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Don’t Get Caught in The Rental Trap!

By Glen Hagen | Aug 1, 2017

Be Careful Not to 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. Don’t Become Trapped  A recent article by ConsumerAffairs addressed the continuous rise in rents, stating: “The cost of putting a roof over your […]

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Buyer Demand Continues Outpacing Supply

By Glen Hagen | Jul 31, 2017

Buyer Demand Continues Outpacing the Supply of Homes for Sale | Simplifying The MarketThe price of any item is determined by the supply of that item, as well as the market demand. The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) surveys “over 50,000 real estate practitioners about their expectations for home sales, prices and market conditions” for their monthly REALTORS Confidence Index. Their latest edition sheds some light on the relationship between Seller Traffic (supply) […]

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A ‘Buyer’ in Hand is Worth Two in the Bush

By Glen Hagen | Jul 26, 2017

A ‘Buyer’ in Hand is Worth Two in the Bush | Simplifying The MarketIn today’s highly competitive seller’s market where there are more buyers than there are homes for them to buy, some sellers may feel like the ball is in their court. And they would be right when it comes to choosing which offer to accept, the closing date, or even which improvements they are willing to make […]

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Rising Home Prices Mean Great News for Homeowners

By Glen Hagen | Jul 25, 2017

Rising Home Prices Mean Great News for Homeowners | Simplifying The MarketRecently there has been a lot of talk about home prices and if they are accelerating too quickly. As we mentioned before, in some areas of the country, seller supply (homes for sale) cannot keep up with the number of buyers who are out looking for homes, which has caused prices to rise. The great news […]

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Singles Falling for Dream Home First [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Glen Hagen | Jul 21, 2017

Singles Are Falling for Their Dream Home First [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

Some Highlights:

  • According to NAR’s Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the share of recent homebuyers who were single at the time of purchase held steady at 24% last year.
  • The percentage of first-time buyers who were single females rose to 17% (up from 16%), as the share of single men dropped from 11% to 8%.
  • The primary reason for buying a home amongst singles was the desire to own a home of their own (38% for women and 37% for men).
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84% of Americans Believe Buying a Home is a Good Financial Decision

By Glen Hagen | Jul 20, 2017

84% of Americans Believe Buying a Home is a Good Financial Decision | Simplifying The MarketAccording to the National Association of Realtors®’ 2017 National Housing Pulse Survey, 84% of Americans now believe that purchasing a home is a good financial decision. This is the highest percentage since 2007 – before the housing crisis. Those surveyed pointed out five major reasons why they believe homeownership is a good financial decision: Homeownership […]

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How to Succeed in Today’s Real Estate Market

By Glen Hagen | Jul 19, 2017

3 Tips to Succeed in Today’s Real Estate Market | Simplifying The MarketIn today’s highly competitive real estate market, where inventory levels are not keeping up with the constant stream of buyer demand, there are steps you can take to ensure you are most prepared for success when buying a home. The 3 tips we are going to expand on today come from a recent blog by […]

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Thinking of Selling? You Should Act NOW!

By Glen Hagen | Jul 18, 2017

Thinking of Selling? You Should Act NOW! | Simplifying The MarketIf you thought about selling your house this year, now more than ever may be the time to do it! The inventory of homes for sale is well below historic norms and buyer demand is skyrocketing. We were still in high school when we learned the concept of supply and demand: the best time to […]

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Should You Buy Your Home Now

By Glen Hagen | Jul 17, 2017

3 Questions to Ask Before You Buy Your Dream Home | Simplifying The MarketIf you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are probably getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family will have your best interests at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in the real estate market. Ask yourself the following 3 questions to […]

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