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The #1 Thing You Can Do Now to Position Yourself to Buy a Home this Year

By Debbie Maynard - April 01, 2020
  The last few weeks and months have caused a major health crisis throughout the world, leading to a pause in the U.S. economy as businesses and consumers work to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The rapid spread of the virus has been compared to prior pandemics and outbreaks not seen in many years. It also has consumers remembering the economic slowdown of 2008 that was caused by a hou

The Best Advice Does Not Mean Perfect Advice

By Debbie Maynard - March 31, 2020
  The angst caused by the coronavirus has most people on edge regarding both their health and financial situations. It’s at times like these when we want exact information about anything we’re doing – even the correct protocol for grocery shopping. That information brings knowledge, and this gives us a sense of relief and comfort. If you’re thinking about buying or

3 Reasons Why Pre-Approval is the 1st Step in the 2020 Home Buying Journey

By Debbie Maynard - February 03, 2020
  When the number of buyers in the housing market outnumbers the number of homes for sale, it’s called a “seller’s market.” The advantage tips toward the seller as low inventory heats up the competition among those searching for a place to call their own. This can create multiple offer scenarios and bidding wars, making it tough for buyers to land the

Why You Shouldn't "For Sale by Owner"

By Debbie Maynard - December 31, 2018
  Rising home prices coupled with the current inventory in today’s market may cause some homeowners to consider selling their homes on their own (known in the industry as a For Sale By Owner). However, a FSBO might be hard to execute well for the vast majority of sellers. Here are the top 5 reasons not to FSBO:   1. Online Strategy for Prospective Purchasers   St

Looking for Your Dream Home? Know What You Want vs. What You Need

By Debbie Maynard - September 12, 2018
  In this day and age of being able to shop for anything anywhere, it is really important to know what you’re looking for when you start your home search. If you’ve been thinking about buying a home of your own for some time now, you’ve probably come up with a list of things that you’d LOVE to have in your new home. Many new homebuyers fantasize about the amenities

10 Staging Tips to Get Your Home Sold

By Debbie Maynard - June 05, 2018
Ready to sell your house? Here is a few staging tips to get your home prepared for the market. When listing a home that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions, you want to make sure it’s presented in the best light. You wouldn’t buy a $50,000 dollar car if it was filled from top to bottom in someone’s personal content and trash. This is the same mindset you need

Are You Aware of How Much Equity You Have in Your Home? You May Be Surprised!

By Debbie Maynard - March 22, 2018
CoreLogic’s latest Equity Report revealed that 675,000 US homeowners regained positive equity in their homes in 2017. This is great news for the country, as 95.1% of all mortgaged properties are now in a positive equity situation.    “U.S homeowners with mortgages (roughly 63% of all the properties) have seen     their equity increase by a to

Why Rent if I Can Buy?

By Debbie Maynard - October 10, 2017
Home ownership rates are the lowest they have been in the last 50 years. Yet a large portion of Americans are still renting properties, instead of enjoying a home of their own. Consumer reports believe this is an issue because of a buyer’s lack of trust in their ability to purchase. It is still a long standing notion that a buyer needs 20% towards the cost of the home in order to move forwar

Top 5 Reasons Why Millennials Choose to Buy

By Debbie Maynard - September 15, 2017
Some Highlights: "The majority of millennials said they consider owning a home more sensible than renting for both financial and lifestyle reasons ~ including control of living space, flexibility in future decisions, privacy and security, and living in a nice home." The top reason millennials choose to buy is to have control over their living space at 93% Many millennials who rent

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