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Category: Buying a Home

    What Makes a House a Home?

    By Amy Balster | January 18, 2023

    There’s no denying the long-term financial benefits of owning a home, but today’s housing market may have you wondering if now’s still the time to buy. While the financial aspects of buying a home are important, the non-financial and emotional reasons are too. Home means something different to all of us. Whether it’s sharing memories with loved ones at the... Read More

    Wondering How Much You Need To Save for a Down Payment?

    By Amy Balster | January 4, 2023

    If you’re getting ready to buy your first home, you’re likely focused on saving up for everything that purchase involves. One cost that’s likely top of mind is your down payment. But don’t let a common misconception about how much you need to save make the process harder than it could be. Understand 20% Isn’t... Read More

    Applying For a Mortgage? Here’s What You Should Avoid Once You Do

    By Amy Balster | December 28, 2022

    While it’s exciting to start thinking about moving in and decorating after you’ve applied for your mortgage, there are some key things to keep in mind before you close. Here’s a list of things you may not realize you need to avoid after applying for your home loan. Don’t Deposit Large Sums of Cash Lenders need to source your money, and... Read More

    You May Have More Negotiation Power When You Buy a Home Today

    By Amy Balster | December 14, 2022

    Did the frequency and intensity of bidding wars over the past two years make you put your home search on hold? If so, you should know the hyper competitive market has cooled this year as buyer demand has moderated and housing supply has grown. Those two factors combined mean you may see less competition from other buyers. And with... Read More

    Prioritizing Your Wants and Needs as a Homebuyer in Today’s Market

    By Amy Balster | December 7, 2022

    There’s no denying mortgage rates are higher now than they were last year. And if you’re thinking about buying a home, this may be top of mind for you. That’s because those higher rates impact how much it costs to borrow money for your home loan. As you set out to make a purchase this winter, you’ll... Read More

    Why It May Be Time To Add Newly Built Homes to Your Search

    By Amy Balster | November 16, 2022

    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. If you’re willing to work with a trusted agent to consider a newly built home, you may have even more options and incentives... Read More

    The Majority of Americans Still View Homeownership as the American Dream

    By Amy Balster | November 9, 2022

    Buying a home is a powerful decision, and it remains a key part of the American Dream. In fact, the 2022 Consumer Insights Report from Mynd found the majority of people polled still view homeownership as a key life achievement. Let’s explore just a few of the reasons why so many Americans continue to value homeownership. The Financial Benefits... Read More

    Two Questions Every Homebuyer Should Ask Themselves Right Now

    By Amy Balster | October 12, 2022

    Rising interest rates have begun to slow an overheated housing market as monthly mortgage payments have risen dramatically since the beginning of the year. This is leaving some people who want to purchase a home priced out of the market and others wondering if now is the time to buy one. But this rise in borrowing cost shows no... Read More

    Buyers: You May Face Less Competition as Bidding Wars Ease

    By Amy Balster | August 31, 2022

    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 competitive bidding wars became the norm during the pandemic... Read More