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Slaying Myths About Buying a Home

Some Highlights: Interest Rates are still below historic numbers. 88% of property managers raised their rent in the last 12 months! Credit score requirements to be approved for a mortgage continue to fall.  

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Sales at Highest Pace in 9 Years!

Some Highlights: Sales of existing homes reached the highest annual pace in over 9 years at 5.29 million. Inventory remains below the 6-month norm and prices are still on the rise. Interest rates are at a historic low of 3.48%. … Continue reading

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Foreclosure Rate Drops to New Post-Crisis Low

Some Highlights: According to CoreLogic, the national foreclosure rate dropped to 1.1% of all homes with a mortgage. This is the lowest percentage experienced since October 2007. April marked the 54th consecutive month of year-over-year declines in foreclosure inventory. Only … Continue reading

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Home Prices Up 5.67% Across the Country

Some Highlights: Across the country, home prices are up by 5.67%. Each state is appreciating at a different rate, however, which is important to realize if you plan on relocating to a different state. Regionally, prices have appreciated year-over-year by as … Continue reading

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Sell NOW, Before Competition Hits the Market

In their current edition of the Home Price Expectation Survey released last week, Pulsenomics asked this question of the 100+ economists, real estate experts and investment & market strategists they surveyed: “In your opinion, what is the primary driver of … Continue reading

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Housing Market Snapshot

Some Highlights: Home sales are up 1.5% year-over-year and 5.1% month-over-month. Demand is still much higher than the available housing inventory which declined 2.2% from March 2015. This is the 49th consecutive month with year-0ver-year price gains.  

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Housing Inventory Disappearing

The price of any item is determined by the supply of that item, and the market demand. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released their latest Existing Home Sales Report which gives insight into today’s market conditions. Inventory Levels … Continue reading

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Homes Continue to Sell Quickly Nationwide

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released their latest Existing Home Sales Report, which revealed that homes were on the market for an average of 47 days in March. This is a decrease from the 59 days reported in … Continue reading

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The Top Reasons Why Americans Buy Homes

Last week, the inaugural “Homebuyer Insights Report” was released by the Bank of America. The report revealed the reasons why consumers purchase homes and what their feelings are regarding homeownership. Consumer Lending Executive, D. Steve Boland, explained: “Homebuyers today are … Continue reading

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Building Wealth: First Rung on the Ladder is Housing

How Housing Matters is a joint project of the Urban Land Institute and the MacArthur Foundation. It is “an online resource for the most rigorous research and practical information on how a quality, stable, affordable home in a vibrant community … Continue reading

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