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3 Reasons to Be Optimistic about Real Estate in 2021

By zebrastripes123 | December 16, 2020

3 Reasons to Be Optimistic about Real Estate in 2021 | Simplifying The MarketThis year will be remembered for many reasons, and optimism is one thing that’s been in short supply since the spring. We’re experiencing a global pandemic, social unrest, an economic downturn, and natural disasters, just to name a few. The challenges brought on by the health crisis have also forced many homeowners to reevaluate their […]

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The Holidays Aren’t Stopping Homebuyers This Year

By zebrastripes123 | December 15, 2020

The Holidays Aren’t Stopping Homebuyers This Year | Simplifying The MarketBlack Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us, yet finding the perfect holiday gifts for friends and family is certainly still top of mind for many right now. This year, there’s another type of buyer that’s very active this holiday season – the homebuyer. Each month, ShowingTime releases their Showing Index which tracks the average number of appointments received […]

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5 Steps to Follow When Applying for Forbearance

By zebrastripes123 | December 14, 2020

5 Steps to Follow When Applying for Forbearance | Simplifying The MarketIf you’re currently feeling the stress of affording your mortgage payment, or if you know someone who is, there’s still time to get help. For homeowners experiencing financial hardship this year, the CARES Act provides mortgage payment deferral options, creating much-needed relief in these challenging times. It’s important, however, to understand how forbearance works. It’s […]

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Winning as a Buyer in a Sellers’ Market [INFOGRAPHIC]

By zebrastripes123 | December 11, 2020

Winning as a Buyer in a Sellers’ Market [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

Some Highlights

  • Buying a home in today’s sellers’ market doesn’t have to feel like an uphill battle.
  • Here are four ways to make sure you’re positioned for success when making a home purchase, even when the scale tips toward sellers.
  • Let’s connect to make sure you’re armed for victory in the housing market this season.
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Why It Makes Sense to Sell Your House This Holiday Season

By zebrastripes123 | December 10, 2020

Why It Makes Sense to Sell Your House This Holiday Season | Simplifying The MarketIf you’re one of the many homeowners thinking about taking your house off the market for the holidays, hang on. You definitely don’t want to miss the great selling opportunity you have right now. Here’s why this month is the optimal time to make sure your house is available for holiday buyers. The latest Existing Home […]

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Are Home Prices Headed Toward Bubble Territory?

By zebrastripes123 | December 9, 2020

Are Home Prices Headed Toward Bubble Territory? | Simplifying The MarketTalk of a housing bubble is beginning to crop up as home prices have appreciated at a rapid pace this year. This is understandable since the appreciation of residential real estate is well above historic annual averages. According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), annual appreciation since 1991 has averaged 3.8%. Here are the […]

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An Honest Look at Unemployment Numbers

By zebrastripes123 | December 8, 2020

An Honest Look at Unemployment Numbers | Simplifying The MarketLast Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the November Jobs Report. It revealed that, though headed in the right direction, the nation’s job recovery has slowed. The consensus reaction is best exemplified by a quote from Glassdoor Senior Economist, Daniel Zhao: “We saw positive job gains, but I think the sentiment is largely negative […]

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How Remote Work Can Power Your Vacation Home Sale

By zebrastripes123 | December 7, 2020

How Remote Work Can Power Your Vacation Home Sale | Simplifying The MarketThis year, the opportunity to work remotely has increased the demand for vacation homes. Gay Cororaton, Senior Economist and Director of Housing and Commercial Research at the National Association of Realtors (NAR), notes: “Working from home is a positive factor in demand for vacation homes.” Buyers are taking advantage of the fact that working from […]

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The Path to Homeownership [INFOGRAPHIC]

By zebrastripes123 | December 4, 2020

Some Highlights

If you’re thinking of buying a home and not sure where to start, you’re not alone.
Here’s a map with 10 simple steps to follow in the homebuying process.
Let’s connect today to discuss the specific steps along the way in our local ar…

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A New Way to Shop for Homes in a Virtual World

By zebrastripes123 | December 3, 2020

A New Way to Shop for Homes in a Virtual World | Simplifying The MarketIn a year when we’re learning to do so much remotely, homebuying is no exception. From going to work to attending school, grocery shopping, and even seeing our doctors online, digital practices have changed the way we live. This year, rather than delaying their home purchases, buyers – alongside their trusted real estate professionals – […]

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With Home Values Surging, Is it Still Affordable to Buy Right Now?

By zebrastripes123 | December 2, 2020

Housing inventory is at an all-time low.Housing inventory is at an all-time low. Realtor.com just reported that there are 39% fewer homes for sale today than there were last year. At the same time, buyer demand remains strong. In a recent newsletter, research analyst Ivy Zelman explained: “Although the headwind of severe supply constraints in most markets has contributed to slight […]

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Knowledge Is Power on the Path to Homeownership

By zebrastripes123 | December 1, 2020

Knowledge Is Power on the Path to Homeownership | Simplifying The MarketHomeownership is on the goal list for many young adults, but sometimes it’s hard to know exactly how to get there. From understanding the homebuying process to pre-approval and down payment assistance options, uncertainty along the way can ultimately hold some buyers back. Today, there are over 75 million Millennials and 67 million Gen Z’ers […]

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