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10 Real Estate Market Predictions for 2021



Will the COVID-19 pandemic be over? Will everyday life return to the days before coronavirus? Will the economy recover to pre-COVID levels? How will the housing market fare in 2021? Is this year the right time for first-time home buyers? Recognizing that real estate values vary considerably by location and use, the likelihood for significant […]

Pros and Cons of 5 Real Estate Investment Strategies



There isn’t just one path to real estate investing — but whichever way you choose, you’ll be joining the ranks of the many Americans who increase their wealth each year through this strategy. To decide which tactic is best for you, consider how much you have to invest upfront and how much time you’ll be […]

How to Save for a Home While Paying off Debt



American debt is on the rise. In fact, the average American currently holds $41,559 of non-mortgage debt, $7,512 more than in 2019. Because those figures are so staggering, many would-be buyers think they have to put off their dream of homeownership until they can get a better handle on their finances. In reality, however, it […]

How Financial Struggles During COVID-19 Will Affect the Real Estate Market



Thanks to COVID-19, the economy has taken a turn for the worse, millions of individuals are unemployed, and renters can’t pay their monthly bills. Hopes for a quick recovery disappeared as a second wave of coronavirus is spreading around the globe, particularly in the U.S. The financial impact of the first wave was relieved with […]

6 Hidden Costs of Selling Your Home



Congratulations on deciding to sell your home! Whether you’re upgrading, moving to a new area, or simply finding a place that better suits your needs, moving can be a welcome change and an exciting time. A word of caution, though — selling your home isn’t as simple as accepting an offer and pocketing the cash. […]

Spooky New Research Shows 60% of Americans Would Buy a Haunted House



As October comes to a close, makeshift graveyards and somber figures invade our streets and front yards. There are no doubts about it: Halloween is almost here. Like many other 2020 events, the festivities may look a little different this year. About 58% of Americans are planning to participate in Halloween celebrations this year, marking […]

How to Keep Your Home Safe This Halloween



Unfortunately, more than seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic, people are still uncertain of what is safe. For example, according to a new survey by Real Estate Witch, only 60% parents said they were planning on trick-or-treating this year, and only a third of those participants said that they would be taking extra precautions. For […]

Pros and Cons of Short-Term Rentals



Until recent years, finding a place while traveling was synonymous with hotels or other professionally run establishments. In the past decade, however, the long-established order was revolutionized by the arrival of a new player on the market: short-term rentals. This newer form of hospitality represents an unprecedented opportunity for travelers — and also for investors. […]

Where Can People on Unemployment Insurance Afford to Pay Rent?



As of August 2020, the U.S. unemployment rate sits at 8.4%. Although this is down from April’s high of 14.7%, it’s more than twice as high as this time last year — which hovered around 3.5%. That 8.4% unemployment rate equates to about 13.6 million people who currently aren’t earning a salary — many of […]

How Increasing Student Debt Will Affect Young Home Buyers



The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are widespread, and they’re not just affecting seasoned full-time workers. College students, in particular, are facing a lot of uncertainty — not just in the short-term but potentially for years — or even decades — to come. Students are having an even harder time paying for college in light […]