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The 5 D’s of Real Estate

Higher mortgage rates have slowed down the real estate market. But there will always be home buyers and sellers who need to move because of life circumstances. 

Some industry pros refer to these as the 5 D’s:

💎 Diamonds: Couples getting married or moving in together often seek out new or larger homes.

👶 Diapers: Growing families typically need more space.

✂️ Divorce: Unfortunately, divorces often make home sales necessary.

👴🏻 Downsizing: Empty nesters might choose to move into a smaller home. 

⚰️ Death: Sadly, the death of a homeowner is another common reason for home sales. 

Whatever your reason for moving, we can help! Reach out to schedule a complimentary appointment to discuss your goals.

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Upgrade Your Home With These 2024 Design Trends

Thinking about refreshing your home in 2024? Here are the design trends we’re watching this year:

🛀 Spa-like bathrooms

Homeowners are leaning into relaxation with steam showers, heated towel bars, and even in-home saunas.

🖼️ Maximalist decor

Bold hues, eclectic artwork and contrasting patterns are all having a moment.

🎍 Japandi style

Drawing on both Scandinavian and Japanese influences, this look emphasizes comfort, nature and multifunctional furniture.

🪙 Mixed metals

Designers are contrasting finishes, like pairing a nickel faucet with a brass towel ring, to add visual interest.

🪵 Wood cabinetry and accents

White kitchen and bathroom cabinets are fading in popularity while natural wood tones are trending.

🕰️ Timeless renovations

Homeowners are opting for timeless design as a sustainable choice for their remodels.


Click the image above for more details—and tips on how to incorporate these trends in your own home!

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Good News for Homebuyers in 2024

Last year was a tough one for U.S. home buyers. But the year ahead is looking brighter!

📉 Mortgage rates should finally be headed down.

Lower rates will go a long way toward making homeownership more affordable.

💸 Record-high price appreciation has slowed.

The crazy price hikes are over; home values should remain relatively stable in 2024.

🧑 Lower demand is giving buyers more bargaining power.

With fewer buyers making offers, there’s more incentive for sellers to negotiate.

Check out our latest blog post to learn how buyers can make the most of the 2024 real estate market!


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Real Estate Market Forecast: Opportunities for Home Buyers and Sellers in 2024

Wondering what 2024 holds for the U.S. real estate market?


We’ve rounded up economists’ predictions for the coming year:

💰 Home prices will remain relatively stable

📉 Mortgage rates will finally start to drop

🧑 More buyers and sellers will return to the market

🏘️ Housing inventory will remain tight


Check out our latest blog post to learn what these trends could mean for you!

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“Buy Nothing” to Furnish Your New Home

Outfitting a new home? Local reuse communities could help you keep costs down.

Members of or groups post items that they no longer need and are willing to give away. Here are 3 benefits to participating:

🎁 Furnish your home for less.
There’s no cost to join and all items offered must be completely free.

📦 Get rid of items you no longer need.
Pay it forward by posting your own possessions that you are ready to pass on.

♻️ Reduce your environmental impact.

By reducing your consumption and waste, you can help protect the planet.

Want more great ways to save money on home furnishings and decor? Visit our blog!


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Avoid these 4 Credit Score Mistakes

Planning to buy a home? It’s time to get your credit score in order. 

Make sure to avoid these common mistakes:

❌ Ignoring your credit report.
Check your credit report to make sure there aren’t any errors or signs of identity theft.

❌ Closing accounts.
Doing so can bring down the average age of your credit, which impacts your score.

❌ Paying the minimum due.
This can drive up your credit utilization rate, which is the amount of available credit you’re using.

❌ Making late payments.
Set up automatic payments to avoid this risk entirely.

Wondering if your credit score is high enough to secure a mortgage? Reach out for a referral to a mortgage professional who can help you find out.