The Power of Pre-Approval

By Troy Durbin | May 22, 2023

If you’re buying a home this spring, today’s housing market can feel like a challenge. With so few homes on the market right now, plus higher mortgage rates, it’s essential to have a firm grasp on your homebuying budget. You’ll also need a sense of determination to find the right house and act quickly when […]

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Why Buyers Need an Expert Agent by Their Side

By Troy Durbin | May 22, 2023

The process of buying a home can feel a bit intimidating, even under normal circumstances. But today’s market is still anything but normal. There continues to be a very limited number of homes for sale, and that’s creating bidding wars and driving home prices back up as buyers compete over the available homes. Navigating all […]

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Buyer Activity Is Up Despite Higher Mortgage Rates

By Troy Durbin | May 4, 2023

If you’re a homeowner thinking about making a move, you may wonder if it’s still a good time to sell your house. Here’s the good news. Even with higher mortgage rates, buyer traffic is actually picking up speed. Data from the latest ShowingTime Showing Index, which is a measure of buyers actively touring homes, helps paint […]

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How to Become a Homeowner on a First-Time Buyer’s Budget

By Troy Durbin | May 1, 2023

It’s not easy being a first-time homebuyer right now. At the end of last year, housing affordability hit an all-time low.1 Additionally, mortgage rates have risen significantly since 2021, while inventory remains tight for many property categories, but especially for starter homes. Even lower-priced condos are harder to snag these days, as investors and downsizers […]

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Everything You Need to Know About iBuyers and the “Instant Cash Offer”

By Troy Durbin | Apr 26, 2023

Technology is changing the way we do almost everything, and real estate transactions are no exception. In fact, a new crop of tech companies wants to revolutionize the way we buy and sell homes. iBuyer startups like Opendoor, Offerpad, and Properly are rapidly expanding into new territories, and now established players, like Zillow, are starting […]

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The Three Factors Affecting Home Affordability Today

By Troy Durbin | Apr 26, 2023

There’s been a lot of focus on higher mortgage rates and how they’re creating affordability challenges for today’s homebuyers. It’s true that rates climbed dramatically since the record-low we saw during the pandemic. But home affordability is based on more than just mortgage rates – it’s determined by a combination of mortgage rates, home prices, […]

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What’s Your Home Actually Worth? Discover What Buyers Will Pay in Today’s Market

By Troy Durbin | Apr 24, 2023

It’s easy to look up how much money you have in your savings account or the real-time value of your stock investments. But determining the dollar value of a home is trickier. As a seller, knowing your home’s worth helps you price it correctly when you put it up for sale. If you price it […]

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9 Tips for Buying and Selling Your Home at the Same Time

By Troy Durbin | Apr 24, 2023

Selling your home when you still need to shop for a new one can feel daunting to even the most seasoned homeowner––especially when the demand for new homes keeps rising, but the supply feels like it’s dwindling.¹ You’re not alone either if you’re already feeling drained by the complex logistics of trying to sell and […]

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Seller’s Checklist: A Timeline to Prep Your Home for Sale

By Troy Durbin | Apr 24, 2023

We’re still in a seller’s market, but that doesn’t mean your home is guaranteed to easily sell.1 If you want to maximize your sale price, it’s still important to prepare your home before putting it on the market. Start by connecting with a real estate agent as soon as possible. Having the eyes and ears […]

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