Paula Aponte's Blog Posts

Did You Outgrow Your Home in 2020?

Did You Outgrow Your Home in 2020?It may seem hard to imagine that the home you’re in today – whether it’s your starter home or just one you’ve fallen in love with along the

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The Do’s and Don’ts after Applying for a Mortgage

The Do’s and Don’ts after Applying for a MortgageOnce you’ve found the right home and applied for a mortgage, there are some key things to keep in mind before you close. You're

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ThreeReasons to Be Optimistic about Real Estate in 2021

3 Reasons to Be Optimistic about Real Estate in 2021This year will be remembered for many reasons, and optimism is one thing that’s been in short supply since the spring. We’re

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5 Steps to Follow When Applying for Forbearance

5 Steps to Follow When Applying for ForbearanceIf you’re currently feeling the stress of affording your mortgage payment, or if you know someone who is, there’s still time to get help.

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Are Home Prices Headed Toward Bubble Territory?

Are Home Prices Headed Toward Bubble Territory?Talk of a housing bubble is beginning to crop up as home prices have appreciated at a rapid pace this year. This is understandable since the

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How Remote Work Can Power Your Vacation Home Sale

How Remote Work Can Power Your Vacation Home SaleThis year, the opportunity to work remotely has increased the demand for vacation homes. Gay Cororaton, Senior Economist and Director of Housing

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With Home Values Surging, Is it Still Affordable to Buy Right Now?

With Home Values Surging, Is it Still Affordable to Buy Right Now?Housing inventory is at an all-time low. Realtor.com just reported that there are 39% fewer homes for sale

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5 Tips for Homebuyers Who Want to Make a Competitive Offer

5 Tips for Homebuyers Who Want to Make a Competitive OfferToday’s real estate market has high buyer interest and low housing inventory. With so many buyers competing for a

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Chances of Another Foreclosure Crisis? “About Zero Percent.”

Chances of Another Foreclosure Crisis? “About Zero Percent.”There seems to be some concern that the 2020 economic downturn will lead to another foreclosure crisis like the one we

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Why Working from Home May Spark Your Next Move

Why Working from Home May Spark Your Next MoveIf you’ve been working from home this year, chances are you’ve been at it a little longer than you initially expected. Businesses

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VA Home Loans: Helping Heroes Find a Home

VA Home Loans: Helping Heroes Find a HomeToday, on Veterans Day, we honor those who have served our country and thank them for their continued dedication to our nation. In the United States, there

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Real Estate Is the Economy's Driving Force

Real Estate Is a Driving Force in the EconomyAs the economy recovers from this year’s health crisis, the housing market is playing a leading role in the turnaround. It’s safe to say that

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Buyer Interest Is Growing among Younger Generation

Buyer Interest Is Growing among Younger GenerationsThe demand for homes this year is extraordinary as record-breaking numbers of hopeful buyers continue to shop for homes. In a normal year, the peak

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Two Important Impacts of Home Equity

Two Important Impacts of Home EquityEquity continues to rise, helping American homeowners secure a much more stable financial future. According to the most recent data from CoreLogic, the

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Find Out Why Today’s Options Will Save Homeowners from Foreclosure

Why Today’s Options Will Save Homeowners from ForeclosureMany housing experts originally voiced concern that the mortgage forbearance program (which allows families impacted financially by

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Real Estate Continues to Show Unprecedented Strength This Year

Real Estate Continues to Show Unprecedented Strength This YearThe 2020 housing market has surpassed all expectations and continues to drive the nation’s economic recovery. The question is,

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The #1 Reason Not to Wait to List Your House for Sale

The #1 Reason Not to Wait to List Your House for SaleMany industries have been devastated by the economic shutdown caused by the COVID-19 virus. Real estate is not one of them.Mark,&

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6 Reasons You’ll Win by Selling with a Real Estate Agent This Fall

6 Reasons You’ll Win by Selling with a Real Estate Agent This FallThere are many benefits to working with a real estate professional when selling your house. During challenging times, like

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Should You Buy a Retirement Home Sooner Rather than Later?

Should You Buy a Retirement Home Sooner Rather than Later?Every day in the U.S., roughly 10,000 people turn 65. Prior to the health crisis that swept the nation in 2020, most people had to

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9 Ways to Celebrate Halloween Amid COVID

9 Ways to Celebrate Halloween Amid COVIDI’ve been seeing some great ideas on the internet for ways to celebrate Halloween this year. Some of them are for safe trick or treating, while others

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Housing Market on Track to Beat Last Year’s Success

Housing Market on Track to Beat Last Year’s SuccessBack in March, as the nation’s economy was shut down because of the coronavirus, many were predicting the real estate market would face

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Home Builder Confidence Hits All-Time Record

Home Builder Confidence Hits All-Time RecordLast week, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported their Housing Market Index (HMI) hit an all-time high 

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Is the Economic Recovery Beating All Projections?

Is the Economic Recovery Beating All Projections?Earlier this year, many economists and market analysts were predicting an apocalyptic financial downturn that would potentially rattle the U.S.

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The Surging Real Estate Market Continues to Climb

The Surging Real Estate Market Continues to ClimbEarlier this year, realtor.com announced the release of the Housing Recovery Index, a weekly guide showing how the pandemic has

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Buying New Construction: What Questions You Should Ask

Questions You Should Ask When Buying New ConstructionThere’s nothing like moving into a home that is truly new, with no smells, smudges or dust left behind by a previous owner. Even better is

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Seller’s FAQ’s

Seller’s FAQ’sWhen is a good time to sell?An easy answer is when it’s best for you! Obviously, if you are closing on a home purchase, moving for work, or want to get settled before

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Fall Decorating on a Budget

Fall Decorating on a BudgetThere is something about decorating for fall that gives me the warm fuzzies! It may be the promise of cool, crisp evenings with brilliant sunsets, or the fact that fall

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What is a Flat Fee Listing Service?

What is a Flat Fee Listing Service?The real estate industry is changing, but one thing that hasn’t changed is sellers looking to save money on brokerage commissions when selling their homes.In

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Celebrate Earth Day with These Eco-Friendly Life Hacks

Celebrate Earth Day with These Eco-Friendly Life HacksThe Coronavirus pandemic is bringing to light how fragile and precious our environment on earth truly is. As the human population grows, the

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10 Spring Cleaning Tips from the Pro’s

10 Spring Cleaning Tips from the Pro’sSpring is in the air and so is pollen and dust. While we are all practicing responsible social distancing and staying home, why not take the time to do a

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Tips for Virtual Home Shopping During COVID-19

Tips for Virtual Home Shopping During COVID-19The COVID-19 pandemic has changed so much of the way we live right now, home shopping included. With Stay at Home mandates in place in much of the

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How to Move Safely During the Pandemic

How to Move Safely During the PandemicWith travel restrictions and social distancing in place, many people are postponing their moving plans. Governments are assisting by suspending foreclosures and

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16 Tips for Relocating to a New Town

16 Tips for Relocating to a New TownMoving is always hard work but moving to a new town can be exceptionally hard, even when you are excited about your next chapter in life. As your real estate,

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Packing a Perfect Picnic

Packing a Perfect PicnicSummer is in full swing and with social distancing keeping us from frequenting restaurants as often as we might normally, picnicking is a great way to get your family outside

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Deciding on a Vacation Home or Rental Property

Deciding on a Vacation Home or Rental PropertyIf you are thinking about purchasing a beach house, city condo, mountain cabin, or other vacation property, let me help you do your due diligence. There

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Our Top First Time Home Buyer FAQ’s Answered

Our Top First Time Home Buyer FAQ’s AnsweredMortgage-RelatedHow do I know if it’s time to buy instead of rent?If you know where you want to live, have a steady and secure income, and are

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12 Tips for Decorating a Large Wall

12 Tips for Decorating a Large WallHave a large wall space that needs some décor but worried it will cost you hundreds of dollars in art? Not necessarily! Here are some ideas for filling a

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How Can I SAFELY Buy or Sell a House During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

A No Contact Process in Place by Paula Aponte®Many people, and for good reason, have become skeptical about the 2020 Real Estate Market.  Many have waited to get their homes listed knowing

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Offer Accepted, Now What?

You’ve done a great job and now your offer has been accepted. Congratulations! But the work is still far from being completed. There’s still a lot you’ll have to do before you can

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Upcoming Polk County Events- October

October 5th 2pm-6pm- Vive Feliz Hispanic Heritage Festival Spence Park, Mulberry. Vive Feliz is BACK for the third year! We are excited to have LIVE Spanish music, Spanish food vendors, a kid

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’Tis the Season to Sell

Why Selling Your Home During the Holiday Season is a Great Idea?Most homeowners, when they think about selling their homes, choose the summer months to list their homes on the market. Spring and

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Millennial Home Buyers Are Changing the Face of Real Estate

There was a time we used to think of millennials as the privileged and entitled generation. This generation has been called all sorts of names from lazy to apathetic, and poorly prepared. While this

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Renting VS Buying: Making Financial Sense of Your Options

Most people would agree that housing is a basic necessity for humans. This is equally as important as we need food, water, clothing, and medicine, among others for survival. We all need a place to

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