how long does it take to save for a down payment?


Saving for a down payment is often the biggest hurdle for a first-time homebuyer. Depending on where you live, median income, median rents, and home prices all vary. So, we set out to find out how long it would take...

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homeowners: now is a good time to sell your house


  Every month, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) releases their Seller Traffic Index as a part of their Realtors Confidence Index. In the latest release, NAR reported that homeowners have been reluctant to sell their houses. This is reflected when broken down by...

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demand for a pet-friendly home is on the rise


One of the many benefits of owning your own home is the freedom to find your ‘furever’ friend. By pointing out that your listing is a pet-friendly home, you’ll attract these buyers, rather than alienating the 68% of American households that...

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3 things you need to know about the housing market right now


  The best way to show what’s really going on in today’s real estate market is to go straight to the data! We put together the following three graphs along with a quote from Chief Economists that have their finger...

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your tax refund is the key to homeownership


Americans can expect an estimated average tax refund of $3,143 according to the IRS. This is down slightly from the average refund of $3,436 last year. Tax refunds can be considered extra money to use toward larger goals. For anyone looking to buy...

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46 million millennials can definitely afford a mortgage


Many have written about the millennial generation and whether or not they, as a whole, believe in homeownership as part of attaining the American Dream.   Millennials have taken longer to obtain traditional milestones than the generations before them, such...

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what’s going on with bidding wars in 2019


Photo by from Pexels   Bidding wars are common and expected in a strong seller’s market. This makes sense! A seller’s market is defined as a market in which the inventory of homes for sale cannot satisfy the number of buyers who want to...

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2 reasons for selling your home in march 2019


Heading into the spring 2019 buying market, there are strong trends starting to emerge. If you're thinking about selling, listen up.   The inventory of homes for sale has increased on a year-over-year basis for eight months in a row....

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4 ways to have a unique open house


According to the National Association of Realtors, total inventory has been growing for six months straight, as has the number of buyers looking to find their dream home. In a market where inventory is increasing, you want to stand out as unique!   This quote from Grandscope puts it well:...

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the housing market will “spring forward” this year!


Just like our clocks this weekend, in the majority of the country, the housing market will soon “spring forward!” Similar to tension in a spring, the lack of inventory available for sale has been holding back the market. Many potential sellers believe that waiting...

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