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2023 Real Estate Market Outlook (And What It Means for You)

Last year, one factor drove the real estate market more than any other: rising mortgage rates. In March 2022, the Federal Reserve began a series of interest rate hikes in an effort to pump the brakes on inflation.1And while some market sectors have been slow to respond, the housing market has reacted accordingly. Both demand… Continue reading 2023 Real Estate Market Outlook (And What It Means for You)

Residential Buyers or Seller

Home for the Holidays: How To Stretch Your Budget in a Season of Inflation

You don't have to break the bank to celebrate the holidays in style—even in this season of inflation. Prices may be higher on everything from food to gifts to decorations, but there are still plenty of opportunities to eke out extra savings. For example, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), you can save… Continue reading Home for the Holidays: How To Stretch Your Budget in a Season of Inflation

Residential Real Estate Sellers

7 Tips to Maximize Your Home’s Sale Price

Over the past few years, a real estate buying frenzy bid up home prices to eye-popping amounts. However, as mortgage rates have risen, buyer demand has cooled. 1 Consequently, home sellers who enter the market today may need to reset their expectations. The reality is, it’s no longer enough to stick a “for sale” sign… Continue reading 7 Tips to Maximize Your Home’s Sale Price

Residential Real Estate Buyers

Buy Now or Rent Longer? 5 Questions to Answer Before Purchasing Your First Home

Deciding whether to jump into the housing market or rent instead is rarely an easy decision – especially if you’re a first-time homebuyer. But in today’s whirlwind market, you may find it particularly challenging to pinpoint the best time to start exploring homeownership. A real estate boom during the pandemic pushed home prices to an… Continue reading Buy Now or Rent Longer? 5 Questions to Answer Before Purchasing Your First Home

Residential Buyers or Seller

8 Strategies to Secure a Lower Mortgage Rate

  Mortgage rates have been on a roller coaster ride this year, rising and falling amid inflationary pressures and economic uncertainty. And even the experts are divided when it comes to predicting where rates are headed next.1 This climate has been unsettling for some homebuyers and sellers. However, with proper planning, you can work toward… Continue reading 8 Strategies to Secure a Lower Mortgage Rate

Residential Buyers or Seller

What Would a Recession Mean for the Housing Market?

What Would a Recession Mean for the Housing Market? 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 2021, only 12% of economists consulted thought there’d be a recession by now. But this July, when polled,… Continue reading What Would a Recession Mean for the Housing Market?

Residential Buyers or Seller

Experts Increase 2022 Home Price Projections

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 only are experts forecasting home prices will continue to appreciate nationwide this year, but most of them also actually increased their projections for home… Continue reading Experts Increase 2022 Home Price Projections

Residential Buyers or Seller

10 Pro Tips for a Smooth Home Move

The process of buying a new home can be both exhilarating and exhausting. But the journey doesn’t stop when you close on your property. On the contrary, you still have quite a bit to do before you can begin the process of settling into your new place. Fortunately, you don’t have to do everything in… Continue reading 10 Pro Tips for a Smooth Home Move

Residential Buyers or Seller

7 Costly Mistakes Home Sellers Make (And How to Avoid Them)

No matter what’s going on in the housing market, the process of selling a home can be challenging. Some sellers have a hard time saying goodbye to a treasured family residence. Others want to skip ahead to the fun of decorating and settling into a new place. Almost all sellers want to make the most… Continue reading 7 Costly Mistakes Home Sellers Make (And How to Avoid Them)

Residential Buyers or Seller

Higher Rates and Short Supply: The State of Real Estate in 2022

The last two years caught many of us off guard—and not just because of the pandemic. They also ushered in the hottest housing market on record, with home prices rising nationally by nearly 19% in 2021, driven primarily by low mortgage rates and a major supply shortage.1 But while some had hoped 2022 would bring… Continue reading Higher Rates and Short Supply: The State of Real Estate in 2022