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Get the most from your holiday rental

I believe that. In fact, I know that. Starting my start-up career at Zillow (see this for some perspective) was a very good and very bad pre-cursor for my entrepreneurial journey over the past few years. It was great in the fact that I now KNOW building a technology business at massive scale is possible; I’ve seen it done from the inside. Most people seriously... (more)

The Future Of Real Estate Commissions

When it comes to real estate, it’s all about location. But when it comes to staging a home to sell the highest possible price, the importance of location applies to more than just the street. The placement of your furniture and accessories can make or break a room and potentially even a sale. The look and feel of a space is created by the way the various items... (more)

7 Home Reno's That Will Increase Your Resale Value Big Time

You want to make the most money possible when it comes time to sell your home. The way to do that is by improving and updating the things in your home that buyers look for the most. We compiled this list for those looking to boost their resale value. It’s important to focus on the renovation projects that will net you the highest ROI. All of the projects... (more)

Should I Rent or Buy a Home?

Choosing whether to rent or own a home is not an easy decision. It requires you to carefully examine the factors and costs associated with each option. Which is better? That depends. Your unique economic situation, lifestyle and goals play the largest part in deciding what is better for you. It’s important to go into your calculations with open eyes. As... (more)

Things You Shouldn't Do When Buying a Home

The last thing in the world you would ever want is to spend a bunch of time searching for a home, finding that perfect place and then not being approved for your mortgage. There are also many common mistakes homebuyers make that could make the process much more painful than it has to be. We’re writing this article because we know how stressful it can be... (more)

Homeownership Benefits

The 5 Greatest Benefits of Homeownership Recently, Freddie Macreported on the benefits of homeownership. According to their report, here are the five benefits that “should be at the top of everyone’s list.” Homeownership can help you build equity over time. Your monthly payments will remain stable. You may have some tax benefits. You can take pride in ownership. Homeownership... (more)

Home Buying Myths

Home Buying Myths Slayed [INFOGRAPHIC] Interest rates are still below historic numbers. 88% of property managers raised their rent in the last 12 months! The credit score requirements for mortgage approval continue to fall. [optima_express_gallery_slider id=”342274″ rows=”1″ nav=”top” style=”grid” columns=”4″... (more)

Selling Your Home Twice

Homeowners: Your Home Must Be Sold TWICE 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 appreciate by another 5%+ over the next twelve months. One major challenge in such a market is the bank appraisal. If prices are surging, it is difficult... (more)

For Sale By Owner - NOT!

5 Reasons Why You Should Not For Sale By Owner! In today’s market, with home prices rising and a lack of inventory, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their homes 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 for the vast majority of sellers. Here are the top five reasons: Recent... (more)

Low Interest Rates

The High Impact of Low Interest Rates on 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 3.96%, which is still near record lows in comparison to recent history! The interest rate you secure when buying a home not only greatly impacts your monthly housing... (more)

Median Days on the Market Drops

Median Days on the Market Drops to 27! [INFOGRAPHIC] The National Association of REALTORS® surveyed their members for their monthly Confidence Index. The REALTORS® Confidence Index is a key indicator of housing market strength based on a monthly survey sent to over 50,000 real estate practitioners. Practitioners are asked about their expectations for home... (more)

Mortgage Interest Rates

Be Thankful You Don’t Have to Pay Mom and Dad’s Interest Rate Interest rates have hovered around 4% for the majority of 2017, which has given many buyers relief from rising home prices and has helped with affordability. Experts predict that rates will increase by the end of 2017 and will be about three-quarters of a percentage point higher, at 4.5%, by the... (more)

Housing Shortgage

Epic Housing Shortage Being Reported The Joint Centerof Housing Studies (JCHS) at Harvard University recently released their 2017 State of the Nation’s Housing Study, and a recent blog from JCHS revealed some of the more surprising aspects of the study. The first two revelations centered around the shortage of housing inventory currently available in both... (more)

Great Time To Sell A Home

NAR Data Shows 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. Two major reports issued by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed information that suggests that now continues to be a great time to sell your house. Let’s look at the data covered in the... (more)

Good Time to Sell

75% of Homeowners Think Now is a Good Time to Sell! The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released the findings of their Q2 Homeownership Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) Survey. The report covers core topics like, “if now is a good time to buy or sell a home, the perception of home price changes, perceived ability to qualify for a... (more)

Summer Home Sales Surge

Existing Home Sales Surge into Summer [INFOGRAPHIC] Existing Home Sales reached their third highest mark this year in May. Inventory of homes for sale has dropped 8.4% since last year, marking the 24th consecutive month of year-over-year declines. NAR’s Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun had this to say: “Those able to close on a home last month are probably... (more)

Premium Home Sales Soar

Buyer’s Market Helps Premium Home Sales Soar We previously reported how a shortage of inventory in the starter and trade-up home markets is driving prices up and causing bidding wars, creating a true seller’s market. At the same time, in the premium home market, an over-abundance of inventory has started to see prices come down and put buyers in the... (more)

Home Buying Myths

2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers In Realtor.com’s recent article, “Home Buyers’ Top Mortgage Fears: Which One Scares You?” they mention that “46% of potential home buyers fear they won’t qualify for a mortgage to the point that they don’t even try.” Buyers overestimate the down payment funds needed to qualify for a home loan. According to the First Quarter... (more)

Mortgage Pre-Approval

Pre-Approval Should Always 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 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... (more)

Home Equity in Retirement Planning

The Importance of Home Equity in Retirement Planning We often discuss the difference in family wealth between homeowner households and renter households. Much of that difference is the result of the equity buildup that homeowners experience over the time that they own their home. In a report recently released by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute... (more)

Renting vs. Buying

The Cost of Renting vs. Buying in the US [INFOGRAPHIC] 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 (29.2%) vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-priced home (15.8%), the choice becomes obvious. Every market is different. Before you... (more)

New Home Construction Problems

The Supply & Demand Problem Plaguing New Construction Many real estate economists have called on new home builders to ramp up production to help relieve the shortage of inventory of homes for sale throughout the United States. The added inventory would no doubt aid buyers in their search to secure their dream home, while also helping to ease price increases... (more)

How Much Equity is in Your Home?

Do You Know How Much Equity You Have in Your Home? CoreLogic’s latest Equity Report revealed that 91,000 properties regained equity in the first quarter of 2017. This is great news for the country, as 48.2 million of all mortgaged properties are now in a positive equity situation. Price Appreciation = Good News for Homeowners Frank Nothaft, CoreLogic’s Chief... (more)

Much Cheaper To Buy Than Rent

Buying Is Now 33.1% 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 the 100 largest metro areas in the United States. The updated numbers actually show that the range is an average of 3.5% less expensive in San Jose... (more)

Top Home Renovations

Top Home Renovations for Maximum ROI [INFOGRAPHIC] Whether you are selling your home, just purchased your first home, or are a homeowner planning to stay put for a while, there is value in knowing which home improvement projects will net you the most Return On Investment (ROI). While big projects like adding a bathroom or a complete kitchen remodel are... (more)

Buy VS. Rent

The TRUTH Behind the RENT vs. BUY Debate In a blog post published last Friday, CNBC’s Diana Olnick reported on the latest results of the FAU Buy vs. Rent Index. The index examines the entire US housing market and then isolates 23 major markets for comparison. The researchers at FAU use a “‘horse race’ comparison between an individual that is buying a home... (more)

Is a Home Price Bubble Coming?

Are Home Prices Approaching Bubble Territory? As home values continue to rise, some are questioning whether we are approaching another housing bubble. Zillow just reported that: “National home values have surpassed the peak hit during the housing bubble and are at their highest value in more than a decade.” Though that statement is correct, we must realize... (more)

Homeownership Is a Good Financial Investment

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 33.1%.” The report may have some people thinking about buying a home instead of signing another lease extension, but does that make sense from a financial perspective? Ralph McLaughlin, Trulia’s... (more)

How's The Real Estate Market?

How’s the Real Estate Market? Find Out What the Experts Are Saying As we head into summer, it is a great time to review how the 2017 real estate market is doing so far. Here is what the experts are saying: “Positive demographic factors should continue to reshape the housing market, as rising employment and incomes appear to be positively influencing... (more)

4 Reasons to Buy This Summer

4 Reasons to Buy This Summer! Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today, instead of waiting. CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index reports that home prices have appreciated by 7.1% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 4.9% over the next year. The bottom in home prices has come... (more)

Impact of Mortgage Interest Rates

The Impact Your Interest Rate Makes [INFOGRAPHIC] 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 afford if you plan to stay within a certain budget. Interest rates are at their lowest in years… RIGHT NOW! If buying your first home, or moving... (more)

Working With A Professional Realtor

Why Working with a Local Real Estate Professional Makes All the Difference If you’ve entered the real estate market, as a buyer or a seller, you’ve inevitably heard the real estate mantra, “location, location, location” in reference to how identical homes can increase or decrease in value due to where they’re located. Well, a new survey shows that when it... (more)

Real Estate Agent Questions

Can Your Real Estate Agent Answer These Important Questions? Whether you are selling or buying a home, the real estate agent you hire is critical to guaranteeing your family makes the right decision. Most agents can walk you through the process and explain the industry ‘lingo,’ but you should expect so much more than that. The housing crisis made... (more)

Saving To Buy A Home

What Would You Sacrifice to Save For Your Next Home? [INFOGRAPHIC] 95% of first-time homebuyers are willing to sacrifice to make homeownership a reality. The top item that buyers sacrifice is new clothes, at 54%. Even repeat or experienced buyers say they sacrificed taking a vacation or buying a new car to buy their last home. [optima_express_gallery_slider... (more)

5 Reasons To Sell This Summer

5 Reasons You Should Sell This Summer Here are five reasons listing your home for sale this summer makes sense. 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... (more)

Has Your Home Sold?

If Your Home Hasn’t Sold Yet… Definitely Check the Price! The residential housing market has been hot. Home sales have bounced back solidly and are now at their fourth highest pace over the past year. Demand has remained strong ­throughout spring as many real estate professionals are reporting bidding wars with many homes selling above listing price. What... (more)

Mortgage Down Payment Needs

69% of Buyers are Wrong About Down Payment Needs According to a recent survey conducted by Genworth Financial Inc. at the Annual Mortgage Bankers’ Association Secondary Market Conference, mortgage professionals say that first-time buyers still believe a 20% down payment is necessary to buy in today’s market. Nearly 40% of mortgage industry professionals surveyed... (more)

Mortgage Interest Rates in 2017

Mortgage Interest Rates Reverse Course in 2017 To start the year, housing experts all agreed on one thing: 2017 was going to be the year we would see mortgage interest rates begin to rise. After years of historically low rates, and an improving economy, the question wasn’t if they would increase but instead how much they would increase. Some thought we could... (more)

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