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Good News for Mortgage Rates in 2023 (And What It Means for You)

By Silvia Lopez-Jedynak | January 12, 2023 | 0 Comments

Last year, one factor drove the real estate market more than any other: rising mortgage rates. In March 2022, the Federal Reserve began a series of interest rate hikes in an effort to pump the brakes on inflation.1 And while some market sectors have been slow to respond, the housing market has reacted accordingly. Both […]

Home for the Holidays: How To Stretch Your Budget in a Season of Inflation

By Silvia Lopez-Jedynak | December 1, 2022 | 0 Comments

You don’t have to break the bank to celebrate the holidays in style—even in this season of inflation. Prices may be higher on everything from food to gifts to decorations, but there are still plenty of opportunities to eke out extra savings. For example, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), you can save […]

8 Strategies to Secure a Lower Mortgage Rate

By Silvia Lopez-Jedynak | September 4, 2022 | 0 Comments

Mortgage rates have been on a roller coaster ride this year, rising and falling amid inflationary pressures and economic uncertainty. And even the experts are divided when it comes to predicting where rates are headed next.1 This climate has been unsettling for some homebuyers and sellers. However, with proper planning, you can work toward qualifying […]

10 Pro Tips for a Smooth Home Move

By Silvia Lopez-Jedynak | August 6, 2022 | 0 Comments

The process of buying a new home can be both exhilarating and exhausting. But the journey doesn’t stop when you close on your property. On the contrary, you still have quite a bit to do before you can begin the process of settling into your new place. Fortunately, you don’t have to do everything in […]

7 Costly Mistakes Home Sellers Make (And How to Avoid Them)

By Silvia Lopez-Jedynak | July 1, 2022 | 0 Comments

No matter what’s going on in the housing market, the process of selling a home can be challenging. Some sellers have a hard time saying goodbye to a treasured family residence. Others want to skip ahead to the fun of decorating and settling into a new place. Almost all sellers want to make the most […]

Higher Rates and Short Supply: The State of Real Estate in 2022

By Silvia Lopez-Jedynak | June 1, 2022 | 0 Comments

The last two years caught many of us off guard—and not just because of the pandemic. They also ushered in the hottest housing market on record, with home prices rising nationally by nearly 19% in 2021, driven primarily by low mortgage rates and a major supply shortage.1 But while some had hoped 2022 would bring […]

5 Ways to Write a Winning Offer in Today’s Real Estate Market

By Silvia Lopez-Jedynak | May 2, 2022 | 0 Comments

Our nation is in the midst of a serious housing crunch. Last year, a lack of inventory and soaring prices left many would-be homebuyers feeling pinched. But now, with interest rates climbing, many of them are also feeling desperate to lock in a mortgage—which has only added fuel to the fire.1 Fortunately, if you’re a […]

Seller’s Checklist: A Timeline to Prep Your Home for Sale

By Silvia Lopez-Jedynak | April 1, 2022 | 0 Comments

We’re still in a seller’s market, but that doesn’t mean your home is guaranteed to easily sell.1 If you want to maximize your sale price, it’s still important to prepare your home before putting it on the market. Start by connecting with a real estate agent as soon as possible. Having the eyes and ears of […]

Hedge Against Inflation With These 3 Real Estate Investment Types

By Silvia Lopez-Jedynak | March 1, 2022 | 0 Comments

The annual inflation rate in the United States is currently around 7.5%—the highest it has been since 1982.1 It doesn’t matter if you’re a cashier, lawyer, plumber, or retiree; if you spend U.S. dollars, inflation impacts you. Economists expect the effects of inflation, like a higher cost of goods, to continue.2 Luckily, an investment in real estate […]

8 Popular Home Design Features for 2022

By Silvia Lopez-Jedynak | February 2, 2022 | 0 Comments

There’s a lot to consider when selling your home, from the market and appraisals to where you’ll go next. Don’t forget, however, that design is also a key factor. It’s often one of the first things buyers notice when they walk into a home, and it’s also a detail that you, as a seller, can […]