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Is Your First Home Within Your Grasp? [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Glen Hagen | Apr 14, 2017

Some Highlights:

  • ‘Millennials’ are defined as 18-36 year olds according to the US Census Bureau.
  • According to NAR’s latest Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the median age of all first-time home buyers is 31 years old.
  • More and more ‘Old Millennials’ (25-36 year olds) are realizing that homeownership is within their reach now!
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Home Mortgages: Rates Up, Requirements Easing

By Glen Hagen | Apr 13, 2017

The media has extensively covered the rise in mortgage interest rates since last fall (from 3.42% last September to the current 4.1% according to Freddie Mac). However, a less covered aspect of the mortgage market is that requirements to get a mortgage have eased while rates have risen.

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Millennials Flock to Low Down Payment Programs

By Glen Hagen | Apr 12, 2017

Millennials Flock to Low Down Payment Programs | Simplifying The MarketA recent report released by Down Payment Resource shows that 65% of first-time homebuyers purchased their homes with a down payment of 6% or less in the month of January.

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Careful…Don’t Get Caught in the Rental Trap!

By Glen Hagen | Apr 11, 2017

Careful…Don’t Get Caught in the Rental Trap! | Simplifying The MarketThere are many benefits to homeownership. One of the top benefits is being able to protect yourself from rising rents by locking in your housing cost for the life of your mortgage.

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The Importance of Using a Professional to Sell Your Home

By Glen Hagen | Apr 11, 2017

The Importance of Using a Professional to Sell Your Home | Simplifying The MarketWhen a homeowner decides to sell their house, they obviously want the best possible price for it with the least amount of hassles along the way. However, for the vast majority of sellers, the most important result is actually getting their homes sold.

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Why Millennials Choose to Buy [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Glen Hagen | Apr 7, 2017

Some Highlights:

  • “The majority of millennials said they consider owning a home more sensible than renting for both financial and lifestyle reasons — including control of living space, flexibility in future decisions, privacy and security, and living in a nice home.”
  • At 93%, the top reason Millennials choose to buy is to have control over their living space.
  • Many Millennials who rent a home or apartment prior to buying their own homes dream of the day that they will be able to paint the walls whatever color they’d like, or renovate an outdated part of their living space.
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The ‘REAL’ News about Housing Affordability

By Glen Hagen | Apr 6, 2017

The 'REAL' News about Housing Affordability | Simplifying The MarketSome industry experts are claiming that the housing market may be headed for a slowdown as we proceed through 2017, based on rising home prices and a potential jump in mortgage interest rates. One of the data points they use is the Housing Affordability Index, as reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

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Buying A Home This Spring? Be Prepared for Bidding Wars

By Glen Hagen | Apr 5, 2017

Buying this Spring? Be Prepared for Bidding Wars | Simplifying The MarketTraditionally, spring is the busiest season for real estate. Buyers come out in force and homeowners list their houses for sale hoping to capitalize on buyer activity. This year will be no different!

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15,014 Homes Sold Yesterday… Did Yours?

By Glen Hagen | Apr 4, 2017

15,014 Homes Sold Yesterday… Did Yours? | Simplifying The MarketThere are some homeowners that have been waiting for months to get a price they hoped for when they originally listed their house for sale. The only thing they might want to consider is… If it hasn’t sold yet, maybe it’s not priced properly.

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