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Mortgage Weekly Update

Home Purchases, Refis Dip as Rates Keep Rising

By Aly Yale / April 8, 2021
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What happened in the mortgage market this week? It’s a story we’ve heard several times over the past few months: Mortgage rates rose, refinances dropped, and home purchase activity fell as well. According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, overall mortgage…

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6 Ways to Get Your Offer Accepted in a Competitive Market

6 Ways to Get Your Offer Accepted in a Competitive Market

By Aly Yale / April 8, 2021
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Homes are in high demand these days. The only problem? There aren’t many to choose from. Unfortunately, that’s led to an incredibly competitive market — one where prices are rising and offers are often met with steep competition.  For most…

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8 Pet-Friendly House Plants to Keep Dogs and Cats Safe

8 Pet-Friendly House Plants to Keep Dogs and Cats Safe

By Aly Yale / April 5, 2021
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A little greenery can do a lot for your home. It can add ambiance, bring pops of color, instill a sense of calm, or even improve the air quality in some cases. Unfortunately, if you have furry friends in the…

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Mortgage Weekly Update

Interest Rates Finally Drop, But Home Purchases Are Still Down

By Aly Yale / April 2, 2021
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It was a mixed bag for the mortgage market this week, according to the latest data from the Mortgage Bankers Association. On the one hand, rates finally stopped climbing after seven weeks of increases. The average rate on a 30-year…

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What Buyers Need to Know About the Fair Housing Act

What Buyers Need to Know About the Fair Housing Act

By Aly Yale / April 2, 2021
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It’s officially National Fair Housing Month, which celebrates the groundbreaking passage of the Fair Housing Act over five decades ago. If you’re not familiar with the law or the protections it includes, now’s a great time to learn — especially…

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Mortgage Weekly Update

Homebuyer Demand Remains Strong, Despite Rising Mortgage Rates

By Aly Yale / March 26, 2021
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Mortgage rates rose yet again, dampening refinance demand significantly.  According to the latest data from the Mortgage Bankers Association, the average rate on a 30-year, fixed-rate loan now clocks in at 3.36% — up 0.50 since the start of 2021.…

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What Is a VA IRRRL and How Does it Work?

What Is a VA IRRRL and How Does It Work?

By Aly Yale / March 26, 2021
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With mortgage rates so low, many homeowners have chosen to refinance in the last year. Doing so can reduce not only the long-term costs of your loan but also your monthly payment too. If you have a VA loan, your…

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8 Spring Home Décor Ideas to Brighten Your Space

8 Spring Home Decor Ideas to Brighten Your Space

By Aly Yale / March 24, 2021
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Winter is finally in the rear-view mirror. It’s time to pack away those heavy coats, stash the snow shovels in the garage, and start bringing your home out of the chilly, winter doldrums. Sure, that cable knit blanket and space…

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How to Ramp Up Your Negotiating Skills

How to Ramp Up Your Negotiating Skills

By Aly Yale / March 23, 2021
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Negotiating skills are the foundation of any successful real estate career.  On the front end, they’ll help you lock down more listings and bring in more clients. And down the funnel, they’ll ensure you get top dollar (and top commissions)…

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How to Choose a Real Estate Agent as a First-Time Homebuyer

How to Choose a Real Estate Agent as a First-Time Homebuyer

By Aly Yale / March 18, 2021
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A real estate agent can be a great partner to have — especially when buying your first home. Not only can they help you find that perfect dream home (and steer clear of the duds), but they can also guide…

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