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Housing Will Not Fall Victim to Next Economic Storm

Housing Will Not Fall Victim to Next Economic Storm Some experts are calling for a slowdown in the economy later this year and most economists have predicted that the next recession could only be eighteen months away. The question is, what impact will a recession have on the housing market? Here are the opinions of […]

House-Buying Power at Near-Historic Levels

House-Buying Power at Near-Historic Levels We keep hearing that home affordability is approaching crisis levels. While this may be true in a few metros across the country, housing affordability is not a challenge in the clear majority of the country. In their most recent Real House Price Index, First American reported that consumer “house-buying power” […]

Top 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t FSBO

Top 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t FSBO. Use Realtor Internet Exposure 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 […]

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 […]

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  • What You Need to Know About the Mortgage Process [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Many buyers are purchasing a home with a down payment as little as 3%. You may already qualify for a loan, even if you don't have perfect credit. Take advantage of the knowledge of your local professionals who are there to help you determine how much you can afford.
  • Housing Will Not Fall Victim to Next Economic Storm
    Some experts are calling for a slowdown in the economy later this year and most economists have predicted that the next recession could only be eighteen months away. The question is, what impact will a recession have on the housing market? Here are the opinions of several experts on the subject: Ivy Zelman in her […]
  • Demand for Homes to Buy Continues to Climb
    Across the United States, there is a severe mismatch between the low number of houses for sale and the high demand for those houses! First-time homebuyers are out in force and are being met with a highly competitive summer real estate market. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the inventory of homes for […]
  • 4 REAL Reasons Why We Buy A Home!
    We often talk about why it makes financial sense to buy a home, but more often than not, the emotional reasons are the more powerful or compelling ones. No matter what shape or size your living space is, the concept and feeling of home can mean different things to different people. Whether it’s a certain […]
  • First-Time Home Buyers Continue to Put Down Less Than 6%!
    According to the Realtors Confidence Index from the National Association of Realtors, 61% of first-time homebuyers purchased their homes with down payments below 6% in 2017. Many potential homebuyers believe that a 20% down payment is necessary to buy a home and have disqualified themselves without even trying, but in March, 71% of first-time buyers […]
  • Want to Sell Your House Faster? Don’t Forget to Stage! [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: The National Association of Realtors surveyed their members & released the findings of their Profile of Home Staging. 62% of seller’s agents say that staging a home decreases the amount of time a home spends on the market. 50% of staged homes saw a 1-10% increase in dollar-value offers from buyers. 77% of […]
  • House-Buying Power at Near-Historic Levels
    We keep hearing that home affordability is approaching crisis levels. While this may be true in a few metros across the country, housing affordability is not a challenge in the clear majority of the country. In their most recent Real House Price Index, First American reported that consumer “house-buying power” is at “near-historic levels.” Their […]
  • Rising Interest Rates Have Not Dampened Demand
    Since the beginning of the year, mortgage interest rates have risen over a half of a percentage point (from 3.95% to 4.52%), according to Freddie Mac. Even a small rise in interest rates can greatly impact a buyer’s monthly mortgage payment. First American recently released the results of their quarterly Real Estate Sentiment Index (RESI), […]