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Last Chance! Homes are a Bargain Compared to Historic Norms

By Linda Baughman | 01.17.19

A loaf of bread used to be a nickel. A movie ticket was a dime.  Not anymore. Houses were also much less expensive than they are now. Inflation raised the price of all three of those items, along with the price of almost every other item we purchase. The reason we can still afford to […]

Selling Your Home? Make Sure the Price is Right!

By Linda Baughman | 01.16.19

Selling Your Home? Make Sure the Price is Right! | Simplifying The MarketIf you’ve ever watched “The Price is Right,” you know that the only way to win is to be the one to correctly guess the price of the item you want without going over! That means your guess must be just slightly under the retail price. In today’s shifting real estate market, where more inventory […]

Buying a Home Young is the Key to Building Wealth

By Linda Baughman | 01.15.19

Homeowners who purchase their homes before the age of 35 are better prepared for retirement at age 60, according to a new Urban Institute study. The organization surveyed adults who turned 60 or 61 between 2003 and 2015 for their data set. “Today’s older adults became homeowners at a younger age than today’s young adults. […]

Buying a House This Year? This Should Be Your 1st Step!

By Linda Baughman | 01.14.19

Buying a House This Year? This Should Be Your 1st Step! | Simplifying The MarketIn many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show that you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a […]

The Cost Across Time [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Linda Baughman | 01.11.19

Some Highlights:

With interest rates still around 4.5%, now is a great time to look back at where rates have been over the last 40 years.
Rates are projected to climb to 5.0% by this time next year according to Freddie Mac.
The impact your interest…

The Cost Across Time [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Linda Baughman | 01.11.19

Some Highlights:

With interest rates still around 4.5%, now is a great time to look back at where rates have been over the last 40 years.
Rates are projected to climb to 5.0% by this time next year according to Freddie Mac.
The impact your interest…

The Best Time to List Your House? TODAY!

By Linda Baughman | 01.10.19

You may have heard that the housing market is softening. There is no doubt that buyer traffic has decreased. There are fewer purchasers in the market than there were last month and at this time last year. What you may not have heard, however, is that there is still a severe shortage of listing inventory […]

Is the Recent Dip in Interest Rates Here to Stay?

By Linda Baughman | 01.09.19

Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage climbed consistently throughout 2018 until the middle of November. After that point, rates returned to levels that we saw in August to close out the year at 4.55%, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey. After the first week of 2019, rates have continued their downward […]

Buying A Vacation Property? Now Is A Good Time!

By Linda Baughman | 01.08.19

Buying A Vacation Property? Now Is A Good Time! | Simplifying The MarketEvery year around this time, many homeowners begin the process of preparing their homes in case of extreme winter weather. Some others skip winter all together by escaping to their vacation homes in a warmer climate. For those homeowners staying at their first residence, AccuWeather warns: “The late-week cold shot should fade next week, but […]

Buying A Vacation Property? Now Is A Good Time!

By Linda Baughman | 01.08.19

Buying A Vacation Property? Now Is A Good Time! | Simplifying The MarketEvery year around this time, many homeowners begin the process of preparing their homes in case of extreme winter weather. Some others skip winter all together by escaping to their vacation homes in a warmer climate. For those homeowners staying at their first residence, AccuWeather warns: “The late-week cold shot should fade next week, but […]