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Articles on #homebuying

Steps To Purchasing A HUD Home

September 13, 2021

 Thinking of purchasing a HUD Home?  Here are a few key steps to get you started. Get a mortgage pre-approval if you are financing the home.  Speak to your local bank or mortgage broker and let them know you would like to purchase a HUD Home, they will let you know what the best type of ...

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Survey: Bidding Wars Aren’t the Big Problem Anymore

August 18, 2021

 Many would-be home buyers say they aren’t having much luck in finding a home. Sixty-six percent of buyers who were actively engaged in searching for a home in the second quarter say they’ve spent three months looking without success.In the fourth quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of this year, active house hunters blamed ...

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Home Prices Are Soaring. Is That the Fed's Problem?

August 12, 2021

Robert S. Kaplan, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, has been nervously eyeing the housing market as he ponders the path ahead for monetary policy. Home prices are rising at a double-digit pace this year. The typical house in and around the city he calls home sold for $306,031 in June of this year, Zillow ...

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How To Improve Your Credit Score To Help Secure a Home Loan

July 16, 2021

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ARE PRE-LIST REPAIRS/UPDATES A GOOD IDEA IN THIS MARKET?

July 15, 2021

               Both buyers and sellers ask this question.  The answer is both yes and no.  Many home sellers are reluctant to improve the home stating “it was good enough for us” and most importantly, will I get my money back or more by ...

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Is Now A Good Time To Buy A House? Find Out Who Really Knows

July 14, 2021

Real estate agents are often asked…Is now a good time to buy a house?  For those that are contemplating a purchase of a home, this question is especially worth consideration, given that we are deep in a sellers market, perhaps the most unpredictable one ever! Prices are rising to record breaking levels. Sellers are less willing to ...

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3 Best Tips For Buyer's Agents In A Seller's Market

May 13, 2021

The real estate game has gone tougher this year with the low inventory and homes selling fast like hotcakes (for about 20-40% above the asking price!). It's no doubt a seller's market this year and agents commonly go through a bidding war given the low supply and the high demand. We have new agents who just ...

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How To Buy A Home In An Extreme Seller’s Market (That’s Occurring During A Pandemic)

April 17, 2021

Natalie Campisi Spring is usually the start of the home-buying season, but 2021 might defy the old model, one that counted on seasonality—and the traditional ways we shop for houses.The pandemic has ushered in new rules for home shopping and buying. Instead of showing up unannounced to a packed open house—with finger-food platters that everyone picks ...

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How Do I Find The Right HUD Home For Me?

March 13, 2021

Post by: Nancy Braun, Showcase Realty Here Are Some Tips On How To Secure The HUD Home That Is Right For You Choosing the place you are going to call home is a big decision to make, and not one to take lightly. HUD homes are a popular choice, especially for first-time homebuyers. This is not surprising because ...

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5 Reasons to Sell Your House This Spring

March 11, 2021

5 Reasons to Sell Your House This Spring When selling a house, most homeowners hope for a quick and profitable transaction that puts them in a position to make a great move. If you’re waiting for the best time to win as a seller, the market is calling your name this spring. Here are five reasons why this ...

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How to Buy a Foreclosed Home

December 16, 2020

By Chris Kissell and Dawn PapandreaAS HOME PRICES SOAR IN many cities, buyers may look to foreclosures to land bargains on houses. Foreclosure happens when a borrower can no longer make mortgage payments, and the lender seizes and then sells the home to recover losses.Foreclosed homes are often sold for less than their market value.That discount could ...

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3 Safe Holiday Gift Giving Tips You Can Practice This Year

December 10, 2020

2020 is a bit hellacious, but it doesn't and shouldn't stop us from spreading holiday cheers - virtually, that is. Here are our Top 3 Gift Giving Tips for this year's holiday season.Shop online and ship swiftly and early. Technology and e-commerce have made it easy and convenient for busy people to still personally shop ...

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How the holiday season impacts the Real Estate market!

November 25, 2020

The timing of buying and selling homes are linked through several factors. It is common for buyers to work in a quicker time frame than most sellers when finding either the right time to buy or the best time to sell. While the holidays can be known for the joy and cheer that is around, it is also one ...

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Renting vs. buying a home: Which is right for you?

November 16, 2020

By Jennifer Bradley Franklin Renting vs. buying a home is a big decision, and there are pros and cons to each option. In recent years, a higher percentage of  U.S. households were renting than at any point since 1965, according to a Pew Research Center report.Renting vs. buying PROSCONSBuying• May build equity and credit• No landlord ...

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3 Things You Want To Know Before Buying A Home This Fall

November 12, 2020

If you are planning to become a homeowner this year, these three facts about fall real estate will help you make an informed decision.Image by Jens Neumann from Pixabay 1. Price Fluctuations. Zillow reports show that around the same time last year, there is a 4.1% increase in the median home value in the USA. With ...

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Home Values Projected to Keep Rising

November 02, 2020

As we enter the final months of 2020 and continue to work through the challenges this year has brought, some of us wonder what impact continued economic uncertainty could have on home prices. Looking at the big picture, the rules of supply and demand will give us the clearest idea of what is to come.Due to the undersupply ...

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5 Things You Need to Be Pre-approved for a Mortgage

October 19, 2020

By MICHELE LERNER Shopping for a home may be exciting and fun, but serious homebuyers need to start the process in a lender's office, not at an open house. Most sellers expect buyers to have a pre-approval letter and will be more willing to negotiate with those who prove that they can obtain financing. Potential buyers need ...

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Buying A Home In East TN

October 15, 2020

Buying a Home In East Tennessee By Sandra C Brown, Broker, GRI  These points cover the housing market for the East TN Counties of Sevier, Cocke, Jefferson, an Hamblen Counties Until this year in East TN you could buy a starter in East TN  for uner $100,000    There  are still a few but typically need ...

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Help your homebuyers find their perfect home online by shopping on the HUDHomestore.com

October 13, 2020

90% of home shoppers today are likely to start their research online. 89% of them use the internet to search for real estate agents. What does this mean for realtors? It means now is the best time to advertise HUD Homes to get buyer leads as long as you get approval from HUD and/or the listing agent. There are ...

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Coastal Carolina Real Estate

October 08, 2020

Real estate in North Carolina is trending at an all time high with some of the most expensive homes across the country. While the median home value in North Carolina is just over $210,000 as of August, there are listings ranging from $7 million to just under $17 million right here in Wilmington, NC. New Hanover County is ...

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Buying A Home The Most Affordable Since 2016: Low Mortgage Rates Give You Purchasing Power

September 17, 2020

Natalie Campisi On March 19, the average rate for the benchmark 30-year fixed rate mortgage spiked to 3.65%, nearly the highest level in a year. Since then, rates have steadily fallen—breaking records on their way down and making home loans cheaper. The drop in rates has been a boon to buyers who are facing rising home prices ...

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July’s new housing activity jumps back up amid increased demand

August 17, 2020

August 17, 2020, 9:00 am By Alex Roha Single-family housing authorizations rose 6.43% month-over-month in July – a sign that housing activity is advancing in the face of the ongoing pandemic, according to a report by Buildfax, a property condition data service provider.Despite the slight uptick last month, single-family authorizations are still down 5.25% year-over-year – ...

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What is Home Warranty Insurance and What Does it Cover?

August 15, 2020

Post by: Nancy Braun, Showcase Realty  When you buy a home in Charlotte or anywhere else in the U.S.,  one of the offers you’ll receive is a home warranty. Like buying a new appliance, there is also a warranty that comes in home buying.A home warranty is a product meant to protect the ...

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Staging a home to sell quicker!

August 14, 2020

There are several tips and tricks that go into the selling of a house. A trending topic in realestate is the staging of homes. Many realtors will furnish and touch up homes prior to thebuyers visit in order to appeal to the buyer’s wants and needs. Home staging is able tomaximize the strengths of a house while simultaneously ...

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Top Three Best Cities in South Carolina to Live and Raise a Family

August 10, 2020

 Families have different priorities when it comes to relocating to different areas. Some would favor location with great amenities for the kids and the entire family to enjoy. While others will consider the size of the property and the number of rooms at the top of their must-have list. The moving season officially starts in April and ends ...

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