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Monthly Archives: October 2019

    Thinking of Selling Your Home? The Waiting Is The Hardest Part.

    By Taylor Swanson | October 29, 2019

    Tom Petty famously penned the words, “the waiting is the hardest part” in his early 80’s hit song The Waiting, and his thought process can surprisingly also be applied to individuals considering selling their homes today. Traditional thinking would suggest it may be best to wait until the spring to sell when there is a... Read More

    4 Reasons to Buy a Home This Fall

    By Taylor Swanson | October 28, 2019

    Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today, instead of waiting. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insights Report shows that home prices have appreciated by 3.6% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts prices will continue to increase at a rate of 5.8% over the next year. The bottom... Read More

    Think Prices Have Skyrocketed? Look at Rents.

    By Taylor Swanson | October 25, 2019

    Much has been written about how residential real estate values have increased since the housing market started its recovery in 2012. However, little has been shared about what has taken place with residential rental prices. Let’s shed a little light on this subject. In the most recent Apartment Rent Report, RentCafe explains how rents have... Read More

    5 Tips for Starting Your Home Search

    By Taylor Swanson | October 23, 2019

    In today’s market, low inventory dominates the conversation in many areas of the country. It can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren’t prepared. Here are five tips from’s article, “How to Find Your Dream Home—Without Losing Your Mind.” 1. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage Before You Start Your Search... Read More

    3 Reasons to Use a Real Estate Pro in a Complex Digital World

    By Taylor Swanson | October 18, 2019

    If you’re searching for a home online, you’re not alone; lots of people are doing it. The question is, are you using all of your available resources, and are you using them wisely? Here’s why the Internet is a great place to start the home-buying process, and the truth on why it should never be... Read More

    Be on the Lookout for Gen Z: The Next Generation of Homebuyers

    By Taylor Swanson | October 15, 2019

    You’ve likely heard a ton about Millennials, but what about Gen Z? In the next 5 years, this generation will be between the ages of 23 and 28, and they’re eager to become homeowners faster than you may think. According to, “Nearly 80 percent of Generation Z members say they want to own a... Read More

    You Need More Than a Guide. You Need a Sherpa.

    By Taylor Swanson | October 14, 2019

    In a normal housing market, whether you’re buying or selling a home, you need an experienced guide to help you navigate the process. You need someone you can turn to who will tell you how to price your home correctly right from the start. You need someone who can help you determine what to offer... Read More

    Homeownership is the Top Contributor to Your Net Worth

    By Taylor Swanson | October 11, 2019

    Many people plan to build their net worth by buying CDs or stocks, or just having a savings account. Recently, however, Economist Jonathan Eggleston and Survey Statistician Donald Hays, both of the U.S. Census Bureau, shared the biggest determinants of wealth, “The biggest determinants of household wealth [are] owning a home and having a retirement... Read More

    What FICO® Score Do You Need to Qualify for a Mortgage?

    By Taylor Swanson | October 10, 2019

    While a recent announcement from CNBC shares that the average national FICO® score has reached an all-time high of 706, the good news for potential buyers is that you don’t need a score that high to qualify for a mortgage. Let’s unpack the credit score myth so you can to become a homeowner sooner than... Read More

    62% of Buyers Are Wrong About Down Payment Needs

    By Taylor Swanson | October 7, 2019

    According to the ‘2019 Home Buyer Report’ conducted by Nerdwallet, many first-time buyers still believe they need a 20% down payment to buy a home in today’s market: “More than 6 in 10 (62%) Americans believe you must put at least 20% down in order to purchase a home.” When potential homebuyers think they need a 20% down... Read More