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Monthly Archives: January 2020

    5 Reasons Homeowners Throw Better Parties During the Big Game [INFOGRAPHIC]

    By Caety James | January 31, 2020

    Some Highlights: There’s more room to entertain a large crowd. The kitchen is big enough to whip up endless appetizers – yum! You don’t have to worry about complaints to your landlord when the cheering kicks in! Read More

    Strength of the Economy Is Surprising the Experts

    By Caety James | January 30, 2020

    We’re currently in the longest economic recovery in U.S. history. That has caused some to ask experts to project when the next economic slowdown (recession) could occur. Two years ago, 67% of the economists surveyed by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) for the Economic Forecasting Survey predicted we would have a recession no later than... Read More

    Where Have All the Houses Disappeared To?

    By Caety James | January 29, 2020

    If you’re following what’s happening in the current housing market, you’ve seen how the lack of newly constructed homes is a major reason there’s a shortage of housing inventory available to today’s buyers. Another reason is that the inventory of existing homes for sale is shrinking. According to the most recent Existing Home Sales Report... Read More

    Should I Sell My House This Year?

    By Caety James | January 28, 2020

    If one of the questions you’re asking yourself today is, “Should I sell my house this year?” the current Housing Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) Survey from the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) should boost your confidence as it relates to the current selling sentiment in the housing market. Even with all the information overload... Read More

    First-Time Buyers Are Searching for Existing Homes This Year

    By Caety James | January 27, 2020

    In the latest Housing Trends Report, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) measured the share of adults planning to buy a home over the next 12 months. The report indicates the percentage of all buyers that will be first-time buyers looking to purchase a home grew from 58% in Q4 2018 to 63% in Q4... Read More

    2020 Homebuying Checklist

    By Caety James | January 24, 2020

    Some Highlights: If you’re thinking of buying a home, plan ahead and stay on the right track, starting with pre-approval. Being proactive about the homebuying process will help set you up for success in each step. Make sure to work with a trusted re... Read More

    The #1 Reason It Is Difficult to Find Your Dream Home

    By Caety James | January 23, 2020

    The headlines in real estate today all revolve around one major point: there is a shortage of homes available for sale. Price appreciation is accelerating again because there is a shortage of homes available for sale. First-time buyers are taking longer to purchase a home because there is a shortage of homes available for sale... Read More

    How Buyers Can Win By Downsizing in 2020

    By Caety James | January 22, 2020

    Home values have been increasing for 93 consecutive months, according to the National Association of Realtors. If you’re a homeowner, particularly one looking to downsize your living space, that’s great news, as you’ve likely built significant equity in your home. Here’s some more good news: mortgage rates are expected to remain low throughout 2020 at... Read More

    The 2 Surprising Things Homebuyers Really Want

    By Caety James | January 21, 2020

    In a market where current inventory is low, it’s normal to think buyers might be willing to give up a few desirable features in their home search in order to make finding a house a little easier. Don’t be fooled, though – there’s still an interest in the market for some key upgrades. Here’s a... Read More

    Make the Dream of Homeownership a Reality in 2020

    By Caety James | January 20, 2020

    In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. led and inspired a powerful movement with his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Through his passion and determination, he sparked interest, ambition, and courage in his audience. Today, reflecting on his message encourages many of us to think about our own dreams, goals, beliefs, and aspirations. For many... Read More