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8 Strategies to Secure a Lower Mortgage Rate

Mortgage rates have been on a roller coaster ride this year, and even the experts are divided when it comes to predicting where rates are headed next.

 This climate has been unsettling for some homebuyers and sellers. However, with proper planning, you can work toward qualifying for the best mortgage rates available today.

 How does a lower mortgage rate save you money? Click and read on!

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10 Pro Tips for a Smooth Home Move

The process of buying a new home can be both exhilarating and exhausting. But you still have quite a bit to do before you can begin the process of settling into your new place. Fortunately, you don’t have to do everything in a day. You don’t have to do it all alone, either. For pro tips to make your next home move smooth, read on.

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Higher Rates and Short Supply: The State of Real Estate in 2022

 

The last two years caught many of us off guard—and not just because of the pandemic. They also ushered in the hottest housing market on record.

And while some had hoped 2022 would bring a return to normalcy, the U.S. real estate market continues to boom, despite rising interest rates and decreasing affordability.

 So what’s driving this persistent demand? And is there an end in sight? Here are three factors impacting the real estate market right now.

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Hedge Against Inflation With These 3 Real Estate Investment Types

The annual inflation rate in the United States is currently around 7.5%—the highest it has been since 1982. It doesn’t matter if you’re a cashier, lawyer, plumber or retiree; if you spend U.S. dollars, inflation impacts you.

 Economists expect the effects of inflation, like a higher cost of goods, to continue. Luckily, an investment in real estate can ease some of the financial strain.

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8 Popular Home Design Features for 2022

There’s a lot to consider when selling your home, from the market and appraisals to where you’ll go next. Don’t forget, however, that design is also a key factor. To get the most out of your updates, focus on these popular home design features that will wow buyers in 2022.

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A Return to ‘Normal’? The State of Real Estate in 2022

Last year was one for the real estate history books. The pandemic helped usher in a buying frenzy that caused home prices to soar nationwide by a record 19.9% between August 2020 and August 2021.

However, there were signs in the fourth quarter that the red-hot housing market was beginning to simmer down. So what’s ahead for the U.S. housing market in 2022? Here’s where industry experts predict the market is headed in the coming year.

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20 Unique Home Gifts for Every Person on Your List

Every year, it seems the holidays sneak up on us—and every year, that brings with it the dreaded last-minute gift panic. Finding a present that hits all the right notes can be surprisingly stressful, even when it comes to people you’ve known for years.

But have no fear! I’ve lined up a list of unique gifts for every “type” on your list. And since I work in real estate, they’re all centered around home life. From the coffee snob to the sports enthusiast, these presents are the perfect way to bring beauty, function or a touch of whimsy to your loved one’s home this holiday season.