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If You’re Thinking of Selling Your House This Fall, Hire a Pro

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 29, 2022

If You’re Thinking of Selling Your House This Fall, Hire a Pro | Simplifying The MarketToday’s market is at a turning point, making it more essential than ever to work with a real estate professional. Not only will a trusted real estate advisor keep you updated and help you make the best decisions based on current market trends, but they’re also experts in managing the many aspects of selling your […]

Why You Should Consider Condos as Part of Your Home Search

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 28, 2022

Why You Should Consider Condos as Part of Your Home Search | Simplifying The MarketThe historically low inventory over the past few years led to challenges for many buyers trying to find a home that met their needs and their budget. If you’re in the same boat, you should know the recent shift in the housing market may have opened up doors for you to restart your search. The […]

How an Expert Can Help You Understand Inflation & Mortgage Rates

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 27, 2022

How an Expert Can Help You Understand Inflation & Mortgage Rates | Simplifying The MarketIf you’re following today’s housing market, you know two of the top issues consumers face are inflation and mortgage rates. Let’s take a look at each one. Inflation and the Housing Market This year, inflation reached a high not seen in forty years. For the average consumer, you probably felt the pinch at the gas pump […]

The True Strength of Homeowners Today

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 26, 2022

The True Strength of Homeowners Today | Simplifying The MarketThe real estate market is on just about everyone’s mind these days. That’s because the unsustainable market of the past two years is behind us, and the difference is being felt. The question now is, just how financially strong are homeowners throughout the country? Mortgage debt grew beyond 10 trillion dollars over the past year, […]

Fall Home Selling Checklist [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 23, 2022

Some Highlights

When it comes to selling your house, you want it to look its best inside and out so it catches the attention of buyers. A real estate professional can help you decide what to do to make that happen.
Focus on tasks that can make it in…

What Experts Say Will Happen with Home Prices Next Year

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 22, 2022

What Experts Say Will Happen with Home Prices Next Year | Simplifying The MarketExperts are starting to make their 2023 home price forecasts. As they do, most agree homes will continue to gain value, just at a slower pace. Over the past couple of years, home prices have risen at an unsustainable rate, leaving many to wonder how long it would last. If you’re asking yourself: what’s ahead […]

Top Reasons Homeowners Are Selling Their Houses Right Now

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 21, 2022

Top Reasons Homeowners Are Selling Their Houses Right Now | Simplifying The MarketSome people believe there’s a group of homeowners who may be reluctant to sell their houses because they don’t want to lose the historically low mortgage rate they have on their current home. You may even have the same hesitation if you’re thinking about selling your house. Data shows 51% of homeowners have a mortgage […]

Watching the Stock Market? Check the Value of Your Home for Good News.

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 20, 2022

Watching the Stock Market? Check the Value of Your Home for Good News. | Simplifying The MarketWhile watching the stock market recently may have started to feel pretty challenging, checking the value of your home should come as welcome relief in this volatile time. If you’re a homeowner, your net worth got a big boost over the past few years thanks to rising home prices. And that increase in your wealth […]

Will My House Still Sell in Today’s Market?

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 19, 2022

Will My House Still Sell in Today’s Market? | Simplifying The MarketIf recent headlines about the housing market cooling and buyer demand moderating have you worried you’ve missed your chance to sell, here’s what you need to know. Buyer demand hasn’t disappeared, it’s just eased from the peak intensity we saw over the past two years. Buyer Demand Then and Now During the pandemic, mortgage rates hit […]

A Crucial First Step: Mortgage Pre-Approval [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 16, 2022

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Mortgage pre-approval means a lender has reviewed your finances and, based on factors like your income, debt, and credit history, determined how much you’re qualified to borrow.
Being pre-approved for a loan can give you clarity whil…

Buyers Are Regaining Some of Their Negotiation Power in Today’s Housing Market

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 15, 2022

Buyers Are Regaining Some of Their Negotiation Power in Today’s Housing Market | Simplifying The MarketIf you’re thinking about buying a home today, there’s welcome news. Even though it’s still a sellers’ market, it’s a more moderate sellers’ market than last year. And the days of feeling like you may need to waive contingencies or pay drastically over asking price to get your offer considered may be coming to a […]

Is the Real Estate Market Slowing Down, or Is This a Housing Bubble?

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 14, 2022

Is the Real Estate Market Slowing Down, or Is This a Housing Bubble? | Simplifying The MarketThe talk of a housing bubble in the coming year seems to be at a fever pitch as rising mortgage rates continue to slow down an overheated real estate market. Over the past two years, home prices have appreciated at an unsustainable pace causing many to ask: are things just slowing down, or is a […]

Three Things Buyers Can Do in Today’s Housing Market

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 13, 2022

Three Things Buyers Can Do in Today’s Housing Market | Simplifying The MarketIt’s clear the 2022 housing market has been defined by rising mortgage rates. With rates on the rise, it’s also become more costly to purchase a home. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR): “Compared to one year ago, the monthly mortgage payment rose to $1,944 from $1,265, an increase of 53.7%.” If you’re […]

Getting Your House Ready To Sell? Work with an Agent for Expert Advice

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 12, 2022

Getting Your House Ready To Sell? Work with an Agent for Expert Advice | Simplifying The MarketIn a market that’s shifting as fast as it is today, many homeowners wonder what, if anything, needs to be renovated before they sell their house. That’s where a trusted real estate professional comes in. They can help you think through today’s market conditions and how they impact what you should – and shouldn’t – […]

Why It’s So Important To Hire a Pro [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 9, 2022

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If you’re thinking of buying or selling a home, you’ll want a trusted real estate professional on your side for their industry experience and expert insights.
The right advisor utilizes the latest technology and can help you navigate…

Should I Sell My House This Year?

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 8, 2022

Should I Sell My House This Year? | Simplifying The MarketThere’s no denying the housing market is undergoing a shift this season as buyer demand slows and the number of homes for sale grows. But that shift actually gives you some unique benefits when you sell. Here’s a look at the key opportunities you have if you list your house this fall. Opportunity #1: You Have More […]

Expert Forecasts on Mortgage Rates

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 7, 2022

Expert Forecasts on Mortgage Rates | Simplifying The MarketIf you’ve been thinking of buying a home, you may have been watching what’s happened with mortgage rates over the past year. It’s true they’ve risen dramatically, but where will they go from here, especially as the market continues to slow? As you think about your homeownership goals and decide if now’s the time to […]

How Owning a Home Builds Your Net Worth

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 6, 2022

How Owning a Home Builds Your Net Worth | Simplifying The MarketOwning a home is a major financial milestone and an achievement to take pride in. One major reason: the equity you build as a homeowner gives your net worth a big boost. And with high inflation right now, the link between owning your home and building your wealth is especially important. If you’re looking to […]

Honoring the American Workforce

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 5, 2022

Wishing you a happy and safe Labor Day.

Here’s Why It’s Still a Sellers’ Market [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 2, 2022

Here's Why It's Still a Sellers' Market [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

Some Highlights

  • While buyer demand has moderated and housing supply has grown in recent months, it’s still a sellers’ market because inventory is low.
  • The latest data shows sellers continue to benefit from serious buyers and competitive offers. In July, the average home received 2.8 offers and 39% sold over the asking price.
  • You haven’t missed your opportunity to sell. Let’s connect to start the process today.

New Homes May Have the Incentives You’re Looking for Today

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 1, 2022

New Homes May Have the Incentives You’re Looking for Today | Simplifying The MarketAccording to the U.S. Census Bureau, this year, builders are on pace to complete more than a million new homes in this country. If you’ve had trouble finding a home to buy over the past year, it may be time to work with your trusted agent to consider a new build and the incentives that […]

Buyers: You May Face Less Competition as Bidding Wars Ease

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 31, 2022

Buyers: You May Face Less Competition as Bidding Wars Ease | Simplifying The MarketOne of the top stories in recent real estate headlines was the intensity and frequency of bidding wars. With so many buyers looking to purchase a home and so few of them available for sale, fiercely competitive bidding wars became the norm during the pandemic – and it drove home prices up. If you tried […]

What’s Actually Happening with Home Prices Today?

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 30, 2022

What’s Actually Happening with Home Prices Today? | Simplifying The MarketOne of the biggest questions people are asking right now is: what’s happening with home prices? There are headlines about ongoing price appreciation, but at the same time, some sellers are reducing the price of their homes. That can feel confusing and makes it more difficult to get a clear picture. Part of the challenge […]

A Trusted Real Estate Advisor Provides Expert Advice

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 29, 2022

A Trusted Real Estate Advisor Provides Expert Advice | Simplifying The MarketIf you’re a homeowner or are planning to become one soon, you’re probably looking for clear information about today’s housing market. And if you’ve turned to the news or even just read headlines recently, you might feel like you’re left with more questions than answers. The best way to make sure you get what you […]

What Does a Recession Mean for the Housing Market? [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 26, 2022

Some Highlights

If you’re wondering what a potential recession could mean for the housing market, here’s what history tells us.
In four of the last six recessions, home prices actually appreciated, only falling during the early 90s and the housing c…

Why You May Want To Start Your Home Search Today

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 25, 2022

Why You May Want To Start Your Home Search Today | Simplifying The MarketIf you’re thinking about buying a home, you likely have a lot of factors on your mind. You’re weighing your own needs against higher mortgage rates, today’s home prices, and more to try to decide if you want to jump into the market. While some buyers may wait things out, there’s a reason serious buyers […]

Why Today’s Housing Inventory Proves the Market Isn’t Headed for a Crash

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 24, 2022

Why Today’s Housing Inventory Proves the Market Isn’t Headed for a Crash | Simplifying The MarketWhether or not you owned a home in 2008, you likely remember the housing crash that took place back then. And news about an economic slowdown happening today may bring all those concerns back to the surface. While those feelings are understandable, data can help reassure you the situation today is nothing like it was […]

What Sellers Need To Know in Today’s Housing Market

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 23, 2022

What Sellers Need To Know in Today’s Housing Market | Simplifying The MarketIf you’re thinking about selling your house, you may have heard about the housing market slowing down in recent months. While it’s still a sellers’ market, the peak frenzy the market saw over the past two years has cooled some. If you’re asking yourself if you’ve missed your chance to sell your house and make […]

3 Tips for Buying a Home Today

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 22, 2022

3 Tips for Buying a Home Today | Simplifying The MarketIf you put off your home search at any point over the past two years, you may want to consider picking it back up based on today’s housing market conditions. Recent data shows the supply of homes for sale is increasing, giving buyers like you additional options. But it’s important to keep in mind that […]

Why a Home Inspection Is Important [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 19, 2022

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If you’re buying a home, here’s what you should know about your home inspection and why it’s so important.
A home inspection is a crucial step in the homebuying process. It assesses the condition of the home you plan to purchase so y…

Planning To Retire? Your Equity Can Help You Reach Your Goal.

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 18, 2022

Planning To Retire? Your Equity Can Help You Reach Your Goal | Simplifying The MarketWhether you’ve just retired or you’re thinking about retirement, you may be considering your options and trying to picture a whole new stage of your life. And you’re not alone. Research from the Retirement Industry Trust Association (RITA) shows 10,000 Baby Boomers reach the typical retirement age (65) every day, and only 47% of the […]

Experts Increase 2022 Home Price Projections

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 17, 2022

Experts Increase 2022 Home Price Projections | Simplifying The MarketIf you’re wondering if home prices are going to come down due to the cooldown in the housing market or a potential recession, here’s what you need to know. Not only are experts forecasting home prices will continue to appreciate nationwide this year, but most of them also actually increased their projections for home price […]

What Would a Recession Mean for the Housing Market?

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 16, 2022

What Would a Recession Mean for the Housing Market? | Simplifying The MarketAccording to a recent survey from the Wall Street Journal, the percentage of economists who believe we’ll see a recession in the next 12 months is growing. When surveyed in July 2021, only 12% of economists consulted thought there’d be a recession by now. But this July, when polled, 49% believe we will see a […]

The U.S. Homeownership Rate Is Growing

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 15, 2022

The U.S. Homeownership Rate Is Growing | Simplifying The MarketThe desire to own a home is still strong today. In fact, according to the Census, the U.S. homeownership rate is on the rise. To illustrate the increase, the graph below shows the homeownership rate over the last year: That data shows more than half of the U.S. population live in a home they own, […]

Why Experts Say the Housing Market Won’t Crash [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 12, 2022

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Many people remember the housing crash in 2008, but experts say today’s market is fundamentally different in many ways.
First, there isn’t an oversupply of homes for sale today. Plus, lending standards are much tighter, and homeowner…

What Does the Rest of the Year Hold for Home Prices?

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 11, 2022

What Does the Rest of the Year Hold for Home Prices? | Simplifying The MarketWhether you’re a potential homebuyer, seller, or both, you probably want to know: will home prices fall this year? Let’s break down what’s happening with home prices, where experts say they’re headed, and why this matters for your homeownership goals. Last Year’s Rapid Home Price Growth Wasn’t the Norm In 2021, home prices appreciated quickly. […]

Is the Shifting Market a Challenge or an Opportunity for Homebuyers?

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 10, 2022

Is the Shifting Market a Challenge or an Opportunity for Homebuyers? | Simplifying The MarketIf you tried to buy a home during the pandemic, you know the limited supply of homes for sale was a considerable challenge. It created intense bidding wars which drove home prices up as buyers competed with one another to be the winning offer. But what was once your greatest challenge may now be your […]

Selling Your House? Your Asking Price Matters More Now Than Ever

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 9, 2022

Selling Your House? Your Asking Price Matters More Now Than Ever | Simplifying The MarketThere’s no doubt about the fact that the housing market is slowing from the frenzy we saw over the past two years. But what does that mean for you if you’re thinking of selling your house? While home prices are still appreciating in most markets and experts say that will continue, they’re climbing at a […]

Why the Forbearance Program Changed the Housing Market

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 8, 2022

Why the Forbearance Program Changed the Housing Market | Simplifying The MarketWhen the pandemic hit in 2020, many experts thought the housing market would crash. They feared job loss and economic uncertainty would lead to a wave of foreclosures similar to when the housing bubble burst over a decade ago. Thankfully, the forbearance program changed that. It provided much-needed relief for homeowners so a foreclosure crisis […]

Housing Market Forecast for the Rest of 2022 [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 5, 2022

Some Highlights

The housing market is shifting away from the intensity of the past two years. Here’s what experts project for the remainder of 2022.
Home prices are forecast to rise more moderately than last year. Mortgage rates will respond to infl…

Why It’s Still a Sellers’ Market

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 4, 2022

Why It’s Still a Sellers’ Market | Simplifying The MarketAs there’s more and more talk about the real estate market cooling off from the peak frenzy it saw during the pandemic, you may be questioning what that means for your plans to sell your house. If you’re thinking of making a move, you should know the market is still anything but normal. Even though […]

Buying a Home May Make More Financial Sense Than Renting One

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 3, 2022

Buying a Home May Make More Financial Sense Than Renting One | Simplifying The MarketIf rising home prices leave you wondering if it makes more sense to rent or buy a home in today’s housing market, consider this. It’s not just home prices that have risen in recent years – rental prices have skyrocketed as well. As a recent article from realtor.com says: “The median rent across the 50 largest […]

3 Graphs To Show This Isn’t a Housing Bubble

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 2, 2022

3 Graphs To Show This Isn’t a Housing Bubble | Simplifying The MarketWith all the headlines and buzz in the media, some consumers believe the market is in a housing bubble. As the housing market shifts, you may be wondering what’ll happen next. It’s only natural for concerns to creep in that it could be a repeat of what took place in 2008. The good news is, […]

Why Are People Moving Today?

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 1, 2022

Why Are People Moving Today? | Simplifying The MarketBuying a home is a major life decision. That’s true whether you’re purchasing for the first time or selling your house to fuel a move. And if you’re planning to buy a home, you might be hearing about today’s shifting market and wondering what it means for you. While mortgage rates are higher than they […]

Three Reasons To Buy a Home in Today’s Shifting Market [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | July 29, 2022

Some Highlights

The housing market is moving away from the frenzy of the past year and it’s opening doors for you if you’re thinking about buying a home.
Housing inventory is increasing, which means more options for your search. Plus, the intensity …

A Real Estate Professional Helps You Separate Fact from Fiction

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | July 28, 2022

A Real Estate Professional Helps You Separate Fact from Fiction | Simplifying The MarketIf you’re following the news, chances are you’ve seen or heard some headlines about the housing market that don’t give the full picture. The real estate market is shifting, and when that happens, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. That’s where a trusted real estate professional comes in. They can help debunk […]

Want To Buy a Home? Now May Be the Time.

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | July 27, 2022

Want To Buy a Home? Now May Be the Time. | Simplifying The MarketThere are more homes for sale today than at any time last year. So, if you tried to buy a home last year and were outbid or out priced, now may be your opportunity. The number of homes for sale in the U.S. has been growing over the past four months as rising mortgage rates […]

A Window of Opportunity for Homebuyers

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | July 26, 2022

A Window of Opportunity for Homebuyers | Simplifying The MarketMortgage rates are much higher today than they were at the beginning of the year, and that’s had a clear impact on the housing market. As a result, the market is seeing a shift back toward the range of pre-pandemic levels for buyer demand and home sales. But the transition back toward pre-pandemic levels isn’t […]

What’s Causing Ongoing Home Price Appreciation?

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | July 25, 2022

What’s Causing Ongoing Home Price Appreciation? | Simplifying The MarketIf you’re thinking about making a move, you probably want to know what’s going to happen to home prices for the rest of the year. While experts say price growth will moderate due to the shifting market, ongoing appreciation is expected. That means home prices won’t fall. Here’s a look at two key reasons experts […]

Great News About Housing Inventory [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | July 22, 2022

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Experts say the number of homes for sale is growing this year, and that can have a big impact on your move.
If you’re planning to buy, additional options in today’s market may be just what you’ve been waiting for. More inventory means…

Think Home Prices Are Going To Fall? Think Again

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | July 21, 2022

Think Home Prices Are Going To Fall? Think Again | Simplifying The MarketOver the last two years, the rate of home prices appreciated at a dramatic pace. While that led to incredible equity gains for homeowners, it’s also caused some buyers to wonder if home prices will fall. It’s important to know the housing market isn’t a bubble about to burst, and home price growth is supported […]

Should You Buy a Home with Inflation This High?

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | July 20, 2022

Should You Buy a Home with Inflation This High? | Simplifying The MarketWhile the Federal Reserve is working hard to bring down inflation, the latest data shows the inflation rate is still going up. You no doubt are feeling the pinch on your wallet at the gas pump or the grocery store, but that news may also leave you wondering: should I still buy a home right […]

Why Pre-Approval Is a Game Changer for Homebuyers

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | July 19, 2022

Why Pre-Approval Is a Game Changer for Homebuyers | Simplifying The MarketIf you’re planning to buy a home this year, you might have heard that pre-approval is a necessary step to take before starting out on your journey. But why is that? And is it still important in today’s shifting market? The truth is, getting a pre-approval letter from your lender is critical, and when it […]

Wondering Where You’ll Move if You Sell Your House Today?

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | July 18, 2022

Wondering Where You’ll Move if You Sell Your House Today? | Simplifying The MarketIf you put a pause on your home search because you weren’t sure where you’d go once you sold your house, it might be a good time to get back into the market. That’s because today’s market is undergoing a shift, and the supply of homes for sale is increasing as a result. That means […]

Should I Rent or Should I Buy? [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | July 15, 2022

Some Highlights

It’s worth considering the many benefits of homeownership before you make the decision to rent or buy a home.
When you buy, you can stabilize your housing costs, own a tangible asset, and grow your net worth as you gain equity. When …

Housing Experts Say This Isn’t a Bubble

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | July 14, 2022

Housing Experts Say This Isn’t a Bubble | Simplifying The MarketWith so much talk about an economic slowdown, some people are asking if the housing market is heading for a crash like the one in 2008. To really understand what’s happening with real estate today, it’s important to lean on the experts for reliable information. Here’s why economists and industry experts say the housing market […]

Should I Buy a Home Right Now?

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | July 13, 2022

Should I Buy a Home Right Now? | Simplifying The MarketIf you’ve been thinking about buying a home, you likely have one question on the top of your mind: should I buy right now, or should I wait? While no one can answer that question for you, here’s some information that could help you make your decision. The Future of Home Price Appreciation Each quarter, […]

Expert Housing Market Forecasts for the Second Half of the Year

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | July 12, 2022

Expert Housing Market Forecasts for the Second Half of the Year | Simplifying The MarketThe housing market is at a turning point, and if you’re thinking of buying or selling a home, that may leave you wondering: is it still a good time to buy a home? Should I make a move this year? To help answer those questions, let’s turn to the experts for projections on what the […]

The Drop in Mortgage Rates Brings Good News for Homebuyers

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | July 11, 2022

The Drop in Mortgage Rates Brings Good News for Homebuyers | Simplifying The MarketOver the past few weeks, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate from Freddie Mac fell by half a percent. The drop happened over concerns about a potential recession. And since mortgage rates have risen dramatically this year, homebuyers across the country should see this decline as welcome news. Freddie Mac reports that the average 30-year […]

Why Growing Home Equity Is Great News if You Plan To Move [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | July 8, 2022

Some Highlights

According to the latest data from CoreLogic, the average homeowner gained $64,000 in home equity over the past 12 months.
That much equity can be a game-changer when you move. When you sell, it could be some (if not all) of what you …