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Will Increasing Mortgage Rates Impact Home Prices?

Dec 8, 2016

There are some who are calling for a decrease in home prices should mortgage interest rates begin to rise rapidly. Intuitively, this makes sense as the cost of a home is determined by the price of the home, plus the cost of financing that home. If mortgage interest rates increase, fewer people will be able…

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Selling in the Winter Attracts Serious Buyers

Dec 7, 2016

A recent study of more than 7 million home sales over the past four years revealed that the season in which a home is listed may be able to shed some light on the likelihood that the home will sell for more than asking price, as well as how quickly the sale will close. It’s…

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When Is a Good Time to Rent? Not Now!

Dec 6, 2016

People often ask if now is a good time to buy a home. No one ever asks when a good time to rent is. However, we want to make certain that everyone understands that today is NOT a good time to rent. The Census Bureau recently released their third quarter median rent numbers. Here is…

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4 Reasons to Buy Your Dream Home This Winter

Dec 5, 2016

As the temperature in many areas of the country starts to cool down, you might think that the housing market will do the same. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Here are 4 reasons you should consider buying your dream home this winter instead of waiting for spring! 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise…

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New Home Sales Race to Keep Up with Demand [INFOGRAPHIC]

Dec 2, 2016

Some Highlights: Many buyers who are searching for their dream homes are turning to new home construction after 10% of all new home buyers sighted a lack of inventory of existing homes as their reason for purchase. The median home price decreased slightly from September’s high of $314,100 to $304,500 in October. The West saw…

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5 Reasons Why Homeownership Is a Good Financial Investment

Dec 1, 2016

According to a recent report by Trulia, “buying is cheaper than renting in 100 of the largest metro areas by an average of 37.7%.” That may have some thinking about buying a home instead of signing another lease extension. But, does that make sense from a financial perspective? In the report, Ralph McLaughlin, Trulia’s Chief…

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Is Getting a Home Mortgage Still Too Difficult?

Nov 30, 2016

There is no doubt that mortgage credit availability is expanding, meaning it is easier to finance a home today than it was last year. However, the mortgage market is still much tighter than it was prior to the housing boom and bust experienced between 2003 – 2006. The Housing Financing Policy Center at the Urban…

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Mortgage Interest Rates Just Went Up… Should I Wait to Buy?

Nov 29, 2016

Mortgage interest rates, as reported by Freddie Mac, have increased over the last several weeks. Along with Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, the Mortgage Bankers Association and the National Association of Realtors are all calling for mortgage rates to continue to rise over the next four quarters. This has caused some purchasers to lament the fact they may no longer be able to…

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5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional When Buying & Selling!

Nov 28, 2016

Whether you are buying or selling a home, it can be quite an adventurous journey; you need an experienced Real Estate Professional to lead you to your ultimate goal. In this world of instant gratification and internet searches, many sellers think that they can For Sale by Owner or FSBO. The 5 Reasons You NEED…

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Existing Home Sales Surge Forward Through Fall [INFOGRAPHIC]

Nov 25, 2016

Some Highlights: The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released their latest Existing Home Sales Report. First-time homebuyers made up 33% of all sales in October. Homes are selling quickly with 43% of homes on the market for less than a month. A limited supply continues to drive up prices for the 56th consecutive month.…

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Nov 24, 2016

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Thinking of Selling? Don’t Overlook an Outdated Kitchen, Buyers Won’t

Nov 23, 2016

If you are planning on listing your home for sale, make sure that you don’t overlook the condition of your kitchen. A recent article on realtor.com listed “7 Signs Your Kitchen Is Way Overdue for a Renovation,” in which they warned: “Dated kitchens—just like bathrooms—are a major barrier for resale. Buyers want modern amenities and…

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