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Tuesday, April 19, 2022   /   by Laura Miller Edwards Realty Group

Using Your Tax Refund To Achieve Your Homeownership Goals This Year

If you’re buying or selling a home this year, you’re likely saving up for a variety of expenses. For buyers, that might include things like your down payment and closing costs. And for sellers, you’re probably working on a bit of spring cleaning and maintenance to spruce up your house before you list it.
Either way, any money you get back from your taxes can help you achieve your goals. Using a tax refund is a common tactic for buyers and sellers. SmartAsset estimates the average American will receive a $2,897 tax refund this year. The map below provides a more detailed estimate by state:
If you’re getting a refund this year, here are a few tips to help with your home purchase or sale this season.
How Buyers Can Use Their Tax Refund
According to American Financing, there are multiple ways your refund check can help you as a homebuyer. A few include:
Growing your down payment fund – If you haven’t st ...

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Tuesday, April 12, 2022   /   by Laura Miller Edwards Realty Group

It’s Still a Sellers’ Market [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights

Due to low supply and high demand, today is one of the strongest sellers’ markets we’ve seen.

Sellers can benefit from more offers to pick from, higher home values, and a faster sales process. There’s a reason why 72% of people believe it’s a good time to sell.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity. Let’s connect so you can take advantage of this hot sellers’ market.


This blog post previously appeared on https://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/en/2022/04/01/its-still-a-sellers-market-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. Nothing herein should be cons ...

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022   /   by Laura Miller Edwards Realty Group

North Georgia Breweries, Cideries, Distilleries and Wineries

The Georgia craft beverage scene is thriving. From neighborhood breweries to wineries nestled in the hills, city cideries to experimental distilleries, you are sure to find the drink and vibe that suits you. 
We’ve put together a list of breweries, cideries, distilleries and wineries in northwest Georgia. This list is focused on the areas we serve through our real estate business – northwest Atlanta and the northwest Georgia mountains. We hope it inspires you to get out into the community we love and spend some time on a patio sipping something new.
Northwest Atlanta

ASW Distillery (The Battery Atlanta)
Atlanta

Atlanta Hard Cider
Marietta

Big Door Vineyards
White

Broken Anchor Winery
Acworth

Bucking Goat Brewing Company
Dallas

Burnt Hickory Brewery
Kennesaw

Drowned Valley Brewing Company
Cartersville

Dry County Brewing Company
Kennesaw

Glover Park Brewery
Marietta

Green Line Brewery
Canton

Horned Owl Brewing
Kennesaw ...

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022   /   by Laura Miller Edwards Realty Group

What You Can Expect from the Spring Housing Market

As the spring housing market kicks off, you likely want to know what you can expect this season when it comes to buying or selling a house. While there are multiple factors causing some uncertainty, including the conflict overseas, rising inflation, and the first rate increase from the Federal Reserve in over three years — the housing market seems to be relatively immune.
Here’s a look at what experts say you can expect this spring.
1. Mortgage Rates Will Climb
Freddie Mac reports the 30-year fixed mortgage rate has increased by more than a full point in the past six months. And despite some mild fluctuation in recent weeks, experts believe rates will continue to edge up over the next 90 days. As Freddie Mac says:
“The Federal Reserve raising short-term rates and signaling further increases means mortgage rates should continue to rise over the course of the year.”
If you’re a ...

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Tuesday, March 22, 2022   /   by Laura Miller Edwards Realty Group

The Average Homeowner Gained More Than $55K in Equity over the Past Year

If you’re a current homeowner, you should know your net worth just got a big boost. It comes in the form of rising home equity. Equity is the current value of your home minus what you owe on the loan. Today, you’re building that equity far faster than you may expect – and this gain is great news for you.
Here’s how it happened. Home values are on the rise thanks to low housing supply and high buyer demand. Basically, there aren’t enough homes available to meet this high buyer interest,  so bidding wars are driving home prices up. When you own a home, the rising prices mean your home is worth more in today’s market. And as home values climb, your equity does too. As Dr. Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist at CoreLogic, explains:
“Home prices rose 18% during 2021 in the CoreLogic Home Price Index, the largest annual gain recorded in its 45-year history, generating a big increase in h ...

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