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    2 Myths Holding Back Home-Buyers

    By The Gardner Group | March 16, 2020

    In a recent article, First American shared how millennials are not really any different from previous generations when it comes to the goal of homeownership; it is still a huge part of their American Dream. The piece, however, also reveals,  “Saving for a down payment is one of the biggest obstacles faced by first-time home buyers. Dispelling... Read More

    The #1 Misconception in the Homebuying Process

    By The Gardner Group | March 9, 2020

    After over a year of moderating home prices, it appears home value appreciation is about to reaccelerate. Skylar Olsen, Director of Economic Research at Zillow, explained in a recent article:  “A year ago, a combination of a government shutdown, stock market slump and mortgage rate spike caused a long-anticipated inventory rise. That supposed boom turned out to be a... Read More

    The Benefits of Selling Your Home with Realtor

    By The Gardner Group | March 2, 2020

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    Interest Rates Over Time (INFOGRAPHIC)

    By The Gardner Group | February 21, 2020

    Some Highlights: With interest rates hovering at near historic lows, now is a great time to look back at where they’ve been, and how much they’ve changed over time. According to Freddie Mac, mortgage interest rates are currently hovering near a five-decade low. The impact your interest rate has on your monthly mortgage payment is significant. An... Read More

    Buying a Home: Have You Budgeted for Closing Costs?

    By The Gardner Group | February 17, 2020

    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’s important to plan for is the closing costs required to obtain a mortgage. What Are Closing Costs? According to Trulia, “When you close on a home, a... Read More

    3 Mistakes to Avoid When Selling a Home in 2020

    By The Gardner Group | February 11, 2020

    It’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 the homes we’re leaving behind, too. Growing emotions can help or hinder a sale, depending on how we manage them. When it comes to the bottom line, homeowners... Read More

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

    By The Gardner Group | February 4, 2020

    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 probably think the surge happens in the spring, likely in April. Not anymore. According to new research, January 2019 was only 1% behind February for the most monthly views per listing on So, what... Read More

    6 Ways to Reduce Your Energy Consumption (and Save Money!)

    By The Gardner Group | January 27, 2020

    Some Highlights: On January 10th of each year, “National Cut Your Energy Costs Day” encourages consumers to reduce their overall energy costs by improving home efficiency. According to Freddie Mac, a typical U.S. family spends $2,200 per year on energy bills. By making energy efficient upgrades, you could reduce your energy bills by up to 30%. To... Read More

    Make the Dream of Homeownership a Reality in 2020

    By The Gardner Group | January 20, 2020

    In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. led and inspired a powerful movement with his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Through his passion and determination, he sparked interest, ambition, and courage in his audience. Today, reflecting on his message encourages many of us to think about our own dreams, goals, beliefs, and aspirations. For many... Read More

    There’s a Long Line of Buyers Waiting for Your House

    By The Gardner Group | January 10, 2020

    If you’re following what’s happening in the housing market right now, you know that many people believe the winter months aren’t a good time to sell a home. As Senior Economist George Ratiu recently noted, “Sellers tend to be more reluctant to list during the colder time of year when the market typically makes a seasonal slowdown.” However,... Read More