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    • What FICO® Score Do You Need to Qualify for a Mortgage?

      It’s common knowledge that your FICO® score plays an important role in the homebuying process. However, many buyers have misconceptions regarding what exactly is required to get the loans they need. While a recent announcement from CNBC shares that the average national FICO® score has reached an all-time high of 706, the good news for […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • 62% of Buyers Are Wrong About Down Payment Needs

      Contrary to common misconception, a down payment is often much less than many believe. According to the ‘2019 Home Buyer Report’ conducted by Nerdwallet, many first-time buyers still believe they need a 20% down payment to buy a home in today’s market: “More than 6 in 10 (62%) Americans believe you must put at least 20% down in […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • 5 Homebuying Acronyms You Need to Know [INFOGRAPHIC]

      Some Highlights:

      • Learning the lingo of homebuying is an important part of feeling successful when buying a home.
      • From APR to P&I, you need to know the acronyms that will come up along the way, and what they mean when you hear them.
      • Your local professionals are here to help you feel confident and informed from start to finish…and this infographic will help you as you go.
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • 3 Signs the Housing Market Is on the Rebound

      The residential real estate market has been plodding along for most of the year. However, three recent reports show the market may be on the verge of a rebound. The residential real estate market has been plodding along for most of the year. However, three recent reports show the market may be on the verge […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • 4 Tips to Improve Your Home and Save on Your Energy Bill

      By making a few key upgrades to your home, you’ll save on your utility bills and improve the energy efficiency of your home. When you’re ready to sell your house, these key features will make it even more attractive to potential buyers. As a homeowner, it’s important to keep your home running efficiently, not only […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • What to Expect from Your Home Inspection

      You made an offer and it was accepted. Your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. Agents often recommend you make your offer contingent upon a clean home inspection. This contingency allows you to renegotiate the price you offered for the home, ask the sellers to cover repairs, or in some […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • How Does the Supply of Homes for Sale Impact Buyer Demand?

      The latest edition of the Realtors Confidence Index from NAR sheds some light on the relationship between seller traffic (supply) and buyer traffic (demand). Until the supply of homes for sale starts to meet buyer demand, prices will continue to rise. The price of any item is determined by supply, as well as the market’s demand for the item. The National […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • What Is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy? [INFOGRAPHIC]

      Some Highlights:

      • The “cost of waiting to buy” is defined as the additional funds necessary to buy a home if prices and interest rates were to increase over a period of time.
      • Freddie Mac forecasts interest rates will rise to 3.8% by Q4 2020.
      • CoreLogic predicts home prices will appreciate by 5.4% over the next 12 months.
      • If you’re ready and willing to buy your dream home, now is a great time to buy.
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • Homeowners Are Happy! Renters? Not So Much.

      When people talk about homeownership and the American Dream, much of the conversation revolves around the financial benefits of owning a home. However, two recent studies show that the non-financial benefits might be even more valuable. In a recent survey, Bank of America asked homeowners: “Does owning a home make you happier than renting?” 93% […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan