By: Keeping Currents Matter
There’s been some concern lately that the housing market is headed for a crash. And given some of the affordability challenges in the housing market, along with a lot of recession talk in the media, it’s easy enough to understand why that worry has come up.
But the data clearly shows today’s market is very different than it was before the housing crash in 2008. Rest assured, this isn’t a repeat of what happened back then. Here’s why.
It’s Harder To Get a Loan Now
It was much easier to get a home loan during the lead-up to the 2008 housing crisis than it is today. Back... Read More
REAL SIMPLE | By Lauren Phillips and Lisa Milbrand
Moving—like getting a tooth pulled or driving a very long distance through uninteresting landscapes—is one of those trials almost everyone must face. It's sometimes unpleasant, it's never exactly fun, but it usually leads to a positive outcome. Of course, particularly with moving, the success of the endeavor really depends on avoiding moving mistakes and planning ahead to make the process as smooth as possible.
Fortunately, and likely because almost everyone does end up moving at some point, there are plenty of tried-and-true moving tips out there to make the whole process easier. Following a moving checklist can help... Read More
The Spruce|By TAI MASSIMILIAN
Have you ever cleaned every inch of a room only to come back 10 minutes later and see a fine layer of dust settled everywhere? No, it's not your ineffective cleaning skills—the most likely culprit? Your ceiling fan. Ceiling fans are a great, low-cost way to keep your home cool during the summer months, but if they are not cleaned regularly, they can ruin all your hard work.
Picture this: your room is pristine and smelling fresh right after a good deep clean. You believe you covered every inch, but then, you switch on your ceiling fan, and the dust monster returns. If you are... Read More
By Evan Wyloge
If the housing market of just a year ago still seemed to be moving at quantum speed, today it’s more akin to an interminable traffic jam—with no exit ramps or HOV lanes in sight.
As higher mortgage rates have made buying a home ever more expensive, the pool of buyers who can afford to purchase real estate has dried up. Nationally, the number of existing-home sales plummeted 36% in November compared with a year earlier, according to a Realtor.com® analysis of CoreLogic data. (The data did not include sales of new-construction homes.) There were 395,000 sales in November 2021 compared with 251,000 one year later.
So home... Read More
There was a point, not too long ago, when buying a house was fairly straightforward: You’d schedule some tours, make an offer, and boom, you’re in the house before you know it.🏡
Today, though, the housing market is a very different animal—fast, ferocious, and ever-changing. In such an environment, it’s no longer a given that all homebuyers will easily find a house and seal the deal. And even more surprisingly, those lucky folks who do succeed aren’t just sitting on piles of cash. On the contrary, real estate agents and other experts we spoke to say that successful homebuyers today simply possess a particular mindset and behaviors that... Read More
Here are some great tips from a company called Moving Game Plans! ✅
Moving with children can be an overwhelming prospect, but it doesn't have to be! With a bit of planning and preparation, you can make the move smoother and easier for everyone involved. Here are six tips to help ease the transition for all family members when moving with kids: 👨👩👧👦
1. Communicate With Your Kids: Moving with kids can be a great experience, but it's also important to remember that it can be an unsettling time for them. Before and during the move, talk to your children about what will happen and why you... Read More
Thinking of taking the next BIG step with your partner?! 💑 We recommend clearing the air 🌬️ before starting your house-hunting journey 🏡
:::Things To Discuss:::
📐 Features: The number of bedrooms, bathrooms and layout can make a big difference in your day-to-day life. Does one of you want a larger suburban home to grow into and the other a low-maintenance bungalow in the city?
📍 Location & Lifestyle: What will commuting look like for each of you? Where are your interests and hobbies located, and do they differ?
💳 Credit Score: Does one of you have great credit and the other… well, not so much? Discuss how this could impact... Read More
One of the biggest missteps sellers make is pricing their home too high.
Starting too high can cause a downward spiral that looks a little like this:
⬇️ Buyers avoid setting up tours of your property
⬇️ Your home sits on the market for weeks with little to no activity
⬇️ Eventually, you’re forced to drop your price in desperation
Fortunately, you can avoid this scenario in three easy steps.
Contact us for a free home value assessment!
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4 Home Security Tips While You Travel ✈️
✅ Invest in a smart security system
✅ Ask a friend to stop by
✅ Bolt your garage door
✅ Stay silent on social media
Protect your property while you travel this summer.
Beyond locking your doors and leaving a light on, you can utilize these tips to secure your castle while you vacation.
Don’t let your dream vacation turn into your worst nightmare. With a little preparation, you can thwart thieves and safeguard your home while you’re away.
Do you have any tips or tricks to keep your home safe while traveling?
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It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of buying a home. Once you’ve had an offer accepted on your dream house, you’ll probably be anxious to move in. However, before you make a significant financial commitment, it’s best to know exactly what you’re buying.
When you hire a home inspector, you get a professional, in-depth examination of the property’s structures and systems. It’s a worthwhile investment that can save you money in the long run, either by warning you away from a bad purchase or by providing a list of deficiencies you can use to negotiate with the sellers.
However, many buyers make mistakes... Read More