Buy a Home… And if You Can, Buy a Second Home!

Three years ago, John Paulson gave a keynote address at the CNBC/Institutional Investor Conference. In his speech, he told those in attendance that he believes housing will continue its strong recovery for the next 4 to 7 years, saying that: “The housing market has bottomed. It’s not too late to get involved. I still think […]

Selling Your Home? Make Sure the Price Is Right!

Selling Your Home? Make Sure the Price Is Right! Monday April 25th, 2016 For Sellers, Pricing SHARE THIS POST: In today’s market, where demand is outpacing supply in many regions of the country, pricing a house is one of the biggest challenges real estate professionals face. Sellers often want to price their home higher than […]

Where is Housing Headed for the Rest of 2016?

Where is Housing Headed for the Rest of 2016? With the overall economy just inching along, some experts are questioning whether the housing market can continue its momentum throughout the rest of the year. People are beginning to ask questions such as: •Will disappointing economic news adversely impact housing? •Is affordability a major concern in […]

Bad Credit Shouldn’t Cause Title Insurance Delays

Bad Credit Shouldn’t Cause Title Insurance Delays April 3, 2016 – Arizona Republic Article By: Chris Combs Question: We have lived in Arizona for more than six years and have a good FICO score. There is another individual with my name (even the same middle initial) who has very bad credit, including several judgments by […]

Building Wealth: First Rung on the Ladder is Housing

How Housing Matters is a joint project of the Urban Land Institute and the MacArthur Foundation. It is “an online resource for the most rigorous research and practical information on how a quality, stable, affordable home in a vibrant community contributes to individual and community success”. A recent story they published, The First Rung on […]

Arizona March Real Estate Activity-The Real Story

I always like to share my favorite publication on local real estate. This is all facts based on what actually happened and performed by actual licensed real estate agents. I hope you enjoy as much as I do.Arizona March Real Estate Activity-The Real Story | Please feel free to contact me with any questions. COMMENTARY […]

Rent or Buy: Either Way You’re Paying A Mortgage

Rent or Buy: Either Way You’re Paying A Mortgage There are some renters that have not yet purchased a home because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents rent free, you are paying a mortgage – either your mortgage or your […]

Sales Contracts Hit Highest Level in Months

Sales Contracts Hit Highest Level in Months Tuesday March 29th, 2016 First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, For Sellers, Housing Market Updates, Move-Up Buyers SHARE THIS POST: The National Association of Realtors (NAR) just announced that the February Pending Home Sales Index reached its highest reading since July 2015. What is the Pending Home Sales […]

RSS Simplifying the Market™

  • New & Existing Home Sales Climb [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Both New Home Sales and Existing Home Sales are up month-over-month and year-over-year. Inventory remains low which continues to drive home prices up as demand continues to exceed the 4.7-month inventory. The median price of new homes is up 12% from March 2015, while the median price of existing homes is up 6.3% from April […]
  • Unparalleled Trust Necessary Before Listing Your House
    You and your family have decided to sell your house. It is now time to choose a real estate professional to help with the process. One of the major attributes this agent must possess is trustworthiness. To what degree do you need to trust them?
  • Sell NOW Before Competition Hits the Market
    In their current edition of the Home Price Expectation Survey released last week, Pulsenomics asked this question of the 100+ economists, real estate experts and investment & market strategists they surveyed:
  • Where Are Home Values Headed Over the Next 5 Years?
    Today, many real estate conversations center on housing prices and where they may be headed. That is why we like the Home Price Expectation Survey.
  • When Is It A Good Time To Rent? Definitely NOT NOW!
    People often ask whether or not now is a good time to buy a home. No one ever asks when a good time to rent is. However, we want to make certain that everyone understands that today is NOT a good time to rent.
  • Renting vs. Buying: What Does it Really Cost? [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: The percentage of income needed to afford a median priced home is almost half the percentage of income needed to afford median rent. Buying costs are significantly less than renting costs. The percentage of income needed to afford a median priced home is less than the historic norm.
  • The Presidential Election and Its Impact on Housing
    Every four years people question what effect the Presidential election might have on the national housing market. Let’s take a look at what is currently taking place. The New York Times ran an article earlier this week where they explained:
  • Are Foreclosures Increasing or Decreasing?
    Recently, there has been a lot of talk about the size of the foreclosure inventory in the nation. There has been some speculation that distressed property inventories are about to skyrocket. Today, we want to reveal what is actually taking place in this segment of the housing market.