Jeff Hannan's Blog Posts

Jeff Hannan's Blog Posts

Is Your First Home Within Your Grasp INFOGRAPHIC
Some Highlights: ‘Millennials’ are defined as 18-36 year olds according to the US Census Bureau. According to NAR’s latest Profile of Home Buyers & Sell...

Home Mortgages Rates Up Requirements Easing
The media has extensively covered the rise in mortgage interest rates since last fall (from 3.42% last September to the current 4.1% according to Freddie Mac). However, a less...

Millennials Flock To Low Down Payment Programs
A recent report released by Down Payment Resource shows that 65% of first-time homebuyers purchased their homes with a down payment of 6% or less in the month o...

Careful Dont Get Caught In The Rental Trap
There are many benefits to homeownership. One of the top benefits is being able to protect yourself from rising rents by locking in your housing cost for the life of your mortgage....

The Importance Of Using A Professional To Sell Your Home
When a homeowner decides to sell their house, they obviously want the best possible price for it with the least amount of hassles along the way. However, for the vast majority of s...

Why Millennials Choose To Buy
Some Highlights: “The majority of millennials said they consider owning a home more sensible than renting for both financial and lifestyle reasons — including control of livin...

The REAL News About Housing Affordability
Some industry experts are claiming that the housing market may be headed for a slowdown as we proceed through 2017, based on rising home prices and a potential jump in mortgage int...

Buying This Spring Be Prepared For Bidding Wars
Traditionally, spring is the busiest season for real estate. Buyers come out in force and homeowners list their houses for sale hoping to capitalize on buyer activity. This year wi...

15014 Homes Sold Yesterday Did Yours
There are some homeowners that have been waiting for months to get a price they hoped for when they originally listed their house for sale. The only thing they might want to consid...

Again You Do Not Need 20 Down To Buy NOW
A survey by Ipsos found that the American public is still somewhat confused about what is required to qualify for a home mortgage loan in today’s housing mark...

Home Prices Up 615 Across The Country INFOGRAPHIC
Some Highlights: The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their latest Quarterly Home Price Index report. In the report, home prices are co...

Consumer Confidence In Economy Housing Is Soaring
The success of the housing market is strongly tied to the consumer’s confidence in the overall economy. For that reason, we believe 2017 will be a great year for real estate. Her...

Looking To MoveUp To A Luxury Home Nows The Time
If your house no longer fits your needs and you are planning on buying a luxury home, now is a great time to do so! We recently shared data from Trulia’s Market Mi...

Millionaire To Millennials Buy Now
Self-made millionaire David Bach was quoted in a CNBC article explaining that "the single biggest mistake millennials are making" is not purchasing a home ...

Renting Or Buying Either Way Youre Paying A Mortgage
There are some people who have not purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with y...

How Low Supply High Demand Impacts The Real Estate Market
Some Highlights: The concept of Supply & Demand is a simple one. The best time to sell something is when the supply of that item is low & the demand for that item is high! Anythi...

The Foreclosure Crisis 10 Years Later
CoreLogic recently released a report entitled, United States Residential Foreclosure Crisis: 10 Years Later, in which they examined the years leading up to the crisi...

What Are The Experts Saying About Mortgage Rates
Mortgage interest rates have risen over the last few months and projections are that they will continue their upswing throughout 2017. What impact will this have on the housing mar...

Its A Sellers Market Should I Downsize Now
A study by Edelman Berland reveals that 33% of homeowners who are contemplating selling their houses in the near future are planning to scale down. Let’s look at a few ...

4 Great Reasons To Buy This Spring
Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting.1. Prices Will Continue to RiseCoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index reports that...

Dont Let Your Luck Run Out INFOGRAPHIC
Some Highlights: The “Cost of Waiting to Buy” is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices and interest rates were to increase over a period of tim...

Which Homes Have Appreciated The Most
Home values have risen dramatically over the last twelve months. The latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors puts the annual...

A Tale Of Two Markets Inventory Mismatch Paints A More Detailed Picture
The inventory of existing homes for sale in today’s market was recently reported to be at a 3.6-month supply according to the National Association of Realtors latest&nb...

Mortgage Interest Rates Went Up Again Should I Wait To Buy
Mortgage interest rates, as reported by Freddie Mac, have increased over the last several weeks. Freddie Mac, along with Fannie Mae, the Mortgage Bank...

How To Get The Most Money When Selling Your Home
Every homeowner wants to make sure they get the best price when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive maximum value for your house? Here are two keys to ens...

Spring Forward The Difference An Hour Makes INFOGRAPHIC
Some Highlights: Don’t forget to set your clocks forward this Sunday, March 12th at 2:00 AM EST in observance of Daylight Savings Time. Unless of course, you are a residen...

Builder Confidence Hits 11Year High
In many areas of the country, there are not enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers looking to purchase their dream homes. Experts have long proposed that a ramp-up i...

Housing Market Expected To Spring Forward
Just like our clocks this weekend in the majority of the country, the housing market will soon “spring forward!” Similar to tension in a spring, the lack of inventory...

Thinking Of Selling Do It TODAY
That headline might be a little aggressive. However, as the data on the 2017 housing market begins to roll in, we can definitely say one thing: If you are considering selling, IT I...

The Connection Between Home Prices Family Wealth
Over the next five years, home prices are expected to appreciate 3.22% per year on average and to grow by 17.3% cumulatively, according to Pulsenomics’ most r...

Where Did Americans Move In 2016
Some Highlights: For the 5th year in a row, the Northeast saw a concentration of “High Outbound” activity. For the first time ever, South Dakota held the top spot for “High...

Mortgage Rates Impact On 2017 Home Values
There is no doubt that historically low mortgage interest rates were a major impetus to housing recovery over the last several years. However, many industry experts are showing con...

Over Half Of All Buyers Are Surprised By Closing Costs
According to a recent survey conducted by ClosingCorp, over half of all homebuyers are surprised by the closing costs required to obtain their mortgage.After surveyi...

How Long Do Most Families Stay In Their Home
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) keeps historical data on many aspects of homeownership. One of the data points that has changed dramatically is the median tenu...

Where Are The Home Prices Heading In 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.Every quarter, Pulsenom...

Existing Home Sales Reach Highest Mark Since 2007
Highlights: Sales of existing homes reached the highest pace in a decade at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.69 million. January marked the 59th consecutive month of y...

The Impact Of Homeownership On Family Health
The National Association of Realtors recently released a study titled 'Social Benefits of Homeownership and Stable Housing.’ The study confirmed a long-standi...

Are You 1 Of The 59 Million Planning To Buy This Year
According to a survey conducted by Bankrate.com, one in four Americans are considering buying a home this year. If this statistic proves to be true, that means that ...

Access A Key Component In Getting Your House SOLD
So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you with the entire process, and they have asked you what level of access you want to pro...

US Housing Market Is Moving Into Buy Territory
According to the Beracha, Hardin & Johnson Buy vs. Rent (BH&J) Index, the U.S. housing market has continued to move deeper into buy territory, supporting the belief that housi...

Do You Know The Real Cost Of Renting Vs Buying
Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a close decision. Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home toda...

The Impact Of Homeownership On Civic Involvement
The National Association of Realtors recently released a study titled 'Social Benefits of Homeownership and Stable Housing.’ The study confirmed a long-standi...

The Great News About Rising Prices For Homeowners
Recently there has been a lot of talk about home prices and if they are accelerating too quickly. As we mentioned before, in some areas of the country, seller supply (hom...

First Comes Love Then Comes Mortgage
According to the National Association of REALTORS most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, married couples once again dominated the first-time homebuyer st...

Listing In The Winter Attracts More Serious Buyers
A recent study of more than 7 million home sales over the past four years revealed that the season in which a home is listed may be able to shed some light on the likelih...

5 Reasons To Love Using A RE Pro INFOGRAPHIC
Highlights: Hiring a real estate professional to guide you through the process of buying a home or selling your house can be one of the best decisions you make! They are there fo...

The Impact Of Homeownership On Educational Achievement
The National Association of Realtors recently released a study titled 'Social Benefits of Homeownership and Stable Housing.’ The study confirmed a long-standi...

Buyers Are Searching For Your House
The most recent Pending Homes Sales Index from the National Association of Realtors revealed a slight bump in contracts with an increase of 1.6% in December. Th...

Homeownership Offers Stability Wealth Creation
The most recent Housing Pulse Survey released by the National Association of Realtors revealed that the two major reasons Americans prefer owning their own home...

Lack Of Homes For Sale Slowing Down 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. Distressed sales ...

5 Reasons Homeowners Throw Better Super Bowl Parties INFOGRAPHIC
Highlights: Watching the Big Game at home with your friends & family offers many advantages. There’s more room to entertain a large crowd, and you don’t have to worry about c...

No Matter What The Groundhog Says Here Are 5 Reasons To Sell Before Spring
Is spring closer than we think? Depending on which groundhog you listen to today, you may have less time than you think to get your home on the market before the busy spring season...

Buyer Demand Is 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. The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) surveys “over 50,000 real ...

Thinking Of Making An Offer 4 Tips For Success
So you’ve been searching for that perfect house to call a ‘home,’ and you finally found one! The price is right, and in such a competitive market that you want to make sure y...

What To Expect From Your Home Inspection
So you made an offer, it was accepted, and now your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. More often than not, your agent may have made your offer cont...

2 Myths That May Be Holding Back Buyers
Fannie Mae’s article, “What Consumers (Don’t) Know About Mortgage Qualification Criteria,” revealed that “only 5 to 16 percent of respondents know the correct r...

Sales At Highest Pace In 10 Years INFOGRAPHIC
Highlights: 45 million existing homes were sold in 2016! This is the highest mark set since 2006. Inventory of existing homes for sale dropped to a 3.6-month supply, the lowest l...

Thinking Of Selling Why Now Is The Time
It is common knowledge that a large 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....

Buying A Home Is More Affordable Than Renting In 66 Of US Counties
According to ATTOM Data Solutions’ 2017 Rental Affordability Report, buying a home is more affordable than renting in 354 of the 540 U.S. counties they analyzed.The rep...

How Low Interest Rates Increase Your Purchasing Power
According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage are currently at 4.09%, which is still very...

Have You Saved Enough For Closing Costs
There are many potential homebuyers, and even sellers, who believe that they need at least a 20% down payment in order to buy a home or move on to their next home. Time after time,...

Tips For Preparing Your House For Sale
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 happ...

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 po...

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...

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 “Lo...

Why PreApproval 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 ma...

Prices Rose 71 YearOverYear
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 ...

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 Univer...

Top 3 Things SecondWave 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...

You Need A Professional On Your Team When Buying A Home
Many people wonder whether they should hire a real estate professional to assist them in buying their dream home or if they should first try to do it on their own. In today’s mar...

If Your Home Hasnt Sold Yet Check The Price
The residential housing market has been hot. Home sales have bounced back solidly and are now at their second highest pace since February 2007. Demand has remained strong...

3 Tips For Making Your Dream Of Buying A Home Come True
Some Highlights: Realtor.com recently shared “5 Habits to Start Now If You Hope to Buy a Home in 2017.” Setting up an automatic savings plan that saves a small amou...

Millionaire To Millennials Buy A Home
Last week, CNBC ran an article quoting self-made millionaire David Bach explaining that not purchasing a home is "the single biggest mistake millennials ar...

YearOverYear Price Appreciation Reaches Double Digits In 5 Price Categories
The National Association of Realtors’ most recent Existing Home Sales Report revealed that, compared to last year, home sales are up dramatically in five...

Inadequate Inventory Driving Prices Up
The latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed a direct correlation between a lack of inventory and rising price...

Heres To A Wonderful 2017
We hope 2017 is a great year for you, both personally & professionally.Contact:Jeff [email protected]

5 Reasons To Resolve To Hire A Real Estate Professional INFOGRAPHIC
Some Highlights: As we usher in the new year, one thing is for certain… if you plan to buy or sell a house this year, you need a real estate professional on your team! There ar...

Start 2017 Off Right List Your House For Sale
As we are about to bring in the New Year, families across the country will be deciding if this is the year that they will sell their current house and move into their dream home. M...

You Need An Agent Who Will Put You First
When it comes to buying a home, whether you are a rookie homebuyer or have gone through the process many times, having a local real estate expert who is well versed in the neighbor...

Homeowners Net Worth Is 45x Greater Than A Renters
Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts a Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. The latest survey, which i...

Top 5 Reasons You Should Not For Sale By Owner
Top 5 Reasons You Should Not For Sale By OwnerIn today’s market, with home prices rising and a lack of inventory, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their home on their ...

Existing Home Sales Surge Through The Holidays
Some Highlights: November’s Existing Home Sales report revealed that sales are now at an annual pace of 5.61 million which is “now the highest since February 20...

The Fed Raised Rates What Does That Mean For Housing
You may have heard that the Federal Reserve raised rates last week… But what does that mean if you are looking to buy a home in the near future?Many in the housing...

Student Loans Higher Credit Scores
According to a recent analysis by CoreLogic, Millennial renters (aged 20-34) who have student loan debt also have higher credit scores than those who do not have stu...

Whether You Rent Or Buy Either Way Youre Paying A Mortgage
There are some renters who 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 ...

2 Tips To Ensure You Get The Most Money When Selling Your House
Every homeowner wants to make sure they get the best price when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive maximum value for your house? Here are two keys to ens...

Why You Shouldnt Take Your House Off The Market During The Holidays
If you are one of the many homeowners who is debating taking your home off the market for the next few weeks, don’t! You will miss the great opportunity you have right now!The la...

The 1 Reason To Sell Now Not Next Spring
The price of any item (including residential real estate) is determined by ‘supply and demand’. If many people are looking to buy an item and the supply of that item is limited...

Building Your Familys Wealth Over The Next 5 Years
Over the next five years, home prices are expected to appreciate 3.24% per year on average and to grow by 21.4% cumulatively, according to Pulsenomics’ most recent ...

Home Prices Where Will They Be In 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.Every quarter, Pulsenom...

Americans Are On The Move
Some Highlights: For the 4th year in a row, the Northeast saw a concentration of High Outbound activity. Oregon held on to the top stop of High Inbound states for the 3rd year in...

Will Increasing Mortgage Rates Impact Home Prices
There are some who are calling for a decrease in home prices should mortgage interest rates begin to rise rapidly. Intuitively, this makes sense as the cost of a home is determined...

Selling In The Winter Attracts Serious Buyers
A recent study of more than 7 million home sales over the past four years revealed that the season in which a home is listed may be able to shed some light on the likelih...

When Is A Good Time To Rent Not Now
People often ask if 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 g...

4 Reasons To Buy Your Dream Home This Winter
As the temperature in many areas of the country starts to cool down, you might think that the housing market will do the same. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Here are 4...

New Home Sales Race To Keep Up With Demand
Some Highlights: Many buyers who are searching for their dream homes are turning to new home construction after 10% of all new home buyers sighted a lack of inventory of existing ...

5 Reasons Why Homeownership Is A Good Financial Investment
According to a recent report by Trulia, “buying is cheaper than renting in 100 of the largest metro areas by an average of 37.7%.” That may have some t...

Is Getting A Home Mortgage Still Too Difficult
There is no doubt that mortgage credit availability is expanding, meaning it is easier to finance a home today than it was last year. However, the mortgage market is still much tig...

Mortgage Interest Rates Just Went Up Should I Wait To Buy
Mortgage interest rates, as reported by Freddie Mac, have increased over the last several weeks. Along with Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, the Mortgage Bank...

5 Reasons To Hire A Real Estate Professional When Buying Selling
Whether you are buying or selling a home, it can be quite an adventurous journey; you need an experienced Real Estate Professional to lead you to your ultimate goal. In this world ...

Existing Home Sales Surge Forward Through Fall
Some Highlights: The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released their latest Existing Home Sales Report. First-time homebuyers made up 33% of all sal...

Thank You For Your Support
Have a Great Holiday!Jeff [email protected]

Thinking Of Selling Dont Overlook An Outdated Kitchen Buyers Wont
If you are planning on listing your home for sale, make sure that you don’t overlook the condition of your kitchen. A recent article on realtor.com listed&nbs...

Why Are Mortgage Interest Rates Increasing
According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the 30-year fixed rate mortgage interest rate jumped up to 3.94% last week. Interest rates had be...

Winter Is Coming 5 Reasons To Sell Now
People across the country are beginning to think about what their life will look like next year. It happens every fall; we ponder whether we should relocate to a different part of ...

Homes Across The Country Are Selling Fast
Some Highlights: The National Association of REALTORS® surveyed their members for the release of their Confidence Index. The REALTORS® Confidence Index ...

From Empty Nest To Full House Multigenerational Families Are Back
Multigenerational homes are coming back in a big way! In the 1950s, about 21%, or 32.2 million Americans shared a roof with their grown children or parents. According to a recent&n...

You Can Never Have TMI About PMI
When it comes to buying a home, whether it is your first time or your fifth, it is always important to know all the facts. With the large number of mortgage programs available that...

A Lack Of Listings Remains Huge Challenge In The Market
The housing crisis is finally in the rearview mirror as the real estate market moves down the road to a complete recovery. Home values are up, home sales are up, and distressed sal...

Why Waiting Until After The Holidays To Sell Isnt A Smart Decision
Every year at this time, many homeowners decide to wait until after the holidays to put their homes on the market for the first time, while others who already have their homes on t...

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The Truth About Housing Affordability
From a purely economic perspective, this is one of the best times in American history to buy a home. Black Night Financial Services discusses this in their most recentMonthly ...

The Dangers Of Tight Mortgage Credit Headlines
The availability of mortgage credit is not at the same level that it was during the boom in housing (2005), and that’s good news. However, the constant headlines which talk about...

Its Not Always Marriage Before Mortgage
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 befor...

NAR Reports Show Now Is A Great Time To Sell
We all realize that the best time to sell anything is when demand is high and the supply of that item is limited. The last two major reports issued by the National Association...

The Difference An Hour Makes This Fall
Every Hour in the US Housing Market:  633 Homes Sell 253 Homes Regain Positive Equity Median Home Values Go Up $16.80Contact:Jeff [email protected]

Think All Millennials Live In Their Parents 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 ...

How Long Do Families Stay In A Home
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) keeps historic data on many aspects of homeownership. One of the data points that has changed dramatically is the median tenure...

Buying A Home 4 Demands To Make On Your Real Estate Agent
Are you thinking of buying a home? Are you dreading having to walk through strangers’ houses? Are you concerned about getting the paperwork correct? Hiring a professional real es...

Taking The Fear Out Of The Mortgage Process
A considerable number of potential buyers shy away from jumping into the real estate market due to their uncertainty about the buying process. A specific cause for concern tends to...

Buying A Home Can Be Scary Know The Facts
Some Highlights: 36% of Americans think they need a 20% down payment to buy a home. 44% of Millennials who purchased a home this year have put down less than 10%. 8% of loan app...

Percentage Of Homeownership By Decade And By State
There has been a lot of talk about the falling homeownership rate in the United States. In December 2004, the homeownership rate reached an all-time high of 69.4%, while the curren...

What To Expect When Home Inspecting
So you made an offer, it was accepted, and now your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. More often than not, your agent may have made your offer continge...

Buying Is Now 38 Percent Cheaper Than Renting In The US
The results of the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia show that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage in...

Sales Of Distressed Properties Hit New Low
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released their latest Existing Home Sales Report revealing that distressed property sales accounted for 4% o...

7 Graphs That Show The Real Estate Market Is Back INFOGRAPHIC
Some Highlights: Distressed property sales fell to its lowest number since NAR began tracking it in 2008. As you can see, with less distressed properties, sales are up in all pri...

The Great News About Rising Prices
Recently there has been a lot of talk about home prices and if they are accelerating too quickly. In some areas of the country, seller supply (homes for sale) cannot keep up with t...

Starting To Look For A Home Know What You WANT Vs What You NEED
In this day and age of being able to shop for anything anywhere, it is really important to know what you’re looking for when you start your home search.If you’ve been thinking ...

How Historically Low Interest Rates Increase Your Purchasing Power
According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage are currently at 3.47%. Rates have remained...

Dont Disqualify Yourself Over Half Of All Loans Approved Have A FICO Score Under 750
The results of countless studies have shown that potential home buyers, and even current homeowners, have an inflated view of what is really required to qualify for a mortgage in t...

Do You Know The Cost Of Renting Vs Buying
Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a close decision. Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median priced home toda...

Appraisers Homeowners Dont See EyeToEye On Values
In today’s housing market, where supply is very low and demand is very high, home values are increasing rapidly. Many experts are projecting that home values could appreciat...

The Role Access Plays In Getting Your House SOLD
So you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you with the entire process and they have asked you what level of access you want to provi...

The Past Present Future Of Home Prices
CoreLogic released their most current Home Price Index last week. In the report, they revealed home appreciation in three categories: percentage appreciation over th...

3 Questions To Ask Before Buying Your Dream Home
If you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are probably getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family will have your best interest at heart, they may not be ful...

Mortgage Rates By Decade Compared To Today
Some Highlights: The interest rate you secure for your mortgage greatly influences your monthly housing costs. In the 1980s, 30-year fixed mortgage rates averaged in the high 12s...

Why We Need More Newly Constructed Homes
The number of new home sales is far off historic norms. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) just reported that the percentage of all house sales that wer...

Have You Put Aside Enough For Closing Costs
There are many potential homebuyers, and even sellers, who believe that you need at least a 20% down payment in order to buy a home, or move on to their next home. Time after time,...

Strong Buyer Demand Continues To Outpace Inventory Of Homes For Sale
The price of any item is determined by the supply of that item, as well as the market demand. The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) surveys “over 50,000 real ...

Think You Should FSBO 5 Reasons To Think Again
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 ...

Lack Of Existing Home Sales Inventory Impacting Sales
Some Highlights: Existing home inventory is down 10.1% from last year. A lack of inventory explains the modest increase in home sales (0.8% year-over-year) despite strong buyer d...

Home Sales Expected To Increase Nicely In 2017
The National Association of Realtors, The Mortgage Bankers’ Association, Freddie Mac andFannie Mae are all projecting that home sales will increase in 20...

Why We All Need A Phil Dunphy On Our Side
Whether or not you’ve ever seen an episode of Modern Family, or know who Phil Dunphy’s character is, the concept of knowing that you have someone in your co...

US Housing Market Moving Further Into Buy Territory
According to the latest Beracha, Hardin & Johnson Buy vs. Rent (BH&J) Index, the U.S. housing market has continued to move deeper into buy territory, supporting the belie...

4 Reasons To Buy This Fall
It’s that time of year; the seasons are changing and with them come thoughts of the upcoming holidays, family get-togethers, and planning for a new year. Those who are on the fen...

Foreclosure Rate Drops To PreCrisis Levels
Some Highlights: Only 2.9% of homes are in serious delinquency, down 17.1% from July 2015. This is the 57th consecutive month with a year-over-year decline. The natio...

5 Stats That Prove The Real Estate Market Is Getting Stronger
Whenever there is talk about an improving housing market, some begin to show concern that we may be headed toward another housing bubble that will be followed by a crash similar to...

Ready To Make An Offer 4 Tips For Success
So you’ve been searching for that perfect house to call a ‘home’ and you finally found one! The price is right, and in such a competitive market you want to make sure you mak...

76 Percent Of US Homeowners Now Have At Least 20 Percent Equity In Their Homes
CoreLogic’s latest Equity Report revealed that 91.1% of all mortgaged properties are now in a positive equity situation, while 75.9% now have significant equity (d...

Dont 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 impo...

50 Percent Of Houses Sold In 36 Days Or Less In July
Some Highlights: The National Association of REALTORS® surveyed their members for theirConfidence Index The REALTORS® Confidence Index is a key indicator of...

The Cost Of NOT Owning Your Home
Owning a home has great financial benefits. Because of this, more and more experts are growing concerned about the ramifications of a falling homeownership rate. Today, let’s loo...

Mortgage Standards Easing TOO MUCH NO
There is no doubt that getting a mortgage is easier today than it was right after the housing crash a decade ago. However, the easing of credit availability has led to some questio...

Why Getting PreApproved Should Be Your First Step
In many markets across the country, the amount of buyers searching for their dream homes greatly outnumbers the amount of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive ma...

Interest Rates Remain At Historic Lows But For How Long
The interest rate you pay on your home mortgage has a direct impact on your monthly payment; The higher the rate, the greater your payment will be. That is why it is important to l...

Home Prices Up Across The Country
Home Prices Up 5.61% Across The Country! [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights: The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their latest Quarte...

New Construction Numbers Now Versus 2005
There is some thinking that the pace of the housing recovery is unsustainable and that we may be heading for another housing bubble. However, Jonathan Smoke, theChief Economist of ...

Is The Current Pace Of Home Sales Sustainable
There are some experts questioning whether the current pace of residential home sales is sustainable. Are too many people buying homes like in 2004-2006? Are we headed for another ...

5 Reasons To Sell This Fall
School is back in session, the holidays are right around the corner, you might not think that now is the best time to sell your house. But with inventory below historic number...

14767 Homes Sold Yesterday Did Yours
There are some homeowners that have been waiting for months to get a price they hoped for when they originally listed their house for sale. The only thing they might want to consid...

Want To Get An A Hire A Real Estate Pro INFOGRAPHIC
Some Highlights: Hiring a Real Estate Professional to buy your dream home, or sell your current house, is one of the most 'educated' decisions you can make! A Real Estate Profess...

Home Values DEFINITELY NOT In Bubble Range
There are some industry pundits claiming that residential home values have risen too quickly and that current levels are on the verge of another housing bubble. It is easy to see h...

Why Is There So Much Paperwork To Sign To Get A Mortgage
We are often asked why there is so much paperwork mandated by the bank for a mortgage loan application when buying a home today. It seems that the bank needs to know everythin...

Dont Get Caught In The Rental Trap
There are many benefits to homeownership. One of the top ones is being able to protect yourself from rising rents and lock in your housing cost for the life of your mortgage.Don’...

2 Myths About Mortgages That May Be Holding Back Buyers
Fannie Mae’s “What do consumers know about the Mortgage Qualification Criteria?” Studyrevealed that Americans are misinformed about what is required to qualify for ...

How Supply Demand Impacts The Real Estate Market INFOGRAPHIC
Some Highlights: The concept of Supply & Demand is a simple one. The best time to sell something is when supply of that item is low & demand for that item is high! Anything under...

Whether You Rent Or Buy You Are Paying A Mortgage
There are some people that have not purchased a home because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with...

Do You Know The Impact Your Interest Rate Makes
Some Highlights: Interest rates have come a long way in the last 30 years. The interest rate you secure directly impacts your monthly payment and the amount of house that you can...

June Is National Homeownership Month INFOGRAPHIC
Some Highlights: Paying rent is not a good investment, but owning is a great way to start building family wealth. Not only does homeownership allow you to provide your child...

Is Your First Home Within Your Grasp Now
Is Your First Home Within Your Grasp Now?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...


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