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2021 has been a far from typical year. As everyone tries to find what the new normal looks like, we all are trying get ourselves adjusted. As we approach August, we realize the next “new” hurdle will be getting everyone in the family on track with the new schedules and timing of all the kids going back to school.

Back to school in any other year takes some getting used too. In 2021, with most of the country sending their kids back to school on a full-time basis is going to take some extra work! These time and schedule adjustments, even for those without children, can become a real challenge. I for one do not have any children living with me that are going back to school. However, the entrance to my community is on the same street as a school. Everyone that lives here knows that you must work around the school activity both in the morning and the afternoon or run the risk of getting tied up in traffic as the kids are dropped off and picked up!

It may sound silly, but with the year away from doing this, it could be quite an adjustment. It can also become an issue for those who have children that are changing schools and adjusting to new schedules. It’s not always just as simple as getting them out the door, it also is being sure that their full schedule allows for a smooth transition from home to school and then back again.

With these issues also comes a series of opportunities. Time, location, transportation, and a combination of schedules may open the door to mortgage and real estate choices to help manage it all. Remember, even as the kids go back to school, some parents are still working from home. While it may be helpful, it isn’t without its challenges. Without a clear break, some parents find it difficult to shift from parent mode to work mode without going to the office.

Refinancing the current home and updating or renovating could be a solution! New bedrooms, bathrooms, home office, or complete makeover could do the trick. However, the situation may require a complete change, and now listing, selling, and buying the next home become a reality. So be sure to connect with your database and ASK them how things are going and see if you can help them get back to school without their home becoming part of the problem.

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Through educating others in improving communication, understanding critical thinking, embracing learning styles, evaluating emotional intelligence, and aligning behavior and values, Jennifer seeks to infuse others with a passion for learning and growing, encourage self-awareness, and impart simple, practical and applicable knowledge to help grow relationships and increase personal and professional effectiveness. Her career path has included individual and organizational development, secondary and adult education, customer service, corporate finance, and investor relations.

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“Put people around you who are the best at what they do, then let them do what they do best.”  Jo Garner 

Former baseball player Steven Kanborg finds it fascinating to watch people operate in high-pressure situations. He tells of the big college baseball playoff game. Everyone was playing as usual until two teammates, under stress, stepped out of character.  They forced throws, tried to do too much at the plate, and handed the opposing team the advantage.  It was a long bus ride home. 

As a homeowner, when you are trying to sell a home, buy another home, pack up, move, and unpack, it can feel like a high-stakes game.  A lot of transition and a lot of money on the line can add to the pressure.  If you are not a real estate professional yourself, it's time to consider the advantages of having a reputable real estate professional of excellence on your team.   

A good realtor can bring a powerful degree of separation between you and the other party, preventing common mistakes caused by stress.  They know the value of homes in your neighborhood and have more details on the surrounding sales than you can get on Zillow.  Realtors are trained in the best way to negotiate a real estate transaction.   They have at their fingertips good home inspectors, lenders, home repair contractors, and more. As a result, they can pave a smoother way through the process to eliminate negative surprises at the closing. 

The lowest interest rates in history are largely driving the real estate market in 2021.   This past week, mortgage rates moved down to the lowest mark since February.  Inflation numbers are at a ten-year high, and the economy is bouncing back with decreasing jobless claims. Still, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell is assuring the marketplace that the Fed will continue buying 120 billion dollars per month in mortgage-backed security bonds.   This bountiful bond-buying is the biggest reason mortgage rates are staying low, even though inflation is running hot. 

Mortgage rates are not tied to the Federal Reserve rate.  They are more closely tied to the 10-year bond yield.  When yields are up, the price on mortgage rates tends to move up.   Inflation and a stronger jobs market tend to pressure the bond yields higher and mortgage rates higher, but our current day market is not playing the game the way we are accustomed to seeing it played. Keep your eye on the scoreboard and the financial markets.  

As real estate professionals, we can include stories that show our clients how we solve problems for them in the real estate transaction and finance process, yet still make our customers the hero.  By doing what we do best, we free our customers to do better the things that only they can do for themselves and their families during the big move. 

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