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Housing Supply Not Keeping Up With Population Increase

Housing Supply Not Keeping Up with Population IncreaseMany buyers are wondering where to find houses for sale in today’s market. It’s a true dilemma. We see an increase in buyer demand, but the

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Rent Vs Own INFOGRAPHIC

Rent Vs. Own [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights: Owning your own home vs. renting may lead to some great options, such as locking in your monthly payments and having the freedom to customize your

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Consumer Confidence In Housing At An All Time High

Fannie Mae just released the July edition of their Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI). The HPSI takes information regarding consumers’ confidence in the real estate market from

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How Much Do You Know About Down Payments

Whether you’ve owned a home before, or you’re ready to jump into homeownership for the first time, there are always a lot of questions swirling around about what is truly required for a down

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Millionaire To Millennials The Costly Mistake Of Not Buying Now

On his personal website, self-made millionaire David Bach makes a striking statement:  “Not prioritizing homeownership is the single biggest mistake millennials are making.”

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Existing Home Sales Point Toward A Good Time To Sell INFOGRAPHIC

Some Highlights: Existing Home Sales dropped 1.7% from May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.27 million in June. Low inventory levels are still a factor in the market. The current

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Appreciation Is Strong It Might Be Time To Sell

There’s no doubt that today’s housing market is changing, and everything we see right now indicates it is time to sell. Here’s a look at why selling now is likely to drive the greatest return

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Why Should All The Chicken Littles Calm Down

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released their 2019 Q2 Homeownership Report. Some began to see the sky falling, believing the report showed Americans may be stepping back from their belief in

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Why Do You Want To Buy A Home Now

3 Powerful Reasons to Buy  NowWhether you are a first-time buyer or looking to move up to the home of your dreams, now is a great time to purchase a home. Here are three major reasons to buy

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What Are Experts Saying About Our Current Market In 2019

3 Expert Insights On Inventory In The Current MarketThe current housing landscape presents greater home values, low-interest rates, and high buyer demand. All of these factors point to the 

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Why Are Older Generations Not Selling Their Homes

Many studies suggest one of the main reasons for the inventory shortage in today’s market of homes for sale is that older generations have chosen to “age in place” over moving.The

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Top Days To List Your Home For Sale INFOGRAPHIC

Top Days to List Your Home for Sale [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights: ATTOM Data Solutions conducted an analysis of more than 29 million single family home and condo

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What Is Really Happening With Home Prices

Home values have softened over the last twelve months. We are no longer seeing 6-7% annual appreciation levels for the national housing market. The current numbers are closer to 4%. Some have

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The Cost Of Renting Vs Buying This Spring INFOGRAPHIC

Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a tough decision. Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today .

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Your Dream Home Is Available

Over the last several years, many “baby boomers” have undergone a metamorphosis. Their children have finally moved out and they can now dream about their own future. For many, a change in

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2 Trends Helping Keep Housing Affordable

Two positive trends have started to emerge that impact the 2019 Spring Housing Market. Mortgage interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate loan have dropped to new lows, right as reports show that

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How Quickly Can You Save Your Down Payment

Saving for a down payment is often the biggest hurdle for a first-time homebuyer. Depending on where you live, median income, median rents, and home prices all vary. So, we set out to find out how

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Existing Home Sales Slow To Start Spring INFOGRAPHIC

Some Highlights: Existing Home Sales slowed to an annual pace of 5.21 million home sales in March. Low inventory levels are still impacting home sales! The current month’s supply of homes

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Renters Are Paying More When Its Cheaper To Own

In a recent Insights Blog, CoreLogic reported that rent prices have skyrocketed since 2005. Meanwhile, the typical mortgage payment has actually decreased. “CoreLogic’s

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3 Questions You Need To Ask Before Buying A Home

If you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are probably getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family have your best interests at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs

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Buyer Demand Surging As Spring Market Begins

Last fall, some predicted that the 2019 residential real estate market would be a disaster. There was even belief we might experience a housing crash like the one that occurred during the last

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Homeowners Now Is A Good Time To Sell Your House

Every month, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) releases their Seller Traffic Index as a part of their Realtors Confidence Index. In the latest release, NAR reported

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Are Low Interest Rates Here To Stay

Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage have been on the decline since November, now reaching lows last seen in January 2018. According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary

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Selling Your House Heres Why You Need A Pro In Your Corner

With home prices on the rise and buyer demand still strong, some sellers may be tempted to try to sell their homes on their own rather than using the services of a real estate

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New Study Reveals One Surprising Reason For The Inventory Shortage

There has been a great amount written on millennials and their impact on the housing market. However, the headlines often contradict each other. Some claim this generation is becoming the largest

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Will Your Dream Home Need Some TLC

According to a new survey from Move.com, the wave of first-time homebuyers hitting the market this summer has resulted in an interesting statistic. Nearly 60% of buyers searching

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Largest Homebuying Myths Today INFOGRAPHIC

Some Highlights: The average down payment for first-time homebuyers is only 6%! Mortgage interest rates have been on the decline since November! Hop in now to lock in a low rate! 88% of

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Home Buyer Demand Will Be Strong For Years To Come

There has been a lot written about millennials and their preference to live in city centers above their favorite pizza place. Some have even gone so far as to say that millennials are a 

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7 Things To Consider When Choosing A Home To Retire In

As more and more baby boomers enter retirement age, the question of whether they should sell their homes and move has become a hot topic. In today’s housing market climate, with low available

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Upgrade Your Current Home Now Is The Time To Move Up

In every area of the country, homes that are priced at the top 25% of the price range for that area are considered to be Premium Homes. In today’s real estate market there are deals to be had

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5 Reasons To Sell Your House This Spring

Here are five compelling reasons listing your home for sale this spring makes sense.1. Demand Is StrongThe latest Buyer Traffic Index from the National Association of Realtors 

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The 10 Steps To Buying A Home INFOGRAPHIC

10 Simple Steps to HomeownershipSome Highlights: If you are thinking of buying a home, you may not know where to start. Here is a simple list of 10 steps that you will go through to purchase a

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Put Your Housing Cost To Work For You

There has been a lot written about the benefits of homeownership. One benefit that continues to rise to the top is the added wealth homeowners gain simply by paying their mortgage while their home

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Statistics Indicate April Is The Best Month To List Your Home For Sale

The spring housing market is off to the races! The inventory of homes for sale is increasing, buyers are out in force, and interest rates have remained low, piquing the interest of buyers and

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Fake News Reading Between The Lines

Difference between the Headline News and the Truth“I have observed that not the man who hopes when others despair, but the man who despairs when others hope, is admired by a large class of

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Use Your Tax Refund To Buy A Home In 2019

 to Your Tax Refund Is The Key To Homeownership!According to data released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Americans can expect an estimated average refund of $3,143

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How To Increase Your Familys Wealth

Everyone should realize that unless you are living somewhere rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. Buying your own home provides you with a form of

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Top 7 Things You Shouldnt Do After Applying For A Mortgage

Congratulations! You’ve found a home to buy and have applied for a mortgage! You are undoubtedly excited about the opportunity to decorate your new home! But before you make any big purchases,

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Top 4 Reasons Why You Should Buy A Home This Spring

Spring has sprung, and it’s a great time to buy a home! Here are four reasons to consider buying today instead of waiting.1. Real Estate Prices Will Continue to RiseCoreLogic’s latest U.S.

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How To Get A Better Perspective On Affordability

Headlines spotlight the fact that buying a home is less affordable today than it was at any other time in more than a decade. Those headlines are accurate.Understandably, buying a home is more

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Why An Economic Slowdown Will NOT Crush Real Estate This Time

Last week, the National Association for Business Economics released its February 2019 Economic Policy Survey. The survey revealed that a majority of the panel believe an economic

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The Housing Market Will Spring Forward This Year

Just like our clocks this weekend, in the majority of the country, the housing market will soon “spring forward!” Similar to tension in spring, the lack of inventory 

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No Worries Home Prices Coming In For A SOFT Landing

Home prices have appreciated considerably over the last five years. This has some concerned that we may be in for another dramatic correction. However, recent statistics suggest home values will not

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How Can I Increase My Home Net Worth

Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts their Survey of Consumer Finances. Data is collected across all economic and social groups. The latest survey data covers 2013-2016.The

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Interest Rates Hit New 12 Month Low

According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage are currently at their lowest for 2019. Rates like these haven’t been seen

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How To List Your Home For The Best Price

If your plan for 2019 includes selling your home, you will want to pay attention to where experts believe home values are headed. According to the latest Home Price Index from 

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3 Tips For Homeownership INFOGRAPHIC

Some Highlights: Setting up an automatic savings plan that saves a small amount of every check is one of the best ways to save without thinking too much about it. Living within a budget right

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Why A Normal Market Is Just What We Need

The housing market has been hot for a while now. Homes have been flying off the shelves as fast as they have been listed. Buyers have been competing in bidding wars just to find a home to buy, let

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Millionaire To Millennials Dont Get Stuck Renting A Home Buy One

Millionaire To Millennials: Don’t Get Stuck Renting A Home… Buy One!In a CNBC article, self-made millionaire David Bach explained that: “The biggest mistake millennials are making is

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2019 Will Be A Great Year For Both Buyers AND Sellers

Many homeowners believe that rising interest rates and home prices have scared away buyers and therefore have not listed their houses for sale. However, the truth is that buyers

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Where Did Americans Move In 2018 INFOGRAPHIC

Some Highlights: Every year United Van Lines conducts their National Movers Study by tracking their customer’s movement state-to-state over the course of the year.

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When Is The Best Time To Buy A Home

What is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy? [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights: The cost of waiting to buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices & interest

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Couples Account For The Majority Of First Time Home Buyers

First Comes Love… Then Comes Mortgage? Couples Lead the WayAccording to the National Association of REALTORS most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, married couples once

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Whats Holding You Back From Being A Homeowner

2 Myths Holding Back Home BuyersUrban Institute recently released a report entitled, “Barriers to Accessing Homeownership: Down Payment, Credit, and Affordability,” 

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The Best Time To Sell Your Home Is Right NOW Buyers Are Hungry For Homeownership

Buyers Are Hungry For HomeownershipThinking of Selling Your House? This is a Perfect Time! It is common knowledge that a great number of homes sell during the spring buying season. For that

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Why You Should Not Wait Till Spring To Sell Your Home

The #1 Reason to Not Wait Until Spring to Sell Your HouseMany sellers believe that spring is the best time to place their homes on the market because buyer demand traditionally increases at that

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Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Hire A Real Estate Pro INFOGRAPHIC

5 Reasons to Love Hiring A Real Estate Pro [INFOGRAPHIC]Highlights:Hiring a real estate professional to guide you through the process of buying a home or selling your house can be one of the best

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Think You Cant Buy A Home

One More Time… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a HomeThe largest obstacle renters face when planning to buy a home is saving for a down payment. This challenge is amplified by rising rents, which

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Prepping Your House For Sale

The KonMari Method: Helping You Prep Your House For SaleOne of the biggest challenges sellers face when listing their house is decluttering. Cleaning out some of the more personal decorating choices

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Buying A House Is An Attainable Goal

How to Get a Better Perspective on AffordabilityHeadlines spotlight the fact that buying a home is less affordable today than it was at any other time in more than a decade. Those headlines are

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Has Your Home Increased In Value

Do You Know How Much Your Home Has Increased in Value?Last year we saw headlines about a possible housing market bubble, and many wondered if Americans still felt confident about the value of their

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Selling Your Home Make Sure The Price Is Right

Selling Your Home? Make Sure the Price is Right!If you’ve ever watched “The Price is Right,” you know that the only way to win is to be the one to correctly guess the price of the

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Student Loan Debt Should Not Be A Threat To Homeownership

Is Student Loan Debt A Threat to Homeownership? No!Over the course of the last thirty years, a shift has happened. An entire generation has been raised to believe that a college education is their

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Homeownership Is Part Of The American Dream

The Importance of Homeownership to the American DreamFor centuries, people in this country have seen homeownership as part of the American Dream. Whether they were born here or immigrated from

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Punta Gorda Fla Charm Of An Existing Home

Do You Prefer the Charm of an Existing Home?When homebuyers begin their research, they want to see all their available options! In many cases, they will include both new construction and existing

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HGTV Has Given Many A False Sense Of What Its Like To Buy And Sell A Home

The Difference Having a Professional on Your Side MakesIn today’s fast-paced world, where answers are a Google search away, there are some who may wonder what the benefits of hiring a

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Homes Are A Bargain Compared To Historic Norms

Last Chance! Homes are a Bargain Compared to Historic NormsA loaf of bread used to be a nickel. A movie ticket was a dime.  Not anymore. Houses were also much less expensive than they are now.

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Don’t Get Caught in the Rental Trap in 2019Every year around this time, we take time to reflect and plan for next year. If you are renting your current home but have dreams of homeownership, your

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Buying A House This Year 1st Step Is

Buying a House This Year? This Should Be Your 1st Step!In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes outnumbers the number of homes for sale.

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Buying A Home Young Is The Key To Building Wealth

Buying a Home Young is the Key to Building WealthHomeowners who purchase their homes before the age of 35 are better prepared for retirement at age 60, according to a new Urban Institute 

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Why You Should Not For Sale By Owner

Why You Should Not For Sale By OwnerIn 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

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No Bubble Here And How New Mortgage Standards Are Helping

Real estate is shifting to a more normal market; the days of national home appreciation topping 6% annually are over and inventories are increasing which is causing bidding wars to almost disappear.

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Selling A Home

Selling a home can be a difficult task for even the most seasoned of sellers. There is so much that goes into the process of placing a property on the housing market. First, the owner needs to get

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