Top 7 Tips To Attract the Best Offers for Your Home

By Silvia Lopez-Jedynak | September 6, 2023 | 0 Comments

Not long ago, home sellers were in their heyday, as historically-low mortgage rates triggered a real estate buying frenzy. However, the Federal Reserve shut down the party when it began raising interest rates last year. Now, it’s not as simple to sell a home. While pandemic-era homebuyers were racing the clock—trying to lock in a […]

How to Become a Homeowner on a First-Time Buyer’s Budget

By Silvia Lopez-Jedynak | May 1, 2023 | 0 Comments

It’s not easy being a first-time homebuyer right now. At the end of last year, housing affordability hit an all-time low.1 Additionally, mortgage rates have risen significantly since 2021, while inventory remains tight for many property categories, but especially for starter homes. Even lower-priced condos are harder to snag these days, as investors and downsizers […]

My Home Didn’t Sell! Now What?

By Silvia Lopez-Jedynak | March 1, 2023 | 0 Comments

When it comes to listing their home, most home sellers want three things: 1) to make a lot of money, 2) to put in minimal time and effort, and 3) to sell quickly. But the reality is, selling a home is rarely that simple. And homeowners who try to do it themselves—or receive bad advice—can […]

Top 6 Home Design Trends To Watch in 2023

By Silvia Lopez-Jedynak | February 9, 2023 | 0 Comments

Over the past few years, many of us have spent extra time at home—and that means we appreciate the personal design touches that make a house cozy and comfortable more than ever. Some of us have adapted our dwellings in new ways, from creating functional home offices to upgrading the appliances we use most. But […]

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 […]