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    Top 12 Apps for Homeowners and Renters

    By Susanne Casey | September 23, 2020

    More than 77 percent of people own a smartphone.1 The average person checks their smartphone 46 times a day, with people under the age of 24 checking it an average of 74 times a day.1 We check it while we’re waiting in line and during our leisure time, whether we’re scrolling through social media, reading... Read More

    Two New Surveys Indicate Urban to Suburban Lean

    By Susanne Casey | September 14, 2020

    There has been much talk around the possibility that Americans are feeling less enamored with the benefits of living in a large city and now may be longing for the open spaces that suburban and rural areas provide. In a recent Realtor Magazine article, they discussed the issue and addressed comments made by Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National... Read More

    Move-Up vs. Second Home: Which One Is Right For You?

    By Susanne Casey | September 3, 2020

    The pandemic has changed the way many of us live, work, and attend school—and those changes have impacted our priorities when it comes to choosing a home. According to a recent survey by The Harris Poll, 75% of respondents who have begun working remotely would like to continue doing so—and 66% would consider moving if... Read More

    Are You Covered? A Homeowner’s Insurance Guide

    By Susanne Casey | August 27, 2020

    No one likes to think about disasters. Severe weather, fire, theft—or even a seemingly small issue like a broken pipe—can wreak havoc on your home and result in thousands of dollars in damages. Fortunately, a good homeowner’s insurance policy can offer you peace of mind that you and your family will be financially protected if... Read More

    Take Advantage of Your Home Equity: A Homeowner’s Guide

    By Susanne Casey | August 20, 2020

    Homeownership offers many advantages over renting, including a stable living environment, predictable monthly payments, and the freedom to make modifications. Neighborhoods with high rates of homeownership have less crime and more civic engagement. Additionally, studies show that homeowners are happier and healthier than renters, and their children do better in school.1 But one of the... Read More

    Lowest Mortgage Rates in History: What It Means for Homeowners and Buyers

    By Susanne Casey | August 13, 2020

    In July, the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell below 3% for the first time in history.1 And while many Americans have rushed to take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity, others question the hype. Are today’s rates truly a bargain? While average mortgage rates have drifted between 4% and 5% in recent years, they haven’t always... Read More

    To-Dos: Your August Home Checklist

    By Susanne Casey | August 5, 2020

    With the transition from summer to the beginning of a new school year (and maybe some back-to-work blues), August can feel like a sudden downshift. Stretch out these last days of summer by squeezing in a few more home projects, savoring simple pleasures and, when the time comes, preparing the house for fall. Pick from... Read More

    Add Value To Your Home With These 9 DIY Improvements

    By Susanne Casey | July 29, 2020

    Add Value To Your Home With These 9 DIY Improvements Whether you’re prepping your house to go on the market or looking for ways to maximize its long-term appreciation, these nine home improvement projects are great ways to add function, beauty, and real value to your home. The best part is, once you’ve secured the... Read More

    Are You Ready for the Summer Housing Market?

    By Susanne Casey | June 18, 2020

    As the health crisis started making its way throughout our country earlier this spring, sellers have been cautious about putting their homes on the market. This hesitation stemmed primarily from fear of the spread of the coronavirus, and understandably so. This abundant caution has greatly impacted the number of homes for sale and slowed the... Read More

    Is Now a Good Time to Buy or Sell Real Estate?

    By Susanne Casey | June 11, 2020

    Traditionally, spring is one of the busiest times of the year for real estate. However, the coronavirus outbreak—and subsequent stay-at-home orders—led many buyers and sellers to put their moving plans on hold. In April, new listings fell nearly 45%, and sales volume fell 15% compared to last year.1 Fortunately, as restrictions have eased, we’ve seen... Read More