John Dodds's Blog Posts

Stage Right: Preparing Your Home's Interior for Selling Success

So you've decided to sell your house – congratulations! Now comes the exciting (and sometimes overwhelming) task of getting it ready to impress potential buyers. While curb appeal is

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Garden State Charm: Why Buying a Home in the New Jersey Philly Suburbs is a Smart Move

The City of Brotherly Love offers a vibrant culture, rich history, and exciting job opportunities. But for those seeking a quieter pace with easy access to the urban core, the Philadelphia suburbs

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Why Selling Your Home with a Real Estate Agent Makes Dollars and Sense

Selling your home is an exciting step, but it can also feel overwhelming. Between navigating paperwork, prepping the house, and fielding showings, the process can quickly become a full-time job.'

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Embrace the Serenity: Why Now is the Perfect Time to Invest in a Second Home at the New Jersey Shore

With the world gradually recovering from the upheavals of recent times, many are seeking solace and sanctuary in the tranquility of coastal living. Now, more than ever, the allure of owning a second

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Navigating the Mortgage Maze: What Experts Say About Rates in 2024

As anyone shopping for a home in 2024 knows, mortgage rates are a crucial factor influencing affordability. While rates dipped slightly in late 2023, they've risen again in recent months, leaving

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New Jersey's Housing Market: Seller's Paradise or Cooling Down?

The Garden State's housing market in 2024 remains a complex landscape. While some experts predict a slowdown, others see a continuation of the seller's market. Here's a breakdown of the key trends

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Most 'House Rich' States: See Where NJ Ranks For Home Affordability

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: It can be pretty expensive to buy a home in New Jersey. And the Garden State was among the top 10 least “house rich” states in the nation,

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Yard Trends: Outdoor Spaces That Inspire Play

Outdoor improvements like patios, pools and flower gardens have long been homeowner priorities, but the emphasis on creating an outdoor oasis increased in recent years, largely due to the pandemic.

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New Home Sales Rise as Buyers Run Out of Options in the Resale Market

An ongoing and persistent lack of homes in the resale market is pushing more home buyers into new construction, which caused sales to surge for the second month in a row.  Read.

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Places to Visit This Spring in Camden County

Spring is finally here, and it's time to start planning some fun activities to do in Camden County. Whether you're a local or just visiting the area, there are plenty of things to do and see this

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Housing Starts Fall Again as High Mortgage Rates Scare Off U.S. Home Buyers

Construction on new houses fell 4.2% in October as high mortgage rates put off buyers and forced builders to scale back, a situation that’s likely to continue through 2023.  Read.

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Mortgage Rates Hit 6% for the First Time Since 2008, While Applications Fall to Lowest Level Since 1999

A surge in mortgage rates to 6% is giving home shoppers chills, pushing them to wait to refinance or buy a home.  Read.

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Mortgage Rates Settle In the 5% Range

Mortgage rates appear to be settling in the 5% range after recent dramatic climbs that shocked home buyers. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 5.13% this week, down slightly from its 5.22%

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Rapid Rise in Mortgage Rates Stalls

The quick rise in mortgage rates over the last few weeks is taking a pause. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 5.7% this week, dropping from last week’s 5.81%, according to Freddie Mac.

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Home Prices Soar to New Record High

The median national home price climbed to an all-time high in May, reaching $447,000, realtor.com® reports. Buyers snatched up listings a week faster than a year ago. But despite higher prices

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