The 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. Home sales are up. Distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) have fallen dramatically. It seems that 2016 will be the year that the housing market again races forward. However, there is one thing that may cause the industry to tap the brakes: a lack of housing inventory. While buyer demand looks like it will remain strong throughout this winter, supply is not keeping … [Read more...]
When Is It A Good Time To Rent? NOT Now!
People often ask whether or not now is a good time to buy a home. No one ever asks when a good time to rent is. However, we want to make certain that everyone understands that today is NOT a good time to rent. The Census Bureau recently released their third quarter median rent numbers. Here is a graph showing rent increases from 1988 until today: A recent Wall Street Journal article reports that rents rose “faster last year than at any time since 2007, a boon for landlords but one that has stoked concerns … [Read more...]
Thinking of Buying a Home? 3 Questions Every Buyer Should Answer First
If you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are probably getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family will have your best interest at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in the real estate market. Answering the following 3 questions will help you determine if now is actually a good time for you to buy in today’s market. 1. Why am I buying a home in the first place? This truly is the most important question to answer. Forget the finances for a … [Read more...]
Change in Home Sales by Price Range [INFOGRAPHIC]
Some Highlights: Home Sales are up year-over-year in the top 4 price ranges and only slightly below last year's numbers in a fifth. A lack of distressed property inventory has led to a slow down in sales in the under $100K price range. As home prices continue to rise, there will be less homes available for sale in the lower ranges. … [Read more...]
Obstacles to Homeownership: Perceived or Real?
Yesterday, we discussed the belief Americans have in homeownership and their desire to partake in this piece of the American Dream. We also discussed some of the obstacles preventing them from attaining that goal. However, studies have shown that that many of the obstacles mentioned are perceived, not real. A recent study by Fannie Mae, What Do Consumers Know About The Mortgage Qualification Criteria?, revealed that many consumers are either unsure or misinformed regarding the minimum requirements necessary to … [Read more...]
Homeownership Still Part of the American Dream
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) just released the first edition of their Housing Opportunities and Market Experience Survey (H.O.M.E.). NAR explained that the report covers: “…core topics that will be tracked on a monthly basis such as views on housing as a good financial investment, whether homeownership is part of the American Dream…” The current survey confirmed two long standing beliefs regarding homeownership: 1. Americans at every income level believe homeownership is … [Read more...]
Real Estate Shines as an Investment in 2015
A survey by The Joint Center of Housing Studies at Harvard University reveals that when a family is buying a home they consider the financial benefits of homeownership along with the social benefits. The survey mentions things like: Paying rent does not make sense Homeownership provides a good financial opportunity Owning a home helps you building family wealth Buying a home is investing in your retirement Home equity gives you something to borrow against So how did homeownership match up against other investments … [Read more...]
Top Reason to List Your House For Sale Now!
If you are debating listing your house for sale this year, here is the #1 reason not to wait! Buyer Demand Continues to Outpace the Supply of Homes For Sale The National Association of REALTORS’ (NAR) Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun recently commented on the inventory shortage: “While feedback from REALTORS® continues to suggest healthy levels of buyer interest, available listings that are move-in ready and in affordable price ranges remain hard to come by for many would-be buyers.” The latest … [Read more...]
Thinking of Selling Your Home? Get Ready to Negotiate!
Now that the market has showed signs of recovery, some sellers may be tempted to try and sell their home on their own (FSBO) without using the services of a real estate professional. Real estate agents are trained and experienced in negotiation. In most cases, the seller is not. The seller must realize their ability to negotiate will determine whether they can get the best deal for themselves and their family. Here is a list of some of the people with whom the seller must be prepared to negotiate if … [Read more...]
Check Your Credit Report
Applying For A Mortgage? Check Your Credit Report First! The Fair Credit Reporting Act requires each of the nationwide consumer reporting companies to provide you with a free copy of your credit report, at your request, once every 12 months. The three companies – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – have set up this central website through which you can check your credit report for free. Visit www.annualcreditreport.com to get a free, no strings attached, copy of your credit report. Keep in mind that the … [Read more...]