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Pre-Approval: Your 1st Step in Buying a Home

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | October 15, 2018

Pre-Approval: Your 1st Step in Buying a Home | Simplifying The MarketIn many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes outnumbers the number 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 for a […]

Buying a Home? Do You Know the Lingo? [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | October 12, 2018

Some Highlights:

Buying a home can be intimidating if you are not familiar with the terms used during the process.
To start you on your path with confidence, we have compiled a list of some of the most common terms used when buying a home.
The best …

Dispelling the Myth About Home Affordability

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | October 11, 2018

Dispelling the Myth About Home Affordability | Simplifying The MarketWe have all seen the headlines that report that buying a home is less affordable today than it was at any other time in the last ten years, and those headlines are accurate. But, have you ever wondered why the headlines don’t say the last 25 years, the last 20 years, or even the last […]

New Home Sales Up 12.7% From Last Year

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | October 10, 2018

New Home Sales Up 12.7% From Last Year | Simplifying The MarketAccording to the latest New Residential Sales Report from the Census Bureau, new construction sales in August were up 3.5% from July and 12.7% from last year! This marks the second consecutive month with double-digit year-over-year growth (12.8% in July). The report also showed that builders have ramped up construction with an increase in new […]

What’s Going On With Home Prices?

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | October 9, 2018

What’s Going On With Home Prices? | Simplifying The MarketAccording to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insights Report, national home prices in August were up 5.5% from August 2017. This marks the first time since June 2016 that home prices did not appreciate by at least 6.0% year-over-year. CoreLogic’s Chief Economist Frank Nothaft gave some insight into this change, “The rise in mortgage rates this […]

The True Cost of NOT Owning Your Home

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | October 8, 2018

The True Cost of NOT Owning Your Home | Simplifying The MarketOwning a home has great financial benefits, yet many continue to rent! Today, let’s look at the financial reasons why owning a home of your own has been a part of the American Dream for the entirety of America’s existence. Realtor.com reported that: “Buying remains the more attractive option in the long term – that remains the […]

Buying a Home is Cheaper than Renting in 38 States! [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | October 5, 2018

Some Highlights:

According to a study by GOBankingRates, it is cheaper to buy a home than rent in 38 states across the country.
In six states the difference between buying & renting would account for less than a $50 monthly difference, leaving t…

Are We Entering a Buyer’s Market in Orange County?

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | October 4, 2018

Home sales are below last year’s levels, home values are appreciating at a slower pace, and there are reports showing purchasing demand softening. This has some thinking we may be entering a buyers’ market after sellers have had the upper hand for the past several years. Is this really happening? The market has definitely softened. […]

Are We About to Enter a Buyers’ Market?

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | October 4, 2018

Are We About to Enter a Buyers’ Market? | Simplifying The MarketHome sales are below last year’s levels, home values are appreciating at a slower pace, and there are reports showing purchasing demand softening. This has some thinking we may be entering a buyers’ market after sellers have had the upper hand for the past several years. Is this really happening? The market has definitely softened. […]

2 Factors to Watch in Today’s Real Estate Market Whether Buying or Selling

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | October 3, 2018

2 Factors to Watch in Today’s Real Estate Market Whether Buying or Selling | Simplifying The MarketWhen it comes to buying or selling a home there are many factors you should consider. Where you want to live, why you want to buy or sell, and who will help you along your journey are just some of those factors. When it comes to today’s real estate market, though, the top two factors […]

Mortgage Interest Rates are Still Going Up… Should You Wait to Buy?

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | October 2, 2018

Mortgage Interest Rates are Still Going Up… Should You Wait to Buy? |Simplifying The MarketMortgage interest rates, as reported by Freddie Mac, have increased by close to a quarter of a percent over the last several weeks. Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, the Mortgage Bankers Association, and the National Association of Realtors are all calling for mortgage rates to rise another quarter of a percent by next year. In addition to the predictions from the four major reporting agencies […]

How Does the Supply of Homes for Sale Impact Buyer Demand?

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | October 1, 2018

How Does the Supply of Homes for Sale Impact Buyer Demand? | Simplifying The MarketThe price of any item is determined by the supply of that item, as well as the market’s demand for it. The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) surveys “over 50,000 real estate practitioners about their expectations for home sales, prices and market conditions” for their monthly REALTORS Confidence Index. Their latest edition sheds some light on the relationship between seller traffic (supply) […]

Should I Buy Now? Or Wait Until Next Year? [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 28, 2018

Some Highlights:

The cost of waiting to buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices & interest rates were to increase over a period of time.
Freddie Mac predicts interest rates to rise to 5.2% by the third quarte…

Are Home Prices Softening or Are They Falling?

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 27, 2018

Are Home Prices Softening or Are They Falling? | Simplifying The MarketWe are beginning to see reports that more housing inventory is coming to the market and that buyer demand may not be increasing at the same pace it did earlier this year. The result will be many headlines written to address the impact that these two situations will have on home values. Many of these […]

The Cost of NOT Paying PMI

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 26, 2018

The Cost of NOT Paying PMI | Simplifying The MarketSaving for a down payment is often the biggest hurdle for a first-time homebuyer as median incomes, rents, and home prices all vary depending on where you live. There is a common misconception among homebuyers that a 20% down payment is required, and it is this limiting belief that often adds months, and sometimes even […]