Three Signs 2013 will be the Hottest Housing Year Since 2005

The Fiscal Cliff is long gone. The 2013 housing market is on fire- across the country, and the leading indicators point to home price appreciation far stronger than the 10% national jump of 2012. I hope you enjoy this article by Altos Research. Three Powerful Leading Indicators Housing market headlines tend to focus on the […]

Do you believe another housing boom is coming? Some experts do.

SOURCE NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The long-battered housing market is finally starting to get back on its feet. But some experts believe it could soon become another housing boom. Signs of recovery have been evident in the recent pick ups in home prices, home sales and construction. Foreclosures are also down and the Federal Reserve […]

First Time Homebuyer? Important Items you will need that you didn’t need as Renters

SOURCE First-time buyer Anna Daugherty learned the hard way that home maintenance is a new owner’s responsibility. “One thing we completely forgot about was actually very simple. We forgot to get a shovel,” says the Lansing, MI, resident. “This weekend, we had seven inches of snow fall in a short amount of time, burying us […]

Weighing Costs and Benefits

SOURCE (Reuters) – A year after purchasing their Richmond, Virginia, fixer-upper for $290,000 in 2010, Sherry and John Petersik rolled up their sleeves and tackled the outdated kitchen. They dragged the refrigerator and microwave out of the way, set up a dish-washing station at the bathroom sink and plunged into do-it-yourself mode, installing a new […]

The top 10 home improvement MYTHS – This is great information!

SOURCE Not all home improvements are created equal. Even in a seller’s market, it’s important that homeowners make the right investments that will yield higher returns. As you guide your clients toward a profitable sale, make sure you’re an expert on the top 10 home improvement myths so you can prevent your clients from believing […]

Home Prices To Rise in 2013

SOURCE WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The relentless decline in home prices is nearing an end and prices should rise for the first time in seven years in 2013, but a possible new wave of foreclosures could threaten the recovery, according a Reuters poll of economists. The median forecast of 24 economists polled by Reuters was for […]

How Does My Home Compare to Others on the Market?

SOURCE Real estate agents use comparable sales or “comps” (properties recently sold in the area) to see what the market bears for a listing price or value range marketing. But what makes a home a good comp? A few things must line up in order for the agent to utilize the comp to justify your […]

How Low Can Rates Go?

If your New Year’s resolutions include buying a house or refinancing, the Federal Reserve has you covered. It has committed to keep long-term interest rates low through next year, so a 30-year mortgage will be pegged about where it is now — 4.32 percent in New York — at least through spring, said Frank E. […]

Helping Homeowners Dig Out

WITH interest rates at historic lows, celebrity porn the expansion of a federal refinancing program could help more homeowners who owe more than their property is worth move out of higher-rate or adjustable loans into something more affordable and stable. The biggest change to the plan, called the Home Affordable Refinance Program, or HARP, raises the debt […]

6 Reasons Your Home Isn’t Selling

Source Has your lawn grown up around that “For Sale” sign? Have the wasps moved into the lock box on your front door? Did you just receive an invitation to your real estate agent’s retirement party? If so, chances are your home sale fizzled. Here are the six most-common reasons why homes don’t sell and […]