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    Will Mortgage Rates Remain Low Next Year

    By Susanne Casey | November 19, 2020

    In 2020, buyers got a big boost in the housing market as mortgage rates dropped throughout the year. According to Freddie Mac, rates hit all-time lows 12 times this year, dipping below 3% for the first time ever while making buying a home more and more attractive as the year progressed (See graph below):When you continually hear how rates are hitting... Read More

    Is it Safe to Sell My House Right Now?

    By Susanne Casey | November 12, 2020

    In today’s real estate market, the buzz is all about how it’s a great time to sell your house. Buyer demand is high, and there simply aren’t enough homes available to buy to meet that growing need. This means now is the time to make a move so you can close the deal on your ideal terms. Even in today’s... Read More

    VA Home Loans: Helping Heroes Find a Home

    By Susanne Casey | November 12, 2020

    Today, on Veterans Day, we honor those who have served our country and thank them for their continued dedication to our nation. In the United States, there are many valuable benefits available to Veterans, including VA home loans. For over 75 years, VA home loans have provided millions of Veterans and their families the opportunity to purchase their... Read More

    The New Normal: A Strong Housing Market Expected to Continue into 2021

    By Susanne Casey | November 1, 2020

    The New Normal: A Strong Housing Market Expected to Continue into 2021 “2020 will be known for a lot of things, and a record-breaking year for real estate will certainly be one of its more unexpected legacies,” prominent economist Daryl Fairweather said.1 And he’s right: most of us would have expected the housing market to... Read More

    Two Important Impacts of Home Equity

    By Susanne Casey | October 28, 2020

    Equity continues to rise, helping American homeowners secure a much more stable financial future. According to the most recent data from CoreLogic, the average homeowner gained $9,800 in equity over the past year. In addition, experts project 2020 home prices to continue rising. With prices going up, equity gains will also keep accelerating. Black Knight just reported: “The annual percent... Read More

    Home Values Projected to Keep Rising

    By Susanne Casey | October 22, 2020

    As we enter the final months of 2020 and continue to work through the challenges this year has brought, some of us wonder what impact continued economic uncertainty could have on home prices. Looking at the big picture, the rules of supply and demand will give us the clearest idea of what is to come.... Read More

    6 Reasons You’ll Win by Selling with a Real Estate Agent This Fall

    By Susanne Casey | October 15, 2020

    There are many benefits to working with a real estate professional when selling your house. During challenging times, like what we face today, it becomes even more important to have an expert you trust to help guide you through the process. If you’re considering selling on your own, known in the industry as a For Sale... Read More

    5 Secrets Buyers and Sellers Must Know About Virtual Home Tours

    By Susanne Casey | October 1, 2020

    For years now, virtual home tours have helped real estate buyers far and wide find the perfect home. From long-distance military personnel being relocated to investors expanding their portfolio to homeowners looking for a vacation getaway, this technology makes finding a house that’s a bit out of driving distance much easier. And for real estate... Read More

    Housing Market on Track to Beat Last Year’s Succes

    By Susanne Casey | September 30, 2020

    Back in March, as the nation’s economy was shut down because of the coronavirus, many were predicting the real estate market would face a major collapse. Some forecasts called for a 15-20% decline in transactions. However, six months later, it seems as though the housing market has fully recovered. Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American, announced last week: “Since... Read More

    8 Smart Home Technology Trends that Can Save You Money

    By Susanne Casey | September 29, 2020

    The ‘smart home’ is the new ‘internet of things’, or objects that can serve you better by communicating with each other or directly with you through apps on your smartphone. In the ideal version of the wired future, all of our appliances and gadgets talk to each other seamlessly. What could living in a smart... Read More