Is This the Year to Move Up to Your Dream Home?

Is This the Year to Move Up to Your Dream Home? If So, Do it Early It appears that Americans are regaining faith in the U.S. economy. The following indexes have each shown a dramatic jump in consumer confidence in their latest surveys: The University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index National Federation of Independent Businesses’ […]

Top 5 Reasons You Should Not For Sale By Owner

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 […]

Tiny Neighborhoods

Spur, Texas, changed its local laws to allow tiny homes, and has a tiny home neighborhood in the works. Tiny home dwellers can buy a lot of land in the city to build on, and Schallenberg is also in the process of building a tiny home subdivision. This “pocket” of tiny homes is about a […]

Think All Millennials Live in Their Parent’s Basement? Think Again!

According to the Census Bureau, millennials have overtaken baby boomers as the largest generation in U.S. History. Millennials, or America’s youth born between 1982-2000, now represent more than one quarter of the nation’s population, totaling 83.1 million. There has been a lot of talk about how, as a generation, millennials have ‘failed to launch’ into […]

Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Using an Agent When Selling Your Home

Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Using an Agent When Selling Your Home When a homeowner decides to sell their house, they obviously want the best possible price with the least amount of hassles. However, for the vast majority of sellers, the most important result is to actually get the home sold. In order to accomplish […]

How Do Rising Prices Impact Your Home Equity?

How Do Rising Prices Impact Your Home Equity? Tuesday August 16th, 2016 First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Move-Up Buyers, Pricing SHARE THIS POST: Yesterday, we shared the results of the latest Home Price Expectation Survey by Pulsenomics. One of the big takeaways from the survey is that over the next five years, home prices […]

Homes Sales Up in Every Price Range over $100!

Home Sales Up in Every Price Range over $100K! The National Association of Realtors’ most recent Existing Home Sales Report revealed that home sales were up rather dramatically over last year in five of the six price ranges they measure. Homes priced between $100-250K showed a modest increase at 3.4%. This not only points to […]

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  • Existing Home Sales Reach Highest Mark Since 2007 [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Highlights: Sales of existing homes reached the highest pace in a decade at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.69 million. January marked the 59th consecutive month of year-over-year price gains as the median home price rose 7.1% to $228,900. NAR’s Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun had this to say, 'Much of the country saw robust […]
  • The Impact of Homeownership on Family Health
    The National Association of Realtors recently released a study titled 'Social Benefits of Homeownership and Stable Housing.’ The study confirmed a long-standing belief of most Americans:
  • Are You 1 of the 59 Million Planning to Buy This Year?
    According to a survey conducted by Bankrate.com, one in four Americans are considering buying a home this year. If this statistic proves to be true, that means that 59 million people will be looking to enter the housing market in 2017.
  • Access: A Key Component in Getting Your House SOLD!
    So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you with the entire process, and they have asked you what level of access you want to provide to potential buyers.
  • US Housing Market Is Moving into 'Buy Territory'!
    According to the Beracha, Hardin & Johnson Buy vs. Rent (BH&J) Index, the U.S. housing market has continued to move deeper into buy territory, supporting the belief that housing markets across the country remain a sound investment.
  • Do You Know the Real Cost of Renting vs. Buying? [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a close decision. Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (30%), vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-priced home (15%), the choice becomes obvious. Every market is different. Before you renew your lease again, find […]
  • The Impact of Homeownership on Civic Involvement
    The National Association of Realtors recently released a study titled 'Social Benefits of Homeownership and Stable Housing.’ The study confirmed a long-standing belief of most Americans:
  • The Great News About Rising Prices for Homeowners
    Recently there has been a lot of talk about home prices and if they are accelerating too quickly. As we mentioned before, in some areas of the country, seller supply (homes for sale) cannot keep up with the number of buyers out looking for a home, which has caused prices to rise.