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Excited About Buying A Home This Year? Here’s What to Watch

Jan 2, 2019

As we kick off the new year, many families have made resolutions to enter the housing market in 2019. Whether you are thinking of finally ditching your landlord and buying your first home or selling your starter house to move into your forever home, there are two pieces of the real estate puzzle you need…

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Here’s to a Wonderful 2019!

Jan 1, 2019

We hope 2019 is a great year for you, both personally and professionally! from Simplifying the Market™ http://bit.ly/2TnXVOA via IFTTTChris Collins Realtor® Schertz, Garden Ridge, Cibolo, San Antonio, Boerne, Bulverde.

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Why You Should Not For Sale By Owner

Dec 31, 2018

In today’s market, as home prices rise and a lack of inventory continues, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their homes 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 most sellers. Here are the top five reasons:…

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Where is the Housing Market Headed in 2019? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Dec 28, 2018

Some Highlights: ­Interest rates are projected to increase steadily throughout 2019, but buyers will still be able to lock in a rate lower than their parents or grandparents did when they bought their homes! Home prices will rise at a rate of 4.8% over the course of 2019 according to CoreLogic. All four major reporting…

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24 Hours that Suddenly Improved the Market

Dec 27, 2018

This year started strong for real estate, but then the market began to soften. Home inventory in the starter and move-up categories dwindled to almost nothing, mortgage rates were projected to rise, and home sales have now decreased for several months in a row. To many, the outlook heading into 2019 appeared dim… at best.…

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How to Save Thousands of Dollars in Interest on Your Mortgage

Dec 26, 2018

One of the most common loans you can get to buy a home is a 30-year fixed rate mortgage. If the thought of paying for your home over the course of 30-years seems daunting, here are some easy ways to shorten that term which will actually end up saving you money over the life of…

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Thank You for All Your Support

Dec 25, 2018

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What Makes a House a Home For You?

Dec 24, 2018

We frequently talk about why it makes sense to buy a home financially, but more often than not the emotional reasons are the more powerful or compelling ones. No matter what shape or size your living space is, the concept and feeling of a home can mean different things to different people. Whether it’s a…

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Buyers Are Looking for Your Home, Now [INFOGRAPHIC]

Dec 21, 2018

Some Highlights: Existing home sales are currently at an annual pace of 5.32 million and have increased on a monthly basis for the last two months. The inventory of existing homes for sale remains below the 6-months needed for a normal market and is now at a 3.9-month supply. Inventory remains low due to high…

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4 Quick Reasons NOT to Fear a Housing Crash

Dec 20, 2018

There is a lot of uncertainty regarding the real estate market heading into 2019. That uncertainty has raised concerns that we may be headed toward another housing crash like the one we experienced a decade ago. Here are four reasons why today’s market is much different: 1. There are fewer foreclosures now than there were…

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Taking Fear Out of the Mortgage Process

Oct 31, 2018

A considerable number of potential buyers shy away from jumping into the real estate market due to their uncertainties about the buying process. A specific cause for concern tends to be mortgage qualification. 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…

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Are You Spending TOO Much on Rent?

Oct 30, 2018

Chances are if you are renting you are spending too much of your income on your monthly housing expense. There is a long-standing ‘rule’ that a household should not pay more than 28% of their income on their rent or mortgage payment. This percentage allows the household to save money for the future while comfortably covering…

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