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How Far Is Starbucks From Your Home?

By Sharon Quataert | June 29, 2020

Lately, statistics have shown that your home’s value can be dependent upon your proximity to the local Starbucks, Wegmans, Trader Joe’s or any other local grocery store or fast food location. According to Zillow, the things that increase your home’s value include good school districts and neighborhoods, larger square footage and the home’s closeness to…

Homebuyers Are in the Mood to Buy TODAY!

By Sharon Quataert | June 22, 2020

According to the latest FreddieMac Quarterly Forecast, mortgage interest rates have fallen to historically low levels this spring and they’re projected to remain low. This is even more motivation for buyers who are ready to purchase. And homeowners looking for eager buyers can take advantage of this opportune time to sell as well. That said,…

Home Prices: It’s All About Supply and Demand

By Sharon Quataert | June 10, 2020

As we enter the summer months and work through the challenges associated with the current health crisis, many are wondering what impact the economic slowdown will have on home prices. Looking at the big picture, supply and demand will give us the clearest idea of what’s to come. There’s Not Enough! Making our way through…

How Do You Increase the Value of Your Home?

By Sharon Quataert | May 26, 2020

Your home will likely be one of the largest and most expensive assets you’ll ever own, so it’s important to ensure that you keep its value even with other homes that are similar to it in your neighborhood. As you start seeing other homeowners making upgrades to the inside or outside of their property, it’s…

Top Two Things Home Buyers Should Do Right Now

By Sharon Quataert | May 19, 2020

The last few months’ health crisis has consumers remembering the economic slowdown of 2008. This slowdown, however, is very different from 2008 because this slowdown was created by a health crisis as opposed to a housing crisis. One thing the experts seem to agree on is that despite a decline in economic activity in the…

Why the Housing Market Is a Powerful Economic Driver

By Sharon Quataert | May 12, 2020

With businesses starting to slowly open back up again in Rochester, it’s important to understand how housing can have a major impact on the recovery of the U.S. economy. As we’ve mentioned before, buying a home is a driving financial force in this process. Today, many analysts believe one of the first things we’ll be able…

Can I Sell My Home Now?

By Sharon Quataert | April 22, 2020

What If I Need to Sell My Home Now? What Can I Do? Every day that passes, people have a need to buy and sell homes. That doesn’t stop during the current pandemic. If you’ve had a major life change recently, whether with your job or your family situation, you may be in a position…

Should I Skip My Mortgage Payment?

By Sharon Quataert | April 21, 2020

It was announced a short while ago that banks will waive mortgage payments for 90 days. Does this really mean that you can just stop paying  your mortgage and everything will be ok? NO! For the best information about what the banks REALLY meant for you to do, we’re relying on the always smart advice…

What’s With The Mortgage Rates?

By Sharon Quataert | March 24, 2020

For the past few years, we’ve benefitted from historically low mortgage interest rates. When the Federal Reserve lowered the interest rate on March 15th, some people thought that the mortgage rates would take yet another dive as well. While they initially did, it had nothing to do with the Federal Reserve lowering their rate. The…

Who Was Saint Patrick?

By Sharon Quataert | March 12, 2020

As we approach the Irish High Holy Day Of Days, St. Patrick’s Day, we thought we’d let you know a bit about the man, the myths and legends! He Was Born Where? Patrick was neither born in Ireland nor was his name originally Patrick. He was born in Roman Britain (basically modern day England) and…