7 Graphs That Show the Real Estate Market Is Back!

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Some Highlights: Distressed property sales fell to its lowest number since NAR began tracking it in 2008. As you can see, with less distressed properties, sales are up in all price ranges except the $0 – $100K price range. Interest rates are still at historic lows, signifying that now is the right time to buy!

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The ‘Great News’ About Rising Prices

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Recently there has been a lot of talk about home prices and if they are accelerating too quickly. In some areas of the country, seller supply (homes for sale) cannot keep up with the number of buyers out looking for a home, which has caused prices to rise. The great news about rising prices, however, is that according to CoreLogic’s …


Do You Know the Cost of Renting vs. Buying?

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Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a close decision. Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median priced home today (30%) vs. the percentage needed to buy a median priced home (15%), the choice becomes obvious. Every market is different. Before you renew your lease again, find out if you …


Don’t Disqualify Yourself… Over Half of All Loans Approved Have a FICO Score Under 750

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The results of countless studies have shown that potential home buyers, and even current homeowners, have an inflated view of what is really required to qualify for a mortgage in today’s market. One such study by the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania revealed that many Millennials have not yet considered purchasing a home, simply because they don’t believe they can qualify …


Appraisers & Homeowners Don’t See Eye-To-Eye on Values

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In today’s housing market, where supply is very low and demand is very high, home values are increasing rapidly. Many experts are projecting that home values could appreciate by another 5%+ over the next twelve months. One major challenge in such a market is the bank appraisal. If prices are surging, it is difficult for appraisers to find adequate, comparable …

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The Past, Present & Future of Home Prices

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CoreLogic released their most current Home Price Index last week. In the report, they revealed home appreciation in three categories: percentage appreciation over the last year, over the last month and projected over the next twelve months. Here are state maps for each category:  The Past – home appreciation over the last 12 months The Present – home appreciation over the last month The Future – home …


3 Questions to Ask Before Buying Your Dream Home

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If you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are probably getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family will have your best interest at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in the real estate market. Ask yourself the following 3 questions to help determine if now is …