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    Tuesday, March 9, 2021   /   by Anita Barham

    Is the Real Estate Market Going to Crash?

    Is the Real Estate Market Going to Crash?
     
     
    While many areas of the economy have contracted, the housing market has stayed remarkably strong. But can the good news last?
    When COVID-related shutdowns began in March, real estate brokers and clients scrambled to respond to the shift. Record-low interest rates caused some lenders to call a halt to new underwriting, and homeowners debated whether or not to put their houses on the market. However, those first days of uncertainty ushered in a period of unprecedented demand in the U.S. real estate market, which ended the year with increasing average home prices (up 13.4% from the previous year) and shrinking days on market (13 fewer than in 2019).1
     
    Now, as the spring market approaches, you may be wondering whether the good times can continue to roll on. If you’re a homeowner, should you take advantage of this opportunity? If you’re a buyer, should you jump in and risk paying too much? Below we answer some o/ ...

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    Thursday, February 4, 2021   /   by Anita Barham

    5 Inspiring Home Design and Remodeling Trends for 2021

    5 Inspiring Home Design and Remodeling Trends for 2021
     
     
    We’ve all spent a lot more time at home over the past year. And for many of us, our homes have become our office, our classroom, our gym—and most importantly, our safe haven during times of uncertainty. So it’s no surprise to see that design trends for 2021 revolve around soothing color palettes, cozy character, and quiet retreats.
     
    Even if you don’t have immediate plans to buy or sell your home, we advise our clients to be mindful of modern design preferences when planning a remodel or even redecorating. Over-personalized or unpopular renovations could lower your property’s value. And selecting out-of-style fixtures and finishes could cause your home to feel dated quickly.
     
    To help inspire your design projects this year, we’ve rounded up five of the hottest trends.  Keep in mind, not all of these will work well in every house. If you plan to buy, list, or re1 ...

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    Sunday, January 3, 2021   /   by Anita Barham

    New Year, New Home? Set Homeownership Goals Whether You’re Buying, Selling, or Staying Put

    New Year, New Home? Set Homeownership Goals Whether You’re Buying, Selling, or Staying Put
     
     
    The start of a new year always compels people to take a fresh look at their goals, from health and career to relationships and finance. But with historically low mortgage rates, increased home sales and price growth, and a tight housing inventory, the time is right to also make some homeownership resolutions for 2021.
     
    Home buyers, is this the year you work to improve your credit score, pay down some debt, or save for a down payment?
     
    Home sellers, we’ve laid out plans for you to get top dollar for your property, including timing your home sale, making your property stand out from the crowd, and investing in your extra living space.
     
    And even if you’re staying put for awhile, homeowners, you can resolve to improve your status quo by evaluating your home budget, finalizing your home maintenance schedule, or maybe investing in a second prop; ...

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    Monday, December 7, 2020   /   by Anita Barham

    10 Ways to Give Back to Our Local Community This Holiday Season

    10 Ways to Give Back to Our Local Community This Holiday Season
     
    This year has demonstrated, perhaps more than ever, the importance of our family, friends, neighbors, and community. It truly “takes a village” to keep a community functioning effectively, whether that’s by keeping our waterways clean, feeding the hungry, teaching our kids, or supporting small businesses.
     
    With the holidays right around the corner, December offers the perfect opportunity to give back to the place we call home. You might want to focus your efforts near home, expand to our larger community, or even help support the people closest to you. Whether you’re passionate about a particular cause or just want to get more involved in general, let these 10 ways, both big and small, inspire you to do good in your town.
     
     
    GIVE BACK NEAR HOME
     
    1. Attract local wildlife. By making your neighborhood more wildlife friendly, you’re helping to  create a; ...

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    Monday, November 2, 2020   /   by Anita Barham

    The New Normal: A Strong Housing Market Expected to Continue into 2021

    The New Normal: A Strong Housing Market Expected to Continue into 2021
     
    “2020 will be known for a lot of things, and a record-breaking year for real estate will certainly be one of its more unexpected legacies,” prominent economist Daryl Fairweather said.1 And he’s right: most of us would have expected the housing market to suffer from circumstances like a once-in-a-hundred-years pandemic and historic inventory shortages.
     
    But, rather than a slowdown, we are continuing to experience a surprisingly robust real estate market across the country. And experts estimate that these conditions are likely to last well into the new year. Fannie Mae Senior VP and Chief Economist Doug Duncan predicts that existing home sales will ultimately “be up a percent or more in 2021.” He believes home prices will continue to rise due to limited inventory, but he is confident the Federal Reserve will keep interest rates low into the future, which will be “ ...

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