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HIGHER RATES AND SHORT SUPPLY: THE STATE OF REAL ESTATE IN 2022

June 5, 2022

The last two years caught many of us off guard—and not just because of the pandemic. They also ushered in the hottest housing market on record, with home prices rising nationally by nearly 19% in 2021, driven primarily by low mortgage rates and a major supply shortage.1   But while some had hoped 2022 would bring a return to normalcy, the U.S. real estate market continues to boom, despite rising interest rates and decreasing affordability.   So what’s driving this persistent demand? And is there an end in sight? Here are three factors impacting the real estate market right now.... View Article

5 WAYS TO WRITE A WINNING OFFER IN TODAY’S REAL ESTATE MARKET

May 4, 2022

Our nation is in the midst of a serious housing crunch. Last year, a lack of inventory and soaring prices left many would-be homebuyers feeling pinched. But now, with interest rates climbing, many of them are also feeling desperate to lock in a mortgage—which has only added fuel to the fire.1 Fortunately, if you’re a buyer struggling to find a home, we have some good news. While it’s true that higher mortgage rates can decrease your purchasing budget, there are additional ways to compete in a hot market. Yes, a high offer price gets attention. But most sellers consider a... View Article

Seller’s Checklist: A Timeline to Prep Your Home for Sale

April 4, 2022

We’re still in a seller’s market, but that doesn’t mean your home is guaranteed to easily sell.1 If you want to maximize your sale price, it’s still important to prepare your home before putting it on the market. Start by connecting with a real estate agent as soon as possible. Having the eyes and ears of an insightful real estate professional on your side can help you boost your home’s appeal to buyers. What’s more, beginning the preparation process early allows you to tackle repairs and upgrades that can increase your property’s value. Use the checklist below to figure out what... View Article

Hedge Against Inflation With These 3 Real Estate Investment Types

March 5, 2022

The annual inflation rate in the United States is currently around 7.5%—the highest it has been since 1982.1 It doesn’t matter if you’re a cashier, lawyer, plumber, or retiree; if you spend U.S. dollars, inflation impacts you.  Economists expect the effects of inflation, like a higher cost of goods, to continue.2 Luckily, an investment in real estate can ease some of the financial strain.  Here’s what you need to know about inflation, how it impacts you, and how an investment in real estate can help.   WHAT IS INFLATION AND HOW DOES IT IMPACT ME? Inflation is a decline in... View Article

8 Popular Home Design Features for 2022

February 5, 2022

There’s a lot to consider when selling your home, from the market and appraisals to where you’ll go next. Remember that staging and design are also key factors. It’s often the first thing buyers notice when they walk into a home, and it’s also a detail that you, as a seller, can easily control. According to Realtor.com’s 2022 housing market forecast, home for-sale inventory will increase from last year, as will the projected number of overall sales.1 This means, if you’re looking to sell in the near future, now is the time to consider how you can stand out. Updating your home... View Article