Buying a new home? Here’s 8 people you need on your team

Buying a new home is an exciting moment in anyone’s life — whether you’re finally ready to make the leap from renter to homeowner or you’re an experienced buyer. However, even if this isn’t your first rodeo, the homebuying process can be complex. From navigating the mortgage approval process to the possibility of a bidding war, it can be tricky to go at it alone.

The good news is, your homebuying journey can be smooth sailing if you have an experienced and talented “team” to guide you through the process. So, if you’re planning on buying a new home in

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Red and Swing Counties Are More Popular Destinations Than Blue Counties For Homebuyers

October 11, 2020 by

Updated on October 11th, 2020

In search of affordability and space, people are leaving politically liberal areas for conservative places, a trend that’s more pronounced in swing states. Migration to Arizona could play a part in flipping the swing state blue in this year’s presidential election. 

More people moved from blue (Democratic) to red (Republican) counties than from red to blue counties in the spring, according to national user home search data. Specifically, 6.5% more people looked to move to red and swing counties than to blue counties in the

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Pre-Winter Yard Care: The 7 Things You Really Need to Do

October 10, 2020 by

Updated on October 10th, 2020

You’ve likely spent all summer enjoying and caring for your lawn and yard, especially this year with spending more time at home because of the coronavirus pandemic. Now that leaves are changing colors and the temperatures are dropping, you’ll want to make sure that all of your hard work isn’t lost as soon as the cold weather settles in. 

So take advantage of a sunny fall day and complete these seven pre-winter yard care tasks to ensure your lawn, garden, and outdoor entertainment areas survive the

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What Hurts Property Value? 8 Things to Address Now

Property values fluctuate as a result of many factors, and as a homeowner, it’s important to be aware of factors that can drive home value down. Some of these factors are out of your control, such as market conditions, interest rates, and the economy, while others are very much in your control. From unappealing renovations to neglecting maintenance on your home, some projects, or lack thereof, can negatively impact your property value. It’s best to be aware of what hurts property value so you can protect your home and get the most ROI when it comes time to sell.


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U.S. Home Prices Up 15%, Largest Growth Since at Least 2005

National median home price hit a new record of $320,625.

Key housing market takeaways for 434 U.S. metro areas during the 4-week period ending October 4:

  • The median home sale price increased 15% year over year to $320,625—the highest on record. The largest increase ever recorded in the Case-Shiller national home price index (which goes back through 1988) was 14.5% in September 2005. In the week ending October 4, home prices were up 16% from the same week a year earlier. Since the four-week period ending July 5, home prices have increased 6.8%. Over that same period in 2018 and
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