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10 Pro Tips for a Smooth Home Move

By Laurie Bornstein | Aug 1, 2022

The process of buying a new home can be both exhilarating and exhausting. But the journey doesn’t stop when you close on your property. On the contrary, you still have quite a bit to do before you can begin the process of settling into your new place. Fortunately, you don’t have to do everything in […]

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7 Costly Mistakes Home Sellers Make (And How to Avoid Them)

By Laurie Bornstein | Jun 30, 2022

No matter what’s going on in the housing market, the process of selling a home can be challenging. Some sellers have a hard time saying goodbye to a treasured family residence. Others want to skip ahead to the fun of decorating and settling into a new place. Almost all sellers want to make the most […]

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Higher Rates and Short Supply: The State of Real Estate in 2022

By Laurie Bornstein | Jun 1, 2022

The last two years caught many of us off guard—and not just because of the pandemic. They also ushered in the hottest housing market on record, with home prices rising nationally by nearly 19% in 2021, driven primarily by low mortgage rates and a major supply shortage.1 But while some had hoped 2022 would bring […]

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5 Ways to Write a Winning Offer in Today’s Real Estate Market

By Laurie Bornstein | May 1, 2022

Our nation is in the midst of a serious housing crunch. Last year, a lack of inventory and soaring prices left many would-be homebuyers feeling pinched. But now, with interest rates climbing, many of them are also feeling desperate to lock in a mortgage—which has only added fuel to the fire.1 Fortunately, if you’re a […]

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Spring 2022 Are We In A Housing Bubble?

By Laurie Bornstein | Apr 25, 2022

Worried we’re in a housing bubble and its going to pop? With home prices continuing to defy gravity, mortgage rates spiking, the Fed raising interest rates significantly, a yield curve that is just keeping its nose above water, and some becoming vocal about the possibility that we are going to enter a recession sooner rather […]

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Seller’s Checklist: A Timeline to Prep Your Home for Sale

By Laurie Bornstein | Apr 1, 2022

We’re still in a seller’s market, but that doesn’t mean your home is guaranteed to easily sell.1 If you want to maximize your sale price, it’s still important to prepare your home before putting it on the market. Start by connecting with a real estate agent as soon as possible. Having the eyes and ears […]

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Hedge Against Inflation With These 3 Real Estate Investment Types

By Laurie Bornstein | Mar 1, 2022

The annual inflation rate in the United States is currently around 7.5%—the highest it has been since 1982.1 It doesn’t matter if you’re a cashier, lawyer, plumber, or retiree; if you spend U.S. dollars, inflation impacts you.  Economists expect the effects of inflation, like a higher cost of goods, to continue.2 Luckily, an investment in […]

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8 Popular Home Design Features for 2022

By Laurie Bornstein | Feb 1, 2022

There’s a lot to consider when selling your home, from the market and appraisals to where you’ll go next. Don’t forget, however, that design is also a key factor. It’s often one of the first things buyers notice when they walk into a home, and it’s also a detail that you, as a seller, can […]

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A Return to ‘Normal’? The State of Real Estate in 2022

By Laurie Bornstein | Jan 1, 2022

Last year was one for the real estate history books. The pandemic helped usher in a buying frenzy that caused home prices to soar nationwide by a record 19.9% between August 2020 and August 2021.1 However, there were signs in the fourth quarter that the red-hot housing market was beginning to simmer down. In the […]

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