Katie Hollar

Katie Hollar

Katie is the CMO at Dwellful, where she's helping empower home buyers and sellers to navigate their real estate journey with confidence, starting by finding the best local real estate agent to guide them. As the daughter of a career agent (spending many childhood weekends visiting open houses and model homes) and after personally experiencing the roller-coaster of buying and selling her own first home, Katie knows how important it is to have someone you can trust guiding the way. As a personal finance enthusiast, Katie has a passion for helping people achieve their homeownership dreams. When she's not busy spreading the word about Dwellful, Katie enjoys reading, travel, and spending time with her family.

Recent posts by Katie Hollar

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Who Pays the Real Estate Agent?

By Katie Hollar on May 11, 2022 11:45:43 AM

Most homebuyers opt to use a real estate agent when buying a home. Buying a home without a realtor is not advisable because real estate agents have a wealth of knowledge, resources, and expertise that will come in handy, especially for first-time homebuyers.

Even though a majority of real estate buyers and sellers use the services of a real estate agent, most of them do not understand who pays the real estate agent. A lot goes into determining a real estate agent’s commission, and in most cases, both buyers and sellers are responsible for paying different fees.

Topics: finding an agent home seller first-time buyer real estate agent
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What's the Difference Between a Real Estate Broker and Agent?

By Katie Hollar on Apr 12, 2022 1:41:46 PM

If you plan to buy or sell a home, you may be thinking about working with a real estate professional. There are several kinds of professionals in the field, each with different backgrounds and credentials.

Topics: finding an agent buying a home real estate agent
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How to Guide: Buying a Second Home

By Katie Hollar on Mar 11, 2022 10:45:00 AM

Remember how excited you were when you closed on your current home? You were probably on cloud nine and excited for all the memories you’d make in your new home. But buying a second home can feel even better than those jittery moments at the closing table when you were a first-time homebuyer because now you’ve proven to yourself that you can handle the responsibilities of homeownership and probably have more financial security if you’re ready to invest in more real estate. You already know how long the home buying process is, tax benefits of owning a home, and more. Maybe it’s been your lifelong dream to own a vacation home (preferably somewhere on the beachfront), or maybe you want to use a second home as an investment property.

Topics: buying a home home buyer buyers agent
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What Makes Buying a Foreclosed Property Risky?

By Katie Hollar on Mar 10, 2022 9:15:00 AM

In the world of real estate, foreclosure properties are a double-edged sword. On the one hand, foreclosed homes are often much more affordable than conventional properties listed for sale, offering a unique investment property to renovate and sell the home at a higher price. On the other hand, these homes are sold “as is,” meaning there could be any number of hidden problems with the house that won’t be apparent until after the sale becomes final.

Topics: buying a home first-time buyer home buyer
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How Much Money Do You Need to Buy a House?

By Katie Hollar on Mar 9, 2022 3:53:46 PM

When you reach the phase of your life where you’ve settled on a place you want to live for the next few years, buying your own house gives you financial freedom and peace of mind that’s difficult to attain while living in a rental property. No more stressing over the ever-increasing rent prices or moving houses every so often, searching for the ideal rental!  

Topics: featured buying a home first-time buyer pre-approval
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First Time Home Buyers: How to Find a Buyer’s Agent

By Katie Hollar on Dec 23, 2021 3:49:11 PM

On the path to home ownership, there may seem to be as many important steps as there are potential roadblocks. Making bids on a listing, going to auction, completing escrow paperwork, facilitating inspections, getting appraisals, and simply finding potential homes in the first place aren’t always easy tasks for first-time home buyers. You might be looking for first time home buyer tips, a mortgage broker, or a real estate professional to help you during the home buying process. 

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How Long Is The Home Buying Process? | Dwellful

By Katie Hollar on Dec 21, 2021 12:49:52 PM

If you drive up to an open house with a sack full of cash, you can probably cut a few corners in the home buying process. But for the majority of us, buying a home includes finding a buyer's agent, researching to find the right property, minimizing purchase risks, and securing financing. 

Topics: finding an agent buying a home first-time buyer home buyer pre-approval buyers agent
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First Time Home Buyer Tips & Tricks

By Katie Hollar on Dec 3, 2021 7:15:00 AM

So you’re ready to buy your first home—it’s exciting, right? A lot of folks love to window shop on home listing sites or visit open houses for fun (not to mention all the House Hunters TV shows)—and here you are, ready to jump into the real deal of buying a home!

Topics: buying a home first-time buyer