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Mortgage Rates Drop as Spring Selling Season Heats Up

Mortgage Rates Drop as Spring Selling Season Heats Up

Despite the heavy snow blanketing much of Delaware Valley, the busy real estate selling season is heating up.  Traditionally, the market picks up following Super Bowl weekend, and this year is no exception!  More and more new homes are hitting the market each day, and loan applications have increased due to borrowers buying new homes…

The Top 5 Factors that Impact How Quickly Your Home Sells

The Top 5 Factors that Impact How Quickly Your Home Sells

Homes are selling quickly thus far in 2018, and the demand for homes continues to outpace the number of listings on the market.  As a result, competition is expected to be fierce among buyers in most areas, but many homes are still taking 3 months or longer to find a buyer.   Here are a few…

This is Why Your Home’s Photos Are So Important

This is Why Your Home’s Photos Are So Important

If you’re currently in the market to buy a new home, you probably know how important it for a listing to have clear, realistic, and well-lit photos.  After all, 98% of all buyers begin shopping for a home online and first impressions matter.  As one real estate agent said, picture appeal is the new curb…

Is Your Home or Neighborhood a “Seasonal Sale”?

Is Your Home or Neighborhood a “Seasonal Sale”?

Some homes have a good chance of selling any time of the year, whereas other homes sell more easily during the spring and summer months.  As EveryHome agent and home-flipping guru Jen Kuznits explains, “If you buy a 4-bedroom home in a good school district, with higher taxes, you will typically have a much harder time selling it if…

Snowy, Winter Home Inspections

Snowy, Winter Home Inspections

Whenever you purchase a home, we always recommend having a home inspection performed on the home prior to settlement.  In the harsh winter weather, however, there are some unique challenges and even some benefits, when it comes to winter home inspections. Certified home inspectors are trained to complete thorough inspections, even in the wintertime.  Sometimes,…

Underwater and Need to Sell? Here’s What You Need to Know

Underwater and Need to Sell? Here’s What You Need to Know

If you’re “underwater” or “upside-down” on your home, you owe more than it’s worth.  For example, if you still owe $220,000 on your mortgage, and your home’s approximate value (as estimated by a licensed real estate agent or appraiser) is $210,000, then you’re about $10,000 underwater.  For homeowners in this situation, it’s not a big deal…

EveryHome’s Real Estate Forecast for 2017

EveryHome’s Real Estate Forecast for 2017

The housing markets of 2015 and 2016 enjoyed record real estate sales, skyrocketing home values, and historically-low interest rates.  Now that most economic indicators suggest that the real estate market has shifted back toward normal, experts are predicting that 2017 will be a year of modest, steady growth and rising interest rates. While first-time homebuyers were originally…

Home Values Reach an All-Time High

Home Values Reach an All-Time High

September’s data was recently released, and the nation’s average home value has now surpassed the peak of the housing bubble in 2006.  The closely-watched S&P Case-Shiller 20-city Index reported an increase of 5.1% from September 2015 to September 2016, an upward tick resulting in home values that the nation hasn’t seen since before the Great Recession….

Should You Decorate for the Holidays if Your Home is For Sale?

Should You Decorate for the Holidays if Your Home is For Sale?

If you’re in the process of selling your home, you may be wondering if it’s appropriate to decorate for the holidays. Generally speaking, we think that it’s a great idea to add a few holiday touches to your home.  A festive tree, a menorah in the window, or sparkly lights around the mantle can all transform your…

The Future of Home Staging with Haven

The Future of Home Staging with Haven

It’s no secret that professionally staged homes sell faster and for more money, but unfortunately this option isn’t accessible for the vast majority of homeowners.  The price of rental furniture can add up, and the time-consuming suggestions by an interior designer aren’t feasible for many sellers.  That’s where Haven comes in. The dream of owners Diane Quercetti…

Who’s Really Your Real Estate Agent? Understanding Procuring Cause

Who’s Really Your Real Estate Agent? Understanding Procuring Cause

It’s not uncommon for both buyers and sellers to be a little confused as to how real estate agents work, when they are representing them (called “procuring cause”) and even how they get paid. Ultimately, clients should work with just one real estate agent when they’re looking to buy a home.  We highly recommend meeting a few…

Should You Hire Your Family Member or Friend as Your Agent?

Should You Hire Your Family Member or Friend as Your Agent?

With tens of thousands of Realtors in our region, it’s pretty likely that you know someone who sells real estate for a living.  And if you’re planning on buying (or selling!) a home anytime soon, the thought of whether or not to use them has probably crossed your mind — or maybe they know of your plans and…

What Happens When a Deal is Terminated

What Happens When a Deal is Terminated

Every once in a while, an agreement between a buyer and seller will be terminated before reaching settlement. This can happen for a variety of reasons, but there are a few fairly common ones, including issues with the home inspection, appraisal, and the buyer obtaining a mortgage. When a deal falls apart, all involved parties…

Three Natural Ways to Keep Your Home Smelling Great

Three Natural Ways to Keep Your Home Smelling Great

If you’re selling your home, it’s no secret that your home should be smelling great before any showings or open houses.  However, we advise clients to stay away from candles and traditional air fresheners, as some home buyers may have allergies.  Instead, we recommend the following natural methods to keep your home smelling great for guests….

Picture Appeal is the New Curb Appeal

Picture Appeal is the New Curb Appeal

Real estate agents used to focus much of their time and energy on curb appeal, which ensured that the front of the home looked attractive and welcoming as prospective buyers pulled up.  Now, however, this focus has shifted to perfecting the lighting, using professional camera equipment, and decreasing the clutter to showcase each room. Pictures…

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