Are Home Prices Approaching Bubble Territory?

As home values continue to rise, some are questioning whether we are approaching another housing bubble. Zillow just reported that:

“National home values have surpassed the peak hit during the housing bubble and are at their highest value in more than a decade.”

Though that statement is correct, we must realize that just catching prices of a decade ago does not mean we are at bubble numbers. Here is a graph of median prices as reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

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The TRUTH Behind the RENT vs. BUY Debate

In a blog post published last Friday, CNBC’s Diana Olnick reported on the latest results of the FAU Buy vs. Rent Index. The index examines the entire US housing market and then isolates 23 major markets for comparison. The researchers at FAU use a “‘horse race’ comparison between an individual that is buying a home and an individual that rents a similar-quality home and reinvests all monies otherwise invested in homeownership.”

Having read both the index and the blog post, we would like to clear up any confusion that may exist. There are three major points that we would like to counter:

1. The Title

The CNBC blog post was titled, “Don’t put your money in a house, says a new report.” The title of the press release about the report on FAU’s website was “FAU Buy vs. Rent Index Shows Rising Prices and Mortgage Rates Moving Housing Markets in the Direction of Renting.”

Now, we all know headlines can attract readers and the stronger the headline the more readership you can attract, but after dissecting the report, this headline may have gone too far. The FAU report notes that rising home prices and the threat of increasing mortgage rates could make the decision of whether to rent or to buy a harder one in three metros, but does not say not to buy a home.

2. Mortgage Interest Rates are Rising

According to Freddie Mac, mortgage interest rates reached their lowest mark of 2017 last week at 3.89%. Interest rates have hovered around 4% for the majority of 2017, giving many buyers relief from rising home prices and helping with affordability.

While experts predict that rates will increase by the end of 2017, the latest projections have softened, with Freddie Mac predicting that rates will rise to 4.3% in Q4. Buy Property in Downers Grove

3. “Renting may be a better option than buying, according to the report.”

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How Low Supply & High Demand Impacts the Real Estate Market

The concept of Supply & Demand is a simple one. The best time to sell something is when the supply of that item is low & the demand for that item is high! Anything under a 6-month supply is a Seller’s Market!

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Make your neighbors disappear with privacy landscaping

If the home you’re considering buying, or the one in which you’re currently living is governed by a Homeowners Association, you’ll need to ensure that the privacy landscaping you want abides by the HOA rules. You’ll typically find landscaping rules in the CC&R section of the HOA documents. Continue reading…

Try These Great Tips For Selling Real Estate

There are a lot of pro active things that you can do when selling real estate. From the way that you present your home to the way that you offer and negotiate, you can make a big difference in the results that you get. This article will give you some great ideas on how to get the most out of your real estate sale.

When showing your home to potential buyers, be sure to de-clutter prior to inviting them into what could be their new home. Pack away the little things that you do not feel reflect a welcoming space for them. You want to make your home look open with a lot of space for them to move their things in.

Homes are generally bucketed into three groups by price range: starter, trade-up, and premium.

Trulia’s market mismatch score measures the search interest of buyers against the category of homes that are available on the market. For example: “if 60% of buyers are searching for starter homes but only 40% of listings are starter homes, [the] market mismatch score for starter homes would be 20.” source: A Tale of Two Markets: Inventory Mismatch Paints a More Detailed Picture

As you can see, you have a lot of control over the sale of your home or property. The choices that you make will determine how much you get and if you are able to sell it in a quick time-line. Stick to the advice given here and you should see some great results.

 

 

Which Homes Have Appreciated the Most?

 

It can be overwhelming to take on a mortgage. It’s best to arm yourself with knowledge prior to going to the bank. The following article will give you the basics of home loans.

Here is a chart showing the average mortgage interest rate over the last several decades.

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Though you may have missed getting the lowest mortgage rate ever offered, you can still get a better interest rate than your older brother or sister did ten years ago, a lower rate than your parents did twenty years ago, and a better rate than your grandparents did forty years ago. source: keithkreis.com CLICK HERE


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When To Buy A House?

Ask family and friends for advice when you are searching for a home mortgage. They may be able to help you with information about what to look for. You may be able to benefit from negative experiences they have had. If you discuss your situation with a number of different people,you will learn a lot. selling real estate

You will find a lot of information about securing a mortgage. You now have a leg up on the information you need, because of the tips laid out here. When the time comes that you want to get a home loan, remember this article and use the information here to make wise choices.

The Difference An Hour Makes

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Don’t forget to set your clocks forward this Sunday, March 12th at 2:00 AM EST in observance of Daylight Savings Time. Unless of course, you are a resident of Arizona or Hawaii! Every hour in the United States: 649 homes are sold, 177 homes regain equity (meaning they are no longer underwater on their mortgage), and the median home price rises $1.86!

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