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American Confidence in Housing at an All-Time High

09 Aug

Fannie Maejust released the July edition of theirHome Purchase Sentiment Index(HPSI). The HPSI takes information regarding consumers’ confidence in the real estate market fromFannie Mae’sNational Housing Surveyand condenses it into a single number. Therefore, the HPSI reflects consumers’ current views and forward-looking expectations of housing market conditions. Great News!The index reached its highest level sinceFannie Maebegan their survey. Breaking it…

Four Tips to Sell Your Home Faster

19 Jul

Since last year, we have seen an increase in the inventory of homes for sale month per month. Every spring and summer, the inventory increases because people want to sell their home. For those with children, they may want to be in their new home for the beginning of the school year. If you are one of those sellers, you…

5 Powerful Reasons to Own Instead of Rent

06 Jul

Owning a home has great financial benefits. In a recent research paper,Homeownership and the American Dream, Laurie S. Goodman and Christopher Mayer of the Urban Land Institute explained: “Homeownership appears to help borrowers accumulate housing and no housing wealth in a variety of ways, with tax advantages, greater financial flexibility due to secured borrowing, built-in ‘default’ savings with mortgage amortization…

With Inventory Low: Will Your Dream Home Need Some TLC?

26 Apr

According to a new survey from Move.com, the wave of first-time home buyers hitting the market this summer has resulted in an interesting statistic. Nearly 60% of buyers searching for a home this spring are willing to consider buying a fixer-upper, with 95% believing that the projects needed will increase their new home’s value! Realtor.com’s Chief Economist, Danielle Hale, pointed to low-inventory at the…

Five Reasons To Sell This Spring!

12 Apr

Here are five compelling reasons listing your home for sale this spring makes total sense. 1. Demand Is Strong The latestBuyer Traffic Indexfrom theNational Association of Realtors(NAR) shows that buyer demand remains strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing, and able to purchase… and are in the market right now! More often than not,…

Do You Know How Much Your Home Has Increased in Value?

08 Mar

Last year we saw headlines about a possible housing market bubble, and many wondered if Americans still felt confident about the value of their homes. Recently, the2018 Houzz & Home Studyrevealed: “Homeowners with mortgages have seen their home equity more than double since 2011, increasing to a record-setting $8.3 trillion in 2017.” The average homeowner gained $16,200 in home equity…

Prepare your home for a GREAT Photo Shoot

18 Jan

In today’s competitive market, the first view of your property is often online, and if the photos accompanying your home’s listing don’t impress, you probably won’t get a second chance to lure in that potential buyer — meaning your real estate photos are an essential asset when it comes to selling your home. Clean the windows and open the shades.…

Five Ways to Recycle Your Christmas Tree

21 Dec

The needles may be falling off, and there may be a stray strand of tinsel here and there, but that Christmas tree isn’t done working for you yet. Before you toss it on the curb, here are a few ideas for ways to recycle your Christmas tree in your garden. Provide Shelter for Backyard Wildlife You can leave the tree…

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