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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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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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Worcester County following Md. Forest Conservation Act

Thursday, February 25, 2021 Lauren Bunting

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Cost effective home staging tips

Thursday, February 18, 2021 Lauren Bunting

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Financial incentives available

Friday, June 26, 2020 Lauren Bunting

Are you looking to buy a home in Wicomico County? The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, in partnership with Wicomico County, is providing attractive financial incentives to help make buying new

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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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Now great time to sell home, but take extra safety steps

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Lauren Bunting

Listing inventory is at record lows both around the country and in our local area, and buyer demand is coming back as the country eases restrictions, so it’s a great time to sell

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FHA Condo Rule Changes

Sunday, September 01, 2019 Lauren Bunting

The National Association of Realtors® sent out a press release last week commending the Department of Housing and Urban Development for finalizing new Federal Housing Administration condominium loan policies. The changes, many of which NAR has championed for over

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Transfer and Recordation Taxes in MD

Monday, July 01, 2019 Lauren Bunting

Customary in the state of Maryland is a split of transfer and recordation charges between a buyer and a seller. Section 14-104(b) of the Real Property Article, Annotated Code of Maryland provides that, unless otherwise negotiated in the contract

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Days On Market Calculations in Bright MLS

Saturday, June 01, 2019 Lauren Bunting

The local multiple list system is called Bright MLS. Bright tracks how long a listing has been active with the use of Days on Market (DOM) and Cumulative Days on Market (CDOM). The DOM provides a look at how

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LWB Real Estate Report: Market Update

Monday, August 27, 2018 Lauren Bunting

Residential home prices rose in June compared to the same period of 2017, according to Maryland REALTORS. Average home prices rose by 2.9 percent for the fifth month in a row, while median prices increased by 4.0 percent as

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LWB Real Estate Report: Millennials

Thursday, July 19, 2018 Lauren Bunting

Real Estate Report:

Millennials, age 18 to 35, are now the largest group of homebuyers, according to the National Association of Realtors. With this in mind, it’s important to know what it is they are looking for in a home.

At the top of the millennials’ wish

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LWB Real Estate Report: Bright MLS

Thursday, June 21, 2018 Lauren Bunting

Real Estate Report:

A new multiple list service (MLS), called Bright MLS, is gearing up to take effect in the Delmarva area that will cover the entire state of Maryland and

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LWB Real Estate Report: Rate Increases

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Lauren Bunting

Real Estate Report:

With the Federal Reserve raising interest rates last week by a quarter of a percentage point and signaling that the central bank is on track to raise rates twice more in 2018—homebuyers should pay

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LWB Real Estate Report: 2018 Legislative Priorities

Tuesday, February 06, 2018 Lauren Bunting

The Maryland Realtors® released their 2018 Legislative Priorities list for Realtors throughout the state to be aware of the key legislation being considered that will affect the real estate industry. Here are the summaries of the proposed bills:

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LWB Real Estate Report: Ocean Pines & USDA Loan Issue

Thursday, January 25, 2018 Lauren Bunting

An important affordable loan product for the Ocean Pines area is in jeopardy—the 100% financing USDA loan. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Maryland/Delaware State Office has announced it is conducting a review of all areas under its

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LWB Real Estate Report: Worcester County Market in 2017

Tuesday, December 26, 2017 Lauren Bunting

With another strong year in real estate coming to a close, let’s take a closer look at our local area to see where the numbers stacked up for 2017 sales. The Maryland Association of REALTORS (MAR), releases sales information on a monthly basis, but the figures for

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LWB Real Estate Report: Importance of Home Scents

Friday, December 01, 2017 Lauren Bunting

Smells are an important factor when listing your home for sale, right up there with the visual presentation of a home. Top smells to check for are: garbage, pet smells, mold, body odor and tobacco.

When

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Like-kind swaps have important tax implications

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 Lauren Bunting

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) conducted a survey that shows real estate like-kind exchanges are an important vehicle for disposing of and acquiring properties and support the nation's financial growth, job creation and economy. NAR's Like-Kind Exchanges: Real Estate Market Perspectives 2015 surveyed

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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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