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Relocating to the Pocono Mountains, Monroe County, or Northeast Pennsylvania? Buying or Selling a Primary, Vacation Home or Investment Property? Your Realtor® is key to the perfect fit for your lifestyle, relocation, vacation or investment property. Contact Kris Collis, your Trusted Pro in the Poconos, for professional results in all market fluctuations.  If you’re ready to buy or sell – or maybe both, let’s connect to accomplish your plans. Experience personalized guidance at each step from years of area knowledge and repeat clients from trusted service. With low mortgage rates leading the way, it’s a great time to take advantage of your position today. Welcome to the Poconos!
RECENT BLOG POSTS
Homeownership Is Full of Financial Benefits A Fannie Mae survey recently revealed some of the most highly-rated benefits of homeownership, which continue to be key drivers in today’s power-packed housing market. Here are the top four financial benefits of owning a home according to consumer respo...
04/08/2021
Latest Jobs Report: What Does It Mean for You & the Housing Market?Last Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a very encouraging jobs report. The economy gained 916,000 jobs in March – well above expert projections of 650,000 to 675,000. The unemployment rate fell again and is now at 6%...
04/07/2021
Don’t Sell on Your Own Just Because It’s a Sellers’ Market In a sellers’ market, some homeowners might be tempted to try to sell their house on their own (known as For Sale By Owner, or FSBO) instead of working with a trusted real estate professional. When the inventory of homes for sale is as lo...
04/06/2021
Buyer Competition Is Good News for Sellers  Some Highlights With so many buyers looking for homes to purchase and so few houses available today, there’s a substantial increase in bidding wars, and homes are selling fast. According to the latest Realtors Confidence Index Survey from the National A...
04/04/2021
What Is the Strongest Tailwind to Today’s Recovering Economy? Last year started off with a bang. Unemployment was under 4%, forecasters were giddy with their projections for the economy, and the residential housing market had the strongest January and February activity in over a decade. Then came...
04/03/2021
Think About Listing Prices Like an Auction’s Reserve Price For generations, the homebuying process never really changed. The seller would try to estimate the market value of the home and tack on a little extra to give themselves some negotiating room. That figure would become the listing price of...
04/03/2021
There’s No Reason To Panic Over Today’s Lending Standards Today, some are afraid the real estate market is starting to look a lot like it did in 2006, just prior to the housing crash. One of the factors they’re pointing to is the availability of mortgage money. Recent articles about the availabil...
04/01/2021
Is Homeownership Still Considered Part of the American Dream? Since the birth of our nation, homeownership has always been considered a major piece of the American Dream. As Frederick Peters reports in Forbes: “The idea of a place of one’s own drives the American story. We became a nation out of ...
03/31/2021
What Credit Score Do You Need for a Mortgage? According to data from the most recent Origination Insight Report by Ellie Mae, the average FICO® score on closed loans reached 753 in February. As lending standards have tightened recently, many are concerned over whether or not their credit score is...
03/31/2021
How a Change in Mortgage Rate Impacts Your Homebuying Budget Mortgage rates are on the rise this year, but they’re still incredibly low compared to the historic average. However, anytime there’s a change in the mortgage rate, it affects what you can afford to borrow when you’re buying a home. As ...
03/31/2021