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Millennial Buying Power Poised to Boost Homeownership

Posted by on Sep 18, 2019 in Home Ownership, Real Estate Market, Selling a Home | 0 comments

In a recent article by Realtor Magazine, Mark Fleming, Chief Economist of First American Financial Corporation, notes, “The largest group of millennials by birth year will turn 30 in 2020, which puts them entering their prime homebuying years”. The article continues to describe how millennials have more buying-power than the generations that preceded them, making their interest in embracing homeownership stronger than ever, “Millennials—the most educated generation—have the highest incomes across their generational cohorts, even when salaries are adjusted for inflation.” This combination of power and desire has the potential to drive positive growth in the homeownership rate heading into the near future. According to Fleming, ‘“The gap between the potential and actual homeownership in 2018 narrowed slightly as the growth in homeownership modestly exceeded the increase in potential demand,” he says, citing First American’s Homeownership Progress Index. “We...

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The Role Access Plays in Getting Your House Sold

Posted by on Sep 16, 2019 in Selling a Home | 0 comments

So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you with the entire process and you’ve been asked what level of access you want to provide to potential buyers. There are four elements to a quality listing. At the top of the list is Access, followed by Condition, Financing, and Price. There are many levels of access you can provide to your agent to be able to show your home. Here are five levels of access you can provide to a buyer, each with a brief description: Lockbox on the Door – This allows buyers the ability to see the home as soon as they are aware of the listing, or at their convenience. Providing a Key to the Home – Although the buyer’s agent may need to stop by an office to...

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Experts Predict a Strong Housing Market for the Rest of 2019

Posted by on Sep 13, 2019 in Home Ownership, Real Estate Market | 0 comments

We’re in the back half of the year, and with a decline in interest rates as well as home price and wage appreciation, many are wondering what the predictions are for the remainder of 2019. Here’s what some of the experts have to say: Ralph McLaughlin, Deputy Chief Economist for CoreLogic “We see the cooldown flattening or even reversing course in the coming months and expect the housing market to continue coming into balance. In the meantime, buyers are likely claiming some ground from what has been seller’s territory over the past few years. If mortgage rates stay low, wages continue to grow, and inventory picks up, we can expect the U.S. housing market to further stabilize throughout the remainder of the year.” Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at NAR “We expect the second half of year will be notably better than the...

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What’s the Latest on Interest Rates?

Posted by on Sep 11, 2019 in Selling an Investment Property | 0 comments

Mortgage rates have fallen by over a full percentage point since Q4 of 2018, settling at near-historic lows. This is big news for buyers looking to get more for their money in the current housing market.According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, “the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) rate averaged 3.60 percent, the lowest it has been since November 2016.” Sam Khater, Chief Economist at Freddie Mac, notes how this is great news for homebuyers. He states, “…consumer sentiment remains buoyed by a strong labor market and low rates that will continue to drive home sales into the fall.” As a potential buyer, the best thing you can do is work with a trusted advisor who can help you keep a close eye on how the market is changing. Relying on current expert advice is more important than ever when it...

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Top Priorities When Moving with Kids

Posted by on Sep 9, 2019 in Neighborhoods | 0 comments

According to the Pew Research Center, around 37% of U.S students will be going back to school soon and the rest have already started the new academic year. With school-aged children in your home, buying or selling a house can take on a whole different approach when it comes to finding the right size, location, school district, and more. Recently, the 2019 Moving with Kids Report from the National Association of Realtors®(NAR) studied “the different purchasing habits as well as seller preferences during the home buying and selling process.” This is what they found: When Purchasing a Home The major difference between the homebuyers who have children and those who do not is the importance of the neighborhood. In fact, 53% said the quality of the school district is an important factor when purchasing a home, and 50% select...

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