Bill Kern Realtor

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Do I Really Need a 20% Down Payment to Buy a Home?
02/03/2021
Do I Really Need a 20% Down Payment to Buy a Home?

Do I Really Need a 20% Down Payment to Buy a Home?

Is the idea of saving for a down payment holding you back from buying a home right now? You may be eager to take advantage of today’s low mortgage rates, but the thought of needing a large down payment might make you want to pump the brakes. Today, there’s still a common myth that you have to co...

Want to Build Wealth? Buy a Home This Year.
02/02/2021
Want to Build Wealth? Buy a Home This Year.

Want to Build Wealth? Buy a Home This Year.

Every year, households across the country make the decision to rent for another year or take the leap into homeownership. They look at their earnings and savings and then decide what makes the most financial sense. That equation will most likely take into consideration monthly housing costs, tax adv...

What Record-Low Housing Inventory Means for You
01/31/2021
What Record-Low Housing Inventory Means for You

What Record-Low Housing Inventory Means for You

The real estate market is expected to do very well in 2021, with mortgage rates that are hovering at historic lows and forecasted by experts to remain favorable throughout the year. One challenge to the housing industry, however, is the lack of homes available for sale today. Last week, the National...

What Record-Low Housing Inventory Means for You
01/28/2021
What Record-Low Housing Inventory Means for You

What Record-Low Housing Inventory Means for You

The real estate market is expected to do very well in 2021, with mortgage rates that are hovering at historic lows and forecasted by experts to remain favorable throughout the year. One challenge to the housing industry, however, is the lack of homes available for sale today. Last week, the National...

What’s the Difference between an Appraisal and a Home Inspection?
01/26/2021
What’s the Difference between an Appraisal and a Home Inspection?

What’s the Difference between an Appraisal and a Home Inspection?

If you’re planning to buy a home, an appraisal is an important step in the process. It’s a professional evaluation of the market value of the home you’d like to buy. In most cases, an appraisal is ordered by the lender to confirm or verify the value of the home prior to lending a buyer money f...

Financial Fundamentals for Homebuyers
01/22/2021
Financial Fundamentals for Homebuyers

Financial Fundamentals for Homebuyers

Some Highlights When you’re thinking about buying a home, there are a few key steps to take before you even start to look at houses. From saving for your down payment to getting pre-approved for a mortgage, you’ll want to make sure you keep your financial plan on track from the beginning. Let’...

How to Make the Dream of Homeownership a Reality This Year
01/18/2021
How to Make the Dream of Homeownership a Reality This Year

How to Make the Dream of Homeownership a Reality This Year

In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired a powerful movement with his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Through his passion and determination, he sparked interest, ambition, and courage in his audience. Today, reflecting on his message encourages many of us to think about our own dreams, goals, b...

Things to Avoid after Applying for a Mortgage
01/15/2021
Things to Avoid after Applying for a Mortgage

Things to Avoid after Applying for a Mortgage

Some Highlights There are a few key things to make sure you avoid after applying for a mortgage to help make sure you still qualify for your loan at the closing table. Along the way, be sure to discuss any changes in income, assets, or credit with your lender, so you don’t unintentionally jeopardi...

Why Right Now May Be the Time to Sell Your House
01/14/2021
Why Right Now May Be the Time to Sell Your House

Why Right Now May Be the Time to Sell Your House

The housing market made an incredible recovery in 2020 and is now positioned for an even stronger year in 2021. Record-low mortgage interest rates are a driving factor in this continued momentum, with average rates hovering at historic all-time lows.

Will Forbearance Plans Lead to a Tsunami of Foreclosures?
01/13/2021
Will Forbearance Plans Lead to a Tsunami of Foreclosures?

Will Forbearance Plans Lead to a Tsunami of Foreclosures?

At the onset of the economic disruptions caused by the COVID pandemic, the government quickly put into place forbearance plans to allow homeowners to remain in their homes without making their monthly mortgage payments. Today, almost three million households are actively in a forbearance plan. Thoug...

4 Reasons People Are Buying Homes in 2021
01/12/2021
4 Reasons People Are Buying Homes in 2021

4 Reasons People Are Buying Homes in 2021

According to many experts, the real estate market is expected to continue growing in 2021, and it’s largely driven by the lasting impact the pandemic is having on our lifestyles. As many of us spend extra time at home, we’re reevaluating what “home” means and what we may need in one going fo...

Is This the Year to Sell My House?
01/07/2021
Is This the Year to Sell My House?

Is This the Year to Sell My House?

If one of the questions you’re asking yourself is, “Should I sell my house this year?” consumer sentiment about selling today should boost your confidence in the right direction. Even with the current health crisis that continues to challenge our nation, Americans still feel good about selling...

Why Not to Wait Until Spring to Make a Move
01/05/2021
Why Not to Wait Until Spring to Make a Move

Why Not to Wait Until Spring to Make a Move

The housing market recovery coming into the new year has been nothing short of remarkable. Many experts agree the turnaround from the nation’s economic pause is playing out extremely well for real estate, and the current market conditions are truly making this winter an ideal time to make a move. ...

3 Must-Do’s When Selling Your House This Year
01/04/2021
3 Must-Do’s When Selling Your House This Year

3 Must-Do’s When Selling Your House This Year

It’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’s to come, we can still have deep sentimental attachments to the home we’re leaving behind. Growing emotions can help or hinder a sale depending on how we ...

More Generations Are Living Under One Roof This Year
12/30/2020
More Generations Are Living Under One Roof This Year

More Generations Are Living Under One Roof This Year

This year challenged us to reprioritize everything - from the way we use our time to where we work, how we socialize and gather together, and our needs at home. For many, this also meant making decisions about how to best support and engage with our extended families, near and far.

Why It’s Important to Price Your House Right Today
12/28/2020
Why It’s Important to Price Your House Right Today

Why It’s Important to Price Your House Right Today

Even in today’s sellers’ market, setting the right price for your house is one of the most valuable things you can do. According to the U.S. Economic Outlook by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), existing home prices nationwide are forecasted to increase by 4.5% in 2021. This means expe...

Turning a House into a Happy Home
12/24/2020
Turning a House into a Happy Home

Turning a House into a Happy Home

We talk a lot about why it makes financial sense to buy a home, but more often than not, we’re drawn to the emotional reasons for homeownership.

The Do’s and Don’ts after Applying for a Mortgage
12/21/2020
The Do’s and Don’ts after Applying for a Mortgage

The Do’s and Don’ts after Applying for a Mortgage

Once you’ve found the right home and applied for a mortgage, there are some key things to keep in mind before you close. You're undoubtedly excited about the opportunity to decorate your new place, but before you make any large purchases, move your money around, or make any major life changes, con...

2021 Housing Forecast
12/20/2020
2021 Housing Forecast

2021 Housing Forecast

Some Highlights Experts project an optimistic year for the 2021 housing market. With mortgage rates forecasted to remain low, high buyer demand is expected to fuel more home sales and continue to increase home prices. Let’s connect today to determine how to make your best move in the new year.

Homeowner Equity Increases an Astonishing $1 Trillion
12/17/2020
Homeowner Equity Increases an Astonishing $1 Trillion

Homeowner Equity Increases an Astonishing $1 Trillion

In a year that was financially devastating for many Americans, some good news for most homeowners is the dramatic gain in home equity over the last twelve months. Last week, CoreLogic released its 2020 3rd Quarter Homeowner Equity Insights report, which reveals four major findings:

The Holidays Aren’t Stopping Homebuyers This Year
12/15/2020
The Holidays Aren’t Stopping Homebuyers This Year

The Holidays Aren’t Stopping Homebuyers This Year

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us, yet finding the perfect holiday gifts for friends and family is certainly still top of mind for many right now. This year, there’s another type of buyer that’s very active this holiday season – the homebuyer.

Winning as a Buyer in a Sellers’ Market
12/11/2020
Winning as a Buyer in a Sellers’ Market

Winning as a Buyer in a Sellers’ Market

Some Highlights Buying a home in today’s sellers’ market doesn’t have to feel like an uphill battle. Here are four ways to make sure you’re positioned for success when making a home purchase, even when the scale tips toward sellers. Let's connect to make sure you're armed for victory in the ...

Are Home Prices Headed Toward Bubble Territory?
12/09/2020
Are Home Prices Headed Toward Bubble Territory?

Are Home Prices Headed Toward Bubble Territory?

Talk of a housing bubble is beginning to crop up as home prices have appreciated at a rapid pace this year. This is understandable since the appreciation of residential real estate is well above historic annual averages. According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), annual appreciation sin...

How Remote Work Can Power Your Vacation Home Sale
12/07/2020
How Remote Work Can Power Your Vacation Home Sale

How Remote Work Can Power Your Vacation Home Sale

This year, the opportunity to work remotely has increased the demand for vacation homes. Gay Cororaton, Senior Economist and Director of Housing and Commercial Research at the National Association of Realtors (NAR), notes:

The Path to Homeownership
12/04/2020
The Path to Homeownership

The Path to Homeownership

Some Highlights If 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 homebuying process. Let’s connect today to discuss the specific steps along the way in our local area.

A New Way to Shop for Homes in a Virtual World
12/03/2020
A New Way to Shop for Homes in a Virtual World

A New Way to Shop for Homes in a Virtual World

In 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 even seeing our doctors online, digital practices have changed the way we live.

With Home Values Surging, Is it Still Affordable to Buy Right Now?
12/02/2020
With Home Values Surging, Is it Still Affordable to Buy Right Now?

With Home Values Surging, Is it Still Affordable to Buy Right Now?

Housing inventory is at an all-time low. Realtor.com just reported that there are 39% fewer homes for sale today than there were last year. At the same time, buyer demand remains strong. In a recent newsletter, research analyst Ivy Zelman explained:

Knowledge Is Power on the Path to Homeownership
12/01/2020
Knowledge Is Power on the Path to Homeownership

Knowledge Is Power on the Path to Homeownership

Homeownership is on the goal list for many young adults, but sometimes it’s hard to know exactly how to get there. From understanding the homebuying process to pre-approval and down payment assistance options, uncertainty along the way can ultimately hold some buyers back.

Is Buying a Home Today a Good Financial Move?
11/29/2020
Is Buying a Home Today 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 has also prompted more Americans to reconsider the meaning of “home.” This quest for a place better equipped to fulfill our needs, along with recor...

Key Terms to Know in the Homebuying Process
11/27/2020
Key Terms to Know in the Homebuying Process

Key Terms to Know in the Homebuying Process

Some Highlights Buying a home can be intimidating if you’re not familiar with the terms used throughout the process. To point you in the right direction, here’s a list of some of the most common language you’ll hear along the way. The best way to ensure your homebuying process is a positive on...

Your House May Be High on the Buyer Wish List This Holiday Season
11/25/2020
Your House May Be High on the Buyer Wish List This Holiday Season

Your House May Be High on the Buyer Wish List This Holiday Season

Around this time each year, many homeowners decide to wait until after the holidays to sell their houses. Similarly, others who already have their homes on the market remove their listings until the spring. Let’s unpack the top reasons why selling your house now, or keeping it on the market this s...

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