Melody Byl's Blog Posts

Jul 19 2019 53828 1

The Cost of Waiting: Interest Rates Edition [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights: Interest rates are projected to increase steadily heading into 2020. The higher your interest

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Jul 1 2019 53828 1

Top 5 Reasons You Should NOT FSBORising home prices coupled with a lack of inventory in today’s market may cause some homeowners to consider selling their home on their own (known in the industry

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Jun 18 2019 53828 1

Why Is So Much Paperwork Required to Get a Mortgage? When buying a home today, why is there so much paperwork mandated by the lenders for a mortgage loan application? It seems like they need to

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Jun 6 2019 53828 1

4 Reasons to Buy A Home This Summer Here are four reasons to consider buying today instead of waiting. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest U.S. Home Price

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May 19 2019 53828 1

What is Really Happening with Home Prices?Home values have softened over the last twelve months. We are no longer seeing 6-7% annual appreciation levels for the national housing market. The current

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May 13 2019 53828 1

A Lack of Inventory Continues to Impact the Housing Market The housing crisis is finally in the rear-view mirror as the real estate market moves down the road to a complete recovery. Home

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May 8 2019 53828 1

Home Buyers are Optimistic About Homeownership! When we consider buying an item, we naturally go through a research process prior to making our decision. We ask our friends and family members

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Stop Making Your Landlord Rich

Renters Paying Substantially More While Owning Costs LessIn a recent Insights Blog, CoreLogic reported that rent prices have skyrocketed since 2005. Meanwhile, the typical mortgage

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Apr 24 2019 53828 2

New Study Reveals One Surprising Reason for the Inventory Shortage There has been a great amount written on millennials and their impact on the housing market. However, the headlines often

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Apr 24 2019 53828 1

With Inventory Low: Will Your Dream Home Need Some TLC?According to a new survey from Move.com, the wave of first-time homebuyers hitting the market this summer has resulted in

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Apr 16 2019 53828 1

Homeowners: Now Is A Good Time To Sell Your HouseEvery month, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) releases their Seller Traffic Index as a part of their Realtors

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Apr 4 2019 53828 1

3 Graphs that Show What You Need to Know About Today’s Real Estate Market The Housing Market has been a hot-topic in the news lately. Depending on which media outlet you watch, it can start

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Apr 2 2019 53828 1

5 Reasons To Sell Your House This Spring! Here are five compelling reasons listing your home for sale this spring makes sense. 1. Demand Is Strong The latest Buyer Traffic Index 

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5 Reasons Why Now Is A Good Time To List Your Home

1. Demand Is StrongThe latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains strong throughout the vast majority of the

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Homes Are Now Equity Rich

25% of Homes with a Mortgage are Now Equity Rich! Rising home prices have been in the news a lot lately and much of the focus has been on whether home prices are accelerating too,

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Real Estate Reality Tv Myths Explained

5 Real Estate Reality TV Myths Explained Have you ever been flipping through the channels, only to find yourself glued to the couch in an HGTV binge session? We’ve all been there,

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Jul 26 2018 53828 1

4 Reasons Why We Are Not Heading Toward Another Housing Bubble With home prices continuing to appreciate above historic levels, some are concerned that we may be heading for another

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Thinking Of Selling Your Home

Lack of Listings Slowing Down the Market As the real estate market continues to move down the road to a complete recovery, we see home values and home sales increasing while distressed sales

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Staging Your Home To Sell Is So Important

Want to Sell Your House Faster? Don’t Forget to Stage! [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights: The National Association of Realtors surveyed their members & released the findings of their 

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Jul 12 2018 53828 1

Rising Interest Rates Have Not Dampened Demand Since the beginning of the year, mortgage interest rates have risen over a half of a percentage point (from 3.95% to 4.52%), according &

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Top 4 Home Renovations For Max Roi

Top 4 Home Renovations for Max ROI [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights: Whether you are selling your home, just purchased your first home or are a homeowner planning to stay put

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Follow These Easy Steps When Presenting An Offer

4 Steps to Follow When Presenting an Offer in Today’s Market! So, you’ve been searching for that perfect house to call a ‘home,’ and you’ve finally found it! The price is,

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Inventory Continues To Stay Low

Drop in Inventory Fuels Sales Slowdown [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights: Existing Home Sales are now at an annual pace of 5.46 million. Inventory of existing homes for

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May 9 2018 53828 1

What If I Wait Until Next Year to Buy a Home? We recently shared that national home prices have increased by 6.7% year-over-year. Over that same time period, interest rates have

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Call Me Today To List Your Home

How Much Has Your Home Increased in Value Over the Last Year? Home values have risen dramatically over the last twelve months. In CoreLogic’s most recent Home

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8 Secrets For Saving When Buying Your Home

8 Secrets For Saving Thousands When Buying Your Next HomeIf you’re like most people, the decision to buy a home involves a number of stresses and strains.  And even experienced

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Check Out My Current Blog

Short of a war or stock market crash…” This month, Arch Mortgage Insurance released their spring Housing and Mortgage Market Review. The report explained that an

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Getting PreApproved Should Always Be Your First Step

Getting Pre-Approved Should Always Be Your First Step In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes greatly outnumbers the number of

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Step By Step To Get Your House Ready To Sell

20 Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale This Spring  Highlights: When listing your house for sale your top goal will be to get the home sold for the best price

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Contact Me To Buy Or List Your Home

A Tale of Two Markets [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights: A trend that has been emerging for some time now is the contrast between inventory & demand in the Premium & Luxury

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Check Out My Latest Blog

The COST of Your Next Home Will Be LESS Than Your Parents’ Home WasThere is no doubt that the price of a home in most regions of the country is greater now than at any time in

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Now Is The Time To List List With Me

House Prices: Simply a Matter of Supply & DemandWhy are home prices still rising? It is a simple answer. There are more purchasers in the market right now than there are available homes for them to

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I Am A Certified American Warrior Real Estate Professional

  VA Loans by the Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights: Since the creation of the VA Home Loans Program, 22 million veterans have been able to achieve the American

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Still Wondering If Now Is Is The Right Time To Buy Your Home

NOT Owning Your Home Can Cost You a Lot of Money! Monday April 2nd, 2018  Buying Myths, First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Move-Up Buyers, Rent vs. BuyOwning a

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The Cost Of Renting VS Buying Today

   The Cost of Renting vs. Buying Today [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a tough decision.

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Mar 28 2018 53828 1

Be Thankful You Don’t Have to Pay Your Parents’ Interest Rate!Interest rates hovered around 4% for the majority of 2017, which gave many buyers relief from rising home prices and helped with

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Mar 23 2018 53828 1

20 Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]Highlights: When listing your house for sale your top goal will be to get the home sold for the best price possible! There

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Is A Major Home Renovation Worth It In The Long Run

Is a Major Home Renovation Worth It in the Long Run? Last week, we shared “7 Factors To Consider When Choosing A Home To Retire In.” For some homeowners, these

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4 Reasons Spring Is A Great Time To Buy A Home

 4 Reasons Spring is a Great Time to Buy a Home! Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s 

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Sell Now Before Spring

The #1 Reason to Sell Now Before Spring The price of any item (including residential real estate) is determined by ‘supply and demand.’ If many people are looking to buy an item and the

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Considering Selling

If You’re Considering Selling, ACT NOW!!Definitely an aggressive headline. However, as the final data on the 2017 housing market rolls in, we can definitely say one thing: If you are considering

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The Benefits Of Homeownership

The Benefits of Homeownership Go Beyond the FinancialHomeownership is a major part of the American Dream. As evidence of that, 91% of Americans believe that owning a home is either essential

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What Is The Cost Of Waiting

What is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy? We recently shared that over the course of the last 12 months, home prices have appreciated by 7.0%. Over the same amount

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Owning A Home Is A Great Way To Build Family Wealth

Net Worth of Homeowners 44X Greater than Renters Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts their Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all

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Renting Vs Buying

Buying Remains Cheaper Than Renting in 39 States! In the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia, they explained that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a

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Competition Is Coming

Thinking of Selling your Home? Competition is ComingThe number of building permits issued for single-family homes is the best indicator of how many newly built homes will rise over the next few

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Now Is A Good Time To Sell

More Americans Say Now is a Good Time to Sell!Recently released data from Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey revealed that rising home prices were the catalyst behind an eight

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Grow Your Family Wealth

How Your Home’s Value Grows Your Family’s WealthOver the next five years, home prices are expected to appreciate 3.64% per year on average and to grow by 18.4% cumulatively, according

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Homes Are Selling Quickly

Homes Are Selling Quickly NationwideThe National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released their latest Existing Home Sales Report, which revealed that homes were on the

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Millennial Homeownership

Millennial Homeownership Rate Increases Recent headlines exclaimed the homeownership rate, as reported by the Census Bureau, rose again in the second quarter of 2017.

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Buying Is Now 331 Cheaper Than Renting In The US

Buying Is Now 33.1% Cheaper Than Renting in the US The results of the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia show that homeownership remains cheaper than

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More Americans Chose To Own A Home Than Rent In Q1

More Americans Chose to Own a Home Than Rent in Q1According to the latest report from the US Census Bureau, more Americans chose purchasing a home over signing a lease to rent in the

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2017 The Year To Move Up

Is 2017 the Year to Move Up to Your Dream Home? If So, Do It Early!  Monday May 8th, 2017  For Buyers, Interest Rates, Move-Up BuyersIf you are considering moving up to

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Buying A Home Do You Know The Lingo

Buying a Home? Do You Know the Lingo?Buying a home can be intimidating if you are not familiar with the terms used during the process. To start you on your path with confidence, we have compiled a

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Current Pace Of Home Sales

Is the Current Pace of Home Sales Maintainable?There are some experts questioning whether the current pace of residential home sales is maintainable. Are too many people buying homes like in 2004

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Tax Return Depressing Owning A Home Could Help

Tax Return Depressing? Owning a Home Could Help  Thursday April 20th, 2017  First Time Home Buyers, For BuyersMany Americans got some depressing news last week; either their

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Connection Between Home Prices And Family Wealth

The Connection Between Home Prices & Family Wealth Over the next five years, home prices are expected to appreciate 3.22% per year on average and to grow by 17.3% cumulatively,

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How Long Do Most Families Stay In Their Home

How Long Do Most Families Stay in Their Home?The National Association of Realtors (NAR) keeps historical data on many aspects of homeownership. One of the data points that has changed

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