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    Homeowners Have Incredible Equity To Leverage Right Now

    By Lee Bittinger | May 16, 2023

    Homeowners Have Incredible Equity To Leverage Right Now Even though home prices have moderated over the last year, many homeowners still have an incredible amount of equity. But what is equity? In the simplest terms, equity is the difference between the market value of your home and the amount you owe on your mortgage. The... Read More

    It May Be Time To Consider a Newly Built Home

    By Lee Bittinger | May 9, 2023

    It May Be Time To Consider a Newly Built Home If you’re looking to buy a house, you may find today’s limited supply of homes available for sale challenging. When housing inventory is as low as it is right now, it can feel like a bit of an uphill battle to find the perfect home... Read More

    Buyer Activity Is Up Despite Higher Mortgage Rates

    By Lee Bittinger | May 4, 2023

    Buyer Activity Is Up Despite Higher Mortgage Rates If you’re a homeowner thinking about making a move, you may wonder if it’s still a good time to sell your house. Here’s the good news. Even with higher mortgage rates, buyer traffic is actually picking up speed. Data from the latest ShowingTime Showing Index, which is a... Read More

    Why Buying a Home Makes More Sense Than Renting Today

    By Lee Bittinger | May 2, 2023

    Why Buying a Home Makes More Sense Than Renting Today Wondering if you should continue renting or if you should buy a home this year? If so, consider this. Rental affordability is still a challenge and has been for years. That’s because, historically, rents trend up over time. Data from the Census shows rents have... Read More

    The Three Factors Affecting Home Affordability Today

    By Lee Bittinger | April 27, 2023

    The Three Factors Affecting Home Affordability Today There’s been a lot of focus on higher mortgage rates and how they’re creating affordability challenges for today’s homebuyers. It’s true that rates climbed dramatically since the record-low we saw during the pandemic. But home affordability is based on more than just mortgage rates – it’s determined by... Read More

    The Power of Pre-Approval

    By Lee Bittinger | April 25, 2023

    The Power of Pre-Approval If you’re buying a home this spring, today’s housing market can feel like a challenge. With so few homes on the market right now, plus higher mortgage rates, it’s essential to have a firm grasp on your homebuying budget. You’ll also need a sense of determination to find the right house... Read More

    What’s the Difference Between a Home Inspection and an Appraisal?

    By Lee Bittinger | April 20, 2023

    What’s the Difference Between a Home Inspection and an Appraisal? If you’re planning to buy a home, an inspection is an important step in the process. It assesses the condition of the home before you finalize the transaction. It’s also a different step in the process from an appraisal, which is a professional evaluation of... Read More

    Your Tax Refund Can Help You Achieve Your Homebuying Goals

    By Lee Bittinger | April 13, 2023

    Your Tax Refund Can Help You Achieve Your Homebuying Goals Have you been saving up to buy a home this year? If so, you know there are a variety of expenses involved – from your down payment to closing costs. But there’s good news – your tax refund can help you achieve your goals by... Read More

    Homebuyer Activity Shows Signs of Warming Up for Spring

    By Lee Bittinger | April 11, 2023

    Homebuyer Activity Shows Signs of Warming Up for Spring The spring season appears to be warming up in housing as more and more buyers enter the market. And after rising mortgage rates sidelined so many buyers last year, that’s a good sign for sellers. Realtor.com has the latest: “Spring is officially here, and like green... Read More

    How Changing Mortgage Rates Can Affect You

    By Lee Bittinger | April 4, 2023

    How Changing Mortgage Rates Can Affect You The 30-year fixed mortgage rate has been bouncing between 6% and 7% this year. If you’ve been on the fence about whether to buy a home or not, it’s helpful to know exactly how a 1%, or even a 0.5%, mortgage rate shift affects your purchasing power. The... Read More