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Move-Up vs. Second Home: Which One Is Right For You?

Posted by Kerry Millhiser on September 09, 2020 in  uncategorized
The pandemic has changed the way many of us live, work, and attend school—and those changes have impacted our priorities when it comes to choosing a home.   According to a recent survey by The Harris Poll, 75% of respondents who have begun working remotely would like to continue doing so—and 66% would consider moving if they no longer had to commute as often. Some of the top reasons were to gain a dedicated office space (31%), a larger home (30%), and more rooms overall (29%).1   And now that... read more
In July, the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell below 3% for the first time in history.1 And while many Americans have rushed to take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity, others question the hype. Are today’s rates truly a bargain?   While average mortgage rates have drifted between 4% and 5% in recent years, they haven’t always been so low. Freddie Mac began tracking 30-year mortgage rates in 1971. At that time, the national average was 7.31%.2 As the rate of inflation started to ris... read more

Add Value To Your Home With These 9 DIY Improvements

Posted by Kerry Millhiser on July 08, 2020 in  Advice
Whether you’re prepping your house to go on the market or looking for ways to maximize its long-term appreciation, these nine home improvement projects are great ways to add function, beauty, and real value to your home.   The best part is, once you’ve secured the materials, most of these renovations can be completed over the course of a weekend. And they don’t require a lot of specialized skills or experience. So grab your toolbox, then get ready to boost your home’s appeal AND investm... read more

Is Now a Good Time to Buy or Sell Real Estate?

Posted by Kerry Millhiser on June 08, 2020 in  Advice
Traditionally, spring is one of the busiest times of the year for real estate. However, the coronavirus outbreak—and subsequent stay-at-home orders—led many buyers and sellers to put their moving plans on hold. Nationally in April, new listings fell nearly 45%, and sales volume fell 15% compared to last year.1   Fortunately, as restrictions have eased, we’ve seen an uptick in market activity. And economists at Realtor.com expect a rebound in July, August, and September, as fears about the pan... read more

20 Ways to Save Money and Stretch Your Household Budget

Posted by Kerry Millhiser on May 05, 2020 in  Advice
These days, it seems like everyone’s looking for ways to cut costs and stretch their income further. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to reduce your household expenses without making radical changes to your standard of living. When combined, these small adjustments can add up to significant savings each month.   Here are 20 things you can start doing today to lower your bills, secure better deals, and begin working toward your financial goals.   Refinance Your Mortgage - For pr... read more

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