3 Ways You Can Use Your Home Equity

If you’re a homeowner, odds are your equity has grown significantly over the last few years as home prices skyrocketed and you made your monthly mortgage payments. Home equity builds over time and can help you achieve certain goals. According to the latest Equity Insights Report from CoreLogic, the average borrower with a home loan...

3 Ways You Can Use Your Home Equity

If you’re a homeowner, odds are your equity has grown significantly over the last few years as home prices skyrocketed and you made your monthly mortgage payments. Home equity builds over time and can help you achieve certain goals. According to the latest Equity Insights Report from CoreLogic, the average borrower with a home loan...

Your House Could Be the #1 Item on a Homebuyer’s Wish List During the Holidays

Each year, homeowners planning to make a move are faced with a decision: sell their house during the holidays or wait. And others who have already listed their homes may think about removing their listings and waiting until the new year to go back on the market. The truth is...

Your House Could Be the #1 Item on a Homebuyer’s Wish List During the Holidays

Each year, homeowners planning to make a move are faced with a decision: sell their house during the holidays or wait. And others who have already listed their homes may think about removing their listings and waiting until the new year to go back on the market. The truth is...

Home Sweet Home: The Emotional Benefits of Homeownership [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights While there are many financial perks to owning a home, there are also powerful non-financial benefits to consider if you’re thinking about making a move. Homeownership allows you to express yourself, gives you greater privacy and comfort, enhances your connection to your community and loved ones, and is...

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What Buyers Need To Know About the Inventory of Homes Available for Sale

If you’re thinking about buying a home, you’re likely trying to juggle your needs, current mortgage rates, home prices, your schedule, and more to try to decide if you want to jump into the market. If this sounds like you, here’s one key factor that could help you with your...

What Homeowners Want To Know About Selling in Today’s Market

If you’re thinking about selling your house, you’re likely hearing about the cooling housing market and wondering what that means for you. While it’s not the peak intensity we saw during the pandemic, we’re still in a sellers’ market. That means you haven’t missed your window. Realtor.com explains: “. ....

Mortgage Rates Will Come Down, It’s Just a Matter of Time

This past year, rising mortgage rates have slowed the red-hot housing market. Over the past nine months, we’ve seen fewer homes sold than the previous month as home price growth has slowed. All of this is due to the fact that the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate has doubled this...

Should You Update Your House Before You Sell? Ask a Real Estate Professional. [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights You may be wondering what needs to be renovated before you sell your house. In today’s shifting market, making your house appealing is more important than ever. That’s why it’s essential to lean on a real estate professional who has in-depth knowledge of today’s housing market. They know...

More People Are Finding the Benefits of Multigenerational Households Today

If you’re thinking of buying a home and living with siblings, parents, or grandparents, then multigenerational living may be for you. The Pew Research Center defines a multigenerational household as a home with two or more adult generations. And the number of individuals choosing multigenerational living has increased over the...

Top Questions About Selling Your Home This Winter

There’s no denying the housing market is undergoing a shift this season, and that may leave you with some questions about whether it still makes sense to sell your house. Here are three of the top questions you may be asking – and the data that helps answer them –...

Why It May Be Time To Add Newly Built Homes to Your Search

If 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 time to get back into the market. If you’re willing to work with a trusted agent to consider a newly built home, you may...

Centre County Real Estate Market Update November 4 – 10, 2022

There were 16 new properties that came onto the market, 18 that went sale pending, and 19 properties that closed in Centre County PA last week.  

Home Equity: A Source of Strength for Homeowners Today

Experts agree there’s no chance of a large-scale foreclosure crisis like we saw back in 2008, and that’s good news for the housing market. As Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American, says: “. . . don’t expect a housing bust like the mid-2000s, as lending standards in this housing...

Avoid the Rental Trap

Rents have risen dramatically for over three decades. Let’s connect so you can have expert advice on your side to help you reach your homeownership goals.

Keeping Today’s Housing Market in Perspective Is Key When You Sell

Today’s housing market is cooling from the frenzy it saw over the past two years. Let’s connect so you can have the expert advice you need to sell your house this season.

Equity is the Shining Star of the Housing Market

Today’s mortgage holders have more equity than ever before. Let’s connect to discuss how your equity can help you reach your homebuying goals.

VA Loans: Making Homes for the Brave Achievable [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights VA Loans can help make homeownership possible for those who have served our country. These loans offer great benefits for eligible individuals and can help them buy a VA-approved house or condo, build a new home, or make improvements to their house. Homeownership is the American Dream. One...

VA Loans Can Help Veterans Achieve Their Dream of Homeownership

For over 78 years, Veterans Affairs (VA) home loans have provided millions of veterans with the opportunity to purchase homes of their own. If you or a loved one have served, it’s important to understand this program and its benefits. Here are some things you should know about VA loans...

Key Factors Affecting Home Affordability Today

By Susan Rupert | November 7, 2022

Key Factors Affecting Home Affordability Today | Simplifying The MarketEvery 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 have climbed this year. And while it’s true rates have risen dramatically, it’s important to remember they aren’t the only factor in the affordability equation. Here […]

Homeownership Wins Over Time [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Susan Rupert | November 4, 2022

Some Highlights

If you’re questioning whether or not to buy a home this year due to today’s cooling market, consider the long-term financial benefits of homeownership.
As a homeowner, equity increases your wealth. On average, nationwide, home prices…

Do You Believe Homeownership Is Out of Reach? Maybe It Doesn’t Have To Be.

By Susan Rupert | November 3, 2022

Do You Believe Homeownership Is Out of Reach? Maybe It Doesn’t Have To Be. | Simplifying The MarketIt turns out, millennials aren’t the renter generation after all. The 2022 Consumer Insights Report from Mynd says there’s a portion of millennial and Gen Z buyers who are pursuing homeownership as a way to build their wealth, but it may not be exactly the way previous generations have done it. The study explains how […]

Sell Your House Before the Holidays

By Susan Rupert | November 2, 2022

Sell Your House Before the Holidays | Simplifying The MarketAs you look ahead to the winter season, you’re likely making plans and thinking about what you want to achieve before the year ends. One of those key decision points could be whether or not you want to move this year. If the location or size of your current home no longer meets your needs, […]

Duplex for Sale 40 minutes to State College | $89,000 | Sandy Ridge, PA

By Susan Rupert | November 1, 2022

Nice and bright duplex! Both units feature a large kitchen, dining room and family room with 3 bedrooms and 1 bath upstairs, each with their own independent heating system. One side has been renovated with an updated kitchen and bath, new carpet, new…

3 Trends That Are Good News for Today’s Homebuyers

By Susan Rupert | November 1, 2022

3 Trends That Are Good News for Today’s Homebuyers | Simplifying The MarketWhile higher mortgage rates are creating affordability challenges for homebuyers this year, there is some good news for those people still looking to buy a home. As the market has cooled this year, some of the intensity buyers faced during the peak frenzy of the pandemic has cooled too. Here are just a few trends […]

Taking the Fear out of Saving for a Home

By Susan Rupert | October 31, 2022

Taking the Fear out of Saving for a Home | Simplifying The MarketIf 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 take the fear out of budgeting is understanding some of the costs you might encounter.  And to do that, turn to trusted real estate professionals. […]

Spacious State College Upgraded Home for Sale | $389,900 | State College, PA

By Susan Rupert | October 29, 2022

Spacious home in State College Borough filled with charm and character! This modern and bright home offers an updated kitchen, 2 fully renovated bathrooms, hardwood floors, and plenty of privacy. The main floor features an open living room/dining roo…

Applying for a Mortgage Doesn’t Have To Be Scary [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Susan Rupert | October 28, 2022

Some Highlights

Even with higher mortgage rates, the mortgage process doesn’t need to be something you fear. Here are some steps to help as you set out to buy a home.
Know your credit score and work to build strong credit. When you’re ready, lean o…

Millennials Are Still a Driving Force of Today’s Buyer Demand

By Susan Rupert | October 27, 2022

Millennials Are Still a Driving Force of Today’s Buyer Demand | Simplifying The MarketIf you’re thinking about selling your house but wondering if buyers are still out there, know that there are still people who are searching for a home to buy today. And your house may be exactly what they’re looking for. While the millennial generation has been dubbed the renter generation, that namesake may not be […]

3 Graphs Showing Why Today’s Housing Market Isn’t Like 2008

By Susan Rupert | October 26, 2022

3 Graphs Showing Why Today’s Housing Market Isn’t Like 2008 | Simplifying The MarketWith all the headlines and talk in the media about the shift in the housing market, you might be thinking this is a housing bubble. It’s only natural for those thoughts to creep in that make you think it could be a repeat of what took place in 2008. But the good news is, there’s […]

What Happens to Housing when There’s a Recession?

By Susan Rupert | October 25, 2022

What Happens to Housing when There’s a Recession? | Simplifying The MarketSince the 2008 housing bubble burst, the word recession strikes a stronger emotional chord than it ever did before. And while there’s some debate around whether we’re officially in a recession right now, the good news is experts say a recession today would likely be mild and the economy would rebound quickly. As the 2022 […]

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