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Category: Move-Up Buyers

    Do You Know How Much Your Home Has Increased in Value?

    By Preston Putnam | February 8, 2019

    Last year we saw headlines about a possible housing market bubble, and many wondered if Americans still felt confident about the value of their homes. Recently, the 2018 Houzz & Home Study revealed: “Homeowners with mortgages have seen their home equity more than double since 2011, increasing to a record-setting $8.3 trillion in 2017.” The average homeowner... Read More

    Have You Outgrown Your Starter Home?

    By Sarah Brandt | August 16, 2018

    For many Americans, buying their first home is their first taste of achieving part of the American Dream. It may seem hard to imagine that the first home you purchased might not be the home that will allow you to achieve the rest of your dreams. The good news is that it is totally normal... Read More

    Housing Shortage: New Construction & Builder Confidence Up

    By Keeley Ryan | May 18, 2017

    The biggest challenge to today’s housing market is the shortage of housing inventory for sale. A normal market would see a six-month supply of homes for sale. Currently, that number is below four months. This is the major reason home prices have continued to appreciate at higher levels than historic averages. Read More

    4 Tips for Effectively Making an Offer

    By Keeley Ryan | May 16, 2017

    So, you’ve been searching for that perfect house to call a ‘home,’ and you finally found one! The price is right, and in such a competitive market, you want to make sure that you make a good offer so that you can guarantee that your dream of making this house yours comes true! Read More

    Do You Know the Cost of NOT Owning Your Home?

    By Keeley Ryan | May 15, 2017

    Owning a home has great financial benefits, yet many continue renting! Today, let’s look at the financial reasons why owning a home of your own has been a part of the American Dream for as long as America has existed. Read More

    What You Need to Know About Qualifying for a Mortgage [INFOGRAPHIC]

    By Keeley Ryan | May 12, 2017

    Some Highlights: Many buyers are purchasing a home with a down payment as little as 3%. You may already qualify for a loan, even if you don't have perfect credit. Take advantage of the knowledge of your local professionals who are there to help you determine how much you can afford. Read More

    3 Reasons the Housing Market is NOT in a Bubble

    By Keeley Ryan | May 11, 2017

    With housing prices appreciating at levels that far exceed historical norms, some are fearful that the market is heading for another bubble. To alleviate that fear, we just need to look back at the reasons that caused the bubble ten years ago. Read More

    Gallup: Real Estate is Best Long-Term Investment 4 Years Running

    By Keeley Ryan | May 10, 2017

    Every year, Gallup surveys Americans to determine their choice for the best long-term investment. Respondents are given a choice between real estate, stocks/mutual funds, gold, savings accounts/CDs, or bonds. Read More