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Should You Buy Down Your Mortgage Interest Rate?

Should You Buy Down Your Mortgage Interest Rate?

Rising interest rates can be a major concern if you’re shopping for a new home. A higher rate reduces your buying power and increases the home's cost by thousands of dollars over the course of the loan. One option to avoid this is to “buy down” your loan rate. This...

What Can You Expect The Second Half of 2022 In The Housing Market?

What Can You Expect The Second Half of 2022 In The Housing Market?

Since the beginning of the year, the US economy has been cooling off. After several years of strong growth, rising inflation and energy costs are affecting US households in ways not seen since the 1970s. For those who are actively involved in the buying or selling of...

Home Security Basics

Home Security Basics

News reports all over the country are filled with stories of rising crime. Homeowners and business owners alike are concerned and looking for better ways to safeguard their properties and lives. Fortunately, there is a wide variety of options available on the market;...

10 Common Buying Questions

10 Common Buying Questions

Buying a new home is exciting and confusing. There are a lot of steps to buying a home, and people have questions. These are the most common questions home buyers have, and the answers. 1. How do I get started? – The first step is to speak with a lender and get a...

Family Opportunity Mortgage

Family Opportunity Mortgage

Baby boomers have reached retirement age. This generation is healthier and more active than their predecessors and many want to age in a home of their own. Many of these potential home buyers have fixed incomes and with soaring home prices, they are unable to qualify...

Modern Farmhouse Trend Update

Modern Farmhouse Trend Update

Farmhouse décor has been a trend for the last decade. The look combines functionality with a relaxed, lived-in feel. Pieces look slightly worn, rustic, and inviting. The ease of the farmhouse style is one of the reasons for its lingering appeal as designers look to...

2022 Real Estate Technology Innovations

2022 Real Estate Technology Innovations

Real estate is changing at a rapid pace and each year brings innovations to the industry. Pushed forward by thought leaders, the real estate industry embraces advancement of products and services quickly, all designed to stay ahead of the competition. Here are a few...

Tips For Writing a Winning Offer

Tips For Writing a Winning Offer

Everyone recognizes that this is a difficult housing market for homebuyers. With inventory shortages and low interest rates, buyers have seen a face-paced market with strong growth in home prices. As interest rates begin to rise, the pressure for buyers to settle on a...

Is Adding a Pool a Good Idea?

Is Adding a Pool a Good Idea?

Are you considering adding a pool to your home and wonder if it's a good idea? While it’s a pricey investment – there are still a lot of benefits from installing a pool.  So, we vote yes, adding a pool can be a good idea in real estate! Here are a few reasons why:...

What is a kickout clause?

What is a kickout clause?

When you're in a hot real estate market, it's not uncommon for sellers to use kickout clauses as a way to protect themselves should another buyer come in later with a higher offer. A kickout clause is basically a clause in the contract that allows the seller to cancel...