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

By Stacey Towns | Aug 3, 2021

With Rents on the Rise – Is Now the Time To Buy? | Simplifying The MarketAccording 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. As it notes: “Beyond simply recovering to pre-pandemic levels, rents across the country are surging. Typically, rents fluctuate less than […]

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Key Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying a Home

By Stacey Towns | Aug 2, 2021

Key Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying a Home | Simplifying The MarketSometimes it can feel like everyone has advice when it comes to buying a home. While your friends and loved ones may have your best interests in mind, they may also be missing crucial information about today’s housing market that you need to make your best decision. Before you decide whether you’re ready to buy […]

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Waiting To Buy a Home Could Cost You [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Stacey Towns | Jul 30, 2021

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If you’re thinking of buying a home but wondering if waiting a few years will save you in the long run, think again.
The longer the wait, the more you’ll pay, especially when mortgage rates and home prices rise. Even the slightest ch…

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Home Sellers: There Is an Extra Way To Welcome Home Our Veterans

By Stacey Towns | Jul 29, 2021

Home Sellers: There Is an Extra Way To Welcome Home Our Veterans | Simplifying The MarketSome veterans are finding it difficult to obtain a home in today’s market. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR): “Conventional conforming mortgages (mortgages that conform to guidelines set by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac), accounted for 74% of mortgages obtained by homebuyers in May 2021, an increase from about 65% during 2018 through […]

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4 Reasons Why the End of Forbearance Will Not Lead to a Wave of Foreclosures

By Stacey Towns | Jul 28, 2021

4 Reasons Why the End of Forbearance Will Not Lead to a Wave of Foreclosures | Simplifying The MarketWith forbearance plans about to come to an end, many are concerned the housing market will experience a wave of foreclosures like what happened after the housing bubble 15 years ago. Here are four reasons why that won’t happen. 1. There are fewer homeowners in trouble this time After the last housing crash, about 9.3 […]

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A Look at Housing Supply and What It Means for Sellers

By Stacey Towns | Jul 27, 2021

A Look at Housing Supply and What It Means for Sellers | Simplifying The MarketOne 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. It means your house will get more attention, and […]

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3 Hot Topics in the Housing Market Right Now

By Stacey Towns | Jul 26, 2021

3 Hot Topics in the Housing Market Right Now | Simplifying The MarketIf you’re a prospective buyer or seller, it’s important to understand the current real estate market conditions and how they affect you. The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) just released its Top Ten Issues Affecting Real Estate report. Here are three hot topics from the list and how they impact today’s housing market. Technology Acceleration and […]

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Pop Quiz: Can You Define These Key Terms in Today’s Housing Market? [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Stacey Towns | Jul 23, 2021

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The language of buying and selling a home may sound scary at first, but knowing how key terms relate to today’s market can help you. For example, current low mortgage rates and higher wages positively impact affordability for buyers,…

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Home Design Trends to Watch this Year

By Stacey Towns | Mar 20, 2018

We frequently get questions from clients who are taking on decorating and remodeling projects and want to ensure their dollars are invested wisely. Which looks will last for years to come, and which ones will feel dated quickly? What colors and styles are most popular among buyers in our area? How can I add the […]

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