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    It’s Time To Prepare Your House for a Spring Listing

    By Sabine Rolnick, PhD | February 19, 2024

    If you’re thinking of selling your house this spring, now is the perfect time to start getting it ready. With the market gearing up for its busiest time of year, it’ll be important to make sure your house shines bright among the competition. Here are some valuable tips you can use to get your house market-ready. Declutter and Organize First... Read More

    What’s Really Happening with Mortgage Rates?

    By Sabine Rolnick, PhD | February 12, 2024

    Are you feeling a bit unsure about what’s really happening with mortgage rates? That might be because you’ve heard someone say they’re coming down. But then you read somewhere else that they’re up again. And that may leave you scratching your head and wondering what’s true. The simplest answer is: that what you read or hear... Read More

    Upgrade Your Home With These 2024 Design Trends

    By Sabine Rolnick, PhD | February 6, 2024

    One of the best parts of owning a home is the freedom to make it truly your own with design choices that reflect your personality and lifestyle. Whether you lean toward contemporary design or a farmhouse aesthetic, your home is your canvas. Even so, it’s always smart to think about the long-term impact those decisions... Read More

    Why Having Your Own Agent Matters When Buying a New Construction Home

    By Sabine Rolnick, PhD | February 5, 2024

    Finding the right home is one of the biggest challenges for potential buyers today. Right now, the supply of homes for sale is still low. But there is a bright spot. Newly built homes make up a larger percent of the total homes available for sale than normal. That’s why, if you’re craving more options, it makes sense to see if... Read More

    Will a Silver Tsunami Change the 2024 Housing Market?

    By Sabine Rolnick, PhD | January 29, 2024

    Have you ever heard the term “Silver Tsunami” and wondered what it’s all about? If so, that might be because there’s been lot of talk about it online recently. Let’s dive into what it is and why it won’t drastically impact the housing market. What Does Silver Tsunami Mean? A recent article from HousingWire calls it: “. . .... Read More

    3 Must-Do’s When Selling Your House in 2024

    By Sabine Rolnick, PhD | January 22, 2024

    If one of the goals on your list is selling your house and making a move this year, you’re likely juggling a mix of excitement about what’s ahead and feeling a little sentimental about your current home. A great way to balance those emotions and make sure you’re confident in your decision is to keep these three best practices... Read More

    The Dramatic Impact of Homeownership on Net Worth

    By Sabine Rolnick, PhD | January 15, 2024

    If you’re trying to decide whether to rent or buy a home this year, here’s a powerful insight that could give you the clarity and confidence you need to make your decision. Every three years, the Federal Reserve releases the Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF), which compares net worth for homeowners and renters. The latest report shows the average homeowner’s net worth... Read More

    What Lower Mortgage Rates Mean for Your Purchasing Power

    By Sabine Rolnick, PhD | January 8, 2024

    If you want to buy a home, it’s important to know how mortgage rates impact what you can afford and how much you’ll pay each month. Fortunately, rates for 30-year fixed mortgages have come down significantly since the end of October and are currently under 7%, according to Freddie Mac (see graph below): This recent trend is great news for buyers. As... Read More

    Real Estate Market Forecast: Opportunities for Home Buyers and Sellers in 2024

    By Sabine Rolnick, PhD | January 2, 2024

    A growing share of home buyers and sellers sat on the sidelines last year as the pace of home sales continued its downward trajectory.1 In fact, since the Federal Reserve began its series of interest rate hikes in 2022, the combination of higher borrowing costs and record-high home prices has fostered the steepest real estate... Read More

    Why Now Is Still a Great Time To Sell Your House

    By Sabine Rolnick, PhD | December 18, 2023

    If you were worried buyer demand disappeared when mortgage rates went up, the data shows there are plenty of interested buyers still out there. The housing market isn’t as frenzied as it was during the ‘unicorn’ years when buyer demand was through the roof, mortgage rates were historically low, and home values rose like we’ve never seen before. But that doesn’t mean the... Read More