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Monthly Archives: November 2019

    Tips to Sell Your Home Faster

    By Taylor Swanson | November 29, 2019

    When selling your house, there are a few key things you can prioritize to have the greatest impact for a faster sale: 1. Make Buyers Feel at Home Declutter your home! Pack away all personal items like pictures, awards, and sentimental belongings. Make buyers feel like they belong in the house. According to the 2019 Profile... Read More

    The True Cost of Not Owning Your Home

    By Taylor Swanson | November 28, 2019

    There are great advantages to owning a home, yet many people continue to rent. The financial benefits are just some of the reasons why homeownership has been a part of the long-standing American dream. Realtor.com reported that: “Buying remains the more attractive option in the long term – that remains the American dream, and it’s... Read More

    7 Reasons to List Your House This Holiday Season

    By Taylor Swanson | November 27, 2019

    Around this time each year, many homeowners decide to wait until after the holidays to list their houses. Similarly, others who already have their homes on the market remove their listings until the spring. Let’s unpack the top reasons why listing your house now or keeping it on the market this winter may be the... Read More

    Buyers Are Looking Now. Are You Ready to List Your Home?

    By Taylor Swanson | November 24, 2019

    Inventory on the market today is low, especially among existing homes in the entry and middle-level tiers of the market. It is hovering well below the 6-month supply typically found in a more normal market, as shown in the graph below:With inventory being one of the biggest housing market challenges today, finding a starter home... Read More

    Expert Advice: 3 Benefits to Owning a Home

    By Taylor Swanson | November 23, 2019

    Success is something often worth repeating, and Brent Sutherland, a Certified Financial Planner and Real Estate Investor, has certainly made his way in a momentum-driving direction. Here are 3 tips he shares from a recent piece in Business Insider on the benefits of owning real estate: 1. Real estate diversifies your income “While it is... Read More

    Buyer Demand Growing in Every Region

    By Taylor Swanson | November 14, 2019

    Buyers are out in full force this fall, increasing the demand for homebuying in all four regions of the country. According to the latest ShowingTime Showing Index, “Home showing activity was up again nationwide with a 4.6 percent rise in traffic, as the traditionally slow fall season began with a marked boost in buyer interest.”... Read More

    Homeownership Rate Remains on the Rise

    By Taylor Swanson | November 13, 2019

    In the third quarter of 2019, the U.S. homeownership rate rose again, signaling another strong indicator of the current housing market. The U.S. Census Bureau announced, “The homeownership rate of 64.8 percent was not statistically different from the rate in the third quarter 2018 (64.4 percent), but was 0.7 percentage points higher than the rate... Read More

    Forget the Price of the Home. The Cost is What Matters.

    By Taylor Swanson | November 8, 2019

    Home buying activity (demand) is up, and the number of available listings (supply) is down. When demand outpaces supply, prices appreciate. That’s why firms are beginning to increase their projections for home price appreciation going forward. As an example, CoreLogic increased their 12-month projection for home values from 4.5% to 5.6% over the last few... Read More

    Millennials: Here’s Why the Process is Well Worth It.

    By Taylor Swanson | November 7, 2019

    Millennials have waited longer than any other generation to become homeowners, but the wait for this cohort is just about over. According to National Mortgage News,  “Millennials, those young adults now aged 23 to 38, are now entering their peak household formation and homebuying years.” If you’re a Millennial, you’re already well aware that you’re... Read More

    Planning on Buying a Home? Be Sure You Know Your Options.

    By Taylor Swanson | November 7, 2019

    When you’re ready to buy, you’ll need to determine if you prefer the charm of an existing home or the look and feel of a newer build. With limited existing home inventory available today, especially in the starter and middle-level markets, many buyers are considering a new home that’s recently been constructed, or they’re building... Read More