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    Homeownership Is a Great Hedge Against the Impact of Rising Inflation

    By Cathy Mauk Dickens | June 25, 2022

    Homeownership Is a Great Hedge Against the Impact of Rising Inflation If you’re following along with the news today, you’ve heard about rising inflation. Today, inflation is at a 40-year high. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB): “Consumer prices accelerated again in May as shelter, energy and food prices continued to surge at the fastest pace in... Read More

    Why You Need an Expert To Determine the Right Price for Your House

    By Cathy Mauk Dickens | June 7, 2022

    If your lifestyle has changed recently and you’re ready to make a move, taking advantage of today’s sellers’ market might be just the answer for your summer plans. With homes continuing to get multiple offers, this could be your moment to get the contract you’re looking for on your house if you’re ready to sell. And here’s the thing... Read More

    Will Home Prices Fall This Year? Here’s What Experts Say.

    By Cathy Mauk Dickens | May 11, 2022

    Many people are wondering: will home prices fall this year? Whether you’re a potential homebuyer, seller, or both, the answer to this question matters for you. Let’s break down what’s happening with home prices, where experts say they’re headed, and how this impacts your homeownership goals. What’s Happening with Home Prices?  Home prices have seen 121 consecutive months of year-over-year increases. CoreLogic says: “Price appreciation... Read More

    Why Pre-Approval Is an Important Step for Today’s Homebuyers

    By Cathy Mauk Dickens | April 20, 2022

    Being intentional and competitive are musts when buying a home this season. That’s why pre-approval is so important today. Pre-approval from a lender is the only way to know your true price range and how much money you can borrow for your loan. Peter Warden, Editor of The Mortgage Reports, explains: “The lender will check out your personal finances... Read More

    By Cathy Mauk Dickens | March 29, 2022

    The link between financial security and homeownership is especially important today as inflation rises.  But many people may not realize just how much owning a home contributes to your overall net worth. As Leslie Rouda Smith, President of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), says: “Homeownership is rewarding in so many ways and can serve as a vital component in achieving... Read More

    By Cathy Mauk Dickens | March 23, 2022

    If you’re ready to move up, you may be trying to decide whether you want to buy a home that’s already on the market or build a new one. And since the supply of homes available for sale today is low, you’re willing to consider either avenue. While home builders are doing everything they can to construct more... Read More

    By Cathy Mauk Dickens | March 14, 2022

    If you’re thinking of selling your house this year, timing is crucial. After all, you’ll want to balance getting the most out of the sale of your current home and making the best investment when you buy your next one. If that’s the case, you should know – you may be able to get the best of both worlds... Read More

    How Global Uncertainty Is Impacting Mortgage Rates

    By Cathy Mauk Dickens | March 8, 2022

    If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home, you’ll want to keep a pulse on what’s happening with mortgage rates. Rates have been climbing in recent months, especially since January of this year. And just a few weeks ago, the 30-year fixed mortgage rate from Freddie Mac approached 4% for the first time since May of 2019. But that climb has... Read More

    How Supply and Demand Can Impact Your Buying and Selling Goals

    By Cathy Mauk Dickens | February 25, 2022

    In today’s housing market, there are far more buyers looking for homes than sellers listing their houses. Based on the concept of supply and demand, this means home prices will naturally rise. Why is that? When there are more people trying to buy an item than there are making that item available for sale, that drives... Read More

    The Path To Homeownership Can Be Steeper for Some Americans

    By Cathy Mauk Dickens | February 9, 2022

    As we celebrate Black History Month, we honor and recognize the past and present experiences of Black Americans. A significant part of this experience is investing in a home of their own. While equitable access to housing has come a long way, the path to homeownership is still steeper for households of color. It’s an important experience... Read More

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