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3 Things to Know in the Housing Market Today!

3 Things to Know in the Housing Market Today! | Simplifying The MarketA lot is happening in the world, and it’s having a direct impact on the housing market. The reality is this: some of it is positive and some of it may be negative. Some we just don’t know yet. The following three areas of the housing market are critical to understand: interest rates, building materials, […]

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3 Things to Know in the Housing Market Today!

3 Things to Know in the Housing Market Today! | Simplifying The MarketA lot is happening in the world, and it’s having a direct impact on the housing market. The reality is this: some of it is positive and some of it may be negative. Some we just don’t know yet. The following three areas of the housing market are critical to understand: interest rates, building materials, […]

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Renting or Owning, What Is Better for You?

¬Renting or Owning, What Is Better for You? | Simplifying The MarketIn a real estate market where home prices are rising, many have begun to reexamine the idea of buying a home, choosing instead, to rent for a while. But often, there is a dilemma: should you keep paying rent, knowing that rent is rising too, or should you lock in your housing cost and buy […]

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2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers

2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers | Simplifying The MarketFreddie Mac recently released a report entitled, “Perceptions of Down Payment Consumer Research.” Their research revealed that, “For many prospective homebuyers, saving for a down payment is the largest barrier to achieving the goal of homeownership. Part of the challenge for those planning to purchase a home is their perception of how much they will need to save […]

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2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers

2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers | Simplifying The MarketFreddie Mac recently released a report entitled, “Perceptions of Down Payment Consumer Research.” Their research revealed that, “For many prospective homebuyers, saving for a down payment is the largest barrier to achieving the goal of homeownership. Part of the challenge for those planning to purchase a home is their perception of how much they will need to save […]

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What is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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The “cost of waiting to buy” is defined as the additional funds necessary to buy a home if prices & interest rates were to increase over a period of time.
Freddie Mac forecasts interest rates to rise to 4.5% by the Q4 2020.
Core…

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What is Important to Boomers when Selling their House?

What is Important to Boomers when Selling their House? | Simplifying The MarketIf you are a “baby boomer” (born between 1946 and 1964), you may be thinking about selling your current home. Your children may have finally moved out. Your large, four-bedroom house with three bathrooms no longer fits the bill. Taxes are too high. Utilities are too expensive. Cleaning and repair are too difficult. You may […]

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The Feeling You Get from Owning Your Home

The Feeling You Get from Owning Your Home | Simplifying The MarketWe often talk about the financial reasons why buying a home makes sense. But, more often than not, the emotional reasons are the more powerful and compelling ones. No matter what shape or size your living space is, the concept and feeling of home can mean different things to different people. Whether it’s a certain […]

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How Homeownership Delivers Unsurpassed Family Wealth

How Homeownership Delivers Unsurpassed Family Wealth | Simplifying The MarketThere are many financial benefits to homeownership, but probably none more important than its ability to create family wealth. How Housing Matters is a joint project of the Urban Land Institute and the MacArthur Foundation. It is an online resource for research and information on how homeownership contributes to individual and community success. Their article, […]

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4 Reasons to Buy A Home This Summer

4 Reasons to Buy A Home This Summer | Simplifying The MarketHere are four reasons to consider buying today instead of waiting. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest U.S. Home Price Insights reports that home prices have appreciated by 3.7% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 4.8% over the next year. […]

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The Top Reasons to Own Your Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

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June is National Homeownership Month!
Now is a great time to reflect on the many benefits of homeownership that go way beyond the financial.
What reasons do you have to own your own home?

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The Ultimate Truth about Housing Affordability

The Ultimate Truth about Housing Affordability | Simplifying The MarketThere have been many headlines decrying an “affordability crisis” in the residential real estate market. While it is true that buying a home is less affordable than it had been over the last ten years, we need to understand why and what that means. On a monthly basis, the National Association of Realtors (NAR), produces […]

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Multigenerational Homes Are on the Rise

Multigenerational Homes Are on the Rise | Simplifying The MarketAs loved ones start to get older, we start to wonder: how long will they be able to live alone? Will they need someone there to help them with daily life? There’s a reason to ask those questions now more than ever, as the average age in the U.S. is 78 years old!  As a […]

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2 Things You Need to Know to Properly Price Your Home

2 Things You Need to Know to Properly Price Your Home | Simplifying The MarketIn today’s housing market, home prices are increasing at a slower pace (3.7%) than they have over the last eight years (6-7%). However, they are still are above historical norms. Low supply of listed homes and high demand from buyers has pushed prices to rise rapidly. In the mind of the homeowner, annual home price […]

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All Gave Some. Some Gave All.

We remember, today and always.

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The Impact Staging Your Home Has On Your Sale Price [INFOGRAPHIC]

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The National Association of Realtors surveyed their members & released the findings of their Profile of Home Staging.
62% of seller’s agents say that staging a home decreases the amount of time a home spends on the market.
50% o…

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4 Most Popular Bottom Line Investments in America

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: […]

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

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 […]

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Are Older Generations Really Not Selling Their Homes?

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 […]

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

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 […]

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Top Days to List Your Home for Sale [INFOGRAPHIC]

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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…

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Top Days to List Your Home for Sale [INFOGRAPHIC]

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…

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What is Really Happening with Home Prices?

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 […]

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4 Tips for Making a Competitive Offer

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 […]

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