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Monthly Archives: December 2018

    Why You Should Not For Sale By Owner

    By Taylor Swanson | December 31, 2018

    In today’s market, as home prices rise and a lack of inventory continues, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their homes on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons why this might not be a good idea for most sellers. Here are the top five reasons:... Read More

    What Makes A House A Home For You?

    By Taylor Swanson | December 27, 2018

    We frequently talk about why it makes sense to buy a home financially, but more often than not the emotional reasons are the more powerful or compelling ones. No matter what shape or size your living space is, the concept and feeling of a home can mean different things to different people. Whether it’s a... Read More

    Homeownership Remains A Huge Part Of The American Dream.

    By Taylor Swanson | December 21, 2018

    As we head into 2019, many news outlets and housing experts warn that the housing market may slow down. Over the last six years, the inventory of homes for sale has been near historic lows, which has been the force behind increasing home prices. This has been great news for sellers as many of them... Read More

    Why Houses DO NOT Sell In A Strong Market

    By Taylor Swanson | December 20, 2018

    As we approach the end of the year, many homeowners find themselves asking the question, “If we’re currently in a strong real estate market, why won’t my house sell?” Below are the 5 most common reasons why a listing contract will expire: 1. The Price Sometimes when the market is hot, homeowners attempt to set... Read More

    5 Reasons To Sell This Winter!

    By Taylor Swanson | December 19, 2018

    Here are five reasons listing your home for sale this winter makes sense. 1. Demand Is Strong The latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing and able to purchase… and are in the market right now! More... Read More

    Don’t Get Caught In The Rental Trap In 2019

    By Taylor Swanson | December 13, 2018

    Every year around this time, we take time to reflect and plan for next year. If you are renting your current home but have dreams of homeownership, your plan for the new year may include buying, and you wouldn’t be alone! According to the 2018 Bank of America Homebuyer Insights Report, 74% of renters plan... Read More

    How To Simply Increase Your Family Wealth By Paying For Housing

    By Taylor Swanson | December 11, 2018

    Everyone should realize that unless you are living somewhere rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. Buying your own home provides you with a form of ‘forced savings’ that allows you to use your monthly housing costs to increase your family’s wealth. Every month that you pay your mortgage, you... Read More

    24% Of Renters Believe Winter Is The Best Time To Buy A Home

    By Taylor Swanson | December 5, 2018

    In real estate, the spring is often seen as the ideal time to buy or sell a house. The term “Spring Buyer’s Season” exists for a reason, as renters and those looking to move on from their current home thaw out from the winter and hit the market ready to buy. According to Bank of... Read More

    Homeowners Aged 65+ Have 48x More Net Worth Than Renters.

    By Taylor Swanson | December 4, 2018

    Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts their Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. Their latest survey data covers responses from 2013-2016. The study revealed that the median net worth of a homeowner was $231,400 – a 15% increase since 2013. At the same time, the median net worth of... Read More

    4 Reasons To Buy A Home This Winter!

    By Taylor Swanson | December 3, 2018

    Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insight report revealed that home prices have appreciated by 5.6% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 4.7% over the next year.... Read More