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2021 Home-Buying Insights From Mortgage Lenders

The majority of buyers purchase their home using a mortgage. So, what do mortgage lenders want buyers to know about buying a home—particularly in today’s hot real estate market? A recent article from realtor.com outlined the key insights mortgage lenders want home buyers to understand if they’re planning to buy a home in 2021, including: Get pre-approved from the get-go. Because...

Finding a New Home for Your Next Stage of Life

Imagine the first place you lived as a young adult. Now imagine trying to fit your life today into that space. Not pretty, right? For most of us, our housing needs are cyclical.1 A newly independent adult can find freedom and flexibility in even a tiny apartment. That same space, to a growing family, would feel stifling. For empty nesters, a large home with several unused bedrooms can become...

Is the Real Estate Market Going to Crash?

While many areas of the economy have contracted, the housing market has stayed remarkably strong. But can the good news last? When COVID-related shutdowns began in March, real estate brokers and clients scrambled to respond to the shift. Record-low interest rates caused some lenders to call a halt to new underwriting, and homeowners debated whether or not to put their houses on the market. However,...

Features Home Buyers Want Most in 2021

What buyers want in a home changes all the time. So, the question is—what are home buyers looking for in 2021? The National Association of Home Builders 2021 What Home Buyers Really Want report (outlined in a recent article from REALTOR® Magazine) explored the features that home buyers find the most desirable in 2021, including: So, what are the features that home buyers consider...

7 Tips To Be Competitive In This Hot Real Estate Market

Buying real estate in a hot market can be challenging even for those with plenty of experience. Everyone (even your unemployed cousin) offers advice on how to "win the deal." There is not one guaranteed formula for getting your offer accepted but an experience Realtor® who knows the market can provide tips to increase your odds. These are my "Top 7" Tips for buyers in a hot real estate market....

Home Maintenance Projects to Tackle This Winter

Winter is a great time for hot chocolate, cozying up by the fire, and playing in the snow. It also happens to be a great time to tackle home maintenance projects. But what home projects should you plan to add to your to-do list this winter? A recent article from realtor.com outlined the maintenance tasks homeowners should plan to tackle this winter (and save themselves money and...

Insights into the 2021 Housing Market

2021 is officially upon us. But how, exactly, is the new year shaping up through the lens of real estate? HomeLight’s Top Agent Insights Q4 2020 Report surveyed over 1,000 real estate agents for their insights into the 2021 housing market, including: Lack of inventory will continue to pose challenges in 2021. A lack of homes for sale presented one of the biggest challenges for buyers in...

Buying A Home Sight Unseen? Avoid These Mistakes

Because of social distancing, stay-at-home orders, and other COVID-related challenges, buying a home sight unseen has become increasingly common. And when you do it the right way, you can find exactly what you’re looking for in a property—without ever actually seeing it in person. But if you do it the wrong way? It can be a real challenge. So, the question is, what are the biggest mistakes buyers...

New Year, New Home? Set Homeownership Goals Whether You’re Buying, Selling, or Staying Put

The start of a new year always compels people to take a fresh look at their goals, from health and career to relationships and finance. But with historically low mortgage rates, increased home sales and price growth, and a tight housing inventory, the time is right to also make some homeownership resolutions for 2021. Home buyers, is this the year you work to improve your credit score, pay down some...

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Winter Real Estate Market Will Be HOT

Winter is typically a slower season in real estate—but 2020 is poised to change that in a big way. Low inventory, high buyer demand, and record-low interest rates are setting up this winter season to be one of the best seller’s markets in recent history—and if you’re thinking about selling your home, now is a great time to make a move. But how can you take advantage of this historic...

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