Be Right at Home

Upper Midwest Residential Real Estate Outlook for 2021

Market shows strong indicators, reason for optimism.
Posted by Anna Jotham on January 26, 2021 in  Buying and Selling  Market Statistics
The residential real estate market in the Upper Midwest has some strong indicators as we move into 2021. While analysts eye COVID-19 and its related effects, we're seeing reason for continued optimism for those looking to sell — and reasons for buyers to secure the ideal Realtor to guide them through a potentially very competitive landscape.  Let's take a closer look at how the year is unfolding for residential real estate in the Upper Midwest in the coming year.  Contributing factors shaping th... read more

The COVID-19 Effect on Real Estate

How the pandemic is affecting home values.
Posted by Anna Jotham on January 25, 2021 in  Buying and Selling  COVID-19
Whether you're thinking of buying a new home or contemplating selling your property, home values are likely top of mind. And with a global pandemic continuing to have an impact on nearly every industry, it should come as no surprise that analysts are closely watching how COVID-19 and its ripples are affecting the real estate market as well as property values.  The implications for the real estate industry are many. First, consumer behavior has been dramatically impacted by pandemic mitigation efforts, as has ... read more

The Unexpected Advantages of Using a Real Estate Agent

Hint: Realtors are game changers
Posted by Anna Jotham on January 11, 2021 in  Buying and Selling  For Sale By Owner
As the process of buying and selling homes continues to evolve, one thing remains clear: real estate agents offer many advantages. And while some might think they can go it on their own, or "there's an app for that," the truth is Realtors bring a level of expertise to the process and a long list of benefits you may not be aware of — several of which cannot come close to being matched by anything on your smartphone.  The many benefits of having a Realtor Whether you're buying or selling a home, whether ... read more

5 Questions for Prospective Mortgage Lenders

Selecting the Right Mortgage Lender is Essential
Posted by Anna Jotham on August 11, 2020 in  Buying and Selling  Financing
When it's time to buy a home, you will likely be eager to lock in with a mortgage lender. But before you make a commitment, it's essential that you find the right lender for you. There can be big differences between prospective lenders, and not all of them great: from unexpected fees to unfavorable terms and the types of loans offered. And with the number of online options available these days, it's definitely a world of borrower beware. Settle on the wrong lender or loan, and you could feel financially trapped in ... read more

Rising Costs and Reduced Inventory Challenge Home Ownership

Housing inventory shortage creates major roadblock on the road to homeownership.
Posted by Anna Jotham on October 22, 2019 in  Buying and Selling
River Valley region homebuyers are now facing their second consecutive year of inventory shortages. And as happens when demand overwhelms supply, prices increase. It’s the perfect storm to keep first-time buyers from achieving the American dream. But it’s also the perfect formula for motivating creative ways to save for a down payment. In a recent Bankrate survey, almost half of millennials (ages 23 to 38) said the cost of living was keeping them from buying a home. But they’re not the only o... read more
Real Estate Links Our Domains