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Monday Morning Coffee Nov 19

September “New Home” sale skidded down 5.5%, to a 553,000 annual rate. Despite that, the trend for new home sales stays positive, as sales the first nine months of 2018 are still up 3.4% from the same period a year ago. A lot of people are asking about the future of the real estate market……

7 Reasons to List Your House For Sale This Holiday Season

7 Reasons to List Your House for Sale This Holiday Season | Simplifying The MarketEvery year at this time there are many homeowners who decide to wait until after the holidays to list their homes for the first time, while others who already have their homes on the market decide to take them off until after the holidays. Here are seven great reasons not to wait: Relocation buyers are […]

The Cost of Renting vs. Buying a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a tough decision.
Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (28.4%) vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-priced home (17.5%)…

Wage Increases Make Home Buying More Affordable

Wage Increases Make Home Buying More Affordable | Simplifying The MarketEveryone knows that housing affordability has been negatively impacted by rising prices and increasing mortgage rates, but there is another piece to the affordability equation – wages. How much a family earns obviously impacts how easy or difficult it is for them to afford to own a home. Because of an improving economy, wages are […]

Home Sellers in Q3 Netted $61K at Resale

Home Sellers in Q3 Netted $61K at Resale | Simplifying The MarketAccording to a recent report by ATTOM Data Solutions, home sellers who sold their homes in the third quarter of 2018 benefited from rising home prices and netted an average of $61,232. This is the highest average price gain since the second quarter of 2007 and represents a 32% return on the original purchase prices. […]

Are Homeowners Renovating to Sell or to Stay?

Are Homeowners Renovating to Sell or to Stay? | Simplifying The MarketOver the past few years, two trends have emerged in the housing market: Home renovations have shot up Inventory of homes available for sale on the market has dropped A ‘normal’ housing market is defined by having a 6-month supply of homes for sale. According to the latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National […]

Monday Morning Coffee Nov 12

A primary influence on mortgage rates are the Fed minutes, the most recent of which were considered to be modestly negative. The minutes from the September 26 Fed meeting contained no major surprises, but investors viewed them as slightly more hawkish (meaning in favor of tighter monetary policy) than expected. Fed officials indicated that a…

How to Honor a Veteran Today and Everyday

How to Honor a Veteran Today and Everyday | Simplifying The MarketOne hundred years ago, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we marked the end of the “war to end all wars.” That day, which was to be observed annually on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, became known as Armistice Day and then, later on, became Veterans Day. […]

VA Home Loans by the Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC]

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The Veterans Administration (VA) Home Loan is a benefit that is available to more than 22 million veterans & 2 million active duty service members which helps them achieve their dreams of homeownership.
In 2017, $189 billion wa…

75% of Renters Have Been Misinformed

75% of Renters Have Been Misinformed | Simplifying The MarketRecently, multiple headlines have been written asserting that homeownership is less affordable today than at any other time in the last decade. Though the headlines are accurate, they lack context and lead too many Americans to believe that they can’t partake in a major part of the American Dream – owning a home. In 2008, […]