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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 […]

Buyer Demand Continues Outpacing the Supply of Homes for Sale

Buyer Demand Continues Outpacing the Supply of Homes for Sale The price of any item is determined by the supply of that item, as well as the market demand. Buyer Demand Continues Outpacing the Supply of Homes for Sale The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) surveys “over 50,000 real estate practitioners about their expectations for home sales, prices and […]

5 Reasons Why You Should Not For Sale By Owner!

5 Reasons Why 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 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 […]

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  • Where Did Americans Move in 2017? [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Atlas Van Lines recently released the results of their annual Migration Patterns Survey in which they tracked their customer’s movement from state-to-state over the course of 2017. Idaho held on to the top spot of ‘high inbound’ states for the 2nd year in a row followed by Washington. The ‘outbound’ states seem to […]
  • What Impact Will the New Tax Code Have on Home Values?
    Every month, CoreLogic releases its Home Price Insights Report. In that report, they forecast where they believe residential real estate prices will be in twelve months. Below is a map, broken down by state, reflecting how home values are forecasted to change by the end of 2018 using data from the most recent report. As we […]
  • 61% of First-Time Buyers Put Down Less than 6%
    According to the National Association of Realtors’ latest Realtors Confidence Index, 61% of first-time homebuyers purchased their homes with down payments below 6% from October 2016 through November 2017. Many potential homebuyers believe that a 20% down payment is necessary to buy a home and have disqualified themselves without even trying. The median down payment […]
  • Wondering If You Can Buy Your First Home?
    There are many people sitting on the sidelines trying to decide if they should purchase a home or sign a rental lease. Some might wonder if it makes sense to purchase a house before they are married and have a family, others might think they are too young, and still, others might think their current […]
  • Thinking of Selling? Now is the Perfect Time
    It is common knowledge that a great number of homes sell during the spring-buying season. For that reason, many homeowners hold off on putting their homes on the market until then. The question is whether or not that will be a good strategy this year. The other listings that do come out in the spring […]
  • The Impact Staging Your Home Has on Sales Price [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: The National Association of Realtors surveyed their members & released the findings of their Annual Profile of Home Staging. 50% of staged homes saw a 1-10% increase in dollar value offers from buyers. 77% of buyer’s agents said staging made it easier for buyers to visualize the home as their own. The top […]
  • 93% Believe Homeownership Is Important in Attaining the American Dream
    Americans continue to believe that homeownership is important in achieving the American Dream. A recent survey by NeighborWorks America reported that: “Owning a home remains a core element of the American Dream.” When asked “How important a part of the American dream is owning a home?” 18% of those surveyed said it was the most […]
  • FICO® Scores on Approved Home Loans Drop Again
    According to Ellie Mae’s latest Origination Report, the average FICO® Score on all closed loans dropped to 722 which is its lowest mark since April. The average includes all approved refinance and purchase loans. FHA and VA loans showed the most opportunity for millennials looking to enter the market with low down payments and even […]