Darren Marquardt NOVA Real Estate Expert

Welcome to an unparralled real estate experience.

When it's time to buy a home, sell property, or purchase real estate as an investment, chose a superior real estate resource--call Darren Marquardt and the Marquardt Team!

01/09/2024

Let's debunk the myths and unlock the truth about homebuying together! 🏡✨ Don't let misconceptions hold you back. Ready to separate fact from fiction? Contact me today, and let's start the journey to your dream home armed with the right knowledge and confidence! www.YourRealtorForLife.net

01/08/2024

Having equity in real estate is a great way to invest your money. The more equity you have, the more financial flexibility you have. Send me a message when you're ready to invest in your future; I'm standing by to help. www.YourRealtorForLife.net

Best mortgage lenders for first-time homebuyers in 2024 01/05/2024

Here is our guide to the best mortgage lenders for first-time homebuyers in 2024.

Best mortgage lenders for first-time homebuyers in 2024 Bankrate looked closely at several key criteria to help narrow down the top mortgage lenders for first-timers, including first-time buyer and low-down payment loans and down payment assistance, as well as other aspects that can help you navigate the homebuying process.

01/05/2024

Before diving into the homebuying process, there's one crucial step: talking to a lender. Understanding your financial options sets you on the right path. Ready to explore your possibilities, but not sure where – or rather who, to start with? Contact me today, and I can refer you to one of my trusted lenders! www.YourRealtorForLife.net

How Much Does It Cost to Finish a Basement? 01/04/2024

The biggest factors that affect cost for this project include the basement size and type, the cost of labor and permits, the project scope, the quality of materials used, and the home's geographic location.

How Much Does It Cost to Finish a Basement? Finishing a basement has numerous benefits, including added living space, extra room for storage, increased property value, energy cost savings, and the potential for the homeowner to make additional income from renting out the space.

01/04/2024

Pantone's Color of the Year is all about comfort and warmth. It's about connection and enrichment. I can't think of a better theme to start the year with. May 2024 bring you the connections and comfort you're looking for. Be that a new home or a new venture. What are you looking forward to this year? #2024 www.YourRealtorForLife.net

01/03/2024

Let's tackle these obstacles together. Kick off your home journey today! I can help you understand what obstacles are holding you back and which ones we can work around. www.YourRealtorForLife.net

The Best Tools for Tracking and Predicting Mortgage Rate Increases 01/03/2024

Here are a few places to track where rates are right now and some predictions for where they may be moving.

The Best Tools for Tracking and Predicting Mortgage Rate Increases With rates beginning to fall recently, I'm keeping a close eye on where current mortgage rates are headed. Here are a few places to track where rates are right now and some predictions for where they may be moving.

This Is the Average 2024 Home Buyer's Budget. Is It Enough? 01/02/2024

There's a pretty simple formula to use in that regard.

This Is the Average 2024 Home Buyer's Budget. Is It Enough? The average person looking to buy a home in 2024 has a budget of $313,141, according to a recent survey by Architectural Digest. Your budget, however, may be larger or smaller, depending on the type of home you're looking to purchase and the area you're looking to buy in.

01/02/2024

I love connecting buyers with their dream homes and sellers with the freedom to choose what comes next. I'm rooting for you this year! What's one thing you're dreaming of in 2024? www.YourRealtorForLife.net

“Dallas” Actor Patrick Duffy’s $11M Oregon ranch heads to auction 01/01/2024

While there is no predetermined reserve or minimum, industry insiders anticipate starting bids to range between $3 million and $5 million.

“Dallas” Actor Patrick Duffy’s $11M Oregon ranch heads to auction The 329-acre property along the scenic Rogue River, which is listed for just under $11 million, will be open to offers from potential buyers via Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions from Dec. 7 to 14.

01/01/2024

As we welcome the New Year, let's open the door to new possibilities for your dream home! 🌟✨ Whether it's a cozy nest or a spacious retreat, 2024 holds the key to unlocking your homeownership aspirations. Wishing you a year filled with exciting real estate adventures and the perfect home to create lasting memories! 🏡🔑
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16 First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes To Avoid 12/31/2023

We compiled a list of some of the most common mistakes you need to avoid as a first-time homebuyer.

16 First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes To Avoid Buying your first home is a fantastic achievement and brings much excitement. However, the stakes are high, and any misstep can soon become costly. To help with this, we compiled a list of some of the most common mistakes you need to avoid as a first-time homebuyer. Check it out.

Things Movers May Not Ship 12/30/2023

While you’re in the throes of planning your move, consider the following items many movers won’t touch—and then plan accordingly!

Things Movers May Not Ship Many homeowners will hire a moving company, but did you know there are limits to what most companies will ship? Some items are just too fragile, valuable, or hazardous, and your movers won’t be allowed to take responsibility for them.

12/29/2023

Ready to kick off the New Year with a home that's just right? 🏡✨ Picture this: a house that feels so perfect, it's 'resolution-ary'! 🎉 Let's make your dream home a reality in 2024—contact me today and let the home-search festivities begin! 🗝️ www.YourRealtorForLife.net

Is Investing About to Get Easier? Here’s Our 2024 Outlook For Housing Prices 12/29/2023

The state of the housing market in 2024 mostly hinges on housing affordability and the effect of mortgage rates on housing demand.

Is Investing About to Get Easier? Here’s Our 2024 Outlook For Housing Prices Spoiler alert: Too many factors are at play to predict 2024 housing market outcomes with any certainty. But the housing market is proving to be more resilient than anyone expected, and the likelihood of falling prices has shrunk, according to J.P. Morgan and other firms.

12/29/2023

Winter wonders await in your potential new neighborhood! ❄️ From cozy local cafes to festive community events, exploring your dream home is an adventure. Let's discover the perfect winter wonderland together—reach out today, and let the home search festivities begin! www.YourRealtorForLife.net

If you want lower interest rates, there's a little-known way to get them — if you qualify 12/28/2023

The transaction is called an assumable mortgage, which has grown in popularity as rates have risen.

If you want lower interest rates, there's a little-known way to get them — if you qualify Mortgage interest rates, which have been increasing since November 2021, have pushed some buyers to postpone home purchases until rates go down, while others have been priced out of homebuying altogether. The stressful environment has led to a resurgence of interest in assumable mortgages.

Mortgage closing costs vs. prepaids: what’s the difference? 12/27/2023

Here’s what you need to pay and when.

Mortgage closing costs vs. prepaids: what’s the difference? It is exciting when you finally find a home you love that also fits your budget. But unfortunately, that isn’t the only price tag you have to worry about in the mortgage process. You will also need to plan for mortgage closing costs as well as prepaids. Both are due before closing but cover differ...

How long will it take today’s homebuyers to turn a profit on a home? 12/26/2023

With mortgage rates now exceeding 8% and home values still hovering near record highs, a new study notes that home buyers can expect to spend approximately 13.5 years in their house before they can sell at a profit.

How long will it take today’s homebuyers to turn a profit on a home? According to Zillow’s nationwide analysis, a purchase with a 3% down payment would profit after 13 years and six months, while a purchase with a larger 10% down payment would yield earnings after 12 years and seven months. Purchasing with a 20% down payment is the best option for homeowners, requi...

12/26/2023

Is a new home topping your wishlist this season? 🏡✨ Let's make those homeownership dreams a reality! Contact me today, and together, we'll unwrap the perfect home for you. Don't wait—let's turn your wishlist into a set of keys! www.YourRealtorForLife.net

2024 Housing Market Projections: Where Prices Could Grow Most 12/25/2023

SmartAsset used Zillow data to rank the largest 2,000 zip codes by the highest projected home price increases.

2024 Housing Market Projections: Where Prices Could Grow Most Even though no one can predict the future, it is possible to forecast the trajectories of housing markets at the local level using relevant data. Such models can help inform potential homeowners if they should buy or wait during the quieter winter months, and inform sellers when to list their home.

12/25/2023

Wishing you joy and happiness today and every day! www.YourRealtorForLife.net

How people with disabilities can use an ABLE account to buy a house 12/24/2023

In 2024, ABLE account owners can receive up to $18,000 in contributions. You can have up to $100,000 total without impacting SSI limits.

How people with disabilities can use an ABLE account to buy a house ABLE accounts provide those with disabilities an opportunity save enough to purchase a house without putting their benefits at risk. In fact, according to a blog post from the Social Security Administration, ABLE accounts owners had an average of $6,000 saved in their accounts as of 2020 — enough ...

5 States with the Highest Average Home Prices 12/23/2023

In this article, we will take a look at the 5 states with the highest average home prices in the US.

5 States with the Highest Average Home Prices

12/22/2023

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Here’s How Far Home Prices and Mortgage Rates Could Drop in 2024 12/22/2023

Renters can also look forward to somewhat better conditions as new construction hits the market in the coming months.

Here’s How Far Home Prices and Mortgage Rates Could Drop in 2024 Historically high mortgage rates and housing prices that stymied homebuyers this year are expected to ebb a bit in 2024, according to real estate brokerage Realtor.com’s new housing market forecast. While home shoppers shouldn’t expect major relief from today’s crushing homeownership costs, sm...

12/22/2023

Spreading homey cheer is my favorite part of the season! 🏡✨ Whether it's helping you find the perfect nest or bidding farewell to a cherished home, every journey is unique and heartwarming. Wishing you joy, laughter, and a home filled with holiday memories this season! 🎄🔑 # TheMarquardtTeam www.YourRealtorForLife.net

Why “Subject To” is One of Your Best Creative Financing Options In This Market 12/21/2023

Distressed homeowners are finding relief through strategic property deals with real estate investors through a mechanism commonly referred to as “subject to.”

Why “Subject To” is One of Your Best Creative Financing Options In This Market With mortgage interest rates climbing from 3% to 8% over the last couple of years, housing affordability and security have become increasingly strained nationwide. According to a recent analysis, foreclosure filings in the United States have increased 3% quarter over quarter and 9% year over year.

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