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Life-Changing Events That Move the Housing Market with Staceeinthebay

Life-Changing Events That Move the Housing MarketLife is a journey filled with unexpected twists and turns, like the excitement of welcoming a new addition, retiring and starting a new adventure, or

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How VA Loans Can Help Make Homeownership Dreams Come True with Staceeinthebay

How VA Loans Can Help Make Homeownership Dreams Come TrueFor more than 79 years, Veterans Affairs (VA) home loans have helped millions of veterans buy their own homes. If you or someone

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Homeowner New Worth Has Skyrocketed with Staceeinthebay

Homeowner Net Worth Has SkyrocketedIf you’re weighing your options to decide whether it makes more sense to rent or buy a home today, here’s one key data point that could help

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An Expert Gives You Clarity in Today’s Housing Market | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

An Expert Gives You Clarity in Today’s Housing MarketThe housing market has been going through shifts lately. That’s why it’s so important to work with an industry

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Leverage Your Equity When You Sell Your House | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

Leverage Your Equity When You Sell Your HouseOne of the benefits of being a homeowner is that you build equity over time. By selling your house, that equity can be used toward purchasing

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4 Tips for Making Your Best Offer on a Home | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

4 Tips for Making Your Best Offer on a HomeAre you planning to buy a home this spring? Though things are more balanced than they were at the height of the pandemic, it’s still a sellers’

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2 Things Sellers Need To Know This Spring | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

2 Things Sellers Need To Know This SpringA lot has changed over the past year, and you might be wondering what’s in store for the spring housing market. If you’re planning to sell your

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Is It Really Better To Rent Than To Own a Home Right Now? | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

Is It Really Better To Rent Than To Own a Home Right Now?You may have seen reports in the news recently saying it’s better to rent right now than it is to own your home. But before you

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An Expert Makes All the Difference When You Sell Your House | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

An Expert Makes All the Difference When You Sell Your HouseIf you’re thinking of selling your house, it’s important to work with someone who understands how the market is changing and

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What You Should Know About Rising Mortgage Rates | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

What You Should Know About Rising Mortgage RatesAfter steadily falling over the winter, mortgage rates have started to rise in recent weeks. This is concerning to some potential homebuyers 

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One Major Benefit of Investing in a Home | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

One Major Benefit of Investing in a HomeOne of the many reasons to buy a home is that it’s a major way to build wealth and gain financial stability. According to Freddie Mac:

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How To Make Your Dream of Homeownership a Reality | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

How To Make Your Dream of Homeownership a RealityAccording to a recent Harris Poll survey, 8 in 10 Americans say buying a home is a priority, and 28 million Americans actually

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The Two Big Issues the Housing Market’s Facing Right Now | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

The Two Big Issues the Housing Market’s Facing Right NowThe biggest challenge the housing market’s facing is how few homes there are for sale. Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First

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Spring into Action: Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal with Expert Guidance | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

Spring into Action: Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal with Expert GuidanceTo sell your home this spring, it may need more preparation than it would have a year or two ago. Today’s housing

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Wondering What’s Going on with Home Prices? | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

Wondering What’s Going on with Home Prices?The recent changes in home prices are top of mind for many as the housing market begins gearing up for spring. It can be hard to navigate

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Should You Consider Buying a Newly Built Home? | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

Should You Consider Buying a Newly Built Home?If you’re thinking about buying a home, you might be focusing on previously owned ones. But with so few houses for sale today, it makes sense

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What You Should Know About Closing Costs | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

What You Should Know About Closing CostsBefore you buy a home, it’s important to plan ahead. While most buyers consider how much they need to save for a down payment, many are

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Why Today’s Housing Market Isn’t Headed for a Crash | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

Why Today’s Housing Market Isn’t Headed for a Crash67% of Americans say a housing market crash is imminent in the next three years. With all the talk in the media lately about

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Number of Homes for Sale Up from Last Year, but Below Pre-Pandemic Years | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

Number of Homes for Sale Up from Last Year, but Below Pre-Pandemic YearsThe biggest challenge in the housing market right now, and likely for years to come, is how few homes there are for sale

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Experts Forecast a Turnaround in the Housing Market in 2023 | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

Experts Forecast a Turnaround in the Housing Market in 2023The housing market has gone through a lot of change recently, and much of that was a result of how quickly mortgage rates rose

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Should You Rent Your House or Sell It? | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

Should You Rent Your House or Sell It?If you’re a homeowner ready to make a move, you may be thinking about using your current house as a short-term rental property instead of selling;

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Where Will You Go If You Sell? You Have Options. | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

Where Will You Go If You Sell? You Have Options.There are plenty of good reasons you might be ready to move. No matter your motivations, before you list your current house, you need to consider

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Why It Makes Sense To Move Before Spring | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

Why It Makes Sense To Move Before SpringSpring is usually the busiest season in the housing market. Many buyers wait until then to make their move, believing it’s the best time to find a home.

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Why You Shouldn’t Fear Today’s Foreclosure Headlines | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

Why You Shouldn’t Fear Today’s Foreclosure HeadlinesIf you’ve seen recent headlines about foreclosures surging in the housing market, you’re certainly not alone. There&rsquo

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The 3 Factors That Affect Home Affordability | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

The 3 Factors That Affect Home AffordabilityIf you’ve been following the housing market over the last couple of years, you’ve likely heard about growing affordability challenges. But

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Want To Sell Your House? Price It Right | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

Want To Sell Your House? Price It Right.Last year, the housing market slowed down in response to higher mortgage rates, and that had an impact on home prices. If you’re thinking of &

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Pre-Approval in 2023: What You Need To Know | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

Pre-Approval in 2023: What You Need To KnowOne of the first steps in your homebuying journey is getting pre-approved. To understand why it’s such an important step, you need to

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Have Home Values Hit Bottom? | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

Have Home Values Hit Bottom?Whether you’re already a homeowner or you’re looking to become one, the recent headlines about home prices may leave you with more questions than

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Think Twice Before Waiting for 3% Mortgage Rates | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

Think Twice Before Waiting for 3% Mortgage RatesLast year, the Federal Reserve took action to try to bring down inflation. In response to those efforts, mortgage rates jumped up

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What Past Recessions Tell Us About the Housing Market | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

What Past Recessions Tell Us About the Housing MarketIt doesn’t matter if you’re someone who closely follows the economy or not, chances are you’ve heard whispers of an upcoming

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Is It Time To Sell Your Second Home? | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

Is It Time To Sell Your Second Home?During the pandemic, second homes became popular because of the rise in work-from-home flexibility. That’s because owning a second home, especially in the

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Today’s Housing Market Is Nothing Like 15 Years Ago | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

Today’s Housing Market Is Nothing Like 15 Years AgoThere’s no doubt today’s housing market is very different than the frenzied one from the past couple of years. In the

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The Truth About Negative Home Equity Headlines | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

The Truth About Negative Home Equity HeadlinesHome equity has been a hot topic in real estate news lately. And if you’ve been following along, you may have heard there’s a

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What Experts Are Saying About the 2023 Housing Market | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

What Experts Are Saying About the 2023 Housing MarketIf you’re thinking about buying or selling a home soon, you probably want to know what you can expect from the housing&

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3 Best Practices for Selling Your House This Year | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

3 Best Practices for Selling Your House This YearA new year brings with it the opportunity for new experiences. If that resonates with you because you’re considering making a move, you

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Avoid the Rental Trap in 2023 | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

Avoid the Rental Trap in 2023If you’re a renter, you likely face an important decision every year: renew your current lease, start a new one, or buy a home. This year is no different. But

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Wondering How Much You Need To Save for a Down Payment? | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

Wondering How Much You Need To Save for a Down Payment?If you’re getting ready to buy your first home, you’re likely focused on saving up for everything that purchase involves. One cost

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What Are Your Goals in the Housing Market This Year? | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

What Are Your Goals in the Housing Market This Year?If buying or selling a home is part of your dreams for 2023, it’s essential for you to understand today’s housing market, define your

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Planning To Sell Your House? It’s Critical To Hire a Pro | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

Planning To Sell Your House? It’s Critical To Hire a Pro.With higher mortgage rates and moderating buyer demand, conditions in the housing market are different today. And if you’re

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Applying For a Mortgage? Here’s What You Should Avoid Once You Do | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

Applying For a Mortgage? Here’s What You Should Avoid Once You Do.While it’s exciting to start thinking about moving in and decorating after you’ve applied

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Confused About What’s Going on in the Housing Market? Lean on a Professional | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

Confused About What’s Going on in the Housing Market? Lean on a Professional.If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home, you probably want to know what’s

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Financial Fundamentals for First-Time Homebuyers | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

Financial Fundamentals for First-Time HomebuyersAre you prepping to buy your first home? If so, one of the steps you should take early on is making sure you’re financially ready for your

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You May Have More Negotiation Power When You Buy a Home Today | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

You May Have More Negotiation Power When You Buy a Home TodayDid the frequency and intensity of bidding wars over the past two years make you put your home search on hold? If so, you

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Ready To Sell? Today’s Housing Supply Gives You Two Opportunities | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

Ready To Sell? Today’s Housing Supply Gives You Two Opportunities.At first glance, the increase in housing supply compared to last year may not sound like good news for prospective ,

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What Every Seller Should Know About Home Prices | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

What Every Seller Should Know About Home PricesIf you’re trying to decide whether or not to sell your house, recent headlines about home prices may be top of mind. And if those stories

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Key Advantages of Buying a Home Today | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

Key Advantages of Buying a Home TodayThere’s no doubt buying a home today is different than it was over the past couple of years, and the shift in the market has led to advantages

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What’s Going on with Home Prices? Ask a Professional | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

What’s Going on with Home Prices? Ask a Professional.If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home this year, you may have questions about what’s happening

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Prioritizing Your Wants and Needs as a Homebuyer in Today’s Market | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

Prioritizing Your Wants and Needs as a Homebuyer in Today’s MarketThere’s no denying mortgage rates are higher now than they were last year. And if you’re thinking about

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Why There Won’t Be a Flood of Foreclosures Coming to the Housing Market | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

Why There Won’t Be a Flood of Foreclosures Coming to the Housing MarketWith the rapid shift that’s happened in the housing market this year, some people are raising concerns that we;

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What You Want To Know If You’re Pursuing Your Dream of Homeownership | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

What You Want To Know If You’re Pursuing Your Dream of HomeownershipIf you’re a young adult, you may be thinking about your goals and priorities for the months and years ahead. And if

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Mortgage Rates Will Come Down, It’s Just a Matter of Time | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

Mortgage Rates Will Come Down, It’s Just a Matter of TimeThis past year, rising mortgage rates have slowed the red-hot housing market. Over the past nine months, we’ve seen fewer

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What Homeowners Want To Know About Selling in Today’s Market | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

What Homeowners Want To Know About Selling in Today’s MarketIf you’re thinking about selling your house, you’re likely hearing about the cooling housing market and wondering

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What Buyers Need To Know About the Inventory of Homes Available for Sale | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

What Buyers Need To Know About the Inventory of Homes Available for SaleIf you’re thinking about buying a home, you’re likely trying to juggle your needs, current mortgage rates,

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Top Questions About Selling Your Home This Winter | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

Top Questions About Selling Your Home This WinterThere’s no denying the housing market is undergoing a shift this season, and that may leave you with some questions about whether it still

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Why It May Be Time To Add Newly Built Homes to Your Search | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

Why It May Be Time To Add Newly Built Homes to Your SearchIf you put a pause on your home search because you weren’t sure where you’d go once you sold your house, it might be a good

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VA Loans Can Help Veterans Achieve Their Dream of Homeownership | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

VA Loans Can Help Veterans Achieve Their Dream of HomeownershipFor over 78 years, Veterans Affairs (VA) home loans have provided millions of veterans with the opportunity to purchase homes

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Key Factors Affecting Home Affordability Today | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

 Every time there’s a news segment about the housing market, we hear about the affordability challenges buyers are facing today. Those headlines are focused on how much mortgage rates

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3 Trends That Are Good News for Today’s Homebuyers | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

3 Trends That Are Good News for Today’s HomebuyersWhile higher mortgage rates are creating affordability challenges for homebuyers this year, there is some good news for

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Taking the Fear out of Saving for a Home | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

Taking the Fear out of Saving for a HomeIf you’re planning to buy a home, knowing what to budget for and how to save may sound scary at first. But it doesn’t have to be. One way to

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3 Graphs Showing Why Today’s Housing Market Isn’t Like 2008 | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

3 Graphs Showing Why Today’s Housing Market Isn’t Like 2008With all the headlines and talk in the media about the shift in the housing market, you might be thinking this is a

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What Happens to Housing when There’s a Recession? | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

What Happens to Housing when There’s a Recession?Since the 2008 housing bubble burst, the word recession strikes a stronger emotional chord than it ever did before. And while there’s

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What’s Ahead for Home Prices? | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

What’s Ahead for Home Prices?As the housing market cools in response to the dramatic rise in mortgage rates, home price appreciation is cooling as well. And if you’re

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The Latest on Supply and Demand in Housing | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

The Latest on Supply and Demand in HousingOver the past two years, the substantial imbalance of low housing supply and high buyer demand pushed home sales and buyer competition to new heights. But

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The Emotional and Non-financial Benefits of Homeownership | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

The Emotional and Non-financial Benefits of HomeownershipWith higher mortgage rates, you might be wondering if now's the best time to buy a home. While the financial aspects are

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Perspective Matters When Selling Your House Today | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

Perspective Matters When Selling Your House TodayDoes the latest news about the housing market have you questioning your plans to sell your house? If so, perspective is key. Here are some of

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Four Things That Help Determine Your Mortgage Rate | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

Four Things That Help Determine Your Mortgage RateIf you’re looking to buy a home, you probably want to secure the lowest interest rate possible for your home loan. Over the last

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What Are Experts Saying About the Fall Housing Market? | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

What Are Experts Saying About the Fall Housing Market?The housing market is rapidly changing from the peak frenzy it saw over the past two years. That means you probably have questions

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Two Questions Every Homebuyer Should Ask Themselves Right Now | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

Two Questions Every Homebuyer Should Ask Themselves Right NowRising interest rates have begun to slow an overheated housing market as monthly mortgage payments have risen dramatically

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The Cost of Waiting for Mortgage Rates To Go Down | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

The Cost of Waiting for Mortgage Rates To Go DownMortgage rates have increased significantly in recent weeks. And that may mean you have questions about what this means for you if you;

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How To Prep Your House for Sale This Fall | with StaceeintheBay Realtor

How To Prep Your House for Sale This FallToday’s housing market is different than it was just a few months ago. And if you’re thinking about selling your house, that may

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Good Time To Sell

In today’s sellers’ market, many homeowners are weighing their options and trying to decide if they should sell their house. If you’re in that group, you may be balancing things

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Buyers - How To Win in a Sellers’ Market

Some HighlightsEven in today’s sellers’ market, there are still ways for buyers to win big.Build a team of trusted professionals and make strategic plays as you budget and

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Want Top Dollar for Your House?

Want Top Dollar for Your House? Now’s the Time To List It.When you’re selling any item, you usually want to sell it for the greatest profit possible. That happens when there’s a

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