What’s Going On With Home Values???

What is Really Happening with Home Prices? Home 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-expectedContinue reading “What’s Going On With Home Values???”

You’ve Already Been Pre-Approved. Now, Let’s Get Your Offer Accepted!

4 Tips for Making a Competitive Offer So, 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 comesContinue reading “You’ve Already Been Pre-Approved. Now, Let’s Get Your Offer Accepted!”

If You’re Thinking of Selling Your Home and It’s Not Listed, You’re Missing Out On Potential Buyers.

Homeowners: Now Is A Good Time To Sell Your House Every month, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) releases their Seller Traffic Index as a part of their Realtors Confidence Index. In the latest release, NAR reported that homeowners have been reluctant to sell their houses. This is reflected when broken down by state. Only 11 states have a stableContinue reading “If You’re Thinking of Selling Your Home and It’s Not Listed, You’re Missing Out On Potential Buyers.”

Student Loans and Buying a Home. Will This Impact You?

Over the course of the last thirty years, a shift has happened. An entire generation has been raised to believe that a college education is their key to unlocking opportunities that were not available to their parent’s or grandparent’s generations. Due to this, student loan debt has soared to $1.5 trillion and represents the largestContinue reading “Student Loans and Buying a Home. Will This Impact You?”

Buying a Home When You’re Younger Increases Your Odds of Building Wealth

Homeowners who purchase their homes before the age of 35 are better prepared for retirement at age 60, according to a new Urban Institute study. The organization surveyed adults who turned 60 or 61 between 2003 and 2015 for their data set. “Today’s older adults became homeowners at a younger age than today’s young adults. Half theContinue reading “Buying a Home When You’re Younger Increases Your Odds of Building Wealth”

Thinking of Selling Your Home Yourself? Think Again.

In today’s market, as home prices rise and a lack of inventory continues, 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 most sellers. Here are the top five reasons:Continue reading “Thinking of Selling Your Home Yourself? Think Again.”

My Credit is a Little Rough. What Should I Do? 

Tips for Raising Your Credit Score Welcome back to my blog everyone! The topic I want to dig into this week is credit. Why do you need it? Why is it important? Does it really have an impact on getting approved for a loan or not? Want to see what your credit is currently at for thatContinue reading “My Credit is a Little Rough. What Should I Do? “

Closing Costs? Why Pay Them? Who Pays Them? I Don’t Like It

Some of the most common phrases that I hear when talking with buyers are, “What are closing costs? Who pays them? Why are there closing costs?” A very common misconception is that closing costs are the fees that lenders make on the purchase or refinance of a property. Many clients believe this as fact, that is until I enlighten them andContinue reading “Closing Costs? Why Pay Them? Who Pays Them? I Don’t Like It”

Do NOT do this when applying for a home loan…seriously.

Looks like I am going to give you a two for one in blog posts this week. I know I did one yesterday, but since I have fallen behind, I have to make up the difference. So with that said welcome to my blog. I want to inform you about something that can absolutely destroyContinue reading “Do NOT do this when applying for a home loan…seriously.”

Housing Shortage Causing Bidding Wars and Spike in New Construction.

If there is one downside to a booming housing market, it’s that there are not enough homes on the market to satisfy the amount of buyers. You can refer to this as a seller’s market. Not enough homes on the market can mean buyers paying more for a home. This is not a bad thing,Continue reading “Housing Shortage Causing Bidding Wars and Spike in New Construction.”