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Tiny Homes Not All They Are Cracked Up To Be

The trend towards so-called “tiny homes” has attracted a lot of attention in recent years, with some expert saying their affordability may help to address housing shortages in many markets. But new data from PropertyShark suggests that smaller living spaces aren’t proving to be all that popular. PropertyShark said in its report that even in [...]

February 14th, 2019 | Posted in Consumer | Read More »

Keep Your Home Safe During Open House

Open houses can increase the likelihood that your home will sell but it can also increase the potential of theft. “With so many people touring your open house…the most prominent open house security issue during a house showing is thefts and robbery,” said reolink. “KABC reported that more than $150,000 worth of watches, jewelry and [...]

February 7th, 2019 | Posted in Consumer | Read More »

Spring Has Sprung Early in Housing

Demand for housing is picking up and housing analysts are pointing to lower mortgage rates as the main reason. The spring buying season may be coming early. In Coppell, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, real estate pros reported a traffic jam of buyers lined up on the front stairway to get into an open house. [...]

February 7th, 2019 | Posted in Consumer | Read More »

Fewer Homes Selling Above List Price

The amount of homes that were sold above their listing price fell each month in the second half of 2018, with December seeing the biggest month-over-month drop since at least 2012, Zillow reported. Experts interpret it as another sign of a slowdown in the housing market. Just 19 percent of home sales in the U.S. [...]

February 7th, 2019 | Posted in Consumer | Read More »

Pointers for First Time Home Buyers

Here are a few key things you should know to successfully navigate the process of buying a house: Before you make an offer Be selective in choosing a lender Choosing to work with a local lender may improve your chances of getting your offer accepted. Local lenders tend to be more client focused, and can [...]

October 11th, 2018 | Posted in Consumer | Read More »

Housing Boom Has No End in Sight

Unemployment keeps falling and home prices keep going up. It’s a great recipe for a strong housing market. Nothing has been able to stop the housing boom — not even higher interest rates. Luxury home builder Toll Brothers (TOL) said Tuesday that demand for its houses was strong across the country — the company signed [...]

October 11th, 2018 | Posted in Consumer | Read More »

Is Largest U.S. Homebuilder Pulling Back?

Homebuilding giant Lennar is reportedly looking to sell its real estate lending arm, Rialto Capital, as builders continue to face a stagnant housing market, The Wall Street Journal reports. Lennar has declined to comment publicly on the recent news reports, but in an investor call last week and in April it did confirm it was [...]

October 11th, 2018 | Posted in Consumer | Read More »

New Tariffs Could Bring Higher Home Prices

President Donald Trump’s administration this week imposed another round of trade tariffs worth some $200 billion on Chinese goods, and now homebuilders say they’re worried it could lead to an increase in the costs of housing construction. The tariffs, which will come into effect on September 24, will begin at 10 percent and increase to [...]

October 8th, 2018 | Posted in Consumer | Read More »

Relocating and Need to Find an Agent?

As part of your search to find the perfect agent to help you find a new home when you relocate, here are some things that you might want to look for. What to Look For You will need to do some research to find a REALTOR® who matches your needs. Keep in mind what is [...]

October 8th, 2018 | Posted in Consumer | Read More »

True Cost of NOT Owning Your Home

Owning a home has great financial benefits, yet many continue to rent! Today, let’s look at the financial reasons why owning a home of your own has been a part of the American Dream for the entirety of America’s existence. Realtor.com reported that: “Buying remains the more attractive option in the long term – that [...]

October 8th, 2018 | Posted in Consumer | Read More »