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    Friday, December 15, 2017   /   by Ryan Stein

    Home Prices Up 6.54% Across the Country!

    Some Highlights:

    The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their latest Quarterly Home Price Index report.
    In the report, home prices are compared both regionally and by state.
    Based on the latest numbers, if you plan on relocating to another state, waiting to move may end up costing you more!

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    Wednesday, December 13, 2017   /   by Ryan Stein

    What is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy?

    We recently shared that over the course of the last 12 months, home prices have appreciated by 7.0%. Over the same amount of time, interest rates have remained historically low which has allowed many buyers to enter the market.
    As a seller, you will likely be most concerned about ‘short-term price’ – where home values are headed over the next six months. As a buyer, however, you must not be concerned about price, but instead about the ‘long-term cost’ of the home.
    The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), Freddie Mac, and Fannie Mae all project that mortgage interest rates will increase by this time next year. According to CoreLogic’s most recent Home Price Index Report, home prices will appreciate by 4.7% over the next 12 months.
    What Does This Mean as a Buyer?
    If home prices appreciate by 4.7% over the next twelve months as predicted by CoreLogic, here is a simple de ...

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    Monday, December 11, 2017   /   by Ryan Stein

    Why Getting Pre-Approved Should Be Your First Step

    In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes greatly outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage before starting your search.
    Even if you are in a market that is not as competitive, knowing your budget will give you the confidence of knowing if your dream home is within your reach.
    Freddie Mac lays out the advantages of pre-approval in the ‘My Home’ section of their website:

    “It’s highly recommended that you work with your lender to get pre-approved before you begin house hunting. Pre-approval will tell you how much home you can afford and can help you move faster, and with greater confidence, in competitive markets.”

    One of the many advantages of working with a local real estat ...

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    Friday, December 8, 2017   /   by Ryan Stein

    3 Tips for Making Your Dream Home a Reality

    Some Highlights:

    Realtor.com shared their “5 Habits to Start Now If You Hope to Buy a Home.”
    Setting up an automatic savings plan that saves a small amount of every check is one of the best ways to save without thinking a lot about it.
    Living within a budget will not only help you save money for down payments but will help you pay down other debts that might be holding you back.

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    Thursday, December 7, 2017   /   by Ryan Stein

    The #1 Reason to List Your House Today!

    Many people believe that selling their house during “the spring buyers’ market” is the best thing to do. Their reasoning is that there will be more buyers than there are during the winter months and, therefore, their house will sell quicker and for a higher price.
    Historically, this made sense. However, today’s real estate market is not following the rules of the past.
    The National Association of Realtors (NAR) measures buyer “foot traffic” each month. It receives data on the number of properties shown to a prospective purchaser by a Realtor® (based on the number of lockboxes used). The data reveals the number of buyers out actively looking for a home, not just window shopping on the internet. NAR explains:

    “Foot traffic has a strong correlation with future contracts and home sales, so it can be viewed as a peek ahead at sales trends two to three months into the future.”

    According to the latest ...

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