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New Home Sales Up 12.7% From Last Year

According to the latest New Residential Sales Report from the Census Bureau, new construction sales in August were up 3.5% from July and 12.7% from last year! This marks the second consecutive month with double-digit year-over-year growth (12.8% in July). The report also showed that builders have ramped up construction with an increase in new construction starts and completions. The summer months are often a busy time for builders as they capitalize on the warmer weather to be able to finish projects. Below is a [...]

By |2018-10-10T04:00:44+00:00October 10th, 2018|First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, For Sellers, Housing Market Updates, Move-Up Buyers, New Construction, Pricing|Comments Off on New Home Sales Up 12.7% From Last Year

What’s Going On With Home Prices?

According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insights Report, national home prices in August were up 5.5% from August 2017. This marks the first time since June 2016 that home prices did not appreciate by at least 6.0% year-over-year. CoreLogic’s Chief Economist Frank Nothaft gave some insight into this change, “The rise in mortgage rates this summer to their highest level in seven years has made it more difficult for potential buyers to afford a home. The slackening in demand is reflected in the slowing of [...]

By |2018-10-09T04:00:04+00:00October 9th, 2018|First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, For Sellers, Move-Up Buyers, Pricing|Comments Off on What’s Going On With Home Prices?

2 Factors to Watch in Today’s Real Estate Market Whether Buying or Selling

When it comes to buying or selling a home there are many factors you should consider. Where you want to live, why you want to buy or sell, and who will help you along your journey are just some of those factors. When it comes to today’s real estate market, though, the top two factors to consider are what’s happening with interest rates & inventory. Interest Rates Mortgage interest rates have been on the rise and are now over three-quarters of a percentage point higher [...]

By |2018-10-03T04:00:12+00:00October 3rd, 2018|First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, For Sellers, Interest Rates, Move-Up Buyers, Pricing|Comments Off on 2 Factors to Watch in Today’s Real Estate Market Whether Buying or Selling

Should I Buy Now? Or Wait Until Next Year? [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 5.2% by the third quarter of 2019. CoreLogic predicts home prices to appreciate by 5.1% over the next 12 months. If you are ready and willing to buy your dream home, find out if you are able to!

By |2018-09-28T04:00:13+00:00September 28th, 2018|First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Infographics, Interest Rates, Millennials, Move-Up Buyers, Pricing|Comments Off on Should I Buy Now? Or Wait Until Next Year? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Are Home Prices Softening or Are They Falling?

We are beginning to see reports that more housing inventory is coming to the market and that buyer demand may not be increasing at the same pace it did earlier this year. The result will be many headlines written to address the impact that these two situations will have on home values. Many of these headline writers will confuse “softening home prices” with “falling home prices,” but there is a major difference between the two. The data will begin to show that home values are [...]

By |2018-09-27T04:00:37+00:00September 27th, 2018|First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, For Sellers, Housing Market Updates, Move-Up Buyers, Pricing|Comments Off on Are Home Prices Softening or Are They Falling?

How Much Has Your Home Increased in Value?

Home values have risen dramatically over the last twelve months. In CoreLogic’s most recent Home Price Index Report, they revealed that national home prices have increased by 6.2% year-over-year. CoreLogic broke down appreciation even further into four price ranges, giving us a more detailed view than if we had simply looked at the year-over-year increases in national median home price. The chart below shows the four price ranges from the report, as well as each one’s year-over-year growth from July 2017 to July 2018 (the latest data available).  It is important to [...]

By |2018-09-24T04:00:04+00:00September 24th, 2018|First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, For Sellers, Housing Market Updates, Move-Up Buyers, Pricing|Comments Off on How Much Has Your Home Increased in Value?

Home Prices Have Appreciated 6.9% in 2018

Between 1987 and 1999, which is often referred to as the ‘Pre-Bubble Period,’ home prices grew at an average of 3.6% according to the Home Price Expectation Survey. Every month, the economists at CoreLogic release the results of their Home Price Insights Report, which includes the actual year-over-year change in prices across the country and their predictions for the following year. The chart below shows the forecasted year-over-year prices for 2018 (predictions made in 2017). According to their predictions, the average appreciation over the course [...]

By |2018-09-12T04:00:03+00:00September 12th, 2018|For Sellers, Housing Market Updates, Move-Up Buyers, Pricing|Comments Off on Home Prices Have Appreciated 6.9% in 2018

Home Prices Up 6.49% 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!

By |2018-09-07T04:00:27+00:00September 7th, 2018|First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, For Sellers, Infographics, Move-Up Buyers, Pricing|Comments Off on Home Prices Up 6.49% Across the Country! [INFOGRAPHIC]

What Does the Future Hold for Home Prices?

Home prices are at the top of everyone’s minds. Can they maintain their current pace of appreciation? Will rising mortgage rates negatively impact home values? Will the next economic slowdown cause prices to crash? Let’s try to answer these questions based on what has happened in the past as well as what we know about the current real estate market. The Impact of Rising Interest Rates We explained earlier this year that rising mortgage rates have not negatively impacted home prices in the past and [...]

By |2018-09-06T04:00:39+00:00September 6th, 2018|For Buyers, For Sellers, Housing Market Updates, Interest Rates, Pricing|Comments Off on What Does the Future Hold for Home Prices?

Why are Existing Home Sales Down?

The latest Existing Home Sales Report issued by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed that home sales have decreased for four consecutive months and are at their slowest pace in over two years. This has some industry leaders puzzled considering the fact that the economy is strengthening, unemployment is down, and wages are beginning to rise. This begs the question: “Where are the buyers?” Actually, agents in the field of most communities are still seeing strong desire from prospective purchasers. They have a list [...]

By |2018-08-30T04:00:24+00:00August 30th, 2018|For Buyers, For Sellers, Housing Market Updates, Move-Up Buyers, Pricing|Comments Off on Why are Existing Home Sales Down?