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The ‘REAL’ News about Housing Affordability
Some 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...
Buying a Home This Spring
Buying A Home This Spring? Be Prepared for Bidding Wars
Traditionally, 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! Buyers have already been out in force looking for their dream homes and more are on their...
15,014 Homes Sold Yesterday
15,014 Homes Sold Yesterday… Did Yours?
There 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. After all, 15,014 houses sold yesterday, 15,014 will sell today and...
Again… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy NOW!
Again… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy NOW!
You Do Not Need 20% Down To Buy Now! A survey by Ipsos found that the American public is still somewhat confused about what is required to qualify for a home mortgage loan in today’s housing market. There are two major misconceptions that we want to address today. 1. Down Payment The...
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Home Prices Up 6.15% Across the Country! [INFOGRAPHIC]
Some Highlights: The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their latest Quarterly Home Price Index report. In the report, home prices are compared both regionally and by state. Based on the latest numbers, if you plan on relocating to another state, waiting to move may end up costing you more! Alaska, Delaware, West...
Consumer COnfidence Soaring
Consumer Confidence in Economy & Housing is Soaring
The success of the housing market is strongly tied to consumer confidence in the overall economy. For that reason, we believe 2017 will be a great year for real estate. Here is just a touch of the news coverage on the subject. HousingWire: “Consumers’ faith in the housing market is...
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Looking to Move-Up to a Luxury Home? Now’s the Time!
If your house no longer fits your needs and you are planning on buying a luxury home, now is a great time to do so! We recently shared data from Trulia’s Market Mismatch Study which showed that in today’s premium home market, buyers are in control.  The inventory of homes...
Buy Now
Millionaire to Millennials: Buy Now!
Self-made millionaire David Bach was quoted in a CNBC article explaining that "the single biggest mistake millennials are making" is not purchasing a home because buying real estate is "an escalator to wealth.” Bach went on to explain: "If millennials don't buy a home, their chances of actually having any wealth in this country...
Renting or Buying
Renting or Buying… Either Way You’re Paying a Mortgage
There are some people who have not purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage - either yours or your landlord’s.  And the problem is, if it's your...
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How Low Supply & High Demand Impacts the Real Estate Market [INFOGRAPHIC]
Some Highlights: The concept of Supply & Demand is a simple one. The best time to sell something is when the supply of that item is low & the demand for that item is high! Anything under a 6-month supply is a Seller’s Market! There has not been a 6-months...
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The Foreclosure Crisis: 10 Years Later
CoreLogic recently released a report entitled, United States Residential Foreclosure Crisis: 10 Years Later, in which they examined the years leading up to the crisis all the way through to present day. With a peak in 2010 when nearly 1.2 million homes were foreclosed on, over 7.7 million families lost...
What Are Experts Saying About Mortgage Rates?
What Are the Experts Saying about Mortgage Rates?
Mortgage interest rates have risen over the last few months and projections are that they will continue their upswing throughout 2017. What impact will this have on the housing market? Here is what the experts are saying: Laurie Goodman, Co-director of the Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center: “In 1984,...
Should I Downsize Now
It’s a Seller’s Market! Should I Downsize Now?
Should I Downsize Now A study by Edelman Berland reveals that 33% of homeowners who are contemplating selling their houses in the near future are planning to scale down. Let’s look at a few reasons why this might make sense for many homeowners, as the majority of the country is currently experiencing...
4 Reasons to Buy This Spring
4 Great Reasons to Buy This Spring!
4 Great Reasons to Buy This Spring Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting until it's too late. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index reports that home prices have appreciated by 6.9% over the last 12 months. The...
Don't Let Your Luck Run Out
Don’t Let Your Luck Run Out [INFOGRAPHIC]
Some Highlights: The “Cost of Waiting to Buy” is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices and interest rates were to increase over a period of time. Freddie Mac predicts that interest rates will increase to 4.8% by this time next year, while...