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US Housing Market Swings in Favor of Homeownership

By chriscollins | June 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 to…

Harvard: 5 Reasons Why Owning A Home Makes Sense Financially

By chriscollins | June 13, 2016

We have reported many times that the American Dream of homeownership is alive and well. The personal reasons to own a home differ for each buyer, but there are many basic similarities. Eric Belsky is the Managing Director of the Joint Center of Housing Studies (JCHS) at Harvard University. He authored a paper on homeownership titled – The Dream…

Home Prices Up 5.67% Across The Country! [INFOGRAPHIC]

By chriscollins | June 10, 2016

Some Highlights: Across the country, home prices are up by 5.67%. Each state is appreciating at a different rate, however, which is important to realize if you plan on relocating to a different state. Regionally, prices have appreciated year-over-year by as high as 8.15%. from Simplifying the Market™ http://ift.tt/1YhA9lZ via IFTTT

Serious About Home Buying? Get Pre-Approved

By chriscollins | June 9, 2016

In many markets across the country, the amount of buyers searching for their dream home greatly outnumbers the amount of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved…

Single Women Make Up 2nd Largest Home Buying Group

By chriscollins | June 8, 2016

According to the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) 2015 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, single women made up 18% of all first-time homebuyers last year, second only to married couples who made up 54% of total buyers. Whether they are young, single and no longer want to rent, or newly divorced, the amount of…

Is Your First Home Within Your Grasp Now?

By chriscollins | June 7, 2016

There are many people sitting on the sidelines trying to decide if they should purchase a home or sign a rental lease. Some might wonder if it makes sense to purchase a house before they are married and have a family. Others may think they are too young. And still others might think their current…

5 Reasons To Hire A Real Estate Pro

By chriscollins | June 6, 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…

June is National Homeownership Month! [INFOGRAPHIC]

By chriscollins | June 3, 2016

Some Highlights: Paying rent is not a good investment, but owning is a great way to start building family wealth. Not only does homeownership allow you to provide your children with great education, but you can also decide whether or not your child grows up with a pet. Owning a home provides you with tax benefits…

Wall Street Journal: Housing Recovery Picks Up Steam

By chriscollins | June 2, 2016

Yesterday, we ran a post quoting major housing experts on the increasing strength of the U.S. housing market. We were pleasantly surprised that, on the same day, the Wall Street Journal decided to run a front page story titled, “Housing Recovery Picks Up Steam” (article available to WSJ subscribers). The first paragraph of the article…

A Possible Housing Meltdown? These Experts Respectfully Disagree

By chriscollins | June 1, 2016

We want to let you know that “rumors of a new market meltdown” are not based on any reputable data. As proof, we offer you the comments of the following experts who have a totally different view on the current housing market. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at NAR: “In spite of deficient supply levels, stock…

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