Your Tax Refund and Stimulus Savings May Help You Achieve Homeownership This Year

By Carla Stiver | April 5, 2021

If you’re planning to buy a home this year, saving for a down payment is one of the most important steps in the process. One of the best ways to jumpstart your savings is by starting with the help of your tax refund. Using data from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), it’s estimated that Americans…

By admin | April 4, 2021

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Buyer Competition Is Good News for Sellers [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Carla Stiver | April 2, 2021

Some Highlights With so many buyers looking for homes to purchase and so few houses available today, there’s a substantial increase in bidding wars, and homes are selling fast. According to the latest Realtors Confidence Index Survey from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), on average, houses are receiving over four offers from buyers and…

There’s No Reason To Panic Over Today’s Lending Standards

By Carla Stiver | April 1, 2021

Today, some are afraid the real estate market is starting to look a lot like it did in 2006, just prior to the housing crash. One of the factors they’re pointing to is the availability of mortgage money. Recent articles about the availability of low down payment loans and down payment assistance programs are causing…

Florida’s housing market continued its momentum in February

By admin | March 31, 2021

ORLANDO, Fla. – Amid increased COVID-19 vaccinations and hopeful signs for the future, Florida’s housing market in February reported more closed sales, higher median prices, more new pending sales and increased pending inventory in February 2021 compared to a year ago, according to Florida Realtors® latest housing data. Single-family existing home sales rose 15.7 % compared…

Is Homeownership Still Considered Part of the American Dream?

By Carla Stiver | March 31, 2021

Since the birth of our nation, homeownership has always been considered a major piece of the American Dream. As Frederick Peters reports in Forbes: “The idea of a place of one’s own drives the American story. We became a nation out of a desire to slip the bonds of Europe, which was still in many…

How a Change in Mortgage Rate Impacts Your Homebuying Budget

By Carla Stiver | March 30, 2021

Mortgage rates are on the rise this year, but they’re still incredibly low compared to the historic average. However, anytime there’s a change in the mortgage rate, it affects what you can afford to borrow when you’re buying a home. As Sam Khater, Chief Economist at Freddie Mac, shares: “Since January, mortgage rates have increased…

What It Means To Be in a Sellers’ Market

By Carla Stiver | March 29, 2021

If you’ve given even a casual thought to selling your house in the near future, this is the time to really think seriously about making a move. Here’s why this season is the ultimate sellers’ market and the optimal time to make sure your house is available for buyers who are looking for homes to…

2021 Real Estate Myth Buster [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Carla Stiver | March 26, 2021

Some Highlights There are a lot of misconceptions about buying or selling a home today, making it challenging to know exactly how to navigate the current real estate landscape. Here’s a little clarity when it comes to 5 common myths about the 2021 housing market. Let’s connect to discuss your needs and so you can…

Buyer & Seller Perks in Today’s Housing Market

By Carla Stiver | March 25, 2021

Right now, the housing market is full of outstanding opportunities for both buyers and sellers. Whether you’re thinking of buying your first home, moving up to a bigger one, or selling so you can downsize this spring, there are perks today that are powering big moves for people across the country. Here are the top two to…