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Tuesday, September 11, 2018   /   by Bret Johnson

The Truth About 3 Common Down Payment Myths

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There is a lot of false information out there regarding the real estate process, and the subject of down payments seems to be particularly misunderstood. And this is exactly why I’d like to share and debunk three common down payment myths for you today. 

1. You need to put 20% down. Actually, there are many different lending options available right now. Depending on your circumstances, you could secure a mortgage for little to no money down. The best way to determine what you’re eligible for is to speak to an experienced local lender about these options.

2. Financed offers will never beat cash offers. Assuming your lender has been able to get you fully underwritten and pre-approved, this is not the case. Buyers using financing may still stand a strong chance against cash buyers, so long as they’re sufficiently qualified. Another strategy for beating ou ...

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Monday, August 27, 2018   /   by Bret Johnson

Our Market Update for August 2018

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Today I want to discuss some of the changes we’ve seen in the market since this time last year.

Supply is a major theme of this update. Supply is still on the low end and we are definitely still in a seller’s market. This ranges across all price points and across the Valley. Since August 2017, active and pending listings have decreased by 10% and 7.1%, respectively. This shows that the low supply is putting pressure on sellers’ abilities to sell homes.

On top of that, monthly sales are up 6.3%, and the average monthly price per square foot has increased by $13 over last August. The low supply is impacting home prices and putting some pressure on buyers to find the right home.

There is some good news for buyers, however: Supply in the price point between $200,000 and $250,000 has risen 8.1% in the past 12 weeks. Not only that, but in the range between ...

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Wednesday, August 08, 2018   /   by Bret Johnson

Who Is Ashley Hanawalt and Why Is She Such an Important Part of Our Team?

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Today we’re happy to be joined by Ashley Hanawalt, an integral part of our team. Ashley is our executive partner who works with our database manager and runs a lot of stuff behind the scenes for our team.

As you guys know, when you work with our team, you get more than just one individual on your side working for you. Ashley is just one example of that. I asked her a few questions about working with us and how she contributes to our team:

What is the best part of working with Realty Network Group?

The best part is that you’re not alone and you’re working with a team. There’s always someone to help you and everyone always has great advice to give. There are people who may have been in a certain situation where they can share their experience to help others through the process.

What are some of the things you do for our team each day?

I d ...

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018   /   by Bret Johnson

Introducing 1 of Our Amazing Team Members: Becky Trujillo

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When you work with the Realty Network Group, you have the opportunity to collaborate with a full team of experts for the price of one. That said, today I’d like to introduce you to one of our integral team members: Becky Trujillo.

Many of you may have already worked with Becky in the past, so we wanted to put a face to the name and give you some deeper insight into her role with our team.

Becky has been working with me for over 14 years and has been a part of Realty Network Group since its inception. Put simply, her job is to assist our company’s agents and clients with their listing and selling needs. She takes a lot of stress out of these processes.

Getting to know each agent and each client is actually Becky’s favorite part of her job. According to Becky, our team is like a home to her. We are so thankful to have her on board.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018   /   by Bret Johnson

3 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Value Through Sustainability

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Today I am going to discuss how you can use sustainability to sell your home. A recent survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors showed that 71% of Realtors said that sustainability helped homes sell faster and for more money. Here are a few ways that you can maximize energy-efficiency in your home in order to increase its sale price:

1. Energy-efficient appliances. Energy Star-certified appliances such as fridges, washing machines, and dryers can be as much as 40% more water-efficient and 25% more energy-efficient than standard models. Those numbers go way up if you compare new energy-efficient appliances with models that are more than a few years old. On top of that, there are some pretty cool gadgets out there, such as the NEST thermostat and solar hot water heaters that will stand out to buyers who are looking for this type of property. It will help your home stand ...

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