Brett Hardi's Blog Posts

Why Homeowners Have Great Selling Power Today

1.1KSHARES912541293We’re sitting in an optimal moment in time for homeowners who are ready to sell their houses and make a move this year. Today’s homeowners are, on average, staying in

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Homeownership Rates Continues to Rise in 2020

913SHARES771561175So far, it’s been quite a ride this year, and our nation has truly seen its fair share of hurdles. From COVID-19 to record unemployment and then the resulting recession, just

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Guidance and Support Are Key When Buying Your First Home

7SHARES0106In June, the number of first-time homebuyers accounted for 35% of the existing homes sold, a trend that’s been building steadily throughout the year. According to the National

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The #1 Misconception in the Homebuying Process

The #1 Misconception in the Homebuying ProcessAfter over a year of moderating home prices, it appears home value appreciation is about to reaccelerate. Skylar Olsen, Director of Economic

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How Trusted Professionals Make Homebuying Easier to Understand

How Trusted Professionals Make Homebuying Easier to UnderstandIn the spring, many excited buyers get ready to enter the housing market. Others continue dreaming about the homes they’d like to

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The Overlooked Financial Advantages of Homeownership

The Overlooked Financial Advantages of HomeownershipThere are many clear financial benefits to owning a home: increasing equity, building net worth, growing appreciation, and more. If you’re a

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How the Housing Market Benefits with Uncertainty in the World

How the Housing Market Benefits with Uncertainty in the WorldIt’s hard to listen to today’s news without hearing about the uncertainty surrounding global markets, the spread of the

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The #1 Reason to List Your House Right Now

The #1 Reason to List Your House Right NowThe success of the U.S. residential real estate market, like any other market, is determined by supply and demand. This means we need to look at how many

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How Pricing Your Home Right Makes a Big Difference

How Pricing Your Home Right Makes a Big DifferenceEven though there’s a big buyer demand for homes in today’s low inventory market, it doesn’t mean you should price your

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The Top States Americans Moved to Last Year [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Top States Americans Moved to Last Year [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights:Americans are on the move, and the most recent Atlas Van Lines Migration Patterns Survey tracked the 2019

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Great News for Renters Who Want to Buy a Home

Great News for Renters Who Want to Buy a HomeRents in the United States have been skyrocketing since 2012. This has caused many renters to face a tremendous burden when juggling their housing

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Does “Aging in Place” Make the Most Sense?

Does “Aging in Place” Make the Most Sense?A desire among many seniors is to “age in place.” According to the Senior Resource Guide, the term means,“…that

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Three Reasons Why Pre-Approval Is the First Step in the 2020 Homebuying Journey

Three Reasons Why Pre-Approval Is the First Step in the 2020 Homebuying JourneyWhen the number of buyers in the housing market outnumbers the number of homes for sale, it’s

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5 Reasons Homeowners Throw Better Parties During the Big Game

5 Reasons Homeowners Throw Better Parties During the Big Game [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights:There’s more room to entertain a large crowd.The kitchen is big enough to whip up endless appetizers

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Strength of the Economy Is Surprising the Experts

Strength of the Economy Is Surprising the ExpertsWe’re currently in the longest economic recovery in U.S. history. That has caused some to ask experts to project when the next economic

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Where Have All the Houses Disappeared To?

Where Have All the Houses Disappeared To?If you’re following what’s happening in the current housing market, you’ve seen how the lack of newly constructed homes is a major reason

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Should I Sell My House This Year?

Should I Sell My House This Year?If one of the questions you’re asking yourself today is, “Should I sell my house this year?” the current Housing Opportunities and

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First-Time Buyers Are Searching for Existing Homes This Year

First-Time Buyers Are Searching for Existing Homes This YearIn the latest Housing Trends Report, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) measured the share of adults planning

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2020 Homebuying Checklist

2020 Homebuying ChecklistSome 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

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The #1 Reason It Is Difficult to Find Your Dream Home

The #1 Reason It Is Difficult to Find Your Dream HomeThe headlines in real estate today all revolve around one major point: there is a shortage of homes available for sale. Price appreciation

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How Buyers Can Win By Downsizing in 2020

How Buyers Can Win By Downsizing in 2020Home values have been increasing for 93 consecutive months, according to the National Association of Realtors. If you’re a homeowner,

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The 2 Surprising Things Homebuyers Really Want

The 2 Surprising Things Homebuyers Really WantIn a market where current inventory is low, it’s normal to think buyers might be willing to give up a few desirable features in their

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Where Homebuyers Are Heading By Generation

Where Homebuyers Are Heading By Generation [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights:Whether capitalizing on job opportunities, affordability, or warm-weather places to retire, Americans are making moves to

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Housing Inventory Vanishing: What Is the Impact on You?

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

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Homes Are More Affordable Today, Not Less Affordable

Homes Are More Affordable Today, Not Less AffordableThere’s a current narrative that owning a home today is less affordable than it has been in the past. The reason some are making this claim

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2020 Luxury Market Forecast

2020 Luxury Market ForecastBy the end of last year, many homeowners found themselves with more equity than they realized, and at the same time their wages were increasing. When those two factors

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Buying a Home Early Can Significantly Increase Future Wealth

Buying a Home Early Can Significantly Increase Future WealthAccording to an Urban Institute study, homeowners who purchase a house before age 35 are better prepared for retirement at age.

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National Cut Your Energy Costs Day

National Cut Your Energy Costs Day [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights:On January 10th of each year, “National Cut Your Energy Costs Day” encourages consumers to reduce their overall

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There’s a Long Line of Buyers Waiting for Your HouseIf you’re following what’s happening in the housing market right now, you know that many people believe the winter months

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The New Spring Real Estate Market is Here. Are You Ready?

The New Spring Real Estate Market is Here. Are You Ready?Which month do you think most people who are considering buying a home actually start their search? If you’re like most of us, you

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Big Demand for Small Homes

Big Demand for Small HomesMovies, tv shows, and celebrities often have us dreaming of owning large homes, but the reality for most people is quite different.Since 2015, the square footage of newly

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3 Benefits to Buying Your Dream Home This Year

3 Benefits to Buying Your Dream Home This YearOutside of a strong economy, low unemployment, and higher wages, there are three more great reasons why you may want to consider buying your dream home

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Top Renovations for Maximum ROI

Top Renovations for Maximum ROI [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights:If you’re planning on selling your house in 2020, these are the top renovations that will give you the highest Return on your

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The 2020 Real Estate Projections That May Surprise You

The 2020 Real Estate Projections That May Surprise YouThis will be an interesting year for residential real estate. With a presidential election taking place this fall and talk of a possible

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Here’s to a Wonderful 2020!

Here’s to a Wonderful 2020!We hope 2020 is a great year for you, both personally and!

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Expert Insights on the 2020 Housing Market

Expert Insights on the 2020 Housing MarketWhen closing out another year, it’s normal to wonder what’s ahead for the housing market. Though there will be future inventory issues, we

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Why You Shouldn’t “For Sale By Owner”

Why You Shouldn’t “For Sale By Owner”Rising home prices coupled with the current inventory in today's market may cause some homeowners to consider selling their homes on their own

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Working with a Local Real Estate Professional Makes All the Difference

Working with a Local Real Estate Professional Makes All the Difference [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights:Choosing the right real estate professional is one of the most impactful decisions you can make in

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Year-Over-Year Rental Prices on the Rise

Year-Over-Year Rental Prices on the RiseLooking ahead, 2020 is projected to be a strong year for homeownership. According to the Freddie Mac Forecast,“We expect rates to remain low,

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When a House Becomes a Happy Home

When a House Becomes a Happy HomeWe 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.No

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2020 Forecast Shows Continued Home Price Appreciation

2020 Forecast Shows Continued Home Price AppreciationQuestions continue to rise around where home prices will head in 2020. The latest forecast from CoreLogic shows continued

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Where is the Housing Market Headed in 2020?

Where is the Housing Market Headed in 2020? [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights:Interest rates will be lower than they have been since before 1980 at 3.8% and are projected to remain steady throughout 2020

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5,300 Reasons to Be Happy You’re a Homeowner

5,300 Reasons to Be Happy You’re a HomeownerStudies have shown that, in many cases, the largest asset a family owns is the house they live in. Over the last twelve months, that asset has

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The Biggest Issue Facing Housing Next Year

The Biggest Issue Facing Housing Next YearThis coming year the housing market will be defined by 3 things- inventory, interest rates, and appreciation.  But the biggest issue the

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3 Mistakes to Avoid When Selling a Home in 2020

3 Mistakes to Avoid When Selling a Home in 2020It’s exciting to put a house on the market and to think about making new memories in new spaces, but we can have deep sentimental attachments to

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December 2019: The Buyer Stakes Are High Because Inventory Is Low

December 2019: The Buyer Stakes Are High Because Inventory Is LowThe reality of what we’re seeing this month is that homes are selling fast. In today’s strong seller’s market,

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Get Your House Ready To Sell This Winter

Get Your House Ready To Sell This WinterSome HighlightsWinter is a great time to list a house, since inventory is traditionally low, and most sellers are holding off until spring to put their homes

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Holiday Gifts Are Not the Only Hot Things Right Now

Holiday Gifts Are Not the Only Hot Things Right NowBlack Friday is behind us and holiday gifts are flying off the shelves in stores and online. Unlike last year, however, there’s another type

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A 365 Day Difference in Homeownership

A 365 Day Difference in HomeownershipOver the past year, mortgage rates have fallen more than a full percentage point. This is a great driver for homeownership, as today’s low rates provide

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Have You Budgeted for Closing Costs?

Have You Budgeted for Closing Costs?Saving for a down payment is a key step in the homebuying process, and it’s not the only piece you need to include in your budget. Another factor that&rsquo

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Millennials Are on the Move as First-Time Homebuyers [INFOGRAPHIC]

Millennials Are on the Move as First-Time Homebuyers [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights:According to NAR’s latest Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the median age of all first-time

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What is the Best Investment for Americans?

What is the Best Investment for Americans?Some are reporting that there is trepidation regarding the real estate market in the United States. Apparently, the American people are quite comfortable

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Is A Bigger House Within Your Budget?

Is A Bigger House Within Your Budget?At this time of year, many families come together to celebrate the season. It’s also the time when many realize their homes are just not quite big enough

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It’s ‘National Roof Over Your Head’ Day!

It’s ‘National Roof Over Your Head’ Day!Did you know that each year in the United States, we celebrate “National Roof Over Your Head Day” on December 3rd?As noted on&

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5 Reasons to Sell This Winter 2019

5 Reasons to Sell This WinterBelow are five compelling reasons to list your house this winter.1. Demand Is StrongThe latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of

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Buyers Are Looking For Your Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

Buyers Are Looking For Your Home [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights:Existing Home Sales are currently at an annual pace of 5.46 million.The inventory of existing homes for sale remains below the 6 months

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Tips to Sell Your Home Faster

Tips to Sell Your Home FasterWhen selling your house, there are a few key things you can prioritize to have the greatest impact for a faster sale:1. Make Buyers Feel at HomeDeclutter your home!

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The True Cost of Not Owning Your Home

The True Cost of Not Owning Your HomeThere are great advantages to owning a home, yet many people continue to rent. The financial benefits are just some of the reasons why homeownership

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7 Reasons to List Your House This Holiday Season

7 Reasons to List Your House This Holiday SeasonAround this time each year, many homeowners decide to wait until after the holidays to list their houses. Similarly, others who already have their

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The Cost Across Time [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Cost Across Time [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights:With interest rates around 3.66%, now is a great time to look back at where they’ve been over the past few decades. Comparatively, they&rsquo

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How Long Can This Economic Recovery Last?

How Long Can This Economic Recovery Last?The economy is currently experiencing the longest recovery in our nation’s history. The stock market has hit record highs, while unemployment rates are

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Buyers Are Looking Now. Are You Ready to List Your Home?

Buyers Are Looking Now. Are You Ready to List Your Home?Inventory on the market today is low, especially among existing homes in the entry and middle-level tiers of the market. It is

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Expert Advice: 3 Benefits to Owning a Home

Expert Advice: 3 Benefits to Owning a HomeSuccess is something often worth repeating, and Brent Sutherland, a Certified Financial Planner and Real Estate Investor, has certainly made his way in a

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2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers v2

2 Myths Holding Back Home BuyersIn a recent article, First American shared how millennials are not really any different from previous generations when it comes to the goal of;

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The Cost of Renting vs. Buying a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights:Historically, the choice between renting and buying a home has been a tough decision.Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (27.7%).

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This is Not 2008 All Over Again: The Mortgage Lending Factor

This is Not 2008 All Over Again: The Mortgage Lending FactorSome are afraid the real estate market may be looking a lot like it did prior to the housing crash in 2008. One of the factors they&rsquo

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Buyer Demand Growing in Every Region

Buyer Demand Growing in Every RegionBuyers are out in full force this fall, increasing the demand for homebuying in all four regions of the country.According to the latest ShowingTime Showing

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Homeownership Rate Remains on the Rise

Homeownership Rate Remains on the RiseIn the third quarter of 2019, the U.S. homeownership rate rose again, signaling another strong indicator of the current housing market.The U.S. Census

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75 Years of VA Home Loan Benefits

75 Years of VA Home Loan BenefitsToday, on Veterans Day, we salute those who have served our country in war or peace, and we thank them for their sacrifice.This year marks the 75th anniversary

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VA Home Loans by the Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC]

VA Home Loans by the Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights:The Veterans Administration (VA) Home Loan is a benefit that is available to more than 22 million veterans and 2 million active

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Forget the Price of the Home. The Cost is What Matters.

Forget the Price of the Home. The Cost is What Matters.Home buying activity (demand) is up, and the number of available listings (supply) is down. When demand outpaces supply, prices appreciate.&

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Millennials: Here’s Why the Process is Well Worth It.

Millennials: Here’s Why the Process is Well Worth It.Millennials have waited longer than any other generation to become homeowners, but the wait for this cohort is just about over.According to

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Planning on Buying a Home? Be Sure You Know Your Options.

Planning on Buying a Home? Be Sure You Know Your Options.When you’re ready to buy, you’ll need to determine if you prefer the charm of an existing home or the look and feel of a newer

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The #1 Reason to List Your House in the Winter

The #1 Reason to List Your House in the WinterMany sellers believe spring is the best time to put their homes on the market because buyer demand traditionally increases at that time of year. What

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Taking the Fear Out of the Mortgage Process

Taking the Fear Out of the Mortgage ProcessA considerable number of potential buyers shy away from the real estate market because they’re uncertain about the buying process –

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Donations

Hi everyone! As you may know I am an avid animal lover and advocate for animal rescues. I personally want to thank John Burnett, (friend, coach) for helping me develop my mission statement of

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JPAR

I am so excited to be working at JP & Associates Realtors.  Looking forward to what the rest of 2019.

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