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Homeowner’s Net Worth Is 45x Greater Than A Renter’s

Dec 27, 2016

Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts a Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. The latest survey, which includes data from 2010-2013, reports that a homeowner’s net worth is 36 times greater than that of a renter ($194,500 vs. $5,400). In a Forbes article, the National…

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Top 5 Reasons You Should Not For Sale By Owner

Dec 26, 2016

In today’s market, with home prices rising and a lack of inventory, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons why this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers. Here are…

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Existing Home Sales Surge Through The Holidays [INFOGRAPHIC]

Dec 23, 2016

Some Highlights: November’s Existing Home Sales report revealed that sales are now at an annual pace of 5.61 million which is “now the highest since February 2007 (5.79 million) and is 15.4% higher than a year ago (4.86 million).” Total housing inventory (or the inventory of homes for sale) fell 8.0% from last month and…

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The Fed Raised Rates: What Does that Mean for Housing?

Dec 22, 2016

You may have heard that the Federal Reserve raised rates last week… But what does that mean if you are looking to buy a home in the near future? Many in the housing industry have predicted that the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the policy-making arm of the Federal Reserve, would vote to raise the…

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Student Loans = Higher Credit Scores

Dec 21, 2016

According to a recent analysis by CoreLogic, Millennial renters (aged 20-34) who have student loan debt also have higher credit scores than those who do not have student loans. This may come as a surprise, as there is so much talk about student loans burdening Millennials and holding them back from many milestones that previous…

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Whether You Rent or Buy: Either Way You’re Paying a Mortgage

Dec 20, 2016

There are some renters who have not yet purchased a home because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents rent free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. As an owner, your mortgage payment is a form…

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2 Tips to Ensure You Get the Most Money When Selling Your House

Dec 19, 2016

Every homeowner wants to make sure they get the best price when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive maximum value for your house? Here are two keys to ensuring you get the highest price possible. 1. Price it a LITTLE LOW  This may seem counterintuitive. However, let’s look at this…

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The Impact Your Interest Rate Has on Your Buying Power [INFOGRAPHIC]

Dec 16, 2016

Some Highlights: Your monthly housing cost is directly tied to the price of the home you purchase and the interest rate you secure for your mortgage. Over the last 30 years, interest rates have fluctuated greatly with rates in the double digits in the 1980s, all the way down to the near 4% we are…

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Why You Shouldn’t Take Your House Off the Market During the Holidays

Dec 15, 2016

If you are one of the many homeowners who is debating taking your home off the market for the next few weeks, don’t! You will miss the great opportunity you have right now! The latest Existing Home Sales Report from The National Association of Realtors (NAR), revealed that the inventory of homes for sale has…

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The #1 Reason to Sell Now… Not Next Spring

Dec 14, 2016

The price of any item (including residential real estate) is determined by ‘supply and demand’. If many people are looking to buy an item and the supply of that item is limited, the price of that item increases. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the supply of homes for sale dramatically increases every spring. As an…

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Building Your Family’s Wealth Over the Next 5 Years

Dec 13, 2016

Over the next five years, home prices are expected to appreciate 3.24% per year on average and to grow by 21.4% cumulatively, according to Pulsenomics’ most recent Home Price Expectation Survey. So, what does this mean for homeowners and their equity position? As an example, let’s assume a young couple purchases and closes on a…

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Home Prices: Where Will They Be in 5 Years?

Dec 12, 2016

Today, many real estate conversations center on housing prices and where they may be headed. That is why we like the Home Price Expectation Survey. Every quarter, Pulsenomics surveys a nationwide panel of over one hundred economists, real estate experts, and investment & market strategists about where they believe prices are headed over the next…

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