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Tuesday, July 27, 2021   /   by Christine Elwood

Why You Are Having Trouble Buying a Home

The real estate market across the country has seen tremendous movement throughout the pandemic making it difficult for buyers to find their next dream home. While it may be more challenging than a year or two ago, finding your next home is still possible! Below we break down the complexities of today's market and what you can do to prepare!
Understanding Goals & Market Conditions
People often ask us about the first step in the home buying process. No matter what the market looks like, we recommend hiring a realtor you trust and working with them to understand your motivations and establishing clear goals. Market conditions heavily impact the decision-making process, so having your goals clear will help you and your realtor navigate the market. As part of your discovery process, you may realize the current market is not for you, and that's okay! We want you to be comfortable and happy with your purchase, so we have outlined some of the market challenges you will need to consider.
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Wednesday, July 14, 2021   /   by Christine Elwood

5 Tips For An Easy Transition to A New State

Moving out of state is a major life change, and there are quite a few steps to consider making the most of this transition. Some people prefer to take a "wing it" approach and deal with the various issues as they arise. On the other hand, some people prefer to take a systematic approach to plan and outline how this transition will happen. If you prefer a more planned approach, check out the tips below to ease through this big move!

Tip 1: Learn About The New Area
One of the best ways to get ahead of the curve is to research the town or city you are planning to relocate to. If you can do so, travel to the new area before moving to become acclimated with your surroundings! Also, remember to check out the local dining options, entertainment venues, public transportation, etc. If you have little ones, you may also consider researching local school districts to provide them with a strong education!


Compare your area to a new area using this tool: Compare Areas
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Wednesday, June 23, 2021   /   by Christine Elwood

How the Pandemic has Paved the Path for Future Home Selling

The last year and a half have been challenging for people across the globe, and many industries have had to adapt to keep providing service to keep up with demand. For the real estate industry, this was no different. With extreme uncertainty and fast-paced market movements, the real estate industry saw a massive shift in how people bought and sold homes. Even though these changes were a response to the pandemic, we expect some changes will remain in the short run, and some will stick around for good.

Market Speed
Whether you are buying your first house or looking to maximize your profit from the sale of your home, you may be overwhelmed by the speed of today's market. With inventory remaining low, it can be hard as a buyer to find your dream home, and when you do, the property may come off the market in as fast as a few hours. On the other side, sellers with strong marketing are experiencing a high volume of showings and multiple offer situations that need to be vetted quickly. Tak; ...

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Friday, March 23, 2018   /   by Cole Elwood

This is a must read if you are thinking of selling your home in the next 6 months-

There are many economic variables to consider when selling your home when interest rates are rising. If that’s the only changing economic variable, you’re generally going to see a negative impact on both home sales and home prices. This means as interest rates rise, the buyer pool for your home is going to shrink.
In 2008, the Federal Reserve set rates at 0.25 percent because of the recession and the lack of buyer confidence or demand. Since then, buyer confidence and buyer demand have risen. In December 2015, rates climbed to 0.5 percent and continued to rise to where they are today at 1.5 percent. The Fed has noted rates will rise to 2 percent in 2018 and then 3 percent by 2020.
What Happens to the Ability to Sell Your Home With These Rises in Interest Rates?If interest rates rise 1 percent and all other economic factors remain the same, purchasing power for homebuyers will decrease by just over 11 percent; therefore, every quarter-percent (0.25 percent) rise of interes. ...

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Thursday, October 26, 2017   /   by Christine Elwood

Should I Sell My Home Now or Wait Until the Spring?

There are many questions homeowners ask themselves during the selling process. "How much will my home sell for?"  "How much should I list my home for?"  "Who should I select as a real estate agent to sell my home?"  "What if the real estate agent overprices my home?"  Last but not least, "Is this a good time to be selling a home?" is also a very common question that real estate agents are asked.
As with every decision in life, there are pros and cons, and choosing when to sell a home is no different. There are many factors that need to be taken into consideration before deciding when to sell a home. Many homeowners believe selling a home during the fall or winter months is not a good idea and that the spring is the only time a house should be sold. This is the furthest from the truth. Certainly most real estate markets across the United States experience a "spring market rush" every year. There is no doubt that the "spring market" is a grea. ...

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