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Home Sales About To Surge? We May See a Winter Like Never Before.

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Like most industries, residential real estate has a seasonality to it. For example, toy stores sell more toys in October, November, and December than they do in any other three-month span throughout the year. More cars are sold in the U.S.

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4 Ways Homeowners Can Use Their Equity

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Your equity is a powerful tool that can help you achieve your goals as a homeowner. And chances are, your equity grew substantially over the past year. According to the latest Equity Insights Report from CoreLogic , homeowners gained an average of $51,500 in equity over the past year.

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How Smart Buyers Are Approaching Rising Mortgage Rates

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Last week, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate from Freddie Mac inched up to 3.1%, and experts project rates will continue rising through 2022: “The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 2.9% in the third quarter of 2021.

4 Things Every Renter Needs To Consider

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As a renter, you’re constantly faced with the same dilemma: keep renting for another year or purchase a home? Your answer depends on your current situation and future plans, but there are a number of benefits to homeownership every renter needs to consider.

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What Agents Should Be Doing Every Day to Succeed With Leads

Top agents do this every day to succeed.do you? It’s all about the follow-up. Top agents shared their perfected processes, and we compiled it into a super easy visual to-do list for Real Estate lead follow up that wins. Get the list now!

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

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There are a lot of questions right now regarding the real estate market as we head into 2022. The forbearance program is coming to an end and mortgage rates are beginning to rise.

Sellers: You’ll Likely Get Multiple Strong Offers This Season

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Are you thinking about selling your house right now, but you’re not sure you’ll have the time to do so as the holidays draw near? If so, consider this: even as the holiday season approaches, there are plenty of buyers out there, and they really want your house.

The Big Question: Should You Renovate or Move?

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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 2021. The survey reveals the following: 70% of respondents want more outdoor living space.

Why a Wave of Foreclosures Is Not on the Way

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With forbearance plans coming to an end, many are concerned the housing market will experience a wave of foreclosures similar to what happened after the housing bubble 15 years ago. Here are a few reasons why that won’t happen. There are fewer homeowners in trouble this time.

Experts Project Mortgage Rates Will Continue To Rise in 2022

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Mortgage rates are one of several factors that impact how much you can afford if you’re buying a home. When rates are low, they help you get more house for your money. Within the last year, mortgage rates have hit the lowest point ever recorded, and they’ve hovered in the historic-low territory.

Millennials are Determined and Prices are Soaring: The Step-by-Step Formula for Closing More Sales to Millennial Buyers Fast!

Speaker: Paul Moya - CEO, Millennial Labs, and The Go-To Performance Marketing Strategist and Realtor Coach for the Best in the World

Join Paul Moya, CEO of Millennial Labs and the Go-To Performance Marketing Strategist and Realtor Coach for the Best in the World, as he shares insights and information about the importance of understanding a buyer and how their needs change with each generation.

Retirement May Be Changing What You Need in a Home

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The past year and a half brought about significant life changes for many of us. For some, it meant entering retirement earlier than expected. Recent data shows more people retired this year than anticipated.

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Sellers Have Incredible Leverage in Today’s Market

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With mortgage rates climbing above 3% for the first time in months, serious buyers are more motivated than ever to find a home before the end of the year.

Two Reasons Why Waiting a Year To Buy Could Cost You

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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 market conditions to purchase a home.

What’s Happening with Home Prices?

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Many people have questions about home prices right now. How much have prices risen over the past 12 months? What’s happening with home values right now? What’s projected for next year? Here’s a look at the answers to all three of these questions.

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Reimagining How Construction Companies Capture Progress Tracking

Speaker: Felipe Engineer-Manriquez, Christopher Gagliardi, George Hedley, and Jason Nichols

Join our esteemed panelists for their discussion on the importance of progress tracking which ultimately touches upon every digital aspect within the construction cycle. Our thought-leaders' years of experience on the job sites can help you build a better future at your company.

Don’t Wait for a Lower Mortgage Rate – It Could Cost You

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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 January of this year, the golden window of opportunity for buyers isn’t over just yet.

Two Graphs That Show Why You Shouldn’t Be Upset About 3% Mortgage Rates

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With the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate from Freddie Mac climbing above 3%, rising rates are one of the topics dominating the discussion in the housing market today. And since experts project rates will rise further in the coming months, that conversation isn’t going away any time soon.

Renters Missed Out on $51,500 This Past Year

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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 to the pandemic: “Since January of this year, the national median rent has increased by a staggering 16.4 percent.

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There Are More Homes Available Now than There Were This Spring

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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 of homes for sale as we move into the end of the year. The Number of Homes for Sale Usually Peaks in the Fall.

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Don’t Tackle Selling Your Home on Your Own – an Agent Can Help

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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 to list your house on your own – known as For Sale By Owner (FSBO).

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What Does the Future Hold for Home Prices?

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If you’re looking to buy or sell a house, chances are you’ve heard talk about today’s rising home prices. And while this increase in home values is great news for sellers, you may be wondering what the future holds. Will prices continue to rise with time, or should you expect them to fall?

What Buyers and Sellers Need To Know About the Appraisal Gap

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It’s economy 101 – when supply is low and demand is high, prices naturally rise. That’s what’s happening in today’s housing market. Home prices are appreciating at near-historic rates, and that’s creating some challenges when it comes to home appraisals.

111,285 Reasons You Should Buy a Home This Year

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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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How Sellers Win When Housing Inventory Is Low

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In today’s housing market, the number of homes for sale is much lower than the strong buyer demand. As a result, homeowners ready to sell have a significant advantage. Here are three ways today’s low inventory will set you up for a win when you sell this season. Higher Prices.

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Does Your House Have What Buyers Want?

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The rise in remote work is changing what many Americans want in their homes. Many companies are choosing to delay reopening or go remote full-time, and today’s buyers are looking for homes with more space to support their work needs.

Home Price Appreciation Is Skyrocketing in 2021. What About 2022?

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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, home prices are skyrocketing this year.

Knowledge Is Power When It Comes to Appraisals and Inspections

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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 driving intense competition and leading some buyers to consider waiving those contingencies to stand out in the crowded market.

As Home Equity Rises, So Does Your Wealth

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Homeownership is still a crucial part of the American dream. For those people who own a home (and those looking to buy one), it’s clear that being a homeowner has considerable benefits both emotionally and financially.

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Early October is the Sweet Spot for Buyers

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Are you looking to buy a home? If so, we’ve got good news for you. While there’s no denying the housing market is having a great year, many of the headlines are focused on the perks for sellers. But what about buyers today?

Is the Number of Homes for Sale Finally Growing?

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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 double-digit price appreciation we’ve seen in each of the last two years.

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With Rents on the Rise – Is Now the Time To Buy?

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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 by 8.1% from the same time last year.

A Look at Housing Supply and What It Means for Sellers

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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 sale. As a seller, you’ve likely heard that low supply is good news for you.

5 Tips for Making Your Best Offer

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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 demand. If you’re buying this fall, you’ll want every advantage, especially when you’ve found the home of your dreams.

Experts Agree: Homeownership Provides a Path to Long-Term Wealth

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A recent survey from LendingTree.com found there are multiple reasons why Americans would choose to purchase a home instead of renting. Some of the most popular non-financial reasons given include: The flexibility to make the space your own. The pride homeownership offers. The sense of stability.

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Housing Challenge or Housing Opportunity? It Depends.

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The biggest challenge in real estate today is the lack of available homes for sale. The low housing supply has caused homes throughout the country to appreciate at a much faster rate than what we’ve experienced historically.

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Is It Time To Move on to a New Home?

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If you’ve been in your home for longer than five years, you’re not alone.

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