Jules King's Blog Posts

Mid-Year Market Update for 2024: What Buyers and Sellers Need to Know

Last December, when the Federal Reserve projected a series of benchmark rate cuts in the coming year, some analysts speculated that mortgage rates—which had recently peaked near 8%—would

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The Ultimate Relocation Guide: From Finding a House to Feeling at Home

The peak moving season is upon us. In fact, according to Move.com, almost 70% of U.S. moves occur between May and September.1 And while the percentage of Americans who move each year has declined,

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6 Strategies to Save on Home Insurance Premiums

From wildfires to floods, the past few years have brought a historic number of devastating climate and weather events to the United States. In 2023 alone, there were 28 individual weather-related

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Downsize Your Home, Rightsize Your Life: How to Choose the Ideal Smaller Home

When you've lived somewhere for many years, it can be tough to say goodbye. But if you (or a loved one) currently have a home that is bigger than necessary or is too high maintenance, it may be time

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Upgrade Your Home With These 2024 Design Trends

One of the best parts of owning a home is the freedom to make it truly your own with design choices that reflect your personality and lifestyle. Whether you lean toward contemporary design or a

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Real Estate Market Forecast: Opportunities for Home Buyers and Sellers in 2024

A growing share of home buyers and sellers sat on the sidelines last year as the pace of home sales continued its downward trajectory.1 In fact, since the Federal Reserve began its series of

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Celebrate Sustainably: 5 Ideas for an Eco-Friendly Holiday at Home

It's the most wonderful time of the year. But for many families with festive plans and hectic schedules, it's also the most wasteful. According to one survey, for example, 60% of respondents

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35 Tips to Furnish Your New Home for Less

Buying a new home is one of the most exciting experiences in life. And if you’re like most homebuyers, you’ll be planning your furniture placement and decor before the ink dries on your

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Income Properties Are Trending, But Is Landlord Life for You?

If the thought of investing your money into brick and mortar—or perhaps some stylishly-painted siding—excites you, join the club. Investing in real estate has long been one of Americans'

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Top 7 Tips To Attract the Best Offers for Your Home

Not long ago, home sellers were in their heyday, as historically low mortgage rates triggered a real estate buying frenzy. However, the Federal Reserve shut down the party when it began raising

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7 Common Homebuyer Regrets (And How To Avoid Them)

To avoid buyer's remorse, be sure to consider your future self when shopping for a home. Most new homebuyers don't regret becoming homeowners. In fact, according to a survey by LendingTree, 80% of

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Renovate or Relocate? 3 Questions To Help You Decide

Does your current home no longer serve your needs?If so, you may be torn between relocating to a new home or renovating your existing one. This can be a difficult choice, and there’s a lot to

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National Real Estate Market Update for 2023

There’s an old adage in real estate: location, location, location. But ever since the Federal Reserve began its series of inflation-fighting interest rate hikes last year, a new mantra has

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How to Become a Homeowner on a First-Time Buyer’s Budget

It's not easy being a first-time homebuyer right now. At the end of last year, housing affordability hit an all-time low.1 Additionally, mortgage rates have risen significantly since 2021, while

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Stress-Free Home Cleaning: 27 Practical Tactics for Busy Households

 Keeping a clean and orderly home is a challenge for many of us. Between busy work schedules, social obligations, and family commitments, it’s tough to keep up with daily chores—let

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My Home Didn’t Sell! Now What?

 When it comes to listing their home, most home sellers want three things: 1) to make a lot of money, 2) to put in minimal time and effort, and 3) to sell quickly. But the reality is, selling a

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Top 6 Home Design Trends To Watch in 2023

  Top 6 Home Design Trends To Watch in 2023 Over the past few years, many of us have spent extra time at home—and that means we appreciate the personal design touches that make

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2023 Real Estate Market Outlook (And What It Means for You)

  Last year, one factor drove the real estate market more than any other: rising mortgage rates. In March 2022, the Federal Reserve began a series of interest rate hikes in an effort

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How To Stretch Your Budget in a Season of Inflation

Home for the Holidays: How To Stretch Your Budgetin a Season of Inflation You don't have to break the bank to celebrate the holidays in style—even in this season of inflation. Prices may

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7 Tips to Maximize Your Home’s Sale Price

 Over the past few years, a real estate buying frenzy bid up home prices to eye-popping amounts. However, as mortgage rates have risen, buyer demand has cooled. 1 Consequently, home sellers who

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Buy Now or Rent Longer? 5 Questions to Answer Before Purchasing Your First Home

Buy Now or Rent Longer? 5 Questions to AnswerBefore Purchasing Your First Home Deciding whether to jump into the housing market or rent instead is rarely an easy decision – especially if

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8 Strategies to Secure a Lower Mortgage Rate

Mortgage rates have been on a roller coaster ride this year, rising and falling amid inflationary pressures and economic uncertainty. And even the experts are divided when it comes to predicting

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10 Pro Tips for a Smooth Home Move

10 Pro Tips for a Smooth Home Move The process of buying a new home can be both exhilarating and exhausting. But the journey doesn’t stop when you close on your property. On the contrary,

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7 Costly Mistakes Home Sellers Make

7 Costly Mistakes Home Sellers Make (And How to Avoid Them)  No matter what’s going on in the housing market, the process of selling a home can be challenging. Some sellers have a

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