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    Three Ways to Win in a Bidding War

    By The Gardner Group | September 2, 2020

    With so few houses for sale today and low mortgage rates driving buyer activity, bidding wars are becoming more common. Multiple-offer scenarios are heating up, so it’s important to get pre-approved before you start your search. This way, you can put your best foot forward – quickly and efficiently – if you’re planning to buy a home this season.... Read More

    Mortgage Rates Hit Record Lows for Three Consecutive Weeks

    By The Gardner Group | July 15, 2020

    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 back to 1971 (See graph below): What does this mean for buyers? This is huge for homebuyers. Those... Read More

    What Are the Experts Saying About Future Home Prices?

    By The Gardner Group | June 23, 2020

    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 have become extremely difficult. Normally, there’s a simple formula to determine the future price of any item: calculate the supply of... Read More

    Stay-at-Home Summer Dining on a Budget: 3 Steps to Creating the Ultimate Backyard Dining Experience

    By The Gardner Group | May 18, 2020

    Guest article written by Ray Flynn from DiyGuys.netImage via Unsplash Amid the coronavirus pandemic, many of us are changing the ways we spend our time at home — and we’re taking advantage of the great outdoors by going on lots of walks, bike rides, hikes, or simply lounging in our own backyards. Even when stay-at-home orders... Read More

    Will Home Values Appreciate or Depreciate in 2020?

    By The Gardner Group | May 12, 2020

    With the housing market staggered to some degree by the health crisis the country is currently facing, some potential purchasers are questioning whether home values will be impacted. The price of any item is determined by supply as well as the market’s demand for that item. Each month the National Association of Realtors (NAR) surveys “over 50,000 real... Read More

    Buying a Home Right Now: Easy? No. Smart? Yes.

    By The Gardner Group | May 4, 2020

    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 to reappear over the last several weeks. In the latest report, they revealed: “The March ShowingTime Showing Index® recorded... Read More

    When to Hire a Pro for Home Improvement Projects

    By The Gardner Group | April 7, 2020

    Guest article written by Ray Flynn from It’s tempting to save money on home improvement by doing the work yourself. However, in many cases, you waste time and money if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing. Some projects require little skill, but others can be deceptively challenging — and even dangerous — if... Read More

    The Cost of Renting vs. Buying a Home

    By The Gardner Group | April 6, 2020

    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%) vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-priced home (17.5%), the choice is clear. Every market is different. Before you renew your lease, find out if you... Read More

    5 Reasons This is NOT Like What Happened to the Housing Market in 2008

    By The Gardner Group | March 16, 2020

    With all of the volatility in the stock market and uncertainty about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), some are concerned we may be headed for another housing crash like the one we experienced from 2006-2008. The feeling is understandable. Ali Wolf, Director of Economic Research at the real estate consulting firm Meyers Research, addressed this point in a recent interview: “With... Read More

    Homeownership Rate on the Rise to a 6-Year High

    By The Gardner Group | March 16, 2020

    Regardless of the lack of inventory on the market, the U.S. homeownership rate has climbed to a 6-year high. The United States Census Bureau reported that it increased to 65.1% in the fourth quarter of 2019, representing the highest level in the past six years. See the graph below:This increase does not come as a surprise. According to, “The... Read More