Real Estate and Buying Tips from Our Local Experts

How to buy a home in a multiple offer situation

By Troy Krabbenhoft on

Fighting multiple offers on a house can be a nightmare for buyers: It basically means that you’ve found your dream home, but everyone else also wants it. Unless you go to the mat and really play your cards right, this place could easily slip through your fingers. That’s why it’s critical to put your best...

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Most Pandemic Buyers Happy with Their New Homes

By Charles Gardner on

The news seems to be filled these days with tearful tales of folks who bought homes for well over the asking price—some sight unseen—during the coronavirus pandemic. They lament that they bought these properties at the height of the real estate market, often spending more than they planned, and didn’t...

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The Importance of Home Equity in Building Wealth

By Sharad Gupta on

Homeownership has always been the first rung on the ladder leading to household wealth. As Freddie Mac recently posted: “Homeownership has cemented its role as part of the American Dream, providing families with a place that is their own and an avenue for building wealth over time. This ‘wealth’ is built, in large...

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Turning a House into a Happy Home

By Sharad Gupta on

We talk a lot about why it makes financial sense to buy a home, but more often than not, we’re drawn to the emotional reasons for homeownership. No matter the living space, the feeling of a home means different things to different people. Whether it’s a certain scent or a favorite chair,...

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The Difference a Year Makes for Homeownership

By Sharad Gupta on

Over the past year, mortgage rates have fallen more than a full percentage point, hitting a new historic low 15 times. This is a great driver for homeownership, as today’s low rates provide consumers with some significant benefits. Here’s a look at three of them. 1. Move-up or Downsize: One option is to...

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT REAL ESTATE AGENT

By Scott Garrison on

Are you ready to buy a home but don't know how the process begins? First and foremost - even if you're already driving through neighborhoods or looking online - find a real estate agent. Sounds simple enough, right? With so many brokerages and agents to choose from, the challenge here...

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Homeowner Equity Increases an Astonishing $1 Trillion

By Sharad Gupta on

In a year that was financially devastating for many Americans, some good news for most homeowners is the dramatic gain in home equity over the last twelve months. Last week, CoreLogic released its 2020 3rd Quarter Homeowner Equity Insights report, which reveals four major findings: U.S. homeowners with mortgages have seen their equity increase...

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Knowledge Is Power on the Path to Homeownership

By Sharad Gupta on

Homeownership is on the goal list for many young adults, but sometimes it’s hard to know exactly how to get there. From understanding the homebuying process to pre-approval and down payment assistance options, uncertainty along the way can ultimately hold some buyers back. Today, there are over 75 million Millennials and 67...

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