McBride Kelly Real Estate News & Advice

Buying a home is likely to be the largest purchase you make in your lifetime.  Helping you every step of the way is our job and we will perform it as efficiently and effectively as possible.  Our blog is intended to provide you with as much helpful background information and advice as possible.  Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We would love to talk with you!

June 20, 2024

Worried About Mortgage Rates? Control the Controllables



Chances are you’re hearing a lot about mortgage rates right now. You may even see some headlines talking about last week’s Federal Reserve (the Fed) meeting and what it means for rates. But the Fed doesn’t determine mortgage rates, even if the headlines make it sound like they do.

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Posted in Home Buying Tips
June 20, 2024

What You Need To Know About Today’s Down Payment Programs



There's no denying it's gotten more challenging to buy a home, especially with today's mortgage rates and home price appreciation. And that may be one of the big reasons you’re eager to look into grants and assistance programs to see if there’s anything you qualify for that can help. But unfortunately, many homebuyers feel like they don’t know where to start. 

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Posted in Home Buying Tips
June 3, 2024

The Biggest Mistakes Buyers Are Making Today



Buyers face challenges in any market – and today’s is no different. With higher mortgage rates and rising prices, plus the limited supply of homes for sale, there’s a lot to consider.

But, there's one way to avoid getting tripped up – and that’s leaning on a real estate agent for the best possible advice. An expert’s insights will help you avoid some of the most common mistakes homebuyers are making right now.

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Posted in Home Buying Tips
June 3, 2024

How an Agent Helps Market Your House



You’re ready to sell your house. But what do you need most from your real estate agent? Well, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) asked that very question to recent sellers and found one of the top things they were looking for is help marketing their house to potential buyers. Maybe that’s what you need the most help with too.

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Posted in Seller Information
May 20, 2024

What's Motivating Your Move?



Thinking about selling your house? As you make your decision, consider what's pushing you to think about moving. A recent survey from Realtor.com looked into why people want to sell their homes this year. Here are the top two reasons (see graphic below):

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Posted in Seller Information
May 20, 2024

Thinking of Selling? You Want an Agent with These Skills



Selling your house is a big decision. Your home is one of the biggest investments you’ve probably ever made, and it’s a place where you’ve created countless memories. That combo means there’s going to be a lot of emotions involved. You want someone who understands your perspective, knows what it feels like, and is an expert at helping homeowners just like you navigate the process of selling a home.

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Posted in Seller Information
May 13, 2024

The Top 2 Reasons To Consider a Newly Built Home



When you’re planning a move, it’s normal to wonder where you’ll end up and what your future home is going to look like. Maybe you’ve got a specific picture of that house in your mind. But unless you came into this process knowing you want to buy a newly built home, you may not have pictured new home construction.

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Posted in Home Buying Tips
May 13, 2024

Tips for Younger Homebuyers: How To Make Your Dream a Reality




If you’re a member of a younger generation, like Gen Z, you may be asking the question: will I ever be able to buy a home? And chances are, you’re worried that’s not going to be in the cards with inflation, rising home pricesmortgage rates, and more seemingly stacked against you.

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Posted in Home Buying Tips
April 19, 2024

Myths About the 2024 Housing Market



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Some Highlights

  • When it comes to the current housing market, there are some myths circling around right now.
  • Some of the more common ones are that it’s better to wait for mortgage rates to fall or prices to crash. But there are others about the supply of homes for sale and down payments. 
  • Let’s connect so you have an expert to help separate fact from fiction in today’s housing market.
Posted in Market Updates
April 19, 2024

Is It Better To Rent Than Buy a Home Right Now?



You may have seen reports in the news recently saying it’s more affordable to rent right now than it is to buy a home. And while that may be true in some markets if you just look at typical monthly payments, there’s one thing that the numbers aren’t factoring in: and that’s home equity. Here’s a look at how big of an impact equity can have and why it’s worth considering as you make your decision.

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Posted in Home Buying Tips