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    7 Signs You’re Ready to Buy a Home

    By Miranda Vaulet | March 28, 2024

    Living in an apartment or rental home does have its perks: You can test out different neighborhoods and locations, you have the flexibility to move, and you have access to great amenities like a gym or pool. But there’s a reason that owning a home, rather than renting one, is a highly desired achievement. Maybe... Read More

    6 Ways Home Buyers Mess Up Getting a Mortgage

    By Miranda Vaulet | March 22, 2024

    Getting a mortgage is, by general consensus, the most treacherous part of buying a home. Many homebuyers said they found the mortgage experience stressful and complicated. Even lenders agree that it’s often a struggle. If you’re out to buy a home, you have to be vigilant. To clue you into the pitfalls, here are six... Read More

    How to Find a Walkable Neighborhood

    By Miranda Vaulet | March 13, 2024

    Strolling to a cafe for breakfast, walking around the corner to yoga—isn’t that the life? Before you buy or rent, here’s how to suss out whether a neighborhood you’re interested in will let you get out from behind the wheel. See what locals have to say. When it comes to picking a neighborhood, do a... Read More

    Mortgage Myths You’ve Probably Heard

    By Miranda Vaulet | March 8, 2024

    Think you’re not ready to unlock home ownership yet? That the hurdles are too high? You may be short-changing yourself. Many of the things renters believe about home-buying are myths. Here’s the real deal. Myth: I Have to Put Down 20%. Saving 20% of the price of a home in many places isn’t just a challenge;... Read More

    4 Factors Other Than Money to Consider In An Offer

    By Miranda Vaulet | March 3, 2024

    Are you selling your home and reviewing several offers? Congratulations! You’re well on your way to getting as much as possible out of what is likely your largest asset. But when it comes to picking an offer, sometimes it’s important to take a step back and recognize that your bottom line shouldn’t be your only... Read More

    7 Ways to Compete in a Seller’s Market

    By Miranda Vaulet | February 28, 2024

    Buying a home is a team sport, and that’s especially true when buyers are facing the kinds of affordability challenges they are now. Volatile interest rates and tough competition for a limited supply of homes are posing unique issues for home shoppers. If you’ve been writing offer after offer — even competitive offers over asking... Read More

    Moving with Today’s Affordability Challenges

    By Miranda Vaulet | February 21, 2024

    If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home, you might have heard that it’s tough right now because mortgage rates are higher than they’ve been over the past few years, and home prices are rising. That much is true. Take a look at the graph below. It breaks down how the current affordability situation... Read More

    Life Changes That Move the Housing Market

    By Miranda Vaulet | February 14, 2024

    Life is a journey filled with unexpected twists and turns, like the excitement of welcoming a new baby, retiring, and starting a new adventure, or the bittersweet feeling of an empty nest. If something like this is changing in your own life, you may be considering buying or selling a house. That’s because through all... Read More

    What Type of Home is Right for You?

    By Miranda Vaulet | February 10, 2024

    There’s a lot to consider when buying a home. You’ve probably asked yourself a million questions already. What’s in my budget? What will my annual tax bill look like? How far am I willing to commute? How are the schools? Of course, that’s all incredibly important. Particularly if you think it might be your forever... Read More

    10 Questions to Ask a Roommate

    By Miranda Vaulet | February 7, 2024

    You’ve probably heard that renting rooms in your own home is becoming quite common. Perhaps you’re just searching for a roommate for your next semester at college. Maybe you’re a landlord who is trying to pair roommates together. In any case, finding the right roommate can be difficult. But you can help yourself by asking... Read More