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Monthly Archives: October 2019

    Taking the Fear Out of the Mortgage Process

    By Shannah Ferrante | October 31, 2019

    A considerable number of potential buyers shy away from the real estate market because they’re uncertain about the buying process – particularly when it comes to qualifying for a mortgage. For many, the mortgage process can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be!  In order to qualify in today’s market, you’ll need a down... Read More

    How to Determine If You Can Afford to Buy a Home

    By Shannah Ferrante | October 30, 2019

    The gap between the increase in personal income and residential real estate prices has been used to defend the concept that we are experiencing an affordability crisis in housing today. It is true that home prices and wages are two key elements in any affordability equation. There is, however, an extremely important third component to... Read More

    Thinking of Selling Your Home? The Waiting Is The Hardest Part.

    By Shannah Ferrante | October 29, 2019

    Tom Petty famously penned the words, “the waiting is the hardest part” in his early 80’s hit song The Waiting, and his thought process can surprisingly also be applied to individuals considering selling their homes today. Traditional thinking would suggest it may be best to wait until the spring to sell when there is a... Read More

    4 Reasons to Buy a Home This Fall

    By Shannah Ferrante | October 28, 2019

    Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today, instead of waiting. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insights Report shows that home prices have appreciated by 3.6% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts prices will continue to increase at a rate of 5.8% over the next year. The bottom... Read More

    Buying a home can be SCARY…Until you know the FACTS [INFOGRAPHIC]

    By Shannah Ferrante | October 25, 2019

    Some Highlights: Many potential homebuyers believe they need a 20% down payment and a 780 FICO® score to qualify to buy a home. This stops many people from even trying to jump into homeownership! Here are some facts to help take the fear out of the p... Read More

    6 Ways to Create an Attractive Home Office

    By Ris Cowan | October 25, 2019

    A home office is becoming an essential item on a house buyer's wish list. Here are some tips to help you create an attractive home office! Read More

    Think Prices Have Skyrocketed? Look at Rents.

    By Keeley Ryan | October 24, 2019

    Much has been written about how residential real estate values have increased since the housing market started its recovery in 2012. However, little has been shared about what has taken place with residential rental prices. Let’s shed a little light on this subject. In the most recent Apartment Rent Report, RentCafe explains how rents have... Read More

    5 Reasons to Consider Living in a Multigenerational Home

    By Shannah Ferrante | October 23, 2019

    Did you know that 1 in 6 Americans currently live in a multigenerational household? According to Generations United, the number of multigenerational households rose from 42.4 million in 2000 to 64 million in 2016. The 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers from the National Association of Realtors shows that 12% of all buyers have... Read More

    Depending on the Price, You’re Going to Need Advice

    By Keeley Ryan | October 22, 2019

    To understand today’s complex real estate market, it is critical to have a local, trusted advisor on your side – for more reasons than you may think. In real estate today, there are essentially three different price points in the market: the starter-home market, the middle-home market, and the premium or luxury market. Each one... Read More

    5 Tips for Starting Your Home Search

    By Keeley Ryan | October 21, 2019

    In today’s market, low inventory dominates the conversation in many areas of the country. It can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren’t prepared. Here are five tips from’s article, “How to Find Your Dream Home—Without Losing Your Mind.” 1. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage Before You Start Your Search... Read More