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How Misunderstandings about Affordability Could Cost You

By Robert Mays | May 27, 2021

How Misunderstandings about Affordability Could Cost You | Simplifying The MarketThere’s a lot of discussion about affordability as home prices continue to appreciate rapidly. Even though the most recent index on affordability from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows homes are more affordable today than the historical average, some still have concerns about whether or not it’s truly affordable to buy a home right […]

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Buying a Home Is Still Affordable

By Robert Mays | May 26, 2021

Buying a Home Is Still Affordable | Simplifying The MarketThe last year has put emphasis on the importance of one’s home. As a result, some renters are making the jump into homeownership while some homeowners are re-evaluating their current house and considering a move to one that better fits their current lifestyle. Understanding how housing affordability works and the main market factors that impact […]

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Where Do Experts Say the Housing Market Is Heading?

By Robert Mays | May 25, 2021

Where Do Experts Say the Housing Market Is Heading? | Simplifying The MarketAs we enter the middle of 2021, many are wondering if we’ll see big changes in the housing market during the second half of this year. Here’s a look at what some experts have to say about key factors that will drive the industry and the economy forward in the months to come. realtor.com “. […]

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3 Things To Prioritize When Selling Your House

By Robert Mays | May 24, 2021

3 Things To Prioritize When Selling Your House | Simplifying The MarketToday’s housing market is full of unprecedented opportunities. High buyer demand paired with record-low housing inventory is creating the ultimate sellers’ market, which means it’s a fantastic time to sell your house. However, that doesn’t mean sellers are guaranteed success no matter what. There are still some key things to know so you can avoid […]

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Americans Choose Real Estate as the Best Investment [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Robert Mays | May 21, 2021

Some Highlights

For the eighth year in a row, real estate maintained its position as the preferred long-term investment among Americans.
Real estate has been gaining ground against stocks, gold, and savings accounts over the last 11 years and now st…

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Should I Move or Refinance?

By Robert Mays | May 20, 2021

Should I Move or Refinance? | Simplifying The MarketThe level of equity homeowners have is at an all-time high. According to the U.S. Census, over 38% of owner-occupied homes are owned free and clear, meaning they don’t have a mortgage. Those with a mortgage are seeing their equity skyrocket too. Every time real estate values increase, homeowners get a dollar-for-dollar gain in their […]

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Sellers Are Ready To Enter the Housing Market

By Robert Mays | May 19, 2021

Sellers Are Ready To Enter the Housing Market | Simplifying The MarketOne of the biggest questions in real estate today is, “When will sellers return to the housing market?” An ongoing shortage of home supply has created a hyper-competitive environment for hopeful buyers, leading to the ultimate sellers’ market. However, as the economy continues to improve and more people get vaccinated, more sellers may finally be […]

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Americans See Real Estate as a Better Investment Than Stocks or Gold

By Robert Mays | May 18, 2021

Americans See Real Estate as a Better Investment Than Stocks or Gold | Simplifying The MarketLast month, in a post on the Liberty Street Economics blog, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York noted that Americans believe buying a home is definitely or probably a better investment than buying stocks. Last week, a Gallup Poll reaffirmed those findings. In an article on the current real estate market, Gallup reports: “Gallup […]

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Don’t Forget to Budget for Closing Costs

By Robert Mays | May 17, 2021

Don’t Forget to Budget for Closing Costs | Simplifying The MarketWhen buying a home, it’s important to have a budget and make sure you plan ahead for certain homebuying expenses. Saving for a down payment is the main cost that comes to mind for many, but budgeting for the closing costs required to get a mortgage is just as important. What Are Closing Costs? According […]

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When It Comes To Selling a House, Your Time Is Money [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Robert Mays | May 14, 2021

Some Highlights

Selling a house is no small task. If you decide to try to do it on your own, keep in mind you’ll be responsible for all the expert-level work of a real estate professional.
The vital tasks an agent manages for you include listing and…

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