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    • 2020 Homebuying Checklist

      Some Highlights:

      • If you’re thinking of buying a home, plan ahead and stay on the right track, starting with pre-approval.
      • Being proactive about the homebuying process will help set you up for success in each step.
      • Make sure to work with a trusted real estate professional along the way, to help guide you through the homebuying steps specific to your area.
      Written by Caety James
    • The #1 Reason It Is Difficult to Find Your Dream Home

      The headlines in real estate today all revolve around one major point: there is a shortage of homes available for sale. Price appreciation is accelerating again because there is a shortage of homes available for sale. First-time buyers are taking longer to purchase a home because there is a shortage of homes available for sale […]
      Written by Caety James
    • How Buyers Can Win By Downsizing in 2020

      Home values have been increasing for 93 consecutive months, according to the National Association of Realtors. If you’re a homeowner, particularly one looking to downsize your living space, that’s great news, as you’ve likely built significant equity in your home. Here’s some more good news: mortgage rates are expected to remain low throughout 2020 at […]
      Written by Caety James
    • The 2 Surprising Things Homebuyers Really Want

      In a market where current inventory is low, it’s normal to think buyers might be willing to give up a few desirable features in their home search in order to make finding a house a little easier. Don’t be fooled, though – there’s still an interest in the market for some key upgrades. Here’s a […]
      Written by Caety James
    • Make the Dream of Homeownership a Reality in 2020

      In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. led and inspired a powerful movement with his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Through his passion and determination, he sparked interest, ambition, and courage in his audience. Today, reflecting on his message encourages many of us to think about our own dreams, goals, beliefs, and aspirations. For many […]
      Written by Caety James
    • Where Homebuyers Are Heading By Generation [INFOGRAPHIC]

      Some Highlights:

      • Whether capitalizing on job opportunities, affordability, or warm-weather places to retire, Americans are making moves to these top cities to take advantage of the strength in the current housing market.
      • A strong economy and lower mortgage rates have made it easier for many would-be buyers to get into the market. According to realtor.com, it just depends on which market.
      • To find the top market in our area, let’s get together.
      Written by Caety James
    • Housing Inventory Vanishing: What Is the Impact on You?

      The real estate market is expected to do very well this year as mortgage rates remain at historic lows. One challenge to the housing industry is the lack of homes available for sale. Last week, move.com released a report showing that 2020 is beginning with the lowest available housing inventory in two years. The report […]
      Written by Caety James
    • 2020 Luxury Market Forecast

      By the end of last year, many homeowners found themselves with more equity than they realized, and at the same time their wages were increasing. When those two factors unite, it can spark homeowners to think about making a move to a larger or more expensive home in the luxury space. That said, now is […]
      Written by Caety James
    • Buying a Home Early Can Significantly Increase Future Wealth

      According to an Urban Institute study, homeowners who purchase a house before age 35 are better prepared for retirement at age 60. The good news is, our younger generations are strong believers in homeownership. According to a Freddie Mac survey, “The dream of homeownership is alive and well within “Generation Z,” the demographic cohort following Millennials. Our […]
      Written by Caety James