The Cost of Renting Vs. Buying a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

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The percentage of income needed to afford a median-priced home today is declining, while that for renting is on the rise.
This is making buying a home an increasingly attractive option for many people, especially with low mortgage ra…

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Why Is It so Important to Be Pre-Approved in the Homebuying Process?

Why Is It so Important to Be Pre-Approved in the Homebuying Process? | Simplifying The MarketYou may have heard that pre-approval is a great first step in the homebuying process. But why is it so important? When looking for a home, the temptation to fall in love with a house that’s outside your budget is very real. So, before you start shopping around, it’s helpful to know your price range, […]

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Should You Buy an Existing Home or New Construction?

Should You Buy an Existing Home or New Construction? | Simplifying The MarketFinding the right home to purchase today is one of the biggest challenges for potential buyers. With so few homes for sale and construction of newly built homes ramping up, you may be wondering if you should consider new construction in your search process. It’s a great question to ask, and one to look at […]

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Builders & Realtors Agree: Real Estate Is Back

Builders & Realtors Agree: Real Estate Is Back | Simplifying The MarketWhen shelter-in-place orders brought the economy to a screeching halt earlier this year, many believed the residential housing market would follow suit. Countless analysts predicted buyer demand would disappear and home values would depreciate for the first time in almost a decade. That, however, didn’t happen. It appears the opposite is taking place. After the […]

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The Top Reasons People Are Moving This Year

The Top Reasons People Are Moving This Year | Simplifying The MarketToday, Americans are moving for a variety of different reasons. The current health crisis has truly re-shaped our lifestyles and our needs. Spending extra time where we currently live is enabling many families to re-evaluate what homeownership means and what they find most important in a home. According to Zillow: “In 2020, homes went from […]

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Ask a Pro About Buying a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

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According to trending data, searches for key real estate topics are skyrocketing online.
Clearly, lots of people have questions about buying a home, and other topics related to the process.
Working with a trusted real estate professi…

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Forbearance Numbers Are Lower than Expected

Forbearance Numbers Are Lower than Expected | Simplifying The MarketOriginally, some housing industry analysts were concerned that the mortgage forbearance program (which allows families to delay payments to a later date) could lead to an increase in foreclosures when forbearances end. Some even worried that we might relive the 2006-2008 housing crash all over again. Once you examine the data, however, that seems unlikely. […]

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Just How Strong Is the Housing Recovery?

Just How Strong Is the Housing Recovery? | Simplifying The MarketThe residential real estate market has definitely been the shining light in this country’s current economic situation. All-time low mortgage rates coupled with a new appreciation of what a home truly means has caused the housing market to push forward through this major health crisis. Let’s look at two measures that explain the resilience of […]

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Sellers Are Returning to the Housing Market

Sellers Are Returning to the Housing Market | Simplifying The MarketIn today’s housing market, it can be a big challenge for buyers to find homes to purchase, as the number of houses for sale is far below the current demand. Now, however, we’re seeing sellers slowly starting to come back into the market, a bright spark for potential buyers. Javier Vivas, Director of Economic Research […]

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The Beginning of an Economic Recovery

The Beginning of an Economic Recovery | Simplifying The MarketThe news these days seems to have a mix of highs and lows. We may hear that an economic recovery is starting, but we’ve also seen some of the worst economic data in the history of our country. The challenge today is to understand exactly what’s going on and what it means relative to the […]

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