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BREXIT: What’s the FIXIT for U.S. Home Buyers and Sellers?

Jun 29, 2016

Now that much of the dust has settled and the panic has waned, let’s take a look at what impact Britain’s exit from the European Union may have on the U.S. housing market. The most immediate impact of Brexit will be on mortgage interest rates. Interest rates have remained at historic lows for the last…

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Gap Between Homeowner’s & Appraiser’s Opinions Narrows Slightly

Jun 28, 2016

In today’s housing market, where supply is very low and demand is very high, home values are increasing rapidly. One major challenge in such a market is the bank appraisal. If prices are surging, it is difficult for appraisers to find adequate, comparable sales (similar houses in the neighborhood that closed recently) to defend the price when…

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5 Reasons to Sell This Summer

Jun 27, 2016

As the temperature rises, buyers are coming out ready to purchase their dream homes. The summer is a great time to list your home for sale. Here are five reasons why: 1. Demand Is Strong The latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains very strong throughout…

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Thinking You Should FSBO? Think Again [INFOGRAPHIC]

Jun 24, 2016

Some Highlights:  According to NAR’s Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers: 88% of buyers look for their new home online. Using a real estate agent can net you $39,000 more than FSBO’ing. There is a long list of people that you will have to negotiate with when you decide to sell your home, using an experienced professional…

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Hurry Up and List your House TODAY!!

Jun 23, 2016

That headline might be a little aggressive. However, as the data on the 2016 housing market begins to roll in, we can definitely say one thing: If you are considering selling, IT IS TIME TO LIST YOUR HOME! The May numbers are not in yet, but the April numbers were sensational. Jonathon Smoke, Chief Economist…

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Do Homeowners Realize Their Equity Position Has Changed?

Jun 22, 2016

Yesterday, we reported that according to CoreLogic’s latest Equity Report, nearly 268,000 homeowners regained equity and are no longer underwater on their mortgage in the first quarter. Homes with negative equity have decreased by 21.5% year-over-year. A study by Fannie Mae suggests that many homeowners are not aware of how their equity position has changed…

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74% of Households in the US Now Have Significant Equity!

Jun 21, 2016

CoreLogic’s latest Equity Report revealed that 92% of all mortgaged properties are now in a positive equity situation, while 74% now actually have significant equity (defined as more than 20%)! The report also revealed that 268,000 households regained equity in the first quarter of 2016 and are no longer under water. Price Appreciation = Good…

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Thinking of Selling? 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t FSBO

Jun 20, 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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Foreclosure Rate Drops to New Post-Crisis Low [INFOGRAPHIC]

Jun 17, 2016

Some Highlights: According to CoreLogic, the national foreclosure rate dropped to 1.1% of all homes with a mortgage. This is the lowest percentage experienced since October 2007. April marked the 54th consecutive month of year-over-year declines in foreclosure inventory. Only 3% of homes in the United States are in serious delinquency. More and more homeowners…

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What’s Happening in the Real Estate Market?

Jun 16, 2016

This is a pretty common question that a potential home buyer or seller may be asking themselves. Leading economists in real estate converged in New Orleans this past week as they presented their answer to this question at the 50th Annual Real Estate Journalism Conference for the National Association of Real Estate Editors. Here are…

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Here Comes the Housing Inventory!!

Jun 15, 2016

Almost every real estate conversation revolves around the continuous rise in house values over the last four years. Some have even mentioned a concern about another possible bubble forming. However, the recent increase in prices can be attributed to a very simple principle: supply and demand. DEMAND Demand for single-family housing has continued to increase…

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US Housing Market Swings in Favor of Homeownership

Jun 14, 2016

According to the latest Beracha, Hardin & Johnson Buy vs. Rent (BH&J) Index, homeownership is a better way to produce greater wealth, on average, than renting. The results from the first quarter index showed that “16 of the 23 metropolitan markets investigated moved in the direction of buy territory.” The BH&J Index is a quarterly report that attempts…

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