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September 19 2022

How to Navigate a Bidding War

Record-low housing inventories and more prospective buyers than sellers have led to competitive bidding wars characterized by little to no contingencies, “as is” contracts, higher opening bids and down payments, and more.

May 13 2022

How Home Buyers Can Navigate the Spring Real Estate Market

It’s best to have all documentation, financials, commitment letters, and mortgage options prior to making an offer on a property in the current, record-breaking spring home-buying season led by bidding wars, pent-up demand, and decreased inventory.

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March 04 2022

How to Get Your Offer Accepted in a Seller’s Market

When crafting a strong offer in a tight real estate market, prospective homebuyers should consider competitive tactics such as minimal contingencies, earnest money, escalation clauses, flexibility, appraisal gap coverage, and more.

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December 14 2021

Should I Sell My Home During the Winter?

With this year’s winter real estate market again predicted to be one of the best ever, now is the perfect time to sell your home due to low interest rates, added demand, proactive buyers, increased digital marketing tools, and other trends.

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September 14 2021

10 Reasons Why the Fall Home Market Will Still Be Hot

The usually tepid fall homebuying season will continue gaining momentum due to the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, more flexible remote work schedules, motivated buyers, additional space needs, and more.

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February 08 2021

What Is a Jumbo Loan?

Designated for primary, secondary, and multi-unit properties priced $500,000 or more, jumbo loans help qualified home buyers secure funding beyond current Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) maximum conforming loan limits.

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December 21 2020

5 Benefits for First-Time Home Buyers

Prospective first-time home buyers may qualify for several significant cost-saving incentives, such as government-backed loans and grants, tax credits and exemptions, financial assistance, and more.

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October 23 2020

Renting vs. Buying: Which Is Right for You?

Choosing whether to rent or buy is a major decision, with many considerations, such as mortgage type,interest rates, affordability and budget, credit rating, personal and professional goals, and more.

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September 15 2016

Moving on Long Island? Here are 6 Qualities of a Good Realtor.

When it comes to choosing a Long Island realtor, remember to keep in mind key qualities that he or she should have, like being enthusiastic.

May 12 2016

Why Use a Realtor When Buying Your Long Island Home?

Using a realtor as you search for a home on Long Island will result in a more efficient buying and selling process, with less weight on your shoulders.

Statistics Show Millennials Buying More Homes than Other Generations
April 22 2016

Statistics Show Millennials Buying More Homes than Other Generations

A 2016 report shows that most home-buyers are millennials and they work with real estate agents to learn more about the home-buying process.

Why a Long Island Realtor is Your (and Our) Best Friend
January 27 2016

Why a Long Island Realtor is Your (and Our) Best Friend

Long Island Realtors exude glamorous personas, but their daily tasks are more involved than you might originally think.

Realtors' Guide to New TRID Rules
October 29 2015

Realtors' Guide to New TRID Rules

On October 3, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau enacted new TRID rules. Follow this guide to avoid potential pitfalls for real estate agents.

Fall Refresh for Long Island Realtors
September 24 2015

Fall Refresh for Long Island Realtors

Long Island realtors looking to make some new deals before the winter holiday season, we’ve put together some insider tips on what to do in the fall.

10 Tips for Creating Memorable Open Houses on Long Island
July 22 2015

10 Tips for Creating Memorable Open Houses on Long Island

Here are ten tips to creating the perfect buying and selling atmosphere with open houses on Long Island.

The Difference between Real Estate Agent and Real Estate Broker
June 17 2015

The Difference between Real Estate Agent and Real Estate Broker

Contour mortgage is proud to work with real estate agents and real estate brokers who are instrumental in helping clients find perfect properties.

May 19 2015

The Keys to Becoming a Successful Real Estate Agent

Becoming a successful real estate agent includes effective communication, listening to clients' needs and building trusted relationships.

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