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Your Agent Is Key When Pricing Your House

  Your Agent Is Key When Pricing Your House  Some Highlights Pricing your house right takes market experience and expertise. To find the best list price, your agent balances current market demand, values of homes in your neighborhood, where prices are ... [read full post]
published September 3, 2021

5 Reasons Today’s Housing Market Is Anything but Normal

  5 Reasons Today’s Housing Market Is Anything but Normal There are many headlines out there that claim we’re reverting to a more normal real estate market. That would indicate the housing market is returning to the pre-pandemic numbers we saw from ... [read full post]
published September 2, 2021

What You Can Do Right Now To Prepare for Homeownership

  What You Can Do Right Now To Prepare for Homeownership As rent prices continue to soar, many renters want to know what they can do to get ready to buy their first home. According to recent data from ApartmentList.com: “The first half o ... [read full post]
published September 1, 2021

What Buyers and Sellers Need To Know About the Appraisal Gap

  What Buyers and Sellers Need To Know About the Appraisal Gap It’s economy 101 – when supply is low and demand is high, prices naturally rise. That’s what’s happening in today’s housing market. Home prices are appreciating&n ... [read full post]
published August 31, 2021

The Difference in Net Worth Between Homeowners and Renters Is Widening

  The Difference in Net Worth Between Homeowners and Renters Is Widening Becoming financially secure is an important goal for many people today, but some don’t realize just how much homeownership can help them achieve that dream. A recent report,& ... [read full post]
published August 30, 2021

Your Checklist To Get Ready To Sell

  Your Checklist To Get Ready To Sell  Some Highlights When it comes to selling your house, you want it to look its best inside and out. It’s important to focus on tasks that can make it inviting, show it’s cared for, and boost yo ... [read full post]
published August 27, 2021

If Housing Affordability Is About the Money, Don’t Forget This.

  If Housing Affordability Is About the Money, Don’t Forget This. There are many non-financial benefits of buying your own home. However, today’s headlines seem to be focusing primarily on the financial aspects of homeownership – spec ... [read full post]
published August 26, 2021

Why 2021 Is Still the Year To Sell Your House

  Why 2021 Is Still the Year To Sell Your House If you’re trying to decide whether or not to sell your house, this is the time to think seriously about making a move. Fannie Mae’s recent Home Purchase Sentiment Index& ... [read full post]
published August 25, 2021

What To Do with Your Vacation Home as Summer Ends

  What To Do with Your Vacation Home as Summer Ends As summer comes to a close, is it time to think about selling your vacation home? Based on recent data and expert opinions, it’s something you may want to consider. According to research from the ... [read full post]
published August 24, 2021

What Do Experts Say About Today’s Mortgage Rates?

What Do Experts Say About Today’s Mortgage Rates? Mortgage rates are hovering near record lows, and that’s good news for today’s homebuyers. The graph below shows mortgage rates dating back to 2016 and where today falls by comparison.Generally speaking, when rates are low, you can afford more home for y ... [read full post]
published August 23, 2021

Options for First-Time Homebuyers

Options for First-Time Homebuyers  Some Highlights With a housing market this competitive, sometimes you have to think outside the box. Work with your trusted real estate advisors to do things like assess your budget, expand your search radius, look into other options, and determine your tru ... [read full post]
published August 20, 2021

More Young People Are Buying Homes

More Young People Are Buying Homes There’s a common misconception that younger generations aren’t interested in homeownership. Many people point to the fact that millennials put off purchasing their first home as a reason for this belief. Odeta Kushi, Deputy Chief Economist for First American ... [read full post]
published August 19, 2021

Real Estate: It’s Still a Lack of Supply, Not a Lack of Demand

Real Estate: It’s Still a Lack of Supply, Not a Lack of Demand One of the major questions real estate experts are asking today is whether prospective homebuyers still believe purchasing a home makes sense. Some claim rapidly rising home prices are impacting de ... [read full post]
published August 18, 2021

A Look at Home Price Appreciation and What It Means for Sellers

A Look at Home Price Appreciation and What It Means for Sellers When you hear the phrase home price appreciation, what does it mean to you? Through context clues alone, chances are you know it has to do with rising home prices. And as a seller, you know rising ho ... [read full post]
published August 16, 2021

Sellers Are in a Sweet Spot

  Sellers Are in a Sweet Spot  Some Highlights In today’s sellers’ market, you’re set up to win big when you list your house. That’s because homes are selling fast, receiving 4.4 offers on average and often selling above the asking price. Then, when you buy your next home, you&rs ... [read full post]
published August 13, 2021

The Best Use of Time (and Money) When It Comes to Renovations

  The Best Use of Time (and Money) When It Comes to Renovations In the current sellers’ market, many homeowners wonder what, if anything, needs to be remodeled before they list their house. That’s where a trusted real estate professional comes in. T ... [read full post]
published August 12, 2021

Are Houses Less Affordable Than They Were in Past Decades?

  Are Houses Less Affordable Than They Were in Past Decades? There are many headlines about how housing affordability is declining. The headlines are correct: it’s less affordable to purchase a home today than it was a year ago. However, it’s important ... [read full post]
published August 11, 2021

Looking for a Place To Call Home? Consider a Condominium.

  Looking for a Place To Call Home? Consider a Condominium. It’s no secret that one of the top stories in today’s real estate market is low housing supply and high buyer demand. If you’re a first-time buyer looking for a starter home or ... [read full post]
published August 10, 2021

The Community and Economic Impacts of a Home Sale

  The Community and Economic Impacts of a Home Sale If you’re thinking of buying or selling a house, chances are you’re focusing on the many extraordinary ways it’ll change your life. What you may not realize is that decision impacts p ... [read full post]
published August 9, 2021

Ready To Sell, but Don’t Know Where You’ll Go?

  Ready To Sell, but Don’t Know Where You’ll Go?  Some Highlights If you’re thinking of selling your house but don’t know what you should buy, you have options. Existing homes offer a wide variety of home styles, ... [read full post]
published August 6, 2021

Surprising Shift Favors Homeowners: Buyers Now Prefer Existing Homes

  Surprising Shift Favors Homeowners: Buyers Now Prefer Existing Homes In April, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) posted an article, Home Buyers’ Preferences Shift Towards New Construction, which reported: “60% of p ... [read full post]
published August 5, 2021

Sellers: Make Today’s Home Price Appreciation Work for You

  Sellers: Make Today’s Home Price Appreciation Work for You Home prices continue to rise as we move through the summer, and that’s good news for sellers who are looking to maximize their home’s potential. If you’re on the fence a ... [read full post]
published August 4, 2021

With Rents on the Rise – Is Now the Time To Buy?

  With Rents on the Rise – Is Now the Time To Buy? According to recent data from realtor.com, median rental prices have reached their highest point ever recorded in many areas across the country. The report found rents rose by&nbs ... [read full post]
published August 3, 2021

Key Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying a Home

  Key Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying a Home Sometimes it can feel like everyone has advice when it comes to buying a home. While your friends and loved ones may have your best interests in mind, they may also be missing crucial information about toda ... [read full post]
published August 2, 2021

Waiting To Buy a Home Could Cost You

  Waiting To Buy a Home Could Cost You  Some Highlights If you’re thinking of buying a home but wondering if waiting a few years will save you in the long run, think again. The longer the wait, the more you’ll pay, especially when&nb ... [read full post]
published July 30, 2021

4 Reasons Why the End of Forbearance Will Not Lead to a Wave of Foreclosures

  4 Reasons Why the End of Forbearance Will Not Lead to a Wave of Foreclosures With forbearance plans about to come to an end, many are concerned the housing market will experience a wave of foreclosures like what happened after the housing bubble 15 years ago. Here ar ... [read full post]
published July 28, 2021

A Look at Housing Supply and What It Means for Sellers

  A Look at Housing Supply and What It Means for Sellers One of the hottest topics of conversation in today’s real estate market is the shortage of available homes. Simply put, there are many more potential buyers than there are homes for sale.&n ... [read full post]
published July 27, 2021

3 Hot Topics in the Housing Market Right Now

  3 Hot Topics in the Housing Market Right Now If you’re a prospective buyer or seller, it’s important to understand the current real estate market conditions and how they affect you. The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) just released its Top Ten Issues Affecting Real Estate report. Here are t ... [read full post]
published July 26, 2021

Pop Quiz: Can You Define These Key Terms in Today’s Housing Market?

  Pop Quiz: Can You Define These Key Terms in Today’s Housing Market?  Some Highlights The language of buying and selling a home may sound scary at first, but knowing how key terms relate to today’s market can help you. For example, current low m ... [read full post]
published July 23, 2021

Today’s Real Estate Market Explained Through 4 Key Trends

  Today’s Real Estate Market Explained Through 4 Key Trends As we move into the second half of the year, one thing is clear: the current real estate market is one for the record books. The exact mix of conditions we have today creates opportunities for both ... [read full post]
published July 22, 2021

Remote Work Has Changed Our Home Needs. Is It Time for Your Home To Change, Too?

  Remote Work Has Changed Our Home Needs. Is It Time for Your Home To Change, Too? Over the past year, many homeowners realized what they need in a home is changing, especially with the rise in remote work. If you’re longing for a dedicated home office or a change in ... [read full post]
published July 21, 2021

3 Charts That Show This Isn’t a Housing Bubble

  3 Charts That Show This Isn’t a Housing Bubble With home prices continuing to deliver double-digit increases, some are concerned we’re in a housing bubble like the one in 2006. However, a closer look at the market data indicates this is nothing ... [read full post]
published July 20, 2021

Experts Agree: Options Are Improving for Buyers

  Experts Agree: Options Are Improving for Buyers  Some Highlights Buyers hoping for more homes to choose from may be in luck as housing inventory begins to rise. Many experts agree – new sellers listing their homes is great news for bu ... [read full post]
published July 16, 2021

Diving Deep into Today’s Biggest Buyer Concerns

  Diving Deep into Today’s Biggest Buyer Concerns Last week, Fannie Mae released their Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI). Though the survey showed 77% of respondents believe it’s a “good time to sell,” it also con ... [read full post]
published July 15, 2021

Housing Supply Is Rising. What Does That Mean for You?

  Housing Supply Is Rising. What Does That Mean for You? An important factor in today’s market is the number of homes for sale. While inventory levels continue to sit near historic lows, there are indications we may have hit the lowest point we&rsquo ... [read full post]
published July 14, 2021

Why This Isn’t Your Typical Summer Housing Market

  Why This Isn’t Your Typical Summer Housing Market In real estate, it’s normal to see ebbs and flows in the market. Typically, the summer months are slower-paced than the traditionally busy spring. But this isn’t a typical summer. As the econo ... [read full post]
published July 13, 2021

4 Major Incentives To Sell This Summer

  4 Major Incentives To Sell This Summer While the housing market forecast for the second half of the year remains positive, there may not be a better time to sell than right now. Here are four things to consider if you’re trying to decide if now’s the right time to make a move. 1. Your House Will Li ... [read full post]
published July 12, 2021

Your Home Equity Can Take You Places

  Your Home Equity Can Take You Places  Some Highlights The amount of wealth Americans have stored in their homes has increased astronomically. On average, homeowners gained $33,400 in equity over the last 12 months, and the average equit ... [read full post]
published July 9, 2021

Selling Your House? Make Sure You Price It Right.

  Selling Your House? Make Sure You Price It Right. There’s no denying we’re in a sellers’ market. With low inventory and high buyer demand, homes today are selling above the asking price at a record rate. According to the latest Realt ... [read full post]
published July 8, 2021

The Truths Young Homebuyers Need To Hear

  The Truths Young Homebuyers Need To Hear For many young or first-time homebuyers, purchasing a home can feel intimidating. A recent survey shows some homebuyers ages 25 to 40 may be unsure about the homebuying process and what they can afford. It found: “1 in 4 underestimated their buying potential by $1 ... [read full post]
published July 7, 2021

A Look at Home Price Appreciation Through 2025

  A Look at Home Price Appreciation Through 2025 Home prices have increased significantly over the last year, which in turn has grown the net worth of homeowners. Appreciation and home equity are directly linked – as the value of a home increases, so doe ... [read full post]
published July 6, 2021

Happy Independence Day!

  Happy Independence Day! Wishing you a happy and safe Independence Day. ... [read full post]
published July 2, 2021

Are We in a Housing Bubble? Experts Say No.

  Are We in a Housing Bubble? Experts Say No. The question of whether the real estate market is a bubble ready to pop seems to be dominating a lot of conversations – and everyone has an opinion. Yet, when it comes down to it, the opinions that carry the most weight are the ones based on experience and expertise. Here are ... [read full post]
published July 1, 2021

What Do Experts See on the Horizon for the Second Half of the Year?

  What Do Experts See on the Horizon for the Second Half of the Year? As we move into the latter half of the year, questions about what’s to come are top of mind for buyers and sellers. Near record-low mortgage rates coupled with rising home price apprec ... [read full post]
published June 30, 2021

What To Expect as Appraisal Gaps Grow

  What To Expect as Appraisal Gaps Grow In today’s real estate market, low inventory and high demand are driving up home prices. As many as 54% of homes are getting offers over the listing price, based on the latest Realtors Confidence Index from the National Association of Realtors (NA ... [read full post]
published June 29, 2021

Save Time and Effort by Selling with an Agent

  Save Time and Effort by Selling with an Agent Selling a house is a time-consuming process – especially if you decide to do it on your own, known as a For Sale By Owner (FSBO). From conducting market research to reviewing legal documents, handling ... [read full post]
published June 28, 2021

Homebuyers: Hang in There

  Homebuyers: Hang in There  Some Highlights Today’s sellers’ market provides unique challenges—and benefits—for buyers. Current low interest rates won’t last forever, and home prices are forecast to rise. If you’re a homebuyer, hang in there. Homeownershi ... [read full post]
published June 25, 2021

Owning a Home Has Distinct Financial Benefits Over Renting

  Owning a Home Has Distinct Financial Benefits Over Renting  Some Highlights When you rent, you build your landlord’s wealth, your monthly payment depends on ever-rising rents, and you don’t benefit from home price appreciati ... [read full post]
published June 18, 2021

Housing Wealth: The Missing Piece of the Affordability Equation

  Housing Wealth: The Missing Piece of the Affordability Equation The real estate market is soaring today. Residential home values are rising, and that’s a big win for homeowners. In 2020, there was a double-digit increase in home values – a trend tha ... [read full post]
published June 17, 2021

Don’t Wait To Sell Your House

  Don’t Wait To Sell Your House We’re in the ultimate sellers’ market right now. If you’re a homeowner thinking about selling, you have a huge advantage in today’s housing market. High buyer demand paired with very few houses for sale makes this the optimal time to sell for those who are re ... [read full post]
published June 16, 2021

Hope Is on the Horizon for Today’s Housing Shortage

  Hope Is on the Horizon for Today’s Housing Shortage The major challenge in today’s housing market is that there are more buyers looking to purchase than there are homes available to buy. Simply put, supply can’t keep up with demand. A normal ma ... [read full post]
published June 15, 2021

The Right Expert Will Guide You Through This Unprecedented Market

  The Right Expert Will Guide You Through This Unprecedented Market In a normal market, it’s good to have an experienced guide coaching you through the process of buying or selling a home. That person can advise you on important things like pricing  ... [read full post]
published June 14, 2021

Have Your Day in the Sun by Moving Up This Summer

  Have Your Day in the Sun by Moving Up This Summer [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights Longer days and sunny weather mean summer is upon us, and what better conditions than right now to upgrade to the home of your dreams? If your needs have  ... [read full post]
published June 11, 2021

Why This Is Not Like 2008 Again

  Why This Is Not Like 2008 Again During the Great Recession, just over a decade ago, the financial systems the world depended on started to collapse. It created a panic that drove some large companies out of business (ex. Lehman Brothers) and many more into bankruptcy. The financial crisis that accompanied th ... [read full post]
published June 10, 2021

Home Price Appreciation Is as Simple as Supply and Demand

  Home Price Appreciation Is as Simple as Supply and Demand Home price appreciation continues to accelerate. Today, prices are driven by the simple concept of supply and demand. Pricing of any item is determined by how many items are available compared to how ... [read full post]
published June 9, 2021

In Today’s Market, Listing Prices Are Like an Auction’s Reserve Price

  In Today’s Market, Listing Prices Are Like an Auction’s Reserve Price For generations, the process of buying and selling a home never really changed. A homeowner would try to estimate the market value of their house, then tack on a little extra to give themsel ... [read full post]
published June 8, 2021

Why You May Want To Cash in on Your Second Home

  Why You May Want To Cash in on Your Second Home When stay-at-home mandates were enforced last year, many households realized their homes didn’t really fulfill their new lifestyle needs. An office (in some cases two), a media room, space for children to ... [read full post]
published June 7, 2021

Top Reasons To Own Your Home

  Top Reasons To Own Your Home Some Highlights June is National Homeownership Month, and it’s a great time to consider the benefits of owning your own home. If you’re thinking of buying a home, it might just help you find the stability, community, and comfort you’ve been searching for over the pa ... [read full post]
published June 4, 2021

Dreaming of a Bigger Home? Why Not Buy It This Year?

  Dreaming of a Bigger Home? Why Not Buy It This Year? Are you clamoring for extra rooms or a more functional floorplan in your house? Maybe it’s time to make a move. If you’ll be able to work remotely for the long-term or your overall needs have ... [read full post]
published June 3, 2021

What’s Motivating People To Move Right Now?

  What’s Motivating People To Move Right Now? This year, Americans are moving for a variety of reasons. The health crisis has truly reshaped our lifestyles and our needs. Spending so much more time in our current homes has driven many people to reconsider w ... [read full post]
published June 2, 2021

6 Reasons to Celebrate National Homeownership Month

  6 Reasons to Celebrate National Homeownership Month Our homes are so much more than the houses we live in. For many, they’ve also become our workplaces, schools for our children, and safe harbors in which we’ve weathered the toughest moments of a glob ... [read full post]
published June 1, 2021

How Misunderstandings about Affordability Could Cost You

  How Misunderstandings about Affordability Could Cost You There’s a lot of discussion about affordability as home prices continue to appreciate rapidly. Even though the most recent index on affordability from the National Association of Realtors  ... [read full post]
published May 27, 2021

Buying a Home Is Still Affordable

  Buying a Home Is Still Affordable The last year has put emphasis on the importance of one’s home. As a result, some renters are making the jump into homeownership while some homeowners are re-evaluating their current house and considering a move to one that better fits their current lifestyle. Understanding ho ... [read full post]
published May 26, 2021

Where Do Experts Say the Housing Market Is Heading?

  Where Do Experts Say the Housing Market Is Heading? As we enter the middle of 2021, many are wondering if we’ll see big changes in the housing market during the second half of this year. Here’s a look at what some experts have to say about key factors ... [read full post]
published May 25, 2021

3 Things To Prioritize When Selling Your House

  3 Things To Prioritize When Selling Your House Today’s housing market is full of unprecedented opportunities. High buyer demand paired with record-low housing inventory is creating the ultimate sellers’ market, which means it’s a ... [read full post]
published May 24, 2021

Americans Choose Real Estate as the Best Investment

  Americans Choose Real Estate as the Best Investment  Some Highlights For the eighth year in a row, real estate maintained its position as the preferred long-term investment among Americans. Real estate has been gaining ground against stocks, ... [read full post]
published May 21, 2021

Should I Move or Refinance?

  Should I Move or Refinance? The level of equity homeowners have is at an all-time high. According to the U.S. Census, over 38% of owner-occupied homes are owned free and clear, meaning they don’t have a mortgage. Those with a mortgage are seeing their equity skyrocket too. Every time real ... [read full post]
published May 20, 2021

Sellers Are Ready To Enter the Housing Market

Sellers Are Ready To Enter the Housing Market One of the biggest questions in real estate today is, “When will sellers return to the housing market?” An ongoing shortage of home supply has created a hyper-competitive environment for hopeful buyers, leading to the ultimate sellers’ market. However, as th ... [read full post]
published May 19, 2021

Americans See Real Estate as a Better Investment Than Stocks or Gold

  Americans See Real Estate as a Better Investment Than Stocks or Gold Last month, in a post on the Liberty Street Economics blog, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York noted that Americans believe buying a home is definitely or pro ... [read full post]
published May 18, 2021

Don’t Forget to Budget for Closing Costs

  Don’t Forget to Budget for Closing Costs When buying a home, it’s important to have a budget and make sure you plan ahead for certain homebuying expenses. Saving for a down payment is the main cost that comes to mind for many, but budge ... [read full post]
published May 17, 2021

When It Comes To Selling a House, Your Time Is Money

  When It Comes To Selling a House, Your Time Is Money [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights Selling a house is no small task. If you decide to try to do it on your own, keep in mind you’ll be responsible for all the expert-level work of a real estate profe ... [read full post]
published May 14, 2021

Your House Could Be the Oasis in an Inventory Desert

  Your House Could Be the Oasis in an Inventory Desert Homebuyers are flooding the housing market right now to take advantage of record-low mortgage rates. Many have a sense of urgency to find a home soon since experts forecast a steady rise in ... [read full post]
published May 13, 2021

It’s Not Too Late To Apply For Forbearance

  It’s Not Too Late To Apply For Forbearance Over the past year, the pandemic made it challenging for some homeowners to make their mortgage payments. Thankfully, the government initiated a forbearance program to provide much-needed support. Unle ... [read full post]
published May 12, 2021

Experts Say Home Prices Will Continue to Appreciate

  Experts Say Home Prices Will Continue to Appreciate It’s clear that consumers are concerned about how quickly home values are rising. Many people fear the speed of appreciation may lead to a crash in prices later this year. In fact, Google reports  ... [read full post]
published May 11, 2021

3 Graphs Showing Why You Should Sell Your House Now

  3 Graphs Showing Why You Should Sell Your House Now There’s no doubt that 2021 is the year of the seller when it comes to the housing market. If you’re a homeowner thinking of moving to better suit your changing needs, now is the perfect tim ... [read full post]
published May 10, 2021

The Power of Mortgage Pre-Approval

  The Power of Mortgage Pre-Approval  Some Highlights  Mortgage pre-approval means a lender has reviewed your finances and, based on factors like your income, debt, and credit history, determined how much you’re qualified to borrow. Being pre-approv ... [read full post]
published May 7, 2021

Why Waiting to Buy a Home Could Cost You a Small Fortune

  Why Waiting to Buy a Home Could Cost You a Small Fortune Many people are sitting on the fence trying to decide if now’s the time to buy a home. Some are renters who have a strong desire to become homeowners but are unsure if buying right now makes se ... [read full post]
published May 6, 2021

Are Interest Rates Expected to Rise Over the Next Year?

Are Interest Rates Expected to Rise Over the Next Year? So far this year, mortgage rates continue to hover around 3%, encouraging many hopeful homebuyers to enter the housing market. However, there’s a good chance rates will increase later this year and going into 2022, ultimately making it more expensive to borrow money for ... [read full post]
published May 5, 2021

4 Big Incentives for Homeowners to Sell Now

4 Big Incentives for Homeowners to Sell Now The housing market keeps sailing along. The only headwind that could take it off course is the lack of inventory for sale. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports that there were 410,000 fewer single-family homes for sale this March than in Marc ... [read full post]
published May 4, 2021

Is Home Price Appreciation Accelerating Again?

Is Home Price Appreciation Accelerating Again? At the beginning of the year, industry forecasts called for home price appreciation to slow to about half of the double-digit increase we saw last year. The thinking was that inventory would increase from record-low levels and put an end to the bidding wars that hav ... [read full post]
published April 29, 2021

Patience Is the Key to Buying a Home This Year

  Patience Is the Key to Buying a Home This Year The question many homebuyers are facing this year is, “Why is it so hard to find a house?” We’re in the ultimate sellers’ market, which means real estate is ultra-competitive fo ... [read full post]
published April 28, 2021

Will the Housing Market Maintain Its Momentum?

Will the Housing Market Maintain Its Momentum? Last week’s Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows sales have dropped by 3.7% compared to the month before. This is the second consecutive month that sales have slumped. Some see this as evidence that the red ... [read full post]
published April 27, 2021

4 Tips to Maximize the Sale of Your House

4 Tips to Maximize the Sale of Your House Homeowners ready to make a move are definitely in a great position to sell today. Housing inventory is incredibly low, driving up buyer competition. This gives homeowners leverage to sell for the best possible terms, and it’s fueling a steady rise in home pric ... [read full post]
published April 26, 2021

This Isn’t a Bubble. It’s Simply Lack of Supply.

  This Isn’t a Bubble. It’s Simply Lack of Supply. [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights In a recent article, Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors (NAR), discussed the state of today’s housing market ... [read full post]
published April 23, 2021

Don’t Be Fooled by Remarkable Real Estate Headlines

Don’t Be Fooled by Remarkable Real Estate Headlines Don’t be impressed by the headlines reporting year-over-year housing numbers for the next several months (data covering March, April, May, and June). The data will most likely show eye-popping one-year increases. While the year-over-year jumps will certainly be strikin ... [read full post]
published April 22, 2021

Planning to Move? You Can Still Secure a Low Mortgage Rate on Your Next Home

  Planning to Move? You Can Still Secure a Low Mortgage Rate on Your Next Home This year, mortgage rates have started to slowly climb above recent record-breaking lows. Many homeowners planning to move may feel like they’ve missed the chance to score a ... [read full post]
published April 21, 2021

82,338 Great Reasons to Buy a Home Today

82,338 Great Reasons to Buy a Home Today The financial benefits of buying a home as compared to renting one are always up for debate. However, one element of the equation is often ignored – the ability to build wealth as a homeowner. Most experts are calling for home prices to continue appreciating over the n ... [read full post]
published April 20, 2021

How Much Time Do You Need To Save for a Down Payment?

How Much Time Do You Need To Save for a Down Payment? One of the biggest hurdles homebuyers face is saving for a down payment. As you’re budgeting and planning for your home purchase, you’ll want to understand how much you’ll need to put down and how long it will take you to get there. The process may actually ... [read full post]
published April 19, 2021

Home Is Where the Heart Is

Home Is Where the Heart Is [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights There’s no doubt about it: homeowners love their homes, and that feeling has become even more important over the past year. The vast majority of homeowners say they’re emotionally attached to their home and that it has kept them safe during the COV ... [read full post]
published April 16, 2021

Why This Is a Great Year to Sell Your Vacation Home

Why This Is a Great Year to Sell Your Vacation Home As vaccines are administered and travel resumes, many of us are beginning to plan for those long-awaited vacations we missed out on over the past year. Some households are focusing their efforts on buying a vacation home rather than staying in a hotel, too. The National ... [read full post]
published April 15, 2021

93% of Americans Believe a Home Is a Better Investment Than Stocks

93% of Americans Believe a Home Is a Better Investment Than Stocks A recent Survey of Consumer Finances study released by the Federal Reserve reveals the net worth of homeowners is forty times greater than that of renters. If you’re wonderi ... [read full post]
published April 14, 2021

Some Buyers Prefer Smaller Homes

Some Buyers Prefer Smaller Homes Over the past year, we’ve had plenty of opportunities to reflect on what we consider most important in our lives. The place we call home is one of the biggest things many of us are reevaluating. George Ratiu, Senior Economist at realtor.com,&nbs ... [read full post]
published April 13, 2021

4 Major Reasons Households in Forbearance Won't Lose Their Homes to Foreclosure

4 Major Reasons Households in Forbearance Won’t Lose Their Homes to Foreclosure There has been a lot of discussion as to what will happen once the 2.3 million households currently in forbearance no longer have the protection of the program. Some assume there coul ... [read full post]
published April 12, 2021

Multigenerational Housing Is Gaining Momentum

Multigenerational Housing Is Gaining Momentum [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights If your house is feeling a little cramped with the addition of adult children or aging parents, it might be time to consider a move-up into a multigenerational home that better suit ... [read full post]
published April 9, 2021

Homeownership Is Full of Financial Benefits

Homeownership Is Full of Financial Benefits A Fannie Mae survey recently revealed some of the most highly-rated benefits of homeownership, which continue to be key drivers in today’s power-packed housing market. Here are the top four financial benefits of owning a home according to consumer respond ... [read full post]
published April 8, 2021

Latest Jobs Report: What Does It Mean for You & the Housing Market?

Latest Jobs Report: What Does It Mean for You & the Housing Market? Last Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a very encouraging jobs report. The economy gained 916,000 jobs in March – well above expert projections of 650,000 to 675, ... [read full post]
published April 7, 2021

Don't Sell on Your Own Just Because It's a Seller's Market

Don’t Sell on Your Own Just Because It’s a Sellers’ Market In a sellers’ market, some homeowners might be tempted to try to sell their house on their own (known as For Sale By Owner, or FSBO) instead of working with a ... [read full post]
published April 6, 2021

Your Tax Refund and Stimulus Savings May Help You Achieve Homeownership This Year

Your Tax Refund and Stimulus Savings May Help You Achieve Homeownership This Year If you’re planning to buy a home this year, saving for a down payment is one of the most important steps in the process. One of the best ways to jumpstart your savings is by sta ... [read full post]
published April 5, 2021

There's No Reason To Panic Over Today's Lending Standards

There’s No Reason To Panic Over Today’s Lending Standards Today, some are afraid the real estate market is starting to look a lot like it did in 2006, just prior to the housing crash. One of the factors they’re pointing to is the availability of mor ... [read full post]
published April 1, 2021

Is Homeownership Still Considered Part of the American Dream?

Is Homeownership Still Considered Part of the American Dream? Since the birth of our nation, homeownership has always been considered a major piece of the American Dream. As Frederick Peters reports in Forbes: “The idea of a place of one&rsqu ... [read full post]
published March 31, 2021

How a Change in Mortgage Rate Impacts Your Homebuying Budget

How a Change in Mortgage Rate Impacts Your Homebuying Budget Mortgage rates are on the rise this year, but they’re still incredibly low compared to the historic average. However, anytime there’s a change in the mortgage rate, it affects w ... [read full post]
published March 30, 2021

What It Means To Be in a Sellers' Market

What It Means To Be in a Sellers’ Market If you’ve given even a casual thought to selling your house in the near future, this is the time to really think seriously about making a move. Here’s why this season is the ultimate sellers’ market and the optimal time to make sure your ... [read full post]
published March 29, 2021

2021 Real Estate Myth Buster

2021 Real Estate Myth Buster [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights There are a lot of misconceptions about buying or selling a home today, making it challenging to know exactly how to navigate the current real estate landscape. Here’s a little clarity when it comes to 5 common myths about the 2021 housing market. Let’s ... [read full post]
published March 26, 2021

Buyer & Seller Perks in Today's Housing Market

Buyer & Seller Perks in Today’s Housing Market Right now, the housing market is full of outstanding opportunities for both buyers and sellers. Whether you’re thinking of buying your first home, moving up to a bigger one, or selling so you can downsize this spring, there are perks today that are powering bi ... [read full post]
published March 25, 2021

Should We Fear the Surge in Cash-Out Refinances?

Should We Fear the Surge in Cash-Out Refinances? Freddie Mac recently released their Quarterly Refinance Statistics report which covers refinances through 2020. The report explains that the dollar amount of cash-out refinances was greater in 2020 than in recent years. A cash-out refinance, as define ... [read full post]
published March 23, 2021

What Credit Score Do You Need for a Mortgage?

What Credit Score Do You Need for a Mortgage? According to data from the most recent Origination Insight Report by Ellie Mae, the average FICO® score on closed loans reached 753 in February. As lending standards have tightened recently, many are concerned over whether or not their c ... [read full post]
published March 23, 2021

Americans See Major Home Equity Gains

Americans See Major Home Equity Gains [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights Today’s home price appreciation is driving equity higher throughout the country. If your needs are changing and you’re ready for a new home, your equity may be a great asset to power your next move. Now is a great time to put your equity towar ... [read full post]
published March 19, 2021

To Renovate or Not To Renovate Before You Sell

To Renovate or Not To Renovate Before You Sell When thinking about selling, homeowners often feel they need to get their house ready with some remodeling to make it more appealing to buyers. However, with so many buyers competing for available homes right now, renovations may not be as vital as they would be in ... [read full post]
published March 18, 2021

What Is the Strongest Tailwind to Today's Recovering Economy?

What Is the Strongest Tailwind to Today’s Recovering Economy? Last year started off with a bang. Unemployment was under 4%, forecasters were giddy with their projections for the economy, and the residential housing market had the strongest January and Fe ... [read full post]
published March 17, 2021

What Is the #1 Financial Benefit of Homeownership?

What Is the #1 Financial Benefit of Homeownership? There are many financial and non-financial benefits of homeownership, and the greatest financial one is wealth creation. Homeownership has always been the first rung on the ladder that leads to forming household wealth. As Freddie Mac explains: “Homeow ... [read full post]
published March 16, 2021

How to Make a Winning Offer on a Home

How to Make a Winning Offer on a Home Today’s homebuyers are faced with a strong sellers’ market, which means there are a lot of active buyers competing for a relatively low number of available homes. As a result, it’s essential to understand how to make a confident and competitiv ... [read full post]
published March 15, 2021

How to Be a Competitive Buyer in Today's Housing Market

How to Be a Competitive Buyer in Today’s Housing Market [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights With so few houses for sale today, it’s important to be prepared when you’re ready to buy a home. Meeting with your lender early, knowing your ... [read full post]
published March 12, 2021

Will the Housing Market Bloom This Spring?

Will the Housing Market Bloom This Spring? Spring is almost here, and many are wondering what it will bring for the housing market. Even though the pandemic continues on, it’s certain to be very different from the spring we experienced at this time last year. Here’s what a few industry experts have to say ... [read full post]
published March 11, 2021

6 Simple Graphs Proving This Is Nothing Like Last Time

6 Simple Graphs Proving This Is Nothing Like Last Time Last March, many involved in the residential housing industry feared the market would be crushed under the pressure of a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. Instead, real estate had one of its best years ever. Home sales and prices were both up substantially over the year befor ... [read full post]
published March 10, 2021

How Upset Should You Be about 3% Mortgage Rates?

How Upset Should You Be about 3% Mortgage Rates? Last Thursday, Freddie Mac announced that their 30-year fixed mortgage rate was over 3% (3.02%) for the first time since last July. That news dominated real estate headlines that day and the next. Articles talked about the “negative impact” it may h ... [read full post]
published March 9, 2021

5 Reasons to Sell Your House This Spring

5 Reasons to Sell Your House This Spring When selling a house, most homeowners hope for a quick and profitable transaction that puts them in a position to make a great move. If you’re waiting for the best time to win as a seller, the market is calling your name this spring. Here are five reasons why this is th ... [read full post]
published March 8, 2021

How to Prepare Your House for a Winning Sale This Spring

How to Prepare Your House for a Winning Sale This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights With so few homes available to buy today, houses are in high demand, and they’re selling fast. That means it’s a great time to sell if you&rsqu ... [read full post]
published March 5, 2021

Is It a Good Time to Sell My House?

Is It a Good Time to Sell My House? Last 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) b ... [read full post]
published March 4, 2021

How Smart Is It to Buy a Home Today?

How Smart Is It to Buy a Home Today? Whether you’re buying your first home or selling your current house, if your needs are changing and you think you need to move, the decision can be complicated. You may have to take personal or professional considerations into account, and only you can judge what impact ... [read full post]
published March 3, 2021

Home Prices: What Happened in 2020? What Will Happen This Year?

Home Prices: What Happened in 2020? What Will Happen This Year? The 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 an ... [read full post]
published March 2, 2021

What Are the Benefits of a 20% Down Payment?

What Are the Benefits of a 20% Down Payment? If 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 avail ... [read full post]
published March 1, 2021

It's a Sellers' Market

It’s a Sellers’ Market [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights Over the past year, homeowners have gained an unprecedented opportunity to sell with great success while buyer demand is soaring. With homes selling twice as fast as they did last year at this time, getting multiple offers, and rising in price, h ... [read full post]
published February 26, 2021

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

Are There Going to Be More Homes to Buy This Year? If 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 Na ... [read full post]
published February 25, 2021

How Much Leverage Do Today's House Sellers Have?

How Much Leverage Do Today’s House Sellers Have? The housing market has been scorching hot over the last twelve months. Buyers and their high demand have far outnumbered sellers and a short supply of houses. According to the latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR ... [read full post]
published February 24, 2021

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

The Reason Mortgage Rates Are Projected to Increase and What It Means for You We’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 ... [read full post]
published February 23, 2021

Where Have All the Houses Gone?

Where Have All the Houses Gone? In 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 advan ... [read full post]
published February 22, 2021

Home Mortgage Rates by Decade

Home Mortgage Rates by Decade [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights Mortgage interest rates have dropped considerably over the past year, and compared to what we’ve seen in recent decades, it’s a great time to buy a home. Locking in a low rate today could save you thousands of dollars over the lifetime of your home loan, ... [read full post]
published February 19, 2021

Will Low Mortgage Rates Continue through 2021?

Will Low Mortgage Rates Continue through 2021? With mortgage interest rates hitting record lows so many times recently, some are wondering if we’ll see low rates continue throughout 2021, or if they’ll start to rise. Recently, Freddie Mac released their quarterly forecast, noting: & ... [read full post]
published February 18, 2021

3 Ways Home Equity Can Have a Major Impact on Your Life

3 Ways Home Equity Can Have a Major Impact on Your Life There have been a lot of headlines reporting on how homeowner equity (the difference between the current market value of your home and the amount you owe on your mortgage) has dramatically increased over the past few years. CoreLogic indicated that equity increased ... [read full post]
published February 17, 2021

Millennials: Is It Time to Buy a Bigger Home?

Millennials: Is It Time to Buy a Bigger Home? In today’s housing market, all eyes are on millennials. Not only are millennials the largest generation, but they’re also currently between 25 and 40 years old. These are often considered prime homebuying years when many people begin to form their own households a ... [read full post]
published February 16, 2021

3 Ways You'll Win When You Buy a Home This Year

3 Ways You’ll Win When You Buy a Home This Year There are so many great reasons to purchase a home, and over the past year, we’ve realized more of them than we ever thought possible. If you’re a first-time homebuyer, having a home of your own can give you a greater sense of security and accomplishment in a time ... [read full post]
published February 15, 2021

Why It's Easy to Fall in Love with Homeownership

Why It’s Easy to Fall in Love with Homeownership [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights Homeownership provides comfort, stability, and security, and it makes you feel more connected to your community. Your home is something to be proud of and is uniquely yours, so you c ... [read full post]
published February 12, 2021

47% of New Buyers Surprised by How Affordable Homes Are Today

47% of New Buyers Surprised by How Affordable Homes Are Today Headlines matter. Right now, it’s hard to read about real estate without seeing a headline that suggests homes have become unaffordable for most Americans. In reality, there’s hard evidence th ... [read full post]
published February 11, 2021

The Luxury Market Is Attracting Buyers in 2021

The Luxury Market Is Attracting Buyers in 2021 As 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 ... [read full post]
published February 10, 2021

3 Reasons We're Definitely Not in a Housing Bubble

3 Reasons We’re Definitely Not in a Housing Bubble Home values appreciated by about ten percent in 2020, and they’re forecast to appreciate by about five percent this year. This has some voicing concern that we may be in another housing bubble like the one we experienced a little over a decade ago. Here are three reason ... [read full post]
published February 9, 2021

6 Foundational Benefits of Homeownership Today

6 Foundational Benefits of Homeownership Today Over the past year, our homes have become an integral part of our lives more than ever. They’re much more than the houses we live in. They’re our workplaces, virtual schools, and safe havens that provide shelter, stability, and protection through the evolving heal ... [read full post]
published February 8, 2021

Thinking about Building a New Home? Your Agent Is Critical

Thinking about Building a New Home? Your Agent Is Critical. [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights A real estate professional is an expert who can advocate on your behalf throughout the process when building a home. Agents help you understand key steps, like choosing upgrad ... [read full post]
published February 5, 2021

Why Owning a Home Is a Powerful Financial Decision

Why Owning a Home Is a Powerful Financial Decision In today’s housing market, there are clear financial benefits to owning a home: increasing equity, the chance to build your net worth, and appreciating home values, just to name a few. If you’re a renter, it’s never too early to think abo ... [read full post]
published February 4, 2021

Do I Really Need a 20% Down Payment to Buy a Home?

Do I Really Need a 20% Down Payment to Buy a Home? Is the idea of saving for a down payment holding you back from buying a home right now? You may be eager to take advantage of today’s low mortgage rates, but the thought of needing a large down payment might make you want to pump the brakes. Today, there&rsquo ... [read full post]
published February 3, 2021

Want to Build Wealth? Buy a Home This Year.

Want to Build Wealth? Buy a Home This Year. Every year, households across the country make the decision to rent for another year or take the leap into homeownership. They look at their earnings and savings and then decide what makes the most financial sense. That equation will most likely take into consideration monthl ... [read full post]
published February 2, 2021

Turn to an Expert for the Best Advice, Not Perfect Advice

Turn to an Expert for the Best Advice, Not Perfect Advice As we approach the anniversary of the hardships we’ve faced through this pandemic and the subsequent recession, it’s normal to reflect on everything that’s changed and wonder what’s ahead for 2021. While there are signs of economic recovery as vaccines ... [read full post]
published February 1, 2021

Is Right Now the Right Time to Sell?

Is Right Now the Right Time to Sell? [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights If you’re on the fence about selling your house, now is a great time to take advantage of sky-high demand, low supply, and fierce buyer competition. With buyer demand rising and historically low inventory for sale, if you’re in a posi ... [read full post]
published January 29, 2021

What Record-Low Housing Inventory Means for You

What Record-Low Housing Inventory Means for You The real estate market is expected to do very well in 2021, with mortgage rates that are hovering at historic lows and forecasted by experts to remain favorable throughout the year. One challenge to the housing industry, however, is the lack of homes avail ... [read full post]
published January 28, 2021

What Happens When Homeowners Leave Their Forbearance Plans?

What Happens When Homeowners Leave Their Forbearance Plans? According to the latest report from Black Knight, Inc., a well-respected provider of data and analytics for mortgage companies, 6.48 million households have entered a forbearance plan as a result of financial concerns brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here&r ... [read full post]
published January 27, 2021

What's the Difference between an Appraisal and a Home Inspection?

What’s the Difference between an Appraisal and a Home Inspection? If you’re planning to buy a home, an appraisal is an important step in the process. It’s a professional evaluation of the market value of the home you’d like t ... [read full post]
published January 26, 2021

Financial Fundamentals for Homebuyers

Financial Fundamentals for Homebuyers [INFOGRAPHIC] 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 financial plan on track ... [read full post]
published January 22, 2021

What Experts Are Saying about the 2021 Job Market

What Experts Are Saying about the 2021 Job Market Earlier 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 o ... [read full post]
published January 21, 2021

Owning a Home Is Still More Affordable Than Renting One

Owning a Home Is Still More Affordable Than Renting One If 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. Ac ... [read full post]
published January 20, 2021

Should I Wait for Lower Mortgage Interest Rates?

Should I Wait for Lower Mortgage Interest Rates? Historically 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 hol ... [read full post]
published January 19, 2021

Things to Avoid after Applying for a Mortgage

Things to Avoid after Applying for a Mortgage [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights There are a few key things to make sure you avoid after applying for a mortgage to help make sure you still qualify for your loan at the closing table. Along the way, be sure to di ... [read full post]
published January 15, 2021

Why Right Now May Be the Time to Sell Your House

Why Right Now May Be the Time to Sell Your House The housing market made an incredible recovery in 2020 and is now positioned for an even stronger year in 2021. Record-low mortgage interest rates are a driving factor in this continued momentum, with average rates hovering at historic all-time lows. According ... [read full post]
published January 14, 2021

4 Reasons People Are Buying Homes in 2021

4 Reasons People Are Buying Homes in 2021 According to many experts, the real estate market is expected to continue growing in 2021, and it’s largely driven by the lasting impact the pandemic is having on our lifestyles. As many of us spend extra time at home, we’re reevaluating what “home&rdqu ... [read full post]
published January 12, 2021

What Does 2021 Have in Store for Home Values?

What Does 2021 Have in Store for Home Values? According to the latest CoreLogic Home Price Insights Report, nationwide home values increased by 8.2% over the last twelve months. The dramatic rise was brought about as the inventory of homes for sale reached historic lows at the same time buyer demand w ... [read full post]
published January 11, 2021

Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional

Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights Choosing the right real estate professional to work with is one of the most important decisions you can make in your homebuying or selling process. The right agent can explain current market ... [read full post]
published January 8, 2021

Is This the Year to Sell My House?

Is This the Year to Sell My House? If one of the questions you’re asking yourself is, “Should I sell my house this year?” consumer sentiment about selling today should boost your confidence in the right direction. Even with the current health crisis that continues to challenge our n ... [read full post]
published January 7, 2021

The Importance of Home Equity in Building Wealth

The Importance of Home Equity in Building Wealth Homeownership has always been the first rung on the ladder leading to household wealth. As Freddie Mac recently posted: “Homeownership has cemented its role as part of the American Dream, providing families with a place that is their own and an avenue ... [read full post]
published January 6, 2021

Why Not to Wait Until Spring to Make a Move

Why Not to Wait Until Spring to Make a Move The housing market recovery coming into the new year has been nothing short of remarkable. Many experts agree the turnaround from the nation’s economic pause is playing out extremely well for real estate, and the current market conditions are truly making this winter an ... [read full post]
published January 5, 2021

3 Must-Do's When Selling Your House This Year

3 Must-Do’s When Selling Your House This Year It’s exciting to put a house on the market and to think about making new memories in new spaces. However, despite the anticipation of what’s to come, we can still have deep sentimental attachments to the home we’re leaving behind. Growing emotions can help o ... [read full post]
published January 4, 2021

Why Selling Your House on Your Own in 2021 Is a Mistake

Why Selling Your House on Your Own in 2021 Is a Mistake There are many benefits to working with a real estate professional when selling your house. During challenging times, like what we face today, it becomes even more important to have an expert you trust to help guide you through the process. If you’re considering selling ... [read full post]
published December 30, 2020

More Generations Are Living Under One Roof This Year

More Generations Are Living Under One Roof This Year This year challenged us to reprioritize everything - from the way we use our time to where we work, how we socialize and gather together, and our needs at home. For many, this also meant making decisions about how to best support and engage with our extended families, near an ... [read full post]
published December 29, 2020

Why It's Important to Price Your House Right Today

Why It’s Important to Price Your House Right Today Even in today’s sellers’ market, setting the right price for your house is one of the most valuable things you can do. According to the U.S. Economic Outlook by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), existing home prices nationwide ar ... [read full post]
published December 28, 2020

Did You Outgrow Your Home in 2020?

Did You Outgrow Your Home in 2020? 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. Many needs have changed in 2020, and it’s okay to admit if yo ... [read full post]
published December 23, 2020

The Difference a Year Makes for Homeownership

The Difference a Year Makes for Homeownership Over the past year, mortgage rates have fallen more than a full percentage point, hitting a new historic low 15 times. 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 ... [read full post]
published December 22, 2020

The Do's and Don'ts after Applying for a Mortgage

The Do’s and Don’ts after Applying for a Mortgage Once you’ve found the right home and applied for a mortgage, there are some key things to keep in mind before you close. You're undoubtedly excited about the opportunity to decorate your new place, ... [read full post]
published December 21, 2020

2021 Housing Forecast

2021 Housing Forecast [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights Experts project an optimistic year for the 2021 housing market. With mortgage rates forecasted to remain low, high buyer demand is expected to fuel more home sales and continue to increase home prices. Let’s connect today to determine how to make your best mo ... [read full post]
published December 18, 2020

Homeowner Equity Increases an Astonishing $1 Trillion

Homeowner Equity Increases an Astonishing $1 Trillion In a year that was financially devastating for many Americans, some good news for most homeowners is the dramatic gain in home equity over the last twelve months. Last week, CoreLogic released its 2020 3rd Quarter Homeowner Equity Insights report, which re ... [read full post]
published December 17, 2020

3 Reasons to Be Optimistic about Real Estate in 2021

3 Reasons to Be Optimistic about Real Estate in 2021 This year will be remembered for many reasons, and optimism is one thing that’s been in short supply since the spring. We’re experiencing a global pandemic, social unrest, an economic downturn, and natural disasters, just to name a few. The challenges brought on b ... [read full post]
published December 16, 2020

The Holidays Aren't Stopping Homebuyers This Year

The Holidays Aren’t Stopping Homebuyers This Year Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us, yet finding the perfect holiday gifts for friends and family is certainly still top of mind for many right now. This year, there’s another type of buyer that’s very active this holiday season – the homebuyer. ... [read full post]
published December 15, 2020

5 Steps to Follow When Applying for Forbearance

5 Steps to Follow When Applying for Forbearance If you’re currently feeling the stress of affording your mortgage payment, or if you know someone who is, there’s still time to get help. For homeowners experiencing financial hardship this year, the CARES Act provides mortgage payment deferral options, ... [read full post]
published December 14, 2020

Winning as a Buyer in a Seller's Market

Winning as a Buyer in a Sellers’ Market [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights Buying a home in today’s sellers’ market doesn’t have to feel like an uphill battle. Here are four ways to make sure you’re positioned for success when making a home ... [read full post]
published December 11, 2020

Why It Makes Sense to Sell Your House This Holiday Season

Why It Makes Sense to Sell Your House This Holiday Season If you’re one of the many homeowners thinking about taking your house off the market for the holidays, hang on. You definitely don’t want to miss the great selling opportunity you have right now. Here’s why this month is the optimal time to make sure your ho ... [read full post]
published December 10, 2020

Are Home Prices Headed Toward Bubble Territory?

Are Home Prices Headed Toward Bubble Territory? Talk of a housing bubble is beginning to crop up as home prices have appreciated at a rapid pace this year. This is understandable since the appreciation of residential real estate is well above historic annual averages. According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency&nb ... [read full post]
published December 9, 2020

An Honest Look at Unemployment Numbers

An Honest Look at Unemployment Numbers Last Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the November Jobs Report. It revealed that, though headed in the right direction, the nation’s job recovery has slowed. The consensus reaction is best exemplified by a quote from Glassdoor&nb ... [read full post]
published December 8, 2020

How Remote Work Can Power Your Vacation Home Sale

How Remote Work Can Power Your Vacation Home Sale This year, the opportunity to work remotely has increased the demand for vacation homes. Gay Cororaton, Senior Economist and Director of Housing and Commercial Research at the National Association of Realtors (NAR), notes: “Working from home ... [read full post]
published December 7, 2020

The Path to Homeownership

The Path to Homeownership [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights If you’re thinking of buying a home and not sure where to start, you’re not alone. Here’s a map with 10 simple steps to follow in the homebuying process. Let’s connect today to discuss the specific steps along the way in our local area. ... [read full post]
published December 4, 2020

A New Way to Shop for Homes in a Virtual World

A New Way to Shop for Homes in a Virtual World In a year when we’re learning to do so much remotely, homebuying is no exception. From going to work to attending school, grocery shopping, and even seeing our doctors online, digital practices have changed the way we live. This year, rather than delaying their home pu ... [read full post]
published December 3, 2020

With Home Values Surging, Is it Still Affordable to Buy Right Now?

With Home Values Surging, Is it Still Affordable to Buy Right Now? Housing inventory is at an all-time low. Realtor.com just reported that there are 39% fewer homes for sale today than there were last year. At the same time, buyer demand rem ... [read full post]
published December 2, 2020

Knowledge Is Power on the Path to Homeownership

Knowledge Is Power on the Path to Homeownership Homeownership is on the goal list for many young adults, but sometimes it’s hard to know exactly how to get there. From understanding the homebuying process to pre-approval and down payment assistance options, uncertainty along the way can ultimately hold some ... [read full post]
published December 1, 2020

5 Tips for Homebuyers Who Want to Make a Competitive Offer

5 Tips for Homebuyers Who Want to Make a Competitive Offer Today’s real estate market has high buyer interest and low housing inventory. With so many buyers competing for a limited number of homes, it’s more important than ever to know the ins and outs of making a confident and competitive offer. Here are f ... [read full post]
published November 30, 2020

Is Buying a Home Today a Good Financial Move?

Is Buying a Home Today a Good Financial Move? There’s no doubt 2020 has been a challenging year. A global pandemic coupled with an economic recession has caused heartache for many. However, it has also prompted more Americans to reconsider the meaning of “home.” This quest for a place better equipped to ... [read full post]
published November 24, 2020

Don't Let Buyer Competition Keep You from Purchasing a Home

Don’t Let Buyer Competition Keep You from Purchasing a Home This year’s record-low mortgage rates sparked high demand among homebuyers. Current homeowners, however, haven’t put their houses on the market so quickly. This makes finding a home to buy tod ... [read full post]
published November 23, 2020

It Pays to Sell with a Real Estate Agent

It Pays to Sell with a Real Estate Agent [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights Today, it’s more important than ever to have an expert you trust to guide you as you sell your house. From your safety throughout the process to the complexity of negotiating the deal, ... [read full post]
published November 20, 2020

Will Mortgage Rates Remain Low Next Year?

Will Mortgage Rates Remain Low Next Year? In 2020, buyers got a big boost in the housing market as mortgage rates dropped throughout the year. According to Freddie Mac, rates hit all-time lows 12 times this year, dipping below 3% for the first time ever while making buying a home more and mor ... [read full post]
published November 19, 2020

Chances of Another Foreclosure Crisis? "About Zero Percent"

Chances of Another Foreclosure Crisis? “About Zero Percent.” There seems to be some concern that the 2020 economic downturn will lead to another foreclosure crisis like the one we experienced after the housing crash a little over a decade ago. However, there ... [read full post]
published November 18, 2020

Homes for Sale Are Rapidly Disappearing

Homes for Sale Are Rapidly Disappearing Through all the challenges of 2020, the real estate market has done very well, and purchasers are continuing to take advantage of historically low mortgage rates. Realtor Magazine just explained: “While winter may be typically a slow season in real est ... [read full post]
published November 17, 2020

Tips to Sell Your House Safely Right Now

Tips to Sell Your House Safely Right Now [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights Your agent now has over 6 months of experience selling houses during the pandemic and can make the process easier and safer for you today. COVID-19 protocols and technology usage recommendat ... [read full post]
published November 13, 2020

VA Home Loans: Helping Heroes Find a Home

VA Home Loans: Helping Heroes Find a Home Today, on Veterans Day, we honor those who have served our country and thank them for their continued dedication to our nation. In the United States, there are many valuable benefits available to Veterans, including VA home loans. For over 75 years, VA home loans have pr ... [read full post]
published November 11, 2020

Homeownership Is a Key to Building Wealth

Homeownership Is a Key to Building Wealth For years, real estate has been considered the best investment you can make. A major reason for this is due to the net worth a household gains through homeownership. In fact, according to the 2019 Survey of Consumer Finance Data from the Federal Reser ... [read full post]
published November 10, 2020

Is it Safe to Sell My House Right Now?

Is it Safe to Sell My House Right Now? In today’s real estate market, the buzz is all about how it’s a great time to sell your house. Buyer demand is high, and there simply aren’t enough homes available to buy to meet that growing need. This means now is the time to make a mov ... [read full post]
published November 9, 2020

Making a Home for the Brave Possible

Making a Home for the Brave Possible [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights VA Home Loans provide unique opportunities for Veterans, active-duty personnel, and their families in recognition of their service to our Nation. For eligible individuals, options associated with VA Loans can help make the dream of homeownership a reality. If ... [read full post]
published November 6, 2020

Why the 2021 Forecast Doesn't Call for a Foreclosure Crisis

Why the 2021 Forecast Doesn’t Call for a Foreclosure Crisis As the current forbearance mortgage relief options come to an end, many are wondering if we’ll face a foreclosure crisis next year. This is understandable, especially for those who remembe ... [read full post]
published November 5, 2020

Real Estate Is a Driving Force in the Economy

Real Estate Is a Driving Force in the Economy As the economy recovers from this year’s health crisis, the housing market is playing a leading role in the turnaround. It’s safe to say that what we call “home” is taking on a new meaning, causing many of us to consider buying or selling sooner rather ... [read full post]
published November 4, 2020

Buyer Interest Is Growing among Younger Generations

Buyer Interest Is Growing among Younger Generations The demand for homes this year is extraordinary as record-breaking numbers of hopeful buyers continue to shop for homes. In a normal year, the peak homebuying season comes to a close by early fall. However, 2020 is anything but a normal year, and the housing market is no exce ... [read full post]
published October 28, 2020

How Down Payment Assistance Opens the Door to Homeownership

How Down Payment Assistance Opens the Door to Homeownership Many people are eager to buy a home right now while affordability continues to be a highlight of the current housing market. However, a recent survey by Sparks Research shows that 20% of first-time homebuyers cite a lack of financial education as ... [read full post]
published October 27, 2020

Two Important Impacts of Home Equity

Two Important Impacts of Home Equity Equity continues to rise, helping American homeowners secure a much more stable financial future. According to the most recent data from CoreLogic, the average homeowner gained $9,800 in equity over the past year. In addition, experts project 2020 home prices t ... [read full post]
published October 26, 2020

Selling Your House Is the Right Move, Right Now

Selling Your House Is the Right Move, Right Now [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights Demand from homebuyers has skyrocketed this year, which means today’s sellers are poised to win big. This ideal moment in time to sell your house won’t last forever, tho ... [read full post]
published October 23, 2020

Home Values Projected to Keep Rising

Home Values Projected to Keep Rising As we enter the final months of 2020 and continue to work through the challenges this year has brought, some of us wonder what impact continued economic uncertainty could have on home prices. Looking at the big picture, the rules of supply and demand will give us the clearest ... [read full post]
published October 22, 2020

Why Today's Options Will Save Homeowners from Foreclosure

Why Today’s Options Will Save Homeowners from Foreclosure Many housing experts originally voiced concern that the mortgage forbearance program (which allows families impacted financially by COVID to delay mortgage payments to a later date) could lead to an incre ... [read full post]
published October 21, 2020

Americans Are Gaining Confidence in the Economy

Americans Are Gaining Confidence in the Economy The September Jobs Report issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate dropped to 7.9%. Though that percentage is well below what experts projected earlier this year, it still means millions of people are without work. There ... [read full post]
published October 20, 2020

Real Estate Continues to Show Unprecedented Strength This Year

Real Estate Continues to Show Unprecedented Strength This Year The 2020 housing market has surpassed all expectations and continues to drive the nation’s economic recovery. The question is, will this positive trend continue throughout the rest of the year, espe ... [read full post]
published October 19, 2020

How to Prepare for a Bidding War

How to Prepare for a Bidding War [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights With so few houses available on the market today, being ready for a bidding war is essential for prospective homebuyers. From pre-approval to making your best offer, here are three tips to make sure you can act quickly and confidently when you find the perfect home. ... [read full post]
published October 16, 2020

Do You Need to Know More about Forbearance and Mortgage Relief Options?

Do You Need to Know More about Forbearance and Mortgage Relief Options? Earlier this year when the nation pressed pause on the economy and unemployment rates jumped up significantly, many homeowners were immediately concerned about being able to pay their mortgages, an ... [read full post]
published October 15, 2020

The #1 Reason Not to Wait to List Your House for Sale

The #1 Reason Not to Wait to List Your House for Sale Many industries have been devastated by the economic shutdown caused by the COVID-19 virus. Real estate is not one of them. Mark Fleming, Chief Economist for First American, just reported: “Since hitting a low point during the initial s ... [read full post]
published October 14, 2020

Do You Have Enough Money Saved for a Down Payment?

Do You Have Enough Money Saved for a Down Payment? One of the biggest misconceptions for first-time homebuyers is how much you’ll need to save for a down payment. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t always have to put 20% down to buy a house. Here’s how it breaks down. A recent survey by Point2H ... [read full post]
published October 13, 2020

6 Reasons You'll Win by Selling with a Real Estate Agent This Fall

6 Reasons You’ll Win by Selling with a Real Estate Agent This Fall There are many benefits to working with a real estate professional when selling your house. During challenging times, like what we face today, it becomes even more important to have an expert you t ... [read full post]
published October 12, 2020

Thinking of Moving?

Thinking of Moving? [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights If you’re ready to sell your house but you’re worried about finding one to move into, why not invest in a brand-new home built just for you? New construction is on the rise, so it’s a great time to think about a custom home to fit your family& ... [read full post]
published October 9, 2020

Should You Buy a Retirement Home Sooner Rather than Later?

Should You Buy a Retirement Home Sooner Rather than Later? Every day in the U.S., roughly 10,000 people turn 65. Prior to the health crisis that swept the nation in 2020, most people had to wait until they retired to make a move to the beach, the golf course, or the senior living community they were looking to settle into f ... [read full post]
published October 8, 2020

A Homeowner's Net Worth Is 40x Greater Than a Renter's

A Homeowner’s Net Worth Is 40x Greater Than a Renter’s One of the best ways to build your family’s financial future is through homeownership. Recent data from the Federal Reserve indicates the net worth of a homeowner is actually over 40 ... [read full post]
published October 7, 2020

Is it Time to Move into a Single-Story Home?

Is it Time to Move into a Single-Story Home? Once the kids have left the nest, you may be wondering what to do with all of the extra space in your home. Chances are, you don’t need four bedrooms anymore, and it may be a great time to sell your house and downsize, maybe even into a single-story home. You& ... [read full post]
published October 6, 2020

Why Pricing Your House Right Is Essential

Why Pricing Your House Right Is Essential In today’s real estate market, setting the right price for your house is one of the most valuable things you can do. According to the U.S. Economic Outlook by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), existing home prices nationwide are forecasted ... [read full post]
published October 5, 2020

Rising Home Equity Can Power Your Next Move

Rising Home Equity Can Power Your Next Move [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights According to CoreLogic, homeowners across the country are gaining significant equity. Over the past year, the average homeowner gained $9,800 in equity, growing their ove ... [read full post]
published October 2, 2020

Buyers Are Finding More Space in the Luxury Home Market

Buyers Are Finding More Space in the Luxury Home Market A year ago, additional space and extra amenities had a very different feel for homebuyers. Today, the health crisis has brought to light how valuable more square footage and carefully designed floorplans can be. Home offices, multi-purpose rooms, gyms, and theaters are becomi ... [read full post]
published October 2, 2020

Why Selling this Fall May Be Your Best Move

Why Selling this Fall May Be Your Best Move If you’re thinking about moving, selling your house this fall might be the way to go. Here are four highlights in the housing market that may make your decision to sell this fall an easy one. 1. Buyers Are Actively in the Market ShowingTime, a leading real estate show ... [read full post]
published September 30, 2020

Where Are Home Values Headed Over the Next 12 Months?

Where Are Home Values Headed Over the Next 12 Months? As shelter-in-place orders were implemented earlier this year, many questioned what the shutdown would mean to the real estate market. Specifically, there was concern about home values. After years of rising home prices, would 2020 be the year this appreciation trend would co ... [read full post]
published September 30, 2020

Housing Market on Track to Beat Last Year's Success

Housing Market on Track to Beat Last Year’s Success Back in March, as the nation’s economy was shut down because of the coronavirus, many were predicting the real estate market would face a major collapse. Some forecasts called for a 15-20% decline in transactions. However, six months later, it seems as though the housin ... [read full post]
published September 30, 2020

Why Pricing Your Home Right Matters This Fall

Why Pricing Your Home Right Matters This Fall [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights As a seller today, you may think pricing your home on the high end will result in a higher final sale price, but the opposite is actually true. To sell your home quickly and for the best po ... [read full post]
published September 25, 2020

Home Equity Give Sellers Options in Today's Market

Home Equity Give Sellers Options in Today’s Market Homeownership is one of the best ways to invest in your financial future, especially as your home equity grows. Home equity is a form of forced savings that can work to your advantage as the value of your home appreciates. Across the country, home equity was increasing before ... [read full post]
published September 24, 2020

Home Builder Confidence Hits All-Time Record

Home Builder Confidence Hits All-Time Record Last week, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported their Housing Market Index (HMI) hit an all-time high in the 35-year history of the series with a score of 83. The index gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home ... [read full post]
published September 23, 2020

The Cost of a Home Is Far More Important than the Price.

The Cost of a Home Is Far More Important than the Price Housing inventory is at an all-time low. There are 39% fewer homes for sale today than at this time last year, and buyer demand continues to set records. Zillow recently reported: “Newly pending sales are up 25.5% compared to the same week la ... [read full post]
published September 22, 2020

Is the Economic Recovery Beating All Projections?

Is the Economic Recovery Beating All Projections? Earlier this year, many economists and market analysts were predicting an apocalyptic financial downturn that would potentially rattle the U.S. economy for years to come. They immediately started to compare it to the Great Depression of a century ago. Six months later, the ec ... [read full post]
published September 21, 2020

Homes Across the Country Are Selling Fast

Homes Across the Country Are Selling Fast [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights Buyers are actively searching for and purchasing homes at a record-breaking pace. According to the latest report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), in July, 68% o ... [read full post]
published September 18, 2020

How Low Inventory May Impact the Housing Market This Fall

How Low Inventory May Impact the Housing Market This Fall Real estate continues to be called the ‘bright spot’ in the current economy, but there’s one thing that may hold the housing market back from achieving its full potential this year: the lack of homes for sale. Buyers are actively searching for and purc ... [read full post]
published September 17, 2020

The Surging Real Estate Market Continues to Climb

The Surging Real Estate Market Continues to Climb Earlier this year, realtor.com announced the release of the 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 industry by ... [read full post]
published September 16, 2020

Is Now a Good Time to Move?

Is Now a Good Time to Move? How long have you lived in your current home? If it’s been a while, you may be thinking about moving. According to the latest Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), in 2019, homeowners were living in their h ... [read full post]
published September 15, 2020

Two New Surveys Indicate Urban to Suburban Lean

Two New Surveys Indicate Urban to Suburban Lean There has been much talk around the possibility that Americans are feeling less enamored with the benefits of living in a large city and now may be longing for the open spaces that suburban and rural areas provide. In a recent Realtor Magazine article, they discuss ... [read full post]
published September 14, 2020

Virtual School Is Changing Homebuyer Needs

Virtual School Is Changing Homebuyer Needs [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights With remote learning sweeping the nation this academic year, organized spaces with enough room for kids to learn effectively are high on buyer wish lists. If you’re trying to make ... [read full post]
published September 11, 2020

Homebuyer Traffic Is on the Rise

Homebuyer Traffic Is on the Rise One of the biggest surprises of 2020 is the resilience of the residential real estate market. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), is now forecasting that more homes will sell this year than last year. He&r ... [read full post]
published September 10, 2020

The Latest Unemployment Rate Fell to 8.4%

The Latest Unemployment Rate Fell to 8.4% Last Friday, the Bureau for Labor Statistics released their Employment Report for August 2020. The big surprise was that the unemployment rate fell to 8.4%, a full percent lower than what many analysts had forecasted earlier in the week. Though it is tough ... [read full post]
published September 9, 2020

Have You Ever Seen a Housing Market Like This?

Have You Ever Seen a Housing Market Like This? The year 2020 will certainly be one to remember, with new realities and norms that changed the way we live. This year’s real estate market is certainly no exception to that shift, with historic highlights continuing to break records and challenge what many thought possi ... [read full post]
published September 8, 2020

The 2020 Homebuyer Wish List

The 2020 Homebuyer Wish List [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights The word “home” is taking on a whole new meaning this year, and buyers are starting to look for new features as they re-think their needs and what’s truly possible. From more outdoor space to virtual classrooms for their children, buyers ... [read full post]
published September 4, 2020

Homebuyer Demand Is Far Above Last Year's Pace

Homebuyer Demand Is Far Above Last Year’s Pace Homebuying has been on the rise over the past few months, with record-breaking sales powering through the market in June and July. Buyers are actively purchasing homes, and the momentum is continuing into the fall. It is, however, becoming harder for buyers to find ... [read full post]
published September 3, 2020

How Will the Presidential Election Impact Real Estate?

How Will the Presidential Election Impact Real Estate? The year 2020 will be remembered as one of the most challenging times of our lives. A worldwide pandemic, a recession causing historic unemployment, and a level of social unrest perhaps never seen before have all changed the way we live. Only the real estate market seems to b ... [read full post]
published September 2, 2020

It's Not Just About the Price of the Home

It’s Not Just About the Price of the Home When most of us begin searching for a home, we naturally start by looking at the price. It’s important, however, to closely consider what else impacts the purchase. It’s not just the price of the house that matters, but the overall cost in the long run. Today, tha ... [read full post]
published September 1, 2020

Three Ways to Win in a Bidding War

Three Ways to Win in a Bidding War With so few houses for sale today and low mortgage rates driving buyer activity, bidding wars are becoming more common. Multiple-offer scenarios are heating up, so it’s important to get pre-approved before you start your search. This way, you can put ... [read full post]
published August 31, 2020

The Cost of Renting Vs. Buying a Home

The Cost of Renting Vs. Buying a Home [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights The percentage of income needed to afford a median-priced home today is declining, while that for renting is on the rise. This is making buying a home an increasingly attractive option for many people, especially with low mortgage rates driving p ... [read full post]
published August 28, 2020

Why Is It so Important to Be Pre-Approved in the Homebuying Process?

Why Is It so Important to Be Pre-Approved in the Homebuying Process? You may have heard that pre-approval is a great first step in the homebuying process. But why is it so important? When looking for a home, the temptation to fall in love with a house that ... [read full post]
published August 27, 2020

Should You Buy an Existing Home or New Construction?

Should You Buy an Existing Home or New Construction? Finding the right home to purchase today is one of the biggest challenges for potential buyers. With so few homes for sale and construction of newly built homes ramping up, you may be wondering if you should consider new construction in your search pr ... [read full post]
published August 26, 2020

Builders & Realtors Agree: Real Estate Is Back

Builders & Realtors Agree: Real Estate Is Back When shelter-in-place orders brought the economy to a screeching halt earlier this year, many believed the residential housing market would follow suit. Countless analysts predicted buyer demand would disappear and home values would depreciate for the first time in almost a d ... [read full post]
published August 25, 2020

The Top Reasons People Are Moving This Year

The Top Reasons People Are Moving This Year Today, Americans are moving for a variety of different reasons. The current health crisis has truly re-shaped our lifestyles and our needs. Spending extra time where we currently live is enabling many families to re-evaluate what homeownership means and what they find most im ... [read full post]
published August 24, 2020

Ask a Pro About Buying a Home

Ask a Pro About Buying a Home [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights According to trending data, searches for key real estate topics are skyrocketing online. Clearly, lots of people have questions about buying a home, and other topics related to the process. Working with a trusted real estate professional will help you create t ... [read full post]
published August 21, 2020

Forbearance Numbers Are Lower than Expected

Forbearance Numbers Are Lower than Expected Originally, some housing industry analysts were concerned that the mortgage forbearance program (which allows families to delay payments to a later date) could lead to an increase in foreclosures when forbearances end. Some even worried that we might relive the 2006-2008 hous ... [read full post]
published August 20, 2020

Just How Strong Is the Housing Recovery?

Just How Strong Is the Housing Recovery? The residential real estate market has definitely been the shining light in this country’s current economic situation. All-time low mortgage rates coupled with a new appreciation of what a home truly means has caused the housing market to push forward through ... [read full post]
published August 19, 2020

Sellers Are Returning to the Housing Market

Sellers Are Returning to the Housing Market In today’s housing market, it can be a big challenge for buyers to find homes to purchase, as the number of houses for sale is far below the current demand. Now, however, we’re seeing sellers slowly starting to come back into the market, a bright spark f ... [read full post]
published August 18, 2020

The Beginning of an Economic Recovery

The Beginning of an Economic Recovery The news these days seems to have a mix of highs and lows. We may hear that an economic recovery is starting, but we’ve also seen some of the worst economic data in the history of our country. The challenge today is to understand exactly what’s going on and what i ... [read full post]
published August 17, 2020

Mortgage Rates & Payments by Decade

Mortgage Rates & Payments by Decade [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights Sometimes it helps to see the dollars and cents you’ll save when you purchase a home while mortgage rates are low. Today’s low rates mean it’s less expensive to borrow money, ... [read full post]
published August 14, 2020

Homes Are More Affordable Right Now Than They Have Been in Years

Homes Are More Affordable Right Now Than They Have Been in Years Today, home prices are appreciating. When we hear prices are going up, it’s normal to think a home will cost more as the trend continues. The way the housing market is positioned today, however, low ... [read full post]
published August 13, 2020

Why Foreclosures Won't Crush the Housing Market Next Year

Why Foreclosures Won’t Crush the Housing Market Next Year With the strength of the current housing market growing every day and more Americans returning to work, a faster-than-expected recovery in the housing sector is already well underway. ... [read full post]
published August 12, 2020

Current Buyer & Seller Perks in the Housing Market

Current Buyer & Seller Perks in the Housing Market Today’s housing market is making a truly impressive turnaround, and it’s also setting up some outstanding opportunities for buyers and sellers. Whether you’re thinking of buying or selling a home this year, there are perks today that are rare ... [read full post]
published August 11, 2020

The Latest Unemployment Report: Slow and Steady Improvement

The Latest Unemployment Report: Slow and Steady Improvement Last Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its latest Employment Situation Summary. Going into the release, the expert consensus was for 1.58 million jobs to be adde ... [read full post]
published August 10, 2020

2020 Homebuyer Preferences

2020 Homebuyer Preferences [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights A recent study from HarrisX shows the current health crisis isn’t slowing down today’s homebuyers. Many buyers are accelerating their timelines to take advantage of low mortgage rates, and staying home has enabled some to save mo ... [read full post]
published August 7, 2020

How Is Remote Work Changing Homebuyer Needs?

How Is Remote Work Changing Homebuyer Needs? With more companies figuring out how to efficiently and effectively enable their employees to work remotely (and for longer than most of us initially expected), homeowners throughout the country are re-evaluating their needs. Do I still need to live close to my company&r ... [read full post]
published August 6, 2020

Why Homeowners Have Great Selling Power Today

Why Homeowners Have Great Selling Power Today We’re sitting in an optimal moment in time for homeowners who are ready to sell their houses and make a move this year. Today’s homeowners are, on average, staying in their homes longer than they used to, and this is one factor driving increased homeowne ... [read full post]
published August 5, 2020

Today's Buyers Are Serious about Purchasing a Home

Today’s Buyers Are Serious about Purchasing a Home Today’s homebuyers are not just talking about their plans, they’re actively engaged in the buying process – and they’re serious about it. A recent report by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) indicates: “&hell ... [read full post]
published August 4, 2020

Experts Weigh-In on the Remarkable Strength of the Housing Market

Experts Weigh-In on the Remarkable Strength of the Housing Market America has faced its share of challenges in 2020. A once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, a financial crisis leaving millions still unemployed, and an upcoming presidential election that may prove to be one of th ... [read full post]
published August 3, 2020

Where Is The Housing Market Headed for the Rest of 2020?

Where Is the Housing Market Headed for the Rest of 2020? [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights: The housing market is forecasted to finish the year with growing strength. Historically low mortgage rates are creating great potential for homebuyers, and home sales are on ... [read full post]
published July 31, 2020

Will We See a Surge of Homebuyers Moving to the Suburbs?

Will We See a Surge of Homebuyers Moving to the Suburbs? As remote work continues on for many businesses and Americans weigh the risks of being in densely populated areas, will more people start to move out of bigger cities? Spending extra time at home and dreaming of more indoor and outdoor space is certainly sparking some interes ... [read full post]
published July 30, 2020

Homeownership Rate Continues to Rise in 2020

Homeownership Rate Continues to Rise in 2020 So far, it’s been quite a ride this year, and our nation has truly seen its fair share of hurdles. From COVID-19 to record unemployment and then the resulting recession, just to name a few, the second quarter of 2020 has had more than a few challenges. Amidst the many r ... [read full post]
published July 29, 2020

Guidance and Support Are Key When Buying Your First Home

Guidance and Support Are Key When Buying Your First Home In June, the number of first-time homebuyers accounted for 35% of the existing homes sold, a trend that’s been building steadily throughout the year. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR): “The share of first-time buyers increased in ... [read full post]
published July 28, 2020

Three of the Latest Reports Show Housing Market Is Strong

Three of the Latest Reports Show Housing Market Is Strong The residential real estate market is remaining resilient as the country still struggles to beat the COVID-19 pandemic. Three separate reports recently revealed how the housing market is still showing growth. Here’s a look at each one. 1. Ivy Zelman’s Real E ... [read full post]
published July 27, 2020

A Real Estate Pro Is More Helpful Now than Ever

A Real Estate Pro Is More Helpful Now than Ever [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights A recent study shared by NAR notes that both buyers and sellers think an agent is more helpful than ever during the current health crisis. Expertise and professionalism are h ... [read full post]
published July 24, 2020

Homes Sales Hit a Record-Setting Rebound

Home Sales Hit a Record-Setting Rebound With a worldwide health crisis that drove a pause in the economy this year, the housing market was greatly impacted. Many have been eagerly awaiting some bright signs of a recovery. Based on the latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of ... [read full post]
published July 23, 2020

Two Reasons We Won't See a Rush of Foreclosures This Fall

Two Reasons We Won’t See a Rush of Foreclosures This Fall The health crisis we face as a country has led businesses all over the nation to reduce or discontinue their services altogether. This pause in the economy has greatly impacted the workforce and as a resu ... [read full post]
published July 22, 2020

A Remarkable Recovery for the Housing Market

A Remarkable Recovery for the Housing Market For months now the vast majority of Americans have been asking the same question: When will the economy turn around? Many experts have been saying the housing market will lead the way to a recovery, and today we’re seeing signs of that coming to light. With&nb ... [read full post]
published July 21, 2020

Thinking of Selling Your House? Now May be the Right Time

Thinking of Selling Your House? Now May be the Right Time Inventory is arguably the biggest challenge for buyers in today’s housing market. There are simply more buyers actively looking for homes to purchase than there are sellers selling them, so the scale is tipped in favor of the sellers. According to the latest Exist ... [read full post]
published July 20, 2020

Mortgage Rates Fall Below 3%

Mortgage Rates Fall Below 3% [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights Mortgage rates hit another all-time low, falling below 3% this week. If you’re ready to buy a home, now is a great time to truly get more for your money at this historic moment. Let’s connect today to determine your best next steps toward homeowner ... [read full post]
published July 17, 2020

Does Your Home Have What Buyers Are Looking For?

Does Your Home Have What Buyers Are Looking For? There’s great opportunity for today’s homeowners to sell their houses and make a move, yet due to the impact of the ongoing health crisis, some sellers are taking their time coming back to the market. According to Javier Vivas, Director of Economic ... [read full post]
published July 16, 2020

Mortgage Rates Hit Record Lows for Three Consecutive Weeks

Mortgage Rates Hit Record Lows for Three Consecutive Weeks Over the past several weeks, Freddie Mac has reported the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropping to record lows, all the way down to 3.03%. Last week’s reported rate reached the lowest point in the history of the survey, which dates back to 1971&nbs ... [read full post]
published July 15, 2020

What Are Experts Saying about Home Prices?

What Are Experts Saying about Home Prices? Last week, a very well-respected real estate analytics firm surprised many with their home price projection for the next twelve months. CoreLogic, in their latest Home Price Index said: “The economic downturn that started in March 2020 is predicted to ... [read full post]
published July 14, 2020

Buyers: Are You Ready for a Bidding War?

Buyers: Are You Ready for a Bidding War? With businesses reopening throughout the country and some experts indicating early signs of a much-anticipated economic recovery, more homebuyers are actively entering the housing market this summer. Today, housing is truly driving the U.S. economy forward. With so many ... [read full post]
published July 13, 2020

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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