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Achieve Your Dream of Homeownership with Condos and Townhomes [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Cheryl Bower | February 16, 2024

Some Highlights If you’re trying to buy a home but are having a hard time finding something in your budget, here’s something that can help: consider condos and townhomes. They may better fit your budget, can help you start building equity, and tend to require minimal upkeep and less maintenance. Looking at condos and townhomes…

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Don’t Let the Latest Home Price Headlines Confuse You

By Cheryl Bower | February 15, 2024

Based on what you’re hearing in the news about home prices, you may be worried they’re falling. But here’s the thing. The headlines aren’t giving you the full picture. If you look at the national data for 2023, home prices actually showed positive growth for the year. While this varies by market, and while there…

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Why So Many People Fall in Love with Homeownership

By Cheryl Bower | February 14, 2024

Chances are at some point in your life you’ve heard the phrase, home is where the heart is. There’s a reason that’s said so often. Becoming a homeowner is emotional. So, if you’re trying to decide if you want to keep on renting or if you’re ready to buy a home this year, here’s why…

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Bridging the Gaps on the Road to Homeownership

By Cheryl Bower | February 13, 2024

Homeownership is a major part of the American Dream. But, the path to achieving this dream can be quite difficult. While progress has been made to improve fair housing access, households of color still face unique challenges on the road to owning a home. Working with the right real estate experts can make all the…

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What’s Really Happening with Mortgage Rates?

By Cheryl Bower | February 12, 2024

Are you feeling a bit unsure about what’s really happening with mortgage rates? That might be because you’ve heard someone say they’re coming down. But then you read somewhere else that they’re up again. And that may leave you scratching your head and wondering what’s true. The simplest answer is: that what you read or…

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Winning Plays for Buying a Home in Today’s Market [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Cheryl Bower | February 9, 2024

Some Highlights In today’s housing market, you can still come out on top if you have the right team and plan. To win when buying a home, you need to build your team, make strategic plays, consider what’s in and out of bounds, and stand out from the crowd. Connect with a local real estate…

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Home Equity Can Be a Game Changer When You Sell

By Cheryl Bower | February 8, 2024

Are you on the fence about selling your house? While affordability is improving this year, it’s still tight. And that may be on your mind. But understanding your home equity could be the key to making your decision easier. An article from Bankrate explains: “Home equity is the difference between your home’s value and the…

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Why Pre-Approval Is Even More Important This Year

By Cheryl Bower | February 7, 2024

On the road to becoming a homeowner? If so, you may have heard the term pre-approval get tossed around. Let’s break down what it is and why it’s important if you’re looking to buy a home in 2024. What Pre-Approval Is As part of the homebuying process, your lender will look at your finances to…

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Houses Are Still Selling Fast

By Cheryl Bower | February 6, 2024

Have you been thinking about selling your house? If so, here’s some good news. While the housing market isn’t as frenzied as it was during the ‘unicorn’ years when houses were selling quicker than ever, they’re still selling faster than normal. The graph below uses data from Realtor.com to tell the story of median days…

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Why Having Your Own Agent Matters When Buying a New Construction Home

By Cheryl Bower | February 5, 2024

Finding the right home is one of the biggest challenges for potential buyers today. Right now, the supply of homes for sale is still low. But there is a bright spot. Newly built homes make up a larger percent of the total homes available for sale than normal. That’s why, if you’re craving more options,…

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