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Costs of Selling a Home

Costs of Selling a Home

As hectic as it sounds, this market presents great opportunities for homeowners to get top dollar for their property.  But just because options are slim and demand is high, doesn’t mean you can simply put your home on the market and expect it to get a maximum price. ...

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Strong Growth Could Cool Market

Strong Growth Could Cool Market

Buyers are seeking out homes in some of the least expensive neighborhoods in the country.  Areas with a median home price below $100,000 have seen a 42% jump in home value over the last three years. The only drawback is that this shift may keep some lower-income...

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10 Money-Saving Household Tips

10 Money-Saving Household Tips

Your house gives you so much:  security, pride, shelter.  It’s easy to assume the costs of keeping it up are just what they are, but there are plenty of expenses that can be a waste.  Here are some tips for saving money each month with out putting your home value at...

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Half as Many Houses Available

Half as Many Houses Available

According to Realtor.com’s Monthly Housing Trends Report, prospective buyers shopping today have 52% fewer homes to choose from than at this time last year. This supply crunch translates to a record median list price of $370,000 (15.6% higher than one year ago). The...

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Retaining Some Inspection Contingency

Retaining Some Inspection Contingency

In today’s competitive market, buyers are often waiving their offer’s contingency on inspection. Some realtors report using other options for this bargaining chip that won’t leave the buyer open to bigger issues with the home. An example is rather than skipping an...

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Americans Prefer Real Estate to Stocks

Americans Prefer Real Estate to Stocks

In a survey conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 90% of people would rather invest their money in buying a home than in the stock market. Those surveyed cited the stability of housing as the deciding factor in their preference. Source:...

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Buyers Moving Away From City Centers

Buyers Moving Away From City Centers

Fannie Mae economists saw a pronounced move away from dense cities during the pandemic. In a normal year, just over 9% of movers went from high-density zip codes to low-density ones. But in 2020, that figure jumped to 10.8% - a 20 percent increase over the prior...

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Supply and DEMAND

Supply and DEMAND

Housing inventory already sits at a record low. Now challenges from severe weather further shrink the supply. New listings are down more than 200,000 in the first two months of the year, compared to the average in previous years. The result: home prices are up 10%...

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3D-Printed Houses Arrive

3D-Printed Houses Arrive

Last month, the first publicly listed 3D-printed house went on the market. Now entire communities built with this technology are coming online. Industry leaders estimate that these extruded concrete or polymer structures can save 30% off conventional building costs...

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Bridge Loans Boost Buyers

Bridge Loans Boost Buyers

Prospective buyers may have to make offers that are contingent on selling their current home. That can put them at a disadvantage in a competitive bidding market. Short-term bridge loans let them waive that contingency and then pay back the loan as soon as their...

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Record Growth On The Way

Record Growth On The Way

Goldman Sachs predicts that the U.S. economy will see 7% GDP growth in 2021, the highest figure since 1984. The combination of a fast pandemic recovery and the passage of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan should also spill into 2022, with Goldman anticipating...

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2021 Local Farmers Markets

2021 Local Farmers Markets

Visit your communities local farmers market this season! Bainbridge Island Summer Farmers Market, Bremerton Farmers Market, Kingston Public Market, Port Orchard Farmers Market, Port Orchard Public Market, Poulsbo Farmers Market, Silverdale Farmers Market; and more!

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Surging Sales

Surging Sales

January saw single-family home purchases rise 4.3% above December’s numbers. Experts see this impressive growth as a sign of an improving economy on the horizon. Home sales remain robust despite rates on 30-year fixed mortgages passing 3% earlier this month. Source:...

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Credit Score Surprises

Credit Score Surprises

FICO, Experian, Equifax and TransUnion are all different credit bureaus calculating credit scores. A borrower’s credit score will impact mortgage pricing. If there is a significant difference in the expected score and the actual score, this may indicate fraud or an...

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Getting Organized

Getting Organized

Have you ever noticed that most of our self-improvement resolutions are action oriented? We’re going to join a yoga class. We’re going to clean out the garage. We’re going to reorganize our pantry. Simply setting a goal to “get organized” is too broad and you may find...

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Dig Into These Gardening Trends

Dig Into These Gardening Trends

More than 20 million Americans took up gardening last year to grow food or participate in a relaxing hobby. This year trends include bigger and better food gardens and more plants to decorate outdoor living spaces. Popular choices are bright, bold tropical plants that...

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Last Year’s Hottest Home Upgrades

Last Year’s Hottest Home Upgrades

Designers and contractors were busy in 2020 helping homeowners update their homes. Many closets received a makeover, creating more efficient organization with custom storage and shelving units. Thanks to COVID, mudrooms evolved into “sanitation stations” where people...

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