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Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:00:20 +0000What Impact Will the New Tax Code Have on Home Values?
Every month, CoreLogic releases its Home Price Insights Report. In that report, they forecast where they believe residential real estate prices will be in twelve months. Below is a map, broken down by state, reflecting how home values are forecasted to change by the end of 2018 using data from the most recent report. As we […]
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:00:54 +000061% of First-Time Buyers Put Down Less than 6%
61% of First-Time Buyers Put Down Less than 6% | Simplifying The MarketAccording to the National Association of Realtors’ latest Realtors Confidence Index, 61% of first-time homebuyers purchased their homes with down payments below 6% from October 2016 through November 2017. Many potential homebuyers believe that a 20% down payment is necessary to buy a home and have disqualified themselves without even trying. The median down payment […]
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:00:53 +0000Wondering If You Can Buy Your First Home?
There are many people sitting on the sidelines trying to decide if they should purchase a home or sign a rental lease. Some might wonder if it makes sense to purchase a house before they are married and have a family, others might think they are too young, and still, others might think their current […]
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:00:31 +0000Thinking of Selling? Now is the Perfect Time
Thinking of Selling? Now is the Perfect Time | Simplifying The MarketIt is common knowledge that a great number of homes sell during the spring-buying season. For that reason, many homeowners hold off on putting their homes on the market until then. The question is whether or not that will be a good strategy this year. The other listings that do come out in the spring […]
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:00:52 +0000The Impact Staging Your Home Has on Sales Price [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights:

  • The National Association of Realtors surveyed their members & released the findings of their Annual Profile of Home Staging.
  • 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, 11 Jan 2018 11:00:19 +000093% Believe Homeownership Is Important in Attaining the American Dream
93% Believe Homeownership Is Important in Attaining the American Dream | Simplifying The MarketAmericans continue to believe that homeownership is important in achieving the American Dream. A recent survey by NeighborWorks America reported that: “Owning a home remains a core element of the American Dream.” When asked “How important a part of the American dream is owning a home?” 18% of those surveyed said it was the most […]
Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:00:16 +0000FICO® Scores on Approved Home Loans Drop Again
FICO® Scores on Approved Home Loans Drop Again | Simplifying The MarketAccording to Ellie Mae’s latest Origination Report, the average FICO® Score on all closed loans dropped to 722 which is its lowest mark since April. The average includes all approved refinance and purchase loans. FHA and VA loans showed the most opportunity for millennials looking to enter the market with low down payments and even […]
Tue, 09 Jan 2018 11:00:50 +0000The Impact of Tight Inventory on the Housing Market
The Impact of Tight Inventory on the Housing Market | Simplifying The MarketThe housing crisis is finally in the rear-view mirror as the real estate market moves down the road to a complete recovery. Home values are up, home sales are up, and distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) have fallen to their lowest points in years. It seems that the market will continue to strengthen in […]
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