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Builder Offering to Pay Off Student Loans for Buyers

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | October 11, 2017

Builder Offering to Pay Off Student Loans for Buyers | Simplifying The MarketMillennials are on track to become the most educated generation in history. This means they are also the generation with the most student debt. Depending on the type of degree earned, as well as the prestige of the institution attended, there are some millennials who graduate college with what equates to a mortgage payment. For […]

Millionaire to Millennials: Buy a Home Now!

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | October 10, 2017

Millionaire to Millennials: Buy a Home Now! | Simplifying The MarketIn a CNBC article, self-made millionaire David Bach explained that “the single biggest mistake millennials are making” is not purchasing a home because buying real estate is “an escalator to wealth.” Bach went on to explain: “If millennials don’t buy a home, their chances of actually having any wealth in this country are little to none. The average homeowner to […]

No… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy NOW!

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | October 9, 2017

No… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy NOW! | Simplifying The MarketThe Aspiring Home Buyers Profile from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) found that the American public is still somewhat confused about what is required to qualify for a home mortgage loan in today’s housing market. The results of the survey show that non-homeowners cite the main reason for not currently owning a home, as not […]

The Mortgage Process: What You Need to Know [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | October 6, 2017

The Mortgage Process: What You Need to Know [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

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.

The Truth About Homeowner Equity

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | October 5, 2017

The Truth About Homeowner Equity | Simplifying The MarketA recent article from a reputable news source was titled: Here’s why some homeowners still can’t sell. In the opening bullets of the article, the author claimed, “Negative equity is one of the main reasons why there are so few homes for sale.” The article then goes on to soften that stance but we want […]

A Tale of Two Markets: A 6-Month Update

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | October 4, 2017

A Tale of Two Markets: A 6-Month Update | Simplifying The MarketSix months ago, we reported that the mismatch between the type of inventory of homes for sale and the demand of buyers in the US was causing the formation of two markets. In the starter and trade-up home categories, there were significantly more buyers than there were homes for sale, causing a seller’s market. In […]

You Don’t Want to Hear This from Your Listing Agent

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | October 3, 2017

You Don't Want to Hear This from Your Listing Agent | Simplifying The MarketYou’ve decided to sell your house. You begin to interview potential real estate agents to help you through the process. You need someone you trust enough to: Set the market value on possibly the largest asset your family owns (your home) Set the time schedule for the successful liquidation of that asset Set the fee […]

Which Homes Have Increased in Value the Most?

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | October 2, 2017

Which Homes Have Increased in Value the Most? | Simplifying The MarketHome values have risen dramatically over the last twelve months. The latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors puts the annual increase in the median existing-home price at 5.6%. CoreLogic, in their most recent Home Price Index Report, revealed that national home prices have increased by 6.7% year-over-year. CoreLogic broke appreciation down ever further into four price […]

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

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 29, 2017

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 4.4% by next year.
CoreL…

Thinking of Selling your Home? Competition is Coming

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 28, 2017

Thinking of Selling your Home? Competition is Coming | Simplifying The MarketThe number of building permits issued for single-family homes is the best indicator of how many newly built homes will rise over the next few months. According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Residential Sales Report, the number of these permits were up 7.7% over last year. […]

What to Look for in Your Real Estate Team

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 27, 2017

What to Look for in Your Real Estate Team | Simplifying The MarketHow do you select the members of your team who are going to help you make your dream of owning a home a reality? What should you be looking for? How do you know if you’ve found the right agent or lender? The most important characteristic that you should be looking for in your agent […]

More Than Half of All Buyers Are Surprised by Closing Costs

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 26, 2017

More Than Half of All Buyers Are Surprised by Closing Costs | Simplifying The MarketAccording to a survey conducted by ClosingCorp, over half of all homebuyers are surprised by the closing costs required to obtain their mortgage. After surveying 1,000 first-time and repeat homebuyers, the results revealed that 17% of homebuyers were surprised that closing costs were required at all, while another 35% were stunned by how much higher the fees […]

How to Get the Most Money from the Sale of Your Home

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 25, 2017

How to Get the Most Money from the Sale of Your Home | Simplifying The MarketEvery homeowner wants to make sure they maximize their financial reward when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive maximum value for your house? Here are two keys to ensure that you get the highest price possible. 1. Price it a LITTLE LOW  This may seem counterintuitive. However, let’s look at […]

Lack of Existing Home Inventory Slows Sales Heading into Fall [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 22, 2017

Some Highlights:

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released their latest Existing Home Sales Report.
First-time homebuyers made up 31% of all sales in August.
Homes are selling quickly with 51% of homes on the market for less than …

Why Are So Few Homes for Sale?

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 21, 2017

Why Are So Few Homes for Sale? | Simplifying The MarketThere is no doubt that the largest challenge in today’s housing market is a lack of housing inventory for sale. This challenge has been defined as an “overwhelming lack of supply,” and even a “straight up inventory crisis.” First American just released the results of a survey which sheds light on the reasons for the […]

More Americans Say Now is a Good Time to Sell!

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 20, 2017

More Americans Say Now is a Good Time to Sell! | Simplifying The MarketRecently released data from Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey revealed that rising home prices were the catalyst behind an eight-point jump in the net percentage of respondents who say now is a good time to sell. The index is now 21 points higher than it was this time last year. Overall, 62% of Americans surveyed […]

Home Sales Expected to Increase Nicely in 2018

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 19, 2017

Home Sales Expected to Increase Nicely in 2018 | Simplifying The MarketFreddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and The Mortgage Bankers Association are all projecting that home sales will increase in 2018. Here is a chart showing what each entity is projecting in sales for the remainder of this year and the next. As we can see, each entity is projecting sizable increases in home sales next year. If you […]

5 Reasons to Sell This Fall

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 18, 2017

5 Reasons to Sell This Fall | Simplifying The MarketHere are five reasons listing your home for sale this fall makes sense. 1. Demand Is Strong The latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains very strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing, and able to purchase… and are in the market right […]

Top 5 Reasons Why Millennials Choose to Buy [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 15, 2017

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 living space, flexibility in future decisions, privacy and security, and living in a nice home.”
  • The top reason millennials choose to buy is to have control over their living space, at 93%.
  • Many millennials who rent a home or apartment prior to buying their own homes dream of the day that they will be able to paint the walls whatever color they’d like, or renovate an outdated part of their living space.

Report: Homeownership Is a Precondition of the American Dream

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 14, 2017

Report: Homeownership Is a Precondition of the American Dream | Simplifying The MarketHearth just released their 2017 State of the American Dream report which showed that Americans still see homeownership as an integral piece of the American Dream. The report confirmed that “all generations–including millennials–agree homeownership is very important to achieving the American Dream.” Americans ranked “owning a home I love” higher than any other options (including […]

Happily Ever Homeowner

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 13, 2017

Happily Ever Homeowner | Simplifying The MarketMarried couples once again dominated the first-time homebuyer statistics last year at 66% of all buyers, according to the most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers. It is no surprise that having two incomes to save for down payments and contribute to monthly housing costs makes buying a home more attainable. Many couples are […]

Looking for Your Dream Home? Know What You Want vs. What You Need

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 12, 2017

Looking for Your Dream Home? Know What You Want vs. What You Need | Simplifying The MarketIn 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 about buying a home of your own for some time now, you’ve probably come up with a list of things that you’d […]

4 Reasons to Buy a Home This Fall!

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 11, 2017

4 Reasons to Buy a Home This Fall! | Simplifying The MarketHere are four great reasons to consider buying a home today, instead of waiting. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index reports that home prices have appreciated by 6.7% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 5.0% over the next year. The […]

How Supply and Demand Impacts Real Estate Home Values [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 8, 2017

How Supply and Demand Impacts Real Estate Home Values [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The 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!
  • Anything under a 6-month supply is a seller’s market!
  • Nationally, there has not been a 6-months inventory supply since August 2012!
  • Inventory levels differ depending on the area of the country and price range, so let’s get together to discuss the exact market conditions in our area.

America Needs Your House!!

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 7, 2017

America Needs Your House!! | Simplifying The MarketThe biggest challenge in today’s real estate market is a lack of housing inventory. How big of a challenge is the housing shortage? Here are what four industry economists are saying on the issue (emphases added): Mark Fleming, First American’s Chief Economist “The underlying fundamental issue is an overwhelming lack of supply… The supply of […]

Homeowners: Do You Know Your Home’s Value?

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 6, 2017

Homeowners: Do You Know Your Home’s Value? | Simplifying The MarketThe latest edition of CoreLogic’s Home Price Index shows that nationally, home prices have appreciated 6.7% over the last year and 0.9% month-over-month. The release of the report included this headline,  “National Home Prices Now 50% Above March 2011 Bottom” The real estate market has come a long way since 2011, which is great news […]

How Your Home’s Value Grows Your Family’s Wealth

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 5, 2017

How Your Home’s Value Grows Your Family’s Wealth | Simplifying The MarketOver the next five years, home prices are expected to appreciate 3.64% per year on average and to grow by 18.4% cumulatively, according to Pulsenomics’ most recent Home Price Expectation Survey. So, what does this mean for homeowners and their equity position? As an example, let’s assume a young couple purchased and closed on a $250,000 home in January. […]

14,904 Homes Sold Yesterday… Did Yours?

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 4, 2017

14,904 Homes Sold Yesterday… Did Yours? | Simplifying The MarketThere are some homeowners who are patiently waiting to get the price they hoped for when they originally listed their houses for sale. Something these homeowners might want to take into consideration is the fact that if their homes haven’t sold yet, maybe they’re not priced properly. After all, 14,904 houses sold yesterday, 14,904 will sell today, and […]

Top 5 A+ Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Pro [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | September 1, 2017

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 professional has the experience needed to help you through the entire process.
  • Make sure that you hire someone who knows current market conditions & can simply and effectively explain them to you and your family!

Empty Nesters: Best to Remodel or Time to Sell?

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 31, 2017

Empty Nesters: Best to Remodel or Time to Sell? | Simplifying The MarketYour children have finally moved out and you and your spouse now live alone in a four-bedroom colonial (or a similar type of house). You have two choices to make: Remodel your house to fit your current lifestyle and needs Sell your house and purchase the perfect home Based on the record of dollars spent […]

Number of Buyers Putting Down Less Than 10% Hits 7-Year High

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 30, 2017

Number of Buyers Putting Down Less Than 10% Hits 7-Year High | Simplifying The MarketAccording to Black Knight Financial Service’s Mortgage Monitor Report, 1.5 million Americans have purchased a home with down payments under than 10% over the last 12 months. This is great news for buyers as this marks a 7-year high. Many mortgage programs offered by agencies like Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae allow buyers to put […]

Where Are the Home Prices Heading in The Next 5 Years?

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 29, 2017

Where Are the Home Prices Heading in The Next 5 Years? | Simplifying The MarketToday, 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, Pulsenomics surveys a nationwide panel of over one hundred economists, real estate experts, and investment & market strategists about where they believe prices are headed over the next five years. They […]

Don’t Disqualify Yourself… 52% of Approved Loans Have A FICO® Score Under 750

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 28, 2017

Don’t Disqualify Yourself… 52% of Approved Loans Have A FICO® Score Under 750 | Simplifying The MarketThe 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 today’s market. One such study by the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania revealed that many millennials have not yet considered purchasing homes simply because […]

Home Prices Up 6.64% Across the Country! [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 25, 2017

Home Prices Up 6.64% Across the Country! [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

Some Highlights:

  • The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their latest Quarterly Home Price Index report.
  • In the report, home prices are compared both regionally and by state.
  • Based on the latest numbers, if you plan on relocating to another state, waiting to move may end up costing you more!
  • Alaska & West Virginia were the only states where home prices are lower than they were last year.

Study: FSBOs Don’t Save Real Estate Commission

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 24, 2017

Study: FSBOs Don’t Save Real Estate Commission | Simplifying The MarketOne of the main reasons why For Sale By Owners (FSBOs) don’t use a real estate agent is because they believe they will save the commission an agent charges for getting their house on the market and selling it. A new study by Collateral Analytics, however, reveals that FSBOs don’t actually save anything, and in […]

Want to Keep Up with the Joneses? Now’s the Time

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 23, 2017

Want to Keep Up with the Joneses? Now’s the Time | Simplifying The MarketDoes your current house fit your needs? Does it seem like everyone else is moving up and moving on to more luxurious surroundings? Are you wondering what it would take to start living your dream life? Market conditions around the country have presented an opportunity like no other for those who are looking to make […]

More Boomerang Buyers Are about to Enter the Market

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 22, 2017

More Boomerang Buyers Are about to Enter the Market | Simplifying The MarketWe previously informed you about a study conducted by TransUnion titled, “The Bubble, the Burst and Now – What Happened to the Consumer?” The study revealed that 1.5 million homeowners who were negatively impacted by the housing crisis could re-enter the housing market between 2016-2019. Recently, HousingWire analyzed data from the US Bankruptcy Courts and revealed that […]

Why Is It Important to Use a Professional to Sell Your Home?

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 21, 2017

Why Is It Important to Use a Professional to Sell Your Home? | Simplifying The MarketWhen 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 sellers, the most important result is actually getting their homes sold. In order to accomplish all three goals, a seller should realize the […]

To Stage…or Not to Stage? That Is the Question! [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 18, 2017

To Stage...or Not to Stage? That Is the Question! [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

Some Highlights:

  • The National Association of Realtors surveyed their members & released the findings of their Annual Profile of Home Staging.
  • 50% of staged homes saw a 1-10% increase in dollar value offers from buyers.
  • 77% of buyer’s agents said staging made it easier for buyers to visualize the home as their own.
  • The top rooms to stage to attract more buyers are the living room, master bedroom, kitchen, and dining room.

58% of Homeowners See a Drop in Home Values Coming

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 17, 2017

58% of Homeowners See a Drop in Home Values Coming | Simplifying The MarketAccording to the recently released Modern Homebuyer Survey from ValueInsured, 58 percent of homeowners think there will be a “housing bubble and price correction” within the next 2 years. After what transpired just ten years ago, we can understand the concern Americans have about the current increase in home prices. However, this market has very […]

Sellers: Your Home is an Oasis in an Inventory Desert

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 16, 2017

Sellers: Your Home is an Oasis in an Inventory Desert | Simplifying The MarketFirst-time homebuyers are flocking to the real estate market by the thousands to find their dream homes in order to make their dreams of homeownership a reality. Unfortunately for many, the inventory of starter and trade-up homes in the US has struggled to keep up with demand! According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), […]

Homes Are Selling Quickly Nationwide

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 15, 2017

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released their latest Existing Home Sales Report, which revealed that homes were on the market for an average of 28 days in June. This is a slight increase from the 27 days reported in May, but down from 34 days reported a year ago. 54% of homes across the country were […]

Homeowner’s Net Worth Is Still Greater Than a Renter’s

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 14, 2017

Homeowner’s Net Worth Is Still Greater Than a Renter’s | Simplifying The MarketEvery 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, which includes data from 2010-2013, reports that a homeowner’s net worth is 36 times greater than that of a renter ($194,500 vs. $5,400).  The latest survey data, covering 2014-2016 will […]

What State Gives You the Most ‘Bang for Your Buck’? [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 11, 2017

What State Gives You the Most ‘Bang for Your Buck’? [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

Some Highlights:

  • Thinking of moving across the country? How far will your money take you?
  • The majority of states in the Midwest and South offer a lower cost of living compared to Northeast and Western states.
  • The ‘Biggest Bang for your Buck’ comes in Mississippi where, compared to the national average, you can actually purchase $116.01 worth of goods for $100.

Hey, Millennial Homeowners!! It May Be Time to Sell

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 10, 2017

Hey, Millennial Homeowners!! It May Be Time to Sell | Simplifying The MarketContrary to what many believe, Millennials are not the ‘renter’ generation. Millennials purchased a larger percentage (34%) of homes in the U.S. than any other age group in 2017 and the most recent Census Bureau report shows that the homeownership rate among Millennials is finally on the rise. Many Millennials took advantage of post housing […]

Housing Inventory Hits 30-Year Low

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 9, 2017

Housing Inventory Hits 30-Year LowSpring is traditionally the busiest season for real estate. Buyers, experiencing cabin fever all winter, emerge like flowers through the snow in search of their dream home. Homeowners, in preparation for the increased demand, are enticed to list their house for sale and move on to the home that will better fit their needs. New […]

93.9% Of Homes in The US Have Positive Equity

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 8, 2017

93.9% Of Homes in The US Have Positive Equity | Simplifying The MarketCoreLogic’s latest Equity Report revealed that ninety-one thousand residential properties regained equity in Q1 2017. The outlook for 2017 remains positive as well, as an additional 600 thousand properties will regain equity if home prices rise another 5% this year.  The study also revealed that: Roughly 63% of all homeowners have seen their equity increase since Q1 2016 […]

How Long Do Most Families Stay in Their Home?

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 7, 2017

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 tenure of a family in a home, meaning how long a family stays in a home prior to moving. As the graph below shows, for over twenty years (1985-2008), the median […]

20 Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 4, 2017

Some 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 sugg…

Millennial Homeownership Rate Increases

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 3, 2017

Millennial Homeownership Rate Increases | Simplifying The MarketRecent headlines exclaimed the homeownership rate, as reported by the Census Bureau, rose again in the second quarter of 2017. What didn’t get much attention in the reports is that the homeownership rate for American households under the age of 35 increased a full percentage point from last quarter’s 34.3% to 35.3%. Millennials proved to […]

Do Your Future Plans Include a Move? What’s Stopping You from Listing Now?

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 2, 2017

Do Your Future Plans Include a Move? What's Stopping You from Listing Now? | Simplifying The MarketAre you an empty-nester? Do you want to retire where you are, or does a vacation destination sound more your style? Are you close to retirement and not ready to move yet, but living in a home that is too big in size and maintenance needs? How can you line up your current needs with […]

Be Careful Not to Get Caught in The Rental Trap!

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | August 1, 2017

Be Careful Not to Get Caught in The Rental Trap! | Simplifying The MarketThere 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. Don’t Become Trapped  A recent article by ConsumerAffairs addressed the continuous rise in rents, stating: “The cost of putting a roof over your […]

Buyer Demand Continues Outpacing the Supply of Homes for Sale

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | July 31, 2017

Buyer Demand Continues Outpacing the Supply of Homes for Sale | Simplifying The MarketThe 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 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) […]

Inventory Drops Again, Sales Slow [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | July 28, 2017

Highlights:

Existing Home Sales are now at an annual pace of 5.52 million.
Inventory of existing homes for sale dropped to a 4.3-month supply, marking the 25th month in a row of declines.
The median price of homes sold in June was $263,800. This is …

Americans Still Believe Real Estate is Best Long-Term Investment

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | July 27, 2017

Americans Still Believe Real Estate is Best Long-Term Investment | Simplifying The MarketAccording to Bankrate’s latest Financial Security Index Poll, Americans who have money to set aside for the next 10 years would rather invest in real estate than any other type of investment. Bankrate asked Americans to answer the following question: “What is the best way to invest money you wouldn’t need for 10 years or […]

A ‘Buyer’ in Hand is Worth Two in the Bush

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | July 26, 2017

A ‘Buyer’ in Hand is Worth Two in the Bush | Simplifying The MarketIn today’s highly competitive seller’s market where there are more buyers than there are homes for them to buy, some sellers may feel like the ball is in their court. And they would be right when it comes to choosing which offer to accept, the closing date, or even which improvements they are willing to make […]

Rising Home Prices Mean Great News for Homeowners

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | July 25, 2017

Rising Home Prices Mean Great News for Homeowners | Simplifying The MarketRecently 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 (homes for sale) cannot keep up with the number of buyers who are out looking for homes, which has caused prices to rise. The great news […]

U.S. Housing Inventory Hits a New Low… List Your House TODAY!

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | July 24, 2017

U.S. Housing Inventory Hits a New Low… List Your House TODAY! | Simplifying The MarketEvery summer, families across the country decide if this will be the year they sell their current house and move into their dream home. Mortgage rates have hovered around 4% for all of 2017, forcing buyers off the fence and into the market, resulting in incredibly strong demand RIGHT NOW!! At the same time, inventory […]

Singles Are Falling for Their Dream Home First [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | July 21, 2017

Singles Are Falling for Their Dream Home First [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

Some Highlights:

  • According to NAR’s Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the share of recent homebuyers who were single at the time of purchase held steady at 24% last year.
  • The percentage of first-time buyers who were single females rose to 17% (up from 16%), as the share of single men dropped from 11% to 8%.
  • The primary reason for buying a home amongst singles was the desire to own a home of their own (38% for women and 37% for men).

84% of Americans Believe Buying a Home is a Good Financial Decision

By Marie Miller and Vera Jacques | July 20, 2017

84% of Americans Believe Buying a Home is a Good Financial Decision | Simplifying The MarketAccording to the National Association of Realtors®’ 2017 National Housing Pulse Survey, 84% of Americans now believe that purchasing a home is a good financial decision. This is the highest percentage since 2007 – before the housing crisis. Those surveyed pointed out five major reasons why they believe homeownership is a good financial decision: Homeownership […]