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Tuesday, June 1, 2021   /   by Laura Miller Edwards Realty Group

When It Comes To Selling a House, Your Time Is Money [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Selling a house is no small task. If you decide to try to do it on your own, keep in mind you’ll be responsible for all the expert-level work of a real estate professional.
The vital tasks an agent manages for you include listing and marketing your house, handling legal documentation, negotiating with all parties, and navigating local laws and regulations.
If you’re ready to sell while the market is in your favor, let’s connect to make sure you have the professional expertise you need every step of the way.

This blog post previously appeared on https://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/en/2021/05/14/when-it-comes-to-selling-a-house-your-time-is-money-infographic/?a=106260-312309902871c1f0d820820f58bf8fde The information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. Keeping Current Matters, Inc. and the Laura Miller Edwards Realty Group do not guarantee or warrant the. ...

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021   /   by Laura Miller Edwards Realty Group

Don’t Forget to Budget for Closing Costs

When buying a home, it’s important to have a budget and make sure you plan ahead for certain homebuying expenses. Saving for a down payment is the main cost that comes to mind for many, but budgeting for the closing costs required to get a mortgage is just as important.
What Are Closing Costs?
According to Trulia:
“When you close on a home, a number of fees are due. They typically range from 2% to 5% of the total cost of the home, and can include title insurance, origination fees, underwriting fees, document preparation fees, and more.”
For example, for someone buying a $300,000 home, they could potentially have between $6,000 and $15,000 in closing fees. If you’re in the market for a home above this price range, your closing costs could be greater. As mentioned above, closing costs are typically between 2% and 5% of your purchase price. 
Trulia gives more great advice, explaining:
“There will be lots of ...

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021   /   by Laura Miller Edwards Realty Group

3 Graphs Showing Why You Should Sell Your House Now

There’s no doubt that 2021 is the year of the seller when it comes to the housing market. If you’re a homeowner thinking of moving to better suit your changing needs, now is the perfect time to do so. Low mortgage rates are in your favor when you’re ready to purchase your dream home, and high buyer demand may give you the leverage you need to negotiate the best contract terms on the sale of your house. Here’s a look at what’s driving this sellers’ advantage and why there’s so much opportunity for homeowners who are ready to move this season.
1. Historically Low Inventory
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) explains:
 “Total housing inventory at the end of March amounted to 1.07 million units, up 3.9% from February's inventory . . . Unsold inventory sits at a 2.1-month supply at the current sales pace, marginally up from February's 2.0-month supply and down from the 3. ...

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021   /   by Laura Miller Edwards Realty Group

Are Interest Rates Expected to Rise Over the Next Year?

So far this year, mortgage rates continue to hover around 3%, encouraging many hopeful homebuyers to enter the housing market. However, there’s a good chance rates will increase later this year and going into 2022, ultimately making it more expensive to borrow money for a home loan. Here’s a look at what several experts have to say.
Danielle Hale, Chief Economist, realtor.com:
“Our long-term view for mortgage rates in 2021 is higher. As the economic outlook strengthens, thanks to progress against coronavirus and vaccines plus a dose of stimulus from the government, this pushes up expectations for economic growth . . . .”
Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist, National Association of Realtors (NAR):
“In 2021, I think rates will be similar or modestly higher . . . mortgage rates will continue to be historically favorable.”
Freddie Mac:
“We forecast that mortgage rates will continue to rise through the end of nex ...

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021   /   by Laura Miller Edwards Realty Group

Should I Buy Now or Wait? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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If you’re thinking that waiting a year or two to purchase a home might mean you’ll save some money, think again.



Mortgage interest rates are currently very low, but experts across the board are forecasting increases in both home prices and interest rates.



Buying a home now means you’ll spend less in the long run. Let’s connect to put your homebuying plans in motion before home prices and mortgage rates climb even higher.



This blog post previously appeared on https://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/en/2021/04/30/should-i-buy-now-or-wait-infographic/?a=106260-312309902871c1f0d820820f58bf8fde The information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. Keeping Current Matters, Inc. and the Laura Miller Edwards Realty Group do not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained herein. No. ...

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  real estate market, for buyers, for sellers, housing forecast, housing market updates, mortgage rates, infographics