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Monday, September 19, 2022   /   by Brenda Bianchi

Will My House Still Sell in Today’s Market?

Will My House Still Sell in Today’s Market?


If recent headlines about the housing market cooling and buyer demand moderating have you worried you’ve missed your chance to sell, here’s what you need to know. Buyer demand hasn’t disappeared, it’s just eased from the peak intensity we saw over the past two years.

Buyer Demand Then and Now

During the pandemic, mortgage rates hit record lows, and that spurred a significant rise in buyer demand. This year, as rates increased due to factors like rising inflation, buyer demand pulled back or softened as a result. The latest data from ShowingTime confirms this trend (see graph below):


The orange bars in the graph above represent the last few months of data and the clear cooldown in the volume of home showings the market has seen since mortgage rates started to rise. But context is important. To get the full picture of where today's demand stands ...

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Thursday, September 15, 2022   /   by Brenda Bianchi

Home-Buying and Moving Tips for Busy Parents on a Budget

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Home-Buying and Moving Tips for Busy Parents on a Budget
Buying a new home and navigating a move is one of the most stressful life experiences. When you’re on a tight budget and have kids to consider, the moving process becomes even more overwhelming. Thankfully, we’re here to help ensure everything goes smoothly. Keep reading to learn how to find the right home for your family and plan a successful move with kids in tow!

Work with a Great Real Estate Company
Working with a realtor is always recommended when it comes to home buying. It’s not a good idea to buy a home without help from a professional, especially if you’ve already got your hands full with a couple of kids. Connect with a local real estate team like Bianchi Realty for help finding a great home within your budget!

Get Clear on Your Needs
Before you start hunting for homes, get clear on what your family needs. Location is one of the first factors you should consider. Look fr ...

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Tuesday, September 13, 2022   /   by Brenda Bianchi

Three Things Buyers Can Do in Today’s Housing Market

Three Things Buyers Can Do in Today’s Housing Market


It’s clear the 2022 housing market has been defined by rising mortgage rates. With rates on the rise, it’s also become more costly to purchase a home. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR):

“Compared to one year ago, the monthly mortgage payment rose to $1,944 from $1,265, an increase of 53.7%.”

If you’re thinking of buying a home or have been trying to recently, that’s a big increase in a monthly mortgage payment – and it may be causing you to press pause on your plans. This jump is making homes less affordable, especially compared to the last two years when mortgage rates were at historic lows.
The good news is you can navigate today’s housing market and this rising rate environment with a few simple tips. Here are three things you may want to consider to help make your homeownership goals a reality.
1. Expan ...

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Monday, September 12, 2022   /   by Brenda Bianchi

Quick Tips to Help You Run a Better Rental

Quick Tips to Help You Run a Better Rental
 
The rental market is huge. There are people in every city of every state looking for a place to live or simply a vacation spot away from crowded hotels. If you think you’re ready to dive into the world of real estate rentals, today’s tips, which are brought to you by Bianchi Realty & Property Management, are for you.
 
Second home versus investment property.
 
Why you might look at your second home as an investment property, the bank will see it in a very different way. A second home is one purchase with the intent for you and your family to live for a set period of time. A vacation rental is one purchased with the intention of turning out an income. Each of these may require a heftier down payment and have a higher interest rate. These added expenses may be offset by your rental fees.
 
Form an LLC to protect your personal assets.
 
An LLC is a formal business structure that comes with many ...

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Monday, September 12, 2022   /   by Brenda Bianchi

5 of the Best 55 Plus Communities in Florida | HOMELIGHT

5 of the Best 55 Plus Communities in Florida

In this post, Homelight consulted with top-performing real estate agent and broker-owner of our company, Brenda Bianchi, who has extensive experience — nearly 40 years — in the market, helping seniors relocate.  In this article, learn more about the top 55+ communities in FL, what to consider when moving to a 55+ community, and much more! 

https://www.homelight.com/blog/buyer-best-55-plus-communities-in-florida/ ...

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