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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 […]
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 that the only way to defeat this […]
How Technology is Helping Buyers Navigate the Home Search Process [INFOGRAPHIC]
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-person. While they still prefer to physically see a home, virtual home tours and accurate listing information top the list of tech specs buyers find most helpful in today’s process. Let’s connect today to determine how technology can help power your home search.
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 changing. This is a moment in time that’s even sparking some buyers to search for a better deal […]
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 financial hardships, lost homes, and were out of work during the […]
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 – and fast. While you probably […]
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 the National Bureau of Economic Research: “A recession is a […]
What You Can Do to Get Your House Ready to Sell [INFOGRAPHIC]
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 even while we’ve hit the pause button on other parts of daily life. Tackling small projects from cleaning the corners you may normally skip to tidying up your yard are easy and necessary wins if you’re thinking of listing your house and making a move.
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 George Ratiu, Senior Economist with realtor.com, he notes how listings with an office are […]
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 format. One of the big changes […]
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 can help you: Make sense of this rapidly evolving housing […]
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 Bullard, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. […]
The Housing Market Is Positioned to Help the Economy Recover [INFOGRAPHIC]
The Housing Market Is Positioned to Help the Economy Recover [INFOGRAPHIC]
Some Highlights Expert insights are painting a bright future for housing when the economy bounces back – and it will. We may be facing challenging economic times today, but the housing market is poised to help the economy recover, not drag it down. Let’s connect to make sure you’re informed and ready when it’s time to make your move.
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 impact will rebound with a […]
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. The rapid spread of the virus has been compared to prior pandemics and outbreaks not seen in many years. It […]
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 a real estate transaction are changing to […]
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 information brings knowledge, and this gives us a sense of relief and comfort. If […]
What You Can Do to Keep Your Dream of Homeownership Moving Forward [INFOGRAPHIC]
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 forward. Connect with an agent, learn about resource programs for things like down payments, and get pre-approved today.
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 main street media to a lone blogger – has realized that bad news sells. […]
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 are many reasons to refinance, but here are three of […]
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’s taking place today, however, is nothing like what happened the last time. The S&P 500 did fall by over fifty percent […]
Economic Slowdown: What the Experts Are Saying
Economic Slowdown: What the Experts Are Saying
More and more economists are predicting a recession is imminent as the result of the pullback in the economy caused by COVID-19. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research: “A recession is a significant decline in economic activity spread across the economy, lasting more than a few months, normally visible in real GDP, real […]
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 this will not be a repeat of 2008.
Are We About to See a New Wave of Foreclosures?
Are We About to See a New Wave of Foreclosures?
With all of the havoc being caused by COVID-19, many are concerned we may see a new wave of foreclosures. Restaurants, airlines, hotels, and many other industries are furloughing workers or dramatically cutting their hours. Without a job, many homeowners are wondering how they’ll be able to afford their mortgage payments. In spite of this, […]
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 the many ways we can confidently evaluate any […]
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 major part of the American Dream.” Unfortunately, the myths surrounding the […]
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 at the real estate consulting firm Meyers Research, addressed this point in […]
Buying a Home: Do You Know the Lingo? [INFOGRAPHIC]
Buying a Home: Do You Know the Lingo? [INFOGRAPHIC]
Some 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 language you’ll hear along the way. The best way to ensure your homebuying process is a positive one is to find a real estate professional who will guide you through every aspect of the transaction with ‘the heart of a teacher.’
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 appreciation to begin reaccelerating. Many […]
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 than later in your journey: 1. Understand What it Takes […]
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 homeowner’s equity position. Home equity is defined […]
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 Development Residential Construction Report, the number of building permits issued in January was 1,551,000. This is a […]
The Difference an Hour Makes [INFOGRAPHIC]
The Difference an Hour Makes [INFOGRAPHIC]
Some Highlights: Don’t forget to set your clocks forward this Sunday, March 8 at 2:00 AM EST in observance of Daylight Saving Time, unless you’re a resident of Arizona or Hawaii! Every hour in the United States, 568 homes are sold and median home values rise by $1.92. As we spring forward this year, let’s get together to see how you can take advantage of every hour in the housing market.
Impact of the Coronavirus on the U.S. Housing Market
Impact of the Coronavirus on the U.S. Housing Market
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused massive global uncertainty, including a U.S. stock market correction no one could have seen coming. While much of the news has been about the effect on various markets, let’s also acknowledge the true impact it continues to have on lives and families around the world. With all this uncertainty, how […]
Real Estate Is Soaring, But Not Like 2008
Real Estate Is Soaring, But Not Like 2008
Unlike last year, the residential real estate market kicked off 2020 with a bang! In their latest Monthly Mortgage Monitor, Black Knight proclaimed: “The housing market is heating entering 2020 and recent rate declines could continue that trend, a sharp contrast to the strong cooling that was seen at this same time last year.” Zillow […]
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 explains: “If you’re in the market to buy a home, today’s average […]
How Your Tax Refund Can Move You Toward Homeownership 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 this year. Based on data released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Americans can expect an estimated average refund of $2,962 when filing […]
10 Steps to Buying a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]
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10 Steps to Buying a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]
With Spring Selling Season Upon Us and Inventory at Historically Low Levels, Get Your Home Ready to Sell!
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How Much “Housing Wealth” 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 appreciation over the last 30 years based on the length of homeownership. Below are three graphs depicting the most important data revealed in the study. How much […]
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 3.5%. The Census Bureau also just reported the highest homeownership […]
Entry-Level Homeowners Are in the Driver’s Seat
Entry-Level Homeowners Are in the Driver’s Seat
One thing helping homeowners right now is price appreciation, especially in the entry-level market. In the latest Home Price Insights report, CoreLogic reveals how home prices increased by 4% year-over-year and projects prices will rise 5.2% by December 2020. Why is this good news for the homeowners? When prices appreciate, homeowners gain equity.