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    Thinking of Selling? You Want an Agent with These Skills

    By Jenn Schaake | May 16, 2024

    Selling your house is a big decision. Your home is one of the biggest investments you’ve probably ever made, and it’s a place where you’ve created countless memories. That combo means there’s going to be a lot of emotions involved. You want someone who understands your perspective, knows what it feels like, and is an expert at... Read More

    The Top 2 Reasons To Consider a Newly Built Home

    By Jenn Schaake | May 9, 2024

    When you’re planning a move, it’s normal to wonder where you’ll end up and what your future home is going to look like. Maybe you’ve got a specific picture of that house in your mind. But unless you came into this process knowing you want to buy a newly built home, you may not have pictured... Read More

    What More Listings Mean When You Sell Your House

    By Jenn Schaake | May 2, 2024

    The number of homes for sale is playing a big role in today’s housing market. And, if you’re considering whether or not to list your house, today’s limited supply is one of the biggest advantages you have right now. That’s because your house stands out more when the inventory is low, especially if it’s priced right. But the supply... Read More

    The Best Way To Keep Track of Mortgage Rate Trends

    By Jenn Schaake | April 25, 2024

    If you’re thinking about buying a home, chances are you’ve got mortgage rates on your mind. You’ve heard about how they impact how much you can afford in your monthly mortgage payment, and you want to make sure you’re factoring that in as you plan your move. The problem is, with all the headlines in the news about rates lately, it... Read More

    Is It Getting More Affordable To Buy a Home?

    By Jenn Schaake | April 18, 2024

    Over the past year or so, a lot of people have been talking about how tough it is to buy a home. And while there’s no arguing affordability is still tight, there are signs it’s starting to get a bit better and may improve even more throughout the year. Elijah de la Campa, Senior Economist at Redfin, says:... Read More

    The Top 5 Reasons You Need a Real Estate Agent when Buying a Home

    By Jenn Schaake | April 16, 2024

    You may have heard headlines in the news lately about agents in the real estate industry and discussions about their commissions. And if you’re following along, it can be pretty confusing. But here’s the thing you really need to know – expert advice from a trusted real estate agent is priceless, now more than ever.... Read More

    Why Overpricing Your House Can Cost You

    By Jenn Schaake | April 4, 2024

    If you’re trying to sell your house, you may be looking at this spring season as the sweet spot – and you’re not wrong. We’re still in a seller’s market because there are so few homes for sale right now. And historically, this is the time of year when more buyers move, and competition ticks up. That makes this an exciting time to put up... Read More

    What Every Homebuyer Should Know About Closing Costs

    By Jenn Schaake | March 28, 2024

    Before making the decision to buy a home, it’s important to plan for all the costs you’ll be responsible for. While you’re busy saving for the down payment, don’t forget you’ll want to prep for closing costs too. Here’s some helpful information on what those costs are and how much you should budget for them. What Are Closing... Read More

    4 Tips To Make Your Strongest Offer on a Home

    By Jenn Schaake | March 21, 2024

    Are you thinking about buying a home soon? If so, you should know today’s market is competitive in many areas because the number of homes for sale is still low – and that’s leading to multiple-offer scenarios. And moving into the peak homebuying season this spring, this is only expected to ramp up more. Remember these four... Read More

    What Mortgage Rate Do You Need To Move?

    By Jenn Schaake | March 14, 2024

    If you’ve been thinking about buying a home, mortgage rates are probably top of mind for you. They may even be why you’ve put your plans on hold for now. When rates climbed near 8% last year, some buyers found the numbers just didn’t make sense for their budget anymore. That may be the case for you too. Data from Bright MLS shows the top reason buyers... Read More