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4 Most Popular Bottom Line Investments in America

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | May 23, 2019

4 Most Popular Bottom Line Investments in America | Simplifying The MarketEvery year, Gallup surveys Americans to determine their choice for the best long-term investment. Respondents are given a choice between real estate, stocks, gold, and savings accounts. For the sixth year in a row, real estate has come out on top as the best long-term investment! That has not always been the case. Gallup explains: […]

Boomerang Buyers: Don’t Be Afraid to Buy a Home Again!

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | May 22, 2019

Boomerang Buyers: Don’t Be Afraid to Buy a Home Again! | Simplifying The MarketAccording to CoreLogic, from 2006 to 2014 “there were 7.3 million housing foreclosures and 1.9 million short sales.” The hesitation some Americans feel after experiencing a foreclosure brings to mind the old saying: “Fool me once- shame on you. Fool me twice- shame on me.” According to the 2019 Home Buyer Report from NerdWallet, “Thirteen […]

Are Older Generations Really Not Selling Their Homes?

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | May 21, 2019

Are Older Generations Really Not Selling their Homes? | Simplifying The MarketMany studies suggest one of the main reasons for the inventory shortage in today’s market of homes for sale is that older generations have chosen to “age in place” over moving. The 2019 Home Buyers & Sellers Generational Trend Report by NAR clarifies this point! NAR’s findings show that Baby Boomers (43%) and the Silent […]

Starting the Search for Your Dream Home? Here Are 5 Tips!

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | May 20, 2019

Starting the Search for Your Dream Home? Here Are 5 Tips! | Simplifying The MarketIn today’s real estate market, low inventory dominates the conversation in many areas of the country. It can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren’t prepared. In a realtor.com article entitled, “How to Find Your Dream Home—Without Losing Your Mind,” the author highlights some steps that first-time homebuyers can take to help carry their excitement […]

Top Days to List Your Home for Sale [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | May 17, 2019

Some Highlights:

ATTOM Data Solutions conducted an analysis of more than 29 million single family home and condo sales over the past eight years to determine the top days to list your home for sale.
The top five days to list your home brought in a…

What is Really Happening with Home Prices?

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | May 16, 2019

What is Really Happening with Home Prices? | Simplifying The MarketHome values have softened over the last twelve months. We are no longer seeing 6-7% annual appreciation levels for the national housing market. The current numbers are closer to 4%. Some have suggested that year-over-year appreciation levels could fall to 3% or less this year. However, a stronger-than-expected economy and a good spring housing market […]

4 Tips for Making a Competitive Offer

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | May 15, 2019

4 Tips for Making a Competitive Offer | Simplifying The MarketSo, you’ve been searching for that perfect house to call ‘home,’ and you’ve finally found it! The price is right, and in such a competitive market, you want to make sure you make a good offer so that you can guarantee that your dream of making this house yours comes true! Below are 4 steps […]

New Research Shows Housing Is Affordable For First-Time Buyers

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | May 14, 2019

New Research Shows Housing Is Affordable For First-Time Buyers | Simplifying The MarketHome prices have been on the rise for the last seven years, leading many housing market analysts to conclude that first-time homebuyers are being shut out of the market due to affordability concerns. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports on the percentage of First-Time Home Buyers (FTHB) on a monthly and yearly basis. Their […]

A Lack of Inventory Continues to Impact the Housing Market

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | May 13, 2019

A Lack of Inventory Continues to Impact the Housing Market | Simplifying The MarketThe 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 and distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) have fallen to their lowest point in years. The market will continue to strengthen in 2019. However, there is one thing that […]

A Tale of Two Markets [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | May 10, 2019

Some Highlights:

An emerging trend for some time now has been the difference between available inventory and demand in the premium and luxury markets and that in the starter and trade-up markets and what those differences are doing to prices!
Inven…

Mainstream Concerns about an Economic Slowdown Revisited

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | May 9, 2019

Mainstream Concerns about an Economic Slowdown Revisited | Simplifying The MarketRecently, we reported that many believe a recession could happen within the next two years. We explained that 70% of economists and market analysts surveyed last year believe that a recession will occur in 2019 or 2020 and that 42% of consumers currently looking to purchase a home also agree that a recession will occur […]

The Benefits of a 20% Down Payment

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | May 8, 2019

The Benefits of a 20% Down Payment | Simplifying The MarketIf you are in the market to buy a home this year, you may be confused about how much money you need to come up with for your down payment. Many people you talk to will tell you that you need to save 20% or you won’t be able to secure a mortgage. The truth […]

Home Buyers are Optimistic About Homeownership!

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | May 7, 2019

Home Buyers are Optimistic About Homeownership! | Simplifying The MarketWhen we consider buying an item, we naturally go through a research process prior to making our decision. We ask our friends and family members who have made similar purchases about their experience, we get opinions and insights, and we read reviews online. There’s no difference when considering a home purchase! Most homebuyers start by […]

Why Access Is One of the Most Important Factors in Getting Your House Sold!

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | May 6, 2019

Why Access Is One of the Most Important Factors in Getting Your House Sold! | Simplifying The MarketSo, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you through the entire process, and they have asked you what level of access you want to provide to your potential buyers. There are four elements to a quality listing. At the top of the list is access, followed by condition, financing, […]

The Cost of Renting vs. Buying This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | May 3, 2019

Some Highlights:

Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a tough decision.
Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (27.7%) vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-priced home (17.5…