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The New Normal of Selling a Home Today, Explained

July 21, 2021

If you’re selling your home right now—or thinking about doing it soon—you should know that today’s housing market is unlike anything we’ve seen or experienced lately, maybe ever. In the past, home sellers might have waited weeks or months to get an offer that might not be as high as they’d hoped. Buyers may have […]


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How to Address Problem Vacancies in Your Neighborhood

May 24, 2021

There’s a great deal cities can do right now to address the vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties that are contributing to lower property values and economic hardship in their most vulnerable neighborhoods, said a panel of community revitalization experts  on Tuesday. The panelists presented at the National Association of REALTORS®’ webinar “Engaging the Community to […]


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Where Property Taxes Are Highest

May 24, 2021

Property taxes can vary considerably based on where you live. Homeowners in some metro areas pay thousands of dollars more per year than owners elsewhere. Home shoppers will want to factor in these added costs when they buy to avoid unexpected tax surprises. For example, the median real estate tax in Las Vegas—the lowest of […]


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More Buyers Paying Cash to Win Bidding Wars

May 24, 2021

Cash is often king. Buyers who can make an all-cash offer on a home can stand out when competition is tight. Cash purchases tend to pose less risk that a deal will fall through from a low appraisal, have fewer financing hang-ups, and tend to make for faster transactions. All-cash deals comprised 20% of sales […]


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Mortgage Rates Move Up, Now Average 3%

May 24, 2021

As the economy continues to strengthen, mortgage rates are heading upwards. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage increased from its 2.94% average last week to 3% this week, Freddie Mac reports. “Mortgage rates are more likely to continue to rise than fall throughout the rest of 2021,” Nadia Evangelou, National Association of REALTORS® senior economist and director […]


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An inside look at the New Orleans real estate market and why prices are going up

April 20, 2021

The home-buying experience for the Williams family says a lot about the state of the metro New Orleans housing market, where prices for most single-family properties have held up through the coronavirus pandemic even as unemployment surged and the economy staggered. Will Williams, together with his wife Rachel and their four young children, were looking […]


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They’re Here To Stay, So Learn To Get The Most From Your Home Office With These Expert Tips

April 14, 2021

Converting a closet into a home office is one of many creative home office solutions author Chris Peterson covers in his newest book. Is it me or, as the pandemic slowly whimpers away, are you, too, hearing those who have been cooped up working from home chanting: There’s no place like the office, there’s no […]


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‘Granny Flats,’ Or Small Homes On A Main House’s Grounds, Can Add A Getaway Space — Or A Rental Income

April 14, 2021

A Room of One’s Own ― The pandemic has pushed the demand for Accessory Dwelling Units, or ADUs, like this one in Palo Alto, Calif., designed by Maydan Architects. They fill an increased need for affordable housing or a separate home office. Fortunately, more city and state regulations are allowing them. Last week, I wrote […]


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Buyer Representation For New Construction Homes

March 20, 2021

Important Reasons To Hire A Buyers Agent For New Construction Homes 1) The Builder’s representative is often not a licensed Real Estate Agent … but an employee of the builder. Their legal obligations to you as a Seller Representative for New Construction Homes – are different than what the Real Estate Commission requires of licensed […]


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The Building Stages and What to Expect

March 19, 2021

Building a new home? Are you aware that there are many stages in the build process that are signed off by a building surveyor throughout the build phase? I work with many clients who are building their home and one of the questions that I get asked many times over is what happens throughout the […]


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