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Thu, 19 Jul 2018 10:00:46 +0000Housing Will Not Fall Victim to Next Economic Storm
Housing Will Not Fall Victim to Next Economic Storm | Simplifying The MarketSome experts are calling for a slowdown in the economy later this year and most economists have predicted that the next recession could only be eighteen months away. The question is, what impact will a recession have on the housing market? Here are the opinions of several experts on the subject: Ivy Zelman in her […]
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:00:24 +0000Demand for Homes to Buy Continues to Climb
Demand for Homes to Buy Continues to Climb | Simplifying The MarketAcross the United States, there is a severe mismatch between the low number of houses for sale and the high demand for those houses! First-time homebuyers are out in force and are being met with a highly competitive summer real estate market. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the inventory of homes for […]
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:00:13 +00004 REAL Reasons Why We Buy A Home!
4 REAL Reasons Why We Buy A Home! | Simplifying The MarketWe often talk about why it makes financial sense to buy a home, but more often than not, the emotional reasons are the more powerful or 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 […]
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:00:02 +0000First-Time Home Buyers Continue to Put Down Less Than 6%!
First-Time Home Buyers Continue to Put Down Less Than 6%! | Simplifying The MarketAccording to the Realtors Confidence Index from the National Association of Realtors, 61% of first-time homebuyers purchased their homes with down payments below 6% in 2017. Many potential homebuyers believe that a 20% down payment is necessary to buy a home and have disqualified themselves without even trying, but in March, 71% of first-time buyers […]
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 10:00:33 +0000Want to Sell Your House Faster? Don’t Forget to Stage! [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights:

  • 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% of staged homes saw a 1-10% increase in dollar-value offers from buyers.
  • 77% of buyer’s agents said staging made it easier for buyers to visualize the home as their own.
  • The top rooms to stage in order to attract more buyers are the living room, master bedroom, kitchen, and dining room.
Thu, 12 Jul 2018 10:00:20 +0000House-Buying Power at Near-Historic Levels
House-Buying Power at Near-Historic Levels | Simplifying The MarketWe keep hearing that home affordability is approaching crisis levels. While this may be true in a few metros across the country, housing affordability is not a challenge in the clear majority of the country. In their most recent Real House Price Index, First American reported that consumer “house-buying power” is at “near-historic levels.” Their […]
Wed, 11 Jul 2018 10:00:18 +0000Rising Interest Rates Have Not Dampened Demand
Rising Interest Rates Have Not Dampened Demand | Simplifying The MarketSince the beginning of the year, mortgage interest rates have risen over a half of a percentage point (from 3.95% to 4.52%), according to Freddie Mac. Even a small rise in interest rates can greatly impact a buyer’s monthly mortgage payment. First American recently released the results of their quarterly Real Estate Sentiment Index (RESI), […]
Tue, 10 Jul 2018 10:00:22 +0000How Long Do Most Families Live in a House?
How Long Do Most Families Live in a House? | Simplifying The MarketThe National Association of Realtors (NAR) keeps historical data on many aspects of homeownership. One of their data points, which has changed dramatically, is the median tenure of a family in a home, meaning how long a family stays in a home prior to moving. As the graph below shows, over the last twenty years (1985-2008), the median tenure […]
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