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Monthly Archives: September 2022

    FAQ Friday – What Is Homeowner Identity Fraud?

    By Kimmer Plunk | September 30, 2022

    Anyone can be a victim of homeowner identity fraud, including wire, mortgage, and title insurance fraud. The financial implications can be damaging and long-lasting. Use these tips to protect yourself from being scammed and defrauded. Wire fraud Wire fraud usually happens during the closing phase of a home purchase. Homebuyers are typically busy with their... Read More

    Long Distance Home Buying

    By Kimmer Plunk | September 28, 2022

    People move for a variety of reasons. However, long-distance moves often come during times of life change, like a new marriage, new job, or retirement. If your next move is taking you far away to a new city, you may be struggling with how to ensure you choose the right neighborhood and the right home... Read More

    Calculating Square Footage: Which of These ‘Gray’ Areas Should You Count?

    By Kimmer Plunk | September 26, 2022

    There are plenty of reasons you might want to know how to calculate the square feet of a house, whether you’re looking to sell a property, dispute a high tax assessment or renovate to add more space. Square footage also matters in real estate deals that involve a mortgage, for similar reasons. The lender will... Read More

    Top Reasons Homeowners Are Selling Their Houses Right Now

    By Kimmer Plunk | September 22, 2022

    Some people believe there’s a group of homeowners who may be reluctant to sell their houses because they don’t want to lose the historically low mortgage rate they have on their current home. You may even have the same hesitation if you’re thinking about selling your house. Data shows 51% of homeowners have a mortgage... Read More

    Buyers Are Regaining Some of Their Negotiation Power in Today’s Housing Market

    By Kimmer Plunk | September 20, 2022

    If you’re thinking about buying a home today, there’s welcome news. Even though it’s still a sellers’ market, it’s a more moderate sellers’ market than last year. And the days of feeling like you may need to waive contingencies or pay drastically over asking price to get your offer considered may be coming to a... Read More

    Should I Consider Refinancing My Mortgage?

    By Kimmer Plunk | September 19, 2022

    If you own a home, one of the options to help reduce your monthly payments and save money is to refinance your mortgage, and with this ever-changing market, refinancing is certainly something to consider. This process won’t be for everyone, but it’s a good first step to take if you’re looking to save a little... Read More

    6 Things You Need to Know Before House-hunting on Zillow

    By Kimmer Plunk | September 16, 2022

    Just as Kleenex has become the name for any brand of facial tissue and “to Xerox” is used as a verb for making copies, Zillow is the first name in online home search with 196 million unique visitors last year. That’s about double the number that enjoyed during the same period, making Zillow the... Read More

    The Pros and Cons of Living Near a School

    By Kimmer Plunk | September 14, 2022

    Schools are the center of many communities. Outside of the Monday through Friday school week, there will be sporting events, clubs, dances, local events, and graduations. Some people will embrace the liveliness. Others? Not so much. When you’re on the market for a new home, living near a primary or high school can be an... Read More

    Three Things Buyers Can Do in Today’s Housing Market

    By Kimmer Plunk | September 13, 2022

    It’s clear the 2022 housing market has been defined by rising mortgage rates. With rates on the rise, it’s also become more costly to purchase a home. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR): “Compared to one year ago, the monthly mortgage payment rose to $1,944 from $1,265, an increase of 53.7%.” If you’re... Read More

    Happy Monday!

    By Kimmer Plunk | September 12, 2022

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