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    How to Become a Homeowner on a First-Time Buyer’s Budget

    By Matthew McGee | May 17, 2023

    It’s not easy being a first-time homebuyer right now. At the end of last year, housing affordability hit an all-time low.1 Additionally, mortgage rates have risen significantly since 2021, while inventory remains tight for many property categories, but especially for starter homes. Even lower-priced condos are harder to snag these days, as investors and downsizers... Read More

    Stress-Free Home Cleaning: 27 Practical Tactics for Busy Households

    By Matthew McGee | April 12, 2023

    Keeping a clean and orderly home is a challenge for many of us. Between busy work schedules, social obligations, and family commitments, it’s tough to keep up with daily chores—let alone larger seasonal tasks. The effort is worthwhile, however. A sanitary environment can keep you and your family healthier by minimizing your exposure to germs... Read More

    My Home Didn’t Sell! Now What?

    By Matthew McGee | March 8, 2023

    When it comes to listing their home, most home sellers want three things: 1) to make a lot of money, 2) to put in minimal time and effort, and 3) to sell quickly. But the reality is, selling a home is rarely that simple. And homeowners who try to do it themselves—or receive bad advice—can... Read More

    Top 6 Home Design Trends To Watch in 2023

    By Matthew McGee | February 2, 2023

    Over the past few years, many of us have spent extra time at home—and that means we appreciate the personal design touches that make a house cozy and comfortable more than ever. Some of us have adapted our dwellings in new ways, from creating functional home offices to upgrading the appliances we use most. But... Read More

    2023 Real Estate Market Outlook (And What It Means for You)

    By Matthew McGee | January 6, 2023

    Last year, one factor drove the real estate market more than any other: rising mortgage rates. In March 2022, the Federal Reserve began a series of interest rate hikes in an effort to pump the brakes on inflation.1 And while some market sectors have been slow to respond, the housing market has reacted accordingly. Both... Read More

    7 Tips to Maximize Your Home’s Sale Price

    By Matthew McGee | November 4, 2022

    Over the past few years, a real estate buying frenzy bid up home prices to eye-popping amounts. However, as mortgage rates have risen, buyer demand has cooled. 1 Consequently, home sellers who enter the market today may need to reset their expectations. The reality is, it’s no longer enough to stick a “for sale” sign... Read More

    Buy Now or Rent Longer? 5 Questions to Answer Before Purchasing Your First Home

    By Matthew McGee | October 7, 2022

    Before Purchasing Your First Home Deciding whether to jump into the housing market or rent instead is rarely an easy decision – especially if you’re a first-time homebuyer. But in today’s whirlwind market, you may find it particularly challenging to pinpoint the best time to start exploring homeownership. A real estate boom during the pandemic... Read More

    8 Strategies to Secure a Lower Mortgage Rate

    By Matthew McGee | September 8, 2022

    8 Strategies to Secure a Lower Mortgage Rate Mortgage rates have been on a roller coaster ride this year, rising and falling amid inflationary pressures and economic uncertainty. And even the experts are divided when it comes to predicting where rates are headed next.1 This climate has been unsettling for some homebuyers and sellers. However,... Read More

    10 Pro Tips for a Smooth Home Move

    By Matthew McGee | August 17, 2022

    10 Pro Tips for a Smooth Home Move The process of buying a new home can be both exhilarating and exhausting. But the journey doesn’t stop when you close on your property. On the contrary, you still have quite a bit to do before you can begin the process of settling into your new place.... Read More

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

    By Matthew McGee | June 7, 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, with home prices rising nationally by nearly 19% in 2021, driven primarily by low mortgage rates and a major supply shortage.1 But while some had hoped 2022 would bring... Read More