Headed for a Crash

Whether or not you owned a home in 2008, you likely remember the housing crash that took place back then. And news about an economic slowdown happening today may bring all those concerns

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What Sellers Need To Know in The Summer 2022 Housing Market

If you’re thinking about selling your house, you may have heard about the housing market slowing down in recent months. While it’s still a sellers’ market, the peak frenzy the

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3 Tips for Buying a Home In Fall 2022

If you put off your home search at any point over the past two years, you may want to consider picking it back up based on today’s housing market conditions. Recent data shows the supply

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Why a Home Inspection Is Important When Buying

Some HighlightsIf you’re buying a home, here’s what you should know about your home inspection and why it’s so important.A home inspection is a crucial step in

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Planning To Retire? Your Equity Can Help You Get There

Whether you’ve just retired or you’re thinking about retirement, you may be considering your options and trying to picture a whole new stage of your life. And you’re not alone.;

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What Would a Recession Mean for the Housing Market in 2023?

According to a recent survey from the Wall Street Journal, the percentage of economists who believe we’ll see a recession in the next 12 months is growing. When surveyed in July

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Real Estate Experts Increase 2022 Home Price Projections

If you’re wondering if home prices are going to come down due to the cooldown in the housing market or a potential recession, here’s what you need to know. Not

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U.S. Homeownership Rate Is Growing

The desire to own a home is still strong today. In fact, according to the Census, the U.S. homeownership rate is on the rise. To illustrate the increase, the graph below shows the

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Why Experts Say the 2022 Housing Market Won’t Crash

Some HighlightsMany people remember the housing crash in 2008, but experts say today’s market is fundamentally different in many ways.First, there isn’t an oversupply 

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Why the Pandemic Forbearance Program Changed the Housing Market

When the pandemic hit in 2020, many experts thought the housing market would crash. They feared job loss and economic uncertainty would lead to a wave of foreclosures similar to when the

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Real Estate Market Forecast for the 2nd Half of 2022

Some HighlightsThe housing market is shifting away from the intensity of the past two years. Here’s what experts project for the remainder of 2022.Home prices are

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Is the Summer 2022 Shifting Market a Challenge or an Opportunity for Homebuyers?

If you tried to buy a home during the pandemic, you know the limited supply of homes for sale was a considerable challenge. It created intense bidding wars which drove home prices;

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What Does the Rest of 2022 Have In Store for Home Prices?

Whether you’re a potential homebuyer, seller, or both, you probably want to know: will home prices fall this year? Let’s break down what’s happening with home

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Selling Your House Summer or Fall of 2022? Your Asking Price Matters More Now Than Ever

There’s no doubt about the fact that the housing market is slowing from the frenzy we saw over the past two years. But what does that mean for you if you’re thinking of selling

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Three Reasons To Buy a Home in 2022's Shifting Market

Some HighlightsThe housing market is moving away from the frenzy of the past year and it’s opening doors for you if you’re thinking about buying a home.Housing inventory is;

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Why Summer 2022 Is Still a Sellers’ Market

As there’s more and more talk about the real estate market cooling off from the peak frenzy it saw during the pandemic, you may be questioning what that means for your plans to 

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Surveys Say Why Are People Moving Today

Buying a home is a major life decision. That’s true whether you’re purchasing for the first time or selling your house to fuel a move. And if you’re planning to buy a home,

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3 Graphs To Show Summer 2022 Isn’t a Housing Bubble

With all the headlines and buzz in the media, some consumers believe the market is in a housing bubble. As the housing market shifts, you may be wondering what’ll happen next. It

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Buying a Home May Make More Financial Sense For You Than Renting One

If rising home prices leave you wondering if it makes more sense to rent or buy a home in today’s housing market, consider this. It’s not just home prices that have

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The Hybrid Agent, Your Real Estate Professional, Helps You Separate Fact from Fiction

If you’re following the news, chances are you’ve seen or heard some headlines about the housing market that don’t give the full picture. The real estate market is shifting, and

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Want To Buy a Home? Summer 2022 May Be the Time

There are more homes for sale today than at any time last year. So, if you tried to buy a home last year and were outbid or out priced, now may be your opportunity. The number of

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Think Home Prices Are Going To Fall in 2022? Maybe Not So Fast

Over the last two years, the rate of home prices appreciated at a dramatic pace. While that led to incredible equity gains for homeowners, it’s also caused some buyers to wonder if

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A Window of Opportunity for Homebuyers in 2022

Mortgage rates are much higher today than they were at the beginning of the year, and that’s had a clear impact on the housing market. As a result, the market is seeing a shift back

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What’s Causing Ongoing Home Price Appreciation in 2022?

If you’re thinking about making a move, you probably want to know what’s going to happen to home prices for the rest of the year. While experts say price growth 

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Great News About Housing Inventory for Buyers

Some HighlightsExperts say the number of homes for sale is growing this year, and that can have a big impact on your move.If you’re planning to buy, additional options in

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Should You Buy a Home with 2022 Inflation This High?

While the Federal Reserve is working hard to bring down inflation, the latest data shows the inflation rate is still going up. You no doubt are feeling the pinch on your wallet

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Why Pre-Approval Is a Game Changer for Today's Homebuyers

If you’re planning to buy a home this year, you might have heard that pre-approval is a necessary step to take before starting out on your journey. But why is that? And is it still

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Wondering Where You’ll Move if You Sell Your House Summer of 2022?

If you put a pause on your home search because you weren’t sure where you’d go once you sold your house, it might be a good time to get back into the market. That’s

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Housing Experts Say The 2022 Real Estate Market Isn’t a Bubble

With so much talk about an economic slowdown, some people are asking if the housing market is heading for a crash like the one in 2008. To really understand what's happening with real

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Should I Buy a Home Summer 2022?

If you’ve been thinking about buying a home, you likely have one question on the top of your mind: should I buy right now, or should I wait? While no one can answer that

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Expert Housing Market Forecasts for the Second Half of the 2022

The housing market is at a turning point, and if you’re thinking of buying or selling a home, that may leave you wondering: is it still a good time to buy a home? Should I make

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How Your Home Equity Can Grow

It’s true that record levels of home price appreciation have spurred significant equity gains for homeowners over the past few years. As Diana Olick, Real Estate

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Last Week's Drop in Mortgage Rates Brings Good News for Homebuyers

Over the past few weeks, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate from Freddie Mac fell by half a percent. The drop happened over concerns about a potential recession. And since

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Why Growing Home Equity Is Great News if You Plan To Move Summer of 2022

Some HighlightsAccording to the latest data from CoreLogic, the average homeowner gained $64,000 in home equity over the past 12 months.That much equity can be a

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What Does the 2022 Economic Slowdown Mean for the Housing Market?

According to a recent survey, more and more Americans are concerned about a possible recession. Those concerns were validated when the Federal Reserve met and confirmed they were strongly

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Is Homeownership Still the American Dream in 2022?

Defining the American dream is personal, and no one individual will have the same definition as another. But the feelings it brings about – success, freedom, and a sense of prosperity –

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Real Estate Consistently Voted Best Investment Last 9 Years

Some HighlightsBased on a recent Gallup poll, real estate has been rated the best long-term investment for nine years in a row.Owning real estate is more than just a place to

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If You’re Selling Your House This Summer, Hiring The Hybrid Agent Is Critical

It can be tempting, especially with how hot the housing market has been over the past two years, to consider selling your home on your own. But today’s market is at a turning

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Homeownership Could Be in Your Reach with Down Payment Assistance Programs

A recent survey from Bankrate asks prospective buyers to identify the biggest obstacles in their homebuying journey. It found that 36% of those polled said saving for a down

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A Key Opportunity for Homebuyers Summer 2022

There’s no denying the housing market has delivered a fair share of challenges to homebuyers over the past two years. Two of the biggest hurdles homebuyers faced during the pandemic were the

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Why an Agent Is Essential When Pricing Your House For Sale

Some HighlightsWhen it comes to pricing your house, there’s a lot to consider. The only way to ensure you price it right is by partnering with The Hybrid Agent, your local real estate

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Two Reasons Why 2022's Housing Market Isn’t a Bubble

You may be reading headlines and hearing talk about a potential housing bubble or a crash, but it’s important to understand that the data and expert opinions tell a different story. A 

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Homeownership Is a Great Hedge Against the Impact of Today's Rising Inflation

If you’re following along with the news today, you’ve heard about rising inflation. Today, inflation is at a 40-year high. According to the National Association of

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Things To Avoid After Applying for Your Home Loan

Once you’ve applied for a mortgage to buy a home, there are some key things to keep in mind. While it’s exciting to start thinking about moving in and decorating, be careful when it

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The Average Homeowner Gained $64K in Equity since 2021

If you own a home, your net worth likely just got a big boost thanks to rising home equity. Equity is the current value of your home minus what you owe on the loan. And today, based on

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More Listings Are Coming onto the Market Summer 2022

Some HighlightsWorried you won’t be able to find your next home after you sell? You should know data from realtor.com shows more listings are coming onto the market

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Home Price Deceleration Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Home Price Depreciation

Experts in the real estate industry use a number of terms when they talk about what's happening with home prices. And some of those words sound a bit similar but mean very different things. To help

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A Majority of Consumers Say Summer 2022 a Good Time To Sell Your House

If you’re a homeowner thinking about selling your house, you’re probably looking for the best time to make your move. That means you’re likely balancing a number of factors, like

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Is the Housing Market Correcting in 2022?

If you're following the news, all of the headlines about conditions in the current housing market may leave you with more questions than answers. Is the boom over? Is the market

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More Americans Choose Real Estate as the Best Investment in 2022 Than Ever Before

Americans’ opinion on the value of real estate as an investment is climbing. That’s according to an annual survey from Gallup. Not only is real estate viewed as the best

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Top Reasons To Own Your Home Now

Some HighlightsJune is National Homeownership Month, and it’s a great time to consider the benefits of owning your own home.If you’re considering homeownership, know

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Luxury Homes Are in High Demand in 2022

As people realize their needs are changing, some are turning to luxury housing to find their dream home. Investopedia helps define what pushes a home into this category. In a recent

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What Are the Best Options for 2022’s First-Time Homebuyers?

If you’re looking to buy your first home, you’re likely balancing several factors. Because both mortgage rates and home prices have risen this year, it costs more to

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Why the Growing Number of Homes for Sale in 2022 Is Good for Your Move Up

Are you thinking about selling your current home? If so, the biggest question on your mind may be: if I sell now, where will I go? If this resonates with you, there’s something you

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Why You Need The Hybrid Agent To Determine the Right Price for Your House

If your lifestyle has changed recently and you’re ready to make a move, taking advantage of today’s sellers’ market might be just the answer for your summer plans.

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Recent History Proves Recession Doesn’t Equal a Housing Crisis

Some HighlightsIt’s important to understand history proves an economic slowdown does not equal a housing crisis.In 4 of the last 6 recessions, home prices actually 

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Homeownership is 40 Times Better Than Renting

June is National Homeownership Month, and it’s the perfect time to reflect on how impactful owning a home can truly be. When you purchase a house, it becomes more than just a space you

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Why 2022 Home Loans Aren’t What They Were in the Past

In today’s housing market, many are beginning to wonder if we’re returning to the riskier lending habits and borrowing options that led to the housing crash 15 years ago. 

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What Does the Rest of 2022 Hold for the Real Estate Market?

If you’re thinking of buying or selling a house, you’re at an exciting decision point. And anytime you make a big decision like that, one thing you should always

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Bright Days Are Ahead When You Move Up Summer 2022

Some HighlightsWarmer weather and longer days mean summer is almost here. Celebrate by upgrading to the home of your dreams so you can enjoy all the season has to offer.When you list your,

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Why Summer Is a Great Time To Buy Your Vacation Home

You may be someone who looks forward to summer each year because it gives you an opportunity to rest, unwind, and enjoy more quality time with your loved ones. Now that summer is just around the

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Buying or Selling a Home Benefits Both the Economy and Your Community

If you’re thinking of buying or selling a home, chances are you’re focusing on the many extraordinary ways it’ll change your life. But do you know it has a

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Sellers Have an Opportunity with 2022’s Home Prices

As mortgage rates started to rise this year, many homeowners began to wonder if the value of their homes would fall. Here’s the good news. Historically, when mortgage rates rise by a

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Work With The Hybrid Agent if You Want the Best Advice

Because buying or selling a home is such a big decision in our lives, the need for clear, trustworthy information and guidance is crucial. And while no one can give you

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Don’t Let Today's Rising Inflation Delay Your Homeownership Plans

Some HighlightsIf recent headlines about rising inflation are making you wonder if it’s still a good time to buy, here’s what experts have to say.Housing is an asset that

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One Thing Homeowners Needs To Know About a Recession

A recession does not equal a housing crisis. That’s the one thing that every homeowner today needs to know. Everywhere you look, experts are warning we could be heading toward a recession, and

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Homeownership Can Bring You Joy

If you're trying to decide whether to rent or buy a home, you're probably weighing a few different factors. The financial benefits of homeownership might be one of the reasons you want to

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Why 2022 Rising Mortgage Rates Push Buyers off the Fence

If you’re thinking about buying a home, you’ve probably heard mortgage rates are rising and have wondered what that means for you. Since mortgage rates have increased over

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Homeowners Have Incredible Leverage Selling In Late Spring and Early Summer 2022

In today’s housing market, homeowners have a great opportunity to sell their house and receive the best terms for their personal situation. That’s because there’s a 

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Should You Update Your House Before Selling? Ask The Hybrid Agent!

Some HighlightsIf you’re deciding whether you should make updates before you sell your house, lean on The Hybrid Agent - your trusted real estate advisor to be your guide.In

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What You Actually Need To Know About the Number of Foreclosures in the 2022 Housing Market

While you may have seen recent stories about the volume of foreclosures today, context is important. During the pandemic, many homeowners were able to pause their mortgage payments using the

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Are There More Homes Coming to the Market in 2022?

According to a recent survey from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), one of the top challenges buyers face in today’s housing market is finding a home

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Homeownership Can Help Shield You From Rising Inflation

If you’re following along with the news today, you’ve likely heard about rising inflation. You’re also likely feeling the impact in your day-to-day life as prices go up for gas,

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Will Home Prices Fall in 2022? Here’s What Experts Say

Many people are wondering: will home prices fall this year? Whether you’re a potential homebuyer, seller, or both, the answer to this question matters for you.&

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How Today’s Higher Mortgage Rates Impact Your Home Purchase

If you’re planning to buy a home, it’s critical to understand the relationship between mortgage rates and your purchasing power. Purchasing power is the amount of home you can

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Remaining 2022 Housing Market Forecast

Some HighlightsWhat does the rest of the year hold for the housing market? Here’s what experts have to say about what lies ahead.Home prices are projected to rise and

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Three Tips for Today's First-Time Homebuyers

Buying your first home is a major decision and an exciting milestone. Even though it can feel daunting at times, it has the power to change your life for the better. If you're looking to purchase

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Things That Could Help You Win a Home Bidding War

With a limited number of homes for sale today and so many buyers looking to make a purchase before mortgage rates rise further, bidding wars are common. According to&

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Your House Could Be Closer to List-Ready in 2022 Than You Think

One of the biggest concerns for a homeowner looking to sell is the time they’ll have to put in before listing their house. If that’s the case for you, you should know – your

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A Curb Appeal Boost Before You Sell Helps!

Some HighlightsIf you’re thinking about selling your house this season, focusing on a few quick and easy updates outside can help your home look its best.78% of real estate agents

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What You Need To Know About Selling in the 2022 Sellers’ Market

Even if you haven’t been following real estate news, you’ve likely heard about the current sellers’ market. That’s because there’s a lot of talk about how strong

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The American Dream of Homeownership Is Worth the Effort

If you’re in the market to buy a home this season, stick with it. Homebuyers face challenges in any market, and today’s is no exception. But if you persevere, your decision to purchase a

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Is It Enough To Just Offer Asking Price in Today’s Housing Market?

If you’re planning to buy a home this season, you’re probably thinking about what you’ll need to do to get your offer accepted. In previous years, it was common for

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Myths About The Spring 2022 Housing Market

Some HighlightsIf you’re planning to buy or sell a home today, it’s important to be aware of common misconceptions.Whether it’s timing your purchase 

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Why This 2022 Housing Market Is Not a Bubble Ready To Pop

Homeownership has become a major element in achieving the American Dream. A recent report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) finds that over 86% of buyers agree

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How Buyers Should Approach Rising Mortgage Rates in 2022

In the last few weeks, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate from Freddie Mac inched up to 5%. While that news may have you questioning the timing of your home search, the truth is,

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Why Pre-Approval Is The Most Important Step for Today’s Homebuyers

Being intentional and competitive are musts when buying a home this season. That’s why pre-approval is so important today. Pre-approval from a lender is the only way to know your

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Is It Your Time To Buy a Smaller Home?

Life events can have a major impact on what you need from your home, and retirement is one of the biggest changes many of us face. This period of your life can mean doing more of the things you,

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On the Fence of Whether or Not To Move This Spring of 2022? Consider This.

If you’re thinking of selling your house, it may be because you’ve heard prices are rising, listings are going fast, and sellers are getting multiple offers on

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Where Are Mortgage Rates Headed in 2022?

There’s never been a truer statement regarding forecasting mortgage rates than the one offered last year by Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American:“You know, the

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Why The Hybrid Agent Is Key When Selling Your House

With today’s real estate market moving as fast as it is, working with The Hybrid Agent, your real estate professional, is more essential than ever. We have the skills, experience, and

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Using Your 2022 Tax Refund To Achieve Your Homeownership Goals

If you’re buying or selling a home this year, you’re likely saving up for a variety of expenses. For buyers, that might include things like your down payment and closing

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The Future Potential of Home Price Appreciation and What It Means for You

Many consumers are wondering what will happen with home values over the next few years. Some are concerned that the recent run-up in home prices will lead to a situation similar to the 

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Know How Much Equity You Have in Your Home?

Some HighlightsIf you’re a homeowner, your net worth has gotten a big boost. That’s because recent home price appreciation has increased your equity.Your equity grows

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Remote Work Trends Mean More Flexibility for First-Time Homebuyers

Today's low inventory can be challenging for homebuyers, especially if you’re looking to purchase your first home. But if you're one of many people who work remotely, you may

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Prioritizing Your Wants and Needs as a Homebuyer Today

Since the number of homes for sale is low today, it can feel challenging to find one that checks all your boxes. But if you know which features are absolutely essential in your next home

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What You Need To Budget for When Buying Your Home

When it comes to buying a home, it can feel a bit intimidating to know how much you need to save and where to find that information. But you should know, you’re not expected to have all

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Spring 2022 Is Still a Sellers’ Market

Some HighlightsDue to low supply and high demand, today is one of the strongest sellers’ markets we’ve seen.Sellers can benefit from more offers to pick,

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Several Great Reasons To Consider Buying Your Condo Today

If you’re a first-time buyer looking to break into the housing market but struggling to find a home to buy, condominiums (or condos) could be a great alternative for you.Here are a few reasons

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Your Key To Building Wealth Is Homeownership

The link between financial security and homeownership is especially important today as inflation rises.  But many people may not realize just how much owning a home contributes to

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What’s Happening with Spring 2022 Mortgage Rates, and Where Will They Go from Here?

Based on the Primary Mortgage Market Survey from Freddie Mac, the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has increased by 1.2% (3.22% to 4.42%) since January of this year. The rate

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The Best Week To List Your House In 2022 Is Just Around the Corner

Are you thinking about selling your house? If so, you may want to make it a priority to start the process soon. According to realtor.com, the sweet spot for sellers is just around the

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How Your Energy Efficient Home Can Be a Bright Idea

Some HighlightsWith inflation driving up the cost of everyday items, seeking out an energy-efficient home can be a great way to decrease the expenses you can control.Energy efficiency

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What You Can Expect from the 2022 Spring Housing Market

As the spring housing market kicks off, you likely want to know what you can expect this season when it comes to buying or selling a house. While there are multiple factors

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What You Need To Consider Before Building a Home

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Supply and Demand in Today’s Real Estate Market

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Many analysts projected home price appreciation would slow dramatically in the fall of 2021 and then continue to soften throughout 2022. So far, that hasn’t happened. The major price

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The Big Difference Between Renting and Owning

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In today’s housing market, there are far more buyers looking for homes than sellers listing their houses. Based on the concept of supply and demand, this means home prices will naturally

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Many things have changed over the past couple of years, and real estate is no exception. One impact is an increased desire to own more than one home. According to the recent Luxury Market&

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A recent survey revealed that many consumers believe there’s a housing bubble beginning to form. That feeling is understandable, as year-over-year home price appreciation is still in

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Mortgage rates have increased significantly since the beginning of the year. Each Thursday, Freddie Mac releases its Primary Mortgage Market Survey. According to the latest survey,

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Why a Move Could Bring You More Happiness

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Buyers - Why Your Home Inspection Matters

Some HighlightsBuying a home and wondering if your inspection is necessary? While some buyers may decide to waive their inspection, it’s risky decision.Your home

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Owning In 2022 Is More Affordable than Renting in the Majority of the Country

If you were thinking about buying a home this year, but already pressed pause on your plans due to rising home prices and increasing mortgage rates, there’s something you should

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Why Spring 2022 Is a Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity for Sellers

If you’re thinking about selling your house in 2022, you truly have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at your fingertips. When selling anything, you always hope for strong demand for

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The Gen Z of Homebuyers Is Here

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Why Mortgage Pre-Approval Is Key for Homebuyers in 2022

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With 2022 Mortgage Rates Climbing, Now’s the Time To Act

Last week, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate from Freddie Mac jumped from 3.22% to 3.45%. That’s the highest point it’s been in almost two years.

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Buyers Want To Know: Why Is Housing Supply Still So Low Heading Into Spring 2022

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Sellers: Don’t Wait Until Spring 2022 To Make Your Move

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After almost two years of double-digit increases, many experts thought home price appreciation would decelerate or happen at a slower pace in the last quarter of 2021. However, the latest Home

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Two Ways Homebuyers Can Win in Today’s Seller Market

If your goal is to purchase a home this year, you might be looking for any advantage you can get in today’s sellers’ market. While competition is still fierce for homebuyers, there are

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If you’re following along with the news today, you’re probably hearing a lot about record-breaking home prices, rising consumer costs, supply chain constraints, and more. And if you;

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How To Hit Your 2022 Homebuying Goals

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When Your House Becomes A Home

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The Perks of Putting 20% Down on Your Home

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Advice for First-Generation Homebuyers in 2022

The sense of pride you’ll feel when you purchase a home can’t be overstated. For first-generation homebuyers, that feeling of accomplishment is even greater. That’s because the

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Homebuyers: Be Ready To Act Winter 2022

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The Experts 2022 Housing Market Forecast

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Experts Answer: Will Home Prices Decline in 2022?

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Thinking the Housing Market Will Slow This Winter? Think Again

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Pets and the Home Buying Process

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Two Reasons Why Waiting To Buy a Home May Cost You in 2022

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Struggling To Find a Home To Buy? New Construction May Be an Option With The Hybrid Rebate

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Win When You Sell And When You Move Using The Hybrid Agent

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The Winter Checklist for Selling Your House

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Tips for Single Homebuyers: How To Make Your Dream Home a Reality

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How To Think Strategically as a Buyer in Today's Seller Market

The game of chess can provide incredible lessons to apply to all aspects of life, including the homebuying process. Chess requires you to plan and think about your strategy from the very beginning

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Home Is Where the Heart Is Even More This Year

There’s no denying the financial benefits of homeownership, but what’s often overlooked are the feelings of gratitude, security, pride, and comfort we get from owning a home.

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Why December 2021 Is a Great Time To Sell Your House

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Reasons To Hire The Hybrid Agent

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Don’t Believe Everything You Read About Real Estate: The Truth Many Headlines Overlook

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How Smart Buyers Are Approaching 2021 Rising Mortgage Rates

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4 Ways Homeowners Can Leverage Their Equity

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Two Graphs Showing Why You Shouldn’t Be Concerned About 3% Mortgage Rates

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Numbers Don’t Lie – It’s Still a Great Time To Sell

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Why Experts Say a Wave of Foreclosures Is Not on the Way

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Lending Experts Project Mortgage Rates Will Continue To Rise in 2022

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Rents have increased significantly this year. The latest National Rent Report from Apartmentlist.com shows rents are rising at a rate much higher than the three years leading up

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The Mortgage Process Doesn’t Have To Be Scary To You

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Believe It or Not - There Are More Homes Available Fall 2021 Than This Spring

There’s a lot of talk lately about how challenging it can be to find a home to buy. While housing inventory is still low, there are a few important things to understand about the supply

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Buyers in today’s market often have questions about the importance of getting a home appraisal and an inspection. That’s because high buyer demand and low housing supply are

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Your Home Equity Is Growing This Year

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Important Fall 2021 Distinction: Homes Are Less Affordable, Not Unaffordable

It’s impossible to research the subject of buying a home without coming across a headline declaring that the fall in home affordability is a crisis. However, when we add context to the most

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Sellers: Your House Could Be an Oasis for Buyers Seeking More Options in Fall 2021

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The Big Question: Should You Renovate or Move in 2021?

The last 18 months changed what many buyers are looking for in a home. Recently, the American Institute of Architects released their AIA Home Design Trends Survey results for Q3

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Don’t Wait for a Lower Mortgage Rate – It Could Cost You In The Long Run

Today’s housing market is truly one for the record books. Over the past year, we’ve seen the lowest mortgage rates in history. And while those rates seemed to bottom out in

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What Is Causing The Fall 2021 Competitive Real Estate Market?

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111,285 Reasons You Should Buy a Home Fall 2021

The financial benefits of buying a home versus 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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What Does Supply and Demand Tell Us About Today’s Housing Market?

There’s a well-known economic theory – the law of supply and demand – that explains what’s happening with prices in the current real estate market. Put simply, when demand

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The Rise in Mortgage Rates is Tied to the 10 Year Treasury Yield

Every Thursday, Freddie Mac releases the results of their Primary Mortgage Market Survey which reveals the most recent movement in the 30-year fixed mortgage rate. Last week, the

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4 Tips To Prep Your Home For Sale This Fall

Even in a hot sellers’ market like today’s in which homes are selling so quickly, it’s still important to make a good first impression on potential buyers. Taking the

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Top Reasons Renters Buy

Some HighlightsWhen deciding whether you should rent or buy, make sure you’re considering these factors.Buying a home means consistent monthly payments. Homeownership also helps

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As Home Equity Rises, So Does Your Total Wealth

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If you’re looking to maximize your sale and minimize your effort, you need to work with a real estate professional. In a sellers’ market like today’s, it can be tempting

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Early October 2021 is the Sweet Spot for Buyers

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If You’re a Buyer, Is Offering Asking Price Enough For Your Offer to Win?

In today’s real estate market, buyers shouldn’t shop for a home with the expectation they’ll be able to negotiate a lower sales price. In a typical housing market, buyers try to

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Yes, Fall 2021 is Still a Sellers’ Market

Some HighlightsDue to low supply and high demand, today is one of the strongest sellers’ markets we’ve seen.Sellers can benefit from more offers to

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Two Reasons Why Waiting to 2022 To Buy Could Cost You

If you’re a renter with a desire to become a homeowner, or a homeowner who’s decided your current house no longer fits your needs, you may be hoping that waiting a year might mean better

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Is a 20% Down Payment Really Necessary To Purchase Your Home?

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Remote Work Is Here To Stay. Does Your Home Deliver the Space You Need?

A lot has changed over the past year. For many people, the rise in remote work influenced what they’re looking for in a home and created a greater appetite for a dedicated home office. Some

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Is It Time To Move on to Your New Home?

If you’ve been in your home for longer than five years, you’re not alone. According to recent data from First American, homeowners are staying put much longer than historical

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One of a Kind Housing Market

Some HighlightsWhether you’re buying or selling – today’s housing market has plenty of good news to go around.Buyers can take advantage of today's mortgage 

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Is the Number of Homes for Sale Finally Growing in Fall 2021?

An important metric in today’s residential real estate market is the number of homes available for sale. The shortage of available housing inventory is the major reason for the-

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5 Tips for Making Your Best Offer Fall 2021

In today’s sellers’ market, standing out as a buyer is critical. Multi-offer scenarios and bidding wars are the norm due to the low supply of houses for sale and high buyer;

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The Truth About Fall 2021 Buyer Demand

When it comes to the latest news in real estate, there are a lot of sensational headlines in the media. In times like this, when it can be hard to know what to believe, put your trust in the

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Fact or Fiction: Homebuyer Data

Some HighlightsWhen it comes to the current housing market, there are multiple misconceptions – from what the current supply of available homes looks like to how much houses are

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Agents Help To Sell Your Home Safely

If you’re on the fence about whether or not you want to sell your house this year, there’s good news. Real estate professionals are highly experienced in how to sell houses

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One of the major story lines over the last year is how well the residential real estate market performed. One key metric in the spotlight is home price appreciation. According to the latest indices,

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Even though experts agree there’s no chance of a large-scale foreclosure crisis, there are a number of homeowners who may be coming face-to-face with foreclosure as a possibility.

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If you're trying to decide when to sell your house, there may not be a better time to list than right now. The ultimate sellers' market we're in today won't last forever. If you’re

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Your Hybrid Agent Is Key When Pricing Your House

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Becoming financially secure is an important goal for many people today, but some don’t realize just how much homeownership can help them achieve that dream. A recent report, The

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There are many non-financial benefits of buying your own home. However, today’s headlines seem to be focusing primarily on the financial aspects of homeownership – specifically

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If you’re trying to decide whether or not to sell your house, this is the time to think seriously about making a move. Fannie Mae’s recent Home Purchase

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As summer comes to a close, is it time to think about selling your vacation home? Based on recent data and expert opinions, it’s something you may want to consider. According to research

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Mortgage rates are hovering near record lows, and that’s good news for today’s homebuyers. The graph below shows mortgage rates dating back to 2016 and where today falls by

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Some HighlightsWith a housing market this competitive, sometimes you have to think outside the box.Work with The Hybrid Agent to do things like assess your budget, expand your search

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One of the major questions real estate experts are asking today is whether prospective homebuyers still believe purchasing a home makes sense. Some claim rapidly rising home prices are impacting

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Whether or not you’ve been following the real estate industry lately, there’s a good chance you’ve heard we’re in a serious sellers’ market. But what does that really

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In the current sellers’ market, many homeowners wonder what, if anything, needs to be remodeled before they list their house. That’s where a trusted Hybrid Agent comes in. We can help

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There are many headlines about how housing affordability is declining. The headlines are correct: it’s less affordable to purchase a home today than it was a year ago. However, it’s

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In April, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) posted an article, Home Buyers’ Preferences Shift Towards New Construction, which reported:“60% of people who

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Home prices continue to rise as we move through the summer of 2021, and that’s good news for sellers who are looking to maximize their home’s potential. If you’re on the

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According to recent data from realtor.com, median rental prices have reached their highest point ever recorded in many areas across the country. The report found rents rose

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Some HighlightsIf you’re thinking of buying a home but wondering if waiting a few years will save you in the long run, think again.The longer the wait, the more you’ll pay,

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Sometimes it can feel like everyone has advice when it comes to buying a home. While your friends and loved ones may have your best interests in mind, they may also be missing crucial

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Some veterans are finding it difficult to obtain a home in today’s market. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR):“Conventional conforming

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With forbearance plans about to come to an end, many are concerned the housing market will experience a wave of foreclosures like what happened after the housing bubble 15 years ago. Here are four

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One of the hottest topics of conversation in today’s real estate market is the shortage of available homes. Simply put, there are many more potential buyers than there are homes for

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As we move into the second half of the year, one thing is clear: the current real estate market is one for the record books. The exact mix of conditions we have today creates opportunities for both

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Over the past year, many homeowners realized what they need in a home is changing, especially with the rise in remote work. If you’re longing for a dedicated home office or a change in,

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With home prices continuing to deliver double-digit increases, some are concerned we’re in a housing bubble like the one in 2006. However, a closer look at the market data indicates this is

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In today’s real estate market, mortgage interest rates are near record lows. If you’ve been in your current home for several years and haven’t refinanced lately, there’s

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Last week, Fannie Mae released their Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI). Though the survey showed 77% of respondents believe it’s a “good time to sell,” it

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An important factor in today’s market is the number of homes for sale. While inventory levels continue to sit near historic lows, there are indications we may have hit the lowest point we

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In real estate, it’s normal to see ebbs and flows in the market. Typically, the summer months are slower-paced than the traditionally busy spring. But this isn’t a typical summer. As the

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While the housing market forecast for the second half of the year remains positive, there may not be a better time to sell than right now. In addition to The Hybrid Model saving you

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Some HighlightsWhen you rent, you build your landlord’s wealth, your monthly payment depends on ever-rising rents, and you don’t benefit from home price appreciation.On

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The Truths Young Homebuyers Need To Hear and The Hybrid Commission Rebate

For many young or first-time homebuyers, purchasing a home can feel intimidating. A recent survey shows some homebuyers ages 25 to 40 may be unsure about the homebuying process and what

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Home prices have increased significantly over the last year, which in turn has grown the net worth of homeowners. Appreciation and home equity are directly linked – as the value of a home

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If you’re thinking of buying a home, there really is no time like the present. With today’s low mortgage rates, you have a great opportunity to get more home for your money

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The question of whether the real estate market is a bubble ready to pop seems to be dominating a lot of conversations – and everyone has an opinion. Yet, when it comes down to it, the opinions

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As we move into the latter half of the year, questions about what’s to come are top of mind for buyers and sellers. Near record-low mortgage rates coupled with rising home price appreciation

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In today’s real estate market, low inventory and high demand are driving up home prices. As many as 54% of homes are getting offers over the listing price, based on the latest 

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Selling a house is a time-consuming process – especially if you decide to do it on your own, known as a For Sale By Owner (FSBO). From conducting market research to reviewing legal

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The pandemic created a tremendous interest in vacation homes across the country. Throughout the last year, many people purchased second homes as a safe getaway from the challenges of the

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Building financial wealth and stability remains one of the top reasons Americans choose to own a home, and as a homeowner, your wealth often grows without you even realizing it. In a

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You may have been told that it’s important to get pre-approved at the beginning of the homebuying process, but what does that really mean, and why is it so important?

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We’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 market. High buyer demand paired

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The major challenge in today’s housing market is that there are more buyers looking to purchase than there are homes available to buy. Simply put, supply can’t keep up with demand. A

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In a normal market, it’s good to have an experienced Hybrid Agent coaching you through the process of buying or selling a home. The Hybrid Agent can advise you on important things like 

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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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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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During 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 out of business (ex. Lehman

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For generations, the process of buying and selling a home never really changed. A homeowner would try to estimate the market value of their house, then tack on a little extra to give themselves some

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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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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 work remotely for the long-term or your overall needs

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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 time in our current homes has driven many people to

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6 Reasons to Celebrate National Homeownership Month June 2021

Our 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 harbors in which we’ve weathered the toughest

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We remember and honor those who gave.

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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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There’s a lot of discussion about affordability as home prices continue to appreciate rapidly. Even though the most recent index on affordability from the National Association of Realtors

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The 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-evaluating their current house and

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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’s a look at what some experts have to say

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Today’s housing market is full of unprecedented opportunities. High buyer demand paired with record-low housing inventory is creating the ultimate sellers’ market, which means

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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 they don’t have a

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One of the biggest questions in real estate today is, “When will sellers return to the housing market?” An ongoing shortage of home supply has created a hyper-competitive environment for

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Last month, in a post on the Liberty Street Economics blog, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York noted that Americans believe buying a home is definitely or probably a

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When 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 is the main cost that comes to mind for

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Some HighlightsSelling a house is no small task. If you decide to try to do it on your own as a For Sale By Owner (FSBO), keep in mind you’ll be responsible for all the expert-level work

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Homebuyers are flooding the housing market right now to take advantage of record-low mortgage rates. Many have a sense of urgency to find a home soon since experts forecast a steady

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It’s Not Too Late To Apply For Forbearance If Needed

Over the past year, the pandemic made it challenging for some homeowners to make their mortgage payments. Thankfully, the government initiated a forbearance program to provide much-needed

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Real Estate Experts Say Home Prices Will Continue to Appreciate Through 2021 & Beyond

It’s clear that consumers are concerned about how quickly home values are rising. Many people fear the speed of appreciation may lead to a crash in prices later this year. In fact, Google 

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There’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 to better suit your changing needs, now is

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Many 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 become homeowners but are unsure if buying right now

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So far this year, mortgage rates continue to hover around 3%, encouraging many hopeful homebuyers to enter the housing market. However, there’s a good chance rates will increase later this

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The 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 Realtors (NAR) reports that there&

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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. The thinking was that inventory would

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Homeownership is a foundational part of the American Dream. As we look back on more than a year of sheltering in our homes, having a place of our own is more important than ever. While 

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Should I Buy in Spring 2021 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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The question many homebuyers are facing this year is, “Why is it so hard to find a house?” We’re in the ultimate sellers’ market, which means real estate is ultra

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Will the 2021 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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Homeowners ready to make a move are definitely in a great position to sell today. Housing inventory is incredibly low, driving up buyer competition. This gives homeowners leverage to sell

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This Isn’t a 2021 Housing Bubble. It’s Simply Lack of 2021 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 2021 Real Estate Headlines

Don’t be impressed by the headlines reporting year-over-year housing numbers for the next several months (data covering March, April, May, and June). The data will most likely show eye-popping

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Planning to Move? You Can Still Secure a Low Mortgage Rate on Your Next Home in 2021

This year, mortgage rates have started to slowly climb above recent record-breaking lows. Many homeowners planning to move may feel like they’ve missed the chance to score a great

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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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One of the biggest hurdles homebuyers face is saving for a down payment. As you’re budgeting and planning for your home purchase, you’ll want to understand how much you’ll need to

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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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As 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 year. Some households are focusing their efforts on

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Why Buy a New Home?New homes offer certain advantages over resale homes including modern architecture, increased energy efficiency, warranties and lower maintenance costs just to name a few. Plus'

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93% of Americans Believe a Home Is a Better Investment Than Stocks in 2021

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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Over 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 biggest things many of us are

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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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A Fannie Mae survey recently revealed some of the most highly-rated benefits of homeownership, which continue to be key drivers in today’s power-packed housing market. Here are

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Last Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a very encouraging jobs report. The economy gained 916,000 jobs in March – well above expert projections of 650,000 to 675

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In a sellers’ market, some homeowners might be tempted to try to sell their house on their own (known as For Sale By Owner, or FSBO) instead of working with a trusted

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If you’re planning to buy a home this year, saving for a down payment is one of the most important steps in the process. One of the best ways to jumpstart your savings is by starting with the

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Today, 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 of the factors they’re pointing to is the availability of

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Since the birth of our nation, homeownership has always been considered a major piece of the American Dream. As Frederick Peters reports in Forbes:“The idea of a place of one

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Mortgage rates are on the rise this year, but they’re still incredibly low compared to the historic average. However, anytime there’s a change in the mortgage rate, it

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If 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 a move. Here’s why this season is the

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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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Right now, the housing market is full of outstanding opportunities for both buyers and sellers. Whether you’re thinking of buying your first home, moving up to a bigger one, or

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For generations, the homebuying process never really changed. The seller would try to estimate the market value of the home and tack on a little extra to give themselves some negotiating room. That

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Freddie Mac recently released their Quarterly Refinance Statistics report which covers refinances through 2020. The report explains that the dollar amount of cash-out refinances was

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According to data from the most recent Origination Insight Report by Ellie Mae, the average FICO® score on closed loans reached 753 in February. As lending standards&

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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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When thinking about selling, homeowners often feel they need to get their house ready with some remodeling to make it more appealing to buyers. However, with so many buyers competing for

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Last year started off with a bang. Unemployment was under 4%, forecasters were giddy with their projections for the economy, and the residential housing market had the strongest January and

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There are many financial and non-financial benefits of homeownership, and the greatest financial one is wealth creation. Homeownership has always been the first rung on the ladder that leads to

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Today’s homebuyers are faced with a strong sellers’ market, which means there are a lot of active buyers competing for a relatively low number of available homes. As a

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Some HighlightsWith so few houses for sale today, it’s important to be prepared when you’re ready to buy a home.Meeting with your lender early, knowing your must

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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 very different from the spring we experienced

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Last March, many involved in the residential housing industry feared the market would be crushed under the pressure of a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. Instead, real estate had one of its best

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Last Thursday, Freddie Mac announced that their 30-year fixed mortgage rate was over 3% (3.02%) for the first time since last July. That news dominated real estate headlines that day

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When 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 for the best time to win as a seller, the

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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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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 their confidence when it comes to

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Is It Smart to Buy a Home in 2021?

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 complicated. You may have to take personal

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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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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 hit record lows. The price of anything is determined by the

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What Are Some of 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 people may think it’s 20% of the loan to

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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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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 so few houses for sale, it’s

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The housing market has been scorching hot over the last twelve months. Buyers and their high demand have far outnumbered sellers and a short supply of houses. According to the latest Existing

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The Reason Mortgage Rates Are Projected to Increase and How It Impacts Buyers

We’re currently experiencing historically low mortgage rates. Over the last fifty years, the average on a Freddie Mac 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has been 7.76%. Today, that rate is

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Where Have All the Available 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 sale. When many homeowners

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Home Mortgage Rates Through the Decades

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 the Rest of 2021?

With mortgage interest rates hitting record lows so many times recently, some are wondering if we’ll see low rates continue throughout 2021, or if they’ll start to rise.

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

There have been a lot of headlines reporting on how homeowner equity (the difference between the current market value of your home and the amount you owe on your mortgage) has dramatically increased

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Millennials: Is Now The 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 25 and 40 years old. These are often

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3 Ways You’ll Win When You Buy Your Home This Year

There 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 you’re a first-time homebuyer, having a home of

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47% of New Buyers Surprised by How Affordable Homes Are Right Now

Headlines matter. Right now, it’s hard to read about real estate without seeing a headline that suggests homes have become unaffordable for most Americans. In reality, there’s hard

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The New Luxury Market Is Attracting Buyers in 2021

As 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 their most recent Luxury Market Report,

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Thinking about Building a New Home? Your Agent Is Critical. (And Ask For a Rebate!)

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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3 Reasons We’re Not in a Housing Bubble

Home values appreciated by about ten percent in 2020, and they’re forecast to appreciate by about five percent this year. This has some voicing concern that we may be in another housing bubble

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6 Foundational Benefits of Homeownership Now

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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Why Owning a Home Is a Very Powerful Financial Decision

In today’s housing market, there are clear financial benefits to owning a home: increasing equity, the chance to build your net worth, and appreciating home values, just to

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Do You Really Need 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 mortgage rates, but the thought of needing a

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Want to Build Wealth? Buy a Home in 2021

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 savings and then decide what makes the most

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Turn to a Real Estate Expert for the Best Advice, Not Perfect Advice

As we approach the anniversary of the hardships we’ve faced through this pandemic and the subsequent recession, it’s normal to reflect on everything that’s changed and wonder what

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What Record-Low Housing Inventory Means to You

The real estate market is expected to do very well in 2021, with mortgage rates that are hovering at historic lows and forecasted by experts to remain favorable throughout the

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What Happens If Homeowners Leave Their Forbearance Plans?

According to the latest report from Black Knight, Inc., a well-respected provider of data and analytics for mortgage companies, 6.48 million households have entered a forbearance plan

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Inspection & Appraisal - What's the Difference?

If you’re planning to buy a home, an appraisal is an important step in the process. It’s a professional evaluation of the market value of the home you’d like to

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Financial Fundamentals 101 for Homebuyers

Some HighlightsWhen you’re thinking about buying a home, there are a few key steps to take before you even start to look at houses.From saving for your down payment to getting pre-approved for

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What Experts Are Saying Now About the 2021 Job Market

Earlier this month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released their most recent Jobs Report. The report revealed that the economy lost 140,000 jobs in December. That’s a

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Owning a Home Now Is Still More Affordable Than Renting One

If spending more time at home over the past year is making you really think hard about buying a home instead of renting one, you’re not alone. You may be wondering, however, if the

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Should You Wait for Lower Mortgage Interest Rates to Buy?

Historically low mortgage rates are a big motivator for homebuyers right now. In 2020 alone, rates hit new record-lows 16 times, and the trend continued into the early part of this year.

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How to Make Your Dream of Homeownership a Reality This Year

In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired a powerful movement with his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Through his passion and determination, he sparked interest, ambition, and courage

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Why Right Now May Be the Time to Sell Your Home

The housing market made an incredible recovery in 2020 and is now positioned for an even stronger year in 2021. Record-low mortgage interest rates are a driving factor in this continued

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Will Forbearance Plans Lead to a Tsunami of Foreclosures in 2021?

At the onset of the economic disruptions caused by the COVID pandemic, the government quickly put into place forbearance plans to allow homeowners to remain in their homes without making their

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4 Big Reasons People Are Buying Homes Right Now in 2021

According to many experts, the real estate market is expected to continue growing in 2021, and it’s largely driven by the lasting impact the pandemic is having on our lifestyles. As many

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What's in Store for Home Values in 2021?

According to the latest CoreLogic Home Price Insights Report, nationwide home values increased by 8.2% over the last twelve months. The dramatic rise was brought about as the

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Reasons Why 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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Is 2021 the Year to Sell My Home?

If one of the questions you’re asking yourself is, “Should I sell my house this year?” consumer sentiment about selling today should boost your confidence in the right

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The Importance of Your Home Equity in Building Wealth

Homeownership has always been the first rung on the ladder leading to household wealth. As Freddie Mac recently posted:“Homeownership has cemented its role as part of the

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You Might Want to Wait Until Spring to Make a Move

The housing market recovery coming into the new year has been nothing short of remarkable. Many experts agree the turnaround from the nation’s economic pause is playing out extremely well for

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Market Monday Real Estate Statistics For Washington DC Region November 2020

Every Monday, The Hybrid Agent examines local real estate market statistics. This week, the focus is on the Washington DC Region for November 2020. For these purposes, the Washington DC Region

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3 Must-Do’s When Selling Your Home

It’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’s to come, we can still have deep sentimental

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Four Real Estate Expert Views on the 2021 Housing Market

The housing market was a shining star in 2020, fueling the economic turnaround throughout the country. As we look forward to 2021, can we expect real estate to continue showing such promise? Here

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Why Selling Your House on Your Own in 2021 Is a Mistake Especially When You Can Sell For 0.5% Commission With The Hybrid Agent!

There are many benefits to working with a real estate professional when selling your house. During challenging times, like what we face today, it becomes even more important to have an expert you

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Multi-Generation Living Under One Roof Grows Year

This year challenged us to reprioritize everything - from the way we use our time to where we work, how we socialize and gather together, and our needs at home. For many, this also meant making

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Why It’s Important to Price Your House Right Now

Even in today’s sellers’ market, setting the right price for your house is one of the most valuable things you can do. According to the U.S. Economic Outlook by the 

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Turning Your House into a Happy Home

We 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 matter the living space, the

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Did You Outgrow Your Current 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 way – might not be your

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The Difference A Year Makes In Homeownership

Over 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 for homeownership, as today’s low rates

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2021 Experts 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 Grows an Astonishing $1 Trillion

In a year that was financially devastating for many Americans, some good news for most homeowners is the dramatic gain in home equity over the last twelve months. Last week, CoreLogic 

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3 Reasons to Be Optimistic about the Real Estate Market in 2021

This year will be remembered for many reasons, and optimism is one thing that’s been in short supply since the spring. We’re experiencing a global pandemic, social unrest, an economic

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Holidays Aren’t Stopping Homebuyers in 2020!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us, yet finding the perfect holiday gifts for friends and family is certainly still top of mind for many right now. This year, there’s another type of

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Market Monday Real Estate Statistics For Washington DC Region October 2020

Every Monday, The Hybrid Agent examines local real estate market statistics. This week, the focus is on the Washington DC Region for October 2020. For these purposes, the Washington DC Region

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5 Key Steps to Follow When Applying for Forbearance

If 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. For homeowners experiencing financial hardship

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Tips for 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 May Make Sense to Sell Your House This Holiday Season

If you’re one of the many homeowners thinking about taking your house off the market for the holidays, hang on. You definitely don’t want to miss the great selling opportunity you have

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Home Prices Heading Towards A Bubble?

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 appreciation of residential real estate is well above

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An Honest Look at the Latest Unemployment Numbers

Last Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the November Jobs Report. It revealed that, though headed in the right direction, the nation’s job recovery has slowed. The

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Remote Work Can Power Your Vacation Home Sale Now!

This year, the opportunity to work remotely has increased the demand for vacation homes. Gay Cororaton, Senior Economist and Director of Housing and Commercial Research at the 

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The Path to Your 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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The New Way to Shop for Homes in a Virtual World

In a year when we’re learning to do so much remotely, homebuying is no exception. From going to work to attending school, grocery shopping, and even seeing our doctors online, digital

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Home Values Are Surging - Is it Still Affordable to Buy Right Now?

Housing inventory is at an all-time low. Realtor.com just reported that there are 39% fewer homes for sale today than there were last year. At the same time, buyer

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New Buyers Knowledge Is Power on the Path to Homeownership

Homeownership is on the goal list for many young adults, but sometimes it’s hard to know exactly how to get there. From understanding the homebuying process to pre-approval and down

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5 Tips for Homebuyers Making a Competitive Offer

Today’s real estate market has high buyer interest and low housing inventory. With so many buyers competing for a limited number of homes, it’s more important than ever to

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Key Terms in the Home Buying Process

Some HighlightsBuying 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 the most

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Your House Might Be High on Buyers Wish Lists This Holiday Season

Around this time each year, many homeowners decide to wait until after the holidays to sell their houses. Similarly, others who already have their homes on the market remove their listings until the

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Is Buying a Home a Good Financial Move in the Current Market?

There’s no doubt 2020 has been a challenging year. A global pandemic coupled with an economic recession has caused heartache for many. However, it has also prompted more Americans to

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Don’t Let Buyer Competition Keep You from Buying a Home

This year’s record-low mortgage rates sparked high demand among homebuyers. Current homeowners, however, haven’t put their houses on the market so quickly. This makes finding a home to

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It Pays to Sell with a Real Estate Professional

Some HighlightsToday, it’s more important than ever to have an expert you trust to guide you as you sell your house.From your safety throughout the process to the complexity of negotiating the

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Chances of Another Foreclosure Crisis? “About 0%.”

There seems to be some concern that the 2020 economic downturn will lead to another foreclosure crisis like the one we experienced after the housing crash a little over a decade ago. However, there

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Homes for Sale Inventory Is Rapidly Disappearing

Through all the challenges of 2020, the real estate market has done very well, and purchasers are continuing to take advantage of historically low mortgage rates. Realtor Magazine just;

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Working from Home Sparking Your Next Move?

If you’ve been working from home this year, chances are you’ve been at it a little longer than you initially expected. Businesses all over the country have figured out how to

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Winter Should Bring a Flurry of Activity to the Housing Market

In the second half of this year, the housing market surged with activity. Today, real estate experts are looking ahead to the winter season and the forecast is anything but chilly. As

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Homeownership Is a Big Key to Building Wealth

For 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 through homeownership. In fact, according to

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The 2021 Real Estate Forecast Doesn’t Call for a Foreclosure Crisis

As the current forbearance mortgage relief options come to an end, many are wondering if we’ll face a foreclosure crisis next year. This is understandable, especially for those who

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Hybrid PCS

So you are PCS'ing in or out of the National Capital Region? First of all, thank you for your service! We know PCS'ing isn't easy and when you move every 2-5 years it can be difficult to build up

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FSBO Stats

Did you know that the #1 reason For Sale By Owners try to sell their homes by themselves is that they don't want to pay 6% real estate commissions? FSBO's believe that if they don't have to pay 6%

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Am I 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’t enough homes available to buy

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VA Home Loans for Our Brave

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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Real Estate Is a Driving Force in the US Economy

As the economy recovers from this year’s health crisis, the housing market is playing a leading role in the turnaround. It’s safe to say that what we call “home” is taking on

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3 Ways Low Inventory In Fall 2020 Is a Win for Sellers

The number of houses for sale today is significantly lower than the high buyer activity in the current housing market. According to Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the