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The Top 2 Reasons To Consider a Newly Built Home

The Top 2 Reasons To Consider a Newly Built HomeWhen you’re planning a move, it’s normal to wonder where you’ll end up and what your future home is going to look like. Maybe

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Why Home Prices Keep Going Up

Why Home Prices Keep Going UpIf you've ever dreamed of buying your own place, or selling your current house to upgrade, you're no stranger to the rollercoaster of emotions changing home prices

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Why Is Housing Inventory So Low?

Why Is Housing Inventory So Low?One question that’s top of mind if you’re thinking about making a move today is: Why is it so hard to find a house to buy? And while

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Mortgage Rates: Past, Present, and Possible Future

Mortgage Rates: Past, Present, and Possible FutureIf you’re hoping to buy a home this year, you’re probably paying close attention to mortgage rates. Since mortgage rates

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Buyer Traffic Is Still Stronger than the Norm

Buyer Traffic Is Still Stronger than the NormAre you putting off selling your house because you’re worried no one’s buying because of where mortgage rates are? If so, know:

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Pricing Your House Right Still Matters Today

Pricing Your House Right Still Matters TodayJuly 31, 2023For SellersPricingMarket UpdatesWhile this isn’t the frenzied market we saw during the ‘unicorn’ years, homes that are

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Explaining Today’s Mortgage Rates

Explaining Today’s Mortgage RatesJuly 19, 2023For BuyersInterest RatesHousing Market UpdatesIf you’re following mortgage rates because you know they impact your borrowing

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Today’s Housing Inventory Is a Sweet Spot for Sellers

Today’s Housing Inventory Is a Sweet Spot for SellersJuly 6, 2023For SellersHousing Market UpdatesSelling MythsOne of the biggest challenges in the housing market right now is how few

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Are Home Prices Going Up or Down? That Depends…

Are Home Prices Going Up or Down? That Depends…June 12, 2023For BuyersPricingFirst Time Home BuyersMove-Up BuyersHousing Market UpdatesMedia coverage about what’s happening with home

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Powerful Job Market Fuels Homebuyer Demand

Powerful Job Market Fuels Homebuyer DemandMay 18, 2023For SellersHousing Market UpdatesThe spring housing market has been surprisingly active this year. Even with affordability challenges

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The Three Factors Affecting Home Affordability Today

The Three Factors Affecting Home Affordability TodayApril 26, 2023For BuyersPricingFirst Time Home BuyersInterest RatesMove-Up BuyersHousing Market UpdatesThere’s been a lot of focus on higher

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Think Twice Before Waiting for Lower Home Prices

Think Twice Before Waiting for Lower Home PricesApril 17, 2023For BuyersPricingFirst Time Home BuyersMillennialsMove-Up BuyersHousing Market UpdatesAs the housing market continues to change, you may

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Why Aren’t Home Prices Crashing?

Why Aren’t Home Prices Crashing?There have been a lot of shifts in the housing market recently. Mortgage rates rose dramatically last year, impacting many people’s ability to buy a home.

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Get Ready: The Best Time To List Your House Is Almost Here

Get Ready: The Best Time To List Your House Is Almost HereMarch 27, 2023For SellersSelling MythsIf you’re thinking about selling this spring, it’s time to get moving –

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Should You Consider Buying a Newly Built Home?

Should You Consider Buying a Newly Built Home?If you’re thinking about buying a home, you might be focusing on previously owned ones. But with so few houses for sale today, it makes sense

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Why Today’s Housing Market Isn’t Headed for a Crash

Why Today’s Housing Market Isn’t Headed for a Crash67% of Americans say a housing market crash is imminent in the next three years. With all the talk in the media lately about

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Experts Forecast a Turnaround in the Housing Market in 2023

 Experts Forecast a Turnaround in the Housing Market in 2023The housing market has gone through a lot of change recently, and much of that was a result of how quickly mortgage rates 

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The 3 Factors That Affect Home Affordability

The 3 Factors That Affect Home AffordabilityIf you’ve been following the housing market over the last couple of years, you’ve likely heard about growing affordability challenges. But

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Think Twice Before Waiting for 3% Mortgage Rates

Think Twice Before Waiting for 3% Mortgage RatesLast year, the Federal Reserve took action to try to bring down inflation. In response to those efforts, mortgage rates jumped up

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Is It Time To Sell Your Second Home?

Is It Time To Sell Your Second Home?During the pandemic, second homes became popular because of the rise in work-from-home flexibility. That’s because owning a second home, especially in the

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You May Have More Negotiation Power When You Buy a Home Today

You May Have More Negotiation Power When You Buy a Home TodayDid the frequency and intensity of bidding wars over the past two years make you put your home search on hold? If so, you

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Es posible que tenga más poder de negociación cuando compre una casa hoy

Es posible que tenga más poder de negociación cuando compre una casa hoy 14 14UTC diciembre 14UTC 2022  Mitos sobre la compra, Compradores de vivienda por primera

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¿Listo para vender? La oferta de la vivienda de hoy le brinda dos oportunidades.

¿Listo para vender? La oferta de la vivienda de hoy le brinda dos oportunidades. 13 13UTC diciembre 13UTC 2022  Para los vendedores, Actualizaciones del mercado de la

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Ready To Sell? Today’s Housing Supply Gives You Two Opportunities.

Ready To Sell? Today’s Housing Supply Gives You Two Opportunities.At first glance, the increase in housing supply compared to last year may not sound like good news for prospective ,

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Why You May Want To Start Your Home Search Today

Why You May Want To Start Your Home Search TodayIf you’re thinking about buying a home, you likely have a lot of factors on your mind. You’re weighing your own needs against higher

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What’s Actually Happening with Home Prices Today?

What’s Actually Happening with Home Prices Today?One of the biggest questions people are asking right now is: what’s happening with home prices? There are headlines about ongoing

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Things To Avoid After Applying for a Home Loan

Things To Avoid After Applying for a Home LoanOnce you’ve applied for a mortgage to buy a home, there are some key things to keep in mind. While it’s exciting to start thinking

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Home Price Deceleration Doesn’t Mean Home Price Depreciation

Home Price Deceleration Doesn’t Mean Home Price DepreciationExperts in the real estate industry use a number of terms when they talk about what’s happening with home prices. And some of

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More Americans Choose Real Estate as the Best Investment Than Ever Before

More Americans Choose Real Estate as the Best Investment Than Ever BeforeAmericans’ opinion on the value of real estate as an investment is climbing. That’s according to an annual 

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Work With a Real Estate Professional if You Want the Best Advice

Work With a Real Estate Professional if You Want the Best AdviceBecause buying or selling a home is such a big decision in our lives, the need for clear, trustworthy

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Why Rising Mortgage Rates Push Buyers off the Fence

Why Rising Mortgage Rates Push Buyers off the FenceIf you’re thinking about buying a home, you’ve probably heard mortgage rates are rising and have wondered what that

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A Key To Building Wealth Is Homeownership

A Key To Building Wealth Is HomeownershipThe link between financial security and homeownership is especially important today as inflation rises.  But many people may not realize just

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8 Popular Home Design Features for 2022

8 Popular Home Design Features for 2022 There’s a lot to consider when selling your home, from the market and appraisals to where you’ll go next. Don’t forget, however, that

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How Much Do You Need for Your Down Payment?

How Much Do You Need for Your Down Payment?As you set out on your homebuying journey, you likely have a plan in place, and you’re working on saving for your purchase. But do you know how much

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Homebuyers: Be Ready To Act This Winter

Homebuyers: Be Ready To Act This WinterTo succeed as a buyer in today’s market, it’s important to understand which market trends will have the greatest impact on your home search.

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Advice for First-Generation Homebuyers

Advice for First-Generation HomebuyersThe sense of pride you’ll feel when you purchase a home can’t be overstated. For first-generation homebuyers, that feeling of accomplishment is even

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Why Now Is a Great Time To Sell Your House

Why Now Is a Great Time To Sell Your HouseAs we near the end of the year, more homeowners are realizing the benefits of today’s sellers’ market. Record-breaking home price

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Why a Wave of Foreclosures Is Not on the Way

Why a Wave of Foreclosures Is Not on the WayWith forbearance plans coming to an end, many are concerned the housing market will experience a wave of foreclosures similar to what happened after the

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Does Your House Have What Buyers Want?

Does Your House Have What Buyers Want?The rise in remote work is changing what many Americans want in their homes. Many companies are choosing to delay reopening or go remote full-time,

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Knowledge Is Power When It Comes to Appraisals and Inspections

Knowledge Is Power When It Comes to Appraisals and InspectionsBuyers in today’s market often have questions about the importance of getting a home appraisal and an inspection. That’s

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The Big Question: Should You Renovate or Move?

The Big Question: Should You Renovate or Move?The last 18 months changed what many buyers are looking for in a home. Recently, the American Institute of Architects released their AIA

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5 Tips for Making Your Best Offer

5 Tips for Making Your Best OfferIn today’s sellers’ market, standing out as a buyer is critical. Multi-offer scenarios and bidding wars are the norm due to the low supply of houses

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What Does Being in a Sellers’ Market Mean?

What Does Being in a Sellers’ Market Mean?Whether or not you’ve been following the real estate industry lately, there’s a good chance you’ve heard we’re in a serious

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3 Things To Prioritize When Selling Your House

3 Things To Prioritize When Selling Your HouseToday’s housing market is full of unprecedented opportunities. High buyer demand paired with record-low housing inventory is creating the

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Your House Could Be the Oasis in an Inventory Desert

Your House Could Be the Oasis in an Inventory DesertHomebuyers are flooding the housing market right now to take advantage of record-low mortgage rates. Many have a sense of urgency to find a

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Experts Say Home Prices Will Continue to Appreciate

Experts Say Home Prices Will Continue to AppreciateIt’s clear that consumers are concerned about how quickly home values are rising. Many people fear the speed of appreciation may lead to a

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4 Big Incentives for Homeowners to Sell Now

4 Big Incentives for Homeowners to Sell NowThe housing market keeps sailing along. The only headwind that could take it off course is the lack of inventory for sale. The National Association of

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What Credit Score Do You Need for a Mortgage?

What Credit Score Do You Need for a Mortgage?According to data from the most recent Origination Insight Report by Ellie Mae, the average FICO® score on closed loans

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6 Reasons You’ll Win by Selling with a Real Estate Agent This Fall

6 Reasons You’ll Win by Selling with a Real Estate Agent This FallThere are many benefits to working with a real estate professional when selling your house. During challenging times, like

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Why Pricing Your House Right Is Essential

Why Pricing Your House Right Is EssentialIn today’s real estate market, setting the right price for your house is one of the most valuable things you can do.According to the U.S. Economic

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Have You Ever Seen a Housing Market Like This?

Have You Ever Seen a Housing Market Like This?The year 2020 will certainly be one to remember, with new realities and norms that changed the way we live. This year’s real estate market is

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Why Homeowners Have Great Selling Power Today

Why Homeowners Have Great Selling Power TodayWe’re sitting in an optimal moment in time for homeowners who are ready to sell their houses and make a move this year. Today’s homeowners,

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Buyers: Are You Ready for a Bidding War?

Buyers: Are You Ready for a Bidding War?With businesses reopening throughout the country and some experts indicating early signs of a much-anticipated economic recovery, more homebuyers are

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Is the Health Crisis Driving Buyers Out of Urban Areas?

Is the Health Crisis Driving Buyers Out of Urban Areas?The pandemic has caused consumers to re-examine the components that make up the “perfect home.” Many families are no longer

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Buying or Selling a Home? You Need an Expert Kind of Guide

Buying or Selling a Home? You Need an Expert Kind of GuideIn a normal housing market, whether you’re buying or selling a home, you need an experienced guide to help you navigate through the

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Will Home Values Appreciate or Depreciate in 2020?

Will Home Values Appreciate or Depreciate in 2020?With the housing market staggered to some degree by the health crisis the country is currently facing, some potential purchasers are questioning

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Why Home Office Space Is More Desirable Than Ever

Why Home Office Space Is More Desirable Than EverFor years, we’ve all heard about the most desirable home features buyers are looking for, from upgraded kitchens to remodeled bathrooms, master

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Why the Stock Market Correction Probably Won’t Impact Home Values

Why the Stock Market Correction Probably Won’t Impact Home ValuesWith the housing crash of 2006-2008 still visible in the rear-view mirror, many are concerned the current correction in the

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Two Big Myths in the Homebuying Process

Two Big Myths in the Homebuying ProcessThe 2020 Millennial Home Buyer Report shows how this generation is not really any different from previous ones when it comes to homeownership goals:

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The Overlooked Financial Advantages of Homeownership

The Overlooked Financial Advantages of HomeownershipThere are many clear financial benefits to owning a home: increasing equity, building net worth, growing appreciation, and more. If you’re a

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How Pricing Your Home Right Makes a Big Difference

How Pricing Your Home Right Makes a Big DifferenceEven though there’s a big buyer demand for homes in today’s low inventory market, it doesn’t mean you should price your

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The #1 Reason It Is Difficult to Find Your Dream Home

The #1 Reason It Is Difficult to Find Your Dream HomeThe headlines in real estate today all revolve around one major point: there is a shortage of homes available for sale. Price appreciation

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Homes Are More Affordable Today, Not Less Affordable

Homes Are More Affordable Today, Not Less AffordableThere’s a current narrative that owning a home today is less affordable than it has been in the past. The reason some are making this claim

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Buying a Home Early Can Significantly Increase Future Wealth

Buying a Home Early Can Significantly Increase Future WealthAccording to an Urban Institute study, homeowners who purchase a house before age 35 are better prepared for retirement at age.

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Big Demand for Small Homes

Big Demand for Small HomesMovies, tv shows, and celebrities often have us dreaming of owning large homes, but the reality for most people is quite different.Since 2015, the square footage of newly

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When a House Becomes a Happy Home

When a House Becomes a Happy HomeWe talk a lot about why it makes financial sense to buy a home, but more often than not we’re drawn to the emotional reasons for homeownership.No

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Have You Budgeted for Closing Costs?

Have You Budgeted for Closing Costs?Saving for a down payment is a key step in the homebuying process, and it’s not the only piece you need to include in your budget. Another factor that&rsquo

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Tips to Sell Your Home Faster

Tips to Sell Your Home FasterWhen selling your house, there are a few key things you can prioritize to have the greatest impact for a faster sale:1. Make Buyers Feel at HomeDeclutter your home!

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The True Cost of Not Owning Your Home

The True Cost of Not Owning Your HomeThere are great advantages to owning a home, yet many people continue to rent. The financial benefits are just some of the reasons why homeownership

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The #1 Reason to List Your House in the Winter

The #1 Reason to List Your House in the WinterMany sellers believe spring is the best time to put their homes on the market because buyer demand traditionally increases at that time of year. What

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5 Tips for Starting Your Home Search

5 Tips for Starting Your Home SearchIn today’s market, low inventory dominates the conversation in many areas of the country. It can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you

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What to Expect from Your Home Inspection

What to Expect from Your Home InspectionYou made an offer and it was accepted. Your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. Agents often recommend you make your offer contingent

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Homeownership is the Top Contributor to Your Net Worth

Homeownership is the Top Contributor to Your Net WorthMany people plan to build their net worth by buying CDs or stocks, or just having a savings account. Recently, however, Economist 

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4 Tips to Improve Your Home and Save on Your Energy Bill

4 Tips to Improve Your Home and Save on Your Energy BillAs a homeowner, it’s important to keep your home running efficiently, not only to save money, but also to help the environment thrive.

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Are You Ready for the ‘Black Friday’ of Real Estate?

Are You Ready for the ‘Black Friday’ of Real Estate?Every year, ‘Black Friday’ is a highly anticipated event for eager shoppers. Some people prepare for weeks, crafting and

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Home Prices Increase in Every Price Range

Home Prices Increase in Every Price RangeCoreLogic’s Home Price Index (HPI) Report revealed,“National home prices increased 3.6% year over year in July 2019 and are forecast to

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July Home Sales Ignite Momentum for Back Half of 2019

FacebookLinkedInTwitterJuly Home Sales Ignite Momentum for Back Half of 2019Following an unseasonal decline in home sales in June, July home sales bounced back ending a nine month climb of year-over

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10 Things to Do Before You Sell Your House

FacebookLinkedInTwitter10 Things to Do Before You Sell Your HouseBefore you put your house on the market, ask your real estate agent for guidance on improving your home’s.

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Beautiful Winter Garden Then and Now

Winter garden has a rich history and many stories to tell, from the fertile lands around Lake Apopka providing food to the indians for hundreds of years, to when the European settlers arriving in

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Windermere, Beautiful Place to Live.

Today's Windermere was actually once home to the Timucua Indians. Windermere was named after Windermere England, was founded in 1915 and was incorporated in 1925. Northerners in the early 1800

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Horizon West

Horizon West is located north of Walt Disney World, south of Winter Garden and west of Windermere. It is one of the most desirable places to buy a home due to the new communities being built with a

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