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Home Improvements for the Holidays

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Are you planning on hosting friends or family this holiday season? It can seem like you might have a ton of small home improvement projects you need to accomplish before the guests arrive, but we have some tips to help your home look show-ready before they walk in the door. Let’s be honest, you have…

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Real Estate Trends

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For over a decade, the real estate industry has been gaining strength.  While there has been talks and concerns about a potential real estate bubble, the current real estate trends are showing that the market fundamentals are remaining strong. In a recent article published by The Motley Fool they state that “Traditionally, real estate follows…

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10 Trends to Watch in 2020

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With just a few more weeks left in 2019, we are looking ahead to 2020 and what it will bring the real estate industry. In the annual Emerging Trends report from the Urban Land Institute, we get a sense that we’re in for a soft landing, not a sudden crash. While economic and political uncertainty…

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3 Tips to Help You Beat the Home Buying Market

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If you are looking to buy a home, it can be tricky in a seller’s market. With home prices continuing to reach new highs and mortgage interest rates remaining low, it is a challenging time to be in the market for a new home. What if you had a couple tips that could help you…

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Predictions for the 2020 Real Estate Market

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With just a few more weeks left of 2019, it’s time to look ahead to 2020. This past year has brought a surprising amount of highs and lows for the real estate market, however, the past few months have steadied out. What should we expect in 2020? More of the same? In a recent article from…

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New Home Sales Will Reach 13-Year High

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It’s hard to believe that 2019 is almost over and we are just a few weeks away from 2020. As we near the new year, experts in the real estate industry are already predicting 2020 to be a great year for home buying and selling. The National Association of Realtors is predicting that new home…

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Mortgage Rates Drop For Third Time in 2019

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For the third time this year, The Federal Reserve has lowered the target range for the key, short-term federal funds rate by 25 basis points. This cut almost fully reverses the increases we saw in 2018. The FOMC views these enacted reductions as part of a mid-cycle (mid-late-cycle may be more accurate) adjustment to ensure…

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Now Is the Time for Homebuilder Stocks

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Homebuilder stock is about to enter the “Golden” stretch. Since 1999, builder stocks have generally hit bottom around the end of October and then risen, on average, 18.3% through the end of April. Despite the fact that builders are up 25% this year already, analysts are expecting this year to be no different than previous years. So…

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Homebuilders Confidence Increases as Demand Rises

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Good news for homebuilders throughout the country, the demand for newly-built single-family homes rose three points to 71 in October.  One of the biggest contributors to the increase in demand is low mortgage rates. A recent article from the National Association of Home Builders states: “The second half of 2019 has seen steady gains in single-family construction,…

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The Ideal Millennial Home

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Surprisingly, or not, millennials prefer a different home layout than other generations. Millennials are more inclined to want features such as two-story homes, open layouts, and a greater number of bedrooms and bathrooms than other generations, according to data from NAHB’s “What Home Buyers Really Want” report. According to a recent article from the National Association…

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