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Monthly Archives: May 2023

    A First-Month Post-Move Guide

    By Kimmer Plunk | May 30, 2023

    Congratulations on moving into your new home! This is an exciting time, and enjoying the space is likely your top priority. However, there are still several tasks you should address during the month after your move. So before kicking back and relaxing in your favorite chair, use this post-move-in checklist to help you settle into... Read More

    Remember and Honor Those Who Gave All

    By Kimmer Plunk | May 29, 2023

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    Owning a Home Helps Protect Against Inflation

    By Kimmer Plunk | May 24, 2023

    You’re probably feeling the impact of high inflation every day as prices have gone up on groceries, gas, and more. If you’re a renter, you’re likely experiencing it a lot as your rent continues to rise. Between all of those elevated costs and uncertainty about a potential recession, you may be wondering if it still... Read More

    Unlock the Door to Homeownership with an FHA Loan

    By Kimmer Plunk | May 22, 2023

    Many buyers, both first-time and repeat, often need help may need help to purchase a home due to limited funds for a down payment or closing costs, or a low credit score. However, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan, established in 1934 has made it possible for tens of millions of individuals to become homeowners. And thanks... Read More

    Is It a Good Idea to Sell in a Recession?

    By Kimmer Plunk | May 19, 2023

    The real estate market in spring 2023 is proving to be more competitive than expected—home prices have risen from February to March in 92% of markets and March prices were 3.1% higher than the same time last year. As a result, there has been an uptick in bidding wars, homes are selling above their asking price, and almost half are selling in two weeks or less. And some experts predict that this trend will continue through 2024. Read More

    Powerful Job Market Fuels Homebuyer Demand

    By Kimmer Plunk | May 18, 2023

    The spring housing market has been surprisingly active this year. Even with affordability challenges and a limited number of homes for sale, buyer demand is strong, and getting stronger. One way we know there are interested buyers right now is because showing traffic is up. Data from the latest ShowingTime Showing Index, which is a... Read More

    What You Need To Know About Home Price News

    By Kimmer Plunk | May 17, 2023

    The National Association of Realtors (NAR) will release its latest Existing Home Sales Report tomorrow. The information it contains on home prices may cause some confusion and could even generate some troubling headlines. This all stems from the fact that NAR will report the median sales price, while other home price indices report repeat sales prices.... Read More

    The Best Time To Sell Your House Is When Others Aren’t Selling

    By Kimmer Plunk | May 16, 2023

    If you’re thinking about selling your house, you should know the number of homes for sale right now is low. That’s because, this season, there are fewer sellers listing their houses for sale than the norm. Looking back at every April since 2017, the only year when fewer sellers listed their homes was in April... Read More

    May Home Maintenance Checklist – Free Printable!

    By Kimmer Plunk | May 8, 2023

    It's MAYntenance Monday! Everything is springing into action – and you should be too! The warm, spring weather presents an opportunity to be extra thorough with your home maintenance – as well as the opportunity to save time and money by preventing future breakdowns and costly repairs. Read More

    A Closing Day Checklist

    By Kimmer Plunk | May 3, 2023

    With the excitement of your closing day, it can be easy to forget some of the most important tasks you need to complete before settlement. Whether you’re buying or selling, it’s crucial to understand what your responsibilities are beforehand to safeguard a smooth transfer of ownership. Seller responsibilities Provide keys for doors, garage openers, and... Read More