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    • Top 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t FSBO

      In today’s market, with home prices rising and a lack of inventory, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their home 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 the vast majority of sellers. Here are the top […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • How A Lack of Inventory Impacts the Housing Market

      The housing crisis is finally in the rear-view mirror as the real estate market moves down the road to a complete recovery. Home values are up, home sales are up, and distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) have fallen to their lowest points in years. The market will continue to strengthen in 2018. However, there […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • Top 4 Home Renovations for Max ROI [INFOGRAPHIC]

      Some Highlights: Whether you are selling your home, just purchased your first home or are a homeowner planning to stay put for a while, there is value in knowing which home improvement projects will net you the most Return On Investment (ROI). Minor...
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • Are Lending Standards Too Loose…or Too Tight?

      With home values appreciating at record rates, some are concerned that we may be heading for another housing bubble like the one we experienced a decade ago. One of the major culprits of that housing boom and bust was the loosening of standards for mortgage credit. In a study done at the University of North […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • Parents Say Kids’ Opinions Matter Big When Buying a Home

      A recent survey conducted by Harris Poll and released by SunTrust Mortgage found that “55% of homeowners with a child under the age of 18 at the time when they purchased their home said that the opinion of their offspring played a major role in their home buying decision.” When the results were broken down […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • When Is a Good Time to Rent? Not Now!

      People often ask if now is a good time to buy a home, but nobody ever asks whether or not it’s a good time to rent. Regardless, we want to make certain that everyone understands that now is NOT a good time to rent. The Census Bureau recently released their 2018 first quarter median rent numbers. According to their […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • Days on The Market Drops to New Low in April

      According to recently released data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the median number of days that a home spent on the market hit a new low of 26 days in April, as 57% of homes were on the market for under a month. NAR’s Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun, had this to say, “What is available for sale is […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • The Cost of Renting vs. Buying [INFOGRAPHIC]

      Some Highlights: 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 (28.8%) vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-priced home (17.1%)...
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • Did Tax Reform Kill the Luxury Market? NOT SO FAR!

      The new tax code limits the deduction of state and local property taxes, as well as income or sales taxes, to a total of $10,000. When the tax reform legislation was put into law at the beginning of the year, some experts felt that it could have a negative impact on the luxury housing market. […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • Homeowners & Appraisers See the Most Eye-to-Eye on Price in 3 Years

      In today’s housing market, where supply is very low and demand is very high, home values are increasing rapidly. Many experts are projecting that home values could appreciate by another 5% (or more) over the next twelve months. One major challenge in such a market is the bank appraisal. When prices are surging, it is […]
      Written by Denise Zervos