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Planning on Buying a Home? Be Sure You Know Your Options.

By chriscollins | November 5, 2019

When you’re ready to buy, you’ll need to determine if you prefer the charm of an existing home or the look and feel of a newer build. With limited existing home inventory available today, especially in the starter and middle-level markets, many buyers are considering a new home that’s recently been constructed, or they’re building…

The #1 Reason to List Your House in the Winter

By chriscollins | November 4, 2019

Many sellers believe spring is the best time to put their homes on the market because buyer demand traditionally increases at that time of year. What they don’t realize is if every homeowner believes the same thing, then that’s when they’ll have the most competition. So, what’s the #1 reason to list your house in…

The Difference an Hour Will Make This Fall [INFOGRAPHIC]

By chriscollins | November 1, 2019

Every Hour in the U.S. Housing Market:  614 Homes Are Sold 95 Homes Regain Positive Equity Median Home Values Go Up $1.38   from Simplifying the Market™ https://ift.tt/2WBKsFx via IFTTTChris Collins Realtor® Schertz, Garden Ridge, Cibolo, San Antonio, Boerne, Bulverde.

Taking the Fear Out of the Mortgage Process

By chriscollins | October 31, 2019

A considerable number of potential buyers shy away from the real estate market because they’re uncertain about the buying process – particularly when it comes to qualifying for a mortgage. For many, the mortgage process can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be!  In order to qualify in today’s market, you’ll need a down…

How to Determine If You Can Afford to Buy a Home

By chriscollins | October 30, 2019

The gap between the increase in personal income and residential real estate prices has been used to defend the concept that we are experiencing an affordability crisis in housing today. It is true that home prices and wages are two key elements in any affordability equation. There is, however, an extremely important third component to…

Thinking of Selling Your Home? The Waiting Is The Hardest Part.

By chriscollins | October 29, 2019

Tom Petty famously penned the words, “the waiting is the hardest part” in his early 80’s hit song The Waiting, and his thought process can surprisingly also be applied to individuals considering selling their homes today. Traditional thinking would suggest it may be best to wait until the spring to sell when there is a…

4 Reasons to Buy a Home This Fall

By chriscollins | October 28, 2019

Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today, instead of waiting. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insights Report shows that home prices have appreciated by 3.6% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts prices will continue to increase at a rate of 5.8% over the next year. The bottom…

Buying a home can be SCARY…Until you know the FACTS [INFOGRAPHIC]

By chriscollins | October 25, 2019

Some Highlights: Many potential homebuyers believe they need a 20% down payment and a 780 FICO® score to qualify to buy a home. This stops many people from even trying to jump into homeownership! Here are some facts to help take the fear out of the process: 71% of buyers who purchased homes have put…

Think Prices Have Skyrocketed? Look at Rents.

By chriscollins | October 24, 2019

Much has been written about how residential real estate values have increased since the housing market started its recovery in 2012. However, little has been shared about what has taken place with residential rental prices. Let’s shed a little light on this subject. In the most recent Apartment Rent Report, RentCafe explains how rents have…

5 Reasons to Consider Living in a Multigenerational Home

By chriscollins | October 23, 2019

Did you know that 1 in 6 Americans currently live in a multigenerational household? According to Generations United, the number of multigenerational households rose from 42.4 million in 2000 to 64 million in 2016. The 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers from the National Association of Realtors shows that 12% of all buyers have…

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