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Americans Rank Real Estate Best Investment for 7 Years Running

Americans Rank Real Estate Best Investment for 7 Years Running [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights Real estate has outranked stocks, savings accounts, and gold as the best long-term investment among Americans for the past 7 years. The belief in the stability ... [read full post]
published July 10, 2020

Not All Agents Are Created Equal

Not All Agents Are Created Equal In today’s fast-paced world where answers are just a Google search away, there are some who may question the benefits of hiring a real estate professional when selling a house. The reality is, the addition of more information can lead to more confusion. A real estate ag ... [read full post]
published July 9, 2020

Best Time to Sell? When Competition Is at an All-Time Low

Best Time to Sell? When Competition Is at an All-Time Low In a recent survey of home sellers by Qualtrics, 87% of respondents said they were concerned their home won’t sell because of the pandemic and resulting economic recession. Of the respondents, 51% said they are “seriously worried.” That concer ... [read full post]
published July 8, 2020

Taking Advantage of Homebuying Affordability in Today's Market

Taking Advantage of Homebuying Affordability in Today’s Market Everyone is ready to buy a home at different times in their lives, and despite the health crisis, today is no exception. Understanding how affordability works and the main market factors that impac ... [read full post]
published July 7, 2020

Latest Unemployment Report: Great News...for the Most Part

Latest Unemployment Report: Great News…for the Most Part The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released their latest Employment Situation Summary last Thursday, and it again beat analysts’ expectations in a big way. The consensus was for 3,0 ... [read full post]
published July 6, 2020

America Is Another Name for Opportunity

America Is Another Name for Opportunity [INFOGRAPHIC] ... [read full post]
published July 3, 2020

Is the Health Crisis Driving Buyers Out of Urban Areas?

Is the Health Crisis Driving Buyers Out of Urban Areas? The pandemic has caused consumers to re-examine the components that make up the “perfect home.” Many families are no longer comfortable with the locations and layouts of their existing homes. The allure of city life (more congested) seems to be giving way to eithe ... [read full post]
published July 2, 2020

A Historic Rebound for the Housing Market

A Historic Rebound for the Housing Market Pending Home Sales increased by 44.3% in May, registering the highest month-over-month gain in the index since the National Association of Realtors (NAR) started tracking this metric in January 2001. So, what exactly are pending home sales, and why is this rebound s ... [read full post]
published July 1, 2020

Are New Homes Going to Be Available to Buy This Year?

Are New Homes Going to Be Available to Buy This Year? In today’s economy, everyone seems to be searching for signs that a recovery is coming soon. Many experts agree that it may actually already be in motion or will be starting by the 3rd quarter of this year. With the housing market positioned to lead ... [read full post]
published June 30, 2020

What Are Experts Saying About the Rest of 2020?

What Are Experts Saying About the Rest of 2020? One of the biggest questions on everyone’s minds these days is: What’s going to happen to the housing market in the second half of the year? Based on recent data on the economy, unemployment, real estate, and more, many economists are revising their fore ... [read full post]
published June 29, 2020

Think You Should For Sale By Owner? Think Again

Think You Should For Sale By Owner? Think Again [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights  For Sale By Owner (FSBO) is the process of selling real estate without the representation of a real estate broker or real estate agent. According to the National Association ... [read full post]
published June 26, 2020

New Index Reveals Impact of COVID-19 on Real Estate

New Index Reveals Impact of COVID-19 on Real Estate Earlier this month, realtor.com announced the release of their initial Housing Recovery Index, a weekly guide showing how the pandemic has impacted the residential real estate market. The index leverages a weighted average of four key components of the housing ... [read full post]
published June 25, 2020

Should We Be Looking at Unemployment Numbers Differently?

Should We Be Looking at Unemployment Numbers Differently? The New York Times recently ran an article regarding unemployment titled: Don’t Cheer Too Soon. Keep an Eye on the Core Jobless Rate. The piece suggests we should look at unemployment numbers somewhat differently. The author of the article, Jed ... [read full post]
published June 24, 2020

7 Strategies for a 2020 Open House

7 Strategies for a 2020 Open House [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights Buyer interest is high right now, so this summer is a great time to sell your house. Here are 7 strategies to help make your house showing a safe and effective one. Let’s connect today to get your house on the market while buying is hot. ... [read full post]
published June 19, 2020

Want to Make a Move? Homeowner Equity is Growing Year-Over-Year

Want to Make a Move? Homeowner Equity is Growing Year-Over-Year One of the bright spots of the 2020 real estate market is the growth in equity homeowners are experiencing across the country. According to the recently released Homeowner Equity Insights Report  ... [read full post]
published June 18, 2020

Is the Economic Recovery Already Underway?

Is the Economic Recovery Already Underway? The Wall Street Journal just released their latest monthly Survey of Economists. In an article on the findings, they reported: “The U.S. economy will be in recovery by the third quarter of this year, economists said in a survey that also conc ... [read full post]
published June 17, 2020

Three Reasons Homebuyers Are Ready to Purchase This Year

Three Reasons Homebuyers Are Ready to Purchase This Year A recent survey by Lending Tree tapped into behaviors of over 1,000 prospective buyers. The results indicated 53% of all homebuyers are more likely to buy a home in the next year, even amid the current health crisis. The survey further revealed why, ... [read full post]
published June 16, 2020

Real Estate Tops Best Investment Poll for 7th Year Running

Real Estate Tops Best Investment Poll for 7th Year Running Every year, Gallup conducts a survey of Americans to determine their choice for the best long-term investment. Respondents are asked to select real estate, stocks/mutual funds, gold, savings accounts/CDs, or bonds. For the seventh year in a row, real esta ... [read full post]
published June 15, 2020

Summer is the New Spring for Real Estate

Summer is the New Spring for Real Estate [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights The health crisis slowed the market this spring, so buyers are jumping back into the market to make their moves this summer. Check these 10 items off your to-do list so your house is ready t ... [read full post]
published June 12, 2020

Are You Ready for the Summer Housing Market?

Are You Ready for the Summer Housing Market? As the health crisis started making its way throughout our country earlier this spring, sellers have been cautious about putting their homes on the market. This hesitation stemmed primarily from fear of the spread of the coronavirus, and understandably so. This abundant cauti ... [read full post]
published June 11, 2020

Is a Recession Here? Yes. Does that Mean a Housing Crash? No.

Is a Recession Here? Yes. Does that Mean a Housing Crash? No. On Monday, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) announced that the U.S. economy is officially in a recession. This did not come as a surprise to many, as the Bureau&nbs ... [read full post]
published June 10, 2020

Real Estate Will Lead the Economic Recovery

Real Estate Will Lead the Economic Recovery With more U.S. states reopening for business this summer, and as people start to return to work, we can expect the economy to begin improving. Most expert forecasts indicate this economic recovery will start to happen in the second half of this year. As we get back to wo ... [read full post]
published June 9, 2020

The Shocking News in the Unemployment Report

The Shocking News in the Unemployment Report Last Friday, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released their May Employment Situation Summary. Leading up to the release, most experts predicted the unemployment rate would jump up to approximately 20% from the 14.7% rate announced last month. The expe ... [read full post]
published June 8, 2020

National Homeownership Month

National Homeownership Month [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights National Homeownership Month is a great time to reflect on how we can each promote stronger community growth. Homeownership helps families build financial freedom, find greater happiness and satisfaction, and make a positive impact on our local communities. Let&r ... [read full post]
published June 5, 2020

Three Things to Understand About Unemployment Statistics

Three Things to Understand About Unemployment Statistics Tomorrow morning the Bureau of Labor Statistics will release the latest Employment Situation Summary, which will include the most current unemployment rate. It will be a horrific number. Many analysts believe unemployment could be greater than 20%. These number ... [read full post]
published June 4, 2020

Is It Time to sell Your Vacation Home?

Is it Time to Sell Your Vacation Home? The travel industry is one of the major sectors that’s been hit extremely hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, it’s hard to know how long it will take for summer travelers to be back in action and for the industry to fully recover. Homeowners who rent their secon ... [read full post]
published June 3, 2020

Home Prices: It's All About Supply and Demand

Home Prices: It’s All About Supply and Demand As we enter the summer months and work through the challenges associated with the current health crisis, many are wondering what impact the economic slowdown will have on home prices. Looking at the big picture, supply and demand will give us the clearest idea of what’s ... [read full post]
published June 2, 2020

The Benefits of Homeownership May Reach Further Than You Think

The Benefits of Homeownership May Reach Further Than You Think More than ever, our homes have become an integral part of our lives. Today they are much more than the houses we live in. They’re evolving into our workplaces, schools for our children, and safe haven ... [read full post]
published June 1, 2020

Why This Summer Is the 2020 Real Estate Season

Why This Summer Is the 2020 Real Estate Season With stay-at-home orders starting to gradually lift throughout parts of the country, data indicates homebuyers are jumping back into the market. After many families put their plans on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, what we once called the busy spring r ... [read full post]
published May 27, 2020

Buying or Selling a Home? You Need an Expert Kind of Guide.

Buying or Selling a Home? You Need an Expert Kind of Guide In a normal housing market, whether you’re buying or selling a home, you need an experienced guide to help you navigate through the process. You need someone you can turn to who will tell you how to price your home correctly right from the start. You need someone who ca ... [read full post]
published May 26, 2020

Interest Rates Hover Near Historic All-Time Lows

Interest Rates Hover Near Historic All-Time Lows [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights Mortgage interest rates have dropped considerably this spring and are hovering at a historically low level. Locking in at a low rate today could save you thousands of dollars over the lifet ... [read full post]
published May 22, 2020

Experts Predict Economic Recovery Should Begin in the Second Half of the Year

Experts Predict Economic Recovery Should Begin in the Second Half of the Year One of the biggest questions we all seem to be asking these days is: When are we going to start to see an economic recovery? As the country begins to slowly reopen, moving for ... [read full post]
published May 21, 2020

6 Reasons Why Selling Your House on Your Own Is a Mistake

6 Reasons Why Selling Your House on Your Own Is a Mistake There are many benefits to working with a real estate professional when selling your house. During challenging times like the one we face today, it becomes even more important to have an expert help guide you through the process. If you’re considering selling on ... [read full post]
published May 20, 2020

Housing Market Positioned to Bring Back the Economy

Housing Market Positioned to Bring Back the Economy All eyes are on the American economy. As it goes, so does the world economy. With states beginning to reopen, the question becomes: which sectors of the economy will drive its recovery? There seems to be a growing consensus that the housing market is positioned to b ... [read full post]
published May 19, 2020

Will the Housing Market Turn Around This Year?

Will the Housing Market Turn Around This Year? Today, many people are asking themselves if they should buy or sell a home in 2020. Some have shifted their plans or put them on hold over the past couple of months, and understandably so. Everyone seems to be wondering if the market is going to change and when the econo ... [read full post]
published May 14, 2020

A Surprising Shift to the 'Burbs May Be on the Rise

A Surprising Shift to the ‘Burbs May Be on the Rise While many people across the U.S. have traditionally enjoyed the perks of an urban lifestyle, some who live in more populated city limits today are beginning to rethink their current neighborhoods. Being in close proximity to everything from the grocery store to local enterta ... [read full post]
published May 13, 2020

Unemployment Report: No Need to Be Terrified

Unemployment Report: No Need to Be Terrified Last Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its latest jobs report. It revealed that the economic shutdown made necessary by COVID-19 caused the unemployment rate to jump to 14.7%. Many anticipate that next month the percentage could be even high ... [read full post]
published May 12, 2020

A Day When Americans Can Return to Work

A Day When Americans Can Return to Work [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights Taking a moment to reflect upon what we’ve heard from historical leaders can teach us a lot about getting through the many challenges we face today. We're all eager for the day when eve ... [read full post]
published May 8, 2020

Unemployment: Hope on the Horizon

Unemployment: Hope on the Horizon Tomorrow, the unemployment rate for April 2020 will be released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It will hit a peak this country has never seen before, with data representing real families and lives affected by this economic slowdown. The numbers will alarm u ... [read full post]
published May 7, 2020

Why Home Equity Is a Bright Spark in the Housing Market

Why Home Equity Is a Bright Spark in the Housing Market Given how we have seen more unemployment claims than ever before over the past several weeks, fear is spreading widely. Some good news, however, shows that more than 4 million initial unemployment filers have likely already found a new job, especially as industries suc ... [read full post]
published May 6, 2020

Confused About the Economic Recovery? Here's Why.

Confused About the Economic Recovery? Here’s Why. As we continue to work through the health crisis that plagues this country, more and more conversations are turning to economic recovery. While we look for signs that we’ve reached a plateau in cases of COVID-19, the concern and fear of what will happen as businesses op ... [read full post]
published May 5, 2020

U.S. Homeownership Rate Rises to Highesst Point in 8 Years

U.S. Homeownership Rate Rises to Highest Point in 8 Years For nearly two months, most of us have been following strict stay-at-home orders from our state and local governments. It is a whole new way of life that has put our daily lives on pause. On the other hand, many of us have also found a sense of comfort by slowing down and spe ... [read full post]
published May 4, 2020

How to Test-Drive a Neighborhood While Sheltering in Place

How to Test-Drive a Neighborhood While Sheltering in Place [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights Staying at home doesn’t mean your search for a new place needs to come to a standstill. Check out these tips on how to explore other neighborhoods virtually i ... [read full post]
published May 1, 2020

Why the Housing Market Is a Powerful Economic Driver

Why the Housing Market Is a Powerful Economic Driver With businesses starting to slowly open back up again in some parts of the country, it’s important to understand how housing can have a major impact on the recovery of the U.S. economy. As we’ve mentioned before, buying a home is a driving financial forc ... [read full post]
published April 30, 2020

Buying a Home Right Now: Easy? No. Smart? Yes.

Buying a Home Right Now: Easy? No. Smart? Yes. Through all the volatility in the economy right now, some have put their search for a home on hold, yet others have not. According to ShowingTime, the real estate industry's leading showing management technology provider, buyers have started to reappear over the last sev ... [read full post]
published April 29, 2020

Rise to the Top of the Pool by Selling Your House Today

Rise to the Top of the Pool by Selling Your House Today With the release of the latest Economic Pulse Flash Survey from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), results show that people selling their houses today are holding strong on price. According to the most recent data, 74% of real estate age ... [read full post]
published April 28, 2020

What Impact Might COVID-19 Have on Home Values?

What Impact Might COVID-19 Have on Home Values? A big challenge facing the housing industry is determining what impact the current pandemic may have on home values. Some buyers are hoping for major price reductions because the health crisis is straining the economy. The price of any item, however, is determined by supply ... [read full post]
published April 27, 2020

Today's Expert Insight on the Housing Market

Today’s Expert Insight on the Housing Market [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights According to Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at NAR, home prices are forecasted to rise. Results from the Existing Home Sales Report note that home sales declined ... [read full post]
published April 24, 2020

Uncertainty Abound in the Search for Economic Recovery Timetable

Uncertainty Abounds in the Search for Economic Recovery Timetable Earlier this week, we discussed how most projections from financial institutions are calling for a quick V-shaped recovery from this economic downturn, and there’s research on previous pos ... [read full post]
published April 23, 2020

Keys to Selling Your House Virtually

Keys to Selling Your House Virtually In a recent survey by realtor.com, people thinking about selling their homes indicated they’re generally willing to allow their agent and some potential buyers inside if done under the right conditions. They’re less comfortable, however, hosting an open ... [read full post]
published April 22, 2020

Will This Economic Crisis Have a V, U, or L-Shaped Recovery?

Will This Economic Crisis Have a V, U, or L-Shaped Recovery? Many American businesses have been put on hold as the country deals with the worst pandemic in over one hundred years. As the states are deciding on the best strategy to slowly and safely reopen, the big ... [read full post]
published April 21, 2020

The Pain of Unemployment: It Will Be Deep, But Not for Long

The Pain of Unemployment: It Will Be Deep, But Not for Long There are two crises in this country right now: a health crisis that has forced everyone into their homes and a financial crisis caused by our inability to move around as we normally would. Over 20 million people in the U.S. became instantly unemployed when it was determined ... [read full post]
published April 20, 2020

How Technology is Helping Buyers Navigate the Home Search Process

How Technology is Helping Buyers Navigate the Home Search Process [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights: A recent realtor.com survey revealed that buyers are still considering moving forward with the homebuying process, even if they can’t see the home in-perso ... [read full post]
published April 17, 2020

Today's Homebuyers Want Lower Prices. Sellers Disagree.

Today’s Homebuyers Want Lower Prices. Sellers Disagree. The uncertainty the world faces today due to the COVID-19 pandemic is causing so many things to change. The way we interact, the way we do business, even the way we buy and sell real estate is c ... [read full post]
published April 16, 2020

Think This Is a Housing Crisis? Think Again.

Think This Is a Housing Crisis? Think Again. With all of the unanswered questions caused by COVID-19 and the economic slowdown we’re experiencing across the country today, many are asking if the housing market is in trouble. For those who remember 2008, it's logical to ask that question. Many of us experienced fi ... [read full post]
published April 15, 2020

What If I Need to Sell My Home Now? What Can I Do?

What If I Need to Sell My Home Now? What Can I Do? Every day that passes, people have a need to buy and sell homes. That doesn’t stop during the current pandemic. If you’ve had a major life change recently, whether with your job or your family situation, you may be in a position where you need to sell your home &n ... [read full post]
published April 14, 2020

Recession? Yes. Housing Crash? No.

Recession? Yes. Housing Crash? No. With over 90% of Americans now under a shelter-in-place order, many experts are warning that the American economy is heading toward a recession, if it’s not in one already. What does that mean to the residential real estate market? What is a recession? According to th ... [read full post]
published April 13, 2020

What You Can Do to Get Your House Ready to Sell

What You Can Do to Get Your House Ready to Sell [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights: Believe it or not, there are lots of things you can do to prep your house for a sale without even going to the store. Your real estate plans don’t have to be completely on hold e ... [read full post]
published April 10, 2020

Why Home Office Space Is More Desirable Than Ever

Why Home Office Space Is More Desirable Than Ever For years, we’ve all heard about the most desirable home features buyers are looking for, from upgraded kitchens to remodeled bathrooms, master suites, and more. The latest on the hotlist, however, might surprise you: home offices. In a recent article by Geor ... [read full post]
published April 9, 2020

How Technology Is Enabling the Real Estate Process

How Technology Is Enabling the Real Estate Process Today’s everyday reality is pretty different than it looked just a few weeks ago. We’re learning how to do a lot of things in new ways, from how we work remotely to how we engage with our friends and neighbors. Almost everything right now is shifting to a virtual ... [read full post]
published April 8, 2020

How to Find the Perfect Real Estate Agent

How to Find the Perfect Real Estate Agent There’s a ton of real estate information available in the news today and on the Internet. It can be extremely confusing, especially in times of uncertainty like we’re facing right now. If you’re thinking of buying or selling this year, you need an agent who ... [read full post]
published April 7, 2020

Will Surging unemployment Crush Home Sales?

Will Surging Unemployment Crush Home Sales? Ten million Americans lost their jobs over the last two weeks. The next announced unemployment rate on May 8th is expected to be in the double digits. Because the health crisis brought the economy to a screeching halt, many are feeling a personal financial crisis. James ... [read full post]
published April 6, 2020

Looking to the Future: What the Experts Are Saying

Looking to the Future: What the Experts Are Saying As our lives, our businesses, and the world we live in change day by day, we’re all left wondering how long this will last. How long will we feel the effects of the coronavirus? How deep will the impact go? The human toll may forever change families, but the economic im ... [read full post]
published April 2, 2020

The #1 Thing You Can Do Now to Position Yourself to Buy a Home This Year

The #1 Thing You Can Do Now to Position Yourself to Buy a Home This Year The last few weeks and months have caused a major health crisis throughout the world, leading to a pause in the U.S. economy as businesses and consumers work to slow the spread of the coronavirus. ... [read full post]
published April 1, 2020

The Economic Impact of Buying a Home

The Economic Impact of Buying a Home We’re in a changing real estate market, and life, in general, is changing too – from how we grocery shop and meal prep to the ways we can interact with our friends and neighbors. Even practices for engaging with agents, lenders, and all of the players involved in ... [read full post]
published March 31, 2020

The Best Advice Does Not Mean Perfect Advice

The Best Advice Does Not Mean Perfect Advice The angst caused by the coronavirus has most people on edge regarding both their health and financial situations. It’s at times like these when we want exact information about anything we’re doing – even the correct protocol for grocery shopping. That inform ... [read full post]
published March 30, 2020

What You Can Do to Keep Your Dream of Homeownership Moving Forward

What You Can Do to Keep Your Dream of Homeownership Moving Forward [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights: Don’t put your homeownership plans on hold just because you’re stuck inside. There are several things you can do right now to keep your home search moving fo ... [read full post]
published March 27, 2020

Don't Let Frightening Headlines Scare You

Don’t Let Frightening Headlines Scare You There’s a lot of anxiety right now regarding the coronavirus pandemic. The health situation must be addressed quickly, and many are concerned about the impact on the economy as well. Amidst all this anxiety, anyone with a megaphone – from the mainstream media to ... [read full post]
published March 26, 2020

Is Now a Good Time to Refinance My Home?

Is Now a Good Time to Refinance My Home? With interest rates hitting all-time lows over the past few weeks, many homeowners are opting to refinance. To decide if refinancing your home is the best option for you and your family, start by asking yourself these questions: Why do you want to refinance? There ... [read full post]
published March 25, 2020

Why the Stock Market Correction Probably Won't Impact Home Values

Why the Stock Market Correction Probably Won’t Impact Home Values With the housing crash of 2006-2008 still visible in the rear-view mirror, many are concerned the current correction in the stock market is a sign that home values are also about to tumble. What&rs ... [read full post]
published March 24, 2020

A Recession Does Not Equal a Housing Crisis

A Recession Does Not Equal a Housing Crisis Some Highlights The COVID-19 pandemic is causing an economic slowdown. The good news is, home values actually increased in 3 of the last 5 U.S. recessions and decreased by less than 2% in the 4th. All things considered, an economic slowdown does not equal a housing crisis, and thi ... [read full post]
published March 20, 2020

Three Reasons Why This Is Not a Housing Crisis

Three Reasons Why This Is Not a Housing Crisis In times of uncertainty, one of the best things we can do to ease our fears is to educate ourselves with research, facts, and data. Digging into past experiences by reviewing historical trends and understanding the peaks and valleys of what’s come before us is one of th ... [read full post]
published March 18, 2020

Two Big Myths in the Homebuying Process

Two Big Myths in the Homebuying Process The 2020 Millennial Home Buyer Report shows how this generation is not really any different from previous ones when it comes to homeownership goals: “The majority of millennials not only want to own a home, but 84% of millennials in 2019 considered it a maj ... [read full post]
published March 17, 2020

5 Simple Graphs Proving This is NOT Like the Last Time

5 Simple Graphs Proving This Is NOT Like the Last Time With all of the volatility in the stock market and uncertainty about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), some are concerned we may be headed for another housing crash like the one we experienced from 2006-2008. The feeling is understandable. Ali Wolf, Director of Economic Research&n ... [read full post]
published March 16, 2020

Buying a Home: Do You Know the Lingo?

Buying a Home: Do You Know the Lingo? [INFOGRAPHIC] Highlights: Buying a home can be intimidating if you’re not familiar with the terms used throughout the process. To point you in the right direction, here’s a list of some of the most common langua ... [read full post]
published March 13, 2020

Yes, You Can Still Afford a Home

Yes, You Can Still Afford a Home The residential real estate market has come roaring out of the gates in 2020. Compared to this time last year, the number of buyers looking for a home is up 20%, and the number of home sales is up almost 10%. The increase in purchasing activity has caused home price ... [read full post]
published March 12, 2020

Confidence Is the Key to Success for Young Homebuyers

Confidence Is the Key to Success for Young Homebuyers Buying your first home can seem overwhelming. Thankfully, there’s a lot of great information out there to help you feel more confident as you learn about the process. For those in younger generations who aspire to buy, here are three things to consider sooner rather tha ... [read full post]
published March 11, 2020

Equity Gain Growing in Nearly Every State

Equity Gain Growing in Nearly Every State Rising home prices have been in the news a lot lately, and much of the focus is on whether they’re accelerating too quickly and how sustainable the growth in prices really is. One of the often-overlooked benefits of rising prices, however, is the impact they have on a h ... [read full post]
published March 10, 2020

New Homes Coming to the Housing Market This Year

New Homes Coming to the Housing Market This Year The number of building permits issued for single-family homes is the best indicator of how many newly built homes will begin to come to market over the next few months. According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing & Urban D ... [read full post]
published March 9, 2020

How Interest Rates Can Impact Your Monthly Housing Payments

How Interest Rates Can Impact Your Monthly Housing Payments Spring is right around the corner, so flowers are starting to bloom, and many potential homebuyers are getting ready to step into the market. If you’re thinking of buying this season, here’s how mortgage interest rates are working in your favor. Freddie Mac  ... [read full post]
published March 3, 2020

How Your Tax Refund Can Move You Toward Homewonership This Year

How Your Tax Refund Can Move You Toward Homeownership This Year If you’re looking to buy a home in 2020, have you thought about putting your tax refund toward a down payment? Homeownership may be one step closer than you think if you spend your dollars wisely th ... [read full post]
published March 2, 2020

10 Steps to Buying a Home

10 Steps to Buying a Home [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights: If you’re thinking of buying a home and you’re not sure where to start, you’re not alone. Here’s a guide with 10 simple steps to follow in the homebuying process. Be sure to work with a trusted real estate professional to find out the specifics ... [read full post]
published February 28, 2020

How Much "Housing Weath" Can You Build in a Decade?

How Much “Housing Wealth” Can You Build in a Decade? Earlier this month, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released a special study titled Single-Family Home Price Gains by Years of Tenure. The study estimates median home price appre ... [read full post]
published February 27, 2020

Thinking of Selling? Now May Be the Time.

Thinking of Selling? Now May Be the Time. The housing market has started off much stronger this year than it did last year. Lower mortgage interest rates have been a driving factor in that change. The average 30-year rate in 2019, according to Freddie Mac, was 3.94%. Today that rate is closer to 3 ... [read full post]
published February 26, 2020

Opportunity in the Luxury Market This Year

Opportunity in the Luxury Market This Year Homes priced in the top 25% of a price range for a particular area of the country are considered “premium homes.” At the start of last year, many of the more expensive homes listed for sale hadn’t seen as much interest, since much of the demand for hous ... [read full post]
published February 24, 2020

Interest Rates Over Time

Interest Rates Over Time [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights: With interest rates hovering at near historic lows, now is a great time to look back at where they’ve been, and how much they’ve changed over time. According to Freddie Mac, mortgage interest rates are currently hovering near a five-decade l ... [read full post]
published February 21, 2020

The #1 Misconception in the Homebuying Process

The #1 Misconception in the Homebuying Process After over a year of moderating home prices, it appears home value appreciation is about to reaccelerate. Skylar Olsen, Director of Economic Research at Zillow, explained in a recent article:  “A year ago, a combination of a government shutdo ... [read full post]
published February 20, 2020

The Many Benefits of Aging in a Community

The Many Benefits of Aging in a Community There’s comfort in being around people who share common interests, goals, and challenges. That comfort in a community doesn’t wane with age – it actually deepens. Whether it’s proudly talking about grandchildren or lamenting the fact that our eyes aren ... [read full post]
published February 19, 2020

How Trusted Professionals Make Homebuying Easier to Understand

How Trusted Professionals Make Homebuying Easier to Understand In the spring, many excited buyers get ready to enter the housing market. Others continue dreaming about the homes they’d like to buy. The truth is, many potential buyers continue to dream longer th ... [read full post]
published February 18, 2020

Reasons to Fall in Love with Homeownership

Reasons to Fall in Love with Homeownership [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights: There are many benefits to love about homeownership, and they’re not all financial. Being a part of a neighborhood, driving academic achievement, and improving mental health are just a fe ... [read full post]
published February 14, 2020

How the Housing Market Benefits with Uncertainty in the World

How the Housing Market Benefits with Uncertainty in the World It’s hard to listen to today’s news without hearing about the uncertainty surrounding global markets, the spread of the coronavirus, and tensions in the Middle East, just to name a few. These ... [read full post]
published February 13, 2020

The #1 Reason to List Your House Right Now

The #1 Reason to List Your House Right Now The success of the U.S. residential real estate market, like any other market, is determined by supply and demand. This means we need to look at how many potential purchasers are in the market versus the number of houses that are available to buy. With early 2020 housing data ... [read full post]
published February 12, 2020

Homeownership Rate on the Rise to a 6-Year High

Homeownership Rate on the Rise to a 6-Year High Regardless of the lack of inventory on the market, the U.S. homeownership rate has climbed to a 6-year high. The United States Census Bureau reported that it increased to 65.1% in the fourth quarter of 2019, representing the highest level in the past six years. ... [read full post]
published February 11, 2020

The Top States Americans Moved to Last Year

The Top States Americans Moved to Last Year [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights: Americans are on the move, and the most recent Atlas Van Lines Migration Patterns Survey tracked the 2019 traffic flow from state-to-state. Idaho held on to the top spot of & ... [read full post]
published February 7, 2020

Great News for Renters Who Want to Buy a Home

Great News for Renters Who Want to Buy a Home Rents in the United States have been skyrocketing since 2012. This has caused many renters to face a tremendous burden when juggling their housing expenses and the desire to save for a down payment at the same time. The recent stabilization of rental prices provides a great oppor ... [read full post]
published February 6, 2020

Does "Aging in Place" Make the Most Sense?

Does “Aging in Place” Make the Most Sense? A desire among many seniors is to “age in place.” According to the Senior Resource Guide, the term means, “…that you will be remaining in your own home for the later years of your life; not moving into a smaller home, assisted living, or a ret ... [read full post]
published February 5, 2020

How to Avoid a Gender Gap When Investing in the Housing Market

How to Avoid a Gender Gap When Investing in the Housing Market When buying a home, we all want to feel like we’re making the right decision, paying a fair price, and making the best investment of our lives. According to a recent gender-based stud ... [read full post]
published February 4, 2020

Three Reasons Why Pre-Approval Is the First Step in the 2020 Homebuying Journey

Three Reasons Why Pre-Approval Is the First Step in the 2020 Homebuying Journey When the number of buyers in the housing market outnumbers the number of homes for sale, it’s called a “seller’s market.” The advantage tips toward the ... [read full post]
published February 3, 2020

5 Reasons Homeowners Throw Better Parties During the Big Game

5 Reasons Homeowners Throw Better Parties During the Big Game [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights: There’s more room to entertain a large crowd. The kitchen is big enough to whip up endless appetizers – yum! You don’t have to worry about complaints ... [read full post]
published January 31, 2020

Strength of the Economy Is Surprising the Experts

Strength of the Economy Is Surprising the Experts We’re currently in the longest economic recovery in U.S. history. That has caused some to ask experts to project when the next economic slowdown (recession) could occur. Two years ago, 67% of the economists surveyed by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) for the&nbs ... [read full post]
published January 30, 2020

Where Have All the Houses Disappeared To?

Where Have All the Houses Disappeared To? If you’re following what’s happening in the current housing market, you’ve seen how the lack of newly constructed homes is a major reason there’s a shortage of housing inventory available to today’s buyers. Another reason is that the in ... [read full post]
published January 29, 2020

Should I Sell My House This Year?

Should I Sell My House This Year? If one of the questions you’re asking yourself today is, “Should I sell my house this year?” the current Housing Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) Survey from the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) sh ... [read full post]
published January 28, 2020

First-Time Buyers Are Searching for Existing Homes This Year

First-Time Buyers Are Searching for Existing Homes This Year In the latest Housing Trends Report, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) measured the share of adults planning to buy a home over the next 12 months. The report indicates the p ... [read full post]
published January 27, 2020

The New Spring Real Estate Market is Here. Are You Ready?

The New Spring Real Estate Market is Here. Are You Ready? Which month do you think most people who are considering buying a home actually start their search? If you’re like most of us, you probably think the surge happens in the spring, likely in April. Not anymore. According to new research, January 2019 was on ... [read full post]
published January 8, 2020

Big Demand for Small Homes

Big Demand for Small Homes Movies, tv shows, and celebrities often have us dreaming of owning large homes, but the reality for most people is quite different. Since 2015, the square footage of newly built houses has been shrinking, according to Yahoo Finances. This is not projected to change as w ... [read full post]
published January 7, 2020

3 Benefits to Buying Your Dream Home This Year

3 Benefits to Buying Your Dream Home This Year Outside of a strong economy, low unemployment, and higher wages, there are three more great reasons why you may want to consider buying your dream home this year instead of waiting. 1. Buying a Home is a Great Investment Several reports indicate that real estate is a g ... [read full post]
published January 6, 2020

Top Renovations for Maximum ROI

Top Renovations for Maximum ROI [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights: If you’re planning on selling your house in 2020, these are the top renovations that will give you the highest Return on your Investment. Regardless of how long you’re planning on staying in your current home, it’s smart to be aware of which home ... [read full post]
published January 3, 2020

Expert Insights on the 2020 Housing Market

Expert Insights on the 2020 Housing Market When closing out another year, it’s normal to wonder what’s ahead for the housing market. Though there will be future inventory issues, we expect interest rates to stay low and appreciation to continue. Here’s what three experts are saying we’ll ... [read full post]
published December 31, 2019

Why You Shouldn't "For Sale By Owner"

Why You Shouldn’t “For Sale By Owner” Rising home prices coupled with the current inventory in today's market may cause some homeowners to consider selling their homes on their own (known in the industry as a For Sale By Owner). However, a FSBO might be hard to execute well for the vast majority of sellers. ... [read full post]
published December 30, 2019

Working with a Local Real Estate Professional Makes All the Difference

Working with a Local Real Estate Professional Makes All the Difference [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights: Choosing the right real estate professional is one of the most impactful decisions you can make in your home buying or selling process. A real estate professional can ... [read full post]
published December 27, 2019

Year-Over-Year Rental Prices on the Rise

Year-Over-Year Rental Prices on the Rise Looking ahead, 2020 is projected to be a strong year for homeownership. According to the Freddie Mac Forecast, “We expect rates to remain low, falling to a yearly average of 3.8% in 2020.” If you’re currently renting, 2020 may be a great time ... [read full post]
published December 26, 2019

2020 Forecast Shows Continued Home Price Appreciation

2020 Forecast Shows Continued Home Price Appreciation Questions continue to rise around where home prices will head in 2020. The latest forecast from CoreLogic shows continued appreciation at 5.4% over the next year:Additionally, ARCH Mortgage Insurance Company in their current Housing and Mort ... [read full post]
published December 23, 2019

Where is the Housing Market Headed in 2020?

Where is the Housing Market Headed in 2020? [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights: Interest rates will be lower than they have been since before 1980 at 3.8% and are projected to remain steady throughout 2020! According to CoreLogic, home prices will appreciate at a ... [read full post]
published December 20, 2019

5,300 Reasons to Be Happy You're a Homeowner

5,300 Reasons to Be Happy You’re a Homeowner Studies have shown that, in many cases, the largest asset a family owns is the house they live in. Over the last twelve months, that asset has gained substantial value. CoreLogic just released their 2019 3rd Quarter Homeowner Equity Insights Report. The report reve ... [read full post]
published December 19, 2019

The Biggest Issue Facing Housing Next Year

The Biggest Issue Facing Housing Next Year This coming year the housing market will be defined by 3 things- inventory, interest rates, and appreciation.  But the biggest issue the housing market will face in 2020 is an inventory shortage.  There aren’t enough homes on the market for buye ... [read full post]
published December 18, 2019

3 Mistakes to Avoid When Selling a Home in 2020

3 Mistakes to Avoid When Selling a Home in 2020 It’s exciting to put a house on the market and to think about making new memories in new spaces, but we can have deep sentimental attachments to the homes we’re leaving behind, too. Growing emotions can help or hinder a sale, depending on how we manage them. When ... [read full post]
published December 17, 2019

December 2019: They Buyer Stakes Are High Because Inventory Is Low

December 2019: The Buyer Stakes Are High Because Inventory Is Low The reality of what we’re seeing this month is that homes are selling fast. In today’s strong seller’s market, bidding wars are common and expected with starter or entry-level ... [read full post]
published December 16, 2019

Get Your House Ready to Sell This Winter

Get Your House Ready To Sell This Winter Some Highlights Winter is a great time to list a house, since inventory is traditionally low, and most sellers are holding off until spring to put their homes on the market. Waiting for warmer weather when more competition is on the market will only put your house up against many more ... [read full post]
published December 13, 2019

Holiday Gifts Are Not the Only Hot Things Right Now

Holiday Gifts Are Not the Only Hot Things Right Now Black Friday is behind us and holiday gifts are flying off the shelves in stores and online. Unlike last year, however, there’s another type of buyer that is very active this winter – the homebuyer. Each month, ShowingTime releases their Showi ... [read full post]
published December 12, 2019

Have You Outgrown Your Home?

Have You Outgrown Your Home? It may seem hard to imagine that the home you’re in today – whether it’s your starter home or just one you’ve fallen in love with along the way – might not be your forever home. The good news is, it’s okay to admit if your house no longer ... [read full post]
published December 11, 2019

A 365 Day Difference in Homeownership

  A 365 Day Difference in Homeownership Over the past year, mortgage rates have fallen more than a full percentage point. This is a great driver for homeownership, as today’s low rates provide consumers with some significant benefits. Here’s a look at three of them: Refinance: If you already own a home ... [read full post]
published December 10, 2019

Have You Budgeted for Closing Costs?

Have You Budgeted for Closing Costs? Saving for a down payment is a key step in the homebuying process, and it’s not the only piece you need to include in your budget. Another factor that’s important to plan for is the closing costs required to obtain a mortgage. What Are Closing Costs? According t ... [read full post]
published December 9, 2019

Millennials Are on the Move as First-Time Homebuyers

Millennials Are on the Move as First-Time Homebuyers [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights: According to NAR’s latest Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the median age of all first-time homebuyers is 32. With more millennials entering a homebuying phase ... [read full post]
published December 6, 2019

What is the Best Investment for Americans?

What is the Best Investment for Americans? Some are reporting that there is trepidation regarding the real estate market in the United States. Apparently, the American people are quite comfortable. Porch.com, a major network helping homeowners with their renovation projects, recently conducted a survey whic ... [read full post]
published December 5, 2019

Is A Bigger House Within Your Budget?

Is A Bigger House Within Your Budget? At this time of year, many families come together to celebrate the season. It’s also the time when many realize their homes are just not quite big enough to host all of their guests and loved ones. Are you one of those homeowners dreaming for a larger space to call home ... [read full post]
published December 4, 2019

It's 'National Roof Over Your Head' Day!

It’s ‘National Roof Over Your Head’ Day! Did you know that each year in the United States, we celebrate “National Roof Over Your Head Day” on December 3rd? As noted on the National Calendar, it was “created as a day to be thankful for what you have, starting with the roof over your head. ... [read full post]
published December 3, 2019

5 Reasons to Sell This Winter

5 Reasons to Sell This Winter Below are five compelling reasons to list your house this winter. 1. Demand Is Strong The latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains strong throughout the vast majority of the country. Thes ... [read full post]
published December 2, 2019

Tips to Sell Your Home Faster

Tips to Sell Your Home Faster When selling your house, there are a few key things you can prioritize to have the greatest impact for a faster sale: 1. Make Buyers Feel at Home Declutter your home! Pack away all personal items like pictures, awards, and sentimental belongings. Make buyers feel like ... [read full post]
published November 27, 2019

The True Cost of Not Owning Your Home

The True Cost of Not Owning Your Home There are great advantages to owning a home, yet many people continue to rent. The financial benefits are just some of the reasons why homeownership has been a part of the long-standing American dream. Realtor.com reported that: “Buying remains the mo ... [read full post]
published November 26, 2019

7 Reasons to List Your House This Holiday Season

7 Reasons to List Your House This Holiday Season Around this time each year, many homeowners decide to wait until after the holidays to list their houses. Similarly, others who already have their homes on the market remove their listings until the spring. Let’s unpack the top reasons why listing your house now or keep ... [read full post]
published November 25, 2019

Economy Recovery, how long will it last?

How Long Can This Economic Recovery Last? The economy is currently experiencing the longest recovery in our nation’s history. The stock market has hit record highs, while unemployment rates are at record lows. Home price appreciation is beginning to reaccelerate. This begs the question: How long can this e ... [read full post]
published November 21, 2019

Buyers are looking now. Are you ready to sell your home?

Buyers Are Looking Now. Are You Ready to List Your Home? Inventory on the market today is low, especially among existing homes in the entry and middle-level tiers of the market. It is hovering well below the 6-month supply typically found in a more normal market, as shown in the graph below:With inventory being one o ... [read full post]
published November 20, 2019

Taking the Fear Out of the Mortgage Process

Taking the Fear Out of the Mortgage Process A considerable number of potential buyers shy away from the real estate market because they’re uncertain about the buying process – particularly when it comes to qualifying for a mortgage. For many, the mortgage process can be scary, but it doesn’t have to ... [read full post]
published October 31, 2019

Fall Home Buying Tips

  It’s a well-established pattern: Home sales boom every spring and summer, and then, as the leaves begin to change, the market begins to cool. By November, with the holidays coming near, few people are focused on real-estate shopping- making it the best time for y ... [read full post]
published October 11, 2019

3 Top Home Staging Tips

  Are you looking to sell your home now or in the near future?   When your home is on the market, you want it to be seen in the best light by potential buyers. Staging your home can help you achieve this goal. Homestaging is the process of decorating your h ... [read full post]
published September 13, 2019
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