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Have Homeowners Lost Interest in Mortgage Refinance?

Refinances down but new mortgages are up. I’m not at all convinced that the recent indifference toward mortgage refinancing has anything to do with rising interest rates. I’m more inclined to assume that because low mortgage rates have been around for an extended period of time, most everyone who wanted to refi has already done… Read More

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Do it Yourself Staging for Home Sellers

Will Staging Help Sell My Home? There’s no question that staging can lend a hand when you’re selling your home. It’s the degree of staging that’s debatable. A home that looks lived in may be fine but if a potential buyer might get the idea that you just had a party last night… not so… Read More

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Tis the Season to be Selling Your Home- 6 Compelling Reasons Why

Tis the Season to be Selling Your Home- 6 Compelling Reasons Why. We posted a blog a week or two ago, focused on why the holidays just might be a smart time for Home Buyers to jump into the Real Estate market. Is Black Friday Your ‘Secret to Success’ in the Real Estate Market? detailed… Read More

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Slide Show: Top 20 Best Cities for Veterans 2017

Slide show: Top 20 Best Cities for Veterans 2017 The results of Wallet Hub’s newest study of the best and worst places for Veterans, shows two Phoenix area cities in the top 20. That’s remarkable considering 100 of the nations largest cities were included in the original research. Gilbert, Arizona came in at #19 and… Read More

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Homeowners, It’s Property Tax Time – Considering an Appeal?

Homeowners, It’s Property Tax Time – Considering an Appeal? I’ve never felt the need to appeal my property taxes but I’ve known quite a few folks who have, some successful, some not so much. For the most part it was the homeowners who discovered inaccuracies in the information specifically about the property, who prevailed. I’m… Read More

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Video: Home Sellers, this Listing Presentation is All Yours, Ask Questions!

Video: Home Sellers, this Listing Presentation is All Yours, Ask Questions! This video offers great advice for Home Sellers getting ready for their Agent’s Listing Presentation. I only take issue with one very small item. In her introduction Kelly mentions that Listing Presentations can be overwhelming. I disagree. If your agent is doing their job… Read More

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Video: How Much is Your Home Worth? Here’s How to Get a Spot-On Value.

The video below is correct but it leaves a few things out. I’m sure you know that an Appraiser can give you a fairly precise picture of your home’s value, after all an appraiser, contracted by your mortgage company, was very likely involved when you bought your home. But did you know that you can… Read More

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Housing Starts Take a Nose-Dive After Months of Promising Development

Housing Starts Take a Nose-Dive After Months of Promising Development. Activity in the Residential New Construction arena has been disappointing of late. With residential resale inventory down and rental prices up, the real estate industry relies heavily on new construction to fill housing gaps. New construction completions are slow, due in part to a lack… Read More

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How to Buy a Home in a Seller’s Market

How to Buy a Home in a Seller’s Market. *continuation of yesterday’s blog Why Are Existing Home Sales Tanking? We all know the equation: low inventory plus higher prices equals a tight market. This setting can be a challenge for buyers who are competing for their dream home. According to the National Association of REALTORS® … Read More

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Cookout Season is Here! Time to Hit the Deck.

Cookout Season is Here! Time to Hit the Deck. Back East I had a wooden deck, it was just ‘the thing’ to do, but it was a lot of work. We had to resurface it every spring after the snow ravaged it and Spring’s pollen was ground into the moist wood. Wood decks are not… Read More