Long Island Real Estate Blog

Is It a Good Time to Sell My House?

By Glen Hagen | March 4, 2021

Is It a Good Time to Sell My House? | Simplifying The MarketLast year, many homeowners thought twice about selling their houses due to the onset of the health crisis. This year, however, homeowners are beginning to regain their confidence when it comes to selling safely. The latest Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI) by Fannie Mae shows that 57% of consumers believe now is a good time […]

Home Prices: What Happened in 2020? What Will Happen In 2021?

By Glen Hagen | March 2, 2021

Home Prices: What Happened in 2020? What Will Happen This Year? | Simplifying The MarketThe real estate market was on fire during the second half of 2020. Buyer demand was way up, and the supply of homes available for sale hit record lows. The price of anything is determined by the supply and demand ratio, so home prices skyrocketed last year. Dr. Lynn Fisher, Deputy Director of the Federal […]

What Are the Benefits of a 20% Down Payment?

By Glen Hagen | March 1, 2021

What Are the Benefits of a 20% Down Payment? | Simplifying The MarketIf you’re thinking of buying a home this year, you may be wondering how much money you need to come up with for your down payment. Many people may think it’s 20% of the loan to secure a mortgage. While there are plenty of lower down payment options available for qualified buyers who don’t want […]

Are There Going to Be More Homes to Buy This Year?

By Glen Hagen | February 25, 2021

Are There Going to Be More Homes to Buy This Year? | Simplifying The MarketIf you’re looking for a home to purchase right now and having trouble finding one, you’re not alone. At a time like this when there are so few houses for sale, it’s normal to wonder if you’ll actually find one to buy. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), across the country, inventory of […]

The Reason Mortgage Rates Are Projected to Increase and What It Means for You

By Glen Hagen | February 23, 2021

The Reason Mortgage Rates Are Projected to Increase and What It Means for You | Simplifying The MarketWe’re currently experiencing historically low mortgage rates. Over the last fifty years, the average on a Freddie Mac 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has been 7.76%. Today, that rate is 2.81%. Flocks of homebuyers have been taking advantage of these remarkably low rates over the last twelve months. However, there’s no guarantee rates will remain this low […]

Where Have All the Houses Gone?

By Glen Hagen | February 22, 2021

Where Have All the Houses Gone? | Simplifying The MarketIn today’s housing market, it seems harder than ever to find a home to buy. Before the health crisis hit us a year ago, there was already a shortage of homes for sale. When many homeowners delayed their plans to sell at the same time that more buyers aimed to take advantage of record-low mortgage […]

The Luxury Market Is Attracting Buyers in 2021

By Glen Hagen | February 10, 2021

The Luxury Market Is Attracting Buyers in 2021 | Simplifying The MarketAs more people continue to identify their changing needs this year, some are turning to the upscale housing sector for more space or finer features. In their most recent Luxury Market Report, the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing (ILHM) shares: “In a snapshot of 2020, despite the devasting effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the luxury […]

Why Moving May Be Just the Boost You Need

By Glen Hagen | January 25, 2021

Why Moving May Be Just the Boost You Need | Simplifying The MarketAs we look back over the past year, we’ve certainly lived through one of the most stressful periods in recent history. After spending so much more time at home throughout the health crisis, some are wondering if they should move to improve their mental health and well-being. This is no surprise since the U.S. Census […]

Financial Fundamentals for Homebuyers [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Glen Hagen | January 22, 2021

Some Highlights

When you’re thinking about buying a home, there are a few key steps to take before you even start to look at houses.
From saving for your down payment to getting pre-approved for a mortgage, you’ll want to make sure you keep your fin…

What Experts Are Saying about the 2021 Job Market

By Glen Hagen | January 21, 2021

What Experts Are Saying about the 2021 Job Market | Simplifying The MarketEarlier this month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released their most recent Jobs Report. The report revealed that the economy lost 140,000 jobs in December. That’s a devastating number and dramatically impacts those households that lost a source of income. However, we need to give it some context. Greg Ip, Chief Economics Commentator at […]

Owning a Home Is Still More Affordable Than Renting One

By Glen Hagen | January 20, 2021

Owning a Home Is Still More Affordable Than Renting One | Simplifying The MarketIf spending more time at home over the past year is making you really think hard about buying a home instead of renting one, you’re not alone. You may be wondering, however, if the dollars and cents add up in your favor as home prices continue to rise. According to the experts, in many cases, […]

Should I Wait for Lower Mortgage Interest Rates?

By Glen Hagen | January 19, 2021

Should I Wait for Lower Mortgage Interest Rates? | Simplifying The MarketHistorically low mortgage rates are a big motivator for homebuyers right now. In 2020 alone, rates hit new record-lows 16 times, and the trend continued into the early part of this year. Many hopeful homebuyers are now wondering if they should put their plans on hold and wait for the lowest rates imaginable. However, the […]