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The Cost of Renting vs Buying

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National Foreclosure Numbers

 

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Homeownership’s Impact on Net Worth

Over the last six years, homeownership has lost some of its allure as a financial investment. As homeowners suffered through the housing bust, more and more began to question whether owning a home was truly a good way to build … Continue reading

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Home Prices Since “The Peak”

Here’s an interesting illustration showing how various markets’ prices compare to the real estate “peak” that occurred several years ago.

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Nationally: Home Sales Figures Look Good

  As you can see from the graphic above, the latest national home sales figures from the National Association of Realtors look pretty good–sales are up, prices are up, and distressed sales are down when compared to the same time period … Continue reading

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Most Folks Agree that Real Estate is the Number One Investment

  The illustration above says it all.  Most folks believe that Real Estate is the best investment…..we concur.

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Sellers Face a Hurdle

–This chart is self explanatory and should get everyone’s attention. –These are real numbers from our MLS.  In May of 2014, we had an inventory of 1,751 detached single family homes in Leon County vs only 230 sales. –While we … Continue reading

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Home Sales Report

Here’s the latest from the National Association of Realtors    

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Harvard: 5 Reasons to Buy a Home

Eric Belsky is Managing Director of the Joint Center of Housing Studies at Harvard University. He also currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Housing Research and Housing Policy Debate. Last year he released a paper on homeownership - The … Continue reading

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Distressed Sales, The Numbers Are Distressing

  While most of our market metrics have been positive lately, there’s one that has not been good.  As you can see above, the number of distressed sales have remained at very high levels for the past several years.  Distressed … Continue reading

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