Lauren Bunting Associate Broker

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  • Agricultural use assessment in Md.

    Thursday, January 28, 2021 Lauren Bunting

    The preservation

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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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  • Real estate year-end observations

    Thursday, December 24, 2020 Lauren Bunting

    This year has produced noticeable real estate market shifts, and in many cases the surge in real estate demand was fueled by the effects of covid-19.

    Here on the shore, we saw increases in feeder market sales due to the consumers desire to have a safe, drive-to vacation spot.

    Various other factors

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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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  • 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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  • Undersupply of homes sets up bidding wars

    Thursday, October 29, 2020 Lauren Bunting

    With two months left in this bizarre 2020, and the continuation of a very strong sellers market, many buyers are asking what impact continued economic uncertainty could have on home prices and will

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  • ReStores offer discounted home furniture, appliances

    Thursday, October 22, 2020 Lauren Bunting

    Habitat for Humanity of Worcester County operates a ReStore located at 9026 Worcester Highway in Berlin.

    The

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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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  • Pandemic creates growing homeowner dissatisfaction

    Thursday, October 08, 2020 Lauren Bunting

    Information from a recent Sears Home Services survey is showing that the pandemic has prompted homeowners to reevaluate their homes.

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  • Accessory Structure helps Wor. Homeowners

    Thursday, October 01, 2020 Lauren Bunting

    In Worcester County, homeowners may utilize the zoning use called the Accessory Structure to gain additional living quarters.

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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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  • Law allows tax deferral for like-kind property exchanges

    Thursday, August 13, 2020 Lauren Bunting

    Since 1921, U.S. tax law has recognized that the exchange of one investment or business-use property for another of like-kind results in no change in the economic position of the taxpayer, and therefore,

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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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  • Md. legislation affects real estate industry and taxes

    Thursday, July 09, 2020 Lauren Bunting

    Below is a 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 affordable

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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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  • 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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  • LWB Real Estate Report: Tax Prep to Purchase

    Sunday, January 01, 2017 Lauren Bunting

    For those considering a purchase of a new home in 2017, there are steps you can take to prepare yourself financially. The first step is to contact a local mortgage broker that can help review your current financial situation—but the two most important aspects to define are

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  • Best return on investment key for remodeling

    Friday, February 06, 2015 Lauren Bunting

     

    "Remodeling” magazine issues an annual “Cost vs. Value Report” that highlights the remodeling projects that offer the best bang for your buck.

    This year’s report touted the following projects as top on the list as far as return on your investment:

    • New Entry Door: replacing your entry door with

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  • Buyer protection often comes from title insurance

    Friday, January 30, 2015 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 title insurance policy.

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  • FHA takes steps to help underserved

    Friday, May 16, 2014 Lauren Bunting

    The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) issued a news release announcing its "Blueprint for Access".

    This blueprint outlines the additional steps the FHA is taking to expand access to credit for underserved borrowers. These steps include encouraging a broader use of housing counseling and homebuyers will qualify for

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  • Web site offers real estate investment starting tools

    Friday, April 11, 2014 Lauren Bunting

    Have you ever dreamed of delving into real estate investments but didn't know how to get started?

    There is an online, free resource called BiggerPockets.com that offers real estate networking and information resource platforms, created for professionals, investors, homeowners, and other aficionados. With over 150,000 members, their

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  • Alternative mortgage loans made available

    Friday, March 21, 2014 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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  • NAR provides information on Reach program

    Friday, January 10, 2014 Lauren Bunting

    The National Association of Realtors recently released information about REach, the strategic accelerator for technology startups created and managed by the NAR's investment fund, Second Century Ventures.

    Applications to join the second-year class are being accepted

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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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  • What to do with your money??

    Wednesday, February 01, 2012 Lauren Bunting

    Holding out to try and find the lowest price is not always the best strategy...

    Are your feet stuck in the sand when it comes to investing? Not sure what to do with your money in today’s economic climate? Here’s an interesting perspective on today’s financial opportunities from

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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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  • Move Up Buyers Stuck in Mud?

    Monday, August 01, 2011 Lauren Bunting

    Real Estate Report: "Move Up" Buyers Stuck in Mud

    Our real estate market is missing an important element these days. Many homeowners who would like to upgrade to a larger home, commonly referred to as the "move up" buyer, have to hold off making a move.

    A

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  • Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Landlord

    Friday, July 01, 2011 Lauren Bunting

    Real Estate Report: Do You Have What it Takes to be a Landlord

    Investing in a rental house can single handedly secure a college education or provide for a more comfortable retirement, but do you have what it takes to be a landlord?

    Success in real estate investing,

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  • What is a QR code?

    Wednesday, June 01, 2011 Lauren Bunting

    Have you looked at real estate ads lately, and wondered if there was a printing error that caused a box of squiggly lines to appear??

    Well, it's no mistake. It's one of the newest mobile internet technologies using 'bar codes", or more specifically dubbed QR codes.

    A QR (Quick Response)

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  • 3 Helpful Hints to Save on Homeowners Insurance

    Tuesday, April 19, 2011 Lauren Bunting

    Real Estate Report: Three Helpful Hints to Save on Homeowners Insurance

    Homeowner’s insurance is a necessity if your home is mortgaged, and this type of insurance covers the structure of your home and your personal property, as

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  • Real Estate in the New Year

    Tuesday, January 04, 2011 Lauren Bunting

    As we say goodbye to 2010, it's time to look into this new year with rose colored glasses, but let's temper that optimism with some reality mixed in. In 2010, some of our beach markets saw foreclosure and short sales (collectively referred to as distressed properties), dominate

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  • Recently Joined Habitat for Humanity of Worcester County as a Board Member

    Sunday, August 01, 2010 Lauren Bunting

    I'm proud to announce that I've increased my activities with our local Habitat for Humanity and was invited to join their Board of Directors.

    I've been working with HFH for over a year now, mostly helping with their fundraising activities and publicity, but will now take a more active role

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  • Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource Certification Obtained

    Tuesday, February 23, 2010 Lauren Bunting

    I've just received my SFR designation, which stands for Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource. This is a nationally recognized Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource certification. The National Association of REALTORS® offers the SFR certification to REALTORS® who want to help

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Thank you so much for all of your hard work. We are so excited to move into the perfect house for us, and couldn’t have done it without your guidance.

Megan and Brandon Cater

My friend was right, you are the hardest working realtor, bar none. I honestly don’t think that I would have gotten through this house selling process without you. You certainly have done yeomen du...

Brenda Burbage

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

Amanda Hanke & Keri Swigert

Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication that made this purchase possible. You advocate for your clients and I highly regard you for it. You made it possible for me and my family to achie...

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

We want to say a sincere “Thank You” for all you've done for us! We know at times the road seemed never ending. Thank you for always staying positive even through our ups and downs of this process....

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.

Jennifer K. Leggour


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