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Experts Predict Economic Recovery Should Begin in the Second Half of the Year

May 26th, 2020 by Chris Smithson

One of the biggest questions we all seem to be asking these days is: When are we going to start to see an economic recovery? As the country begins to slowly reopen, moving forward in strategic phases, business activity will help bring our nation back to life. Many economists indicate a recovery should begin to happen in the […]

Will the Housing Market Turn Around This Year? 

May 16th, 2020 by Chris Smithson

  Today, many people are asking themselves if they should buy or sell a home in 2020. Some have shifted their plans or put them on hold over the past couple of months, and understandably so. Everyone seems to be wondering if the market is going to change and when the economy will turn around. If you’re […]

Homes Are More Affordable Today, Not Less Affordable

January 15th, 2020 by Chris Smithson

There’s a current narrative that owning a home today is less affordable than it has been in the past. The reason some are making this claim is because house prices have substantially increased over the last several years. It’s not, however, just the price of a home that matters. Homes, in most cases, are purchased […]

Have You Budgeted for Closing Costs?

December 9th, 2019 by Chris Smithson

Saving for a down payment is a key step in the home buying process, and it’s not the only piece you need to include in your budget. Another factor that’s important to plan for is the closing costs required to obtain a mortgage. What Are Closing Costs? According to Trulia, “When you close on a home, […]

Whats Up With Rick Moore Groups Free Real Estate Workshops

June 20th, 2019 by Chris Smithson

You might ask yourself why a Real Estate team would offer free workshops (no strings attached), along with a free drink, appetizers, one-on-one chats with lenders and agents for personalized, professional information in a casual, outdoor setting around a fire pit…and did I say totally free and no strings attached? So what’s the deal? Will […]

First Time Home Buyers Guide

October 2nd, 2018 by Chris Smithson

Buying a house for the first time is a big deal. Before making an offer on a home it’s important to thoroughly research the purchasing process and consider the many factors that go into it, like financial planning and hiring a real estate agent. You may feel stressed when you realize the amount of preparation […]

NOT Owning Your Home Can Cost You A Lot Of Money

April 12th, 2018 by Chris Smithson

Owning a home has great financial benefits, yet many continue to rent! Today, let’s look at the financial reasons why owning a home of your own has been a part of the American Dream for as long as America has existed.  recently reported that: “Buying remains the more attractive option in the long term […]

When To Lock In Mortgage Rates 4 Signs Its Time

April 4th, 2018 by Chris Smithson

One huge question among home buyers who need a loan is this: when to lock in mortgage rates. Some panicky sorts might presume they should lock one in ASAP (because have you seen how rates are rising?), while others argue that the waiting game could payoff (in case rates fall). Who’s right?  A rate lock is important because mortgage interest rates fluctuate in response […]

How To Spark A Bidding War

March 28th, 2018 by Chris Smithson

Spark A Bidding WarReady to make a move? Have a certain figure in mind that you need to sell for? Depending on your market, you might be able to get a little more than what you may be needing. Go over with your agent if setting a bidding war is smart for the sale of […]

Why You Should Still Talk to a Lender Even If You’re Not Ready to Buy a Home

November 12th, 2017 by Chris Smithson

If you’re a first-time home buyer, you might think you’re not ready to purchase a house. Perhaps you’re concerned about your job situation, your previous credit history, or your high monthly expenses. Whatever the circumstances, every borrower and financial situation is unique. Unless you’re a financial expert, it’s best not to self-diagnose your financial problems. […]

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