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Why Right Now May Be the Time to Sell Your House

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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 momentum, with average rates hovering at historic all-time lows.

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3 Must-Do’s When Selling Your House This Year

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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 attachments to the home we’re leaving behind.

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What Does 2021 Have in Store for Home Values?

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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 inventory of homes for sale reached historic lows at the same time buyer demand was buoyed by record-low mortgage rates.

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4 Reasons People Are Buying Homes in 2021

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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 of us spend extra time at home, we’re reevaluating what “home” means and what we may need in one going forward.

Is This the Year to Sell My House?

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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 direction.

The Do’s and Don’ts after Applying for a Mortgage

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Once you’ve found the right home and applied for a mortgage, there are some key things to keep in mind before you close.

How to Make the Dream of Homeownership a Reality This Year

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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 in his audience.

Why Not to Wait Until Spring to Make a Move

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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 real estate, and the current market conditions are truly making this winter an ideal time to make a move.

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Did You Outgrow Your Home in 2020?

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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 forever home. Many needs have changed in 2020, and it’s okay to admit if your house no longer fits your lifestyle.

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Will Forbearance Plans Lead to a Tsunami of Foreclosures?

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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 monthly mortgage payments. Today, almost three million households are actively in a forbearance plan.

Why It Makes Sense to Sell Your House This Holiday Season

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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 right now. Here’s why this month is the optimal time to make sure your house is available for holiday buyers.

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The Holidays Aren’t Stopping Homebuyers This Year

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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 buyer that’s very active this holiday season – the homebuyer.

5 Tips for Homebuyers Who Want to Make a Competitive Offer

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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 know the ins and outs of making a confident and competitive offer.

Your House May Be High on the Buyer Wish List This Holiday Season

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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 spring.

Why It’s Important to Price Your House Right Today

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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 National Association of Realtors (NAR), existing home prices nationwide are forecasted to increase by 4.5% in 2021.

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Four Expert Views on the 2021 Housing Market

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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’s what four experts have to say about the year ahead.

The Importance of Home Equity in Building Wealth

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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 American Dream, providing families with a place that is their own and an avenue for building wealth over time.

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3 Reasons to Be Optimistic about Real Estate in 2021

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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 downturn, and natural disasters, just to name a few.

Homeowner Equity Increases an Astonishing $1 Trillion

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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 released its 2020 3rd Quarter Homeowner Equity Insights report, which reveals four major findings: S.

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The Difference a Year Makes for Homeownership

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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 provide consumers with some significant benefits. Here’s a look at three of them.

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Winter Will Bring a Flurry of Activity to the Housing Market

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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.

Turning a House into a Happy Home

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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 feeling of a home means different things to different people.

Why Working from Home May Spark Your Next Move

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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 operate remotely to keep their employees healthy, safe, and productive.

4 Reasons Why the Election Won’t Dampen the Housing Market

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Tomorrow, Americans will decide our President for the next four years. That decision will have a major impact on many aspects of life in this country, but the residential real estate market will not be one of them.

More Generations Are Living under One Roof This Year

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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 decisions about how to best support and engage with our extended families, near and far.

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With Home Values Surging, Is it Still Affordable to Buy Right Now?

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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 demand remains strong.

Why Selling this Fall May Be Your Best Move

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If you’re thinking about moving, selling your house this fall might be the way to go. Here are four highlights in the housing market that may make your decision to sell this fall an easy one. Buyers Are Actively in the Market.

Homeownership Is a Key to Building Wealth

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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.

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The #1 Reason Not to Wait to List Your House for Sale

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Many industries have been devastated by the economic shutdown caused by the COVID-19 virus. Real estate is not one of them.

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How Down Payment Assistance Opens the Door to Homeownership

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Many people are eager to buy a home right now while affordability continues to be a highlight of the current housing market. However, a recent survey by Sparks Research shows that 20% of first-time homebuyers cite a lack of financial education as a barrier to homeownership.

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Real Estate Continues to Show Unprecedented Strength This Year

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The 2020 housing market has surpassed all expectations and continues to drive the nation’s economic recovery. The question is, will this positive trend continue throughout the rest of the year, especially given the uncertainty around the current health crisis, the upcoming election, and more?

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Homes for Sale Are Rapidly Disappearing

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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.

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5 Steps to Follow When Applying for Forbearance

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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.

Home Values Projected to Keep Rising

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As we enter the final months of 2020 and continue to work through the challenges this year has brought, some of us wonder what impact continued economic uncertainty could have on home prices. Looking at the big picture, the rules of supply and demand will give us the clearest idea of what is to come.

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Is it Safe to Sell My House Right Now?

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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 to meet that growing need. This means now is the time to make a move so you can close the deal on your ideal terms.