Buying a Home

Nov. 8, 2023

How Does a Mortgage Buydown Work?

Some homebuyers priced out of the market opt for a mortgage buydown, usually funded by sellers, in order to lower their monthly payments for the first few years.

RICHMOND, Va. – Mortgage rates have risen since the Federal Reserve implemented a new monetary policy in 2022, almost hitting 8%. As ...

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Oct. 2, 2023

Buyers’ Tactics in the Face of High Mortgage Rates

Mortgage rates have risen to their highest levels in more than 20 years, making it harder to afford a home. And yet, out of necessity or desire, hundreds of thousands of people buy homes every month.

With the 30-year fixed rate topping 7%, NerdWallet asked real estate agents and mortgage ...

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Aug. 16, 2023

Study Shows On-MLS Sales Fetch $50k Premium

It’s a tale as old as time. The FSBO who plans to forgo the traditional real estate process until a few weeks (or months) of watching neighbors sell and field lowball offers brings them back to the agent—and to the MLS.

While real estate professionals will argue all day for ...

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April 24, 2023

45% of Florida homes are part of an HOA, the highest percentage in the nation

A full 45% of Florida homes are part of a homeowner association, the highest percentage by far among all U.S states.

Today’s Homeowner analyzed data from the Foundation for Community Association Research to determine which states have the highest and lowest percentage of homes in HOAs.

Nationally, about 22 ...

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April 10, 2023

Renovations that can boost your bottom line

Buyers who can afford a home in today's market appear willing to pay even more for luxuries that personalize their space. 

New Zillow® research finds that listings touting chef-friendly amenities, such as steam ovens, pizza ovens and professional-grade appliances, can sell for as much as 5.3% more ...

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March 29, 2023

10 Reasons Why You May Need a Real Estate Agent

If you’re thinking of selling your home, your mind may be swirling with questions about the process. While it may be tempting to try selling your home on your own, there are many reasons why you may want to consider working with a professional real estate agent. To gain insight ...

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March 3, 2023

RE Q&A: What’s Going on with the Market?

Question: We have to move for family reasons and put our house up for sale. It has been several months, and ...

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Jan. 11, 2023

Buying a Condo vs Single Family Home

This has been one of the most controversial topics with our clients when it comes to selecting a suitable property for their primary or secondary residence. In my experience, our south Florida second home owners prefer condominiums for simplicity of maintenance and security. The majority of them come from the ...

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Dec. 16, 2022

Florida Legislature and Property Insurance: What Changed?

Lawmakers finalized three bills that, among other things, eliminate one-way attorney fees, nix assignment-of-benefit options and further depopulate Citizens Ins.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Legislature wrapped up their special session on Wednesday after passing three bills.

“If you had to sum up the major outcomes of the insurance reform ...

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Dec. 15, 2022

Prepping to Buy a Home or Invest in 2023?

If so, ask some questions to help get ready for a successful outcome, like what would you be willing to sacrifice in terms of space to be able to afford a home?

It has been quite the year. In 2022, we’ve lived through high inflation, stock market lows, housing market ...

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