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Question: Are Higher Mortgage Rates Here To Stay?

Are Higher Mortgage Rates Here To Stay?Mortgage rates have been back on the rise recently and that’s getting a lot of attention from the press. If you’ve been following the,

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The Benefits of Owning Your First Home

Understanding the Benefits of Owning Your First HomeAre you considering buying your first home? If so, it can be helpful to know what led other people to make that decision. According to a 

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Housing Inventory Shows a Crash Isn’t on the Horizon

Why Today’s Housing Inventory Shows a Crash Isn’t on the HorizonYou might remember the housing crash in 2008, even if you didn't own a home at the time. If you’re worried

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Today’s Housing Inventory Shows a Crash Isn’t on the Horizo

Why Today’s Housing Inventory Shows a Crash Isn’t on the HorizonYou might remember the housing crash in 2008, even if you didn't own a home at the time. If you’re worried

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Rates: Past, Present, and Possible Future

Mortgage Rates: Past, Present, and Possible FutureIf you’re hoping to buy a home this year, you’re probably paying close attention to mortgage rates. Since mortgage rates

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Are Home prices rebounding

Home Prices Are ReboundingIf you’re following the news today, you may feel a bit unsure about what’s happening with home prices and fear whether or not the worst is yet to.

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Homeownership Win in the Long Run

Why Homeownership Wins in the Long RunToday’s higher mortgage rates, inflationary pressures, and concerns about a potential recession have some people questioning: should I still buy a home

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Homebuyers Need To Know About Credit Scores

What Homebuyers Need To Know About Credit ScoresIf you’re thinking about buying a home, you should know your credit score’s a critical piece of the puzzle when it comes to qualifying for

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Real Estate Is Still Considered the Best Long-Term

Real Estate Is Still Considered the Best Long-Term InvestmentWith all the headlines circulating about home prices and rising mortgage rates, you may wonder if it still makes sense to invest in

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The Worst Home Price Declines - Behind Us

The Worst Home Price Declines / Behind UsIf you’re following the news today, you may feel a bit unsure about what’s happening with home prices and fear whether or not the worst is yet to

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Best Time To Sell Your House Is When Others Aren’t Selling

The Best Time To Sell Your House Is When Others Aren’t SellingIf you’re thinking about selling your house, you should know the number of homes for sale right now is low. That’s

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The Best Time To Sell - When Others Aren’t Selling

The Best Time To Sell Your House Is When Others Aren’t SellingIf you’re thinking about selling your house, you should know the number of homes for sale right now is low. That’s

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Buying a Home Makes More Sense Than Renting

Why Buying a Home Makes More Sense Than Renting TodayWondering if you should continue renting or if you should buy a home this year? If so, consider this. Rental affordability is still a challenge

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Falling out of Love with Your House?

Falling out of Love with Your House? It May Be Time To Move.Owning a home means having a place that’s solely your own and provides the space, features, and location you and your loved ones.

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Trying To Buy a Home?

Trying To Buy a Home? Hang in there.We’re still in a sellers’ market. And if you’re looking to buy a home, that means you’re likely facing some unique challenges, like

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How Homeownership Is Life-Changing for Many Women

How Homeownership Is Life-Changing for Many WomenThroughout Women’s History Month, we reflect on the impact women have in our lives, and that includes impact on the housing market. In fact,

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2 Things Sellers Need To Know

2 Things Sellers Need To Know This SpringA lot has changed over the past year, and you might be wondering what’s in store for the spring housing market. If you’re planning to sell your

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What’s Going on with Home Prices?

Wondering What’s Going on with Home Prices?The recent changes in home prices are top of mind for many as the housing market begins gearing up for spring. It can be hard to navigate

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You May Not Need as Much Down Payment as You Think

You May Not Need as Much as You Think for Your Down Payment Some HighlightsMany people believe you need to put down 20% of the purchase price when you buy a home. But recent

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Do you need Pre-Approval in 2023

Pre-Approval in 2023: What You Need To KnowOne of the first steps in your homebuying journey is getting pre-approved. To understand why it’s such an important step, you need to

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How Much You Need To Save for a Down Payment?

Wondering How Much You Need To Save for a Down Payment?If you’re getting ready to buy your first home, you’re likely focused on saving up for everything that purchase involves. One cost

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Planning To Sell Your House?

Planning To Sell Your House? It’s Critical To Hire a Pro.With higher mortgage rates and moderating buyer demand, conditions in the housing market are different today. And if you’re

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Source of Strength for Homeowners Today

Home Equity: A Source of Strength for Homeowners TodayExperts agree there’s no chance of a large-scale foreclosure crisis like we saw back in 2008, and that’s good news for the

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Some good news for those people still looking to buy a home.

3 Trends That Are Good News for Today’s HomebuyersWhile higher mortgage rates are creating affordability challenges for homebuyers this year, there is some good news for

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Ahead for Home Prices?

What’s Ahead for Home Prices?As the housing market cools in response to the dramatic rise in mortgage rates, home price appreciation is cooling as well. And if you’re

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What Are Experts Saying concerning the Housing Market?

What Are Experts Saying About the Fall Housing Market?The housing market is rapidly changing from the peak frenzy it saw over the past two years. That means you probably have questions

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Strength of Homeowners Today

The True Strength of Homeowners TodayThe real estate market is on just about everyone’s mind these days. That’s because the unsustainable market of the past two years is behind us, and

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Buyers Are Regaining Some of Their Negotiation Power

Buyers Are Regaining Some of Their Negotiation Power in Today’s Housing MarketIf you're thinking about buying a home today, there's welcome news. Even though it’s still a sellers

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Should I sell my home now ?

Should I Sell My House This Year?There’s no denying the housing market is undergoing a shift this season as buyer demand slows and the number of homes for sale grows. But that

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Should I sell my home now ?

Should I Sell My House This Year?There’s no denying the housing market is undergoing a shift this season as buyer demand slows and the number of homes for sale grows. But that

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Take a look at what's Actually Happening with Home Prices Today?

What’s Actually Happening with Home Prices Today?One of the biggest questions people are asking right now is: what’s happening with home prices? There are headlines about ongoing

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You May Want To Start Your Home Search Today

Why You May Want To Start Your Home Search TodayIf you’re thinking about buying a home, you likely have a lot of factors on your mind. You’re weighing your own needs against higher

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Tips for Buying a Home Today

3 Tips for Buying a Home TodayIf you put off your home search at any point over the past two years, you may want to consider picking it back up based on today’s housing market conditions.

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Housing Market Won’t Crash

Why Experts Say the Housing Market Won’t Crash [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsMany people remember the housing crash in 2008, but experts say today’s market is fundamentally different

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Reasons To Buy a Home in Today’s Shifting Market

Three Reasons To Buy a Home in Today’s Shifting Market [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsThe housing market is moving away from the frenzy of the past year and it’s opening doors for you if&

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Now May Be The Time To Buy a Homa

Want To Buy a Home? Now May Be the Time.There are more homes for sale today than at any time last year. So, if you tried to buy a home last year and were outbid or out priced,

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GOOD NEWS Drop in Mortgage Rates Brings Good News for Homebuyers

The Drop in Mortgage Rates Brings Good News for HomebuyersOver the past few weeks, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate from Freddie Mac fell by half a percent. The drop happened over

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New post "Is Homeownership Still the American Dream? "

Is Homeownership Still the American Dream?Defining the American dream is personal, and no one individual will have the same definition as another. But the feelings it brings about – success,

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Items to Avoid After Applying for a Home Loan

Things you need to Avoid After Applying for a Home LoanOnce you’ve applied for a mortgage to buy a home, there are some key things to keep in mind. While it’s exciting to start

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Rest of the Year Hold for the Housing Market?

What Does the Rest of the Year Hold for the Housing Market?If you’re thinking of buying or selling a house, you’re at an exciting decision point. And anytime you make

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Rising Mortgage Rates Push Buyers off the Fence

Why Rising Mortgage Rates Push Buyers off the FenceIf you’re thinking about buying a home, you’ve probably heard mortgage rates are rising and have wondered what that

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Home Price Appreciation Is Great News for Existing Homeowners

Today’s Home Price Appreciation Is Great News for Existing HomeownersIf you’re planning to sell your home this season, rising prices are great news for you. But it’s

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Best way to Approach Rising Mortgage Rates

How To Approach Rising Mortgage Rates as a BuyerIn the last few weeks, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate from Freddie Mac inched up to 5%. While that news may have you questioning

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What’s Happening with Mortgage Rates ?

What’s Happening with Mortgage Rates, and Where Will They Go from Here?Based on the Primary Mortgage Market Survey from Freddie Mac, the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has

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There are Many Benefits of Homeownership

The Many Benefits of HomeownershipThe past two years have taught us the true value of homeownership, especially the stability and the feeling of accomplishment it can provide. But homeownership

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Spring Presents Sellers with a Golden Opportunity

This Spring Presents Sellers with a Golden OpportunityIf you’re thinking of selling your house this year, timing is crucial. After all, you’ll want to balance getting the most

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Real Estate Voted the Best Investment for Eight Years

Real Estate Voted the Best Investment Eight Years in a RowIn an annual Gallup poll, Americans chose real estate as the best long-term investment. And it’s not the first time it&rsquo

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Top Indicator if You Want To Know Where Mortgage Rates Are Going

The Top Indicator if You Want To Know Where Mortgage Rates Are HeadingMortgage rates have increased significantly since the beginning of the year. Each Thursday, Freddie Mac releases its

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Why Pre-Approval Is Key for Homebuyers

Why Pre-Approval Is Key for Homebuyers in 2022You may have heard that it’s important to get pre-approved for a mortgage at the beginning of the homebuying process, but what

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Inflation Shouldn’t Stop You from Buying a Home in 2022

Why Inflation Shouldn’t Stop You from Buying a Home in 2022If you’re following along with the news today, you’re probably hearing a lot about record-breaking home prices, rising

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When you house becomes a Home !

When a House Becomes a HomeIt’s clear that owning a home makes financial sense. But lately, the emotional side of what drives homeownership is becoming increasingly

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f You Think the Housing Market Will Slow This Winter

If You Think the Housing Market Will Slow This Winter, Think Again.From the opportunity to take advantage of today’s low mortgage rates to changing homeowner needs, Americans

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Is it Easier To Buy a Home Now

Why It Just Became Much Easier To Buy a HomeSince the pandemic began, Americans have reevaluated the meaning of the word home. That’s led some renters to realize the many benefits of

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The Heart of the home

Home Is Where the Heart Is More than Ever This YearThere’s no denying the financial benefits of homeownership, but what’s often overlooked are the feelings of gratitude,

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Home Sales About To Surge

Home Sales About To Surge? We May See a Winter Like Never Before.Like most industries, residential real estate has a seasonality to it. For example, toy stores sell more toys in October, November,

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Why a Wave of Foreclosures Is Not on the Way today

Why a Wave of Foreclosures Is Not on the WayWith forbearance plans coming to an end, many are concerned the housing market will experience a wave of foreclosures similar to what happened after the

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4 Tips To Prep for Your Home Sale

4 Tips To Prep for Your Home Sale Even in a hot sellers’ market like today’s in which homes are selling so quickly, it’s still important to make a good first

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