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The real estate Market Changes,  thats what makes it a “MARKET”.   The following Real Estate News is provided to you, via keeping current matters, for you to keep a pulse on the market, learn about trends and changes.   To Search for Homes in Clark County, (and beyond), go to my property search page at: https://principalpropertybrokers.com/search-all-homes .  There you will find a complete list of options for searching.   Need help?  got Questions,  us the Contact me form in the right margin:)

 

  • What a Difference a Year Makes for Sellers
    Over the last few years, many sellers have been hesitant to put their houses on the market because they feared not being able to find another home to buy. We’ve reported on inventory shortages in the past, and it’s been a constant concern for potential buyers throughout recent years. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-17
  • Should I Refinance My Home?
    With the recent lower interest rates, many homeowners are wondering if they should refinance. To decide if refinancing is the best option for your family, start by asking yourself these questions: Why do you want to refinance? There are many reasons to refinance, but here are three of ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-16
  • Fast-Setting or Standard Concrete: How to Decide
    Should you use fast-setting or standard concrete? The answer depends on your project. Follow this guide and decide! ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-16
  • 3 Tips to Lengthen Your Concrete Patio’s Life
    A concrete patio is beautiful and durable, but regular maintenance strengthens the surface and lengthens its life. Here are 3 tips to protect your patio. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-16
  • Home Price Appreciation Forecast
    Questions continue to come up about where home prices will head throughout the rest of this year, as well as where they may be going over the few years beyond. We’ve gathered current data from the industry’s most reliable sources to help answer these questions: The Home Price Expectation ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-15
  • How to Build a Grill Shelter
    A grill shelter provides additional architectural interest and protects your grill from the elements. Here's how to build one! ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-15
  • Formula Packs Plant Nutrition & Garden Soil
    Miracle-Gro packs everything you need in one bag: soil, fertilizer and compost! ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-15
  • 4 Things You Can Do to Increase Your Home’s Value
    If you plan on putting your home on the market in the near future, you might want to take a quick look at these simple and affordable upgrades. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-14
  • 5 Life Hacks to Stay Cool, Prevent Damage and Save Money this Summer
    Cooking indoors? Then expect a high cooling bill. Try #5 instead! Also: Handy new uses for pool noodles. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-14
  • How to Make a Buried Lawn Socket from PVC
    Lawn sockets make it easy to put up and take down everything from patio umbrellas and flagpoles to volleyball nets and sprinklers. Here's how to make them! ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-14
  • Hurricane Katrina Survivors Discover a Metal Roof’s Benefits
    Ricky and Tracy Jones know what it’s like to weather a storm with a substandard roof — that’s why they chose a metal roof. The couple placed a shingle roof rated for 30 years on their home, but that roof was no match for Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and it ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-12
  • Ep 27. DIY Privacy Wall & Pool Noodle Storage
    We offer some suggestions on how to get some privacy on your deck. Also, how you can create storage on top of your vehicle using a pool noodle. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-12
  • 5 Reasons Why Your Home is Hot — and What to Do About Them
    During the summer, it’s nice to go indoors to avoid heat and harmful UV rays. But sometimes, it’s also hot inside your home, even though you have air conditioning. That’s when it’s time to search for the source and make some improvements. Here are 5 reasons why your home is ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-12
  • Is Your First Home Now Within Your Grasp? [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: According to the US Census Bureau, “millennials” are defined as 18-36-year-olds. According to NAR’s latest Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the median age of all first-time home buyers is 32. More and more “old millennials” (25-36) are realizing that homeownership is within their grasp now! ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-12
  • How to Clean Inside the Glass on an Oven Door
    This simple tip allows you to clean between the double glass panes on an oven door without having to take the oven door apart. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-11
  • Americans’ Powerful Belief in Homeownership as an Investment
    The Federal Reserve Bank (The Fed) recently released their 2019  Survey of Consumer Expectations Housing Survey. The survey reported that 65% of Americans believe homeownership is a good financial investment. Since 2014, the percentage has increased by over nine percent.The Fed’s survey also showed that when the results are ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-11
  • 4 Tips to Sell Your Home Faster
    Since June of last year, we have seen an increase in the inventory of homes for sale month per month. Every spring and summer, the inventory increases because people want to sell their home. For those with children, they may want to be in their new home for the ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-10
  • 5 Powerful Reasons to Own Instead of Rent
    Owning a home has great financial benefits. In a recent research paper, Homeownership and the American Dream, Laurie S. Goodman and Christopher Mayer of the Urban Land Institute explained: “Homeownership appears to help borrowers accumulate housing and nonhousing wealth in a variety of ways, with tax advantages, greater ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-09
  • How to Build a Backyard Fire Pit with Pavers
    Installing a fire pit makes a patio cozy and offers the perfect place to roast marshmallows on cool nights. Here's how to make one! ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-09
  • How to Build a Patio Sitting Wall
    A sitting wall is a functional architectural enhancement to your home, and building one with pavers is easy. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-09
  • How to Spray Paint Screws, Latches, Braces and Brackets
    Need to spray paint hooks, fasteners and hardware? Here's the simple way to do it — you just need a piece of wire and some cardboard. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-08
  • Milwaukee’s String Trimmer is Powerful, Versatile & Efficient
    Milwaukee's String Timmer has a QUIK-LOK feature that makes it possible to change attachments. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-08
  • Now’s the Time to Move-Up and Upgrade Your Current Home!
    Homes priced at the top 25% of the price range for a particular area of the country are considered “premium homes.” In today’s real estate market, there are deals to be had at the higher end! This is great news for homeowners wanting to upgrade from their current house. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-08
  • The Basics of Home Automation
    If you're interested in home automation, but you don't know where to begin, here are the basics. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-07
  • 3 Last-Minute Ways to Prepare Your Home for Summer
    During the summer, heat and sunshine can cause your utility bills to skyrocket and lead to wear and tear on your home. By taking certain precautions, you can minimize the damage and perform necessary repairs before things escalate. If you want to save money and keep your house in good ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-07
  • Tips for Cleaning Your Home with a Pressure Washer
    Pressure washers can clean driveways, sidewalks, patios, decks, siding and fencing, but you need to know how to use them properly. Here are some pointers. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-07
  • The Advantages of Raised Garden Bed Kits
    Raised planting beds are a great way to grow flowers or vegetables in your yard. Wooden raised planting beds are available in precut kits that are easy to assemble. Watch this video to find out more. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-07
  • How Much Attic Insulation Do You Need?
    Watch this video to find out how much insulation you need in your attic to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-07
  • Advantages of Retractable Screens for Covered Decks and Porches
    It's nice to lounge on a porch or covered patio — until mosquitoes ruin the day. Here's a solution to keep those pests away. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-06
  • How to Level Your Stepping-Stone Walkway
    Stepping stones that rock back and forth are tripping hazards, but they're easy to fix — all you need is a bag of sand. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-06
  • Ep 26. Widening a Doorway & House Ventilation Strategies
    On this week’s podcast: • We’re talking about widening an existing doorway and the considerations to keep in mind when tackling this type of project. • A homeowner’s bedroom is right above a garage and it’s getting way too hot. We have a few tips on how she can keep ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-05
  • 10 Steps to Buying a Home This Summer [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: If you are thinking of buying a home, you may not know where to start. Here is a simple list of 10 steps that you will go through to purchase a home. Make sure to ask your agent for details about each step and what else ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-05
  • July Home Maintenance To-Do List
    July means summer has arrived in full force. But before heading out for your summer vacation, take the time to tackle these needed home maintenance chores. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-04
  • 8 Tips to Find an Affordable Home
    Hurdles to homeownership are steep. First, you have to determine what you want and need in your dream home — and find property within your budget. As if that weren’t enough, you then have to wade through a sea of red tape to qualify for a mortgage. It’s enough to ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-04
  • Happy Independence Day!
    Wishing you & yours a safe & Happy 4th of July! Content previously posted on Keeping Current Matters ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-04
  • 4 Staging Tips Before Renting Your Home
    Follow these tips to get your house on and off the market fast. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-04
  • 4 Tips to Build Your Home to Last
    When you build a home from the ground up, take nothing to chance. Follow some best practices to make sure the home is built to last. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-04
  • 4 Rooms You Should Declutter and Refresh
    A few simple touches can transform a space and make it more comfortable. Here are four rooms that need the most help. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-04
  • Is Mortgage Debt out of Control?
    The housing crisis of the last decade was partially caused by unhealthy levels of mortgage debt. Homeowners were using their homes as ATMs by refinancing and swapping their equity for cash. When prices started to fall, many homeowners found themselves in a negative equity situation (where their mortgage ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-03
  • 4 Things to Consider Before Building a Home
    The prospect of building a home is enough to give any budding homeowner pause. Each step in the process is overwhelming at best, and the amount of detail that goes into constructing a house is vast. If you’re grappling with the complexities of building a home, here are some considerations ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-03
  • 4 Ways to Give a New Home Historical Touches
    Blend contemporary and vintage items to give a new home a sense of history. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-03
  • 4 Tips to Extend Your Roof’s Life
    Roofs don't last forever, but you can extend their life with regular maintenance. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-03
  • 5 Tips to Prepare Your RV for a Road Trip
    For summer fun, there’s nothing like taking the RV on the road and enjoying some adventures. But before you hit the road, make sure the vehicle is safe to drive and comfortable for the big trip. Here are 5 tips to prepare the RV: 1. Clean everything. For the optimal ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-02
  • How to Prevent Slips and Falls on Outside Steps
    Have outdoor stairs? This is one of the easiest ways to protect against slips and falls — stay safe! ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-02
  • 5 Steps to Spot-Clean Carpet
    Watch this video for an easy way to spot clean a small area of carpet in your home in minutes using common household products, rather than potentially hazardous chemical cleaners or carpet cleaning machines. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-02
  • Millennials Are Increasing the Demand for Condominiums
    When deciding to buy a home, people are presented with many different options. The type of home you buy depends on your needs, budget, and in many cases, the desired maintenance level. For many millennials, their choice has been buying a condominium! According to CoreLogic,Last year about ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-02
  • How to Find Your Property Lines
    Installing a fence or adding landscaping? Then knowing your property's boundaries is a must. Here's how to find your property lines. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-02
  • How to Make a Recycling Bin Drawer
    Watch this video to find out how to make wooden cleats to hang your recycling bins under a countertop or workbench to keep them organized and out of the way. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-02
  • Bonus: Get to Know Host Danny Lipford!
    In part two of the series,  Joe interviews host Danny Lipford, giving you a deep dive into his life.  Learn how Danny received his training in home remodeling,  his short run as a band promoter, and the transition from the construction site to the television studio. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-01
  • How to Choose a Paintbrush
    When you're choosing a paintbrush for you next project you'll want to consider the size of the brush and the type of material it's made with. Watch this video to find out more. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-01
  • Top 5 Reasons You Should NOT FSBO
    Rising home prices coupled with a lack of inventory in today’s market may cause some homeowners to consider selling their home on their own (known in the industry as a For Sale By Owner). However, a FSBO might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-01
  • How to Antique Glaze Clay Pots
    Want weathered clay pots? You no longer have to wait for Mother Nature. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-01
  • How to Paint a Brick House
    Want to transform dark, dated brick for a lighter look? Here's how to paint it and add some curb appeal! ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-01
  • How to Update Metal Shutters with Gel Stain
    Gel staining metal shutters is an easy way to update their look and take years off an aging home. Here's how to do it! ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-01
  • Reach Farther & Cut More with This Hedge Trimmer
    Mature shrubs often have branches that are too thick to cut — but RYOBI's hedge trimmer gets the job done. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-01
  • Behind the DIY: An Alternative to Expensive Flooring
    If you don’t like your floors, there’s an easy, affordable alternative to covering them: paint them! You can paint wood flooring, as one option, but if you just have the subfloor to work with, you can paint that, too. “We did it as a temporary measure [just right over the ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-01
  • Behind the DIY: Accent Walls Enhance North Carolina Home
    Brittany Klingler used painter's tape to create a pattern for her accent walls. ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-30
  • This Ceiling Fan Makes Installation Easy
    Looking for the easiest option to stay cool? This ceiling fan's parts just click into place — and it's remote controlled! ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-30
  • 8 Tips for Choosing and Growing Houseplants
    Growing houseplants is a great way to start gardening while enhancing the beauty of your home. Like any other gardening endeavor, indoor gardens can be as simple or elaborate as you would like. Here are some general guidelines to help get you started. ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-30
  • How to Grow Hydrangeas
    Hydrangeas enhance landscape borders, and their blossoms are beautiful as cut or dried flowers. Here are tips for growing this eye-catching plant in your yard. ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-30
  • How to Make a Drink Trough for a Picnic Table
    Here's a lifehack for your picnic table: modify it to cool and serve drinks! ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-30
  • How to Paint Plastic Garden Decor
    Watch this video to find out how to paint exterior plastic decorative items around your home using special paint made for painting plastic. ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-30
  • How to Upcycle a Colander into a Hanging Planter
    You see an old colander — we see a front-porch planter. Here's how to make it! ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-30
  • Americans Rank Real Estate Best Investment for 6 Years Running! [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Real estate has outranked stocks/mutual funds, gold, savings accounts/CDs, and bonds as the best long-term investment among Americans for the last 6 years. Stock owners are more positive about real estate than stocks as an investment. Of the 4 listed, real estate is the only investment ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-28
  • Know What to Expect at Your Home Inspection
    So you made an offer and it was accepted. Now, your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. Agents oftentimes make your offer contingent on a clean home inspection. This contingency allows you to renegotiate the price you paid for the home, ask the sellers to ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-27
  • Before You Look for Your Dream Home: Know What You Want vs. What You Need!
    In this day and age of being able to shop for anything anywhere, it is really important to know what you’re looking for when you start your home search. If you’ve been thinking about buying a home of your own for some time now, you’ve probably come up with ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-26
  • Having a Professional on Your Side Makes All the Difference!
    In today’s fast-paced world where answers are a Google search away, there are some who may wonder what the benefits of hiring a real estate professional to help them in their home search are. The truth is, the addition of more information causes more confusion. Shows like Property BrothersFixer Upper, and dozens ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-25
  • Stop Wondering What Your Budget Is & Get Pre-Approved!
    In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show that you are serious about buying your dream home is to ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-24
  • 4 Reasons to Sell This Summer [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of homes for sale. This means that buyers are often competing with one another for the few listings that are available. Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply needed to sustain a normal housing market. Now may be ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-21
  • Young First-Time Buyers Are Saving for Their Dream Homes
    Young buyers (Millennials & Gen Z) have waited longer than previous generations to enter the housing market for their first home. However, this hasn’t stopped them from dreaming about the home they will eventually buy. Many spend hours searching listings and building Pinterest boards of their favorite home features. ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-20
  • What You Need to Know About Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)
    Whether it is your first time or your fifth, it is always important to know all the facts when it comes to buying a home. With the large number of mortgage programs available that allow buyers to purchase homes with down payments below 20%, you can never have too much ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-19
  • Why Is So Much Paperwork Required to Get a Mortgage?
    When buying a home today, why is there so much paperwork mandated by the lenders for a mortgage loan application? It seems like they need to know everything about you. Furthermore, it requires three separate sources to validate each and every entry on the application form. Many buyers are being told by ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-18
  • 5 Reasons to Sell Your House This Summer
    Here are 5 compelling reasons listing your home for sale this summer makes sense. 1. Demand Is Strong The latest Buyer Traffic Index from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing, and ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-17
  • Top 4 Renovations for the Greatest Return on Investment! [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: If you are planning on listing your house for sale this year, these four home improvement projects will net you the most Return on Investment (ROI). Minor renovations can go a long way toward improving the quality of your everyday life and/or impressing potential buyers. Whether ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-14
  • Time for Your Dream Home, Gen X!
    During the housing market crash, Gen X homeowners lost more wealth than other generations. However, things are changing now! A strong economy, increasing home prices, and the recovery of the housing market are helping this generation to regain their lost wealth. According to Pew Research Center, “Their fortunes ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-13
  • 3 Things to Know in the Housing Market Today!
    A lot is happening in the world, and it’s having a direct impact on the housing market. The reality is this: some of it is positive and some of it may be negative. Some we just don’t know yet. The following three areas of the housing market are ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-12
  • Renting or Owning, What Is Better for You?
    In a real estate market where home prices are rising, many have begun to reexamine the idea of buying a home, choosing instead, to rent for a while. But often, there is a dilemma: should you keep paying rent, knowing that rent is rising too, or should you lock ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-11
  • 2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers
    Freddie Mac recently released a report entitled, “Perceptions of Down Payment Consumer Research.” Their research revealed that, “For many prospective homebuyers, saving for a down payment is the largest barrier to achieving the goal of homeownership. Part of the challenge for those planning to purchase a home is their perception ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-10
  • What is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy? [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: The “cost of waiting to buy” is defined as the additional funds necessary to buy a home if prices & interest rates were to increase over a period of time. Freddie Mac forecasts interest rates to rise to 4.5% by the Q4 2020. CoreLogic predicts home prices to ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-07
  • What is Important to Boomers when Selling their House?
    If you are a “baby boomer” (born between 1946 and 1964), you may be thinking about selling your current home. Your children may have finally moved out. Your large, four-bedroom house with three bathrooms no longer fits the bill. Taxes are too high. Utilities are too expensive. Cleaning and ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-06
  • The Feeling You Get from Owning Your Home
    We often talk about the financial reasons why buying a home makes sense. But, more often than not, the emotional reasons are the more powerful and compelling ones. No matter what shape or size your living space is, the concept and feeling of home can mean different things to ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-05
  • How Homeownership Delivers Unsurpassed Family Wealth
    There are many financial benefits to homeownership, but probably none more important than its ability to create family wealth. How Housing Matters is a joint project of the Urban Land Institute and the MacArthur Foundation. It is an online resource for research and information on how homeownership contributes to ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-04
  • 4 Reasons to Buy A Home This Summer
    Here are four reasons to consider buying today instead of waiting. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest U.S. Home Price Insights reports that home prices have appreciated by 3.7% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-03
  • The Top Reasons to Own Your Home [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: June is National Homeownership Month! Now is a great time to reflect on the many benefits of homeownership that go way beyond the financial. What reasons do you have to own your own home? Content previously posted on Keeping Current Matters ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-31
  • The Ultimate Truth about Housing Affordability
    There have been many headlines decrying an “affordability crisis” in the residential real estate market. While it is true that buying a home is less affordable than it had been over the last ten years, we need to understand why and what that means. On a monthly basis, the ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-30
  • Multigenerational Homes Are on the Rise
    As loved ones start to get older, we start to wonder: how long will they be able to live alone? Will they need someone there to help them with daily life? There’s a reason to ask those questions now more than ever, as the average age in the U.S. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-29
  • 2 Things You Need to Know to Properly Price Your Home
    In today’s housing market, home prices are increasing at a slower pace (3.7%) than they have over the last eight years (6-7%). However, they are still are above historical norms. Low supply of listed homes and high demand from buyers has pushed prices to rise rapidly. In the mind ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-28
  • All Gave Some. Some Gave All.
    We remember, today and always. Content previously posted on Keeping Current Matters ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-27
  • The Impact Staging Your Home Has On Your Sale Price [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 ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-24
  • 4 Most Popular Bottom Line Investments in America
    Every year, Gallup surveys Americans to determine their choice for the best long-term investment. Respondents are given a choice between real estate, stocks, gold, and savings accounts. For the sixth year in a row, real estate has come out on top as the best long-term investment! That has not ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-23
  • Boomerang Buyers: Don’t Be Afraid to Buy a Home Again!
    According to CoreLogic, from 2006 to 2014 “there were 7.3 million housing foreclosures and 1.9 million short sales.” The hesitation some Americans feel after experiencing a foreclosure brings to mind the old saying: “Fool me once- shame on you. Fool me twice- shame on me. According to the 2019 ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-22
  • Are Older Generations Really Not Selling Their Homes?
    Many studies suggest one of the main reasons for the inventory shortage in today’s market of homes for sale is that older generations have chosen to “age in place” over moving. The 2019 Home Buyers & Sellers Generational Trend Report by NAR clarifies this point! NAR’s findings show that ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-21
  • Starting the Search for Your Dream Home? Here Are 5 Tips!
    In today’s real estate market, low inventory dominates the conversation in many areas of the country. It can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren’t prepared. In a realtor.com article entitled, “How to Find Your Dream Home—Without Losing Your Mind,” the author highlights some steps that first-time homebuyers can ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-20
  • Top Days to List Your Home for Sale [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: ATTOM Data Solutions conducted an analysis of more than 29 million single family home and condo sales over the past eight years to determine the top days to list your home for sale. The top five days to list your home brought in a ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-17
  • 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-expected economy ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-16
  • 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 ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-15
  • New Research Shows Housing Is Affordable For First-Time Buyers
    Home prices have been on the rise for the last seven years, leading many housing market analysts to conclude that first-time homebuyers are being shut out of the market due to affordability concerns. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports on the percentage of First-Time Home Buyers (FTHB) on ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-14
  • A Lack of Inventory Continues to Impact the Housing Market
    The 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 and distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) have fallen to their lowest point in years. The market will continue to strengthen in 2019. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-13
  • A Tale of Two Markets [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: An emerging trend for some time now has been the difference between available inventory and demand in the premium and luxury markets and that in the starter and trade-up markets and what those differences are doing to prices! Inventory continues to rise in the luxury ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-10
  • Mainstream Concerns about an Economic Slowdown Revisited
    Recently, we reported that many believe a recession could happen within the next two years. We explained that 70% of economists and market analysts surveyed last year believe that a recession will occur in 2019 or 2020 and that 42% of consumers currently looking to purchase a home also ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-09
  • The Benefits of a 20% Down Payment
    If you are in the market to buy a home this year, you may be confused about how much money you need to come up with for your down payment. Many people you talk to will tell you that you need to save 20% or you won’t be able ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-08
  • Home Buyers are Optimistic About Homeownership!
    When we consider buying an item, we naturally go through a research process prior to making our decision. We ask our friends and family members who have made similar purchases about their experience, we get opinions and insights, and we read reviews online. There’s no difference when considering a ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-07
  • Why Access Is One of the Most Important Factors in Getting Your House Sold!
    So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you through the entire process, and they have asked you what level of access you want to provide to your potential buyers. There are four elements to a quality listing. At the top of the list ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-06
  • The Cost of Renting vs. Buying This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a tough decision. Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (27.7%) vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-priced home (17.5%), the choice becomes obvious. Every market ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-03
  • Your Fabulous New Dream Home is Now Available
    Over the last several years, many “baby boomers” have undergone a metamorphosis. Their children have finally moved out and they can now dream about their own future. For many, a change in lifestyle might necessitate a change in the type of home they live in. That two-story, four-bedroom colonial ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-02
  • 2 Trends Helping Keep Housing Affordable
    Two positive trends have started to emerge that impact the 2019 Spring Housing Market. Mortgage interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate loan have dropped to new lows, right as reports show that wages have increased at their highest rate in decades! These two factors have helped keep housing ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-01
  • What Would Make You Sell Your House?
    There are many reasons why a homeowner decides to sell their house and move. The latest Generational Trends Report from the National Association of Realtors asked recent home sellers to share their reason for moving. The younger the respondents, the more likely their top response centered around needing a ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-30
  • How Quickly Can You Save Your Down Payment?
    Saving for a down payment is often the biggest hurdle for a first-time homebuyer. Depending on where you live, median income, median rents, and home prices all vary. So, we set out to find out how long it would take to save for a down payment in each state. ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-29
  • Existing Home Sales Slow to Start Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Existing Home Sales slowed to an annual pace of 5.21 million home sales in March. Low inventory levels are still impacting home sales! The current month’s supply of homes for sale is 3.9-months. Median home prices were up 3.8% over last March at $259,400. This marked ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-26
  • Renters Paying Substantially More While Owning Costs Less
    In a recent Insights Blog, CoreLogic reported that rent prices have skyrocketed since 2005. Meanwhile, the typical mortgage payment has actually decreased. “CoreLogic’s national rent index was up 36% in December 2018 compared with December 2005, while the typical mortgage payment was down 4% over that period.” ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-25
  • New Study Reveals One Surprising Reason for the Inventory Shortage
    There has been a great amount written on millennials and their impact on the housing market. However, the headlines often contradict each other. Some claim this generation is becoming the largest share of first-time home buyers, while others claim millennials don’t want to own a home, blaming them for ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-24
  • With Inventory Low: Will Your Dream Home Need Some TLC?
    According to a new survey from Move.com, the wave of first-time homebuyers hitting the market this summer has resulted in an interesting statistic. Nearly 60% of buyers searching for a home this spring are willing to consider buying a fixer-upper, with 95% believing that the projects needed will increase ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-23
  • Selling Your House: Here’s Why You Need A Pro In Your Corner!
    With home prices on the rise and buyer demand still strong, some sellers may be tempted to try to sell their homes on their own rather than using the services of a real estate professional. Real estate agents are trained and experienced in negotiation while, in most cases, the ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-22
  • 5 Reasons Why Millennials Buy a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: “The majority of millennials said they consider owning a home more sensible than renting for both financial and lifestyle reasons — including control of living space, flexibility in future decisions, privacy and security, and living in a nice home.” The top reason millennials choose to buy ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-19
  • Buyer Demand Surging as Spring Market Begins
    Last fall, some predicted that the 2019 residential real estate market would be a disaster. There was even belief we might experience a housing crash like the one that occurred during the last decade. However, according to two separate reports*, buyer demand dramatically increased over the last three months, ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-18
  • Are Low Interest Rates Here to Stay?
    Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage have been on the decline since November, now reaching lows last seen in January 2018. According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, rates came in at 4.12% last week! This is great news for anyone who is planning on ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-17
  • 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 ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-16
  • 3 Questions You Need To Ask Before Buying A Home
    If you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are probably getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family have your best interests at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in the real estate market. Ask yourself ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-15
  • Slaying the Largest Homebuying Myths Today [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: The average down payment for first-time homebuyers is only 6%! Mortgage interest rates have been on the decline since November! Hop in now to lock in a low rate! 88% of property managers raised their rents in the last 12 months! The average credit score ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-12
  • Home Value Appreciation Stops Falling, Begins to Stabilize
    The percentage of home price appreciation on a year-over-year basis has decreased each month for over a year. The question was how far annual appreciation would fall. It seems we may now have the answer. In a recent post on the National Association of Realtors’ Economists’ Outlook Blog, it ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-11
  • Home Buyer Demand Will Be Strong for Years to Come
    There has been a lot written about millennials and their preference to live in city centers above their favorite pizza place. Some have even gone so far as to say that millennials are a “Renter-Generation”. And while this might be true for some millennials, more and more research has ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-10
  • Why Pet-Friendly Homes Are in High Demand
    One of the many benefits of owning your own home is the freedom to find your ‘furever’ friend. By pointing out the aspects of your home that make it ‘pet-friendly’ in your listing, you’ll attract these buyers, rather than alienating the 68% of American households that have a pet! ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-09
  • What to Consider When Choosing Your Home To Retire In
    As more and more baby boomers enter retirement age, the question of whether they should sell their homes and move has become a hot topic. In today’s housing market climate, with low available inventory in the starter and trade-up home categories, it makes sense to evaluate your home’s ability ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-08
  • Your Home’s Spring Maintenance Checklist [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Every spring, your home needs some extra TLC! Whether you plan on selling your home this spring or not, conducting this maintenance will help ensure your home functions well for the rest of the year. Your real estate agent will have a list of specific ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-05
  • 3 Graphs that Show What You Need to Know About Today’s Real Estate Market
    The Housing Market has been a hot-topic in the news lately. Depending on which media outlet you watch, it can start to be a bit confusing to understand what’s really going on with interest rates and home prices! The best way to show what’s really going on in today’s ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-04
  • Looking to Upgrade Your Current Home? Now’s the Time to Move-Up!
    In every area of the country, homes that are priced at the top 25% of the price range for that area are considered to be Premium Homes. In today’s real estate market there are deals to be had at the higher end! This is great news for homeowners who ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-03
  • Homebuyers Shouldn’t Worry About 2008 All Over Again
    Last week, realtor.com released a survey of active home shoppers (those who plan to purchase their next home in 1 year or less). The survey asked their opinion on an impending recession and its possible impact on the housing market. Two major takeaways from the survey: 42% believe a ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-02
  • 5 Reasons To Sell Your House This Spring!
    Here are five compelling reasons listing your home for sale this spring makes sense. 1. Demand Is Strong The latest Buyer Traffic Index from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing, and ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-01
  • 10 Steps to Buying a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: If you are thinking of buying a home, you may not know where to start. Here is a simple list of 10 steps that you will go through to purchase a home. Make sure to ask your agent for details about each step and what else ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-29
  • How to Put Your Housing Cost to Work for You
    There has been a lot written about the benefits of homeownership. One benefit that continues to rise to the top is the added wealth homeowners gain simply by paying their mortgage while their home increases in value over time. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently broke down ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-28
  • Data Says April is the Best Month to List Your Home for Sale
    The spring housing market is off to the races! The inventory of homes for sale is increasing, buyers are out in force, and interest rates have remained low, peaking the interest of buyers and sellers previously on the fence about making a move. New research from realtor.com shows that ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-27
  • The Enormous Divide Between the Headline and the Truth
    “I have observed that not the man who hopes when others despair, but the man who despairs when others hope, is admired by a large class of persons as a sage.” – John Stuart Mill (1840s) Even back in the mid-1800s, people knew that negative news sells. ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-26
  • Your Tax Refund Is The Key To Homeownership!
    According to data released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Americans can expect an estimated average refund of $3,143 this year when filing their taxes. This is down slightly from the average refund of $3,436 last year. Tax refunds are often thought of as ‘extra money’ that can be used toward larger goals. ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-25
  • 20 Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: When listing your house for sale, your top goal will be to get the home sold for the best price possible! There are many small projects that you can do to ensure this happens! Your real estate agent will have a list of specific suggestions for ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-22
  • Is Your House Priced To Sell Immediately (PTSI)?
    In today’s real estate market, with more houses coming to market every day and eager buyers searching for their dream home, setting the right price for your house is one of the most important things you can do. According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index, home values have risen ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-21
  • Do 46 Million Millennials Know They Are Mortgage Ready?
    Many have written about the millennial generation and whether or not they, as a whole, believe in homeownership as part of attaining the American Dream. Millennials have taken longer to obtain traditional milestones than the generations before them, such as getting married, having kids, and buying a home. However, ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-20
  • 20 Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: When listing your house for sale, your top goal will be to get the home sold for the best price possible! There are many small projects that you can do to ensure this happens! Your real estate agent will have a list of specific suggestions for ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-20
  • What Credit Score Do You Need To Buy A House?
    There are many misconceptions about the credit score needed to buy a house. Recently, it was reported that 24% of renters believe they need a 780-800 credit score to be considered for a mortgage. The reality is they are misinformed! Only 25% of the Americans have a FICO® Score ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-19
  • Want To Increase Your Family’s Wealth? Here’s How!
    Everyone should realize that unless you are living somewhere rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. Buying your own home provides you with a form of ‘forced savings’ that allows you to use your monthly housing costs to increase your family’s wealth. Every month that you pay your ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-18
  • Don’t Let Your Luck Run Out! Buy A Home This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Interest Rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage have dropped to 4.41% from near 5% in 2018. Take advantage of more inventory coming to market in the spring to find your dream home! Buying now will allow you to start earning equity today! Content ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-15
  • Homeownership is a Cornerstone of the American Dream
    “The rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated.” The famous quote attributed to Mark Twain can apply to homeownership in the United States today. During the housing bubble of the last decade, the homeownership rate soared to over sixty-nine percent. After the crash, that percentage continued to ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-14
  • 7 Things To Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage!
    Congratulations! You’ve found a home to buy and have applied for a mortgage! You are undoubtedly excited about the opportunity to decorate your new home! But before you make any big purchases, move any money around, or make any big-time life changes, consult your loan officer. They will be ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-13
  • What’s Going On with Bidding Wars?
    In a strong seller’s market, like the one we have experienced over the past few years, bidding wars are common and expected. This makes sense! A seller’s market is defined as a market in which the inventory of homes for sale cannot satisfy the number of buyers who want ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-12
  • 4 Reasons to Buy a Home in the Spring
    Spring has sprung, and it’s a great time to buy a home! Here are four reasons to consider buying today instead of waiting. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest U.S. Home Price Insights reports that home prices have appreciated by 4.4% over the last 12 months. ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-11
  • Preparing to Spring Forward [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: In the majority of the country, this weekend marks the start of Daylight Savings Time as we set our clocks forward an hour on Sunday at 2:00 AM EST. Whether you plan on buying or selling this spring, these tips could help you ‘spring ahead’ ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-08
  • Why an Economic Slowdown Will NOT Crush Real Estate this Time
    Last week, the National Association for Business Economics released their February 2019 Economic Policy Survey. The survey revealed that a majority of the panel believe an economic slowdown is in the near future: “While only 10% of panelists expect a recession in 2019, 42% say a recession will ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-07
  • 2 Reports That Say Now Is a Great Time to Sell
    Heading into the spring buying market, there are strong trends starting to emerge. The inventory of homes for sale has increased on a year-over-year basis for eight months in a row. Home price appreciation has continued to grow, although at a slower rate. The homeownership rate has reached heights ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-06
  • How to Have a Unique Open House
    According to the National Association of Realtors, total inventory has been growing for six months straight, as has the number of buyers looking to find their dream home. In a market where inventory is increasing, you want to stand out in the crowd! This quote from Grandscope puts it ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-05
  • The Housing Market Will “Spring Forward” This Year!
    Just like our clocks this weekend, in the majority of the country, the housing market will soon “spring forward!” Similar to tension in a spring, the lack of inventory available for sale has been holding back the market. Many potential sellers believe that waiting until Spring is in their best interest. Traditionally, they ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-04
  • Home Prices Up 5.73% Across the Country! [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their latest Quarterly Home Price Index report. In the report, home prices are compared both regionally and by state. Based on the latest numbers, if you plan on relocating to another state, waiting to move may end up costing you more! ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-01
  • No Worries… Home Prices Coming in for a SOFT Landing
    Home prices have appreciated considerably over the last five years. This has some concerned that we may be in for another dramatic correction. However, recent statistics suggest home values will not crash as they did a decade ago. Instead, this time they will come in for a soft landing. ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-28
  • Interest Rates Hit New 12 Month Low!
    According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage are currently at their lowest for 2019. Rates like these haven’t been seen since February 2018! Last week’s survey results reported an interest rate of 4.35%. This is a welcome change from ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-27
  • What are the Benefits of Becoming a Homeowner?
    Every family has a list of important dates. We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, pet adoptions…and the list goes on. For 64.4 percent of households in the United States, this list includes the day they became a homeowner for the first time! Why is this date important? Homeownership is not just ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-26
  • How Can I Increase My Family’s Net Worth?
    Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts their Survey of Consumer Finances. Data is collected across all economic and social groups. The latest survey data covers 2013-2016. The study revealed that the median net worth of a homeowner is $231,400 – a 15% increase since 2013. At the same ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-25
  • 3 Tips for Making Your Dream of Buying A Home Come True [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Setting up an automatic savings plan that saves a small amount of every check is one of the best ways to save without thinking too much about it. Living within a budget right now will help you save money for down payments while also paying down ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-22
  • 3 Reasons Why We Are Not Heading Toward Another Housing Crash
    With home prices softening, some are concerned that we may be headed toward the next housing crash. However, it is important to remember that today’s market is quite different than the bubble market of twelve years ago. Here are three key metrics that will explain why: Home Prices ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-21
  • Why A Normal Market is Just What We Need
    The housing market has been hot for a while now. Homes have been flying off the shelves as fast as they have been listed. Buyers have been competing in bidding wars just to find a home to buy, let alone find their dream home. This ‘seller’s market’ has ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-20
  • 2019 Will Be a Great Year for Buyers AND Sellers
    Many homeowners believe that rising interest rates and home prices have scared away buyers and therefore have not listed their houses for sale. However, the truth is that buyers who were unable to find a home last year are out in force, and there are even more coming! ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-19
  • Millionaire To Millennials: Don’t Get Stuck Renting A Home… Buy One!
    In a CNBC article, self-made millionaire David Bach explained that: “The biggest mistake millennials are making is not buying their first home.” He goes on to say that, “If you want to build real financial security, real wealth for your lifetime, then you need to buy a home.” Bach ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-18
  • Where Did Americans Move in 2018? [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Every year United Van Lines conducts their National Movers Study by tracking their customer’s movement state-to-state over the course of the year. Vermont claimed the top spot of states with the highest percentage of inbound residents following a campaign that covered relocation costs for skilled ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-15
  • First Comes Love… Then Comes Mortgage? Couples Lead the Way
    According to the National Association of REALTORS most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, married couples once again dominated the first-time homebuyer statistics in 2018 at 54% of all buyers. It is no surprise that buying a home is more attainable with two incomes to save for down payments and contribute to ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-14
  • Why Homeownership Matters Now More Than Ever
    Study after study shows that no matter what generation Americans belong to, the vast majority believe that homeownership is an important part of their American Dream. The benefits of homeownership can be broken into two main categories: financial and non-financial (often referred to as emotional or social reasons.) For ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-13
  • How To List Your Home for the Best Price
    If your plan for 2019 includes selling your home, you will want to pay attention to where experts believe home values are headed. According to the latest Home Price Index from CoreLogic, home prices increased by 4.7% over the course of 2018. The map below shows the results of ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-12
  • Thinking of Selling Your House? This is a Perfect Time!
    It is common knowledge that a great number of homes sell during the spring buying season. For that reason, many homeowners hold off putting their homes on the market until then. The question is whether or not that is a good strategy this year. The other listings that come ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-11
  • 5 Reasons to Love Hiring A Real Estate Pro [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Highlights: Hiring a real estate professional to guide you through the process of buying a home or selling your house can be one of the best decisions you make! They are there for you to help with contracts, explaining the process, negotiations, and pricing (both when making an ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-08
  • How to Get a Better Perspective on Affordability
    Headlines spotlight the fact that buying a home is less affordable today than it was at any other time in more than a decade. Those headlines are accurate. Understandably, buying a home is more expensive now than immediately following one of the worst housing crashes in American history. Over ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-07
  • The KonMari Method: Helping You Prep Your House For Sale
    One of the biggest challenges sellers face when listing their house is decluttering. Cleaning out some of the more personal decorating choices allows buyers to imagine themselves living in the house. Those planning to sell soon are in luck! Marie Kondo, the inventor of the KonMari Method of ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-06
  • One More Time… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a Home
    The largest obstacle renters face when planning to buy a home is saving for a down payment. This challenge is amplified by rising rents, which has eaten into the amount of money renters have leftover for savings each month after paying expenses. In combination with higher rents, survey ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-05
  • Whose Mortgage Do You Want to Pay? Yours or Your Landlord’s?
    There are some people who haven’t purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. However, everyone should realize that unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. As Entrepreneur Magazine, a premier source ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-04
  • 5 Reasons Homeowners Throw the Best Super Bowl Parties! [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Highlights: Watching the big game at home with your friends & family offers many advantages. There’s more room to entertain a large crowd, and you don’t have to worry about complaints to your landlord if you cheer too loudly! The kitchen is big enough to make as many ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-01
  • Do You Know How Much Your Home Has Increased in Value?
    Last year we saw headlines about a possible housing market bubble, and many wondered if Americans still felt confident about the value of their homes. Recently, the 2018 Houzz & Home Study revealed:Homeowners with mortgages have seen their home equity more than double since 2011, increasing to ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-31
  • 4 Proven Ways Real Estate Can Build Sizable Family Wealth
    Recently, David Greene, co-host of the BiggerPockets podcast and a nationally renowned author and speaker, wrote an article in Forbes explaining how investing in real estate could help build wealth. Many of the points he made also apply to a family owning their own home. Here are a few: ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-30
  • Is Student Loan Debt A Threat to Homeownership? No!
    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 ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-29
  • Why It Makes No Sense to Wait for Spring to Sell
    The price of any item (including residential real estate) is determined by the theory of ‘supply and demand.’ If many people are looking to buy an item and the supply of that item is limited, the price of that item increases. The supply of homes for sale dramatically increases every ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-28
  • Think You Should For Sale By Owner? Think Again! [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: For Sale By Owner (FSBO) is the process of selling real estate without the representation of a real estate broker or real estate agent. According to the National Association of Realtors’ Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, 36% of homeowners who decided to FSBO last ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-25
  • 3 Things You Need in a Shifting Real Estate Market
    Whether you are thinking of selling your house or buying a home, today’s real estate headlines can be confusing – perhaps even concerning. What is actually happening with mortgage rates? Are home values dropping or are they just rising at a slower pace? What impact will the economy have ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-24
  • The Importance of Homeownership to the American Dream
    For centuries, people in this country have seen homeownership as part of the American Dream. Whether they were born here or immigrated from another country, they wanted to own a piece of America. With so many prominent societal changes over the last few decades, it is fair to ask ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-23
  • Do You Prefer the Charm of an Existing Home?
    When homebuyers begin their research, they want to see all their available options! In many cases, they will include both new construction and existing homes in their search; but is a new construction home really the house of their dreams? According to a recent survey by Zillow, of the ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-22
  • The Difference Having a Professional on Your Side Makes
    In today’s fast-paced world, where answers are a Google search away, there are some who may wonder what the benefits of hiring a real estate professional to help them in their home search are. The truth is, with the addition of more information, comes more confusion. Shows like Property ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-21
  • What is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy? [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: The cost of waiting to buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices & interest rates were to increase over a period of time. Freddie Mac predicts interest rates to rise to 5.1% by the end of ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-18
  • Last Chance! Homes are a Bargain Compared to Historic Norms
    A loaf of bread used to be a nickel. A movie ticket was a dime.  Not anymore. Houses were also much less expensive than they are now. Inflation raised the price of all three of those items, along with the price of almost every other item we purchase. The ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-17
  • Selling Your Home? Make Sure the Price is Right!
    If you’ve ever watched “The Price is Right,” you know that the only way to win is to be the one to correctly guess the price of the item you want without going over! That means your guess must be just slightly under the retail price. In today’s shifting ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-16
  • Buying a Home Young is the Key to 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 ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-15
  • Buying a House This Year? This Should Be Your 1st Step!
    In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show that you are serious about buying your dream home is to ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-14
  • The Cost Across Time [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: With interest rates still around 4.5%, now is a great time to look back at where rates have been over the last 40 years. Rates are projected to climb to 5.0% by this time next year according to Freddie Mac. The impact your interest rate makes ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-11
  • The Best Time to List Your House? TODAY!
    You may have heard that the housing market is softening. There is no doubt that buyer traffic has decreased. There are fewer purchasers in the market than there were last month and at this time last year. What you may not have heard, however, is that there is still ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-10
  • Is the Recent Dip in Interest Rates Here to Stay?
    Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage climbed consistently throughout 2018 until the middle of November. After that point, rates returned to levels that we saw in August to close out the year at 4.55%, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey. After the first week of ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-09
  • Buying A Vacation Property? Now Is A Good Time!
    Every year around this time, many homeowners begin the process of preparing their homes in case of extreme winter weather. Some others skip winter all together by escaping to their vacation homes in a warmer climate. For those homeowners staying at their first residence, AccuWeather warns: “The late-week ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-08
  • Want to Get the Most Money from The Sale of Your Home? Use These 2 Tips!
    Every homeowner wants to make sure they maximize their financial reward when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive the maximum value for your house? Here are two keys to ensure that you get the highest price possible. 1. Price it a LITTLE LOW  This ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-07
  • Top Renovations to Complete Before You Sell Your House [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: If you are planning on listing your house for sale this year, here are the top four home improvement projects that will net you the most Return on Investment (ROI). Minor bathroom renovations can go a long way toward improving the quality of your everyday life ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-04
  • Belief in Homeownership as an Investment is Far from Dead
    Following last year’s real estate market was like riding a rollercoaster. The market started off strong in 2018 and then softened before finishing with a mild flurry. However, one thing that did not waiver was America’s belief that owning a home makes sense from a financial standpoint. An end-of-the-year survey ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-03
  • Excited About Buying A Home This Year? Here’s What to Watch
    As we kick off the new year, many families have made resolutions to enter the housing market in 2019. Whether you are thinking of finally ditching your landlord and buying your first home or selling your starter house to move into your forever home, there are two pieces of ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-02
  • Here’s to a Wonderful 2019!
    We hope 2019 is a great year for you, both personally and professionally! Content previously posted on Keeping Current Matters ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-01
  • Why You Should Not For Sale By Owner
    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. ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-31
  • Where is the Housing Market Headed in 2019? [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: ­Interest rates are projected to increase steadily throughout 2019, but buyers will still be able to lock in a rate lower than their parents or grandparents did when they bought their homes! Home prices will rise at a rate of 4.8% over the course of 2019 ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-28
  • 24 Hours that Suddenly Improved the Market
    This year started strong for real estate, but then the market began to soften. Home inventory in the starter and move-up categories dwindled to almost nothing, mortgage rates were projected to rise, and home sales have now decreased for several months in a row. To many, the outlook heading ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-27
  • How to Save Thousands of Dollars in Interest on Your Mortgage
    One of the most common loans you can get to buy a home is a 30-year fixed rate mortgage. If the thought of paying for your home over the course of 30-years seems daunting, here are some easy ways to shorten that term which will actually end up saving ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-26
  • Thank You for All Your Support
    Content previously posted on Keeping Current Matters ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-25
  • What Makes a House a Home For You?
    We frequently talk about why it makes sense to buy a home financially, 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 a home can mean different things ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-24
  • Buyers Are Looking for Your Home, Now [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Existing home sales are currently at an annual pace of 5.32 million and have increased on a monthly basis for the last two months. The inventory of existing homes for sale remains below the 6-months needed for a normal market and is now at a 3.9-month ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-21
  • What a Difference a Year Makes for Sellers
    Over the last few years, many sellers have been hesitant to put their houses on the market because they feared not being able to find another home to buy. We’ve reported on inventory shortages in the past, and it’s been a constant concern for potential buyers throughout recent years. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-17
  • Should I Refinance My Home?
    With the recent lower interest rates, many homeowners are wondering if they should refinance. To decide if refinancing is the best option for your family, start by asking yourself these questions: Why do you want to refinance? There are many reasons to refinance, but here are three of ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-16
  • Fast-Setting or Standard Concrete: How to Decide
    Should you use fast-setting or standard concrete? The answer depends on your project. Follow this guide and decide! ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-16
  • 3 Tips to Lengthen Your Concrete Patio’s Life
    A concrete patio is beautiful and durable, but regular maintenance strengthens the surface and lengthens its life. Here are 3 tips to protect your patio. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-16
  • Home Price Appreciation Forecast
    Questions continue to come up about where home prices will head throughout the rest of this year, as well as where they may be going over the few years beyond. We’ve gathered current data from the industry’s most reliable sources to help answer these questions: The Home Price Expectation ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-15
  • How to Build a Grill Shelter
    A grill shelter provides additional architectural interest and protects your grill from the elements. Here's how to build one! ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-15
  • Formula Packs Plant Nutrition & Garden Soil
    Miracle-Gro packs everything you need in one bag: soil, fertilizer and compost! ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-15
  • 4 Things You Can Do to Increase Your Home’s Value
    If you plan on putting your home on the market in the near future, you might want to take a quick look at these simple and affordable upgrades. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-14
  • 5 Life Hacks to Stay Cool, Prevent Damage and Save Money this Summer
    Cooking indoors? Then expect a high cooling bill. Try #5 instead! Also: Handy new uses for pool noodles. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-14
  • How to Make a Buried Lawn Socket from PVC
    Lawn sockets make it easy to put up and take down everything from patio umbrellas and flagpoles to volleyball nets and sprinklers. Here's how to make them! ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-14
  • Hurricane Katrina Survivors Discover a Metal Roof’s Benefits
    Ricky and Tracy Jones know what it’s like to weather a storm with a substandard roof — that’s why they chose a metal roof. The couple placed a shingle roof rated for 30 years on their home, but that roof was no match for Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and it ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-12
  • Ep 27. DIY Privacy Wall & Pool Noodle Storage
    We offer some suggestions on how to get some privacy on your deck. Also, how you can create storage on top of your vehicle using a pool noodle. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-12
  • 5 Reasons Why Your Home is Hot — and What to Do About Them
    During the summer, it’s nice to go indoors to avoid heat and harmful UV rays. But sometimes, it’s also hot inside your home, even though you have air conditioning. That’s when it’s time to search for the source and make some improvements. Here are 5 reasons why your home is ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-12
  • Is Your First Home Now Within Your Grasp? [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: According to the US Census Bureau, “millennials” are defined as 18-36-year-olds. According to NAR’s latest Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the median age of all first-time home buyers is 32. More and more “old millennials” (25-36) are realizing that homeownership is within their grasp now! ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-12
  • How to Clean Inside the Glass on an Oven Door
    This simple tip allows you to clean between the double glass panes on an oven door without having to take the oven door apart. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-11
  • Americans’ Powerful Belief in Homeownership as an Investment
    The Federal Reserve Bank (The Fed) recently released their 2019  Survey of Consumer Expectations Housing Survey. The survey reported that 65% of Americans believe homeownership is a good financial investment. Since 2014, the percentage has increased by over nine percent.The Fed’s survey also showed that when the results are ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-11
  • 4 Tips to Sell Your Home Faster
    Since June of last year, we have seen an increase in the inventory of homes for sale month per month. Every spring and summer, the inventory increases because people want to sell their home. For those with children, they may want to be in their new home for the ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-10
  • 5 Powerful Reasons to Own Instead of Rent
    Owning a home has great financial benefits. In a recent research paper, Homeownership and the American Dream, Laurie S. Goodman and Christopher Mayer of the Urban Land Institute explained: “Homeownership appears to help borrowers accumulate housing and nonhousing wealth in a variety of ways, with tax advantages, greater ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-09
  • How to Build a Backyard Fire Pit with Pavers
    Installing a fire pit makes a patio cozy and offers the perfect place to roast marshmallows on cool nights. Here's how to make one! ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-09
  • How to Build a Patio Sitting Wall
    A sitting wall is a functional architectural enhancement to your home, and building one with pavers is easy. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-09
  • How to Spray Paint Screws, Latches, Braces and Brackets
    Need to spray paint hooks, fasteners and hardware? Here's the simple way to do it — you just need a piece of wire and some cardboard. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-08
  • Milwaukee’s String Trimmer is Powerful, Versatile & Efficient
    Milwaukee's String Timmer has a QUIK-LOK feature that makes it possible to change attachments. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-08
  • Now’s the Time to Move-Up and Upgrade Your Current Home!
    Homes priced at the top 25% of the price range for a particular area of the country are considered “premium homes.” In today’s real estate market, there are deals to be had at the higher end! This is great news for homeowners wanting to upgrade from their current house. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-08
  • The Basics of Home Automation
    If you're interested in home automation, but you don't know where to begin, here are the basics. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-07
  • 3 Last-Minute Ways to Prepare Your Home for Summer
    During the summer, heat and sunshine can cause your utility bills to skyrocket and lead to wear and tear on your home. By taking certain precautions, you can minimize the damage and perform necessary repairs before things escalate. If you want to save money and keep your house in good ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-07
  • Tips for Cleaning Your Home with a Pressure Washer
    Pressure washers can clean driveways, sidewalks, patios, decks, siding and fencing, but you need to know how to use them properly. Here are some pointers. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-07
  • The Advantages of Raised Garden Bed Kits
    Raised planting beds are a great way to grow flowers or vegetables in your yard. Wooden raised planting beds are available in precut kits that are easy to assemble. Watch this video to find out more. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-07
  • How Much Attic Insulation Do You Need?
    Watch this video to find out how much insulation you need in your attic to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-07
  • Advantages of Retractable Screens for Covered Decks and Porches
    It's nice to lounge on a porch or covered patio — until mosquitoes ruin the day. Here's a solution to keep those pests away. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-06
  • How to Level Your Stepping-Stone Walkway
    Stepping stones that rock back and forth are tripping hazards, but they're easy to fix — all you need is a bag of sand. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-06
  • Ep 26. Widening a Doorway & House Ventilation Strategies
    On this week’s podcast: • We’re talking about widening an existing doorway and the considerations to keep in mind when tackling this type of project. • A homeowner’s bedroom is right above a garage and it’s getting way too hot. We have a few tips on how she can keep ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-05
  • 10 Steps to Buying a Home This Summer [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: If you are thinking of buying a home, you may not know where to start. Here is a simple list of 10 steps that you will go through to purchase a home. Make sure to ask your agent for details about each step and what else ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-05
  • July Home Maintenance To-Do List
    July means summer has arrived in full force. But before heading out for your summer vacation, take the time to tackle these needed home maintenance chores. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-04
  • 8 Tips to Find an Affordable Home
    Hurdles to homeownership are steep. First, you have to determine what you want and need in your dream home — and find property within your budget. As if that weren’t enough, you then have to wade through a sea of red tape to qualify for a mortgage. It’s enough to ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-04
  • Happy Independence Day!
    Wishing you & yours a safe & Happy 4th of July! Content previously posted on Keeping Current Matters ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-04
  • 4 Staging Tips Before Renting Your Home
    Follow these tips to get your house on and off the market fast. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-04
  • 4 Tips to Build Your Home to Last
    When you build a home from the ground up, take nothing to chance. Follow some best practices to make sure the home is built to last. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-04
  • 4 Rooms You Should Declutter and Refresh
    A few simple touches can transform a space and make it more comfortable. Here are four rooms that need the most help. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-04
  • Is Mortgage Debt out of Control?
    The housing crisis of the last decade was partially caused by unhealthy levels of mortgage debt. Homeowners were using their homes as ATMs by refinancing and swapping their equity for cash. When prices started to fall, many homeowners found themselves in a negative equity situation (where their mortgage ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-03
  • 4 Things to Consider Before Building a Home
    The prospect of building a home is enough to give any budding homeowner pause. Each step in the process is overwhelming at best, and the amount of detail that goes into constructing a house is vast. If you’re grappling with the complexities of building a home, here are some considerations ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-03
  • 4 Ways to Give a New Home Historical Touches
    Blend contemporary and vintage items to give a new home a sense of history. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-03
  • 4 Tips to Extend Your Roof’s Life
    Roofs don't last forever, but you can extend their life with regular maintenance. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-03
  • 5 Tips to Prepare Your RV for a Road Trip
    For summer fun, there’s nothing like taking the RV on the road and enjoying some adventures. But before you hit the road, make sure the vehicle is safe to drive and comfortable for the big trip. Here are 5 tips to prepare the RV: 1. Clean everything. For the optimal ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-02
  • How to Prevent Slips and Falls on Outside Steps
    Have outdoor stairs? This is one of the easiest ways to protect against slips and falls — stay safe! ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-02
  • 5 Steps to Spot-Clean Carpet
    Watch this video for an easy way to spot clean a small area of carpet in your home in minutes using common household products, rather than potentially hazardous chemical cleaners or carpet cleaning machines. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-02
  • Millennials Are Increasing the Demand for Condominiums
    When deciding to buy a home, people are presented with many different options. The type of home you buy depends on your needs, budget, and in many cases, the desired maintenance level. For many millennials, their choice has been buying a condominium! According to CoreLogic,Last year about ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-02
  • How to Find Your Property Lines
    Installing a fence or adding landscaping? Then knowing your property's boundaries is a must. Here's how to find your property lines. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-02
  • How to Make a Recycling Bin Drawer
    Watch this video to find out how to make wooden cleats to hang your recycling bins under a countertop or workbench to keep them organized and out of the way. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-02
  • Bonus: Get to Know Host Danny Lipford!
    In part two of the series,  Joe interviews host Danny Lipford, giving you a deep dive into his life.  Learn how Danny received his training in home remodeling,  his short run as a band promoter, and the transition from the construction site to the television studio. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-01
  • How to Choose a Paintbrush
    When you're choosing a paintbrush for you next project you'll want to consider the size of the brush and the type of material it's made with. Watch this video to find out more. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-01
  • Top 5 Reasons You Should NOT FSBO
    Rising home prices coupled with a lack of inventory in today’s market may cause some homeowners to consider selling their home on their own (known in the industry as a For Sale By Owner). However, a FSBO might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-01
  • How to Antique Glaze Clay Pots
    Want weathered clay pots? You no longer have to wait for Mother Nature. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-01
  • How to Paint a Brick House
    Want to transform dark, dated brick for a lighter look? Here's how to paint it and add some curb appeal! ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-01
  • How to Update Metal Shutters with Gel Stain
    Gel staining metal shutters is an easy way to update their look and take years off an aging home. Here's how to do it! ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-01
  • Reach Farther & Cut More with This Hedge Trimmer
    Mature shrubs often have branches that are too thick to cut — but RYOBI's hedge trimmer gets the job done. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-01
  • Behind the DIY: An Alternative to Expensive Flooring
    If you don’t like your floors, there’s an easy, affordable alternative to covering them: paint them! You can paint wood flooring, as one option, but if you just have the subfloor to work with, you can paint that, too. “We did it as a temporary measure [just right over the ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-01
  • Behind the DIY: Accent Walls Enhance North Carolina Home
    Brittany Klingler used painter's tape to create a pattern for her accent walls. ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-30
  • This Ceiling Fan Makes Installation Easy
    Looking for the easiest option to stay cool? This ceiling fan's parts just click into place — and it's remote controlled! ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-30
  • 8 Tips for Choosing and Growing Houseplants
    Growing houseplants is a great way to start gardening while enhancing the beauty of your home. Like any other gardening endeavor, indoor gardens can be as simple or elaborate as you would like. Here are some general guidelines to help get you started. ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-30
  • How to Grow Hydrangeas
    Hydrangeas enhance landscape borders, and their blossoms are beautiful as cut or dried flowers. Here are tips for growing this eye-catching plant in your yard. ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-30
  • How to Make a Drink Trough for a Picnic Table
    Here's a lifehack for your picnic table: modify it to cool and serve drinks! ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-30
  • How to Paint Plastic Garden Decor
    Watch this video to find out how to paint exterior plastic decorative items around your home using special paint made for painting plastic. ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-30
  • How to Upcycle a Colander into a Hanging Planter
    You see an old colander — we see a front-porch planter. Here's how to make it! ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-30
  • Americans Rank Real Estate Best Investment for 6 Years Running! [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Real estate has outranked stocks/mutual funds, gold, savings accounts/CDs, and bonds as the best long-term investment among Americans for the last 6 years. Stock owners are more positive about real estate than stocks as an investment. Of the 4 listed, real estate is the only investment ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-28
  • Know What to Expect at Your Home Inspection
    So you made an offer and it was accepted. Now, your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. Agents oftentimes make your offer contingent on a clean home inspection. This contingency allows you to renegotiate the price you paid for the home, ask the sellers to ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-27
  • Before You Look for Your Dream Home: Know What You Want vs. What You Need!
    In this day and age of being able to shop for anything anywhere, it is really important to know what you’re looking for when you start your home search. If you’ve been thinking about buying a home of your own for some time now, you’ve probably come up with ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-26
  • Having a Professional on Your Side Makes All the Difference!
    In today’s fast-paced world where answers are a Google search away, there are some who may wonder what the benefits of hiring a real estate professional to help them in their home search are. The truth is, the addition of more information causes more confusion. Shows like Property BrothersFixer Upper, and dozens ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-25
  • Stop Wondering What Your Budget Is & Get Pre-Approved!
    In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show that you are serious about buying your dream home is to ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-24
  • 4 Reasons to Sell This Summer [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of homes for sale. This means that buyers are often competing with one another for the few listings that are available. Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply needed to sustain a normal housing market. Now may be ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-21
  • Young First-Time Buyers Are Saving for Their Dream Homes
    Young buyers (Millennials & Gen Z) have waited longer than previous generations to enter the housing market for their first home. However, this hasn’t stopped them from dreaming about the home they will eventually buy. Many spend hours searching listings and building Pinterest boards of their favorite home features. ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-20
  • What You Need to Know About Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)
    Whether it is your first time or your fifth, it is always important to know all the facts when it comes to buying a home. With the large number of mortgage programs available that allow buyers to purchase homes with down payments below 20%, you can never have too much ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-19
  • Why Is So Much Paperwork Required to Get a Mortgage?
    When buying a home today, why is there so much paperwork mandated by the lenders for a mortgage loan application? It seems like they need to know everything about you. Furthermore, it requires three separate sources to validate each and every entry on the application form. Many buyers are being told by ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-18
  • 5 Reasons to Sell Your House This Summer
    Here are 5 compelling reasons listing your home for sale this summer makes sense. 1. Demand Is Strong The latest Buyer Traffic Index from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing, and ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-17
  • Top 4 Renovations for the Greatest Return on Investment! [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: If you are planning on listing your house for sale this year, these four home improvement projects will net you the most Return on Investment (ROI). Minor renovations can go a long way toward improving the quality of your everyday life and/or impressing potential buyers. Whether ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-14
  • Time for Your Dream Home, Gen X!
    During the housing market crash, Gen X homeowners lost more wealth than other generations. However, things are changing now! A strong economy, increasing home prices, and the recovery of the housing market are helping this generation to regain their lost wealth. According to Pew Research Center, “Their fortunes ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-13
  • 3 Things to Know in the Housing Market Today!
    A lot is happening in the world, and it’s having a direct impact on the housing market. The reality is this: some of it is positive and some of it may be negative. Some we just don’t know yet. The following three areas of the housing market are ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-12
  • Renting or Owning, What Is Better for You?
    In a real estate market where home prices are rising, many have begun to reexamine the idea of buying a home, choosing instead, to rent for a while. But often, there is a dilemma: should you keep paying rent, knowing that rent is rising too, or should you lock ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-11
  • 2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers
    Freddie Mac recently released a report entitled, “Perceptions of Down Payment Consumer Research.” Their research revealed that, “For many prospective homebuyers, saving for a down payment is the largest barrier to achieving the goal of homeownership. Part of the challenge for those planning to purchase a home is their perception ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-10
  • What is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy? [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: The “cost of waiting to buy” is defined as the additional funds necessary to buy a home if prices & interest rates were to increase over a period of time. Freddie Mac forecasts interest rates to rise to 4.5% by the Q4 2020. CoreLogic predicts home prices to ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-07
  • What is Important to Boomers when Selling their House?
    If you are a “baby boomer” (born between 1946 and 1964), you may be thinking about selling your current home. Your children may have finally moved out. Your large, four-bedroom house with three bathrooms no longer fits the bill. Taxes are too high. Utilities are too expensive. Cleaning and ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-06
  • The Feeling You Get from Owning Your Home
    We often talk about the financial reasons why buying a home makes sense. But, more often than not, the emotional reasons are the more powerful and compelling ones. No matter what shape or size your living space is, the concept and feeling of home can mean different things to ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-05
  • How Homeownership Delivers Unsurpassed Family Wealth
    There are many financial benefits to homeownership, but probably none more important than its ability to create family wealth. How Housing Matters is a joint project of the Urban Land Institute and the MacArthur Foundation. It is an online resource for research and information on how homeownership contributes to ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-04
  • 4 Reasons to Buy A Home This Summer
    Here are four reasons to consider buying today instead of waiting. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest U.S. Home Price Insights reports that home prices have appreciated by 3.7% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-03
  • The Top Reasons to Own Your Home [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: June is National Homeownership Month! Now is a great time to reflect on the many benefits of homeownership that go way beyond the financial. What reasons do you have to own your own home? Content previously posted on Keeping Current Matters ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-31
  • The Ultimate Truth about Housing Affordability
    There have been many headlines decrying an “affordability crisis” in the residential real estate market. While it is true that buying a home is less affordable than it had been over the last ten years, we need to understand why and what that means. On a monthly basis, the ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-30
  • Multigenerational Homes Are on the Rise
    As loved ones start to get older, we start to wonder: how long will they be able to live alone? Will they need someone there to help them with daily life? There’s a reason to ask those questions now more than ever, as the average age in the U.S. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-29
  • 2 Things You Need to Know to Properly Price Your Home
    In today’s housing market, home prices are increasing at a slower pace (3.7%) than they have over the last eight years (6-7%). However, they are still are above historical norms. Low supply of listed homes and high demand from buyers has pushed prices to rise rapidly. In the mind ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-28
  • All Gave Some. Some Gave All.
    We remember, today and always. Content previously posted on Keeping Current Matters ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-27
  • The Impact Staging Your Home Has On Your Sale Price [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 ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-24
  • 4 Most Popular Bottom Line Investments in America
    Every year, Gallup surveys Americans to determine their choice for the best long-term investment. Respondents are given a choice between real estate, stocks, gold, and savings accounts. For the sixth year in a row, real estate has come out on top as the best long-term investment! That has not ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-23
  • Boomerang Buyers: Don’t Be Afraid to Buy a Home Again!
    According to CoreLogic, from 2006 to 2014 “there were 7.3 million housing foreclosures and 1.9 million short sales.” The hesitation some Americans feel after experiencing a foreclosure brings to mind the old saying: “Fool me once- shame on you. Fool me twice- shame on me. According to the 2019 ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-22
  • Are Older Generations Really Not Selling Their Homes?
    Many studies suggest one of the main reasons for the inventory shortage in today’s market of homes for sale is that older generations have chosen to “age in place” over moving. The 2019 Home Buyers & Sellers Generational Trend Report by NAR clarifies this point! NAR’s findings show that ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-21
  • Starting the Search for Your Dream Home? Here Are 5 Tips!
    In today’s real estate market, low inventory dominates the conversation in many areas of the country. It can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren’t prepared. In a realtor.com article entitled, “How to Find Your Dream Home—Without Losing Your Mind,” the author highlights some steps that first-time homebuyers can ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-20
  • Top Days to List Your Home for Sale [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: ATTOM Data Solutions conducted an analysis of more than 29 million single family home and condo sales over the past eight years to determine the top days to list your home for sale. The top five days to list your home brought in a ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-17
  • 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-expected economy ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-16
  • 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 ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-15
  • New Research Shows Housing Is Affordable For First-Time Buyers
    Home prices have been on the rise for the last seven years, leading many housing market analysts to conclude that first-time homebuyers are being shut out of the market due to affordability concerns. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports on the percentage of First-Time Home Buyers (FTHB) on ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-14
  • A Lack of Inventory Continues to Impact the Housing Market
    The 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 and distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) have fallen to their lowest point in years. The market will continue to strengthen in 2019. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-13
  • A Tale of Two Markets [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: An emerging trend for some time now has been the difference between available inventory and demand in the premium and luxury markets and that in the starter and trade-up markets and what those differences are doing to prices! Inventory continues to rise in the luxury ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-10
  • Mainstream Concerns about an Economic Slowdown Revisited
    Recently, we reported that many believe a recession could happen within the next two years. We explained that 70% of economists and market analysts surveyed last year believe that a recession will occur in 2019 or 2020 and that 42% of consumers currently looking to purchase a home also ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-09
  • The Benefits of a 20% Down Payment
    If you are in the market to buy a home this year, you may be confused about how much money you need to come up with for your down payment. Many people you talk to will tell you that you need to save 20% or you won’t be able ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-08
  • Home Buyers are Optimistic About Homeownership!
    When we consider buying an item, we naturally go through a research process prior to making our decision. We ask our friends and family members who have made similar purchases about their experience, we get opinions and insights, and we read reviews online. There’s no difference when considering a ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-07
  • Why Access Is One of the Most Important Factors in Getting Your House Sold!
    So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you through the entire process, and they have asked you what level of access you want to provide to your potential buyers. There are four elements to a quality listing. At the top of the list ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-06
  • The Cost of Renting vs. Buying This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a tough decision. Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (27.7%) vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-priced home (17.5%), the choice becomes obvious. Every market ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-03
  • Your Fabulous New Dream Home is Now Available
    Over the last several years, many “baby boomers” have undergone a metamorphosis. Their children have finally moved out and they can now dream about their own future. For many, a change in lifestyle might necessitate a change in the type of home they live in. That two-story, four-bedroom colonial ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-02
  • 2 Trends Helping Keep Housing Affordable
    Two positive trends have started to emerge that impact the 2019 Spring Housing Market. Mortgage interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate loan have dropped to new lows, right as reports show that wages have increased at their highest rate in decades! These two factors have helped keep housing ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-01
  • What Would Make You Sell Your House?
    There are many reasons why a homeowner decides to sell their house and move. The latest Generational Trends Report from the National Association of Realtors asked recent home sellers to share their reason for moving. The younger the respondents, the more likely their top response centered around needing a ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-30
  • How Quickly Can You Save Your Down Payment?
    Saving for a down payment is often the biggest hurdle for a first-time homebuyer. Depending on where you live, median income, median rents, and home prices all vary. So, we set out to find out how long it would take to save for a down payment in each state. ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-29
  • Existing Home Sales Slow to Start Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Existing Home Sales slowed to an annual pace of 5.21 million home sales in March. Low inventory levels are still impacting home sales! The current month’s supply of homes for sale is 3.9-months. Median home prices were up 3.8% over last March at $259,400. This marked ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-26
  • Renters Paying Substantially More While Owning Costs Less
    In a recent Insights Blog, CoreLogic reported that rent prices have skyrocketed since 2005. Meanwhile, the typical mortgage payment has actually decreased. “CoreLogic’s national rent index was up 36% in December 2018 compared with December 2005, while the typical mortgage payment was down 4% over that period.” ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-25
  • New Study Reveals One Surprising Reason for the Inventory Shortage
    There has been a great amount written on millennials and their impact on the housing market. However, the headlines often contradict each other. Some claim this generation is becoming the largest share of first-time home buyers, while others claim millennials don’t want to own a home, blaming them for ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-24
  • With Inventory Low: Will Your Dream Home Need Some TLC?
    According to a new survey from Move.com, the wave of first-time homebuyers hitting the market this summer has resulted in an interesting statistic. Nearly 60% of buyers searching for a home this spring are willing to consider buying a fixer-upper, with 95% believing that the projects needed will increase ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-23
  • Selling Your House: Here’s Why You Need A Pro In Your Corner!
    With home prices on the rise and buyer demand still strong, some sellers may be tempted to try to sell their homes on their own rather than using the services of a real estate professional. Real estate agents are trained and experienced in negotiation while, in most cases, the ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-22
  • 5 Reasons Why Millennials Buy a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: “The majority of millennials said they consider owning a home more sensible than renting for both financial and lifestyle reasons — including control of living space, flexibility in future decisions, privacy and security, and living in a nice home.” The top reason millennials choose to buy ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-19
  • Buyer Demand Surging as Spring Market Begins
    Last fall, some predicted that the 2019 residential real estate market would be a disaster. There was even belief we might experience a housing crash like the one that occurred during the last decade. However, according to two separate reports*, buyer demand dramatically increased over the last three months, ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-18
  • Are Low Interest Rates Here to Stay?
    Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage have been on the decline since November, now reaching lows last seen in January 2018. According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, rates came in at 4.12% last week! This is great news for anyone who is planning on ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-17
  • 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 ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-16
  • 3 Questions You Need To Ask Before Buying A Home
    If you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are probably getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family have your best interests at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in the real estate market. Ask yourself ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-15
  • Slaying the Largest Homebuying Myths Today [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: The average down payment for first-time homebuyers is only 6%! Mortgage interest rates have been on the decline since November! Hop in now to lock in a low rate! 88% of property managers raised their rents in the last 12 months! The average credit score ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-12
  • Home Value Appreciation Stops Falling, Begins to Stabilize
    The percentage of home price appreciation on a year-over-year basis has decreased each month for over a year. The question was how far annual appreciation would fall. It seems we may now have the answer. In a recent post on the National Association of Realtors’ Economists’ Outlook Blog, it ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-11
  • Home Buyer Demand Will Be Strong for Years to Come
    There has been a lot written about millennials and their preference to live in city centers above their favorite pizza place. Some have even gone so far as to say that millennials are a “Renter-Generation”. And while this might be true for some millennials, more and more research has ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-10
  • Why Pet-Friendly Homes Are in High Demand
    One of the many benefits of owning your own home is the freedom to find your ‘furever’ friend. By pointing out the aspects of your home that make it ‘pet-friendly’ in your listing, you’ll attract these buyers, rather than alienating the 68% of American households that have a pet! ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-09
  • What to Consider When Choosing Your Home To Retire In
    As more and more baby boomers enter retirement age, the question of whether they should sell their homes and move has become a hot topic. In today’s housing market climate, with low available inventory in the starter and trade-up home categories, it makes sense to evaluate your home’s ability ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-08
  • Your Home’s Spring Maintenance Checklist [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Every spring, your home needs some extra TLC! Whether you plan on selling your home this spring or not, conducting this maintenance will help ensure your home functions well for the rest of the year. Your real estate agent will have a list of specific ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-05
  • 3 Graphs that Show What You Need to Know About Today’s Real Estate Market
    The Housing Market has been a hot-topic in the news lately. Depending on which media outlet you watch, it can start to be a bit confusing to understand what’s really going on with interest rates and home prices! The best way to show what’s really going on in today’s ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-04
  • Looking to Upgrade Your Current Home? Now’s the Time to Move-Up!
    In every area of the country, homes that are priced at the top 25% of the price range for that area are considered to be Premium Homes. In today’s real estate market there are deals to be had at the higher end! This is great news for homeowners who ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-03
  • Homebuyers Shouldn’t Worry About 2008 All Over Again
    Last week, realtor.com released a survey of active home shoppers (those who plan to purchase their next home in 1 year or less). The survey asked their opinion on an impending recession and its possible impact on the housing market. Two major takeaways from the survey: 42% believe a ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-02
  • 5 Reasons To Sell Your House This Spring!
    Here are five compelling reasons listing your home for sale this spring makes sense. 1. Demand Is Strong The latest Buyer Traffic Index from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing, and ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-01
  • 10 Steps to Buying a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: If you are thinking of buying a home, you may not know where to start. Here is a simple list of 10 steps that you will go through to purchase a home. Make sure to ask your agent for details about each step and what else ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-29
  • How to Put Your Housing Cost to Work for You
    There has been a lot written about the benefits of homeownership. One benefit that continues to rise to the top is the added wealth homeowners gain simply by paying their mortgage while their home increases in value over time. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently broke down ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-28
  • Data Says April is the Best Month to List Your Home for Sale
    The spring housing market is off to the races! The inventory of homes for sale is increasing, buyers are out in force, and interest rates have remained low, peaking the interest of buyers and sellers previously on the fence about making a move. New research from realtor.com shows that ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-27
  • The Enormous Divide Between the Headline and the Truth
    “I have observed that not the man who hopes when others despair, but the man who despairs when others hope, is admired by a large class of persons as a sage.” – John Stuart Mill (1840s) Even back in the mid-1800s, people knew that negative news sells. ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-26
  • Your Tax Refund Is The Key To Homeownership!
    According to data released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Americans can expect an estimated average refund of $3,143 this year when filing their taxes. This is down slightly from the average refund of $3,436 last year. Tax refunds are often thought of as ‘extra money’ that can be used toward larger goals. ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-25
  • 20 Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: When listing your house for sale, your top goal will be to get the home sold for the best price possible! There are many small projects that you can do to ensure this happens! Your real estate agent will have a list of specific suggestions for ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-22
  • Is Your House Priced To Sell Immediately (PTSI)?
    In today’s real estate market, with more houses coming to market every day and eager buyers searching for their dream home, setting the right price for your house is one of the most important things you can do. According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index, home values have risen ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-21
  • Do 46 Million Millennials Know They Are Mortgage Ready?
    Many have written about the millennial generation and whether or not they, as a whole, believe in homeownership as part of attaining the American Dream. Millennials have taken longer to obtain traditional milestones than the generations before them, such as getting married, having kids, and buying a home. However, ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-20
  • 20 Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: When listing your house for sale, your top goal will be to get the home sold for the best price possible! There are many small projects that you can do to ensure this happens! Your real estate agent will have a list of specific suggestions for ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-20
  • What Credit Score Do You Need To Buy A House?
    There are many misconceptions about the credit score needed to buy a house. Recently, it was reported that 24% of renters believe they need a 780-800 credit score to be considered for a mortgage. The reality is they are misinformed! Only 25% of the Americans have a FICO® Score ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-19
  • Want To Increase Your Family’s Wealth? Here’s How!
    Everyone should realize that unless you are living somewhere rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. Buying your own home provides you with a form of ‘forced savings’ that allows you to use your monthly housing costs to increase your family’s wealth. Every month that you pay your ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-18
  • Don’t Let Your Luck Run Out! Buy A Home This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Interest Rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage have dropped to 4.41% from near 5% in 2018. Take advantage of more inventory coming to market in the spring to find your dream home! Buying now will allow you to start earning equity today! Content ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-15
  • Homeownership is a Cornerstone of the American Dream
    “The rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated.” The famous quote attributed to Mark Twain can apply to homeownership in the United States today. During the housing bubble of the last decade, the homeownership rate soared to over sixty-nine percent. After the crash, that percentage continued to ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-14
  • 7 Things To Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage!
    Congratulations! You’ve found a home to buy and have applied for a mortgage! You are undoubtedly excited about the opportunity to decorate your new home! But before you make any big purchases, move any money around, or make any big-time life changes, consult your loan officer. They will be ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-13
  • What’s Going On with Bidding Wars?
    In a strong seller’s market, like the one we have experienced over the past few years, bidding wars are common and expected. This makes sense! A seller’s market is defined as a market in which the inventory of homes for sale cannot satisfy the number of buyers who want ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-12
  • 4 Reasons to Buy a Home in the Spring
    Spring has sprung, and it’s a great time to buy a home! Here are four reasons to consider buying today instead of waiting. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest U.S. Home Price Insights reports that home prices have appreciated by 4.4% over the last 12 months. ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-11
  • Preparing to Spring Forward [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: In the majority of the country, this weekend marks the start of Daylight Savings Time as we set our clocks forward an hour on Sunday at 2:00 AM EST. Whether you plan on buying or selling this spring, these tips could help you ‘spring ahead’ ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-08
  • Why an Economic Slowdown Will NOT Crush Real Estate this Time
    Last week, the National Association for Business Economics released their February 2019 Economic Policy Survey. The survey revealed that a majority of the panel believe an economic slowdown is in the near future: “While only 10% of panelists expect a recession in 2019, 42% say a recession will ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-07
  • 2 Reports That Say Now Is a Great Time to Sell
    Heading into the spring buying market, there are strong trends starting to emerge. The inventory of homes for sale has increased on a year-over-year basis for eight months in a row. Home price appreciation has continued to grow, although at a slower rate. The homeownership rate has reached heights ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-06
  • How to Have a Unique Open House
    According to the National Association of Realtors, total inventory has been growing for six months straight, as has the number of buyers looking to find their dream home. In a market where inventory is increasing, you want to stand out in the crowd! This quote from Grandscope puts it ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-05
  • The Housing Market Will “Spring Forward” This Year!
    Just like our clocks this weekend, in the majority of the country, the housing market will soon “spring forward!” Similar to tension in a spring, the lack of inventory available for sale has been holding back the market. Many potential sellers believe that waiting until Spring is in their best interest. Traditionally, they ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-04
  • Home Prices Up 5.73% Across the Country! [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their latest Quarterly Home Price Index report. In the report, home prices are compared both regionally and by state. Based on the latest numbers, if you plan on relocating to another state, waiting to move may end up costing you more! ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-01
  • No Worries… Home Prices Coming in for a SOFT Landing
    Home prices have appreciated considerably over the last five years. This has some concerned that we may be in for another dramatic correction. However, recent statistics suggest home values will not crash as they did a decade ago. Instead, this time they will come in for a soft landing. ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-28
  • Interest Rates Hit New 12 Month Low!
    According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage are currently at their lowest for 2019. Rates like these haven’t been seen since February 2018! Last week’s survey results reported an interest rate of 4.35%. This is a welcome change from ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-27
  • What are the Benefits of Becoming a Homeowner?
    Every family has a list of important dates. We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, pet adoptions…and the list goes on. For 64.4 percent of households in the United States, this list includes the day they became a homeowner for the first time! Why is this date important? Homeownership is not just ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-26
  • How Can I Increase My Family’s Net Worth?
    Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts their Survey of Consumer Finances. Data is collected across all economic and social groups. The latest survey data covers 2013-2016. The study revealed that the median net worth of a homeowner is $231,400 – a 15% increase since 2013. At the same ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-25
  • 3 Tips for Making Your Dream of Buying A Home Come True [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Setting up an automatic savings plan that saves a small amount of every check is one of the best ways to save without thinking too much about it. Living within a budget right now will help you save money for down payments while also paying down ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-22
  • 3 Reasons Why We Are Not Heading Toward Another Housing Crash
    With home prices softening, some are concerned that we may be headed toward the next housing crash. However, it is important to remember that today’s market is quite different than the bubble market of twelve years ago. Here are three key metrics that will explain why: Home Prices ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-21
  • Why A Normal Market is Just What We Need
    The housing market has been hot for a while now. Homes have been flying off the shelves as fast as they have been listed. Buyers have been competing in bidding wars just to find a home to buy, let alone find their dream home. This ‘seller’s market’ has ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-20
  • 2019 Will Be a Great Year for Buyers AND Sellers
    Many homeowners believe that rising interest rates and home prices have scared away buyers and therefore have not listed their houses for sale. However, the truth is that buyers who were unable to find a home last year are out in force, and there are even more coming! ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-19
  • Millionaire To Millennials: Don’t Get Stuck Renting A Home… Buy One!
    In a CNBC article, self-made millionaire David Bach explained that: “The biggest mistake millennials are making is not buying their first home.” He goes on to say that, “If you want to build real financial security, real wealth for your lifetime, then you need to buy a home.” Bach ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-18
  • Where Did Americans Move in 2018? [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Every year United Van Lines conducts their National Movers Study by tracking their customer’s movement state-to-state over the course of the year. Vermont claimed the top spot of states with the highest percentage of inbound residents following a campaign that covered relocation costs for skilled ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-15
  • First Comes Love… Then Comes Mortgage? Couples Lead the Way
    According to the National Association of REALTORS most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, married couples once again dominated the first-time homebuyer statistics in 2018 at 54% of all buyers. It is no surprise that buying a home is more attainable with two incomes to save for down payments and contribute to ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-14
  • Why Homeownership Matters Now More Than Ever
    Study after study shows that no matter what generation Americans belong to, the vast majority believe that homeownership is an important part of their American Dream. The benefits of homeownership can be broken into two main categories: financial and non-financial (often referred to as emotional or social reasons.) For ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-13
  • How To List Your Home for the Best Price
    If your plan for 2019 includes selling your home, you will want to pay attention to where experts believe home values are headed. According to the latest Home Price Index from CoreLogic, home prices increased by 4.7% over the course of 2018. The map below shows the results of ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-12
  • Thinking of Selling Your House? This is a Perfect Time!
    It is common knowledge that a great number of homes sell during the spring buying season. For that reason, many homeowners hold off putting their homes on the market until then. The question is whether or not that is a good strategy this year. The other listings that come ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-11
  • 5 Reasons to Love Hiring A Real Estate Pro [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Highlights: Hiring a real estate professional to guide you through the process of buying a home or selling your house can be one of the best decisions you make! They are there for you to help with contracts, explaining the process, negotiations, and pricing (both when making an ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-08
  • How to Get a Better Perspective on Affordability
    Headlines spotlight the fact that buying a home is less affordable today than it was at any other time in more than a decade. Those headlines are accurate. Understandably, buying a home is more expensive now than immediately following one of the worst housing crashes in American history. Over ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-07
  • The KonMari Method: Helping You Prep Your House For Sale
    One of the biggest challenges sellers face when listing their house is decluttering. Cleaning out some of the more personal decorating choices allows buyers to imagine themselves living in the house. Those planning to sell soon are in luck! Marie Kondo, the inventor of the KonMari Method of ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-06
  • One More Time… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a Home
    The largest obstacle renters face when planning to buy a home is saving for a down payment. This challenge is amplified by rising rents, which has eaten into the amount of money renters have leftover for savings each month after paying expenses. In combination with higher rents, survey ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-05
  • Whose Mortgage Do You Want to Pay? Yours or Your Landlord’s?
    There are some people who haven’t purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. However, everyone should realize that unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. As Entrepreneur Magazine, a premier source ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-04
  • 5 Reasons Homeowners Throw the Best Super Bowl Parties! [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Highlights: Watching the big game at home with your friends & family offers many advantages. There’s more room to entertain a large crowd, and you don’t have to worry about complaints to your landlord if you cheer too loudly! The kitchen is big enough to make as many ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-01
  • Do You Know How Much Your Home Has Increased in Value?
    Last year we saw headlines about a possible housing market bubble, and many wondered if Americans still felt confident about the value of their homes. Recently, the 2018 Houzz & Home Study revealed:Homeowners with mortgages have seen their home equity more than double since 2011, increasing to ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-31
  • 4 Proven Ways Real Estate Can Build Sizable Family Wealth
    Recently, David Greene, co-host of the BiggerPockets podcast and a nationally renowned author and speaker, wrote an article in Forbes explaining how investing in real estate could help build wealth. Many of the points he made also apply to a family owning their own home. Here are a few: ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-30
  • Is Student Loan Debt A Threat to Homeownership? No!
    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 ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-29
  • Why It Makes No Sense to Wait for Spring to Sell
    The price of any item (including residential real estate) is determined by the theory of ‘supply and demand.’ If many people are looking to buy an item and the supply of that item is limited, the price of that item increases. The supply of homes for sale dramatically increases every ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-28
  • Think You Should For Sale By Owner? Think Again! [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: For Sale By Owner (FSBO) is the process of selling real estate without the representation of a real estate broker or real estate agent. According to the National Association of Realtors’ Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, 36% of homeowners who decided to FSBO last ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-25
  • 3 Things You Need in a Shifting Real Estate Market
    Whether you are thinking of selling your house or buying a home, today’s real estate headlines can be confusing – perhaps even concerning. What is actually happening with mortgage rates? Are home values dropping or are they just rising at a slower pace? What impact will the economy have ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-24
  • The Importance of Homeownership to the American Dream
    For centuries, people in this country have seen homeownership as part of the American Dream. Whether they were born here or immigrated from another country, they wanted to own a piece of America. With so many prominent societal changes over the last few decades, it is fair to ask ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-23
  • Do You Prefer the Charm of an Existing Home?
    When homebuyers begin their research, they want to see all their available options! In many cases, they will include both new construction and existing homes in their search; but is a new construction home really the house of their dreams? According to a recent survey by Zillow, of the ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-22
  • The Difference Having a Professional on Your Side Makes
    In today’s fast-paced world, where answers are a Google search away, there are some who may wonder what the benefits of hiring a real estate professional to help them in their home search are. The truth is, with the addition of more information, comes more confusion. Shows like Property ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-21
  • What is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy? [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: The cost of waiting to buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices & interest rates were to increase over a period of time. Freddie Mac predicts interest rates to rise to 5.1% by the end of ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-18
  • Last Chance! Homes are a Bargain Compared to Historic Norms
    A loaf of bread used to be a nickel. A movie ticket was a dime.  Not anymore. Houses were also much less expensive than they are now. Inflation raised the price of all three of those items, along with the price of almost every other item we purchase. The ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-17
  • Selling Your Home? Make Sure the Price is Right!
    If you’ve ever watched “The Price is Right,” you know that the only way to win is to be the one to correctly guess the price of the item you want without going over! That means your guess must be just slightly under the retail price. In today’s shifting ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-16
  • Buying a Home Young is the Key to 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 ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-15
  • Buying a House This Year? This Should Be Your 1st Step!
    In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show that you are serious about buying your dream home is to ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-14
  • The Cost Across Time [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: With interest rates still around 4.5%, now is a great time to look back at where rates have been over the last 40 years. Rates are projected to climb to 5.0% by this time next year according to Freddie Mac. The impact your interest rate makes ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-11
  • The Best Time to List Your House? TODAY!
    You may have heard that the housing market is softening. There is no doubt that buyer traffic has decreased. There are fewer purchasers in the market than there were last month and at this time last year. What you may not have heard, however, is that there is still ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-10
  • Is the Recent Dip in Interest Rates Here to Stay?
    Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage climbed consistently throughout 2018 until the middle of November. After that point, rates returned to levels that we saw in August to close out the year at 4.55%, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey. After the first week of ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-09
  • Buying A Vacation Property? Now Is A Good Time!
    Every year around this time, many homeowners begin the process of preparing their homes in case of extreme winter weather. Some others skip winter all together by escaping to their vacation homes in a warmer climate. For those homeowners staying at their first residence, AccuWeather warns: “The late-week ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-08
  • Want to Get the Most Money from The Sale of Your Home? Use These 2 Tips!
    Every homeowner wants to make sure they maximize their financial reward when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive the maximum value for your house? Here are two keys to ensure that you get the highest price possible. 1. Price it a LITTLE LOW  This ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-07
  • Top Renovations to Complete Before You Sell Your House [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: If you are planning on listing your house for sale this year, here are the top four home improvement projects that will net you the most Return on Investment (ROI). Minor bathroom renovations can go a long way toward improving the quality of your everyday life ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-04
  • Belief in Homeownership as an Investment is Far from Dead
    Following last year’s real estate market was like riding a rollercoaster. The market started off strong in 2018 and then softened before finishing with a mild flurry. However, one thing that did not waiver was America’s belief that owning a home makes sense from a financial standpoint. An end-of-the-year survey ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-03
  • Excited About Buying A Home This Year? Here’s What to Watch
    As we kick off the new year, many families have made resolutions to enter the housing market in 2019. Whether you are thinking of finally ditching your landlord and buying your first home or selling your starter house to move into your forever home, there are two pieces of ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-02
  • Here’s to a Wonderful 2019!
    We hope 2019 is a great year for you, both personally and professionally! Content previously posted on Keeping Current Matters ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-01
  • Why You Should Not For Sale By Owner
    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. ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-31
  • Where is the Housing Market Headed in 2019? [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: ­Interest rates are projected to increase steadily throughout 2019, but buyers will still be able to lock in a rate lower than their parents or grandparents did when they bought their homes! Home prices will rise at a rate of 4.8% over the course of 2019 ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-28
  • 24 Hours that Suddenly Improved the Market
    This year started strong for real estate, but then the market began to soften. Home inventory in the starter and move-up categories dwindled to almost nothing, mortgage rates were projected to rise, and home sales have now decreased for several months in a row. To many, the outlook heading ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-27
  • How to Save Thousands of Dollars in Interest on Your Mortgage
    One of the most common loans you can get to buy a home is a 30-year fixed rate mortgage. If the thought of paying for your home over the course of 30-years seems daunting, here are some easy ways to shorten that term which will actually end up saving ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-26
  • Thank You for All Your Support
    Content previously posted on Keeping Current Matters ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-25
  • What Makes a House a Home For You?
    We frequently talk about why it makes sense to buy a home financially, 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 a home can mean different things ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-24
  • Buyers Are Looking for Your Home, Now [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Existing home sales are currently at an annual pace of 5.32 million and have increased on a monthly basis for the last two months. The inventory of existing homes for sale remains below the 6-months needed for a normal market and is now at a 3.9-month ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-21
  • What a Difference a Year Makes for Sellers
    Over the last few years, many sellers have been hesitant to put their houses on the market because they feared not being able to find another home to buy. We’ve reported on inventory shortages in the past, and it’s been a constant concern for potential buyers throughout recent years. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-17
  • Should I Refinance My Home?
    With the recent lower interest rates, many homeowners are wondering if they should refinance. To decide if refinancing is the best option for your family, start by asking yourself these questions: Why do you want to refinance? There are many reasons to refinance, but here are three of ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-16
  • Fast-Setting or Standard Concrete: How to Decide
    Should you use fast-setting or standard concrete? The answer depends on your project. Follow this guide and decide! ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-16
  • 3 Tips to Lengthen Your Concrete Patio’s Life
    A concrete patio is beautiful and durable, but regular maintenance strengthens the surface and lengthens its life. Here are 3 tips to protect your patio. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-16
  • Home Price Appreciation Forecast
    Questions continue to come up about where home prices will head throughout the rest of this year, as well as where they may be going over the few years beyond. We’ve gathered current data from the industry’s most reliable sources to help answer these questions: The Home Price Expectation ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-15
  • How to Build a Grill Shelter
    A grill shelter provides additional architectural interest and protects your grill from the elements. Here's how to build one! ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-15
  • Formula Packs Plant Nutrition & Garden Soil
    Miracle-Gro packs everything you need in one bag: soil, fertilizer and compost! ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-15
  • 4 Things You Can Do to Increase Your Home’s Value
    If you plan on putting your home on the market in the near future, you might want to take a quick look at these simple and affordable upgrades. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-14
  • 5 Life Hacks to Stay Cool, Prevent Damage and Save Money this Summer
    Cooking indoors? Then expect a high cooling bill. Try #5 instead! Also: Handy new uses for pool noodles. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-14
  • How to Make a Buried Lawn Socket from PVC
    Lawn sockets make it easy to put up and take down everything from patio umbrellas and flagpoles to volleyball nets and sprinklers. Here's how to make them! ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-14
  • Hurricane Katrina Survivors Discover a Metal Roof’s Benefits
    Ricky and Tracy Jones know what it’s like to weather a storm with a substandard roof — that’s why they chose a metal roof. The couple placed a shingle roof rated for 30 years on their home, but that roof was no match for Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and it ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-12
  • Ep 27. DIY Privacy Wall & Pool Noodle Storage
    We offer some suggestions on how to get some privacy on your deck. Also, how you can create storage on top of your vehicle using a pool noodle. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-12
  • 5 Reasons Why Your Home is Hot — and What to Do About Them
    During the summer, it’s nice to go indoors to avoid heat and harmful UV rays. But sometimes, it’s also hot inside your home, even though you have air conditioning. That’s when it’s time to search for the source and make some improvements. Here are 5 reasons why your home is ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-12
  • Is Your First Home Now Within Your Grasp? [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: According to the US Census Bureau, “millennials” are defined as 18-36-year-olds. According to NAR’s latest Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the median age of all first-time home buyers is 32. More and more “old millennials” (25-36) are realizing that homeownership is within their grasp now! ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-12
  • How to Clean Inside the Glass on an Oven Door
    This simple tip allows you to clean between the double glass panes on an oven door without having to take the oven door apart. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-11
  • Americans’ Powerful Belief in Homeownership as an Investment
    The Federal Reserve Bank (The Fed) recently released their 2019  Survey of Consumer Expectations Housing Survey. The survey reported that 65% of Americans believe homeownership is a good financial investment. Since 2014, the percentage has increased by over nine percent.The Fed’s survey also showed that when the results are ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-11
  • 4 Tips to Sell Your Home Faster
    Since June of last year, we have seen an increase in the inventory of homes for sale month per month. Every spring and summer, the inventory increases because people want to sell their home. For those with children, they may want to be in their new home for the ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-10
  • 5 Powerful Reasons to Own Instead of Rent
    Owning a home has great financial benefits. In a recent research paper, Homeownership and the American Dream, Laurie S. Goodman and Christopher Mayer of the Urban Land Institute explained: “Homeownership appears to help borrowers accumulate housing and nonhousing wealth in a variety of ways, with tax advantages, greater ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-09
  • How to Build a Backyard Fire Pit with Pavers
    Installing a fire pit makes a patio cozy and offers the perfect place to roast marshmallows on cool nights. Here's how to make one! ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-09
  • How to Build a Patio Sitting Wall
    A sitting wall is a functional architectural enhancement to your home, and building one with pavers is easy. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-09
  • How to Spray Paint Screws, Latches, Braces and Brackets
    Need to spray paint hooks, fasteners and hardware? Here's the simple way to do it — you just need a piece of wire and some cardboard. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-08
  • Milwaukee’s String Trimmer is Powerful, Versatile & Efficient
    Milwaukee's String Timmer has a QUIK-LOK feature that makes it possible to change attachments. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-08
  • Now’s the Time to Move-Up and Upgrade Your Current Home!
    Homes priced at the top 25% of the price range for a particular area of the country are considered “premium homes.” In today’s real estate market, there are deals to be had at the higher end! This is great news for homeowners wanting to upgrade from their current house. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-08
  • The Basics of Home Automation
    If you're interested in home automation, but you don't know where to begin, here are the basics. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-07
  • 3 Last-Minute Ways to Prepare Your Home for Summer
    During the summer, heat and sunshine can cause your utility bills to skyrocket and lead to wear and tear on your home. By taking certain precautions, you can minimize the damage and perform necessary repairs before things escalate. If you want to save money and keep your house in good ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-07
  • Tips for Cleaning Your Home with a Pressure Washer
    Pressure washers can clean driveways, sidewalks, patios, decks, siding and fencing, but you need to know how to use them properly. Here are some pointers. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-07
  • The Advantages of Raised Garden Bed Kits
    Raised planting beds are a great way to grow flowers or vegetables in your yard. Wooden raised planting beds are available in precut kits that are easy to assemble. Watch this video to find out more. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-07
  • How Much Attic Insulation Do You Need?
    Watch this video to find out how much insulation you need in your attic to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-07
  • Advantages of Retractable Screens for Covered Decks and Porches
    It's nice to lounge on a porch or covered patio — until mosquitoes ruin the day. Here's a solution to keep those pests away. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-06
  • How to Level Your Stepping-Stone Walkway
    Stepping stones that rock back and forth are tripping hazards, but they're easy to fix — all you need is a bag of sand. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-06
  • Ep 26. Widening a Doorway & House Ventilation Strategies
    On this week’s podcast: • We’re talking about widening an existing doorway and the considerations to keep in mind when tackling this type of project. • A homeowner’s bedroom is right above a garage and it’s getting way too hot. We have a few tips on how she can keep ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-05
  • 10 Steps to Buying a Home This Summer [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: If you are thinking of buying a home, you may not know where to start. Here is a simple list of 10 steps that you will go through to purchase a home. Make sure to ask your agent for details about each step and what else ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-05
  • July Home Maintenance To-Do List
    July means summer has arrived in full force. But before heading out for your summer vacation, take the time to tackle these needed home maintenance chores. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-04
  • 8 Tips to Find an Affordable Home
    Hurdles to homeownership are steep. First, you have to determine what you want and need in your dream home — and find property within your budget. As if that weren’t enough, you then have to wade through a sea of red tape to qualify for a mortgage. It’s enough to ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-04
  • Happy Independence Day!
    Wishing you & yours a safe & Happy 4th of July! Content previously posted on Keeping Current Matters ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-04
  • 4 Staging Tips Before Renting Your Home
    Follow these tips to get your house on and off the market fast. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-04
  • 4 Tips to Build Your Home to Last
    When you build a home from the ground up, take nothing to chance. Follow some best practices to make sure the home is built to last. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-04
  • 4 Rooms You Should Declutter and Refresh
    A few simple touches can transform a space and make it more comfortable. Here are four rooms that need the most help. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-04
  • Is Mortgage Debt out of Control?
    The housing crisis of the last decade was partially caused by unhealthy levels of mortgage debt. Homeowners were using their homes as ATMs by refinancing and swapping their equity for cash. When prices started to fall, many homeowners found themselves in a negative equity situation (where their mortgage ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-03
  • 4 Things to Consider Before Building a Home
    The prospect of building a home is enough to give any budding homeowner pause. Each step in the process is overwhelming at best, and the amount of detail that goes into constructing a house is vast. If you’re grappling with the complexities of building a home, here are some considerations ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-03
  • 4 Ways to Give a New Home Historical Touches
    Blend contemporary and vintage items to give a new home a sense of history. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-03
  • 4 Tips to Extend Your Roof’s Life
    Roofs don't last forever, but you can extend their life with regular maintenance. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-03
  • 5 Tips to Prepare Your RV for a Road Trip
    For summer fun, there’s nothing like taking the RV on the road and enjoying some adventures. But before you hit the road, make sure the vehicle is safe to drive and comfortable for the big trip. Here are 5 tips to prepare the RV: 1. Clean everything. For the optimal ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-02
  • How to Prevent Slips and Falls on Outside Steps
    Have outdoor stairs? This is one of the easiest ways to protect against slips and falls — stay safe! ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-02
  • 5 Steps to Spot-Clean Carpet
    Watch this video for an easy way to spot clean a small area of carpet in your home in minutes using common household products, rather than potentially hazardous chemical cleaners or carpet cleaning machines. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-02
  • Millennials Are Increasing the Demand for Condominiums
    When deciding to buy a home, people are presented with many different options. The type of home you buy depends on your needs, budget, and in many cases, the desired maintenance level. For many millennials, their choice has been buying a condominium! According to CoreLogic,Last year about ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-02
  • How to Find Your Property Lines
    Installing a fence or adding landscaping? Then knowing your property's boundaries is a must. Here's how to find your property lines. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-02
  • How to Make a Recycling Bin Drawer
    Watch this video to find out how to make wooden cleats to hang your recycling bins under a countertop or workbench to keep them organized and out of the way. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-02
  • Bonus: Get to Know Host Danny Lipford!
    In part two of the series,  Joe interviews host Danny Lipford, giving you a deep dive into his life.  Learn how Danny received his training in home remodeling,  his short run as a band promoter, and the transition from the construction site to the television studio. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-01
  • How to Choose a Paintbrush
    When you're choosing a paintbrush for you next project you'll want to consider the size of the brush and the type of material it's made with. Watch this video to find out more. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-01
  • Top 5 Reasons You Should NOT FSBO
    Rising home prices coupled with a lack of inventory in today’s market may cause some homeowners to consider selling their home on their own (known in the industry as a For Sale By Owner). However, a FSBO might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-01
  • How to Antique Glaze Clay Pots
    Want weathered clay pots? You no longer have to wait for Mother Nature. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-01
  • How to Paint a Brick House
    Want to transform dark, dated brick for a lighter look? Here's how to paint it and add some curb appeal! ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-01
  • How to Update Metal Shutters with Gel Stain
    Gel staining metal shutters is an easy way to update their look and take years off an aging home. Here's how to do it! ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-01
  • Reach Farther & Cut More with This Hedge Trimmer
    Mature shrubs often have branches that are too thick to cut — but RYOBI's hedge trimmer gets the job done. ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-01
  • Behind the DIY: An Alternative to Expensive Flooring
    If you don’t like your floors, there’s an easy, affordable alternative to covering them: paint them! You can paint wood flooring, as one option, but if you just have the subfloor to work with, you can paint that, too. “We did it as a temporary measure [just right over the ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-01
  • Behind the DIY: Accent Walls Enhance North Carolina Home
    Brittany Klingler used painter's tape to create a pattern for her accent walls. ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-30
  • This Ceiling Fan Makes Installation Easy
    Looking for the easiest option to stay cool? This ceiling fan's parts just click into place — and it's remote controlled! ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-30
  • 8 Tips for Choosing and Growing Houseplants
    Growing houseplants is a great way to start gardening while enhancing the beauty of your home. Like any other gardening endeavor, indoor gardens can be as simple or elaborate as you would like. Here are some general guidelines to help get you started. ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-30
  • How to Grow Hydrangeas
    Hydrangeas enhance landscape borders, and their blossoms are beautiful as cut or dried flowers. Here are tips for growing this eye-catching plant in your yard. ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-30
  • How to Make a Drink Trough for a Picnic Table
    Here's a lifehack for your picnic table: modify it to cool and serve drinks! ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-30
  • How to Paint Plastic Garden Decor
    Watch this video to find out how to paint exterior plastic decorative items around your home using special paint made for painting plastic. ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-30
  • How to Upcycle a Colander into a Hanging Planter
    You see an old colander — we see a front-porch planter. Here's how to make it! ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-30
  • Americans Rank Real Estate Best Investment for 6 Years Running! [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Real estate has outranked stocks/mutual funds, gold, savings accounts/CDs, and bonds as the best long-term investment among Americans for the last 6 years. Stock owners are more positive about real estate than stocks as an investment. Of the 4 listed, real estate is the only investment ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-28
  • Know What to Expect at Your Home Inspection
    So you made an offer and it was accepted. Now, your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. Agents oftentimes make your offer contingent on a clean home inspection. This contingency allows you to renegotiate the price you paid for the home, ask the sellers to ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-27
  • Before You Look for Your Dream Home: Know What You Want vs. What You Need!
    In this day and age of being able to shop for anything anywhere, it is really important to know what you’re looking for when you start your home search. If you’ve been thinking about buying a home of your own for some time now, you’ve probably come up with ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-26
  • Having a Professional on Your Side Makes All the Difference!
    In today’s fast-paced world where answers are a Google search away, there are some who may wonder what the benefits of hiring a real estate professional to help them in their home search are. The truth is, the addition of more information causes more confusion. Shows like Property BrothersFixer Upper, and dozens ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-25
  • Stop Wondering What Your Budget Is & Get Pre-Approved!
    In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show that you are serious about buying your dream home is to ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-24
  • 4 Reasons to Sell This Summer [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of homes for sale. This means that buyers are often competing with one another for the few listings that are available. Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply needed to sustain a normal housing market. Now may be ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-21
  • Young First-Time Buyers Are Saving for Their Dream Homes
    Young buyers (Millennials & Gen Z) have waited longer than previous generations to enter the housing market for their first home. However, this hasn’t stopped them from dreaming about the home they will eventually buy. Many spend hours searching listings and building Pinterest boards of their favorite home features. ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-20
  • What You Need to Know About Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)
    Whether it is your first time or your fifth, it is always important to know all the facts when it comes to buying a home. With the large number of mortgage programs available that allow buyers to purchase homes with down payments below 20%, you can never have too much ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-19
  • Why Is So Much Paperwork Required to Get a Mortgage?
    When buying a home today, why is there so much paperwork mandated by the lenders for a mortgage loan application? It seems like they need to know everything about you. Furthermore, it requires three separate sources to validate each and every entry on the application form. Many buyers are being told by ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-18
  • 5 Reasons to Sell Your House This Summer
    Here are 5 compelling reasons listing your home for sale this summer makes sense. 1. Demand Is Strong The latest Buyer Traffic Index from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing, and ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-17
  • Top 4 Renovations for the Greatest Return on Investment! [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: If you are planning on listing your house for sale this year, these four home improvement projects will net you the most Return on Investment (ROI). Minor renovations can go a long way toward improving the quality of your everyday life and/or impressing potential buyers. Whether ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-14
  • Time for Your Dream Home, Gen X!
    During the housing market crash, Gen X homeowners lost more wealth than other generations. However, things are changing now! A strong economy, increasing home prices, and the recovery of the housing market are helping this generation to regain their lost wealth. According to Pew Research Center, “Their fortunes ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-13
  • 3 Things to Know in the Housing Market Today!
    A lot is happening in the world, and it’s having a direct impact on the housing market. The reality is this: some of it is positive and some of it may be negative. Some we just don’t know yet. The following three areas of the housing market are ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-12
  • Renting or Owning, What Is Better for You?
    In a real estate market where home prices are rising, many have begun to reexamine the idea of buying a home, choosing instead, to rent for a while. But often, there is a dilemma: should you keep paying rent, knowing that rent is rising too, or should you lock ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-11
  • 2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers
    Freddie Mac recently released a report entitled, “Perceptions of Down Payment Consumer Research.” Their research revealed that, “For many prospective homebuyers, saving for a down payment is the largest barrier to achieving the goal of homeownership. Part of the challenge for those planning to purchase a home is their perception ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-10
  • What is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy? [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: The “cost of waiting to buy” is defined as the additional funds necessary to buy a home if prices & interest rates were to increase over a period of time. Freddie Mac forecasts interest rates to rise to 4.5% by the Q4 2020. CoreLogic predicts home prices to ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-07
  • What is Important to Boomers when Selling their House?
    If you are a “baby boomer” (born between 1946 and 1964), you may be thinking about selling your current home. Your children may have finally moved out. Your large, four-bedroom house with three bathrooms no longer fits the bill. Taxes are too high. Utilities are too expensive. Cleaning and ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-06
  • The Feeling You Get from Owning Your Home
    We often talk about the financial reasons why buying a home makes sense. But, more often than not, the emotional reasons are the more powerful and compelling ones. No matter what shape or size your living space is, the concept and feeling of home can mean different things to ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-05
  • How Homeownership Delivers Unsurpassed Family Wealth
    There are many financial benefits to homeownership, but probably none more important than its ability to create family wealth. How Housing Matters is a joint project of the Urban Land Institute and the MacArthur Foundation. It is an online resource for research and information on how homeownership contributes to ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-04
  • 4 Reasons to Buy A Home This Summer
    Here are four reasons to consider buying today instead of waiting. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest U.S. Home Price Insights reports that home prices have appreciated by 3.7% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-03
  • The Top Reasons to Own Your Home [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: June is National Homeownership Month! Now is a great time to reflect on the many benefits of homeownership that go way beyond the financial. What reasons do you have to own your own home? Content previously posted on Keeping Current Matters ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-31
  • The Ultimate Truth about Housing Affordability
    There have been many headlines decrying an “affordability crisis” in the residential real estate market. While it is true that buying a home is less affordable than it had been over the last ten years, we need to understand why and what that means. On a monthly basis, the ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-30
  • Multigenerational Homes Are on the Rise
    As loved ones start to get older, we start to wonder: how long will they be able to live alone? Will they need someone there to help them with daily life? There’s a reason to ask those questions now more than ever, as the average age in the U.S. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-29
  • 2 Things You Need to Know to Properly Price Your Home
    In today’s housing market, home prices are increasing at a slower pace (3.7%) than they have over the last eight years (6-7%). However, they are still are above historical norms. Low supply of listed homes and high demand from buyers has pushed prices to rise rapidly. In the mind ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-28
  • All Gave Some. Some Gave All.
    We remember, today and always. Content previously posted on Keeping Current Matters ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-27
  • The Impact Staging Your Home Has On Your Sale Price [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 ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-24
  • 4 Most Popular Bottom Line Investments in America
    Every year, Gallup surveys Americans to determine their choice for the best long-term investment. Respondents are given a choice between real estate, stocks, gold, and savings accounts. For the sixth year in a row, real estate has come out on top as the best long-term investment! That has not ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-23
  • Boomerang Buyers: Don’t Be Afraid to Buy a Home Again!
    According to CoreLogic, from 2006 to 2014 “there were 7.3 million housing foreclosures and 1.9 million short sales.” The hesitation some Americans feel after experiencing a foreclosure brings to mind the old saying: “Fool me once- shame on you. Fool me twice- shame on me. According to the 2019 ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-22
  • Are Older Generations Really Not Selling Their Homes?
    Many studies suggest one of the main reasons for the inventory shortage in today’s market of homes for sale is that older generations have chosen to “age in place” over moving. The 2019 Home Buyers & Sellers Generational Trend Report by NAR clarifies this point! NAR’s findings show that ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-21
  • Starting the Search for Your Dream Home? Here Are 5 Tips!
    In today’s real estate market, low inventory dominates the conversation in many areas of the country. It can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren’t prepared. In a realtor.com article entitled, “How to Find Your Dream Home—Without Losing Your Mind,” the author highlights some steps that first-time homebuyers can ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-20
  • Top Days to List Your Home for Sale [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: ATTOM Data Solutions conducted an analysis of more than 29 million single family home and condo sales over the past eight years to determine the top days to list your home for sale. The top five days to list your home brought in a ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-17
  • 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-expected economy ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-16
  • 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 ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-15
  • New Research Shows Housing Is Affordable For First-Time Buyers
    Home prices have been on the rise for the last seven years, leading many housing market analysts to conclude that first-time homebuyers are being shut out of the market due to affordability concerns. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports on the percentage of First-Time Home Buyers (FTHB) on ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-14
  • A Lack of Inventory Continues to Impact the Housing Market
    The 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 and distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) have fallen to their lowest point in years. The market will continue to strengthen in 2019. ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-13
  • A Tale of Two Markets [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: An emerging trend for some time now has been the difference between available inventory and demand in the premium and luxury markets and that in the starter and trade-up markets and what those differences are doing to prices! Inventory continues to rise in the luxury ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-10
  • Mainstream Concerns about an Economic Slowdown Revisited
    Recently, we reported that many believe a recession could happen within the next two years. We explained that 70% of economists and market analysts surveyed last year believe that a recession will occur in 2019 or 2020 and that 42% of consumers currently looking to purchase a home also ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-09
  • The Benefits of a 20% Down Payment
    If you are in the market to buy a home this year, you may be confused about how much money you need to come up with for your down payment. Many people you talk to will tell you that you need to save 20% or you won’t be able ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-08
  • Home Buyers are Optimistic About Homeownership!
    When we consider buying an item, we naturally go through a research process prior to making our decision. We ask our friends and family members who have made similar purchases about their experience, we get opinions and insights, and we read reviews online. There’s no difference when considering a ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-07
  • Why Access Is One of the Most Important Factors in Getting Your House Sold!
    So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you through the entire process, and they have asked you what level of access you want to provide to your potential buyers. There are four elements to a quality listing. At the top of the list ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-06
  • The Cost of Renting vs. Buying This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a tough decision. Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (27.7%) vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-priced home (17.5%), the choice becomes obvious. Every market ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-03
  • Your Fabulous New Dream Home is Now Available
    Over the last several years, many “baby boomers” have undergone a metamorphosis. Their children have finally moved out and they can now dream about their own future. For many, a change in lifestyle might necessitate a change in the type of home they live in. That two-story, four-bedroom colonial ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-02
  • 2 Trends Helping Keep Housing Affordable
    Two positive trends have started to emerge that impact the 2019 Spring Housing Market. Mortgage interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate loan have dropped to new lows, right as reports show that wages have increased at their highest rate in decades! These two factors have helped keep housing ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-01
  • What Would Make You Sell Your House?
    There are many reasons why a homeowner decides to sell their house and move. The latest Generational Trends Report from the National Association of Realtors asked recent home sellers to share their reason for moving. The younger the respondents, the more likely their top response centered around needing a ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-30
  • How Quickly Can You Save Your Down Payment?
    Saving for a down payment is often the biggest hurdle for a first-time homebuyer. Depending on where you live, median income, median rents, and home prices all vary. So, we set out to find out how long it would take to save for a down payment in each state. ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-29
  • Existing Home Sales Slow to Start Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Existing Home Sales slowed to an annual pace of 5.21 million home sales in March. Low inventory levels are still impacting home sales! The current month’s supply of homes for sale is 3.9-months. Median home prices were up 3.8% over last March at $259,400. This marked ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-26
  • Renters Paying Substantially More While Owning Costs Less
    In a recent Insights Blog, CoreLogic reported that rent prices have skyrocketed since 2005. Meanwhile, the typical mortgage payment has actually decreased. “CoreLogic’s national rent index was up 36% in December 2018 compared with December 2005, while the typical mortgage payment was down 4% over that period.” ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-25
  • New Study Reveals One Surprising Reason for the Inventory Shortage
    There has been a great amount written on millennials and their impact on the housing market. However, the headlines often contradict each other. Some claim this generation is becoming the largest share of first-time home buyers, while others claim millennials don’t want to own a home, blaming them for ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-24
  • With Inventory Low: Will Your Dream Home Need Some TLC?
    According to a new survey from Move.com, the wave of first-time homebuyers hitting the market this summer has resulted in an interesting statistic. Nearly 60% of buyers searching for a home this spring are willing to consider buying a fixer-upper, with 95% believing that the projects needed will increase ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-23
  • Selling Your House: Here’s Why You Need A Pro In Your Corner!
    With home prices on the rise and buyer demand still strong, some sellers may be tempted to try to sell their homes on their own rather than using the services of a real estate professional. Real estate agents are trained and experienced in negotiation while, in most cases, the ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-22
  • 5 Reasons Why Millennials Buy a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: “The majority of millennials said they consider owning a home more sensible than renting for both financial and lifestyle reasons — including control of living space, flexibility in future decisions, privacy and security, and living in a nice home.” The top reason millennials choose to buy ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-19
  • Buyer Demand Surging as Spring Market Begins
    Last fall, some predicted that the 2019 residential real estate market would be a disaster. There was even belief we might experience a housing crash like the one that occurred during the last decade. However, according to two separate reports*, buyer demand dramatically increased over the last three months, ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-18
  • Are Low Interest Rates Here to Stay?
    Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage have been on the decline since November, now reaching lows last seen in January 2018. According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, rates came in at 4.12% last week! This is great news for anyone who is planning on ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-17
  • 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 ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-16
  • 3 Questions You Need To Ask Before Buying A Home
    If you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are probably getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family have your best interests at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in the real estate market. Ask yourself ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-15
  • Slaying the Largest Homebuying Myths Today [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: The average down payment for first-time homebuyers is only 6%! Mortgage interest rates have been on the decline since November! Hop in now to lock in a low rate! 88% of property managers raised their rents in the last 12 months! The average credit score ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-12
  • Home Value Appreciation Stops Falling, Begins to Stabilize
    The percentage of home price appreciation on a year-over-year basis has decreased each month for over a year. The question was how far annual appreciation would fall. It seems we may now have the answer. In a recent post on the National Association of Realtors’ Economists’ Outlook Blog, it ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-11
  • Home Buyer Demand Will Be Strong for Years to Come
    There has been a lot written about millennials and their preference to live in city centers above their favorite pizza place. Some have even gone so far as to say that millennials are a “Renter-Generation”. And while this might be true for some millennials, more and more research has ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-10
  • Why Pet-Friendly Homes Are in High Demand
    One of the many benefits of owning your own home is the freedom to find your ‘furever’ friend. By pointing out the aspects of your home that make it ‘pet-friendly’ in your listing, you’ll attract these buyers, rather than alienating the 68% of American households that have a pet! ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-09
  • What to Consider When Choosing Your Home To Retire In
    As more and more baby boomers enter retirement age, the question of whether they should sell their homes and move has become a hot topic. In today’s housing market climate, with low available inventory in the starter and trade-up home categories, it makes sense to evaluate your home’s ability ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-08
  • Your Home’s Spring Maintenance Checklist [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Every spring, your home needs some extra TLC! Whether you plan on selling your home this spring or not, conducting this maintenance will help ensure your home functions well for the rest of the year. Your real estate agent will have a list of specific ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-05
  • 3 Graphs that Show What You Need to Know About Today’s Real Estate Market
    The Housing Market has been a hot-topic in the news lately. Depending on which media outlet you watch, it can start to be a bit confusing to understand what’s really going on with interest rates and home prices! The best way to show what’s really going on in today’s ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-04
  • Looking to Upgrade Your Current Home? Now’s the Time to Move-Up!
    In every area of the country, homes that are priced at the top 25% of the price range for that area are considered to be Premium Homes. In today’s real estate market there are deals to be had at the higher end! This is great news for homeowners who ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-03
  • Homebuyers Shouldn’t Worry About 2008 All Over Again
    Last week, realtor.com released a survey of active home shoppers (those who plan to purchase their next home in 1 year or less). The survey asked their opinion on an impending recession and its possible impact on the housing market. Two major takeaways from the survey: 42% believe a ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-02
  • 5 Reasons To Sell Your House This Spring!
    Here are five compelling reasons listing your home for sale this spring makes sense. 1. Demand Is Strong The latest Buyer Traffic Index from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing, and ... read more
    Published on 2019-04-01
  • 10 Steps to Buying a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: If you are thinking of buying a home, you may not know where to start. Here is a simple list of 10 steps that you will go through to purchase a home. Make sure to ask your agent for details about each step and what else ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-29
  • How to Put Your Housing Cost to Work for You
    There has been a lot written about the benefits of homeownership. One benefit that continues to rise to the top is the added wealth homeowners gain simply by paying their mortgage while their home increases in value over time. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently broke down ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-28
  • Data Says April is the Best Month to List Your Home for Sale
    The spring housing market is off to the races! The inventory of homes for sale is increasing, buyers are out in force, and interest rates have remained low, peaking the interest of buyers and sellers previously on the fence about making a move. New research from realtor.com shows that ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-27
  • The Enormous Divide Between the Headline and the Truth
    “I have observed that not the man who hopes when others despair, but the man who despairs when others hope, is admired by a large class of persons as a sage.” – John Stuart Mill (1840s) Even back in the mid-1800s, people knew that negative news sells. ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-26
  • Your Tax Refund Is The Key To Homeownership!
    According to data released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Americans can expect an estimated average refund of $3,143 this year when filing their taxes. This is down slightly from the average refund of $3,436 last year. Tax refunds are often thought of as ‘extra money’ that can be used toward larger goals. ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-25
  • 20 Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: When listing your house for sale, your top goal will be to get the home sold for the best price possible! There are many small projects that you can do to ensure this happens! Your real estate agent will have a list of specific suggestions for ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-22
  • Is Your House Priced To Sell Immediately (PTSI)?
    In today’s real estate market, with more houses coming to market every day and eager buyers searching for their dream home, setting the right price for your house is one of the most important things you can do. According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index, home values have risen ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-21
  • Do 46 Million Millennials Know They Are Mortgage Ready?
    Many have written about the millennial generation and whether or not they, as a whole, believe in homeownership as part of attaining the American Dream. Millennials have taken longer to obtain traditional milestones than the generations before them, such as getting married, having kids, and buying a home. However, ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-20
  • 20 Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: When listing your house for sale, your top goal will be to get the home sold for the best price possible! There are many small projects that you can do to ensure this happens! Your real estate agent will have a list of specific suggestions for ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-20
  • What Credit Score Do You Need To Buy A House?
    There are many misconceptions about the credit score needed to buy a house. Recently, it was reported that 24% of renters believe they need a 780-800 credit score to be considered for a mortgage. The reality is they are misinformed! Only 25% of the Americans have a FICO® Score ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-19
  • Want To Increase Your Family’s Wealth? Here’s How!
    Everyone should realize that unless you are living somewhere rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. Buying your own home provides you with a form of ‘forced savings’ that allows you to use your monthly housing costs to increase your family’s wealth. Every month that you pay your ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-18
  • Don’t Let Your Luck Run Out! Buy A Home This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Interest Rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage have dropped to 4.41% from near 5% in 2018. Take advantage of more inventory coming to market in the spring to find your dream home! Buying now will allow you to start earning equity today! Content ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-15
  • Homeownership is a Cornerstone of the American Dream
    “The rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated.” The famous quote attributed to Mark Twain can apply to homeownership in the United States today. During the housing bubble of the last decade, the homeownership rate soared to over sixty-nine percent. After the crash, that percentage continued to ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-14
  • 7 Things To Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage!
    Congratulations! You’ve found a home to buy and have applied for a mortgage! You are undoubtedly excited about the opportunity to decorate your new home! But before you make any big purchases, move any money around, or make any big-time life changes, consult your loan officer. They will be ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-13
  • What’s Going On with Bidding Wars?
    In a strong seller’s market, like the one we have experienced over the past few years, bidding wars are common and expected. This makes sense! A seller’s market is defined as a market in which the inventory of homes for sale cannot satisfy the number of buyers who want ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-12
  • 4 Reasons to Buy a Home in the Spring
    Spring has sprung, and it’s a great time to buy a home! Here are four reasons to consider buying today instead of waiting. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest U.S. Home Price Insights reports that home prices have appreciated by 4.4% over the last 12 months. ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-11
  • Preparing to Spring Forward [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: In the majority of the country, this weekend marks the start of Daylight Savings Time as we set our clocks forward an hour on Sunday at 2:00 AM EST. Whether you plan on buying or selling this spring, these tips could help you ‘spring ahead’ ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-08
  • Why an Economic Slowdown Will NOT Crush Real Estate this Time
    Last week, the National Association for Business Economics released their February 2019 Economic Policy Survey. The survey revealed that a majority of the panel believe an economic slowdown is in the near future: “While only 10% of panelists expect a recession in 2019, 42% say a recession will ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-07
  • 2 Reports That Say Now Is a Great Time to Sell
    Heading into the spring buying market, there are strong trends starting to emerge. The inventory of homes for sale has increased on a year-over-year basis for eight months in a row. Home price appreciation has continued to grow, although at a slower rate. The homeownership rate has reached heights ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-06
  • How to Have a Unique Open House
    According to the National Association of Realtors, total inventory has been growing for six months straight, as has the number of buyers looking to find their dream home. In a market where inventory is increasing, you want to stand out in the crowd! This quote from Grandscope puts it ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-05
  • The Housing Market Will “Spring Forward” This Year!
    Just like our clocks this weekend, in the majority of the country, the housing market will soon “spring forward!” Similar to tension in a spring, the lack of inventory available for sale has been holding back the market. Many potential sellers believe that waiting until Spring is in their best interest. Traditionally, they ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-04
  • Home Prices Up 5.73% Across the Country! [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their latest Quarterly Home Price Index report. In the report, home prices are compared both regionally and by state. Based on the latest numbers, if you plan on relocating to another state, waiting to move may end up costing you more! ... read more
    Published on 2019-03-01
  • No Worries… Home Prices Coming in for a SOFT Landing
    Home prices have appreciated considerably over the last five years. This has some concerned that we may be in for another dramatic correction. However, recent statistics suggest home values will not crash as they did a decade ago. Instead, this time they will come in for a soft landing. ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-28
  • Interest Rates Hit New 12 Month Low!
    According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage are currently at their lowest for 2019. Rates like these haven’t been seen since February 2018! Last week’s survey results reported an interest rate of 4.35%. This is a welcome change from ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-27
  • What are the Benefits of Becoming a Homeowner?
    Every family has a list of important dates. We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, pet adoptions…and the list goes on. For 64.4 percent of households in the United States, this list includes the day they became a homeowner for the first time! Why is this date important? Homeownership is not just ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-26
  • How Can I Increase My Family’s Net Worth?
    Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts their Survey of Consumer Finances. Data is collected across all economic and social groups. The latest survey data covers 2013-2016. The study revealed that the median net worth of a homeowner is $231,400 – a 15% increase since 2013. At the same ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-25
  • 3 Tips for Making Your Dream of Buying A Home Come True [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Setting up an automatic savings plan that saves a small amount of every check is one of the best ways to save without thinking too much about it. Living within a budget right now will help you save money for down payments while also paying down ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-22
  • 3 Reasons Why We Are Not Heading Toward Another Housing Crash
    With home prices softening, some are concerned that we may be headed toward the next housing crash. However, it is important to remember that today’s market is quite different than the bubble market of twelve years ago. Here are three key metrics that will explain why: Home Prices ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-21
  • Why A Normal Market is Just What We Need
    The housing market has been hot for a while now. Homes have been flying off the shelves as fast as they have been listed. Buyers have been competing in bidding wars just to find a home to buy, let alone find their dream home. This ‘seller’s market’ has ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-20
  • 2019 Will Be a Great Year for Buyers AND Sellers
    Many homeowners believe that rising interest rates and home prices have scared away buyers and therefore have not listed their houses for sale. However, the truth is that buyers who were unable to find a home last year are out in force, and there are even more coming! ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-19
  • Millionaire To Millennials: Don’t Get Stuck Renting A Home… Buy One!
    In a CNBC article, self-made millionaire David Bach explained that: “The biggest mistake millennials are making is not buying their first home.” He goes on to say that, “If you want to build real financial security, real wealth for your lifetime, then you need to buy a home.” Bach ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-18
  • Where Did Americans Move in 2018? [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Every year United Van Lines conducts their National Movers Study by tracking their customer’s movement state-to-state over the course of the year. Vermont claimed the top spot of states with the highest percentage of inbound residents following a campaign that covered relocation costs for skilled ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-15
  • First Comes Love… Then Comes Mortgage? Couples Lead the Way
    According to the National Association of REALTORS most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, married couples once again dominated the first-time homebuyer statistics in 2018 at 54% of all buyers. It is no surprise that buying a home is more attainable with two incomes to save for down payments and contribute to ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-14
  • Why Homeownership Matters Now More Than Ever
    Study after study shows that no matter what generation Americans belong to, the vast majority believe that homeownership is an important part of their American Dream. The benefits of homeownership can be broken into two main categories: financial and non-financial (often referred to as emotional or social reasons.) For ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-13
  • How To List Your Home for the Best Price
    If your plan for 2019 includes selling your home, you will want to pay attention to where experts believe home values are headed. According to the latest Home Price Index from CoreLogic, home prices increased by 4.7% over the course of 2018. The map below shows the results of ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-12
  • Thinking of Selling Your House? This is a Perfect Time!
    It is common knowledge that a great number of homes sell during the spring buying season. For that reason, many homeowners hold off putting their homes on the market until then. The question is whether or not that is a good strategy this year. The other listings that come ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-11
  • 5 Reasons to Love Hiring A Real Estate Pro [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Highlights: Hiring a real estate professional to guide you through the process of buying a home or selling your house can be one of the best decisions you make! They are there for you to help with contracts, explaining the process, negotiations, and pricing (both when making an ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-08
  • How to Get a Better Perspective on Affordability
    Headlines spotlight the fact that buying a home is less affordable today than it was at any other time in more than a decade. Those headlines are accurate. Understandably, buying a home is more expensive now than immediately following one of the worst housing crashes in American history. Over ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-07
  • The KonMari Method: Helping You Prep Your House For Sale
    One of the biggest challenges sellers face when listing their house is decluttering. Cleaning out some of the more personal decorating choices allows buyers to imagine themselves living in the house. Those planning to sell soon are in luck! Marie Kondo, the inventor of the KonMari Method of ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-06
  • One More Time… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a Home
    The largest obstacle renters face when planning to buy a home is saving for a down payment. This challenge is amplified by rising rents, which has eaten into the amount of money renters have leftover for savings each month after paying expenses. In combination with higher rents, survey ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-05
  • Whose Mortgage Do You Want to Pay? Yours or Your Landlord’s?
    There are some people who haven’t purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. However, everyone should realize that unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. As Entrepreneur Magazine, a premier source ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-04
  • 5 Reasons Homeowners Throw the Best Super Bowl Parties! [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Highlights: Watching the big game at home with your friends & family offers many advantages. There’s more room to entertain a large crowd, and you don’t have to worry about complaints to your landlord if you cheer too loudly! The kitchen is big enough to make as many ... read more
    Published on 2019-02-01
  • Do You Know How Much Your Home Has Increased in Value?
    Last year we saw headlines about a possible housing market bubble, and many wondered if Americans still felt confident about the value of their homes. Recently, the 2018 Houzz & Home Study revealed:Homeowners with mortgages have seen their home equity more than double since 2011, increasing to ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-31
  • 4 Proven Ways Real Estate Can Build Sizable Family Wealth
    Recently, David Greene, co-host of the BiggerPockets podcast and a nationally renowned author and speaker, wrote an article in Forbes explaining how investing in real estate could help build wealth. Many of the points he made also apply to a family owning their own home. Here are a few: ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-30
  • Is Student Loan Debt A Threat to Homeownership? No!
    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 ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-29
  • Why It Makes No Sense to Wait for Spring to Sell
    The price of any item (including residential real estate) is determined by the theory of ‘supply and demand.’ If many people are looking to buy an item and the supply of that item is limited, the price of that item increases. The supply of homes for sale dramatically increases every ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-28
  • Think You Should For Sale By Owner? Think Again! [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: For Sale By Owner (FSBO) is the process of selling real estate without the representation of a real estate broker or real estate agent. According to the National Association of Realtors’ Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, 36% of homeowners who decided to FSBO last ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-25
  • 3 Things You Need in a Shifting Real Estate Market
    Whether you are thinking of selling your house or buying a home, today’s real estate headlines can be confusing – perhaps even concerning. What is actually happening with mortgage rates? Are home values dropping or are they just rising at a slower pace? What impact will the economy have ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-24
  • The Importance of Homeownership to the American Dream
    For centuries, people in this country have seen homeownership as part of the American Dream. Whether they were born here or immigrated from another country, they wanted to own a piece of America. With so many prominent societal changes over the last few decades, it is fair to ask ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-23
  • Do You Prefer the Charm of an Existing Home?
    When homebuyers begin their research, they want to see all their available options! In many cases, they will include both new construction and existing homes in their search; but is a new construction home really the house of their dreams? According to a recent survey by Zillow, of the ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-22
  • The Difference Having a Professional on Your Side Makes
    In today’s fast-paced world, where answers are a Google search away, there are some who may wonder what the benefits of hiring a real estate professional to help them in their home search are. The truth is, with the addition of more information, comes more confusion. Shows like Property ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-21
  • What is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy? [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: The cost of waiting to buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices & interest rates were to increase over a period of time. Freddie Mac predicts interest rates to rise to 5.1% by the end of ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-18
  • Last Chance! Homes are a Bargain Compared to Historic Norms
    A loaf of bread used to be a nickel. A movie ticket was a dime.  Not anymore. Houses were also much less expensive than they are now. Inflation raised the price of all three of those items, along with the price of almost every other item we purchase. The ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-17
  • Selling Your Home? Make Sure the Price is Right!
    If you’ve ever watched “The Price is Right,” you know that the only way to win is to be the one to correctly guess the price of the item you want without going over! That means your guess must be just slightly under the retail price. In today’s shifting ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-16
  • Buying a Home Young is the Key to 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 ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-15
  • Buying a House This Year? This Should Be Your 1st Step!
    In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show that you are serious about buying your dream home is to ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-14
  • The Cost Across Time [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: With interest rates still around 4.5%, now is a great time to look back at where rates have been over the last 40 years. Rates are projected to climb to 5.0% by this time next year according to Freddie Mac. The impact your interest rate makes ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-11
  • The Best Time to List Your House? TODAY!
    You may have heard that the housing market is softening. There is no doubt that buyer traffic has decreased. There are fewer purchasers in the market than there were last month and at this time last year. What you may not have heard, however, is that there is still ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-10
  • Is the Recent Dip in Interest Rates Here to Stay?
    Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage climbed consistently throughout 2018 until the middle of November. After that point, rates returned to levels that we saw in August to close out the year at 4.55%, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey. After the first week of ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-09
  • Buying A Vacation Property? Now Is A Good Time!
    Every year around this time, many homeowners begin the process of preparing their homes in case of extreme winter weather. Some others skip winter all together by escaping to their vacation homes in a warmer climate. For those homeowners staying at their first residence, AccuWeather warns: “The late-week ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-08
  • Want to Get the Most Money from The Sale of Your Home? Use These 2 Tips!
    Every homeowner wants to make sure they maximize their financial reward when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive the maximum value for your house? Here are two keys to ensure that you get the highest price possible. 1. Price it a LITTLE LOW  This ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-07
  • Top Renovations to Complete Before You Sell Your House [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: If you are planning on listing your house for sale this year, here are the top four home improvement projects that will net you the most Return on Investment (ROI). Minor bathroom renovations can go a long way toward improving the quality of your everyday life ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-04
  • Belief in Homeownership as an Investment is Far from Dead
    Following last year’s real estate market was like riding a rollercoaster. The market started off strong in 2018 and then softened before finishing with a mild flurry. However, one thing that did not waiver was America’s belief that owning a home makes sense from a financial standpoint. An end-of-the-year survey ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-03
  • Excited About Buying A Home This Year? Here’s What to Watch
    As we kick off the new year, many families have made resolutions to enter the housing market in 2019. Whether you are thinking of finally ditching your landlord and buying your first home or selling your starter house to move into your forever home, there are two pieces of ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-02
  • Here’s to a Wonderful 2019!
    We hope 2019 is a great year for you, both personally and professionally! Content previously posted on Keeping Current Matters ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-01
  • Why You Should Not For Sale By Owner
    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. ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-31
  • Where is the Housing Market Headed in 2019? [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: ­Interest rates are projected to increase steadily throughout 2019, but buyers will still be able to lock in a rate lower than their parents or grandparents did when they bought their homes! Home prices will rise at a rate of 4.8% over the course of 2019 ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-28
  • 24 Hours that Suddenly Improved the Market
    This year started strong for real estate, but then the market began to soften. Home inventory in the starter and move-up categories dwindled to almost nothing, mortgage rates were projected to rise, and home sales have now decreased for several months in a row. To many, the outlook heading ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-27
  • How to Save Thousands of Dollars in Interest on Your Mortgage
    One of the most common loans you can get to buy a home is a 30-year fixed rate mortgage. If the thought of paying for your home over the course of 30-years seems daunting, here are some easy ways to shorten that term which will actually end up saving ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-26
  • Thank You for All Your Support
    Content previously posted on Keeping Current Matters ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-25
  • What Makes a House a Home For You?
    We frequently talk about why it makes sense to buy a home financially, 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 a home can mean different things ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-24
  • Buyers Are Looking for Your Home, Now [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights: Existing home sales are currently at an annual pace of 5.32 million and have increased on a monthly basis for the last two months. The inventory of existing homes for sale remains below the 6-months needed for a normal market and is now at a 3.9-month ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-21