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Homes Are Selling Quickly Nationwide
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released their latest Existing Home Sales Report, which revealed that homes were on the market for an averag...

Homeowners Net Worth Is Still Greater Than A Renters
Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts their Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. The latest survey, which include...

Hey Millennial Homeowners It May Be Time To Sell
Contrary to what many believe, Millennials are not the ‘renter’ generation. Millennials purchased a larger percentage (34%) of homes in the U.S. than any other age group in 201...

Housing Inventory Hits 30 Year Low
Spring is traditionally the busiest season for real estate. Buyers, experiencing cabin fever all winter, emerge like flowers through the snow in search of their dream home. Homeown...

Almost 94 Percent Of Homes In The US Have Positive Equity
CoreLogic’s latest Equity Report revealed that ninety-one thousand residential properties regained equity in Q1 2017. The outlook for 2017 remains positive as well...

How Long Do Most Families Stay In Their Home
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) keeps historical data on many aspects of homeownership. One of the data points that has changed dramatically is the median tenure of a fa...

Millennial Homeownership Rate Increases
Recent headlines exclaimed the homeownership rate, as reported by the Census Bureau, rose again in the second quarter of 2017. What didn’t get much attention in the rep...

Do Your Future Plans Include A Move What Is Stopping You From Listing Now
There are many reasons to relocate in retirement, including a change in climate, proximity to family & grandchildren, and so much more. What are the reasons you want to move? Conti...

Be Careful Not To Get Caught In The Rental Trap
There are many benefits to homeownership. One of the top benefits is being able to protect yourself from rising rents by locking in your housing cost for the life of your mortgage....

202 Open Houses This Weekend In Frisco
#Frisco 202 Open Houses for this Weekend.{mls: 13656375}  There are 202 open houses this weekend in #Frisco. 41 homes are newly built. Thinking new? View them ...

Inventory Drops Again Sales Slow
Highlights: Existing Home Sales are now at an annual pace of 5.52 million. Inventory of existing homes for sale dropped to a 4.3-month supply, marking the 25th month in ...

Americans Still Believe Real Estate Is Best LongTerm Investment
According to Bankrate’s latest Financial Security Index Poll, Americans who have money to set aside for the next 10 years would rather invest in real estate than a...

A Buyer In Hand Is Worth Two In The Bush
In today’s highly competitive seller’s market where there are more buyers than there are homes for them to buy, some sellers may feel like the ball is in their court.And they w...

Rising Home Prices Mean Great News For Homeowners
Recently there has been a lot of talk about home prices and if they are accelerating too quickly. As we mentioned before, in some areas of the country, seller supply (homes fo...

US Housing Inventory Hits A New Low So Lets List Your House TODAY
Every 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 ...

Singles Are Falling For Their Dream Home First
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 ...

84 Percent Of Americans Believe Buying A Home Is A Good Financial Decision
According to the National Association of Realtors®’ 2017 National Housing Pulse Survey, 84% of Americans now believe that purchasing a home is a good financial decisio...

3 Tips To Succeed In Todays Real Estate Market
In 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 a...

Act NOW If You Are Thinking Of Selling
If 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 buye...

3 Questions To Ask Before You Buy Your Dream Home
If 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 fu...

Home Buying Myths Slayed
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 ap...

The 5 Greatest Benefits Of Homeownership
Recently, 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...

Your Home Must Be Sold TWICE
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 ...

The High Impact Of Low Interest Rates On Your Purchasing Power
According 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...

5 Reasons Why You Should Not For Sale By Owner
In 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 ...

Median Days On The Market Drops To 27
Some Highlights: The National Association of REALTORS® surveyed their members for their monthly Confidence Index. The REALTORS® Confidence Index is a...

Epic Housing Shortage Being Reported
The Joint Center of Housing Studies (JCHS) at Harvard University recently released their 2017 State of the Nation’s Housing Study, and a recent ...

Be Thankful You Dont Have To Pay Mom And Dads Interest Rate
Interest 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 r...

Your Opportunity To Achieve The American Dream Keeps Getting Better
Forbes.com recently released the latest results of their American Dream Index, in which they measure “the prosperity of the middle class, and…exam...

NAR Data Shows Now Is A Great Time To Sell
We all realize that the best time to sell anything is when demand is high and the supply of that item is limited. Two major reports issued by the National Association of Realt...

Existing Home Sales Surge Into Summer
Some Highlights: Existing Home Sales reached their third-highest mark this year in May. Inventory of homes for sale has dropped 8.4% since last year, marking the 24th&nb...

75 Percent Of Homeowners Think Now Is A Good Time To Sell
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released the findings of their Q2 Homeownership Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) Survey. The report cov...

Buyers Market Helps Premium Home Sales Soar
We previously reported how a shortage of inventory in the starter and trade-up home markets is driving prices up and causing bidding wars, creating a true seller’s mark...

Pre Approval Should Always Be Your First Step
In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes greatly outnumbers the amount of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive ma...

2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers
In Realtor.com’s recent article, “Home Buyers’ Top Mortgage Fears: Which One Scares You?” they mention that “46% of potential home buyers fear they won’t...

The Cost Of Renting Versus Buying In The US
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 (2...

The Importance Of Home Equity In Retirement Planning
We often discuss the difference in family wealth between homeowner households and renter households. Much of that difference is the result of the equity buildup ...

The Supply Demand Problem Plaguing New Construction
Many real estate economists have called on new home builders to ramp up production to help relieve the shortage of inventory of homes for sale throughout the United States. The add...

Do You Know How Much Equity You Have In Your Home
CoreLogic’s latest Equity Report revealed that 91,000 properties regained equity in the first quarter of 2017. This is great news for the country, as 48.2 million ...

Buying Is Now 33 Percent Cheaper Than Renting In The US
The results of the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia show that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage in...

Top Home Renovations For Maximum
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 impro...

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 hav...

The TRUTH Behind The RENT Versus 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 ma...

Homeownership Is A Good Financial Investment
According to a recent report by Trulia, “buying is cheaper than renting in 100 of the largest metro areas by an average of 33.1%.” The report may have ...

4 Reasons To Buy This Summer
Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today, instead of waiting.1. Prices Will Continue to RiseCoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index reports tha...

The Impact Your Interest Rate Makes
Some Highlights: Interest rates have come a long way in the last 30 years. The interest rate you secure directly impacts your monthly payment and the amount of house that you...

Mortgage Interest Rates Reverse Course In 2017
To start the year, housing experts all agreed on one thing: 2017 was going to be the year we would see mortgage interest rates begin to rise. After years of historically low rates,...

69 Percent Of Buyers Are Wrong About Down Payment Needs
According to a recent survey conducted by Genworth Financial Inc. at the Annual Mortgage Bankers’ Association Secondary Market Conference, 69% of mortgag...

88 Homes Closed Escrow SOLD This Week In Frisco
88 homes closed escrow (SOLD) last week in #Frisco. 56 of those sold in under 30-days on market!A home on Thorndale Cir sold for 5.1% over asking price!Keep up-to-date on...

If Your Home Hasnt Sold Yet Definitely Check The Price
The residential housing market has been hot. Home sales have bounced back solidly and are now at their fourth highest pace over the past year. Demand has remained strong ...

106 New Listings In Frisco This Week
106 new listings in ‪#‎Frisco‬ this week!A home on Buena Park has 5 bedrooms, 4.1 baths over 4,500 sq ft with gorgeous pool, spa and outdoor living. Buyers and Homeowner...

5 Reasons You Should Sell This Summer
1. Demand Is StrongThe latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains very strong throughout the va...

What Would You Sacrifice To Save For Your Next Home
Some Highlights: 95% of first-time homebuyers are willing to sacrifice to make homeownership a reality. The top item that buyers sacrifice is new clothes, at 54%. Even r...

Can Your Real Estate Agent Answer These Important Questions
Whether you are selling or buying a home, the real estate agent you hire is critical to guaranteeing your family makes the right decision. Most agents can walk you through the proc...

Why Working With A Local Real Estate Professional Makes All The Difference
If you’ve entered the real estate market, as a buyer or a seller, you’ve inevitably heard the real estate mantra, “location, location, location” in reference to h...

The Number One Reason To List Your House For Sale NOW
If you are debating listing your house for sale this year, here is the #1 reason not to wait!Buyer Demand Continues to Outpace the Supply of Homes for Sale The National A...

Inventory Challenges Continue
Some Highlights: After a surge in March, existing home sales and new home sales slowed due to a drop in inventory available for sale in the start-up and trade-up categories. ...

Find Out What Experts Are Saying About The Real Estate Market
As we head into summer, it is a great time to review how the 2017 real estate market is doing so far. Here is what the experts are saying:Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae Chief Economi...

More Americans Chose To Own A Home Than Rent In Q1
According to the latest report from the US Census Bureau, more Americans chose purchasing a home over signing a lease to rent in the first quarter of 2017. This mark...

Is Now A Good Time To Rent
People often ask if now is a good time to buy a home, but nobody ever asks when a good time to rent is. Regardless, we want to make certain that everyone understands that today is ...

5 Reasons To Hire A Real Estate Professional When Buying Or Selling
Whether you are buying or selling a home it can be quite an adventurous journey, which is why you need an experienced real estate professional to guide you on the path to...

Why Americans Consider Moving To Another State
Some Highlights: In a recent Harris Poll, Americans listed "change in climate/weather" as their top reason for wanting to relocate. 41% would move for a&n...

The Answer To The Housing Shortage
The biggest challenge to today’s housing market is the shortage of housing inventory for sale. A normal market would see a six-month supply of homes for sale. Currently, that num...

Is The Home You Are Selling Pet Friendly
One of the many benefits of owning your own home is the freedom to find your ‘furever’ friend. By pointing out the aspects of your home that make it ‘pet-friendly’ in your ...

4 Tips For Effectively Making An Offer
So, you’ve been searching for that perfect house to call a ‘home,’ and you finally found one! The price is right, and in such a competitive market, you want to make sure that...

Do You Know The Cost Of NOT Owning Your Home
Owning a home has great financial benefits, yet many continue renting! Today, let’s look at the financial reasons why owning a home of your own has been a part of the American Dr...

3 Reasons The Housing Market Is NOT In A Bubble
With housing prices appreciating at levels that far exceed historical norms, some are fearful that the market is heading for another bubble. To alleviate that fear, we just need to...

Gallup Real Estate Is Best LongTerm Investment 4 Years Running
Every year, Gallup surveys Americans to determine their choice for the best long-term investment. Respondents are given a choice between real estate, stocks/mutual f...

Inventory Shortages Are Slowing Down The Market
The real estate market is moving more and more into a complete recovery. Home values are up. Home sales are up. Distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) have falle...

Is 2017 The Year To Move Up To Your Dream Home If So Do It Early
If you are considering moving up to your dream home, it may be better to do it earlier in the year than later. The two components of your monthly mortgage payment (home prices and ...

Do You Know The Cost Of Waiting
Some Highlights: The “Cost of Waiting to Buy” is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices and interest rates were to increase over a per...

54 Lease Properties New To The Market This Week In Frisco
54 Lease Properties new to the market this week in #Frisco.{mls: 13581953} 13984 Clusterberry Dr is a 5 Beds | 4 Baths | Over 3,800 Sq Ft sits on oversided corn...

4 Reasons To Buy A House Today
Homeownership will always be a part of the American Dream. There are advantages to owning your own home (educational, health, social) that far transcend any economic impa...

Do You Know The Lingo When Buying A Home
Buying a home can be intimidating if you are not familiar with the terms used during the process. To start you on your path with confidence, we have compiled a list of some of the ...

115 Price Reductions In Frisco This Week
115 Price Reductions this week in ‪#‎Frisco‬!{mls: 13504298} A house on Bedford Falls Ln had the biggest reduction, 13.4%, down to $479,876. If you want to know of...

Get All The Facts About PMI
When it comes to buying a home, whether it is your first time or your fifth, it is always important to know all the facts. With the large number of mortgage programs available that...

Is The Current Pace Of Home Sales Maintainable
There are some experts questioning whether the current pace of residential home sales is maintainable. Are too many people buying homes like in 2004-2006? Are we headed for another...

Homes Are Selling Fast Across The Country
Some Highlights:The National Association of REALTORS® surveyed their members for their monthly Confidence Index.The REALTORS® Confidence Index is a key indica...

Your Tax Return Bring It Home
This time of year, many people eagerly check their mailboxes looking for their tax return check from the IRS. But, what do most people plan to do with the money? GO Banking Ra...

Real Estate Mogul Tell You Where You Should Buy
Real Estate mogul, Sean Conlon, host of The Deed: Chicago CNBC, was recently asked the question, should you buy? Or should you rent a house?Conlon responded: “I am a t...

3 Charts That Shout List Your Home Today
n school, we all learned the theory of supply and demand. When the demand for an item is greater than the supply of that item, the price will surely rise.SUPPLYThe National As...

How Fast Can You Save For A Down Payment
Saving for a down payment is often the biggest hurdle for a first-time homebuyer. Depending on where you live, median income, median rents, and home prices all vary. So, we set out...

Slaying Home Buying Myths
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 mor...

Tax Return Depressing Owning A Home Could Help
Many Americans got some depressing news last week; either their tax return was not as large as they had hoped or, in some cases, they were told they owed additional money to either...

Measuring Your Ability To Achieve The American Dream
Forbes.com recently released the results of their new American Dream Index, in which they measure “the prosperity of the middle class, and…examine which sta...

US Housing Market Continues The Move Into Buy Territory
uAccording to the Beracha, Hardin & Johnson Buy vs. Rent (BH&J) Index, the U.S. housing market has continued to move deeper into buy territory, supporting the belief that hous...

Thinking Of Selling Now Is The Time To Act
If you thought about selling your house this year, now may be the time to do it. The inventory of homes for sale is well below historic norms and buyer demand is skyrocketing. We w...

Is Your First Home Within Your Grasp
Some Highlights: ‘Millennials’ are defined as 18-36 year olds according to the US Census Bureau. According to NAR’s latest Profile of Home Buyers & ...

Home Mortgages Rates Up And Requirements Easing
The media has extensively covered the rise in mortgage interest rates since last fall (from 3.42% last September to the current 4.1% according to Freddie Mac). However, a less...

Millennials Flock To Low Down Payment Programs
A recent report released by Down Payment Resource shows that 65% of first-time homebuyers purchased their homes with a down payment of 6% or less in the month o...

Dallas Newly Listed Condo
Check out these new condos in Dallas!{search: http://derrick.rhadfw.com/index.php?types[]=2&areas[]=city%3ADallas&fbts=1705683&beds=0&baths=0&min=0&max=30000000&map=0&options[]=new...

Careful Do Not Get Caught In The Rental Trap
There are many benefits to homeownership. One of the top benefits is being able to protect yourself from rising rents by locking in your housing cost for the life of your mortgage....

The Importance Of Using A Professional To Sell Your Home
When a homeowner decides to sell their house, they obviously want the best possible price for it with the least amount of hassles along the way. However, for the vast majority of s...

Why Millennials Choose To Buy
Some Highlights:“The majority of millennials said they consider owning a home more sensible than renting for both financial and lifestyle reasons — including control of living ...

The REAL News About Housing Affordability
Some industry experts are claiming that the housing market may be headed for a slowdown as we proceed through 2017, based on rising home prices and a potential jump in mortgage int...

Buying This Spring Be Prepared For Bidding Wars
Traditionally, spring is the busiest season for real estate. Buyers come out in force and homeowners list their houses for sale hoping to capitalize on buyer activity. This year wi...

15014 Homes Sold Yesterday Did Yours
There are some homeowners that have been waiting for months to get a price they hoped for when they originally listed their house for sale. The only thing they might want to consid...

Again You Do Not Need 20 Percent Down To Buy NOW
A survey by Ipsos found that the American public is still somewhat confused about what is required to qualify for a home mortgage loan in today’s housing mark...

Home Prices Up 6 Percent Across The Country
Some Highlights:The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their latest Quarterly Home Price Index report.In the report, home prices are compar...

Consumer Confidence In Economy And Housing Is Soaring
The success of the housing market is strongly tied to the consumer’s confidence in the overall economy. For that reason, we believe 2017 will be a great year for real estate. Her...

Looking To MoveUp To A Luxury Home Now Is The Time
If your house no longer fits your needs and you are planning on buying a luxury home, now is a great time to do so! We recently shared data from Trulia’s Market Mi...

A Millionaire Tells Millenials To Buy Now
Self-made millionaire David Bach was quoted in a CNBC article explaining that "the single biggest mistake millennials are making" is not purchasing a home ...

Renting Or Buying Either Way Youre Paying A Mortgage
There are some people who have not purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with y...

Ultimate Local Farmers Market List
Note: Many markets have Facebook pages as well as websites. Facebook pages are included here if the name is confusing or it’s the primary information source.Coppell Farmers ...


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