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5 Tips for Starting Your Home Search

By chriscollins | October 21, 2019

In today’s market, low inventory dominates the conversation in many areas of the country. It can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren’t prepared. Here are five tips from realtor.com’s article, “How to Find Your Dream Home—Without Losing Your Mind.” 1. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage Before You Start Your Search…

Homes Are Selling Quickly [INFOGRAPHIC]

By chriscollins | October 18, 2019

Some Highlights: The National Association of REALTORS® surveyed their members for the release of their Confidence Index. The REALTORS® Confidence Index is a key indicator of housing market strength based on a monthly survey sent to over 50,000 real estate practitioners. Practitioners are asked about their expectations for home sales, prices, and market conditions. Homes across the country are selling…

3 Reasons This is NOT the 2008 Real Estate Market

By chriscollins | October 17, 2019

Today’s real estate market is nothing like the 2008 market. When an economic slowdown happens, it won’t resemble the last one. No one knows for sure when the next recession will occur. What is known, however, is that the upcoming economic slowdown will not be caused by a housing market crash, as was the case…

3 Reasons to Use a Real Estate Pro in a Complex Digital World

By chriscollins | October 16, 2019

If you’re searching for a home online, you’re not alone; lots of people are doing it. The question is, are you using all of your available resources, and are you using them wisely? Here’s why the Internet is a great place to start the home-buying process, and the truth on why it should never be…

Be on the Lookout for Gen Z: The Next Generation of Homebuyers

By chriscollins | October 15, 2019

Gen Zers are the next generation of homeowners, and they’re eager to jump in and buy their first homes. Whether you are part of this generation or any other, it’s never too early to start saving, so you can reach your homeownership goal sooner rather than later. You’ve likely heard a ton about Millennials, but…

Existing-Home Sales Report Indicates Now Is a Great Time to Sell

By chriscollins | October 14, 2019

Based on the current state of the market, trends are shifting in favor of sellers. If you are going to sell, now may be the time to take advantage of the number of buyers who are searching for their dream home. The best time to sell anything is when demand for that item is high…

What You Need to Know About the Mortgage Process [INFOGRAPHIC]

By chriscollins | October 11, 2019

Some Highlights: Many buyers are purchasing homes with down payments as little as 3%. You may already qualify for a loan, even if you don’t have perfect credit. Your local professionals are here to help you determine how much you can afford, so take advantage of the opportunity to learn more. from Simplifying the Market™…

You Need More Than a Guide. You Need a Sherpa.

By chriscollins | October 10, 2019

In today’s world, hiring an agent who has a finger on the pulse of the market will make your buying or selling experience an educated one. In a normal housing market, whether you’re buying or selling a home, you need an experienced guide to help you navigate the process. You need someone you can turn…

Homeownership is the Top Contributor to Your Net Worth

By chriscollins | October 9, 2019

Recently two U.S. Census Bureau researchers released their findings on the biggest determinants of household wealth. What they found may help shape your view on building your family’s net worth. Many people plan to build their net worth by buying CDs or stocks, or just having a savings account. Recently, however, Economist Jonathan Eggleston and…

What FICO® Score Do You Need to Qualify for a Mortgage?

By chriscollins | October 8, 2019

It’s common knowledge that your FICO® score plays an important role in the homebuying process. However, many buyers have misconceptions regarding what exactly is required to get the loans they need. While a recent announcement from CNBC shares that the average national FICO® score has reached an all-time high of 706, the good news for…

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