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U.S. Housing Inventory Hits a New Low… List Your House TODAY!

By hainescityfl123 | Jul 24, 2017

U.S. Housing Inventory Hits a New Low… List Your House TODAY! | Simplifying The MarketEvery summer, families across the country decide if this will be the year they sell their current house and move into their dream home. Mortgage rates have hovered around 4% for all of 2017, forcing buyers off the fence and into the market, resulting in incredibly strong demand RIGHT NOW!! At the same time, inventory […]

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Singles Are Falling for Their Dream Home First [INFOGRAPHIC]

By hainescityfl123 | Jul 21, 2017

Singles Are Falling for Their Dream Home First [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

Some Highlights:

  • According to NAR’s Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the share of recent homebuyers who were single at the time of purchase held steady at 24% last year.
  • The percentage of first-time buyers who were single females rose to 17% (up from 16%), as the share of single men dropped from 11% to 8%.
  • The primary reason for buying a home amongst singles was the desire to own a home of their own (38% for women and 37% for men).
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Singles Are Falling for Their Dream Home First [INFOGRAPHIC]

By hainescityfl123 | Jul 21, 2017

Singles Are Falling for Their Dream Home First [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

Some Highlights:

  • According to NAR’s Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the share of recent homebuyers who were single at the time of purchase held steady at 24% last year.
  • The percentage of first-time buyers who were single females rose to 17% (up from 16%), as the share of single men dropped from 11% to 8%.
  • The primary reason for buying a home amongst singles was the desire to own a home of their own (38% for women and 37% for men).
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84% of Americans Believe Buying a Home is a Good Financial Decision

By hainescityfl123 | Jul 20, 2017

84% of Americans Believe Buying a Home is a Good Financial Decision | Simplifying The MarketAccording to the National Association of Realtors®’ 2017 National Housing Pulse Survey, 84% of Americans now believe that purchasing a home is a good financial decision. This is the highest percentage since 2007 – before the housing crisis. Those surveyed pointed out five major reasons why they believe homeownership is a good financial decision: Homeownership […]

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3 Tips to Succeed in Today’s Real Estate Market

By hainescityfl123 | Jul 19, 2017

3 Tips to Succeed in Today’s Real Estate Market | Simplifying The MarketIn today’s highly competitive real estate market, where inventory levels are not keeping up with the constant stream of buyer demand, there are steps you can take to ensure you are most prepared for success when buying a home. The 3 tips we are going to expand on today come from a recent blog by […]

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Thinking of Selling? You Should Act NOW!

By hainescityfl123 | Jul 18, 2017

Thinking of Selling? You Should Act NOW! | Simplifying The MarketIf you thought about selling your house this year, now more than ever may be the time to do it! The inventory of homes for sale is well below historic norms and buyer demand is skyrocketing. We were still in high school when we learned the concept of supply and demand: the best time to […]

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3 Questions to Ask Before You Buy Your Dream Home

By hainescityfl123 | Jul 17, 2017

3 Questions to Ask Before You Buy Your Dream Home | Simplifying The MarketIf you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are probably getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family will have your best interests at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in the real estate market. Ask yourself the following 3 questions to […]

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Home Buying Myths Slayed [INFOGRAPHIC]

By hainescityfl123 | Jul 14, 2017

Some Highlights:

Interest rates are still below historic numbers.
88% of property managers raised their rent in the last 12 months!
The credit score requirements for mortgage approval continue to fall.

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The 5 Greatest Benefits of Homeownership

By hainescityfl123 | Jul 13, 2017

The 5 Greatest Benefits of Homeownership | Simplifying The MarketRecently, Freddie Mac reported on the benefits of homeownership. According to their report, here are the five benefits that “should be at the top of everyone’s list.” Homeownership can help you build equity over time. Your monthly payments will remain stable. You may have some tax benefits. You can take pride in ownership. Homeownership improves […]

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Homeowners: Your Home Must Be Sold TWICE

By hainescityfl123 | Jul 12, 2017

Homeowners: Your Home Must Be Sold TWICE | Simplifying The MarketIn 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%+ over the next twelve months. One major challenge in such a market is the bank appraisal. If prices are surging, it is difficult for […]

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The High Impact of Low Interest Rates on Your Purchasing Power

By hainescityfl123 | Jul 11, 2017

The High Impact of Low Interest Rates on Your Purchasing Power | Simplifying The MarketAccording to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage are currently at 3.96%, which is still near record lows in comparison to recent history! The interest rate you secure when buying a home not only greatly impacts your monthly housing costs, but also impacts your purchasing power. Purchasing power, simply put, […]

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5 Reasons Why You Should Not For Sale By Owner!

By hainescityfl123 | Jul 10, 2017

5 Reasons Why You Should Not For Sale By Owner! | Simplifying The MarketIn today’s market, with home prices rising and a lack of inventory, 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 the vast majority of sellers. Here are […]

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Median Days on the Market Drops to 27! [INFOGRAPHIC]

By hainescityfl123 | Jul 7, 2017

Some Highlights:

  • The National Association of REALTORS® surveyed their members for their monthly Confidence Index.
  • The REALTORS® Confidence Index is a key indicator of housing market strength based on a monthly survey sent to over 50,000 real estate practitioners. Practitioners are asked about their expectations for home sales, prices and market conditions.
  • Homes sold in less than a month in 24 out of 50 states, and Washington D.C.
  • Homes typically went under contract in 27 days in May!
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Epic Housing Shortage Being Reported

By hainescityfl123 | Jul 6, 2017

Epic Housing Shortage Being Reported | Simplifying The MarketThe Joint Center of Housing Studies (JCHS) at Harvard University recently released their 2017 State of the Nation’s Housing Study, and a recent blog from JCHS revealed some of the more surprising aspects of the study. The first two revelations centered around the shortage of housing inventory currently available in both existing homes and new […]

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Be Thankful You Don’t Have to Pay Mom and Dad’s Interest Rate

By hainescityfl123 | Jul 5, 2017

Be Thankful You Don’t Have to Pay Mom and Dad’s Interest Rate | Simplifying The MarketInterest rates have hovered around 4% for the majority of 2017, which has given many buyers relief from rising home prices and has helped with affordability. Experts predict that rates will increase by the end of 2017 and will be about three-quarters of a percentage point higher, at 4.5%, by the end of 2018. Last […]

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Your Opportunity to Achieve the American Dream Keeps Getting Better!

By hainescityfl123 | Jul 4, 2017

Forbes.com recently released the latest results of their American Dream Index, in which they measure “the prosperity of the middle class, and…examine which states best support the American Dream.” The monthly index measures several different economic factors, including goods-producing employment, personal and commercial bankruptcies, building permits, startup activity, unemployment insurance claims, labor force participation, and layoffs. The national […]

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