Fall housing shifts quickly to a buyer’s market

Mortgage rates are around the lowest in three years, but buyers are suddenly much more cautious about purchasing a home. Competition is cooling, and consequently sellers can no longer command any price. Consumer sentiment in housing did improve in August, according to a monthly survey from Fannie Mae, but only because of a big jump in the share of those…

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10 Tips for Buying Your First Rental Property

Real estate has produced many of the world’s wealthiest people, so there are plenty of reasons to think that property is a sound investment. However, as with any investment, it’s better to be well-versed before diving in with hundreds of thousands of dollars. Arm yourself with the information below before starting a new career as a real estate tycoon. Make Sure It’s for You Do…

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12 Cool Things to Add To Your New Home Build

Note from Ray: The following article was written with a specific housing community in mind, but there are still a lot of great ideas for little luxuries that can truly make a new home into a dream home! When you choose to build a new home at The Highlands in Kelowna, there’s a good chance that you’re going to want…

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21 Things To Do After Moving Into A New House

You’ve followed your moving checklist to plan and organize a very successful move. Now, you’ve safely reached your new home and you can’t wait to mark properly the beginning of this exciting stage in your life. After all, it’s not every day that you get to organize a perfect move without any major hiccups along the way, and on top of that,…

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8 Things You Need to Do Before Moving Into Your New Home

Congratulations! You survived the time- and energy-draining process of buying a home! Now it’s time to enjoy life at your new address. First, make sure you change your address with the USPS. Now, you’re probably looking forward to the clean slate a new house offers. And who can blame you? You get to leave behind the outstanding maintenance chores and un-scrubbed…

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Successfully Negotiating Your Home Inspection Response

Interestingly enough, when it comes to conducting a home inspection, there are those who believe a home inspection is a PASS or FAIL process! Really…that is not the case at all. Some may also view the home inspection response as a way to negotiate a lower price in lieu of work to be done…this too is not the real purpose of…

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2019 Real Estate Trends: What You Need to Know

Okay, 2018 was quite the tease in the housing market. The year started out hot, only to taper off halfway through. But plenty of Americans still traded their For Sale signs for Sold ones, and they’ll usher in the new year from the comfort of their new homes. So will 2019 bring more of the same results? How will the housing market…

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10 Best-Kept Secrets for Buying a Home

Buying Secret #10: Keep Your Money Where It Is It’s not wise to make any huge purchases or move your money around three to six months before buying a new home. You don’t want to take any big chances with your credit profile. Lenders need to see that you’re reliable and they want a complete paper trail so that they…

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When to Sell Your House: 6 Surefire Signs Now Is The Time

When to sell your house is not always the easiest question to answer. Most people don’t plan on living in their first (or second or maybe even third) home forever, but knowing when the time is right to put that baby on the market can be tricky. In fact, it can feel kind of like breaking up with a longtime boyfriend…

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How to Handle Multiple Offers and Bidding Wars on Your Home

Wanting to know how to deal with a bidding war on a house is far more common today than it used to be. When selling a home in a hot market, it is normal to get multiple offers. Sometimes, if the market is hot enough, the offers can start getting quite competitive, with bids going higher and higher. There are…

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Ray Ailstock

Ray Ailstock