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Monthly Archives: July 2018

    You Need an Agent Who Will Always Put You First

    By Alison Brelie | July 31, 2018

    Whether you are a rookie homebuyer or have gone through the process many times, having a local real estate expert who is well versed in the neighborhood you are looking to move to, as well as the trends of that area, should be your goal while home shopping. One great example of an agent who is in... Read More

    The #1 Reason to Put Your House on The Market TODAY!

    By Alison Brelie | July 30, 2018

    The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released the results of their latest Existing Home Sales Report which revealed that home sales declined 0.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.38 million in June from 5.41 million in May, and are 2.2% below a year ago. Some may look at these numbers and think that now is a bad... Read More

    Selling Your Home? Here’s 2 Ways to Get the Best Price!

    By Alison Brelie | July 24, 2018

    Every homeowner wants to make sure that they maximize their financial reward when selling their home, but how do you guarantee that you receive the maximum value for your house? Here are two ways to ensure that you get the highest price possible. 1. Price it a Little Low This may seem counterintuitive, but let’s... Read More

    Lack of Listings Slowing Down the Market

    By Alison Brelie | July 23, 2018

    As the real estate market continues to move down the road to a complete recovery, we see home values and home sales increasing while distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) continue to fall to their lowest points in years. There is no doubt that the housing market will continue to strengthen throughout 2018. However, there... Read More

    What You Need to Know About the Mortgage Process

    By Alison Brelie | July 20, 2018

    Some Highlights: Many buyers are purchasing a home with a down payment as little as 3%. You may already qualify for a loan, even if you don’t have perfect credit. Information provided by: Keeping Current Matters Read More

    Demand for Homes to Buy Continues to Climb

    By Alison Brelie | July 18, 2018

    Across the United States, there is a severe mismatch between the low number of houses for sale and the high demand for those houses! First-time homebuyers are out in force and are being met with a highly competitive summer real estate market. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the inventory of homes for sale “has fallen year-over-year for... Read More

    4 REAL Reasons Why We Buy A Home!

    By Alison Brelie | July 17, 2018

    We often talk about why it makes financial sense to buy a home, but more often than not, the emotional reasons are the more powerful or compelling ones. No matter what shape or size your living space is, the concept and feeling of home can mean different things to different people. Whether it’s a certain... Read More

    Want to Sell Your House Faster? Don’t Forget to Stage!

    By Alison Brelie | July 13, 2018

    Some Highlights: The National Association of Realtors surveyed their members & released the findings of their Profile of Home Staging. 62% of seller’s agents say that staging a home decreases the amount of time a home spends on the market. 50% of staged homes saw a 1-10% increase in dollar-value offers from buyers. 77% of buyer’s agents said... Read More

    The #1 Reason to List Your House for Sale NOW!

    By Alison Brelie | July 10, 2018

    If you are debating whether or not to list your house for sale this year, here is the #1 reason not to wait! Buyer Demand Continues to Outpace the Supply of Homes for Sale The National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) Chief Economist Lawrence Yun recently commented on the current lack of inventory: “Inventory coming onto the market during this... Read More

    Cost Across Time

    By Alison Brelie | July 6, 2018

    Some Highlights: With interest rates still around 4.5%, now is a great time to look back at where rates have been over the last 40 years. Rates are projected to climb to 5.1% by this time next year according to Freddie Mac. The impact your interest rate makes on your monthly mortgage cost is significant! Lock... Read More