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Don’t Be Fooled by Remarkable Real Estate Headlines

By Robert Mays | April 22, 2021

Don’t Be Fooled by Remarkable Real Estate Headlines | Simplifying The MarketDon’t be impressed by the headlines reporting year-over-year housing numbers for the next several months (data covering March, April, May, and June). The data will most likely show eye-popping one-year increases. While the year-over-year jumps will certainly be striking, consumers should take these numbers with a grain of salt, as the situation highlights a short-term […]

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Planning to Move? You Can Still Secure a Low Mortgage Rate on Your Next Home

By Robert Mays | April 21, 2021

Planning to Move? You Can Still Secure a Low Mortgage Rate on Your Next Home | Simplifying The MarketThis year, mortgage rates have started to slowly climb above recent record-breaking lows. Many homeowners planning to move may feel like they’ve missed the chance to score a great rate on their next mortgage. In reality, there’s still time to secure a rate far below the historic norm. Here’s why. After creeping up for seven […]

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82,338 Great Reasons to Buy a Home Today

By Robert Mays | April 20, 2021

82,338 Great Reasons to Buy a Home Today | Simplifying The MarketThe financial benefits of buying a home as compared to renting one are always up for debate. However, one element of the equation is often ignored – the ability to build wealth as a homeowner. Most experts are calling for home prices to continue appreciating over the next several years. The most recent Home Price […]

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How Much Time Do You Need To Save for a Down Payment?

By Robert Mays | April 19, 2021

How Much Time Do You Need To Save for a Down Payment? | Simplifying The MarketOne of the biggest hurdles homebuyers face is saving for a down payment. As you’re budgeting and planning for your home purchase, you’ll want to understand how much you’ll need to put down and how long it will take you to get there. The process may actually move faster than you think. Using data from […]

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Home Is Where the Heart Is [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Robert Mays | April 16, 2021

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There’s no doubt about it: homeowners love their homes, and that feeling has become even more important over the past year.
The vast majority of homeowners say they’re emotionally attached to their home and that it has kept them safe…

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Why This Is a Great Year to Sell Your Vacation Home

By Robert Mays | April 15, 2021

Why This Is a Great Year to Sell Your Vacation Home | Simplifying The MarketAs vaccines are administered and travel resumes, many of us are beginning to plan for those long-awaited vacations we missed out on over the past year. Some households are focusing their efforts on buying a vacation home rather than staying in a hotel, too. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reports: “Second homes (i.e., […]

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93% of Americans Believe a Home Is a Better Investment Than Stocks

By Robert Mays | April 14, 2021

93% of Americans Believe a Home Is a Better Investment Than Stocks | Simplifying The MarketA recent Survey of Consumer Finances study released by the Federal Reserve reveals the net worth of homeowners is forty times greater than that of renters. If you’re wondering if homeownership is a good investment, the study clearly answers that question, and the answer is yes. Do Americans believe a home is a better investment […]

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Some Buyers Prefer Smaller Homes

By Robert Mays | April 13, 2021

Some Buyers Prefer Smaller Homes | Simplifying The MarketOver the past year, we’ve had plenty of opportunities to reflect on what we consider most important in our lives. The place we call home is one of the biggest things many of us are reevaluating. George Ratiu, Senior Economist at realtor.com, shares: “The very nature of the pandemic, through the health implications, social distancing, […]

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4 Major Reasons Households in Forbearance Won’t Lose Their Homes to Foreclosure

By Robert Mays | April 12, 2021

4 Major Reasons Households in Forbearance Won’t Lose Their Homes to Foreclosure | Simplifying The MarketThere has been a lot of discussion as to what will happen once the 2.3 million households currently in forbearance no longer have the protection of the program. Some assume there could potentially be millions of foreclosures ready to hit the market. However, there are four reasons that won’t happen. 1. Almost 50% Leave Forbearance […]

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Multigenerational Housing Is Gaining Momentum [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Robert Mays | April 9, 2021

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If your house is feeling a little cramped with the addition of adult children or aging parents, it might be time to consider a move-up into a multigenerational home that better suits your changing needs.
With benefits that include a …

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