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Contract signing down 13 Percent

https://www.nar.realtor/videos/video-contract-signings-down-13-percent NAR Media Contacts Statistical Release Schedule Op-Eds & Letters to the Editor NAR Fact Sheet Real Estate Story Ideas WASHINGTON (May 31, 2018) — After two straight months of modest increases, pending home sales dipped in April to their third-lowest level over the past year, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major […]

Year End 2017 Stats for Arizona Real Estate and Projection for 2018

I have been watching for this every day and it is finally here. Tons of information and if you plan on doing anything with real estate this year, you will probably want to read it all. Excellent job done by Tom For Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service. This report is based on facts, the stuff […]

Veterans Affairs Loans by the Numbers

= Veterans Affairs Loans by the Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights: Since the creation of the VA Home Loans Program, 22 million veterans have been able to achieve the American Dream of homeownership. So far in 2017, $188 billion has been loaned to veterans and their families through the program. VA Purchase Loans are on the […]

Net Worth of Homeowners 44X Greater than Renters

Net Worth of Homeowners 44X Greater than Renters Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts their Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. The latest survey data, covering 2013-2016 was released two weeks ago. The study revealed that the 2016 median net worth of homeowners was $231,400 – a 15% increase since 2013. At the […]

BUYER CAN’T “BLACKMAIL” SELLER WITH EARNEST MONEY

BUYER CAN’T “BLACKMAIL” SELLER WITH EARNEST MONEY By Christopher Combs \ Buyer Can’t “Blackmail” Seller With Earnest Money   Question: On the day of the closing of the sale of our Peoria home, the buyer refused without any reason to sign the closing documents, even after we gave the buyer the required three-day cure period notice. We […]

How to Get the Most Money from the Sale of Your Home

How to Get the Most Money from the Sale of Your Home Every homeowner wants to make sure they maximize their financial reward when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive maximum value for your house? Here are two keys to ensure that you get the highest price possible. 1. Price […]

93.9% Of Homes in The US Have Positive Equity

93.9% Of Homes in The US Have Positive Equity CoreLogic’s latest Equity Report revealed that ninety-one thousand residential properties regained positive equity in Q1 2017. The outlook for 2017 remains positive as well, as an additional 600 thousand properties will regain equity if home prices rise another 5% this year. The study also revealed that: Roughly 63% of […]

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  • Top 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t FSBO
    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 the top […]
  • How A Lack of Inventory Impacts the Housing Market
    The housing crisis is finally in the rear-view mirror as the real estate market moves down the road to a complete recovery. Home values are up, home sales are up, and distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) have fallen to their lowest points in years. The market will continue to strengthen in 2018. However, there […]
  • Top 4 Home Renovations for Max ROI [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Whether you are selling your home, just purchased your first home or are a homeowner planning to stay put for a while, there is value in knowing which home improvement projects will net you the most Return On Investment (ROI). Minor bathroom renovations can go a long way toward improving the quality of […]
  • Are Lending Standards Too Loose…or Too Tight?
    With home values appreciating at record rates, some are concerned that we may be heading for another housing bubble like the one we experienced a decade ago. One of the major culprits of that housing boom and bust was the loosening of standards for mortgage credit. In a study done at the University of North […]
  • Parents Say Kids’ Opinions Matter Big When Buying a Home
    A recent survey conducted by Harris Poll and released by SunTrust Mortgage found that “55% of homeowners with a child under the age of 18 at the time when they purchased their home said that the opinion of their offspring played a major role in their home buying decision.” When the results were broken down […]
  • When Is a Good Time to Rent? Not Now!
    People often ask if now is a good time to buy a home, but nobody ever asks whether or not it’s a good time to rent. Regardless, we want to make certain that everyone understands that now is NOT a good time to rent. The Census Bureau recently released their 2018 first quarter median rent numbers. According to their […]
  • Days on The Market Drops to New Low in April
    According to recently released data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the median number of days that a home spent on the market hit a new low of 26 days in April, as 57% of homes were on the market for under a month. NAR’s Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun, had this to say, “What is available for sale is […]
  • The Cost of Renting vs. Buying [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 (28.8%) vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-priced home (17.1%), the choice becomes obvious. Every market is different. Before you renew your lease again, find […]