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The Downing Group Blog

Q: Where Are Interest Rates Headed in 2021?

Here’s what you can expect from the mortgage world in 2021. Today I’m joined by Brian Prahl of Palmetto Mortgage Group to give a 2021 interest rate forecast and talk about the refinance savings you can take advantage of. Brian says the mortgage industry has been crazy lately, but in a good way. COVID obviously… Read more »

Q: What Will Our Market Look Like in 2021?

Here’s our predictions for what may be in store for our 2021 market. Thanks to a certain virus that blindsided the entire world (have you heard about it?), everyone who had made predictions for 2020 found themselves shrugging their shoulders this spring—no one could have foreseen the market behaving the way it did this year…. Read more »

A Q3 Market Update for You

Here’s a quick overview of how our Columbia real estate market is doing. As we head into the home stretch of 2020, I want to bring you a quick update on what we saw in the third quarter here in Columbia. We’re still firmly in a strong seller’s market; we need inventory badly. There just… Read more »

Q: Are Homeowners Associations a Bad Thing?

Here are the pros and cons of living in a homeowners association. I’ve been hearing from a lot of clients about homeowners associations, which can be a real firestorm for some. Is living in a homeowners association a bad thing or a good thing? The truth is that it depends on your situation and what… Read more »

Buying Property on Lake Murray

Here’s what to look for when buying a Lake Murray home. Are you thinking of buying a property on Lake Murray? My team and I sell more Lake Murray homes than anyone else, so we know what you need to look for to find the best home available. Today I’ll take you on a tour… Read more »

Q: How Can Buyers Compete in Our Seller’s Market?

These eight tips will help get your offer accepted. At just two months’ worth, our inventory is extremely tight right now; there’s no doubt we’re in a strong seller’s market where multiple-offer situations are commonplace in certain high-demand price points. How can buyers stand out amid heavy competition? For starters, having reasonable expectations is paramount…. Read more »

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