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10 Steps to Buying a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Margarita Gazivoda Kocovic | February 28, 2020

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If you’re thinking of buying a home and you’re not sure where to start, you’re not alone.
Here’s a guide with 10 simple steps to follow in the homebuying process.
Be sure to work with a trusted real estate professional to find out …

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How Much “Housing Wealth” Can You Build in a Decade?

By Margarita Gazivoda Kocovic | February 27, 2020

How Much “Housing Wealth” Can You Build in a Decade? | Simplifying The MarketEarlier this month, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released a special study titled Single-Family Home Price Gains by Years of Tenure. The study estimates median home price appreciation over the last 30 years based on the length of homeownership. Below are three graphs depicting the most important data revealed in the study. How much […]

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Thinking of Selling? Now May Be the Time.

By Margarita Gazivoda Kocovic | February 26, 2020

Thinking of Selling? Now May Be the Time. | Simplifying The MarketThe housing market has started off much stronger this year than it did last year. Lower mortgage interest rates have been a driving factor in that change. The average 30-year rate in 2019, according to Freddie Mac, was 3.94%. Today that rate is closer to 3.5%. The Census Bureau also just reported the highest homeownership […]

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Entry-Level Homeowners Are in the Driver’s Seat

By Margarita Gazivoda Kocovic | February 25, 2020

Entry-Level Homeowners Are in the Driver’s Seat | Simplifying The MarketOne thing helping homeowners right now is price appreciation, especially in the entry-level market. In the latest Home Price Insights report, CoreLogic reveals how home prices increased by 4% year-over-year and projects prices will rise 5.2% by December 2020. Why is this good news for the homeowners? When prices appreciate, homeowners gain equity. In addition, […]

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Entry-Level Homeowners Are in the Driver’s Seat

By Margarita Gazivoda Kocovic | February 25, 2020

Entry-Level Homeowners Are in the Driver’s Seat | Simplifying The MarketOne thing helping homeowners right now is price appreciation, especially in the entry-level market. In the latest Home Price Insights report, CoreLogic reveals how home prices increased by 4% year-over-year and projects prices will rise 5.2% by December 2020. Why is this good news for the homeowners? When prices appreciate, homeowners gain equity. In addition, […]

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Opportunity in the Luxury Market This Year

By Margarita Gazivoda Kocovic | February 24, 2020

Opportunity in the Luxury Market This Year | Simplifying The MarketHomes priced in the top 25% of a price range for a particular area of the country are considered “premium homes.” At the start of last year, many of the more expensive homes listed for sale hadn’t seen as much interest, since much of the demand for housing over the past few years has come from […]

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Interest Rates Over Time [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Margarita Gazivoda Kocovic | February 21, 2020

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With interest rates hovering at near historic lows, now is a great time to look back at where they’ve been, and how much they’ve changed over time.
According to Freddie Mac, mortgage interest rates are currently hovering near a five…

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The #1 Misconception in the Homebuying Process

By Margarita Gazivoda Kocovic | February 20, 2020

The #1 Misconception in the Homebuying Process | Simplifying The MarketAfter over a year of moderating home prices, it appears home value appreciation is about to reaccelerate. Skylar Olsen, Director of Economic Research at Zillow, explained in a recent article:  “A year ago, a combination of a government shutdown, stock market slump and mortgage rate spike caused a long-anticipated inventory rise. That supposed boom turned […]

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The Many Benefits of Aging in a Community

By Margarita Gazivoda Kocovic | February 19, 2020

The Many Benefits of Aging in a Community | Simplifying The MarketThere’s comfort in being around people who share common interests, goals, and challenges. That comfort in a community doesn’t wane with age – it actually deepens. Whether it’s proudly talking about grandchildren or lamenting the fact that our eyes aren’t as good as they used to be, it helps to be around people who not […]

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How Trusted Professionals Make Homebuying Easier to Understand

By Margarita Gazivoda Kocovic | February 18, 2020

How Trusted Professionals Make Homebuying Easier to Understand | Simplifying The MarketIn the spring, many excited buyers get ready to enter the housing market. Others continue dreaming about the homes they’d like to buy. The truth is, many potential buyers continue to dream longer than they need to, simply because they’re confused about the homebuying process. Thankfully, working with a trusted real estate professional can help […]

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The Overlooked Financial Advantages of Homeownership

By Margarita Gazivoda Kocovic | February 17, 2020

The Overlooked Financial Advantages of Homeownership | Simplifying The MarketThere are many clear financial benefits to owning a home: increasing equity, building net worth, growing appreciation, and more. If you’re a renter, it’s never too early to make a plan for how homeownership can propel you toward a stronger future. Here’s a dive into three often-overlooked financial benefits of homeownership and how preparing for […]

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Top Reasons to Love Homeownership [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Margarita Gazivoda Kocovic | February 14, 2020

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There are many benefits to love about homeownership, and they’re not all financial.
Being a part of a neighborhood, driving academic achievement, and improving mental health are just a few of these advantages.
Let’s get together to…

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