Diana Alexander's Blog Posts

Homeownership Provides a Path to Long-Term Wealth

Experts Agree: Homeownership Provides a Path to Long-Term WealthA recent survey from LendingTree.com found there are multiple reasons why Americans would choose to purchase a home instead

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A Look at Housing Supply

A Look at Housing Supply and What It Means for SellersOne of the hottest topics of conversation in today’s real estate market is the shortage of available homes. Simply put, there

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Reasons We Won’t See a Rush of Foreclosures This Fall

Two Reasons We Won’t See a Rush of Foreclosures This FallThe health crisis we face as a country has led businesses all over the nation to reduce or discontinue their services altogether. This

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Yes, It’s Still a Sellers’ Market

It’s Still a Sellers’ Market Some HighlightsDue to low supply and high demand, today is one of the strongest sellers’ markets we’ve seen.Sellers

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Remote Work Is Here To Stay

Remote Work Is Here To Stay. Can Your Home Deliver the Space You Need?A lot has changed over the past year. For many people, the rise in remote work influenced what they’re looking for in a

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Today’s Biggest Buyer Concerns

Diving Deep into Today’s Biggest Buyer ConcernsLast week, Fannie Mae released their Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI). Though the survey showed 77% of respondents

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5 Tips for Making Your Best Offer

5 Tips for Making Your Best OfferIn today’s sellers’ market, standing out as a buyer is critical. Multi-offer scenarios and bidding wars are the norm due to the low supply of houses

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Path to Homeownership

Knowledge Is Power on the Path to HomeownershipHomeownership is on the goal list for many young adults, but sometimes it’s hard to know exactly how to get there. From understanding the

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Remote Work Can Power Your Vacation Home Sale

How Remote Work Can Power Your Vacation Home SaleThis year, the opportunity to work remotely has increased the demand for vacation homes. Gay Cororaton, Senior Economist and Director of Housing

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Key Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying

Key Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying a HomeSometimes it can feel like everyone has advice when it comes to buying a home. While your friends and loved ones may have your best interests in,

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What Does Being in a Sellers’ Market Mean

What Does Being in a Sellers’ Market Mean?Whether or not you’ve been following the real estate industry lately, there’s a good chance you’ve heard we’re in a serious

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Surprising Shift Favors Homeowners

Surprising Shift Favors Homeowners: Buyers Now Prefer Existing HomesIn April, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) posted an article, Home Buyers’ Preferences Shift

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Looking for a Place To Call Home?

Looking for a Place To Call Home? Consider a Condominium.It’s no secret that one of the top stories in today’s real estate market is low housing supply and high buyer demand. If you;

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With Rents on the Rise – Is Now the Time To Buy?

With Rents on the Rise – Is Now the Time To Buy?According to recent data from realtor.com, median rental prices have reached their highest point ever recorded in many areas

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What You Should Do Before Interest Rates Rise

What You Should Do Before Interest Rates RiseIn today’s real estate market, mortgage interest rates are near record lows. If you’ve been in your current home for several years and haven

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What Young Homebuyers Need To Hear

The Truths Young Homebuyers Need To HearFor many young or first-time homebuyers, purchasing a home can feel intimidating. A recent survey shows some homebuyers ages 25 to 40 may be unsure

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Homebuyers: Hang in There

Homebuyers: Hang in There Some HighlightsToday’s sellers’ market provides unique challenges—and benefits—for buyers.Current low interest rates won’t

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5 Things Homebuyers Need To Know When Making an Offer

5 Things Homebuyers Need To Know When Making an OfferWhen it comes to buying a house, you’re looking for the perfect place to call home. The problem is, in today’s market there just aren

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Home Price Appreciation Is as Simple as Supply and Demand

Home Price Appreciation Is as Simple as Supply and DemandHome price appreciation continues to accelerate. Today, prices are driven by the simple concept of supply and demand. Pricing of any

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What’s Motivating People To Move Right Now?

What’s Motivating People To Move Right Now?This year, Americans are moving for a variety of reasons. The health crisis has truly reshaped our lifestyles and our needs. Spending so much more

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Where Do Experts Say the Housing Market Is Heading?

Where Do Experts Say the Housing Market Is Heading?As we enter the middle of 2021, many are wondering if we’ll see big changes in the housing market during the second half of this year. Here

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How Misunderstandings about Affordability Could Cost You

How Misunderstandings about Affordability Could Cost YouThere’s a lot of discussion about affordability as home prices continue to appreciate rapidly. Even though the most recent index on

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Don’t Forget to Budget for Closing Costs

Don’t Forget to Budget for Closing CostsWhen buying a home, it’s important to have a budget and make sure you plan ahead for certain homebuying expenses. Saving for a down payment

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Patience Is the Key to Buying a Home This Year

Patience Is the Key to Buying a Home This YearThe question many homebuyers are facing this year is, “Why is it so hard to find a house?” We’re in the ultimate sellers

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Americans Find the Nonfinancial Benefits of Homeownership Most Valuable

Americans Find the Nonfinancial Benefits of Homeownership Most ValuableHomeownership is a foundational part of the American Dream. As we look back on more than a year of sheltering in our,

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4 Big Incentives for Homeowners to Sell Now

4 Big Incentives for Homeowners to Sell NowThe housing market keeps sailing along. The only headwind that could take it off course is the lack of inventory for sale. The National Association of

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Will the Housing Market Maintain Its Momentum

Will the Housing Market Maintain Its Momentum?Last week’s Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows sales have dropped by 3.7%

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How a Change in Mortgage Rate Impacts Your Homebuying Budget in 2021

How a Change in Mortgage Rate Impacts Your Homebuying BudgetMortgage rates are on the rise this year, but they’re still incredibly low compared to the historic average. However,

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93% of Americans Believe a Home Is a Better Investment Than Stocks in 2021

93% of Americans Believe a Home Is a Better Investment Than StocksA recent Survey of Consumer Finances study released by the Federal Reserve reveals the net worth of homeowners&

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Latest Jobs Report: What Does It Mean for You & the Housing Market?

Latest Jobs Report: What Does It Mean for You & the Housing Market?Last Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a very encouraging jobs report. The economy gained 916,000

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Your Tax Refund and Stimulus Savings May Help You Achieve Homeownership

Your Tax Refund and Stimulus Savings May Help You Achieve Homeownership This YearIf you’re planning to buy a home this year, saving for a down payment is one of the most important steps in the

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Is it Smart to Buy a Home Today?

How Smart Is It to Buy a Home Today?Whether you’re buying your first home or selling your current house, if your needs are changing and you think you need to move, the decision can be

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Yep....Owning a Home Is Still More Affordable Than Renting One

Owning a Home Is Still More Affordable Than Renting OneIf spending more time at home over the past year is making you really think hard about buying a home instead of renting one, you;

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2021 - It’s a Sellers’ Market!

It’s a Sellers’ Market Some HighlightsOver the past year, homeowners have gained an unprecedented opportunity to sell with great success while buyer demand is soaring.With homes

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Buyer Benefits for FHA One-Time Close Loans

Buyer Benefits for FHA One-Time Close LoansFHA Construction Loans for Building Your Dream HomeMany potential borrowers aren’t aware that they have the option of building their dream home as a

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9 Steps to Prep for a Quick Spring Sale

How to Prepare Your House for a Winning Sale This SpringSome HighlightsWith so few homes available to buy today, houses are in high demand, and they’re selling fast.That means it

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Plan Your Weekend: March 11 to 14, 2021

Things to Do All WeekendROCO Connections: Journey to America Online Concert | Daily | FREE | Virtual – Witness the world premiere of Afghan composer Milad Yousufi’s

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Houston Market Report as of March 5, 2021

Houston, TXFri Mar 05 2021This week the median list price for Houston, TX is $400,000 with the market action index hovering around 40. This is an increase over last month's market action index of.

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Thinking about Building a New Home?

Thinking about Building a New Home? Your Agent Is Critical. Some HighlightsA real estate professional is an expert who can advocate on your behalf throughout the process when building a home

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Where Have All the Houses Gone?

Where Have All the Houses Gone?In today’s housing market, it seems harder than ever to find a home to buy. Before the health crisis hit us a year ago, there was already a shortage of homes for

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6 Foundational Benefits of Homeownership Today

6 Foundational Benefits of Homeownership TodayOver the past year, our homes have become an integral part of our lives more than ever. They’re much more than the houses we live in. They&rsquo

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Why You Need to Hire a Real Estate Professional

Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional Some HighlightsChoosing the right real estate professional to work with is one of the most important decisions you can make in your homebuying or

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Should I Wait for Lower Mortgage Interest Rates?

Should I Wait for Lower Mortgage Interest Rates?Historically low mortgage rates are a big motivator for homebuyers right now. In 2020 alone, rates hit new record-lows 16 times, and the

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How to Make the Dream of Homeownership a Reality This Year

How to Make the Dream of Homeownership a Reality This YearIn 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired a powerful movement with his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Through his passion and

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Must-Do’s When Selling Your House This Year

3 Must-Do’s When Selling Your House This YearIt’s exciting to put a house on the market and to think about making new memories in new spaces. However, despite the anticipation of what

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Why Moving May Be Just the Boost You Need

Why Moving May Be Just the Boost You NeedAs we look back over the past year, we’ve certainly lived through one of the most stressful periods in recent history. After spending so much more time

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Is Buying a Home in 2021 a Good Financial Move?

Is Buying a Home Today a Good Financial Move?There’s no doubt 2020 has been a challenging year. A global pandemic coupled with an economic recession has caused heartache for many. However, it

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Great News for Renters Who Want to Buy a Home

Great News for Renters Who Want to Buy a HomeRents in the United States have been skyrocketing since 2012. This has caused many renters to face a tremendous burden when juggling their housing

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An Honest Look at Unemployment Numbers

An Honest Look at Unemployment NumbersLast Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the November Jobs Report. It revealed that, though headed in the right direction, the nation

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Your Path to Homeownership

The Path to Homeownership Some HighlightsIf you’re thinking of buying a home and not sure where to start, you’re not alone.Here’s a map with 10 simple steps to follow in the

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A New Way to Shop for Homes in a Virtual World

A New Way to Shop for Homes in a Virtual WorldIn a year when we’re learning to do so much remotely, homebuying is no exception. From going to work to attending school, grocery shopping, and

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Downsize to Maximize your Retirement Years

Is it Time to Move into a Single-Story Home?Once the kids have left the nest, you may be wondering what to do with all of the extra space in your home. Chances are, you don’t need four

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Here's a Quick "WIN" for Sellers

Three Ways Low Inventory Is a Win for SellersThe number of houses for sale today is significantly lower than the high buyer activity in the current housing market. According to Lawrence,

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Thinking of Moving During the Pandemic?

Some HighlightsIf you’re ready to sell your house but you’re worried about finding one to move into, why not invest in a brand-new home built just for you?New construction is on the

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The Pandemic! Should you wait to list your house for sale?

The #1 Reason Not to Wait to List Your House for SaleMany industries have been devastated by the economic shutdown caused by the COVID-19 virus. Real estate is not one of them.Mark,&

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FACT: A Homeowner’s Net Worth Is 40x Greater Than a Renter’s

A Homeowner’s Net Worth Is 40x Greater Than a Renter’sOne of the best ways to build your family’s financial future is through homeownership. Recent data from the Federal

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TOP Reasons You’ll Win by Selling with a Real Estate Agent This Fall

6 Reasons You’ll Win by Selling with a Real Estate Agent This Fall Monday October 19th, 2020  There are many benefits to working with a real estate professional when selling

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5 DIY Improvements to Make Your Home Classier

Updating your home to be more chic - without looking cheap - is completely doable on a budget. If you're looking to add more class to your home, taking on a DIY project can give your house that

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