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Three Reasons To Buy a Home in Today’s Shifting Market - MJ Blunk

Some HighlightsThe housing market is moving away from the frenzy of the past year and it’s opening doors for you if you’re thinking about buying a home.Housing inventory is;

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Want To Buy a Home? Now May Be the Time. - MJ Blunk

There are more homes for sale today than at any time last year. So, if you tried to buy a home last year and were outbid or out priced, now may be your opportunity. The number of

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A Real Estate Professional Helps You Separate Fact from Fiction - MJ Blunk

If you’re following the news, chances are you’ve seen or heard some headlines about the housing market that don’t give the full picture. The real estate market is shifting, and

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A Window of Opportunity for Homebuyers - MJ Blunk

Mortgage rates are much higher today than they were at the beginning of the year, and that’s had a clear impact on the housing market. As a result, the market is seeing a shift back

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What’s Causing Ongoing Home Price Appreciation? - MJ Blunk

If you’re thinking about making a move, you probably want to know what’s going to happen to home prices for the rest of the year. While experts say price growth 

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Great News About Housing Inventory - MJ Blunk

Some HighlightsExperts say the number of homes for sale is growing this year, and that can have a big impact on your move.If you’re planning to buy, additional options in

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Think Home Prices Are Going To Fall? Think Again - MJ Blunk

Over the last two years, the rate of home prices appreciated at a dramatic pace. While that led to incredible equity gains for homeowners, it’s also caused some buyers to wonder if

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Should You Buy a Home with Inflation This High? - MJ Blunk

While the Federal Reserve is working hard to bring down inflation, the latest data shows the inflation rate is still going up. You no doubt are feeling the pinch on your wallet

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Why Pre-Approval Is a Game Changer for Homebuyers - MJ Blunk

If you’re planning to buy a home this year, you might have heard that pre-approval is a necessary step to take before starting out on your journey. But why is that? And is it still

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Wondering Where You’ll Move if You Sell Your House Today? - MJ Blunk

If you put a pause on your home search because you weren’t sure where you’d go once you sold your house, it might be a good time to get back into the market. That’s

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Should I Rent or Should I Buy? - MJ Blunk

Some HighlightsIt’s worth considering the many benefits of homeownership before you make the decision to rent or buy a home.When you buy, you can stabilize your housing costs, own a

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Housing Experts Say This Isn’t a Bubble - MJ Blunk

With so much talk about an economic slowdown, some people are asking if the housing market is heading for a crash like the one in 2008. To really understand what’s happening

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Should I Buy a Home Right Now? - MJ Blunk

If you’ve been thinking about buying a home, you likely have one question on the top of your mind: should I buy right now, or should I wait? While no one can answer that

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Expert Housing Market Forecasts for the Second Half of the Year - MJ Blunk

The housing market is at a turning point, and if you’re thinking of buying or selling a home, that may leave you wondering: is it still a good time to buy a home? Should I make

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The Drop in Mortgage Rates Brings Good News for Homebuyers - MJ Blunk

Over the past few weeks, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate from Freddie Mac fell by half a percent. The drop happened over concerns about a potential recession. And since

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What Does an Economic Slowdown Mean for the Housing Market? - MJ Blunk

According to a recent survey, more and more Americans are concerned about a possible recession. Those concerns were validated when the Federal Reserve met and confirmed they were strongly

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How Your Equity Can Grow over Time - MJ Blunk

It’s true that record levels of home price appreciation have spurred significant equity gains for homeowners over the past few years. As Diana Olick, Real Estate

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Is Homeownership Still the American Dream? - MJ Blunk

Defining the American dream is personal, and no one individual will have the same definition as another. But the feelings it brings about – success, freedom, and a sense of prosperity –

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Real Estate Consistently Voted Best Investment - MJ Blunk

Some HighlightsBased on a recent Gallup poll, real estate has been rated the best long-term investment for nine years in a row.Owning real estate is more than just a place to

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If You’re Selling Your House This Summer, Hiring a Pro Is Critical - MJ Blunk

It can be tempting, especially with how hot the housing market has been over the past two years, to consider selling your home on your own. But today’s market is at a turning

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Homeownership Could Be in Reach with Down Payment Assistance Programs - MJ Blunk

A recent survey from Bankrate asks prospective buyers to identify the biggest obstacles in their homebuying journey. It found that 36% of those polled said saving for a down

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A Key Opportunity for Homebuyers - MJ Blunk

There’s no denying the housing market has delivered a fair share of challenges to homebuyers over the past two years. Two of the biggest hurdles homebuyers faced during the pandemic were the

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Two Reasons Why Today’s Housing Market Isn’t a Bubble - MJ Blunk

You may be reading headlines and hearing talk about a potential housing bubble or a crash, but it’s important to understand that the data and expert opinions tell a different story. A 

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Why an Agent Is Essential When Pricing Your House - MJ Blunk

Some HighlightsWhen it comes to pricing your house, there’s a lot to consider. The only way to ensure you price it right is by partnering with a local real estate professional.To find the

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Homeownership Is a Great Hedge Against the Impact of Rising Inflation - MJ Blunk

If you’re following along with the news today, you’ve heard about rising inflation. Today, inflation is at a 40-year high. According to the National Association of

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Things To Avoid After Applying for a Home Loan - MJ Blunk

Once you’ve applied for a mortgage to buy a home, there are some key things to keep in mind. While it’s exciting to start thinking about moving in and decorating, be careful when it

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The Average Homeowner Gained $64K in Equity over the Past Year - MJ Blunk

If you own a home, your net worth likely just got a big boost thanks to rising home equity. Equity is the current value of your home minus what you owe on the loan. And today, based on

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Why Achieving the Dream of Homeownership Can Be More Difficult for Some Americans - MJ Blunk

Today we take time to honor and recognize the past and present experiences of Black Americans. When it comes to real estate specifically, equitable access to housing has come a long way, but the

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More Listings Are Coming onto the Market - MJ Blunk

Some HighlightsWorried you won’t be able to find your next home after you sell? You should know data from realtor.com shows more listings are coming onto the market

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Home Price Deceleration Doesn’t Mean Home Price Depreciation - MJ Blunk

Experts in the real estate industry use a number of terms when they talk about what’s happening with home prices. And some of those words sound a bit similar but mean very different things. To

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A Majority of Consumers Say It’s a Good Time To Sell Your House - MJ Blunk

If you’re a homeowner thinking about selling your house, you’re probably looking for the best time to make your move. That means you’re likely balancing a number of factors, like

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Is the Housing Market Correcting? - MJ Blunk

If you’re following the news, all of the headlines about conditions in the current housing market may leave you with more questions than answers. Is the boom over? Is the market

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More Americans Choose Real Estate as the Best Investment Than Ever Before - MJ Blunk

Americans’ opinion on the value of real estate as an investment is climbing. That’s according to an annual survey from Gallup. Not only is real estate viewed as the best

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The Top Reasons To Own Your Home - MJ Blunk

Some HighlightsJune is National Homeownership Month, and it’s a great time to consider the benefits of owning your own home.If you’re considering homeownership, know

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Luxury Homes Are in High Demand - MJ Blunk

As people realize their needs are changing, some are turning to luxury housing to find their dream home. Investopedia helps define what pushes a home into this category. In a recent

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What Are the Best Options for Today’s First-Time Homebuyers? - MJ Blunk

If you’re looking to buy your first home, you’re likely balancing several factors. Because both mortgage rates and home prices have risen this year, it costs more to

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Why the Growing Number of Homes for Sale Is Good for Your Move Up - MJ Blunk

Are you thinking about selling your current home? If so, the biggest question on your mind may be: if I sell now, where will I go? If this resonates with you, there’s something you

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Why You Need an Expert To Determine the Right Price for Your House - MJ Blunk

If your lifestyle has changed recently and you’re ready to make a move, taking advantage of today’s sellers’ market might be just the answer for your summer plans.

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History Proves Recession Doesn’t Equal a Housing Crisis - MJ Blunk

Some HighlightsIt’s important to understand history proves an economic slowdown does not equal a housing crisis.In 4 of the last 6 recessions, home prices actually 

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How Homeownership Impacts You - MJ Blunk

June is National Homeownership Month, and it’s the perfect time to reflect on how impactful owning a home can truly be. When you purchase a house, it becomes more than just a space you

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Why Home Loans Today Aren’t What They Were in the Past - MJ Blunk

In today’s housing market, many are beginning to wonder if we’re returning to the riskier lending habits and borrowing options that led to the housing crash 15 years ago. 

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What Does the Rest of the Year Hold for the Housing Market? - MJ Blunk

If you’re thinking of buying or selling a house, you’re at an exciting decision point. And anytime you make a big decision like that, one thing you should always

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Memorial Day 2022 - MJ Blunk

Today and always, we remember and honor those who gave all.#MemorialDay #rememberandhonor #homeofthebrave

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Bright Days Are Ahead When You Move Up This Summer - MJ Blunk

Some HighlightsWarmer weather and longer days mean summer is almost here. Celebrate by upgrading to the home of your dreams so you can enjoy all the season has to offer.When you list your,

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Why Summer Is a Great Time To Buy a Vacation Home - MJ Blunk

You may be someone who looks forward to summer each year because it gives you an opportunity to rest, unwind, and enjoy more quality time with your loved ones. Now that summer is just around the

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How Buying or Selling a Home Benefits the Economy and Your Community - MJ Blunk

If you’re thinking of buying or selling a home, chances are you’re focusing on the many extraordinary ways it’ll change your life. But do you know it has a

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Sellers Have an Opportunity with Today’s Home Prices - MJ Blunk

As mortgage rates started to rise this year, many homeowners began to wonder if the value of their homes would fall. Here’s the good news. Historically, when mortgage rates rise by a

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Work With a Real Estate Professional if You Want the Best Advice - MJ Blunk

Because buying or selling a home is such a big decision in our lives, the need for clear, trustworthy information and guidance is crucial. And while no one can give you

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Don’t Let Rising Inflation Delay Your Homeownership Plans - MJ Blunk

Some HighlightsIf recent headlines about rising inflation are making you wonder if it’s still a good time to buy, here’s what experts have to say.Housing is an asset that

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The One Thing Every Homeowner Needs To Know About a Recession - MJ Blunk

A recession does not equal a housing crisis. That’s the one thing that every homeowner today needs to know. Everywhere you look, experts are warning we could be heading toward a recession, and

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How Homeownership Can Bring You Joy - MJ Blunk

If you’re trying to decide whether to rent or buy a home, you’re probably weighing a few different factors. The financial benefits of homeownership might be one of the reasons

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Why Rising Mortgage Rates Push Buyers off the Fence - MJ Blunk

If you’re thinking about buying a home, you’ve probably heard mortgage rates are rising and have wondered what that means for you. Since mortgage rates have increased over

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If You’re a Homeowner, You Have Incredible Leverage When You Sell Today - MJ Blunk

In today’s housing market, homeowners have a great opportunity to sell their house and receive the best terms for their personal situation. That’s because there’s a 

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Should You Update Your House Before Selling? Ask a Real Estate Professional. - MJ Blunk

Some HighlightsIf you’re deciding whether you should make updates before you sell your house, lean on your trusted real estate advisor to be your guide.In today’s 

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What You Actually Need To Know About the Number of Foreclosures in Today’s Housing Market - MJ Blunk

While you may have seen recent stories about the volume of foreclosures today, context is important. During the pandemic, many homeowners were able to pause their mortgage payments using the

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Are There More Homes Coming to the Market? - MJ Blunk

According to a recent survey from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), one of the top challenges buyers face in today’s housing market is finding a home

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Will Home Prices Fall This Year? Here’s What Experts Say. - MJ Blunk

Will Home Prices Fall This Year? Here’s What Experts Say.Many people are wondering: will home prices fall this year? Whether you’re a potential homebuyer, 

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How Today’s Mortgage Rates Impact Your Home Purchase - MJ Blunk

How Today’s Mortgage Rates Impact Your Home PurchaseIf you’re planning to buy a home, it’s critical to understand the relationship between mortgage rates and your

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2022 Housing Market Forecast - MJ Blunk

2022 Housing Market Forecast [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsWhat does the rest of the year hold for the housing market? Here’s what experts have to say about what lies ahead

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Three Tips for First-Time Homebuyers - MJ Blunk

Three Tips for First-Time HomebuyersBuying your first home is a major decision and an exciting milestone. Even though it can feel daunting at times, it has the power to change your life for the

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Your House Could Be Closer to List-Ready Than You Think - MJ Blunk

Your House Could Be Closer to List-Ready Than You ThinkOne of the biggest concerns for a homeowner looking to sell is the time they’ll have to put in before listing their house. If that&rsquo

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Things That Could Help You Win a Bidding War on a Home - MJ Blunk

Things That Could Help You Win a Bidding War on a HomeWith a limited number of homes for sale today and so many buyers looking to make a purchase before mortgage rates rise

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Today’s Home Price Appreciation Is Great News for Existing Homeowners - MJ Blunk

Today’s Home Price Appreciation Is Great News for Existing HomeownersIf you’re planning to sell your home this season, rising prices are great news for you. But it’s

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Give Your Curb Appeal a Boost - MJ Blunk

Give Your Curb Appeal a Boost Before You Sell [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsIf you’re thinking about selling your house this season, focusing on a few quick and easy updates outside

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What You Need To Know About Selling in a Sellers’ Market - MJ Blunk

What You Need To Know About Selling in a Sellers’ MarketEven if you haven’t been following real estate news, you’ve likely heard about the current sellers’ market. That

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The Dream of Homeownership Is Worth the Effort - MJ Blunk

The Dream of Homeownership Is Worth the EffortIf you’re in the market to buy a home this season, stick with it. Homebuyers face challenges in any market, and today’s is no exception. But

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How Homeownership Can Help Shield You from Inflation - MJ Blunk

How Homeownership Can Help Shield You from InflationIf you’re following along with the news today, you’ve likely heard about rising inflation. You’re also likely feeling the impact

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Is It Enough To Offer Asking Price in Today’s Housing Market? - MJ Blunk

Is It Enough To Offer Asking Price in Today’s Housing Market?If you’re planning to buy a home this season, you’re probably thinking about what you’ll need to do to

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Myths About Today’s Housing Market - MJ Blunk

Myths About Today’s Housing Market [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsIf you’re planning to buy or sell a home today, it’s important to be aware of common

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Why This Housing Market Is Not a Bubble Ready To Pop - MJ Blunk

Why This Housing Market Is Not a Bubble Ready To PopHomeownership has become a major element in achieving the American Dream. A recent report from the National Association of Realtors )

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How To Approach Rising Mortgage Rates as a Buyer - MJ Blunk

How To Approach Rising Mortgage Rates as a BuyerIn the last few weeks, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate from Freddie Mac inched up to 5%. While that news may have you questioning

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Why Pre-Approval Is an Important Step for Today’s Homebuyers - MJ Blunk

Why Pre-Approval Is an Important Step for Today’s HomebuyersBeing intentional and competitive are musts when buying a home this season. That’s why pre-approval is so important

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Is It Time To Buy a Smaller Home? - MJ Blunk

Is It Time To Buy a Smaller Home?Life events can have a major impact on what you need from your home, and retirement is one of the biggest changes many of us face. This period of your life can mean

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What Is Multigenerational Housing? - MJ Blunk

What Is Multigenerational Housing?Some HighlightsIf you have additional loved ones coming to live with you but don’t have enough space, it may be time to consider a larger, 

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On the Fence of Whether or Not To Move This Spring? Consider This. - MJ Blunk

On the Fence of Whether or Not To Move This Spring? Consider This.If you’re thinking of selling your house, it may be because you’ve heard prices are rising, listings are

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Where Are Mortgage Rates Headed? - MJ Blunk

Where Are Mortgage Rates Headed?There’s never been a truer statement regarding forecasting mortgage rates than the one offered last year by Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First

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Do You Know How Much Equity You Have in Your Home? - MJ Blunk

Do You Know How Much Equity You Have in Your Home?Some HighlightsIf you’re a homeowner, your net worth has gotten a big boost. That’s because recent home price&

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The Future of Home Price Appreciation and What It Means for You - MJ Blunk

The Future of Home Price Appreciation and What It Means for YouMany consumers are wondering what will happen with home values over the next few years. Some are concerned that the recent run-up

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Remote Work Trends Mean Flexibility for First-Time Homebuyers - MJ Blunk

Remote Work Trends Mean Flexibility for First-Time HomebuyersToday’s low inventory can be challenging for homebuyers, especially if you’re looking to purchase your first home.

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What You Need To Budget for When Buying a Home - MJ Blunk

What You Need To Budget for When Buying a HomeWhen it comes to buying a home, it can feel a bit intimidating to know how much you need to save and where to find that information. But you should

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Balancing Your Wants and Needs as a Homebuyer Today - MJ Blunk

Balancing Your Wants and Needs as a Homebuyer TodaySince the number of homes for sale is low today, it can feel challenging to find one that checks all your boxes. But if you know which

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It’s Still a Sellers’ Market - MJ Blunk

It’s Still a Sellers’ Market [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsDue to low supply and high demand, today is one of the strongest sellers’ markets we’ve seen

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There Are Several Great Reasons To Consider Buying a Condo Today - MJ Blunk

There Are Several Great Reasons To Consider Buying a Condo TodayIf you’re a first-time buyer looking to break into the housing market but struggling to find a home to buy, condominiums (or

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What’s Happening with Mortgage Rates, and Where Will They Go from Here? - MJ Blunk

What’s Happening with Mortgage Rates, and Where Will They Go from Here?Based on the Primary Mortgage Market Survey from Freddie Mac, the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has

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The Best Week To List Your House Is Just Around the Corner - MJ Blunk

The Best Week To List Your House Is Just Around the CornerAre you thinking about selling your house? If so, you may want to make it a priority to start the process soon. According to 

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A Key To Building Wealth Is Homeownership - MJ Blunk

A Key To Building Wealth Is HomeownershipThe link between financial security and homeownership is especially important today as inflation rises.  But many people may not realize just

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How an Energy Efficient Home Can Be a Bright Idea - MJ Blunk

How an Energy Efficient Home Can Be a Bright IdeaSome HighlightsWith inflation driving up the cost of everyday items, seeking out an energy-efficient home can be a great way to decrease the;

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What You Can Expect from the Spring Housing Market - MJ Blunk

What You Can Expect from the Spring Housing MarketAs the spring housing market kicks off, you likely want to know what you can expect this season when it comes to buying or selling

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What You Need To Know if You’re Thinking About Building a Home - MJ Blunk

What You Need To Know if You’re Thinking About Building a HomeIf you’re ready to move up, you may be trying to decide whether you want to buy a home that’s already on the

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The Many Benefits of Homeownership - MJ Blunk

The Many Benefits of HomeownershipThe past two years have taught us the true value of homeownership, especially the stability and the feeling of accomplishment it can provide. But homeownership

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The Average Homeowner Gained More Than $55K in Equity over the Past Year - MJ Blunk

The Average Homeowner Gained More Than $55K in Equity over the Past YearIf you’re a current homeowner, you should know your net worth just got a big boost. It comes in the form of rising home

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Spring Cleaning Checklist for Sellers - MJ Blunk

Spring Cleaning Checklist for SellersSome HighlightsIf you’re thinking about selling your house this spring, here are some things you’ll want to tackle before you list.Spend

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Did Your Dream Home Just Come on the Market? - MJ Blunk

Did Your Dream Home Just Come on the Market?For the first time in a long time, the number of newly listed homes is beginning to rise. In their latest monthly release, realtor.com 

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Are You Wondering if This Is the Year To Buy a Home? - MJ Blunk

Are You Wondering if This Is the Year To Buy a Home?Every year, many renters ask themselves the same question: Should I continue renting, or is it time to buy a home? If you;

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Don’t Get Caught Off Guard by Closing Costs - MJ Blunk

Don’t Get Caught Off Guard by Closing CostsAs a homebuyer, it’s important to plan and budget for the expenses you’ll encounter when you purchase a home. While most people

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This Spring Presents Sellers with a Golden Opportunity - MJ Blunk

This Spring Presents Sellers with a Golden OpportunityIf you’re thinking of selling your house this year, timing is crucial. After all, you’ll want to balance getting the most

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Key Terms for Homebuyers - MJ Blunk

Key Terms for HomebuyersSome HighlightsKnowing key housing terms and how they relate to today’s market is important. For example, when mortgage rates and home prices

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How To Navigate a Market Where Multiple Offers Is the New Normal - MJ Blunk

How To Navigate a Market Where Multiple Offers Is the New NormalIf you’re thinking of buying a home today, you already know that the number of homes available for sale is low. But

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Key Factors That Impact Affordability Today - MJ Blunk

Key Factors That Impact Affordability TodayYou can’t read an article about residential real estate without the author mentioning the affordability challenges that today’s buyers face.

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How Global Uncertainty Is Impacting Mortgage Rates - MJ Blunk

How Global Uncertainty Is Impacting Mortgage RatesIf you’re thinking about buying or selling a home, you’ll want to keep a pulse on what’s happening with

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Why It’s Critical To Price Your House Right - MJ Blunk

Why It’s Critical To Price Your House RightWhen you make a move, you want to sell your house for the highest price possible. That might be why many homeowners are eager to list in

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Supply and Demand in Today’s Market - MJ Blunk

Some HighlightsToday’s housing market is the direct result of low supply and high buyer demand. Here’s what that means for you and your plans to buy or sell.For

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Are Home Prices Continuing To Rise? - MJ Blunk

Are Home Prices Continuing To Rise?Many analysts projected home price appreciation would slow dramatically in the fall of 2021 and then continue to soften throughout 2022. So far, that hasn

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Down Payment Assistance Programs Can Help You Achieve Homeownership - MJ Blunk

Down Payment Assistance Programs Can Help You Achieve HomeownershipFor many homebuyers, the thought of saving for a down payment can feel daunting, especially in today’s market. That’s

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An Expert Advisor Will Give You the Best Advice in Today’s Market - MJ Blunk

An Expert Advisor Will Give You the Best Advice in Today’s MarketHaving an experienced guide coaching you through the process of buying or selling a home is important in a normal market ;&

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Why Waiting To Sell Your House Could Cost You a Small Fortune - Blunk Home Team News

Why Waiting To Sell Your House Could Cost You a Small FortuneMany homeowners who plan to sell in 2022 may think the wise thing to do is to wait for the spring buying market since historically about

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Homebuyers Are Going on a Shopping Spree This Winter - Blunk Home Team News

 Homebuyers Are Going on a Shopping Spree This WinterBlack Friday and Cyber Monday are over, which means some shoppers have wrapped up their holiday buying. But there’s still a group of

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