Ice Dams: how to prevent and how to remove

Ice dams are literally dams of ice that form on roofs and cause water to back up. Ice dams form when the snow that touches the roof melts, and then that water freezes again before running off the roof. This usually happens at the edges of roofs, but not always. If you’d prefer to watchContinue reading “Ice Dams: how to prevent and how to remove”

Negative Equity? Looming Housing Crash? The Truth About Today’s Housing Market

Home equity has been a hot topic in real estate news lately as well as fears of a repeat of the 2008 housing crash. But don’t let those headlines scare you. In truth, the headlines don’t give you all the information you really need to understand what’s happening and at what scale. Let’s break down these two storiesContinue reading “Negative Equity? Looming Housing Crash? The Truth About Today’s Housing Market”

Bloomington Mortgage Assistance Money – Not Just for First-Time Home Buyers 

Whenever a new assistance program comes out, we like to highlight it. This one we are really excited about. Because it is FREE money (if you meet the criteria.)  The city of Bloomington will give you up to $10,500 to use towards a down payment or closing costs if you purchase a property (condo, townhome,Continue reading “Bloomington Mortgage Assistance Money – Not Just for First-Time Home Buyers “

Fun, Facts & Finance – Top Ten 2022 Blogs!

Real estate is always changing in some fashion with low interest rates (then high interest rates!), too much inventory (then almost NO inventory) or high prices (and then higher prices!). Since starting our blog, we’ve tried to cover many of your current questions and concerns that we hear in our daily conversations with so manyContinue reading “Fun, Facts & Finance – Top Ten 2022 Blogs!”

What YOU Should Know About Home Prices, Home Equity & Inventory!

If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home this year, you may have questions about what’s happening with home prices today as the market cools. In the simplest sense, nationally, experts don’t expect prices to come crashing down, but the level of home price moderation will depend on factors like supply and demand in each local market. What’s Really HappeningContinue reading “What YOU Should Know About Home Prices, Home Equity & Inventory!”

3 Ways You Can Use Your Home Equity

If you’re a homeowner, odds are your equity has grown significantly over the last few years as home prices skyrocketed and you made your monthly mortgage payments. Home equity builds over time and can help you achieve certain goals. According to the latest Equity Insights Report from CoreLogic, the average borrower with a home loan has almost $300,000 in equity right now. As youContinue reading “3 Ways You Can Use Your Home Equity”

Thanksgiving…400 years ago!

Thanksgiving celebrations or festivals following fall harvest have a history going back to ancient times across many cultures and parts of the world. This year, the United States celebrates the 400th anniversary of its historically recognized first Thanksgiving in Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts where the Pilgrims settled in America. Prior to the Pilgrim Thanksgiving with theContinue reading “Thanksgiving…400 years ago!”