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5 Real Estate Headlines You’ll See in the Next Six Months

Making predictions can be the ‘kiss-of-death’ for a blog. Even if we get four out of five correct (80%), there are those in the industry who will kill us on the one we got wrong. We believe strongly that when making a real estate decision for you and your family you must look forward and […]

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Why Now Is the Time to Buy a Home

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Top 5 Real Estate Headlines in the 1st Half of 2011

We have reached the midway point of the year. Today, we want to look back over the first six months and give you what we believe were the five items that have had the biggest impact on the real estate industry so far this year. The Government Wants Out of the Mortgage Business From the […]

Are You About to Expire?

A listing contract on a house for sale has a termination date. If the house reaches this date without being sold, it is called an ‘expired’ listing meaning it is no longer for sale under the previous contract. The end of June historically is a time when many listing contracts come to termination. There will […]

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House Prices Through 2015

Everyone seems to have an opinion on where home prices are headed. Housing bulls are saying prices may start rebounding as early as later this year. Some housing bears are saying that prices may still drop another 10-15%. What actually is going to happen? No one knows for sure. However, Macro Markets, a financial technology […]

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An Idea to Get Your Home Sold Faster

Let me start by reminding you that I am NOT a real estate agent; however, I do think my parents raised me to have some common sense.  So, here it goes….I think you should RAISE THE COMMISSION YOU WILL PAY AN AGENT WHO BRINGS YOU THE EVENTUAL BUYER OF YOUR HOME.  Is it contrarian?  Maybe. […]

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A Window of Opportunity for House Sellers

There has been much confusion as to where housing prices are headed. We have actually blogged on the issue recently. Today, we want to give our opinion on this subject for the short term. We believe sellers have a window of opportunity for the next 90-120 days in which to sell their homes for maximum […]

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Consumer Confidence: Which Way Is It Headed?

There is no doubt that the housing market and the economy are intertwined. The economy will get better as housing improves. Housing will regain strength as the economy improves. How is the economy actually doing? One measure is the Misery Index which combines the inflation and unemployment numbers.  According to their site: The misery index was […]

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Is The Economy Worse Than We Think?

We are presented with conflicting data almost daily about the “health” of the economy. And I am no economist, but I believe that I do possess some common sense. So, here’s what I have been thinking. It is obvious that millions of people are NOT paying their mortgage, rightly or wrongly, for their own reasons: […]

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House Prices Will Continue to Tumble

We have written several blogs recently quoting numerous sources saying now is the time to buy a home. We agree that now is definitely the time to buy. This is NOT because we are calling the bottom for real estate PRICES. What we have said is that the COST of purchasing a home is probably […]

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Home Prices: Even More Confusion

We attempt to keep you abreast of the housing market. When will demand for housing return to historic averages? What impact will foreclosures continue to have? Where are interest rates headed? There are no simple answers to any of these questions. However, the most difficult question to answer seems to be: Where are home prices […]

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What About the Cost of Delaying Your Dreams?

Whether a family is thinking of buying or selling a home, price seems to have become all important. I’m not sure why that has occurred. I realize, whenever anyone sells or buys anything, making sure you get a ‘good deal’ is a crucial part of the transaction. However, in real estate today, it now seems […]

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Are Home Prices Headed Up or Down?

Here are two headlines that appeared in print last week: LA Times: Case-Shiller Home Price Index Hits New Low Forex: CoreLogic: Home Price Index Increased 0.7% In the Los Angeles Times story, David Blitzer, chairman of the S&P index committee, was quoted as saying: “This month’s report is marked by the confirmation of a double-dip […]

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What Impact Will QRM Have on Housing Demand?

The federal government would like to dramatically decrease their role in the financing of residential real estate. To that goal, they have proposed the guidelines for a ‘Qualified Residential Mortgage’ (QRM). How would these proposed guidelines impact the demand for housing? Here is what three different entities are reporting: CoreLogic “Roughly 39% of homebuyers in […]

The Evolving Role of Video in Real Estate

I have heard it said that by 2013, 90% of new content posted to the web will be in the form of video…90%!!! What that says to me is that video is what our clients, customers, and prospects want. They want it to educate themselves without reading. They want it to be stimulated more by […]

Why You Need a True Professional to Sell Your Home

Many people ask us whether they should hire an agent to sell their home or whether they should first try as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). In today’s volatile market, we believe this is an easy decision: you need an experienced professional! You need an expert guide if you are traveling a dangerous path […]

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Happy Birthday To Me

Turning 49 on Monday, I was struck about how different the world of communication has become. In years past, a dozen friends would have called me…a few would have even sent me a card in the mail. But this year, it was very different. Only two calls were received and no regular mail. But, I […]

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Appraisals: Why You Must Now Sell Your House Twice

Banks have become very conservative when lending mortgage money today. With the current foreclosure challenges in the country, we can’t really blame them. The requirements now necessary to qualify for mortgages have gotten much more stringent and it seems will get even more stringent as we move forward. The banks want to make sure the prospective […]

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National Housing Survey: What America Thinks

Each quarter, Fannie Mae releases their National Housing Survey. They survey the American public on a multitude of questions concerning today’s housing market. We like to pull out some of the findings we deem most interesting each time it is released. Here they are for the most recent report: The Most Important Reasons to Buy […]

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Look Past the Headlines

Earlier this week, Trulia and RealtyTrac issued a press release regarding a survey completed for the two companies by Harris Interactive. The press release, American Expectations for Housing Market Recovery Falters , reported: “As more cities across the nation experience double dips in home prices, more than half (54%) of U.S. adults believe recovery in […]

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Moving Up? Doing It Now May Make Sense

An issue that may have a gigantic impact on the housing market later this year is the lowering of the conforming loan limits. Without an act of Congress, these limits will return to the lower limits that existed prior to 2008. Today, we want to shed light on this issue and what it means to […]

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5 Reasons You Should Consider Selling Now

If you plan on moving anytime in 2011, you should strongly consider selling your house now rather than waiting. Here are five reasons why: 1.) This is when your house will get the most exposure The spring, and particularly the month of May, is when most buyers enter the real estate market. This surge of […]

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Shedding a Little Light on Shadow Inventory

Last week, we posted a blog titled: The Impact of Distressed Properties on Neighboring Values. In the article, we said there would be more distressed properties coming to market in the next six months and that these properties would put added downward pressure on prices of other homes in the area. Some questioned our assumption […]

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The Impact of Distressed Properties on Neighboring Values

The banks are finally getting their foreclosure paperwork in order. They will start bringing larger numbers of distressed properties to market over the next six months. We must realize that this influx of discounted inventory will have an impact on the values of neighboring homes. How large an impact? According to RealtyTrac a foreclosure sells […]

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Almost 14,000 Houses Sold Yesterday

One of the biggest misconceptions in today’s housing market is that homes are not selling. That is simply not true. Last month’s Existing Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) showed that homes were selling at an “annual rate of 5.10 million”. That’s an average of 13,973 every day – 365 days a […]