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    DISPELLING REFINANCING MYTHS

    By Gregory Straus | July 10, 2023

    DISPELLING REFINANCING MYTHS  “Refinancing” is a scary word for many people, but that shouldn’t be the case for you. For many homeowners, refinancing can not only lower your monthly payments and help with your monthly budget, but it can save you thousands of dollars in the long run. YOU’RE NOT TOO LATE. For years now,... Read More

    WHICH DOWN PAYMENT STRATEGY IS RIGHT FOR YOU? 

    By Gregory Straus | July 5, 2023

    WHICH DOWN PAYMENT STRATEGY IS RIGHT FOR YOU?  You’ve most likely heard the rule: Save for a 20-percent down payment before you buy a home. The logic behind saving 20 percent is solid, as it shows that you have the financial discipline and stability to save for a long-term goal. It also helps you get... Read More

    STAGING STRATEGIES FOR YOUR HOME

    By Gregory Straus | June 28, 2023

    STAGING STRATEGIES FOR YOUR HOME Staging your home is all about putting the best foot forward for potential buyers. By highlighting its most desirable features, you can draw more interest for your home and leave a lasting impression that is sure to help you sell it more quickly. Here’s what you should keep in mind... Read More

    The True Value of Homeownership

    By Gregory Straus | June 5, 2023

    The True Value of Homeownership Buying and owning your home can make a big difference in your life by bringing you joy and a sense of belonging. And with June being National Homeownership Month, it’s the perfect time to think about all the benefits homeownership provides.  Of course, there are financial reasons to buy a house, but... Read More

    Why Buyers Need an Expert Agent by Their Side

    By Gregory Straus | June 1, 2023

    Why Buyers Need an Expert Agent by Their Side The process of buying a home can feel a bit intimidating, even under normal circumstances. But today’s market is still anything but normal. There continues to be a very limited number of homes for sale, and that’s creating bidding wars and driving home prices back up as buyers compete over the... Read More

    Ways To Overcome Affordability Challenges in Today’s Housing Market

    By Gregory Straus | May 18, 2023

    Ways To Overcome Affordability Challenges in Today’s Housing Market Some Highlights With so few homes on the market right now, widening the scope of your search to include nearby areas could help you find more options in your budget. You can also work with a trusted lender to consider alternative financing options and search for down payment assistance. If... Read More

    Despite Higher Mortgage Rates, Buyer Activity Is Up!

    By Gregory Straus | May 10, 2023

    Buyer Activity Is Up Despite Higher Mortgage Rates May 3, 2023 For Sellers Housing Market Updates Selling Myths  If you’re a homeowner thinking about making a move, you may wonder if it’s still a good time to sell your house. Here’s the good news. Even with higher mortgage rates, buyer traffic is actually picking up speed. Data from the latest ShowingTime Showing Index, which... Read More

    Two Reasons You Should Sell Your House This Spring

    By Gregory Straus | May 4, 2023

    Two Reasons You Should Sell Your House Wondering if you should sell your house this year? As you make your decision, think about what’s motivating you to consider moving. A recent survey from realtor.com asked why homeowners are thinking about selling their houses this year. Here are the top two reasons (see graphic below): Let’s break those reasons down... Read More

    716 Realty Group WNY Grows Significantly in 2023

    By Gregory Straus | May 1, 2023

    716 Realty Group WNY Grows Significantly in 2023 5/1/23 The truth is that the Buffalo Niagara Market is low on inventory and seemingly everyone is feeling the pinch. Buyers are competing for homes like never before and sellers are seeing appreciation of home values often much higher than even the experts can predict. According to... Read More

    Why Buying a Home Makes More Sense Than Renting Today

    By Gregory Straus | May 1, 2023

    Why Buying a Home Makes More Sense Than Renting Today Wondering if you should continue renting or if you should buy a home this year? If so, consider this. Rental affordability is still a challenge and has been for years. That’s because, historically, rents trend up over time. Data from the Census shows rents have been climbing pretty steadily since 1988. ... Read More