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Spring Buying Season Extends Into Summer [INFOGRAPHIC]

Spring Buying Season Extends Into Summer [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters

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Are Home Values REALLY at Record Levels?

Last week, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their Existing Home Sales Report. The report announced that the median existing-home price in June was $236,400. That value surpasses the peak median sales price set in July 2006 ($230,400). This revelation created many headlines exclaiming that home prices had hit a “new record”: Wall Street […]

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Homeownership: The Real Story Behind The Headlines

The big housing news this week is that the homeownership rate has dropped to 63.4% which represents the lowest rate in 48 years. That news definitely is making headlines. Yet, to fully understand what this means we have to look at the story that created these headlines. There is no doubt the homeownership rate has […]

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Buyer Demand Continues To Outpace Housing Supply

The price of any item is determined by the supply of that item, and the market demand. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released their latest Existing Home Sales Report. Inventory Levels & Demand Sales of existing homes rose 3.2% from May, outpacing year-over-year figures for the ninth consecutive month. Total unsold housing inventory […]

Interest Rates & Your Buyer’s Purchasing Power

Interest Rates have remained at or above 4% since they first crossed the threshold on June 4th (according to Freddie Mac’s Weekly Mortgage Market Survey). The experts are in agreement that rates will increase. With the exception of Fannie Mae, they all believe that rates will jump by a full percentage point by this time […]

5 Reasons You Should Sell Now!

As the temperature continues to rise, buyers are coming out ready to purchase their dream home. Here are five reasons that you should list your house for sale now. 1. Strong Buyer Demand Foot traffic refers to the number of people out actually physically looking at homes right now. The latest foot traffic numbers show […]

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Cost Across Time [INFOGRAPHIC]

Cost Across Time [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters

Freddie Mac: Equity Matters (a Lot!)

According to a Merrill Lynch survey, over 80% of the people in this country believe that homeownership is still “an important part of the American Dream”. There are many financial and non-financial reasons people feel this way. One of the biggest reasons is because it helps build family wealth. Last week, Freddie Mac posted about […]

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Home Sales Will Remain Hot This Summer

People always talk about the “spring buying season” when they talk real estate. However, this year it appears as though the summer real estate market will be just as hot. The most recent Foot Traffic Report released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed that there are more buyers out looking at homes right […]

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Stop Paying Your Landlord’s Mortgage!

There are some people that have not purchased a home because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents rent free, you are paying a mortgage – either your mortgage or your landlord’s. As The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard […]

How do you make sure that Mr. & Mrs. Seller accept your buyers’ offer?

In a multi-bid environment, like the one we are experiencing today, sellers sometimes make a decision that is not always based on money. Harris Poll recently released the results of their survey which looked at the emotional connection seller’s often feel toward their current home and the future of that home. Before the recession, about 20 percent […]

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5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional Today!

Whether you are buying or selling a home, it can be quite an adventurous journey. You need an experienced Real Estate Professional to lead you to your ultimate goal. In this world of instant gratification and internet searches, many sellers think that they can For Sale by Owner or FSBO. The 5 Reasons You NEED […]

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45% of Homes Sold in Less Than A Month! [INFOGRAPHIC]

45% of Home Sold In Less Than A Month [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters

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The Main Reason You Should Not Wait to Buy…

The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University recently released their 2015 State of the Nation’s Housing report. The report concentrated on the challenges renters in this country are facing because of the diminishing supply of quality rental units and dramatically escalating rents. However, there was also information buried within the report that revealed […]

Homeownership: A Key to Well-Being in Retirement

There has been much talk about homeownership and whether it is a true vehicle for building wealth. A new report looks at the impact owning a home has on the financial wellbeing of people closing in on their retirement years (ages 55-64). In recently released study by the Hamilton Project, Ten Economic Facts about Financial […]

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What If I Wait Until Next Year to Buy?

First-time homebuyers are flocking to the housing market in greater numbers than any time in the last few years. Renters who are ready and willing to buy are now realizing that they are also able to as well. Many first-time buyers are Millennials (born between 1981 – 1997). If you are one of the many […]

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Should I Rent My House Instead of Selling It?

The results of Fannie Mae’s June 2015 National Housing Survey, were just released showing that more and more homeowners are warming up to the idea that now may be a great time to sell their home. The amount of respondents that stated that now is a good time to sell rose three percentage points to a […]

Is Student Loan Debt Holding Back Buyers?

Last week, Trulia posted a blog that questioned whether a college education was an impediment to purchasing a home for Millennials. They explained that the cost of student debt could get in the way of someone saving for the down payment on their first home. Early in the post, Trulia talks about the importance of […]

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Boomerang Buyers Coming Back in Force [INFOGRAPHIC]

Boomerang Buyers Coming Back in Force [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters

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Debunking Some Myths about Mortgage Availability

There seems to be a growing chasm between what the public believes to be needed and what is actually needed to qualify for a residential home loan. A recent survey by Ipsos reported that: Two-thirds of those surveyed believe they need a very good credit score to buy a home, with 45 percent thinking a […]

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1st Time Buyers Finally Crashing the Real Estate Party

There has been much conversation regarding the lack of first time home buyers in today’s real estate market. However, three recent reports seem to suggest that they are now entering the market in increasing numbers. The most recent Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported that: “The percent share of […]

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What is a Housing Bubble? Is One Forming?

The recent talk of Greece and its financial challenges has some questioning whether the U.S. could also return to the crisis we experienced in 2008. Some are looking at the rise in real estate values and wondering whether we are in the middle of another housing price bubble. What actually is a price bubble? Here […]

How to Show Your Clients the Cost of Waiting

With prices on the rise in most areas of the country, many first-time buyers might think that they should wait to buy. But unfortunately with interest rates also on the move, the Cost of Waiting a year to buy is climbing even faster. CoreLogic predicts a 5.3% appreciation in home prices in the next 12 […]

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#1 Reason to Sell Your House Now!

If you are one of the many homeowners out there who are debating putting their house on the market this year, don’t miss out on the great opportunity you have right now! The latest Existing Home Sales Report from The National Association of Realtors (NAR), reveals that the inventory of homes for sale has dropped to […]