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The Long-Term Benefit of Homeownership

Today’s cooling housing market, the rise in mortgage rates, and mounting economic concerns have some people questioning: should I still buy a home this year? While it’s

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September 2022 Market Update for Lodi, Manteca & Stockton

Interested in what is happening in your LOCAL market? Take a peek at the September 2022 Market Report for Lodi, Manteca & Stockton.LodiMantecaStocktonIf you need more information, please click

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How To Prep Your House for Sale This Fall

Today’s housing market is different than it was just a few months ago. And if you’re thinking about selling your house, that may leave you wondering what you need to do

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OPEN HOUSE!!!! Saturday, October 01, 2022 - 531 1st St, Galt, CA 95632

Large single-story home located in Parkwoods! Just under 1600 square feet offering 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large sunroom, HUGE yard, and a 3 car garage! Many uses for 3rd car garage...workshop,

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Why Buying a Home May Make More Sense Than Renting [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: If you’re trying to decide whether to rent or buy a home, consider the advantages homeownership offers.Buying a home can help you escape the cycle of 

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OPEN HOUSE! Saturday, October 01, 2022 - 9999 River View Cir. Stockton, CA 95209

Beautiful single-story home, in Spanos Park. This home offers 1824 feet of living space with 3 large bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms.  Spacious kitchen, large open living area, and gorgeous low

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Why You Should Consider Condos as Part of Your Home Search

The historically low inventory over the past few years led to challenges for many buyers trying to find a home that met their needs and their budget. If you’re in the same boat, you should

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The True Strength of Homeowners Today

The real estate market is on just about everyone’s mind these days. That’s because the unsustainable market of the past two years is behind us, and the difference is being felt. The

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OPEN HOUSE!!!! 2727 Horizon Ct Stockton, CA 95206

Beautifully updated home on HUGE lot! NEW interior and exterior paint, NEW flooring, NEW light fixtures, NEW kitchen with stainless steel appliances, NEW AC condenser, NEW bathrooms! Fresh new

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Fall Home Selling Checklist [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: When it comes to selling your house, you want it to look its best inside and out so it catches the attention of buyers. A real estate professional can help you decide what

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Top Reasons Homeowners Are Selling Their Houses Right Now

Some people believe there’s a group of homeowners who may be reluctant to sell their houses because they don’t want to lose the historically low mortgage rate they have on

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OPEN HOUSE!!!! Saturday, September 24, 2022 - 531 1st St, Galt, CA 95632

Large single-story home located in Parkwoods! Just under 1600 square feet offering 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large sunroom, HUGE yard, and a 3 car garage! Many uses for 3rd car garage...workshop,

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OPEN HOUSE!!!! Sunday, September 25, 2022 - 7413 Alexandria Pl Stockton, CA 95207

Large single-story home located in Parkwoods! Just under 1600 square feet offering 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large sunroom, HUGE yard, and a 3 car garage! Many uses for 3rd car garage...workshop,

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OPEN HOUSE!!!! Saturday, September 24, 2022 - 7413 Alexandria Pl Stockton, CA 95207

Large single-story home located in Parkwoods! Just under 1600 square feet offering 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large sunroom, HUGE yard, and a 3 car garage! Many uses for 3rd car garage...workshop,

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OPEN HOUSE! Saturday, September 24, 2022 - 9999 River View Cir. Stockton, CA 95209

Beautiful single-story home, in Spanos Park. This home offers 1824 feet of living space with 3 large bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms.  Spacious kitchen, large open living area, and gorgeous low

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OPEN HOUSE! Sunday, September 25, 2022 - 9999 River View Cir. Stockton, CA 95209

Beautiful single-story home, in Spanos Park. This home offers 1824 feet of living space with 3 large bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms.  Spacious kitchen, large open living area, and gorgeous low

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Will My House Still Sell in Today’s Market?

If recent headlines about the housing market cooling and buyer demand moderating have you worried you’ve missed your chance to sell, here’s what you need to know. Buyer demand

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A Crucial First Step: Mortgage Pre-Approval [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: Mortgage pre-approval means a lender has reviewed your finances and, based on factors like your income, debt, and credit history, determined how much you

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OPEN HOUSE!!!! Saturday, September 17, 2022 - 7413 Alexandria Pl Stockton, CA 95207

Large single-story home located in Parkwoods! Just under 1600 square feet offering 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large sunroom, HUGE yard, and a 3 car garage! Many uses for 3rd car garage...workshop,

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OPEN HOUSE!!!! Saturday, September 17, 2022 - 1603 W Hazelton Ave. Stockton, CA 95203

Move-in ready home located in South Stockton! Just under 800 square feet of living space, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and new everything! New stucco, new windows, brand new HVAC, new flooring, new

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Is the Real Estate Market Slowing Down, or Is This a Housing Bubble?

The talk of a housing bubble in the coming year seems to be at a fever pitch as rising mortgage rates continue to slow down an overheated real estate market. Over the past two years, home

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Getting Your House Ready To Sell? Work with an Agent for Expert Advice

In a market that’s shifting as fast as it is today, many homeowners wonder what, if anything, needs to be renovated before they sell their house. That’s where a trusted

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OPEN HOUSE!!!! Saturday, September 10, 2022 - 531 1st St, Galt, CA 95632

Beautifully updated home located in Galt! Offering 1325 square feet of living space with 3 large bedrooms and 1 bathroom.  NEW kitchen, NEW flooring, NEW bathroom, and NEW interior and exterior

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Why It’s So Important To Hire a Pro [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights:  If you’re thinking of buying or selling a home, you’ll want a trusted real estate professional on your side for their industry

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Expert Forecasts on Mortgage Rates

If you’ve been thinking of buying a home, you may have been watching what’s happened with mortgage rates over the past year. It’s true they’ve risen dramatically, but

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Here’s Why It’s Still a Sellers’ Market [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: While buyer demand has moderated and housing supply has grown in recent months, it’s still a sellers’ market because inventory is low. The

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Buyers: You May Face Less Competition as Bidding Wars Ease

One of the top stories in recent real estate headlines was the intensity and frequency of bidding wars. With so many buyers looking to purchase a home and so few of them available for sale, fiercely

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August 2022 Market Update for Lodi, Manteca & Stockton

Interested in what is happening in your LOCAL market? Take a peek at the October 2021 Market Report for Lodi, Manteca & Stockton.LodiMantecaStocktonIf you need more information, please click.

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A Trusted Real Estate Advisor Provides Expert Advice

If you’re a homeowner or are planning to become one soon, you’re probably looking for clear information about today’s housing market. And if you’ve turned to

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What Does a Recession Mean for the Housing Market? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: If you’re wondering what a potential recession could mean for the housing market, here’s what history tells us. In four of the last six

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

Whether or not you owned a home in 2008, you likely remember the housing crash that took place back then. And news about an economic slowdown happening today may bring all those concerns

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3 Tips for Buying a Home Today

If you put off your home search at any point over the past two years, you may want to consider picking it back up based on today’s housing market conditions. Recent data shows the supply

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Why a Home Inspection Is Important [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some HighlightsIf you’re buying a home, here’s what you should know about your home inspection and why it’s so important.A home inspection is a crucial step in

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Experts Increase 2022 Home Price Projections

If you’re wondering if home prices are going to come down due to the cooldown in the housing market or a potential recession, here’s what you need to know. Not

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The U.S. Homeownership Rate Is Growing

The desire to own a home is still strong today. In fact, according to the Census, the U.S. homeownership rate is on the rise. To illustrate the increase, the graph below shows the

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Why Experts Say the Housing Market Won’t Crash [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: Many people remember the housing crash in 2008, but experts say today’s market is fundamentally different in many ways. First, there isn’t an 

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Is the Shifting Market a Challenge or an Opportunity for Homebuyers?

If you tried to buy a home during the pandemic, you know the limited supply of homes for sale was a considerable challenge. It created intense bidding wars which drove home prices;

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Why the Forbearance Program Changed the Housing Market

When the pandemic hit in 2020, many experts thought the housing market would crash. They feared job loss and economic uncertainty would lead to a wave of foreclosures similar to when the

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Housing Market Forecast for the Rest of 2022 [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: The housing market is shifting away from the intensity of the past two years. Here’s what experts project for the remainder of 2022. Home prices

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Buying a Home May Make More Financial Sense Than Renting One

If rising home prices leave you wondering if it makes more sense to rent or buy a home in today’s housing market, consider this. It’s not just home prices that have

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OPEN HOUSE!!!! Saturday, August 27, 2022 - 1824 N Patterson Rd Stockton, CA 95215

Looking for a move-in-ready home in Linden Schools? This one is for you! Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, separate living room, and family room, spacious kitchen with breakfast nook, OWNED solar,

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Why Are People Moving Today?

Buying a home is a major life decision. That’s true whether you’re purchasing for the first time or selling your house to fuel a move. And if you’re planning to buy a home,

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OPEN HOUSE!!!! Sunday, July 31, 2022 - 2380 E Oak St Stockton, CA 95205

Move-In-Ready home on a HUGE lot! This 3 bedroom 2 bathroom home has been totally renovated! New interior and exterior paint, new bathrooms, new flooring, new kitchen, new garage doors, and new

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Three Reasons To Buy a Home in Today’s Shifting Market [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: The housing market is moving away from the frenzy of the past year and it’s opening doors for you if you’re thinking about buying a home. Housing&

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OPEN HOUSE ON Saturday, July 30, 2022 - 3826 Cape Cod Dr. Stockton, CA 95209

Move-in-ready home in Stonewood Estates! Offering 2161 square feet of living space. Lots of upgrades on this home! New windows, newer HVAC system, saltwater pool refinished and new deck in 2020,

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July 2022 Market Update for Lodi, Manteca & Stockton

Interested in what is happening in your LOCAL market in the last 30 days? Take a peek at the July 2022 Market Report for Lodi, Manteca & Stockton.LodiMantecaStocktonIf you need more information,

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Want To Buy a Home? Now May Be the Time.

There are more homes for sale today than at any time last year. So, if you tried to buy a home last year and were outbid or out priced, now may be your opportunity. The number of

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What’s Causing Ongoing Home Price Appreciation?

If you’re thinking about making a move, you probably want to know what’s going to happen to home prices for the rest of the year. While experts say price growth 

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Great News About Housing Inventory [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: Experts say the number of homes for sale is growing this year, and that can have a big impact on your move. If you’re planning to buy, additional

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OPEN HOUSE!!!! Sunday, July 24, 2022 - 2380 E Oak St Stockton, CA 95205

Move-In-Ready home on a HUGE lot! This 3 bedroom 2 bathroom home has been totally renovated! New interior and exterior paint, new bathrooms, new flooring, new kitchen, new garage doors, and new

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Should You Buy a Home with Inflation This High?

While the Federal Reserve is working hard to bring down inflation, the latest data shows the inflation rate is still going up. You no doubt are feeling the pinch on your wallet

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Wondering Where You’ll Move if You Sell Your House Today?

If you put a pause on your home search because you weren’t sure where you’d go once you sold your house, it might be a good time to get back into the market. That’s

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Should I Rent or Should I Buy? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: It’s worth considering the many benefits of homeownership before you make the decision to rent or buy a home. When you buy, you can stabilize your housing

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OPEN HOUSE!!!! Sunday, August 28, 2022 - 2727 Horizon Ct Stockton, CA 95206

Beautifully updated home on HUGE lot! NEW interior and exterior paint, NEW flooring, NEW light fixtures, NEW kitchen with stainless steel appliances, NEW AC condenser, NEW bathrooms! Fresh new

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OPEN HOUSE!!!! Saturday, July 16, 2022 - 3826 Cape Cod Dr. Stockton, CA 95209

Move-in-ready home in Stonewood Estates! Offering 2161 square feet of living space. Lots of upgrades on this home! New windows, newer HVAC system, saltwater pool refinished and new deck in 2020,

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Should I Buy a Home Right Now?

If you’ve been thinking about buying a home, you likely have one question on the top of your mind: should I buy right now, or should I wait? While no one can answer that

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The Drop in Mortgage Rates Brings Good News for Homebuyers

Over the past few weeks, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate from Freddie Mac fell by half a percent. The drop happened over concerns about a potential recession. And since

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Why Growing Home Equity Is Great News if You Plan To Move [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: According to the latest data from CoreLogic, the average homeowner gained $64,000 in home equity over the past 12 months. That much equity

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How Your Equity Can Grow over Time

It’s true that record levels of home price appreciation have spurred significant equity gains for homeowners over the past few years. As Diana Olick, Real Estate

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Real Estate Consistently Voted Best Investment [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: Based on a recent Gallup poll, real estate has been rated the best long-term investment for nine years in a row. Owning real estate is more than just a

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June 2022 Market Update for Lodi, Manteca & Stockton

Interested in what is happening in your LOCAL market in the last 30 days? Take a peek at the June 2022 Market Report for Lodi, Manteca & Stockton.LodiMantecaStocktonIf you need more information,

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Homeownership Could Be in Reach with Down Payment Assistance Programs

A recent survey from Bankrate asks prospective buyers to identify the biggest obstacles in their homebuying journey. It found that 36% of those polled said saving for a down

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Two Reasons Why Today’s Housing Market Isn’t a Bubble

You may be reading headlines and hearing talk about a potential housing bubble or a crash, but it’s important to understand that the data and expert opinions tell a different story. A 

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OPEN HOUSE THIS WEEKEND - 249 E Harper St. Stockton, CA 95204

Beautiful, move-in-ready home, located in the College View area! Offering 1650 square feet of living space, with 3 large bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, separate living and family room, formal dining

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Why an Agent Is Essential When Pricing Your House [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: When it comes to pricing your house, there’s a lot to consider. The only way to ensure you price it right is by partnering with a local real estate professional.;

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Things To Avoid After Applying for a Home Loan

Once 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 about moving in and decorating, be careful when it

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Why Achieving the Dream of Homeownership Can Be More Difficult for Some Americans

Today we take time to honor and recognize the past and present experiences of Black Americans. When it comes to real estate specifically, equitable access to housing has come a long way, but the

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More Listings Are Coming onto the Market [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: Worried you won’t be able to find your next home after you sell? You should know data from realtor.com shows more listings are coming onto the

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A Majority of Consumers Say It’s a Good Time To Sell Your House

If you’re a homeowner thinking about selling your house, you’re probably looking for the best time to make your move. That means you’re likely balancing a number of factors, like

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

Americans’ opinion on the value of real estate as an investment is climbing. That’s according to an annual survey from Gallup. Not only is real estate viewed as the best

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The Top Reasons To Own Your Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: June is National Homeownership Month, and it’s a great time to consider the benefits of owning your own home. If you’re considering 

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What Are the Best Options for Today’s First-Time Homebuyers??

If you’re looking to buy your first home, you’re likely balancing several factors. Because both mortgage rates and home prices have risen this year, it costs more to

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Why You Need an Expert To Determine the Right Price for Your House

If your lifestyle has changed recently and you’re ready to make a move, taking advantage of today’s sellers’ market might be just the answer for your summer plans.

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History Proves Recession Doesn’t Equal a Housing Crisis [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: It’s important to understand history proves an economic slowdown does not equal a housing crisis. In 4 of the last 6 recessions, home prices 

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Why Home Loans Today Aren’t What They Were in the Past

In today’s housing market, many are beginning to wonder if we’re returning to the riskier lending habits and borrowing options that led to the housing crash 15 years ago. 

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How Buying or Selling a Home Benefits the Economy and Your Community

If you’re thinking of buying or selling a home, chances are you’re focusing on the many extraordinary ways it’ll change your life. But do you know it has a

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

Because buying or selling a home is such a big decision in our lives, the need for clear, trustworthy information and guidance is crucial. And while no one can give you

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Don’t Let Rising Inflation Delay Your Homeownership Plans [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: If recent headlines about rising inflation are making you wonder if it’s still a good time to buy, here’s what experts have to say. Housing is an asset

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How Homeownership Can Bring You Joy

If you're trying to decide whether to rent or buy a home, you're probably weighing a few different factors. The financial benefits of homeownership might be one of the reasons you want to

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If You’re a Homeowner, You Have Incredible Leverage When You Sell Today

In today’s housing market, homeowners have a great opportunity to sell their house and receive the best terms for their personal situation. That’s because there’s a 

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OPEN HOUSE THIS WEEKEND - 8909 Laughlin Ave, Stockton, CA 95212

Gorgeous, move-in ready home, in La Morada! This 2615 square foot single-story home offers 4 bedrooms, with a possible 5th bedroom, and 2 full bathrooms! Spacious kitchen with large pantry and eat

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Should You Update Your House Before Selling? Ask a Real Estate Professional. [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: If you’re deciding whether you should make updates before you sell your house, lean on your trusted real estate advisor to be your guide. In today

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Are There More Homes Coming to the Market?

According to a recent survey from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), one of the top challenges buyers face in today’s housing market is finding a home

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How Today’s Mortgage Rates Impact Your Home Purchase

If you’re planning to buy a home, it’s critical to understand the relationship between mortgage rates and your purchasing power. Purchasing power is the amount of home you can

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2022 Housing Market Forecast! [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: What does the rest of the year hold for the housing market? Here’s what experts have to say about what lies ahead. Home prices are projected

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Your House Could Be Closer to List-Ready Than You Think

One of the biggest concerns for a homeowner looking to sell is the time they’ll have to put in before listing their house. If that’s the case for you, you should know – your

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Today’s Home Price Appreciation Is Great News for Existing Homeowners

If you’re planning to sell your home this season, rising prices are great news for you. But it’s important to understand why prices are rising to begin with. One

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Give Your Curb Appeal a Boost Before You Sell [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: If you’re thinking about selling your house this season, focusing on a few quick and easy updates outside can help your home look its best. 78% of real

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The Dream of Homeownership Is Worth the Effort

If you’re in the market to buy a home this season, stick with it. Homebuyers face challenges in any market, and today’s is no exception. But if you persevere, your decision to purchase a

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Is It Enough To Offer Asking Price in Today’s Housing Market?

If you’re planning to buy a home this season, you’re probably thinking about what you’ll need to do to get your offer accepted. In previous years, it was common for

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Myths About Today’s Housing Market [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: If you’re planning to buy or sell a home today, it’s important to be aware of common misconceptions. Whether it’s timing your 

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How To Approach Rising Mortgage Rates as a Buyer

In the last few weeks, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate from Freddie Mac inched up to 5%. While that news may have you questioning the timing of your home search, the truth is,

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March 2022 Market Update for Lodi, Manteca & Stockton

Interested in what is happening in your LOCAL market? Take a peek at the March 2022 Market Report for Lodi, Manteca & Stockton.LodiMantecaStocktonIf you need more information, please click.

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Is It Time To Buy a Smaller Home?

Life events can have a major impact on what you need from your home, and retirement is one of the biggest changes many of us face. This period of your life can mean doing more of the things you,

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OPEN HOUSE THIS WEEKEND - 9406 Stanfield Ct Stockton, CA 95209

Move-in-ready home in Colonial Estates North! This large 3 bedroom, possible 4 bedroom, home is tucked away in a quiet cul-de-sac! Offering nearly 2400 square feet of living space with separate

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OPEN HOUSE THIS WEEKEND - 9564 Trenton Way, Stockton, CA 95212

Beautiful home in Morada Estates! Single story over 2500 square feet! Three bedrooms with two and a half bathrooms! Separate living and family room, formal dining area, HUGE bedrooms, spacious

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What Is Multigenerational Housing? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: If you have additional loved ones coming to live with you but don’t have enough space, it may be time to consider a larger, multigenerational home. Some key;

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Using Your Tax Refund To Achieve Your Homeownership Goals This Year

If you’re buying or selling a home this year, you’re likely saving up for a variety of expenses. For buyers, that might include things like your down payment and closing

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Do You Know How Much Equity You Have in Your Home? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: If you’re a homeowner, your net worth has gotten a big boost. That’s because recent home price appreciation has increased your equity. Your

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Remote Work Trends Mean Flexibility for First-Time Homebuyers

Today's low inventory can be challenging for homebuyers, especially if you’re looking to purchase your first home. But if you're one of many people who work remotely, you may

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Balancing Your Wants and Needs as a Homebuyer Today

Since the number of homes for sale is low today, it can feel challenging to find one that checks all your boxes. But if you know which features are absolutely essential in your next home

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It is Still a Sellers’ Market [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: Due to low supply and high demand, today is one of the strongest sellers’ markets we’ve seen. Sellers can benefit from more offers;

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What’s Happening with Mortgage Rates, and Where Will They Go from Here?

Based on the Primary Mortgage Market Survey from Freddie Mac, the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has increased by 1.2% (3.22% to 4.42%) since January of this year. The rate

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A Key To Building Wealth Is Homeownership

The link between financial security and homeownership is especially important today as inflation rises.  But many people may not realize just how much owning a home contributes to

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How an Energy Efficient Home Can Be a Bright Idea [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: With inflation driving up the cost of everyday items, seeking out an energy-efficient home can be a great way to decrease the expenses you can control. 

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What You Need To Know if You’re Thinking About Building a Home

If you’re ready to move up, you may be trying to decide whether you want to buy a home that's already on the market or build a new one. And since the supply of homes available

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The Average Homeowner Gained More Than $55K in Equity over the Past Year

If you’re a current homeowner, you should know your net worth just got a big boost. It comes in the form of rising home equity. Equity is the current value of your home minus what you owe

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Spring Cleaning Checklist for Sellers [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some HighlightsIf you’re thinking about selling your house this spring, here are some things you’ll want to tackle before you list.Spend your time on tasks that make it feel

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Are You Wondering if This Is the Year To Buy a Home?

Every year, many renters ask themselves the same question: Should I continue renting, or is it time to buy a home? If you’re a renter, chances are you’ve asked

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This Spring Presents Sellers with a Golden Opportunity

If you’re thinking of selling your house this year, timing is crucial. After all, you’ll want to balance getting the most out of the sale of your current home and making the

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OPEN HOUSE THIS WEEKEND - 1158 Glen Abbey Ct Manteca, CA 95336

Former model home in highly sought after in Union Ranch! This beautiful single-story home is located in a quiet cul-de-sac and offers just under 1900 square feet of living space. Three large,

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Key Terms for Homebuyers [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: Knowing key housing terms and how they relate to today’s market is important. For example, when mortgage rates and home prices rise, it

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Key Factors That Impact Affordability Today

You can’t read an article about residential real estate without the author mentioning the affordability challenges that today’s buyers face. There’s no doubt homes are less

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Why It’s Critical To Price Your House Right

When you make a move, you want to sell your house for the highest price possible. That might be why many homeowners are eager to list in today’s sellers’ market. After,

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Supply and Demand in Today’s Market [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: Today’s housing market is the direct result of low supply and high buyer demand. Here’s what that means for you and your plans to buy or

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Down Payment Assistance Programs Can Help You Achieve Homeownership

For many homebuyers, the thought of saving for a down payment can feel daunting, especially in today’s market. That’s why, when asked what they find most difficult in the homebuying

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February 2022 Market Update for Lodi, Manteca & Stockton

Interested in what is happening in your LOCAL market? Take a peek at the <month> 2022 Market Report for Lodi, Manteca & Stockton.LodiMantecaStocktonIf you need more information, please

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Millennials: Do You Need a Home with More Space?

If you’re a millennial, homebuying might be top of mind for you. Your generation is the largest group of homebuyers in the market today and has been since 2014, according to the National

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The Difference Between Renting and Owning [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: If you’re deciding whether to rent or buy, consider the many financial benefits that come with owning a home. As a renter, you build your &

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How Supply and Demand Can Impact Your Buying and Selling Goals

In today’s housing market, there are far more buyers looking for homes than sellers listing their houses. Based on the concept of supply and demand, this means home prices will naturally

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Real Estate Voted the Best Investment Eight Years in a Row

In an annual Gallup poll, Americans chose real estate as the best long-term investment. And it’s not the first time it’s topped the list, either. Real estate has been on a

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What’s Driving Today’s High Buyer Demand? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: There’s an influx of buyers looking for homes today, and that means your house is in high demand. Here are a few reasons why so many people are looking to buy a.&

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More People Are Planning To Buy a Home Soon

While some homeowners may be tempted to hold off until spring to list their houses, you should know – homebuyers aren’t waiting. Demand is high today as more people are trying to

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Are You Ready To Fall in Love with Homeownership?

Financial benefits are always a key aspect of homeownership, but it’s also important to understand that the nonfinancial and personal benefits are why so many people genuinely fall in

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How To Win as a Buyer in a Sellers’ Market [INFOGRAPHIC]

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January 2022 Market Update for Lodi, Manteca & Stockton

Interested in what is happening in your LOCAL market? Take a peek at the January 2022 Market Report for Lodi, Manteca & Stockton.LodiMantecaStocktonIf you need more information, please click.

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Why Pre-Approval Is Key for Homebuyers in 2022

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With Mortgage Rates Climbing, Now’s the Time To Act

Last week, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate from Freddie Mac jumped from 3.22% to 3.45%. That’s the highest point it’s been in almost two years.

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Some Highlights: If you’re trying to decide when to list your house, the time is now. There are plenty of buyers eagerly waiting for your home to hit the market. The

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Real Estate Professionals Are Experts at Keeping You Safe When You Sell

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December 2021 Market Update for Lodi, Manteca & Stockton

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If You Think the Housing Market Will Slow This Winter, Think Again.

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November 2021 Market Update for Lodi, Manteca & Stockton

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Why Now Is a Great Time To Sell Your House

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Should I Update My House Before I Sell It? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Two Graphs That Show Why You Shouldn’t Be Upset About 3% Mortgage Rates

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October 2021 Market Update for Lodi, Manteca & Stockton

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The Big Question: Should You Renovate or Move?

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Experts Agree: Homeownership Provides a Path to Long-Term Wealth

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Is a 20% Down Payment Really Necessary To Purchase a Home?

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August 2021 Market Update for Lodi, Manteca & Stockton

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3 Hot Topics in the Housing Market Right Now

If you’re a prospective buyer or seller, it’s important to understand the current real estate market conditions and how they affect you. The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE);

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Pop Quiz: Can You Define These Key Terms in Today’s Housing Market? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: The language of buying and selling a home may sound scary at first, but knowing how key terms relate to today’s market can help you. For example, current low

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Experts Agree: Options Are Improving for Buyers [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: Buyers hoping for more homes to choose from may be in luck as housing inventory begins to rise. Many experts agree – new sellers listing their homes is

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Housing Supply Is Rising. What Does That Mean for You?

An important factor in today’s market is the number of homes for sale. While inventory levels continue to sit near historic lows, there are indications we may have hit the lowest point we

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4 Major Incentives To Sell This Summer

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June 2021 Market Update for Lodi, Manteca & Stockton

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Save Time and Effort by Selling with an Agent

Selling a house is a time-consuming process – especially if you decide to do it on your own, known as a For Sale By Owner (FSBO). From conducting market research to reviewing legal

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Some Highlights: Today’s sellers’ market provides unique challenges—and benefits—for buyers. Current low interest rates won’t last forever, and

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Homeowner Wealth Increases Through Growing Equity This Year

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When it comes to buying a house, you’re looking for the perfect place to call home. The problem is, in today’s market there just aren’t that many homes available to purchase. With

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Owning a Home Has Distinct Financial Benefits Over Renting [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: When you rent, you build your landlord’s wealth, your monthly payment depends on ever-rising rents, and you don’t benefit from home price.

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The Right Expert Will Guide You Through This Unprecedented Market

In a normal market, it’s good to have an experienced guide coaching you through the process of buying or selling a home. That person can advise you on important things like pricing 

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Have Your Day in the Sun by Moving Up This Summer [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Home Price Appreciation Is as Simple as Supply and Demand

Home price appreciation continues to accelerate. Today, prices are driven by the simple concept of supply and demand. Pricing of any item is determined by how many items are available compared

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Why You May Want To Cash in on Your Second Home

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Top Reasons To Own Your Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

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What’s Motivating People To Move Right Now?

This year, Americans are moving for a variety of reasons. The health crisis has truly reshaped our lifestyles and our needs. Spending so much more time in our current homes has driven many people to

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We Remember, Today and Always

We remember and honor those who gave.

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Homes Across the Country Are Selling Fast [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: In today’s whirlwind real estate market, houses are selling at astonishing speed – from sea to shining sea. Four years ago, the average house spent 39 days on

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Buying a Home Is Still Affordable

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3 Things To Prioritize When Selling Your House

Today’s housing market is full of unprecedented opportunities. High buyer demand paired with record-low housing inventory is creating the ultimate sellers’ market, which means

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Americans Choose Real Estate as the Best Investment [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: For the eighth year in a row, real estate maintained its position as the preferred long-term investment among Americans. Real estate has been gaining ground

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Sellers Are Ready To Enter the Housing Market

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Don’t Forget to Budget for Closing Costs

When buying a home, it’s important to have a budget and make sure you plan ahead for certain homebuying expenses. Saving for a down payment is the main cost that comes to mind for

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Some Highlights: Selling a house is no small task. If you decide to try to do it on your own, keep in mind you’ll be responsible for all the expert-level work of a real estate

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It’s Not Too Late To Apply For Forbearance

Over the past year, the pandemic made it challenging for some homeowners to make their mortgage payments. Thankfully, the government initiated a forbearance program to provide much-needed

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3 Graphs Showing Why You Should Sell Your House Now

There’s no doubt that 2021 is the year of the seller when it comes to the housing market. If you’re a homeowner thinking of moving to better suit your changing needs, now is

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The Power of Mortgage Pre-Approval [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights:  Mortgage pre-approval means a lender has reviewed your finances and, based on factors like your income, debt, and credit history, determining how much you’re

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Are Interest Rates Expected to Rise Over the Next Year?

So far this year, mortgage rates continue to hover around 3%, encouraging many hopeful homebuyers to enter the housing market. However, there’s a good chance rates will increase later this

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Americans Find the Nonfinancial Benefits of Homeownership Most Valuable

Homeownership is a foundational part of the American Dream. As we look back on more than a year of sheltering in our homes, having a place of our own is more important than ever. While 

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Should I Buy Now or Wait? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: If you’re thinking that waiting a year or two to purchase a home might mean you’ll save some money, think again. Mortgage interest rates are currently very,

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Patience Is the Key to Buying a Home This Year

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4 Tips to Maximize the Sale of Your House

Homeowners ready to make a move are definitely in a great position to sell today. Housing inventory is incredibly low, driving up buyer competition. This gives homeowners leverage to sell

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This Isn’t a Bubble. It’s Simply Lack of Supply. [INFOGRAPHIC]

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This year, mortgage rates have started to slowly climb above recent record-breaking lows. Many homeowners planning to move may feel like they’ve missed the chance to score a great

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One of the biggest hurdles homebuyers face is saving for a down payment. As you’re budgeting and planning for your home purchase, you’ll want to understand how much you’ll need to

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Home Is Where the Heart Is [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: There’s no doubt about it: homeowners love their homes, and that feeling has become even more important over the past year. The vast majority of homeowners say

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93% of Americans Believe a Home Is a Better Investment Than Stocks

A recent Survey of Consumer Finances study released by the Federal Reserve reveals the net worth of homeowners is forty times greater than that of renters. If you’re

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4 Major Reasons Households in Forbearance Won’t Lose Their Homes to Foreclosure

There has been a lot of discussion as to what will happen once the 2.3 million households currently in forbearance no longer have the protection of the program. Some assume there could potentially

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Multigenerational Housing Is Gaining Momentum [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: If your house is feeling a little cramped with the addition of adult children or aging parents, it might be time to consider a move-up into a multigenerational home 

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Your Tax Refund and Stimulus Savings May Help You Achieve Homeownership This Year

If you’re planning to buy a home this year, saving for a down payment is one of the most important steps in the process. One of the best ways to jumpstart your savings is by starting with the

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Buyer Competition Is Good News for Sellers [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: With so many buyers looking for homes to purchase and so few houses available today, there’s a substantial increase in bidding wars, and homes are selling fast. 

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Is Homeownership Still Considered Part of the American Dream?

Since the birth of our nation, homeownership has always been considered a major piece of the American Dream. As Frederick Peters reports in Forbes:“The idea of a place of one

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What It Means To Be in a Sellers’ Market

If you’ve given even a casual thought to selling your house in the near future, this is the time to really think seriously about making a move. Here’s why this season is the

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2021 Real Estate Myth Buster [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: There are a lot of misconceptions about buying or selling a home today, making it challenging to know exactly how to navigate the current real estate landscape. Here’s a

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Why You Should Think About Listing Prices Like an Auction’s Reserve Price

For generations, the homebuying process never really changed. The seller would try to estimate the market value of the home and tack on a little extra to give themselves some negotiating room. That

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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 reached 753 in February. As lending standards&

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Americans See Major Home Equity Gains [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: Today’s home price appreciation is driving equity higher throughout the country. If your needs are changing and you’re ready for a new home, your

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What Is the Strongest Tailwind to Today’s Recovering Economy?

Last year started off with a bang. Unemployment was under 4%, forecasters were giddy with their projections for the economy, and the residential housing market had the strongest January and

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How to Make a Winning Offer on a Home

Today’s homebuyers are faced with a strong sellers’ market, which means there are a lot of active buyers competing for a relatively low number of available homes. As a

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How to Be a Competitive Buyer in Today’s Housing Market [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: With so few houses for sale today, it’s important to be prepared when you’re ready to buy a home. Meeting with your lender early, knowing

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6 Simple Graphs Proving This Is Nothing Like Last Time

Last March, many involved in the residential housing industry feared the market would be crushed under the pressure of a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. Instead, real estate had one of its best

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5 Reasons to Sell Your House This Spring

When selling a house, most homeowners hope for a quick and profitable transaction that puts them in a position to make a great move. If you’re waiting for the best time to win as a seller, the

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How to Prepare Your House for a Winning Sale This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: With so few homes available to buy today, houses are in high demand, and they’re selling fast. That means it’s a great time to sell if you

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Is It a Good Time to Sell My House?

Last year, many homeowners thought twice about selling their houses due to the onset of the health crisis. This year, however, homeowners are beginning to regain their confidence when it comes to

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What Are the Benefits of a 20% Down Payment?

If you’re thinking of buying a home this year, you may be wondering how much money you need to come up with for your down payment. Many people may think it’s 20% of the loan to

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It’s a Sellers’ Market [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: Over the past year, homeowners have gained an unprecedented opportunity to sell with great success while buyer demand is soaring. With homes selling twice as fast;

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The Reason Mortgage Rates Are Projected to Increase and What It Means for You

We’re currently experiencing historically low mortgage rates. Over the last fifty years, the average on a Freddie Mac 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has been 7.76%. Today, that rate is

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How Much Leverage Do Today’s House Sellers Have?

The housing market has been scorching hot over the last twelve months. Buyers and their high demand have far outnumbered sellers and a short supply of houses. According to the latest Existing

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Are There Going to Be More Homes to Buy This Year?

If you’re looking for a home to purchase right now and having trouble finding one, you’re not alone. At a time like this when there are so few houses for sale, it’s

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