Andrea Semanko's Blog Posts

Number of Home Buyers Growing Across the Country

There is a marked increase in the number of people looking for homes this Fall. Figures show an increased demand for residential real estate in all four regions of the United States. 

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Conquering the Fear When it Comes to the Mortgage Process

Many potential buyers avoid participating in the real estate market because they’re not sure about the process of buying a home – specifically when it comes to approaching the prospect

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The Veterans Administration Celebrates 75 Years of VA Home Loan Benefits

Happy Veterans Day to all those who have served our country in times of war and times of peace. We thank them for their sacrifice and service to our country!This year we celebrate the 75th 

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Demand is Up Supply is Down What does that mean for you?

In the real estate market, Demand (people looking for homes) is up, and Supply (the number of listings for sale) is down. When the circumstances read that demand rises beyond supply, homes

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Keys to Selling Your House Quickly

Is it time to sell your house? We should talk about how to get it sold quickly. Here are three suggestions to begin the process.;

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Now Might Be a Great Time to Consider a New Construction Home

Once you've made the decision to buy a house, a number of decisions will follow. What kind of house are you hoping to find?  Would you like a house that is being built where you can have input?

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Washington State Will Actually Observe Daylight Savings Time- Despite A State Decision Not To

If you kind of remember that we had some kind of a decision that seemed to make sense last Spring, you are not wrong. So just in case you're wondering. Sunset will happen before 5 pm Monday,

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Are You In a Buyer's or Seller's Market?

There are differing advantages for buyers and sellers depending on which segment of the market you consider, you need an expert with your interests in mind to navigate the ever-changing landscape.

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House Prices Rise in Every Price Range, However The Amount of Increase Varies

In their Home Price Index (HPI) Report Corelogic found,“National home prices increased 3.6% year over year in July 2019 and are forecast to increase 5.4% from July 2019 to July 2020.;

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A Multigenerational Home Might Be an Option. Here's Why!

Generations United reports that the number of multigenerational households increased from 42.4 million in 2000 to 64 million in 2016. According to the 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and

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Concerned About Home Prices Going Through the Roof? What About Rents?

There is a lot of discussion surrounding the increased value of residential real estate since the real estate market began to improve in 2012. Yet, by comparison, there is little in the news about

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Don't Get Spooked Along the Path to Becoming a Homeowner!

The housing market is complex with many twists and turns along the way to your dream house. Having the right real estate broker to lead the way is critical! Let's meet so you don't "get spooked" by

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What You Don't Know Can Hold You Back! Get the Facts

In Short:A good number of homebuyers mistakenly believe a 780 FICO® score and a 20% down payment are necessary to qualify to buy a home. This prevents many people from even taking the

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Delightful Mount Vernon Mid Century Home! Contact us for a showing!

Click here to see more pictures and detailed information.Schedule a ShowingSearch All Homes For SaleMount Vernon Homes For SaleFree Home ValuesAndrea SemankoSemanko Realty Group360-840-9309Questions

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Who is Happier? Homeowners or Renters?

In the discussion regarding homeownership and the American Dream, much of the conversation concerns the monetary aspects of owning a house. Yet, recent studies show that the benefits that are non

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The Housing Market is on the Rebound and Here's Why

For most of the year, the residential real estate market has been plodding along. It is apparent from three recent reports that the market may be on the edge of a rebound:1.  In the past two

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The Ins and Outs of HOAs

When considering your new home, you may end up finding a place in a neighborhood with a Homeowners Association (HOA). Before you fall in love, it’s critical to understand how the HOA for this

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This is NOT the 2008 Real Estate Market and Here's Why

Economists are not clear on when the next recession will happen. However there are some major differences that exist that differentiate this real estate market from the one in 2008. These

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62% of People Have the Misinformation Holding Them Back From Owning a Home

According to Nerdwallet's ‘2019 Home Buyer Report’, many prospective home buyers mistakenly believe that it requires a 20% down payment to buy a home in today’s market:&ldquo

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Why You Need a More than a Guide, You Need a Real Estate Sherpa

In any real estate transaction, regardless of whether you are buying or selling a home, you need an experienced professional to help you navigate the process. You need someone you can call on who

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The Question to Buy Now or Wait Until Next Year to Buy a House

You can identify the “cost of waiting to buy” by determining the additional funds you will need to buy a home if interest rates and home prices continue to increase over time.Freddie Mac

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October 2019 By the Numbers

This just in- National Housing Market Numbers! If you think it might be a good time to make a move, let's get together to talk about what the numbers look like on a local level!

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The Next Generation of Home Buyers: Gen Z

So much has been written about Millennials, but what about Gen Z? Simple math tells us that in the next 5 years, this generation will be between the ages of 23 and 28.  They are interested in

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Would You Like to Be in a New Home Before the Holidays?

Leaves are turning, Pumpkin Farms are filled with families and produce, kids are settled into school. Yes, it is undeniable that Fall is well underway. In the real estate market, inventory is

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NAR's Exisitng-Home Sales Report Highlights Favorable Time for Home Sellers

In any market, the best time to sell would be when demand for that item increases and the supply of that item lowers. The current Existing-Home Sales Report shared by the 

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Building Your Net Worth- The Importance of Home Ownership

The most important route to wealth isn't through purchasing CDs or stocks or even building your savings account. Economist Jonathan Eggleston and Survey Statistician Donald Hays, both

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Your FICO Score Might Be Good Enough to Qualify for a Mortgage- Might Want to Check!

According to CNBC, the average national FICO® score topped it's highest point of 706.  This is excellent news for buyers.  Your current score might be high enought to

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Now Might Be the Best Time to Use Your Equity to Move up to the Home of Your Dreams

According to the current market trend this a great time to move up to the home of your dreams and to use your equity as a way to make that happen! Let's have a conversation about the amount of

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Where to position your home in the market for the greatest success

Currently, more houses are going on the market than in past years. The backlog of buyers are entering the market, so setting a considered price for your house is one of the most important things you

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Tips for Improving Your Home's Energy Efficiency

When you own your own home, it is essential to maintain your home efficiently, this not only saves you money but also protects the environment. Today is Energy Efficiency Day, which means

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Whose Equity Are You Building? Yours or Your Landlords?

A "forced savings plan" is one of the most important benefits of homeownership. In a nutshell: You pay your mortgage. Each month, a part of that mortgage goes to pay down your loan balance.

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House Prices Continue to Rise but the Amount Varies Depending on The Price Point

As stated in CoreLogic’s Home Price Index (HPI) Report,“National home prices increased 3.6% year over year in July 2019 and are forecast to increase 5.4% from July 2019 to July.&

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The Smartest Move You Can Make Before You Buy Your New Home

When you are ready to buy a house, gathering the right professionals to help you is one of the most important decisions you can make. In a competitive market with limited inventory, your agent can

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Applying for a Mortgage? Here is a List of "What Not to Do!"

Well Done! You have finally found your new home and have applied for a mortgage! You’re getting progressively more excited about the chance to decorate your new home, but before you go,

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Speculating about a Dip in House Values

Uncertainty is part of our world right now and many people are waiting to see what will happen. Will there be a recession? Will house prices go up or down? Will mortgage rates go up again? Timing

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September Housing Data- by the numbers

Here is a bit for the number crunchers! We remain in a sweet spot for buying and selling your home. Low-interest rates continue to make buying a house possible for more people. Increased median home

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Allowing Buyers to Connect with Your Home

So, you've signed the listing agreement and have your real estate professional ready to open the door and allow others to come into your home. How much access is really necessary? How safe will your

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Projections are that Home Sales Will Continue to Rise in 2020

While the future remains unwritten, the experts gather data to provide the best possible guess regarding the next year. In Housing that means Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and the 

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Property Taxes and Your Mortgage

Property taxes are one of the items that can have a significant impact on your mortgage payment. This question should be addressed for every home that makes the list. What is the local and state

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Homeownership and the American Dream?

Homeownership and Thoughts about Labor DayThis week, we celebrated Labor Day. More than a day off, Labor Day is a good day to evaluate the purpose and focus of our labor. For many of us, that means

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Everybody Calm Down! This Is NOT 2008

Last week realtor.com released the results of a survey that produced three major revelations:53% of home purchasers (first-time and repeat buyers) currently in the market believe

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American Confidence in Housing at an All-Time High

Fannie Mae just released the July edition of their Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI). The HPSI takes information regarding consumers’ confidence in the real estate market&

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5 Reasons to Sell This Fall

Below are 5 compelling reasons listing your home for sale this fall makes sense.1. Demand Is StrongThe latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR)

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What’s the Latest on Interest Rates?

Mortgage rates have fallen by over a full percentage point since Q4 of 2018, settling at near-historic lows. This is big news for buyers looking to get more for their money in the current housing

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Experts Predict a Strong Housing Market for the Rest of 2019

We’re in the back half of the year, and with a decline in interest rates as well as home price and wage appreciation, many are wondering what the predictions are for the remainder of 2019.Here

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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, watching entire seasons of shows like &ldquo

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5 Easy Steps to Avoid Overwhelm from Media Overload

When someone is thinking about buying or selling a home, they want to be well-informed. They want to make the right decision for themselves and their family. They scour the internet for any

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Seniors Are on the Move in the Real Estate Market

Did you know August 21st is National Senior Citizens Day? According to the United States Census, we honor senior citizens today because, “Throughout our history, older

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Housing Supply Not Keeping Up with Population Increase

Many buyers are wondering where to find houses for sale in today’s market. It’s a true dilemma. We see an increase in buyer demand, but the supply available for purchase isn’t

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A Great Way to Increase Your Family’s Net Worth

Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts its Survey of Consumer Finances. Data is collected across all economic and social groups. The latest survey data covers 2013-2016.The

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Buying a Home: Do You Know the Lingo?

Some Highlights:Buying a home can be intimidating if you’re not familiar with the terms used throughout the process.To point you in the right direction, here’s a list of some of the most

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Busting the Myth About a Housing Affordability Crisis

It seems you can’t find a headline with the term “housing affordability” without the word “crisis” attached to it. That’s because some only consider the fact that

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What is Important to Boomers when Selling their House?

If you are a “baby boomer” (born between 1946 and 1964), you may be thinking about selling your current home. Your children may have finally moved out. Your large, four-bedroom house

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How Homeownership Delivers Unsurpassed Family Wealth

There are many financial benefits to homeownership, but probably none more important than its ability to create family wealth.How Housing Matters is a joint project of the Urban Land

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4 Reasons to Buy A Home This Summer

Here are four reasons to consider buying today instead of waiting.1. Prices Will Continue to RiseCoreLogic’s latest U.S. Home Price Insights reports that home prices have

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The Ultimate Truth about Housing Affordability

There have been many headlines decrying an “affordability crisis” in the residential real estate market. While it is true that buying a home is less affordable than it had been over the

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The Top Reasons to Own Your Home

Some Highlights:June is National Homeownership Month!Now is a great time to reflect on the many benefits of homeownership that go way beyond the financial.What reasons do you have to own your own

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2 Things You Need to Know to Properly Price Your Home

In today’s housing market, home prices are increasing at a slower pace (3.7%) than they have over the last eight years (6-7%). However, they are still are above historical norms. Low supply of

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4 Most Popular Bottom Line Investments in America

Every year, Gallup surveys Americans to determine their choice for the best long-term investment. Respondents are given a choice between real estate, stocks, gold, and savings.

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The Impact Staging Your Home Has On Your Sale Price

Some Highlights:The National Association of Realtors surveyed their members & released the findings of their Profile of Home Staging.62% of seller’s agents say that staging

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Boomerang Buyers: Don’t Be Afraid to Buy a Home Again!

According to CoreLogic, from 2006 to 2014 “there were 7.3 million housing foreclosures and 1.9 million short sales.” The hesitation some Americans feel after experiencing a

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Are Older Generations Really Not Selling Their Homes?

Many studies suggest one of the main reasons for the inventory shortage in today’s market of homes for sale is that older generations have chosen to “age in place” over

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Starting the Search for Your Dream Home? Here Are 5 Tips!

In today’s real estate market, low inventory dominates the conversation in many areas of the country. It can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren’t prepared.In a

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Top Days to List Your Home for Sale

Some Highlights:ATTOM Data Solutions conducted an analysis of more than 29 million single family home and condo sales over the past eight years to determine the top days to list your

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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 numbers are closer to 4%. Some have

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New Research Shows Housing Is Affordable For First-Time Buyers

Home prices have been on the rise for the last seven years, leading many housing market analysts to conclude that first-time homebuyers are being shut out of the market due to affordability concerns

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The Benefits of a 20% Down Payment

If you are in the market to buy a home this year, you may be confused about how much money you need to come up with for your down payment. Many people you talk to will tell you that you need to save

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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 who have made similar purchases about their,

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The Cost of Renting vs. Buying This Spring

Some Highlights:Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a tough decision.Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (27.7%).

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What Would Make You Sell Your House?

There are many reasons why a homeowner decides to sell their house and move. The latest Generational Trends Report from the National Association of Realtors asked recent home

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Your Fabulous New Dream Home is Now Available

Over the last several years, many “baby boomers” have undergone a metamorphosis. Their children have finally moved out and they can now dream about their own future. For many, a change

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How Quickly Can You Save Your Down Payment?

Saving for a down payment is often the biggest hurdle for a first-time homebuyer. Depending on where you live, median income, median rents, and home prices all vary. So, we set out to find out how

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Existing Home Sales Slow to Start Spring

Some Highlights:Existing Home Sales slowed to an annual pace of 5.21 million home sales in March.Low inventory levels are still impacting home sales! The current month’s supply of homes

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Renters Paying Substantially More While Owning Costs Less

In a recent Insights Blog, CoreLogic reported that rent prices have skyrocketed since 2005. Meanwhile, the typical mortgage payment has actually decreased.“CoreLogic’s

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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 contradict each other. Some claim this generation is becoming the largest

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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 an interesting statistic. Nearly 60% of buyers searching

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5 Reasons Why Millennials Buy a Home

I would put these as the primary reasons for a person of any age to find the option of owning a home for themselves and their family. For the most part, I find that over time this decision of

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Buyer Demand Surging as Spring Market Begins

Last fall, some predicted that the 2019 residential real estate market would be a disaster. There was even belief we might experience a housing crash like the one that occurred during the last.

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Are Low Interest Rates Here to Stay?

Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage have been on the decline since November, now reaching lows last seen in January 2018. According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary

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Homeowners: Now Is A Good Time To Sell Your House

Every month, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) releases their Seller Traffic Index as a part of their Realtors Confidence Index. In the latest release, NAR reported

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3 Questions You Need To Ask Before Buying A Home

If you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are probably getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family have your best interests at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs

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Slaying the Largest Homebuying Myths Today

Some Highlights:The average down payment for first-time homebuyers is only 6%!Mortgage interest rates have been on the decline since November! Hop in now to lock in a low rate!88% of property

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Home Value Appreciation Stops Falling, Begins to Stabilize

The percentage of home price appreciation on a year-over-year basis has decreased each month for over a year. The question was how far annual appreciation would fall. It seems we may now have the

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Home Buyer Demand Will Be Strong for Years to Come

There has been a lot written about millennials and their preference to live in city centers above their favorite pizza place. Some have even gone so far as to say that millennials are a &ldquo

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Why Pet-Friendly Homes Are in High Demand

One of the many benefits of owning your own home is the freedom to find your ‘furever’ friend. By pointing out the aspects of your home that make it ‘pet-friendly

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Things to Consider When Considering A Retirement House

As more and more baby boomers enter retirement age, the question of whether they should sell their homes and move has become a hot topic. In today’s housing market climate, with low available

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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 to be a bit confusing to understand what’s really going on with interest

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Looking to Upgrade Your Current Home? Now’s the Time to Move-Up!

In every area of the country, homes that are priced at the top 25% of the price range for that area are considered to be Premium Homes. In today’s real estate market there are deals to be

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Homebuyers Shouldn’t Worry About 2008 All Over Again

Last week, realtor.com released a survey of active home shoppers (those who plan to purchase their next home in 1 year or less). The survey asked their opinion on an impending

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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 StrongThe latest Buyer Traffic Index from the National Association of Realtors 

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10 Steps to Buying a Home

Some Highlights:If you are thinking of buying a home, you may not know where to start.Here is a simple list of 10 steps that you will go through to purchase a home.Make sure to ask your agent for

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Data Says April is the Best Month to List Your Home for Sale

The spring housing market is off to the races! The inventory of homes for sale is increasing, buyers are out in force, and interest rates have remained low, piquing the interest of buyers and

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The Enormous Divide Between the Headline and the Truth

“I have observed that not the man who hopes when others despair, but the man who despairs when others hope, is admired by a large class of persons as a sage.” – John Stuart

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Your Tax Refund Is The Key To Homeownership!

According to data released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Americans can expect an estimated average refund of $3,143 this year when filing their taxes. This is down

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20 Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale This Spring

Some Highlights:When listing your house for sale, your top goal will be to get the home sold for the best price possible!There are many small projects that you can do to ensure this happens!Your

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Is Your House Priced To Sell Immediately (PTSI)?

In today’s real estate market, with more houses coming to market every day and eager buyers searching for their dream home, setting the right price for your house is one of the most important

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Do 46 Million Millennials Know They Are Mortgage Ready?

Many have written about the millennial generation and whether or not they, as a whole, believe in homeownership as part of attaining the American Dream.Millennials have taken longer to obtain

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What Credit Score Do You Need To Buy A House?

There are many misconceptions about the credit score needed to buy a house. Recently, it was reported that 24% of renters believe they need a 780-800 credit score to be considered for a

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Want To Increase Your Family’s Wealth? Here’s How!

Everyone should realize that unless you are living somewhere rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. Buying your own home provides you with a

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Don’t Let Your Luck Run Out! Buy A Home This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights:Interest Rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage have dropped to 4.41% from near 5% in 2018.Take advantage of more inventory coming to market in the spring to find your dream home

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Homeownership is a Cornerstone of the American Dream

“The rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated.”The famous quote attributed to Mark Twain can apply to homeownership in the United States today. During the housing bubble of the last

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What’s Going On with Bidding Wars?

In a strong seller’s market, like the one we have experienced over the past few years, bidding wars are common and expected. This makes sense! A seller’s market is defined as a

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4 Reasons to Buy a Home in the Spring

Spring has sprung, and it’s a great time to buy a home! Here are four reasons to consider buying today instead of waiting.1. Prices Will Continue to RiseCoreLogic’s latest U.S. Home

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Preparing to Spring Forward

Some Highlights:In the majority of the country, this weekend marks the start of Daylight Savings Time as we set our clocks forward an hour on Sunday.Whether you plan on buying or selling this,

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Why an Economic Slowdown Will NOT Crush Real Estate this Time

Last week, the National Association for Business Economics released their February 2019 Economic Policy Survey. The survey revealed that a majority of the panel believe an economic

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2 Reports That Say Now Is a Great Time to Sell

Heading into the spring buying market, there are strong trends starting to emerge.The inventory of homes for sale has increased on a year-over-year basis for eight months in a row. Home price

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How to Have a Unique Open House

According to the National Association of Realtors, total inventory has been growing for six months straight, as has the number of buyers looking to find their dream.

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The Housing Market Will “Spring Forward” This Year!

Just like our clocks this weekend, in the majority of the country, the housing market will soon “spring forward!” Similar to tension in a spring, the lack of inventory;

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Home Prices Up 5.73% Across the Country!

Some Highlights:The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their latest Quarterly Home Price Index report.In the report, home prices are compared both

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No Worries… Home Prices Coming in for a SOFT Landing

Home prices have appreciated considerably over the last five years. This has some concerned that we may be in for another dramatic correction. However, recent statistics suggest home values will not

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Interest Rates Hit New 12 Month Low!

According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage are currently at their lowest for 2019. Rates like these haven’t

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What are the Benefits of Becoming a Homeowner?

Every family has a list of important dates. We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, pet adoptions…and the list goes on. For 64.4 percent of households in the United States, this list

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How Can I Increase My Family’s Net Worth?

Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts its Survey of Consumer Finances. Data is collected across all economic and social groups. The latest survey data covers 2013-2016.The

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3 Tips for Making Your Dream of Buying A Home Come True

Some Highlights:Setting up an automatic savings plan that saves a small amount of every check is one of the best ways to save without thinking too much about it.Living within a budget right now will

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3 Reasons Why We Are Not Heading Toward Another Housing Crash

With home prices softening, some are concerned that we may be headed toward the next housing crash. However, it is important to remember that today’s market is quite different than the bubble

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Why A Normal Market is Just What We Need

The housing market has been hot for a while now. Homes have been flying off the shelves as fast as they have been listed. Buyers have been competing in bidding wars just to find a home to buy, let

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2019 Will Be a Great Year for Buyers AND Sellers

Many homeowners believe that rising interest rates and home prices have scared away buyers and therefore have not listed their houses for sale. However, the truth is that buyers

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Millionaire To Millennials: Don’t Get Stuck Renting A Home… Buy One!

In a CNBC article, self-made millionaire David Bach explained that: “The biggest mistake millennials are making is not buying their first home.” He goes on to say, 

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Why Homeownership Matters Now More Than Ever

Study after study shows that no matter what generation Americans belong to, the vast majority believe that homeownership is an important part of their American Dream. The benefits of homeownership

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How To List Your Home for the Best Price

If your plan for 2019 includes selling your home, you will want to pay attention to where experts believe home values are headed. According to the latest Home Price Index from 

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Thinking of Selling Your House? This is a Perfect Time!

It is common knowledge that a great number of homes sell during the spring buying season. For that reason, many homeowners hold off putting their homes on the market until then. The

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5 Reasons to Love Hiring A Real Estate Pro

Highlights:Hiring a real estate professional to guide you through the process of buying a home or selling your house can be one of the best decisions you make!They are there for you to help with

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How to Get a Better Perspective on Affordability

Headlines spotlight the fact that buying a home is less affordable today than it was at any other time in more than a decade. Those headlines are accurate.Understandably, buying a home is more

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The KonMari Method: Helping You Prep Your House For Sale

One of the biggest challenges sellers face when listing their house is decluttering. Cleaning out some of the more personal decorating choices allows buyers to imagine themselves living in the house

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Congratulations to SaraBeth Owens at Semanko Realty Group on 2019 Gold Award of Excellence!

Semanko Realty Group, LLCCongratulations to SaraBeth Owens for achieving a 2019 Gold Award of Excellence from the North Puget Sound Association of Realtors NPSAR. We love celebrating when

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One More Time… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a Home

One More Time… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a HomeThe largest obstacle renters face when planning to buy a home is saving for a down payment. This challenge is amplified by rising rents,

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Whose Mortgage Do You Want to Pay? Yours or Your Landlord’s?

There are some people who haven’t purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. However, everyone should realize that unless you are living with your

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Do You Know How Much Your Home Has Increased in Value?

Last year we saw headlines about a possible housing market bubble, and many wondered if Americans still felt confident about the value of their homes. Recently, the 2018 Houzz & Home Study

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4 Proven Ways Real Estate Can Build Sizable Family Wealth

Recently, David Greene, co-host of the BiggerPockets podcast and a nationally renowned author and speaker, wrote an article in Forbes explaining how investing in real estate

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Is Student Loan Debt A Threat to Homeownership? No!

Over the course of the last thirty years, a shift has happened. An entire generation has been raised to believe that a college education is their key to unlocking opportunities that were not

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Why It Makes No Sense to Wait for Spring to Sell

The price of any item (including residential real estate) is determined by the theory of ‘supply and demand.’ If many people are looking to buy an item and the supply of that item is

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Think You Should For Sale By Owner? Think Again!

Some Highlights:For Sale By Owner (FSBO) is the process of selling real estate without the representation of a real estate broker or real estate agent.According to the National Association

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3 Things You Need in a Shifting Real Estate Market

Whether you are thinking of selling your house or buying a home, today’s real estate headlines can be confusing – perhaps even concerning. What is actually happening with mortgage rates?

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The Importance of Homeownership to the American Dream

For centuries, people in this country have seen homeownership as part of the American Dream. Whether they were born here or immigrated from another country, they wanted to own a piece of America.

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Do You Prefer the Charm of an Existing Home?

When homebuyers begin their research, they want to see all their available options! In many cases, they will include both new construction and existing homes in their search; but is a new

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The Difference Having a Professional on Your Side Makes

In today’s fast-paced world, where answers are a Google search away, there are some who may wonder what the benefits of hiring a real estate professional to help them in their home

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Last Chance! Homes are a Bargain Compared to Historic Norms

A loaf of bread used to be a nickel. A movie ticket was a dime.  Not anymore. Houses were also much less expensive than they are now. Inflation raised the price of all three of those items,

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Selling Your Home? Make Sure the Price is Right!

If you’ve ever watched “The Price is Right,” you know that the only way to win is to be the one to correctly guess the price of the item you want without going over! That

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Buying a Home Young is the Key to Building Wealth

Homeowners who purchase their homes before the age of 35 are better prepared for retirement at age 60, according to a new Urban Institute study. The organization surveyed adults who turned

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Buying a House This Year? This Should Be Your 1st Step!

In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers

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The Best Time to List Your House? TODAY!

You may have heard that the housing market is softening. There is no doubt that buyer traffic has decreased. There are fewer purchasers in the market than there were last month and at this time last

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Buying A Vacation Property? Now is a Good Time!

Buying A Vacation Property? Now Is A Good Time!Every year around this time, many homeowners begin the process of preparing their homes in case of extreme winter weather. Some others skip winter all

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Want to Get the Most Money from the Sale of Your Home? Use These 2 Tips!

Want to Get the Most Money from The Sale of Your Home? Use These 2 Tips!Every homeowner wants to make sure they maximize their financial reward when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that

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Belief in Homeownership as an Investment is Far from Dead

Following last year’s real estate market was like riding a rollercoaster. The market started off strong in 2018 and then softened before finishing with a mild flurry. However, one thing

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Excited About Buying A Home This Year? Here’s What to Watch

As we kick off the new year, many families have made resolutions to enter the housing market in 2019. Whether you are thinking of finally ditching your landlord and buying your first home or selling

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Happy New Years and Welcome 2019!

Here’s to a Wonderful 2019!We hope 2019 is a great year for you, both personally and!

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How to Save Thousands of Dollars in Interest on Your Mortgage

One of the most common loans you can get to buy a home is a 30-year fixed rate mortgage. If the thought of paying for your home over the course of 30-years seems daunting, here are some easy ways to

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Buyers Are Looking for Your Home, Now

Some Highlights:Existing home sales are currently at an annual pace of 5.32 million and have increased on a monthly basis for the last two months.The inventory of existing homes for sale remains

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Homeownership Remains a Huge Part of the American Dream

As we head into 2019, many news outlets and housing experts warn that the housing market may slow down. Over the last six years, the inventory of homes for sale has been near historic lows, which

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4 Quick Reasons NOT to Fear a Housing Crash

There is a lot of uncertainty regarding the real estate market heading into 2019. That uncertainty has raised concerns that we may be headed toward another housing crash like the one we experienced

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Why Houses DO NOT Sell in a Strong Market

As we approach the end of the year, many homeowners find themselves asking the question, “If we’re currently in a strong real estate market, why won’t my house sell?;

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5 Reasons to Sell This Winter!

Here are five reasons listing your home for sale this winter makes sense.1. Demand Is StrongThe latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows

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Why Selling Your House in the Winter Works

4 Reasons to Sell Your House This Winter [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights:Buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of homes for sale which means that buyers are often competing with one another for

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No Bubble Here! How New Mortgage Standards Are Helping

Real estate is shifting to a more normal market; the days of national home appreciation topping 6% annually are over and inventories are increasing which is causing bidding wars to almost disappear.

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Is it the right time for you to get your house on the market?

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4 Reasons to Buy A Home This Winter!

Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting.1. Prices Will Continue to RiseCoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insight report revealed that home

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Home Prices Up Over 7% in the Pacific States over 10% in Washington State

Home Prices Up 6.34% Across the Country! [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights:The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their latest Quarterly Home Price Index 

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Proving It is Not 2008 All Over Again

Further Proof It's NOT 2008 All Over AgainHome sales numbers are leveling off, the rate of price appreciation has slowed to more historically normal averages, and inventory is finally increasing. We

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The #1 Reason Not to Wait for Spring to Sell Your House

Many sellers believe that spring is the best time to place their homes on the market because buyer demand traditionally increases at that time of year, but what they don’t realize is that if

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Strategies for Creating Harmony During Thanksgiving Dinner and More

We often think of Thanksgiving as a time when we relax with family and friends, stuff ourselves silly — and maybe apologize for burning the casserole. But aside from all the revelry,

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Women Are Prioritizing Real Estate Investments

Women Are Making It a Priority to Invest in Real Estate!Everyone wants a place to call home; a place that gives them a sense of security. We are currently seeing major interest from females who want

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7 Reasons to List Your House During the Holidays

7 Reasons to List Your House For Sale This Holiday SeasonEvery year at this time there are many homeowners who decide to wait until after the holidays to list their homes for the first time, while

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Wage Increases Make Home Buying More Affordable

Everyone knows that housing affordability has been negatively impacted by rising prices and increasing mortgage rates, but there is another piece to the affordability equation – wages.How much

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Home Sellers in Q3 Netted $61K at Resale

According to a recent report by ATTOM Data Solutions, home sellers who sold their homes in the third quarter of 2018 benefited from rising home prices and netted an average of $61,232

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Are Homeowners Renovating to Sell or Stay?

Over the past few years, two trends have emerged in the housing market:Home renovations have shot upInventory of homes available for sale on the market has droppedA ‘normal’ housing

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How to Honor a Veteran, Today and Everyday

One hundred years ago, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we marked the end of the “war to end all wars.” That day, which was to be observed

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75% of Renters Have Been Misinformed

Recently, multiple headlines have been written asserting that homeownership is less affordable today than at any other time in the last decade. Though the headlines are accurate, they lack context

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Why Has Housing Supply Increased as Sales Have Slowed Down?

According to the latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the inventory of homes for sale this year compared to last year has increased

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5 Tips When Buying a New Construction Home

The lack of existing inventory for sale has forced many homebuyers to begin looking at new construction. When you buy a newly constructed home instead of an existing home, there are many extra steps

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Where are Home Values Headed over the Next Few Years?

There are many questions about where home prices will be next year as well as where they may be headed over the next several years to come. We have gathered the most reliable sources to help answer

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Still Think You Need 15-20% Down to Buy a Home? Think Again!

According to a new study from Urban Institute, there are over 19 million millennials in 31 cities who are not only ready and willing to become homeowners, but are able to as well!Now

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