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Home Builder Confidence Hits All-Time Record
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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 Cost of a Home Is Far More Important than the Price
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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 last year, the highest year-over-year increase in the weekly Zillow database
Is the Economic Recovery Beating All Projections?
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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
How Low Inventory May Impact the Housing Market This Fall
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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
The Surging Real Estate Market Continues to Climb
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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
Is Now a Good Time to Move?
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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 homes for an average of 10 years
Two New Surveys Indicate Urban to Suburban Lean
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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
Homebuyer Traffic Is on the Rise
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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’s also predicting home sales to increase by 8-12% next year
The Latest Unemployment Rate Fell to 8.4%
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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
Have You Ever Seen a Housing Market Like This?
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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 possible in the housing market
Thank You, Essential Workers
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Thank You, Essential Workers
To all essential workers on this Labor Day, thank you
Homebuyer Demand Is Far Above Last Year’s Pace
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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 homes to purchase
How Will the Presidential Election Impact Real Estate?
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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
It’s Not Just About the Price of the Home
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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, that’s largely impacted by low mortgage rates
Three Ways to Win in a Bidding War
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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
Why Is It so Important to Be Pre-Approved in the Homebuying Process?
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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’s outside your budget is very real
Should You Buy an Existing Home or New Construction?
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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 process
Builders & Realtors Agree: Real Estate Is Back
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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 decade. That, however, didn’t happen. It appears the opposite is taking place
The Top Reasons People Are Moving This Year
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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 important in a home
Forbearance Numbers Are Lower than Expected
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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 housing crash all over again. Once you examine the data, however, that seems unlikely
Just How Strong Is the Housing Recovery?
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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 this major health crisis
Sellers Are Returning to the Housing Market
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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 for potential buyers
The Beginning of an Economic Recovery
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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
Homes Are More Affordable Right Now Than They Have Been in Years
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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 mortgage rates are actually making homes more affordable, even as prices rise. Here’s why
Why Foreclosures Won’t Crush the Housing Market Next Year
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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
Current Buyer & Seller Perks in the Housing Market
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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 rarely available, and definitely worth looking into. Here are the top two
The Latest Unemployment Report: Slow and Steady Improvement
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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 added in July, and for the unemployment rate to fall to 10.5%. When the official report came out, it revealed that 1
How Is Remote Work Changing Homebuyer Needs?
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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
Why Homeowners Have Great Selling Power Today
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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 homeowner equity. When equity grows, selling a house becomes increasingly desirable
Today’s Buyers Are Serious about Purchasing a Home
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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: “…
Experts Weigh-In on the Remarkable Strength of the Housing Market
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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 the most contentious in our nation’s history all continue to test this country in unimaginable ways
I Just Refinanced My Home
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I Just Refinanced My Home
Given the HISTORICALLY low interest rates of the current market, we recently decided to refinance our home. I receive rate sheets from my preferred lenders weekly which help me keep a close eye on market conditions. I jumped when I saw that I could save 1%!
Lisa Marie Smith
Will We See a Surge of Homebuyers Moving to the Suburbs?
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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 interest among homebuyers
Homeownership Rate Continues to Rise in 2020
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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 roadblocks, however, the U.S
Guidance and Support Are Key When Buying Your First Home
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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
Three of the Latest Reports Show Housing Market Is Strong
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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
Home Sales Hit a Record-Setting Rebound
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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
Two Reasons We Won’t See a Rush of Foreclosures This Fall
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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 result, many people have been laid off or furloughed
A Remarkable Recovery for the Housing Market
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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
Thinking of Selling Your House? Now May be the Right Time
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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
Does Your Home Have What Buyers Are Looking For?
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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 Research at realtor
Mortgage Rates Hit Record Lows for Three Consecutive Weeks
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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%
What Are Experts Saying about Home Prices?
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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 cause a 6
Buyers: Are You Ready for a Bidding War?
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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
Not All Agents Are Created Equal
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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
Best Time to Sell? When Competition Is at an All-Time Low
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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 concern seems reasonable considering the current condition of the economy
Taking Advantage of Homebuying Affordability in Today’s Market
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Taking Advantage of Homebuying Affordability in Today’s Market
Everyone is ready to buy a home at a different time in their lives, and a health crisis or not, today is no exception
Latest Unemployment Report: Great News…for the Most Part
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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 3,074,000 jobs to be added in June. The report revealed that 4,800,000 jobs were added. The unemployment rate fell to 11.1% from 13.3% last month
Is the Health Crisis Driving Buyers Out of Urban Areas?
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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 either suburban or rural life (less congested)
A Historic Rebound for the Housing Market
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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
Are New Homes Going to Be Available to Buy This Year?
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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
What Are Experts Saying About the Rest of 2020?
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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 forecasts for the remainder of 2020 – and the outlook is extremely encouraging
New Index Reveals Impact of COVID-19 on Real Estate
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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
Should We Be Looking at Unemployment Numbers Differently?
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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
What Are the Experts Saying About Future Home Prices?
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What Are the Experts Saying About Future Home Prices?
A worldwide pandemic and an economic recession have had a tremendous effect on the nation. The uncertainty brought about by both has made predicting consumer behavior nearly impossible. For that reason, forecasting home prices has become extremely difficult
Homebuyers Are in the Mood to Buy Today
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Homebuyers Are in the Mood to Buy Today
According to the latest FreddieMac Quarterly Forecast, mortgage interest rates have fallen to historically low levels this spring and they’re projected to remain low. This means there’s a huge incentive for buyers who are ready to purchase. And homeowners looking for eager buyers can take advantage of this opportune time to sell as well
7 Strategies for a 2020 Open House [INFOGRAPHIC]
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7 Strategies for a 2020 Open House [INFOGRAPHIC]
Here are 7 strategies to help make your house showing a safe and effective one.
Want to Make a Move? Homeowner Equity is Growing Year-Over-Year
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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 from CoreLogic, in nearly every state there was a year-over-year first-quarter equity increase, averaging out to a 6.5% overall gain
Is the Economic Recovery Already Underway?
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Is the Economic Recovery Already Underway?
The Wall Street Journal just released its 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 concluded the labor market will fare better than previously expected following the effects of the coronavirus pandemic."
Three Reasons Homebuyers Are Ready to Purchase This Year
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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.
Real Estate Tops Best Investment Poll for 7th Year Running
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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 estate has come out on top as the best long-term investment.
Summer is the New Spring for Real Estate [INFOGRAPHIC]
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Summer is the New Spring for Real Estate [INFOGRAPHIC]
The health crisis slowed the market this spring, so buyers are jumping back into the market to make their moves this summer.
Are You Ready for the Summer Housing Market?
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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.
Is a Recession Here? Yes. Does that Mean a Housing Crash? No.
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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.
Real Estate Will Lead the Economic Recovery
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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.
The Shocking News in the Unemployment Report
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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 experts were shocked. The Wall Street Journal put it this way: “The May U.S.
National Homeownership Month [INFOGRAPHIC]
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National Homeownership Month [INFOGRAPHIC]
<h3><strong>Some Highlights</strong></h3> <ul> <li>National Homeownership Month is a great time to reflect on how we can each promote stronger community growth.</li> <li>Homeownership helps families build financial freedom, find greater happiness and satisfaction, and make a positive impact on our local communities.</li> <li>Let’s connect today if homeownership is part of your future plans.
Three Things to Understand About Unemployment Statistics
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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%.
Is it Time to Sell Your Vacation Home?
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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.
Home Prices: It’s All About Supply and Demand
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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 to come.
The Benefits of Homeownership May Reach Further Than You Think
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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 havens that provide shelter, stability, and protection for our families through the evolving health crisis. Today, 65.
Top Reasons to Own Your Home [INFOGRAPHIC]
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Top Reasons to Own Your Home [INFOGRAPHIC]
<h3><strong>Some Highlights</strong></h3> <ul> <li>June is <em>National Homeownership Month</em>, and it’s a great time to consider the benefits of owning your own home.</li> <li>If you’re in a position to buy, homeownership might help you find the stability, community, and comfort you’ve been searching for this year.</li> <li>Let’s connect today to determine if homeownership is the right next step for you and your family.
Economists Forecast Recovery to Begin in the Second Half of 2020
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Economists Forecast Recovery to Begin in the Second Half of 2020
With the U.S. economy on everyone’s minds right now, questions about the country’s financial outlook continue to come up daily.
Why This Summer Is the 2020 Real Estate Season
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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 real estate season is shifting into the summer.
Buying or Selling a Home? You Need an Expert Kind of Guide
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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.
We Remember & Honor Those Who Gave All
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We Remember & Honor Those Who Gave All
We remember, today and always.
Interest Rates Hover Near Historic All-Time Lows [INFOGRAPHIC]
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Interest Rates Hover Near Historic All-Time Lows [INFOGRAPHIC]
<h3><strong>Some Highlights</strong></h3> <ul> <li>Mortgage interest rates have dropped considerably this spring and are hovering at a historically low level.</li> <li>Locking in at a low rate today could save you thousands of dollars over the lifetime of your home loan.</li> <li>Let’s connect to determine the best way to position yourself for a move in today’s market.
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 forward in strategic phases, business activity will help bring our nation back to life. Many economists indicate a recovery should begin to […]
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 your own, known in the industry as a For Sale By Owner […]
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 be that driving force, the tailwind that is necessary. […]
#1 Financial Benefit of Homeownership: Family Wealth
#1 Financial Benefit of Homeownership: Family Wealth
While growing up, we were taught by our parents and grandparents that owning a home is a financially savvy move. They explained how a mortgage is like a “forced savings plan.” When you pay rent, that money is lost forever. When you make a mortgage payment, much of that money accumulates as equity in the […]
2020 Homeowner Wish List [INFOGRAPHIC]
2020 Homeowner Wish List [INFOGRAPHIC]
Some Highlights In a recent study by realtor.com, homeowners noted some of the main things they would change about their homes to make them more livable. Not surprisingly, more space, an updated kitchen, and a home gym rose to the top of the list. If you’re thinking of selling this year, having these items in your listing might make your house more desirable than ever to potential buyers.
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 economy will turn around. If […]
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 entertainment is definitely a perk, especially if you can also walk to […]
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 higher. These numbers represent the extreme hardship so many families are experiencing right now. […]
Will Home Values Appreciate or Depreciate in 2020?
Will Home Values Appreciate or Depreciate in 2020?
With the housing market staggered to some degree by the health crisis the country is currently facing, some potential purchasers are questioning whether home values will be impacted. The price of any item is determined by supply as well as the market’s demand for that item. Each month the National Association of Realtors (NAR) surveys […]
A Day When Americans Can Return to Work [INFOGRAPHIC]
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 every American can safely return to work. That day is coming. Timing is everything. Patience is essential. Our courage, strength, and unparalleled resilience will get us there.
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 us. There will be headlines and doomsday scenarios in the media. […]
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 such as health care, food and grocery stores, retail, delivery, and more […]
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 open up again is on all of our minds. […]
U.S. Homeownership Rate Rises to Highest 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 spending time […]
How to Test-Drive a Neighborhood While Sheltering in Place [INFOGRAPHIC]
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 in the homebuying process. You may find a spot that better suits your needs without ever leaving your living room! Let’s connect today so you have help with all of the additional steps along the way, and you’re ready to make your next move.
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 force in this process. Today, many analysts believe one of the […]
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 several weeks. In the latest report, they revealed: “The March ShowingTime Showing […]
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 agents noted that sellers are not dropping listing prices to attract more buyers. Lawrence Yun, […]
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 and demand, which is how many items are available in […]
Today’s Expert Insight on the Housing Market [INFOGRAPHIC]
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 in March due to the coronavirus, but prices are still strong. Let’s connect so you can better understand your home’s value today.
Uncertainty Abounds 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 post-pandemic recoveries to support that expectation. In addition, we noted how there are some in the business community who believe we may instead be headed for a U-shaped […]
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 house. This is understandable, given the health concerns associated with social contact these days. The question is, […]
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 question is: how long will it take the economy to fully recover? Let’s look at the possibilities. Here […]