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Owning a Home Is Still More Affordable Than Renting One

By Ajeenah Crittendon | Jan 20, 2021

Owning a Home Is Still More Affordable Than Renting One | Simplifying The MarketIf spending more time at home over the past year is making you really think hard about buying a home instead of renting one, you’re not alone. You may be wondering, however, if the dollars and cents add up in your favor as home prices continue to rise. According to the experts, in many cases, […]

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Should I Wait for Lower Mortgage Interest Rates?

By Ajeenah Crittendon | Jan 19, 2021

Should I Wait for Lower Mortgage Interest Rates? | Simplifying The MarketHistorically low mortgage rates are a big motivator for homebuyers right now. In 2020 alone, rates hit new record-lows 16 times, and the trend continued into the early part of this year. Many hopeful homebuyers are now wondering if they should put their plans on hold and wait for the lowest rates imaginable. However, the […]

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How to Make the Dream of Homeownership a Reality This Year

By Ajeenah Crittendon | Jan 18, 2021

How to Make the Dream of Homeownership a Reality This Year | Simplifying The MarketIn 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired a powerful movement with his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Through his passion and determination, he sparked interest, ambition, and courage in his audience. Today, reflecting on his message encourages many of us to think about our own dreams, goals, beliefs, and aspirations. For many Americans, one […]

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Things to Avoid after Applying for a Mortgage [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Ajeenah Crittendon | Jan 15, 2021

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There are a few key things to make sure you avoid after applying for a mortgage to help make sure you still qualify for your loan at the closing table.
Along the way, be sure to discuss any changes in income, assets, or credit with y…

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Why Right Now May Be the Time to Sell Your House

By Ajeenah Crittendon | Jan 14, 2021

Why Right Now May Be the Time to Sell Your House | Simplifying The MarketThe housing market made an incredible recovery in 2020 and is now positioned for an even stronger year in 2021. Record-low mortgage interest rates are a driving factor in this continued momentum, with average rates hovering at historic all-time lows. According to the latest Realtors Confidence Index Survey from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), buyer demand across the country is […]

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Will Forbearance Plans Lead to a Tsunami of Foreclosures?

By Ajeenah Crittendon | Jan 13, 2021

Will Forbearance Plans Lead to a Tsunami of Foreclosures? | Simplifying The MarketAt the onset of the economic disruptions caused by the COVID pandemic, the government quickly put into place forbearance plans to allow homeowners to remain in their homes without making their monthly mortgage payments. Today, almost three million households are actively in a forbearance plan. Though 29.4% of those in forbearance have continued to stay […]

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4 Reasons People Are Buying Homes in 2021

By Ajeenah Crittendon | Jan 12, 2021

4 Reasons People Are Buying Homes in 2021 | Simplifying The MarketAccording to many experts, the real estate market is expected to continue growing in 2021, and it’s largely driven by the lasting impact the pandemic is having on our lifestyles. As many of us spend extra time at home, we’re reevaluating what “home” means and what we may need in one going forward. Here are […]

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What Does 2021 Have in Store for Home Values?

By Ajeenah Crittendon | Jan 11, 2021

What Does 2021 Have in Store for Home Values? | Simplifying The MarketAccording to the latest CoreLogic Home Price Insights Report, nationwide home values increased by 8.2% over the last twelve months. The dramatic rise was brought about as the inventory of homes for sale reached historic lows at the same time buyer demand was buoyed by record-low mortgage rates. As CoreLogic explained: “Home price growth remained […]

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Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Ajeenah Crittendon | Jan 8, 2021

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Choosing the right real estate professional to work with is one of the most important decisions you can make in your homebuying or selling process.
The right agent can explain current market conditions and break down exactly what the…

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