More and More Singles Are Falling For Their Dream Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights:

  • 24% of all recent home buyers were single at the time of purchase.
  • 47% of single men cite the desire to own a home of their own as the primary reason to buy.
  • 18% of first-time buyers were single women.

Building Wealth: First Rung on the Ladder is Housing

Building Wealth: First Rung on the Ladder is Housing | Simplifying The MarketHow 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 contributes to individual and community success”.

Rent or Buy: Either Way You’re Paying A Mortgage

Rent or Buy: Either Way You’re Paying A Mortgage | Simplifying The MarketThere are some renters that have not yet purchased a home because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents rent free, you are paying a mortgage – either your mortgage or your landlord’s.

2016 Home Sales Doing Just Fine!!

2016 Home Sales Doing Just Fine!! | Simplifying The MarketSome of the housing headlines are causing concern for some consumers who are in the process of either buying or selling a home. Pundits are concerned over the lack of new construction or the month-over-month sales numbers. Let’s set the record straight; 2015 was a good year for residential real estate in the United States and 2016 is starting out stronger.

Past, Present & Future Home Values

Past, Present & Future Home Values | Simplifying The MarketIn CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index, they revealed home appreciation in three categories: percentage appreciation over the last year, over the last month, and projected appreciation over the next twelve months.

Sales Contracts Hit Highest Level in Months

Sales Contracts Hit Highest Level in Months | Simplifying The MarketThe National Association of Realtors (NAR) just announced that the February Pending Home Sales Index reached its highest reading since July 2015.

The Top 5 Reasons You Should Not For Sale By Owner

The Top 5 Reasons You Should Not For Sale By Owner | Simplifying The MarketIn today’s market, with homes selling quickly and prices rising, some homeowners might consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers.

Here are five of those reasons:

Home Sales Up Year-Over-Year

Some Highlights

  • This is the 48th consecutive month with year-over-year price gains.
  • Lawrence Yun, NAR’s Chief Economist says that, “The main issue continues to be a supply & affordability problem. Finding the right property at an affordable price is burdening many potential buyers.”
  • Inventory is still below historic normals at a 4.4 month supply.

Further Proof This Isn’t a Housing Bubble

Further Proof This Isn’t a Housing Bubble | Simplifying The MarketTwo weeks ago, we posted a blog which explained that current increases in home prices were the result of the well-known concept of supply & demand and should not lead to conversations of a new housing bubble. Today, we want to look at home prices as compared to current incomes.

91.5% of Homes in the US Have Positive Equity

91.5% of Homes in the US have Positive Equity | Simplifying The MarketCoreLogic’s latest Equity Report revealed that one million borrowers regained equity in their homes in 2015. The outlook for 2016 remains positive as well, as an additional 850,000 properties would regain equity if home prices rose another 5% this year. 

The Importance of Using an Agent To Sell Your House

The Importance of Using an Agent To Sell Your House | Simplifying The MarketWhen a homeowner decides to sell their house, they obviously want the best possible price with the least amount of hassles. However, for the vast majority of sellers, the most important result is to actually get the home sold.

The Mortgage Process: What You Need To Know [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights:

  • Many buyers are purchasing a home with a down payment as little as 3%.
  • You may already qualify for a loan, even if you don’t have perfect credit.
  • Take advantage of the knowledge of your local professionals who are there to help you determine how much you can afford.
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