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Mortgage Rates Hit Record Lows. Could They Fall Even Further?

One of the few bright spots for home buyers and owners in 2020—a year marred by a pandemic, economic recession, social unrest, wildfires, hurricanes, and a highly polarized presidential election—has been rock-bottom mortgage interest…
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TRAFFIC FROM HOMEBUYERS IS ON THE RISE

One of the biggest surprises of 2020 is the resilience of the residential real estate market. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), is now forecasting that more homes will sell this year than last year.…
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Should I buy, or should I rent.......

The percentage of income needed to afford a median-priced home today is declining, while that for renting is on the rise. This is making buying a home an increasingly attractive option for many people, especially with low mortgage…
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Perks for Both Buyers and Sellers in Today's Housing Market

Today’s housing market is making a truly impressive turnaround, and it’s also setting up some outstanding opportunities for buyers and sellers. Whether you’re thinking of buying or selling a home this year, there are perks today that…
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Most Buyers Today Are Very Serious About Purchasing a Home.

Today’s homebuyers are not just talking about their plans, they’re actively engaged in the buying process – and they’re serious about it. A recent report by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) indicates: “…. Of American…
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Experts Weigh-In on the Remarkable Strength of the Housing Market

America has faced its share of challenges in 2020. A once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, a financial crisis leaving millions still unemployed, and an upcoming presidential election that may prove to be one of the most contentious in our nation’s…
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Mortgage Rates Hit Record Lows for Three Consecutive Weeks

Over the past several weeks, Freddie Mac has reported the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropping to record lows, all the way down to 3.03%. Last week’s reported rate reached the lowest point in the history of the survey, which dates…
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Best Time to Sell? When Competition Is at an All-Time Low

In a recent survey of home sellers by Qualtrics, 87% of respondents said they were concerned their home won’t sell because of the pandemic and resulting economic recession. Of the respondents, 51% said they are “seriously worried.” That…
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What Are the Experts Saying About Future Home Prices?

A worldwide pandemic and an economic recession have had a tremendous effect on the nation. The uncertainty brought about by both has made predicting consumer behavior nearly impossible. For that reason, forecasting home prices has become extremely…
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Three Reasons Homebuyers Are Ready to Purchase This Year

A recent survey by Lending Tree tapped into behaviors of over 1,000 prospective buyers. The results indicated 53% of all homebuyers are more likely to buy a home in the next year, even amid the current health crisis. The survey further…
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Are You Ready for the Summer Housing Market?

As the health crisis started making its way throughout our country earlier this spring, sellers have been cautious about putting their homes on the market. This hesitation stemmed primarily from fear of the spread of the coronavirus, and understandably…
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The Benefits of Homeownership May Reach Further Than You Think

More than ever, our homes have become an integral part of our lives. Today they are much more than the houses we live in. They’re evolving into our workplaces, schools for our children, and safe havens that provide shelter, stability, and…
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Buying or Selling a Home? You Need an Expert Kind of Guide

In a normal housing market, whether you’re buying or selling a home, you need an experienced guide to help you navigate through the process. You need someone you can turn to who will tell you how to price your home correctly right from the…
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Baking During Quarantine? 11 Things Your Kitchen Needs

Does it seem like every post in your feed showcases a crusty sourdough boule? Or a focaccia garden? (See photo below, and you'll get the idea.) With so many Americans quarantining at home due to the coronaviruspandemic, it seems like everyone's…
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6 Easy DIY Projects To Give Your Laundry Room Some Love

Laundry rooms are notoriously cheerless spaces, but with all the extra laundry you’re doing in this era of COVID-19? Chances are you’re spending more time in the laundry room than ever before. We wanted to help you make your laundry room…
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How To Grow Your Own Herbs—Even If You Don't Have a Green Thumb

Victory gardens are all the rage right now, but is there a tasty alternative for those of us with black thumbs? I’m talking about the people who kill every plant that ever comes into their lives. Those of us who apologize to plants at the…
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7 Types of Home Improvement Projects You Should Avoid During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Quarantine means spending way more time at home—and for some people, that also means noticing everything you want to change about your space. But is now a good time to take on a major renovation project? Probably not, experts say. “If…
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Unemployment: Hope on the Horizon

Tomorrow, the unemployment rate for April 2020 will be released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It will hit a peak this country has never seen before, with data representing real families and lives affected by this economic slowdown.…
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Home-Buying FAQ: Your Top Questions About Purchasing Property During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown millions of people's financial plans off the rails, and that certainly includes home buying. If you were hoping to purchase a property soon, you no doubt have a lot of questions—about whether it's possible…
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The Pain of Unemployment: It Will Be Deep, But Not for Long

There are two crises in this country right now: a health crisis that has forced everyone into their homes and a financial crisis caused by our inability to move around as we normally would. Over 20 million people in the U.S. became instantly…
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Mortgage FAQ: Essential Answers to All Your Questions About Home Loans in the Coronavirus Era

With the economy in unprecedented territory and the phrase "housing crash" on the lips of economists, mortgage holders have questions. And current homeowners aren't alone: First-time home buyers in search of a new mortgage also have questions…
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Buying a Home Right Now: Easy? No. Smart? Yes.

Through all the volatility in the economy right now, some have put their search for a home on hold, yet others have not. According to ShowingTime, the real estate industry’s leading showing management technology provider, buyers have started…
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7 Easy DIY Kitchen Projects You Can Tackle While You're Self-Isolating

There’s nothing like spending an extended period of time at home to realize how badly your place needs a makeover. So if you're one of the millions of people starting to feel stir-crazy during all this social distancing, we've got the…
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Should I Sell My House Now? The Essential Guide To Selling in the Age of Coronavirus

Spring is usually prime home-selling season—but this spring is a whole different ballgame. With the coronavirus crisis intensifying and the economy in a tailspin, some homeowners may be asking themselves: Should I sell my home during…
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How To Negotiate an Offer on a Home Right Now

The real estate market—and daily life—has been completely upended in just a few weeks. Yet maybe in spite of it all, you've managed to find a home you love and are ready to make an offer. Congratulations! But as you hover on the brink…
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How Technology Is Enabling the Real Estate Process

Today’s everyday reality is pretty different than it looked just a few weeks ago. We’re learning how to do a lot of things in new ways, from how we work remotely to how we engage with our friends and neighbors. Almost everything right now…
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7 Easy DIY Living Room Projects You Can Tackle While You're Social Distancing

Cooped up inside because of the coronavirus? In this unsettling time, doing your part to maintain social distance means you've been spending a lot of time indoors. And while movie marathons and board games can occupy part of your day, they might…
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Don't Let Frightening Headlines Scare You

There’s a lot of anxiety right now regarding the coronavirus pandemic. The health situation must be addressed quickly, and many are concerned about the impact on the economy as well. Amidst all this anxiety, anyone with a megaphone –…
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Yes, You Can Still Afford a Home

The residential real estate market has come roaring out of the gates in 2020. Compared to this time last year, the number of buyers looking for a home is up 20%, and the number of home sales is up almost 10%. The increase in purchasing activity…
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Buying a Home: Do You Know the Lingo?

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…
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Confidence Is the Key to Success for Young Homebuyers

Buying your first home can seem overwhelming. Thankfully, there’s a lot of great information out there to help you feel more confident as you learn about the process. For those in younger generations who aspire to buy, here are three things…
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How Your Tax Refund Can Move You Toward Homeownership This Year

If you’re looking to buy a home in 2020, have you thought about putting your tax refund toward a down payment? Homeownership may be one step closer than you think if you spend your dollars wisely this year. Based on data released by the…
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Thinking of Selling? Now May Be the Time.

The housing market has started off much stronger this year than it did last year. Lower mortgage interest rates have been a driving factor in that change. The average 30-year rate in 2019, according to Freddie Mac, was 3.94%. Today that rate…
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Entry-Level Homeowners Are in the Driver’s Seat

Entry-Level Homeowners Are in the Driver’s Seat One thing helping homeowners right now is price appreciation, especially in the entry-level market. In the latest Home Price Insights report, CoreLogic reveals how home prices increased…
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How to Navigate New Color Trends

Bold, saturated colors are back after years of calm beiges, soothing grays, and varied whites dominating the interior design scene. What’s a homeowner to do? February 6, 2020 by Barbara Ballinger ©…
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How Trusted Professionals Make Homebuying Easier to Understand

In the spring, many excited buyers get ready to enter the housing market. Others continue dreaming about the homes they’d like to buy. The truth is, many potential buyers continue to dream longer than they need to, simply because they’re…
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12 Things Most First-Time Homeowners Don’t Know

  © Provided by The Family Handyman 1. Locate Your Gas and Water Shutoffs. It's troubling when a pipe bursts or when you smell gas in your house. Not knowing how to shut off your water and gas will only compound your stress. (It…
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Great News for Renters Who Want to Buy a Home

Rents in the United States have been skyrocketing since 2012. This has caused many renters to face a tremendous burden when juggling their housing expenses and the desire to save for a down payment at the same time. The recent stabilization…
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Strength of the Economy Is Surprising the Experts

We’re currently in the longest economic recovery in U.S. history. That has caused some to ask experts to project when the next economic slowdown (recession) could occur. Two years ago, 67% of the economists surveyed by the Wall Street…
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5 Reasons Homeowners Throw Better Parties During the Big Game 

5 Reasons Homeowners Throw Better Parties During the Big Game  Some Highlights: There’s more room to entertain a large crowd. The kitchen is big enough to whip up endless appetizers – yum! You don’t have to worry…
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13 Cutting-Edge Updates for the Smart Home

The 2020 Consumer Electronics Show introduced a slew of new and improved technology that will make the everyday experience of living in a home much easier and efficient. January 17, 2020   by Melissa Dittmann…
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2020 Homebuying Checklist

Some Highlights: If you’re thinking of buying a home, plan ahead and stay on the right track, starting with pre-approval. Being proactive about the homebuying process will help set you up for success in each step. Make sure…
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Housing Inventory Vanishing: What Is the Impact on You?

The real estate market is expected to do very well this year as mortgage rates remain at historic lows. One challenge to the housing industry is the lack of homes available for sale. Last week, move.com released a report showing that…
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How Much Should You Pay for a Property in Sheridan Wyoming?

By Matt Westkott Price matters when buying or selling real estate.   It’s a big deal!  It’s important to get it right and important to be a part of the valuation process.  It can be complicated so utilize professionals (YOUR real…
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“A Good Name is Better than Great Riches”

By Zack Cummins One of our Core Concepts at Concept Z is this idea that a good name is better than great riches.  That is a guiding principle that helps us evaluate situations, or as Stephen Covey would say, find “True North” on our…
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What is the Real Estate Commission?

  By Matt Westkott. Real Estate Commission is on the Table! That’s right. Let’s open up the discussion! What is the real estate commission? How much should you pay? And what are you getting for the money?! These are really…
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5 Steps to Prepare Your Home to SELL (Indoor Edition)

  Brrr! Has all this cold weather frozen you on your "Honey-Do" list? No need to stress or to wait until Spring to begin preparing your home to sell. We're here to help you! Jump start the process with these 5 steps to make life…
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OUR NEW YEAR RESOLUTION

Happy 2018! We hope your New Year is off to a great start and you’re getting back into the swing of things after the holiday season. Everyone is buzzing about their New Year resolutions, and of course we are too. Our New Year Resolution…
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SO, WHAT’S THE “CONCEPT” WITH CONCEPT Z?

The End is Where We Begin….  Call it slogan.  A catch phrase.  Tag line.  For us, it’s a way of life.  How we do business.  A mindset we approach every day with.  Our Polaris that guides our moral compass.  A habit?  Definitely! In…
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Restaurants in Sheridan, Wyoming

If you're thinking of buying real estate in Sheridan, Wyoming, congratulations! You've made a great choice for your new home town. When you close on the new house, you may want to celebrate by going out. The first few days in your new home,…
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Schools in Sheridan, Wyoming

If you're parents looking for real estate in Sheridan, Wyoming, then you want to know about the local schools before you decide which house is right for your family. SHERIDAN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT #2 Sheridan County School District…
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Real Estate in Sheridan, Wyoming: Interesting Attractions

If you're considering buying real estate in Sheridan, Wyoming, you may be wondering what this great city has to offer in the way of historic sites, nature, and dining. Bighorn National Forest This scenic national forest spans over 1.1 million…
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Tips for Choosing Art with Flair When Selling Real Estate in Sheridan, Wyoming

Choosing art and décor items often baffles home sellers. When listing your real estate in Sheridan, Wyoming, work with a reputable Realtor who knows what appeals to today’s buyers. Some sellers tour new home models to find out how professional…
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Popular Home Styles and Features that Sell Real Estate in Sheridan, Wyoming

When selling your real estate in Sheridan, Wyoming, there are some features you can add to shoot the value up without spending a fortune. However, if you own a home with an unpopular home style or façade, it’s not typically worth the money…
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Why Selling your Home in the Summer is Best in a Hot Market

If you are wondering why selling your home in the summer is best, consider not only the fact that it’s a hot seller’s market but also the best time of the year for moving. While moving in hot weather is not as pleasant, school is out in…
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Deciding if You're Ready to Buy Real Estate in Sheridan, Wyoming

A lot of millennials in their 20s dream of buying a home. But are you ready to look for your first piece of real estate in Sheridan, Wyoming? Here are some things to do and consider as you begin your hunt for your first home, sweet home.   First,…
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Concept Z Offers Advice on Pricing Your Home

When it comes to choosing listing price, your real estate agent in Sheridan WY will help you stay realistic. According to a recent article by realtor.com, it is common for home sellers to over price their homes. Before listing your Wyoming…
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Tips for Bidding Wars

Bidding Wars With home values going up in Sheridan County and limited inventory, buyers should gear up for bidding wars. By having an experienced realty team who knows the housing inventory in the area, giving you the necessary edge to compete…
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Investment Property for Sale in the Big Horns to Cater to Boomers

A growing number of baby boomers rent instead of own in their retirement, according to a recent report by the Chicago Tribune. Even though they rent, many boomers still gravitate to beautiful states such as Wyoming. By investing in real estate…
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What a Real Estate Agent in Sheridan, WY Can Do for Your Home Buying Experience

Although you may have had positive experiences with renting homes, you may eventually want to put an end to the limitations that come with renting over owning your own property. While you will find home buyers and home sellers that take on the…
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How a Real Estate Agent in Sheridan, WY Can Turn Time into an Advantage

When you want to buy a new home or become a homeowner for the first time, you should understand the importance of being in the right situation for making your purchase. For instance, feeling like you need to rush through the home buying process…
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Why Do You Need a Real Estate Agent?: Show Your Home When You Couldn't Otherwise

If you are in the process of selling your home, you might be thinking about doing it yourself. It might not seem too complicated to advertise your home and show it to prospective buyers, but it really is best to hire a realtor to assist you…