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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  • Tips for Preparing Your House For Sale [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Highlights: When listing your house for sale your top goal will be to get the home sold for the best price possible! There are many small projects that you can do to ensure this happens! Your real estate agent will have a list of specific suggestions for getting your house ready for market and is […]
  • Will Housing Affordability Be a Challenge in 2017?
    Some industry experts are saying that the housing market may be heading for a slowdown in 2017 based on rising home prices and a jump in mortgage interest rates. One of the data points they use is the Housing Affordability Index, as reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR).
  • What Would a Millennial Baby Boom Mean for Housing?
    Recently released data from the National Center for Health Statistics revealed that 1.3 million Millennial women gave birth for the first time in 2015. There are now over 16 million women in this generation who have become mothers.
  • 5 Myths About Real Estate Reality TV Explained
    Have you ever been flipping through the channels, only to find yourself glued to the couch in an HGTV binge session? We’ve all been there… watching entire seasons of “Love it or List it,” “Fixer Upper,” “House Hunters,” “Property Brothers,” and so many more, just in one sitting.
  • Why Pre-Approval Should Be Your First Step
    In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes greatly outnumbers the amount of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved […]
  • Prices Rose 7.1% Year-Over-Year [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index shows that prices rose by 7.1% across the United States year-over-year. With mortgage interest rates rising in the short term, CoreLogic believes price appreciation will slow to 4.7% by this time next year. 49 out of 50 states, and the District of Columbia, all had positive appreciation over […]
  • 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:
  • Top 3 Things Second-Wave Baby Boomers Look for in a Home
    According to data from the U.S Census bureau, there are approximately 76.4 million baby boomers living in the United States today. Contrary to what many think, there are very different segments within this generation, and one piece that sets them apart are their housing needs.