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    Wednesday, October 18, 2017   /   by Ryan Stein

    Moving-Up to a Luxury Home? Now’s the Time!

    If your house no longer fits your needs and you are planning on buying a luxury home, now is a great time to do so! We recently shared data from Trulia’s Market Mismatch Study which showed that in today’s premium home market, buyers are in control.
    The inventory of homes for sale in the luxury market far exceeds those searching to purchase these properties in many areas of the country. This means that homes are often staying on the market longer which can eventually lead to a price change.
    Those who have a starter or trade-up home to sell will find buyers competing, and often entering bidding wars, to be able to call your house their new home.
    The sale of your starter or trade-up house will aid in coming up with a larger down payment for your new luxury home. Even a 5% down payment on a million-dollar home is $50,000.
    But not all who are buying luxury properties have a home to sell first.
    In a Washington Post article, Daryl Judy, an ...

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    Tuesday, October 17, 2017   /   by Ryan Stein

    Buying Remains Cheaper Than Renting in 39 States!

    In the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia, they explained that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage in the 100 largest metro areas in the United States.
    The updated numbers show that the range is an average of 3.5% less expensive in San Jose (CA), all the way up to 50.1% less expensive in Baton Rouge (LA), and 33.1% nationwide!
    A study by GoBankingRates looked at the cost of renting vs. owning a home at the state level and concluded that in 39 states, it is actually ‘a little’ or ‘a lot’ cheaper to own (represented by the two shades of blue in the map below).


    One of the main reasons owning a home has remained significantly cheaper than renting is the fact that interest rates have remained at or near historic lows. Freddie Mac reports that the current interest rate on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage is 3.91%.
    Nationally, rates would have to ...

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    Monday, October 16, 2017   /   by Ryan Stein

    Thinking of Selling? You Should Do It TODAY!!

    That headline might be a little aggressive; however, as August 2017’s housing market data begins to roll in, we can definitely say one thing: If you are considering selling, IT IS TIME TO LIST YOUR HOME TODAY!
    In a recent article by CBS News, they explained that the number of existing home sales is shrinking, and Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors, said:

    “There should be 3 million homes on the market right now…Yet, there are only 1.9 million.”

    And this situation will be affected greatly by recent natural disasters. Yun continued by saying:

    “Before the hurricanes I would have predicted 1.35 million in new-home construction in 2018…I’ll have to scale that down now.”

    NAR, in their August 2017 Realtors® Confidence Index, indicated that:

    “Amid sustained job creation and sustained historically low mortgage rates, REALTORS®repor ...

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    Friday, October 13, 2017   /   by Ryan Stein

    4 Reasons to Sell This Fall

    Some Highlights:

    Buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of homes for sale! Buyers are often competing with one another for the listings that are available!
    Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply that is needed for a normal housing market.
    Perhaps the time has come for you and your family to move on and start living the life you desire.

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    Wednesday, October 11, 2017   /   by Ryan Stein

    Builder Offering to Pay Off Student Loans for Buyers

    Millennials are on track to become the most educated generation in history. This means they are also the generation with the most student debt. Depending on the type of degree earned, as well as the prestige of the institution attended, there are some millennials who graduate college with what equates to a mortgage payment.
    For those first-time buyers, and even some move-up buyers, who took advantage of the First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit in 2008, there is an interesting program being introduced by Lennar Home Builders and Eagle Home Mortgage.

    “Borrowers with Eagle Home Mortgage's Student Loan Debt Mortgage Program can direct up to 3% of the purchase price (up to $13,000) to pay their student loans when they buy a new home from Lennar, one of the nation's largest homebuilders. The contribution doesn’t directly increase the purchase price of the home or add to the balance of the loan.”

    The program allows borrowers, w ...

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