Katy Kelly's Blog Posts

Are More Homeowners Selling as Mortgage Rates Come Down

If you’re looking to buy a home, the recent downward trend in mortgage rates is good news because it helps with affordability. But there’s another way this benefits you

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More Jobs and Better Pay Leads to More Buyer Demand

More Jobs and Better Pay Leads to More Buyer DemandThere’s been talk about a recession for quite a while now. But the economy has been remarkably resilient. Why? One reason is employment and

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Home Prices Are Back on the Rise

Home Prices Are Back on the Rise [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsLooking at monthly home price data from six expert sources shows the worst home price declines are behind us, and&

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Renting or Selling Your House: What's the Best Move?

Renting or Selling Your House: What's the Best Move?If you’re a homeowner ready to make a move, you may be thinking about using your current house as a short-term rental property instead of

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Remember and Honor Those Who Gave All

We remember and honor those who gave all.Some

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Why Buying a Vacation Home Beats Renting One This Summer

For many of us, visiting the same vacation spot every year is a summer tradition that’s fun, relaxing, and restful. If that sounds like you, now’s the time to think about your plans and

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Why Buyers Need an Expert Agent by Their Side

The process of buying a home can feel a bit intimidating, even under normal circumstances. But today's market is still anything but normal. There continues to be a very limited number of homes for

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The Best Time To Sell Your House Is When Others Aren’t Selling

If you’re thinking about selling your house, you should know the number of homes for sale right now is low. That’s because, this season, there are fewer sellers listing their houses for

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4 Key Tips for Selling Your House This Spring

Spring has arrived, and that means more and more people are getting their homes ready to sell. But with recent shifts in real estate, this year’s spring housing market will be different from

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What’s the Difference Between a Home Inspection and an Appraisal?

If you’re planning to buy a home, an inspection is an important step in the process. It assesses the condition of the home before you finalize the transaction. It’s also a different step

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How Homeowners Win When They Downsize

Downsizing has long been a popular option when homeowners reach retirement age. But there are plenty of other life changes that could make downsizing worthwhile. Homeowners who have experienced a

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Buyer Activity Is Up Despite Higher Mortgage Rates

If you’re a homeowner thinking about making a move, you may wonder if it’s still a good time to sell your house. Here’s the good news. Even with higher mortgage rates, buyer

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A Recession Doesn’t Equal a Housing Crisis

Everywhere you look, people are talking about a potential recession. And if you’re planning to buy or sell a house, this may leave you wondering if your plans are still a wise move. To help

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Why Buying a Home Makes More Sense Than Renting Today

Wondering if you should continue renting or if you should buy a home this year? If so, consider this. Rental affordability is still a challenge and has been for years. That’s because,

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Ways To Overcome Affordability Challenges in Today’s Housing Market

Ways To Overcome Affordability Challenges in Today’s Housing Market [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsWith so few homes on the market right now, widening the scope of your search to include nearby

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Why Today's Foreclosure Numbers Are Nothing Like 2008

Why Today's Foreclosure Numbers Are Nothing Like 2008You’ve likely seen headlines about the number of foreclosures climbing in today’s housing market. That may leave you with a few

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The Three Factors Affecting Home Affordability Today

There’s been a lot of focus on higher mortgage rates and how they’re creating affordability challenges for today’s homebuyers. It’s true that rates climbed dramatically since

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