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Why You Should Think About Listing Prices Like an Auction’s Reserve Price

By Baron & Chestney | March 24, 2021

Why You Should Think About Listing Prices Like an Auction’s Reserve Price | Simplifying The MarketFor generations, the homebuying process never really changed. The seller would try to estimate the market value of the home and tack on a little extra to give themselves some negotiating room. That figure would become the listing price of the house. Buyers would then try to determine how much less than the full price […]

Should We Fear the Surge in Cash-Out Refinances?

By Baron & Chestney | March 23, 2021

Should We Fear the Surge in Cash-Out Refinances? | Simplifying The MarketFreddie Mac recently released their Quarterly Refinance Statistics report which covers refinances through 2020. The report explains that the dollar amount of cash-out refinances was greater in 2020 than in recent years. A cash-out refinance, as defined by Investopia, is: “a mortgage refinancing option in which an old mortgage is replaced for a new one […]

To Renovate or Not To Renovate Before You Sell

By Baron & Chestney | March 18, 2021

To Renovate or Not To Renovate Before You Sell | Simplifying The MarketWhen thinking about selling, homeowners often feel they need to get their house ready with some remodeling to make it more appealing to buyers. However, with so many buyers competing for available homes right now, renovations may not be as vital as they would be in a more normal market. Here are two things to […]

How Much Leverage Do Today’s House Sellers Have?

By Baron & Chestney | February 24, 2021

How Much Leverage Do Today's House Sellers Have? | Simplifying The MarketThe housing market has been scorching hot over the last twelve months. Buyers and their high demand have far outnumbered sellers and a short supply of houses. According to the latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), sales are up 23.7% from the same time last year while the inventory […]

The Reason Mortgage Rates Are Projected to Increase and What It Means for You

By Baron & Chestney | February 23, 2021

The Reason Mortgage Rates Are Projected to Increase and What It Means for You | Simplifying The MarketWe’re currently experiencing historically low mortgage rates. Over the last fifty years, the average on a Freddie Mac 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has been 7.76%. Today, that rate is 2.81%. Flocks of homebuyers have been taking advantage of these remarkably low rates over the last twelve months. However, there’s no guarantee rates will remain this low […]

The Luxury Market Is Attracting Buyers in 2021

By Baron & Chestney | February 10, 2021

The Luxury Market Is Attracting Buyers in 2021 | Simplifying The MarketAs more people continue to identify their changing needs this year, some are turning to the upscale housing sector for more space or finer features. In their most recent Luxury Market Report, the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing (ILHM) shares: “In a snapshot of 2020, despite the devasting effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the luxury […]

3 Reasons We’re Definitely Not in a Housing Bubble

By Baron & Chestney | February 9, 2021

3 Reasons We’re Definitely Not in a Housing Bubble | Simplifying The MarketHome values appreciated by about ten percent in 2020, and they’re forecast to appreciate by about five percent this year. This has some voicing concern that we may be in another housing bubble like the one we experienced a little over a decade ago. Here are three reasons why this market is totally different. 1. […]

Why Selling Your House on Your Own in 2021 Is a Mistake

By Baron & Chestney | December 30, 2020

Why Selling Your House on Your Own in 2021 Is a Mistake | Simplifying The MarketThere are many benefits to working with a real estate professional when selling your house. During challenging times, like what we face today, it becomes even more important to have an expert you trust to help guide you through the process. If you’re considering selling on your own, known in the industry as a For Sale […]

More Generations Are Living Under One Roof This Year

By Baron & Chestney | December 29, 2020

More Generations Are Living under One Roof This Year | Simplifying The MarketThis year challenged us to reprioritize everything – from the way we use our time to where we work, how we socialize and gather together, and our needs at home. For many, this also meant making decisions about how to best support and engage with our extended families, near and far. In some cases, we […]

Why It’s Important to Price Your House Right Today

By Baron & Chestney | December 28, 2020

Why It’s Important to Price Your House Right Today | Simplifying The MarketEven in today’s sellers’ market, setting the right price for your house is one of the most valuable things you can do. According to the U.S. Economic Outlook by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), existing home prices nationwide are forecasted to increase by 4.5% in 2021. This means experts anticipate home values will continue climbing next year. Danielle […]