In today’s housing market, homeowners have a great opportunity to sell their house and receive the best terms for their personal situation. That’s because there’s a limited number of homes for sale, which is creating competition among buyers. Right now, homebuyers want three things: To be the winning bid on their dream home To buy before mortgage rates rise more To buy […]
What homebuyers and sellers need to know about contingencies
What are contingencies when buying or selling a home? If you’re considering buying or selling a house, a term that you’re likely to hear pop up is “contingency.” It’s also, unfortunately, a term that’s hard to define without using the word in the definition! Here’s a basic overview: A contingency is can be thought of […]
Beat the Heat!
Beat the Heat — and Your Air Conditioning Bill — This Summer! Did you know that, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Americans spend about $11 billion each year on air conditioning? That might not be such a surprise if you’re the one who writes the check for your household energy bill every month. Believe […]
How to Turn Your Home into a Vacation Spot
Summers and vacations go together like peanut butter and jelly – after working hard all year, everybody deserves a chance to kick back and relax. But who says you need to travel to far-flung locales to have the holiday you deserve? If you follow these tips, you can create a private sanctuary in your own […]
Thinking of Selling? Now May Be the Time.
The housing market has started off much stronger this year than it did last year. Lower mortgage interest rates have been a driving factor in that change. The average 30-year rate in 2019, according to Freddie Mac, was 3.94%. Today that rate is closer to 3.5%. The Census Bureau also just reported the highest home ownership rate since 2014 for people under 35. This is […]
Agent Recognition Brunch- Odds vs Evens Contest
Congratulations to the Howard Hanna Simon Real Estate Services agents on a great end to 2018! We hosted our agent recognition brunch today at Cedar brook Golf Course to celebrate all their hard work! Your hard work deserves recognized and we are excited to see what 2019 holds for each one of you! If you […]
Frozen Pipes: What to Do and How to Prevent Them
When temperatures plummet, the risk of your pipes freezing and bursting skyrockets. In fact, burst pipes are one of the most common causes of property damage during frigid weather and can cause thousands in water damage—easily $5,000 or more, according to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (PDF). The pipes most at risk are those […]
Falling Mortgage Rates
Mortgage rates have fallen to around their lowest levels in eight months, offering a potential boost to the housing market after a rough patch in recent months. The average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage fell to 4.51%, matching the lowest level since last spring, according to data released Thursday by mortgage-finance giant Freddie […]