Monday, February 27, 2017

Video - Home Prices in 5 Years

Home Prices Next 5 Years?

Where Are the Home Prices Heading in the Next 5 Years? Of course no one knows for sure but there are knowledgeable experts who make those predictions and, as you would expect, variable from bull to bear and the in-betweens. Have a look at today's article for more details. But, no matter how you slice it - even the worst is not so bad! You cannot live in a stock portfolio nor a bank savings account. You can live in your home investment. See what you think and let me know if I can help you find a home now. Not ready? Jump over to my website and set up your own market monitor for homes in the area you are interested in. We do not sell your name or address to anyone. It is a great way to watch home prices with almost no effort at all. I have one set for my own neighborhood

Friday, February 24, 2017

Highest Mark Since 2007

Existing Home Sales Reach Highest Mark Since 2007 - imagine the best in a decade! Have a look at today's article for more details. While I like the news I still have a concern about rising costs and rising interest rates. Both of those will likely go up so the best thing that can happen is an improved economy and more jobs to make housing happen! Historically America does recover - housing in America recovers and I am thinking we will once again. Recommendation - BUY NOW (but you knew I was going to say that!)

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Family Health

The Impact of Homeownership on Family Health. Better health, greater self-esteem, increased housing satisfaction - and better health! WOW - does that sound important to you? You can read more about the findings in today's report. It is not about hype - it is about the results of professional research. Have a look

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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Our remake of blog post #500 - video format

SHOCKING: 1 of 59 Million

Are You 1 of the 59 Million Planning to Buy This Year? I am in the business of real estate - but that number shocks me! Imagine one fourth of Americans are considering buying a home this year. That is a lot of mobility - and smart planning. It is planning the American Dream and planning for increase wealth not to mention having your own roof over your head. Maybe we should shout "Landlords beware - people are moving"! I don't know about that but think on it - why not be one of those who make 2017 the year of ownership. There is never a better time than the present. Today one of the lotteries has moved into the top 10 by amount of the jackpot. Buy a ticket and you might win. Buy a home - and you will win. So why are you waiting> Read more in today's article

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Your First Home

It is the dream of many young couples to settle down and purchase their own piece of real estate – their first home. Sometimes a single person is following that path for their new home. Whether you are going solo or a couple beginning the adventure together, owning a home is a step toward improving your financial wealth. If your credit has been kept in order and you have enough money for a down payment, these are the next steps that you’ll need to take toward making that dream a reality.

Be realistic
First, you will need to be realistic about the budget you have to spend. You will want to be pre-approved for a mortgage so you know the amount that can be spent but recognize that does not mean you have to spend quite that much. You will have the mortgage to pay every month as well as essential bills and you will want money left to spend on things you enjoy. Narrow your search according to your personal budget while also planning for emergencies. Know that you are making a wise choice compared to paying always increasing and never-ending rent.

Make a list
Next, draw up a list of what you would like in your ideal home. You will need to find a place that can accommodate your situation as it is now, but you may also want to consider whatever your life plans and whether or not the home would be suitable in the future or if this home is a stepping block to something next.

Find a trusted real estate agent
It can be tempting to undertake the search for a new home by yourself and you may very well want to begin that search on the internet, but when you have it narrowed down a real estate professional will have the experience to help you find the right property to suit your needs. A professional real estate agent will have invaluable knowledge about the local area as you narrow down the options.

Property Offer
When you have found your dream property, it is time to write an offer and here the experience of your agent comes into play. Having an experienced agent negotiate on your behalf can save you thousands. In addition, you typically do not pay the agent- the seller does. Once a contract is in place, you will have the inspections done to protect your investment during an option period. You do not want to move into a new home and find some unexpected problems that could prove costly down the line. Your real estate professional will guide you through the remaining steps of going through Title and closing. Then the keys will be yours and you can move into your new home!

By Appointment Only

Access: A Key Component in Getting Your House SOLD! There are various ways to handle the selling of a home - read more about them in today's article. We like to use a Supra box which gives controlled access to your home. Members of the local real estate board (SABOR) have access codes and are supposed to book an appointment before showing your home. You have the right to set the time, days for showing and even the minimum amount of time prior to actually showing so that you can prepare. You also have the option to decline a particular showing request (say something like a holiday, a party or even someone at home ill). In most cases agents respect that rule and actually do make an appointment. Those that don't sometimes have to deal with more than they bargained for - like security alarms, the police and big dogs! The Supra also is a great security check as we can tell which REALTOR key opened the lock - and when. While no system is perfect, real estate professionals take great care in protecting you and your home. If there are other subjects yo would like me to address - or talk to you one on one about, just let me know

Monday, February 20, 2017

Moving into 'Buy Territory'

US Housing Market Is Moving into 'Buy Territory'! In some locations renting is cheaper than owning (real estate is local) but the swing is toward owning. In our local market - owning is the key. Paying your landlord's mortgage is not the road to wealth. Most of us have heard the term "building a nest egg" and certainly investing in the roof over your head is a great way to do that. You have to live someplace and tha place is best - for many reasons - when it is your own! Five years from now you may ask yourself the "why" question. "Why didn't I buy then because now rents are higher and it is five years later" or "why didn't I buy when I was five years younger"? Instead, why not look back five years from now and say "I am really glad I did that". Try it. Call me or your favorite REALTOR. In the meantime, checkout today's article