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The outdoor space matters. More homeowners are dedicating time and money to sprucing up the backyard space for entertainment, investing in landscaping projects to make the outdoor space livable. Think furniture, fire pits, patio heaters, lighting, and speakers. Why? For many homeowners, the outdoor space is used significantly more, and don’t forget about the front yard. Homeowners are also focusing on that curb appeal.

Not quite ready to buy a house but want to stop paying a landlord? Try looking into purchasing a condo. Home prices aren’t the only housing prices on the rise, rent prices have been steadily and drastically increasing, too. Owning a home can “fix” that price, and it’s something akin to “forced” savings. With condos, there are typically homeowners association (HOA) fees but for many first-time homeowners, these can take the stress out of maintaining a yard. Some condos provide fitness rooms, pools, golf courses, assigned parking, extra security, and the inclusion of some utilities. It’s a good idea to contact other owners within the condominium to assess if it’s a good HOA or one you’ll be regretting entering into; if it’s worth the fee.

Two points for the good, healthy economy we’re seeing:

  • The Federal Reserve minutes were released this week, hinting to three more rate hikes this year instead of two.
  • The job market remains strong with only 233K Jobless Claims reported last week.

Hall Financial (NMLS #1467435) was formed in early 2016, founded on a common mission: to be the most client focused mortgage company in the industry’s history. We were going to stop the trend of treating homeowners and homebuyers as transactions and instead, welcome them as family. We were going to treat them like the queen of England. Here, we bring you up to speed and keep you in the know with the latest housing news, home trends, and more!

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