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Options exist for homebuyer looking to waive inspections

Thursday, April 29, 2021 Lauren Bunting

Last week, we discussed the current sellers’ market and how it is difficult to get offers accepted when facing multiple offer situations.

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Waiving appraisal effective strategy for select buyers

Thursday, April 22, 2021 Lauren Bunting

Buyers are looking for ways to strengthen their offer in this competitive seller’s market.


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Maryland SmartBuy 3.0 program discussed

Thursday, April 08, 2021 Lauren Bunting

The state of Maryland offers a unique program called Maryland SmartBuy, which can help buyers with student debt attain homeownership.

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Home sales slip in February after gains in months prior

Thursday, March 25, 2021 Lauren Bunting

According to the National Association of Realtors®, existing-home sales declined in February, following gains in both January, 2021 and December, 2020. However, all four U.S. regions recorded year-over-year gains.

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Tips to improve chances in challenging sellers' market

Thursday, February 11, 2021 Lauren Bunting

Lack of inventory, rising prices, multiple offers on new listings—all confirmation that we are indeed in a sellers’ market.

Finding a home

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VA Loan obtainable through mortgage companies, banks

Thursday, January 21, 2021 Lauren Bunting

Most people are familiar with the VA Loan, which is a loan program through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Real estate market closes strong despite 2020 chaos

Thursday, January 07, 2021 Lauren Bunting

The year 2020 in real estate ended very strong. Here’s an “at a glance” recap of some of the various market stats.

• The average sales prices varied monthly throughout the year, but June had the highest sales price average increase for Worcester county at 20 percent higher than last year,

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Record-setting low interest rates benefit home buyers

Thursday, December 10, 2020 Lauren Bunting

There are so many advantages to owning your own home, and even with prices on the rise, affording a new home may be easier than you think due to continued record-setting low interest

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Property restrictions special exception or variance option

Thursday, December 03, 2020 Lauren Bunting

When it comes to restrictions that local governments impose on property, there are avenues such as a variance or a special exception that owners can pursue to request changes, but the two are

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Water quality test important for homes with private wells

Thursday, November 26, 2020 Lauren Bunting

An important inspection for homes, especially those on a private well water supply, is the water quality test.

This test usually covers bacterial, chemical and lead testing in our area. These water tests include results on: coliform, e-coli, nitrates/nitrites, sand, turbidity, pH, chlorine, iron and lead.

It is not common to find

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Beat other buyers in multiple bid situations

Thursday, November 19, 2020 Lauren Bunting

In a strong real estate market with lower inventory, we are experiencing numerous multiple offer situations, especially on the lower price point category of homes that first-time homebuyers would be seeking.

So how can a first-time homebuyer strengthen their chances of beating out other buyers?

This is one of the hardest, but

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Different levels of insurance policy coverage

Thursday, November 12, 2020 Lauren Bunting

Most commonly used in the state of Maryland to protect a buyer and ensure that title to a property is clear and marketable in a real estate transaction, is the purchase of a

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Home smoke alarm requirements

Thursday, November 05, 2020 Lauren Bunting

Homeowners in the state of Maryland should be aware that as of Jan. 1, 2018, there were new residential smoke alarm requirements put into place, as per a bill passed by the Maryland

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Lenders seek verification of cash deposits in accounts

Thursday, October 15, 2020 Lauren Bunting

Cash may be king in a sellers’ market, but buyers need to understand that the same is not true with financial institutions.

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Housing prices increase, but appraisals lag behind

Thursday, September 24, 2020 Lauren Bunting

With “for sale” inventory limited in many price points, sellers may be able to ask more for their home.

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Housing market could be stronger

Thursday, September 17, 2020 Lauren Bunting

The National Association of Realtors Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun, released a video report that dissects the latest homes sales numbers, talks about what could make the market even stronger, and forecasts what’s ahead

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Flood insurance program may expire Sept. 30

Thursday, September 10, 2020 Lauren Bunting

The National Flood Insurance Program’s authority to provide flood insurance is currently scheduled to expire on Sept. 30.

The National Association of Realtors is making every effort to secure a long-term reauthorization of the

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OC area remains in higher demand with low inventory

Thursday, September 03, 2020 Lauren Bunting

At the beginning of the summer, we reported that demand has been very strong in the Ocean City market and surrounding areas since the end of April.

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How sellers can get best offer on houses in market

Thursday, August 20, 2020 Lauren Bunting

When listing a home for sale, sellers should make sure they really “come out of the gate running.”

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Prepare for storms with insurance, actions

Thursday, August 06, 2020 Lauren Bunting

With the recent Tropical Storm Isaias impacting our coastal area, the importance of having a plan in place for storm events to protect your property is top of mind.

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New state legislation impacts HOA and condo associations

Thursday, July 23, 2020 Lauren Bunting

Below is the final summary of the 2020 legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly on items that were passed and put into legislation affecting the real estate industry as it relates to

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Points to weigh prior to purchasing condo

Thursday, July 02, 2020 Lauren Bunting

Condo sales have been soaring in the Ocean City and surrounding beach markets.

Purchasing a condominium differs

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Validity of contracts explained

Thursday, June 18, 2020 Lauren Bunting

With low inventory in our market, and a high buyer demand, we are experiencing many multiple-offer situations on properties.

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Appraisal of home important part of real estate process

Thursday, June 11, 2020 Lauren Bunting

The appraisal of a home is an important step in the real estate process, one that can certainly make or break a deal.

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OC housing market strong because of low interest rate

Thursday, June 04, 2020 Lauren Bunting

Demand has been very strong in the Ocean City market over the past month due to both being in our spring market (although somewhat postponed due to covid-19) and historically low interest rates.

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Differences between down payments and closing costs

Thursday, May 28, 2020 Lauren Bunting

Some of the biggest misconceptions in buying a home are related to down payments and closing costs.

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Contingencies in Contracts

Thursday, August 01, 2019 Lauren Bunting

Purchasing a new home is normally the biggest investment you’ll ever make and once you’ve bought a home, it’s a decision you can’t easily reverse. Contracts of sale offer various contingency clauses that allow you to negotiate the contract

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LWB Real Estate Report: Condo Association Fees

Monday, May 01, 2017 Lauren Bunting

In the 2016 session of the Maryland General Assembly, legislation under House Bill 1192 was passed that alters the contents of required disclosures, authorizes additional fees, and sets limits on the fees that may be charged to a seller by a condominium council of unit owners for

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Many variables to consider in condo buying

Friday, June 19, 2015 Lauren Bunting

Purchasing a condominium differs from buying a single-family home in more ways than the obvious. Of course, condo ownership offers buyers the convenience of maintenance free living since you don’t have to worry about cutting the grass or shoveling

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MAR support home-buying bill before house

Sunday, May 31, 2015 Lauren Bunting

The Maryland Association of Realtors (MAR) makes great efforts in legislative advocacy at the state level, with a focus on supporting and developing legislation that helps the real estate industry and supports the business interests of real estate professionals.

In a recent news release from MAR, it

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Help Navigating the Real Estate World

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 Lauren Bunting

Many buyers are aware of both FHA 3.5 percent down loan and the USDA 100% financing loan. Both of these loans require upfront mortgage insurance fees as well as monthly insurance premiums that can really push up the monthly cost of their loan, which reduces purchase power.

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Boomerang Buyers

Friday, March 01, 2013 Lauren Bunting

Real Estate Report: Real Estate Rebound Buyers

There is a contingency of buyers referred to as "rebound buyers" or "boomerang buyers"--these are the people who lost homes in foreclosures or short sales during the housing bust who are striving to be homeowners again.

It is estimated

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Important First Steps When Thinking of Buying a Home

Tuesday, January 01, 2013 Lauren Bunting

Real Estate Report: Important first steps to buying a home

With affordability on the rise, and interest rates at all time lows, more people are asking the question—should I rent or buy? The most important first

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2nd Quarter Housing Statistics Analysis for Worcester County

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 Lauren Bunting

2nd Quarter Worc. County Housing Statistics.

The MD Association of Realtors released their housing statistics for the 2nd quarter of 2012 and the numbers show some mixed blessings for Worcester County. The housing statistics report for April – June, 2012 shows that overall sales volume took a hit

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Changes Affecting Home Buyers and Sellers

Sunday, April 01, 2012 Lauren Bunting

Changes Affecting Home Buyers and Sellers:

Various legislative changes and industry modifications are made throughout the year that can affect both homebuyers and sellers. Here are two of the more significant changes in 2012.

FHA Fees Change: Effective April 1, 2012 there will be an increase to

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FHA Waives Anti-Flipping Rules through 2012

Sunday, January 01, 2012 Lauren Bunting

Buyers looking to purchase a home with an FHA backed loan will continue to have more leeway to purchase directly from banks or investors with a recent decision by the Federal Housing Administration to extend its waiver on property anti-flipping rules through 2012.

FHA rules typically prohibit

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Megan and Brandon Cater

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Brenda Burbage

Lauren made first time homebuying extremely approachable, and took the time to educate me on everything involved in the process.

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Tom Harutyunyan

Thank you so much for the very wonderful, professional job you did with selling our property. You will always be special to me.

Penny Carley

Lauren’s extensive knowledge of the local real estate market proved to be invaluable during the purchase of our first home. We were beyond impressed by her persistence, dedication and how easy she ...

Allison Shockley & Patrick Molloy

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Mike and Patty Locke

Lauren is very easy to work with. She has helped me sell and buy homes in the area and has always been hard working and professional.

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  • Lauren Bunting Associate Broker
  • 7510 Coastal Highway | Ocean City, MD 21842
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