5 Reasons You Shouldn’t For Sale by Owner

Let #bobwert #remax Help You Find #therighthome Some homeowners consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). We think there are several reasons this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers. Here are five of our … [Read more...]

Top smart home technology features consumers want

When it comes to smart home technology, amenities like refrigerators, thermostats, lighting, and garage doors are gaining in popularity among homeowners and buyers. But smart technology that controls home security systems might be the most desirable, according to research from iControl Networks, a … [Read more...]

Mortgage Rates Hover Near Yearly Lows

Fixed-rate mortgages remained mostly unchanged this week, with borrowing costs just slightly above their lows for 2014, Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage market survey. Are low interest rates spooking your potential move-up buyers? Read this: Understanding and Combatting the Rate Lock-in … [Read more...]

Home Owners Still Holding Out for Equity

Several reports are showing home equity on the rise. In fact, home owners’ equity holdings at the end of the first quarter amounted to $10.8 trillion – the highest amount since late 2007, according to Federal Reserve reports. That number is below the $13.4 trillion reached in early 2006 during … [Read more...]

The Kitchen is No Longer ‘Heart of the Home’?

Saber Grills surveyed 1,500 home owners from across the U.S., and 83 percent said that outdoor living space is their favorite part of their home. As your clients are prepping their homes for the summer selling season, they may want to keep outdoor space in mind. According to Saber’s "Outdoor … [Read more...]

1 in 6 Housing Markets Back to Normal

More housing markets are returning to their pre-recession levels, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Title Insurance Leading Markets Index. Fifty-eight metros out of more than 350 evaluated made the list of leading markets, which indicates they have returned to or … [Read more...]

Mortgage Rates Drop Slightly

Mortgage rates have been seesawing in recent weeks. Overall rates inched down this week with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, the most popular choice among homebuyers, averaging 4.29 percent, Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage market survey. Freddie Mac reports the following national … [Read more...]

Housing is Stronger today – Freddie Mac says

In a recent blog post, FreddieMac explained that “housing is stronger today than at any point since the Great Recession began and hit bottom in 2009”. They then gave three reasons which support their position: 1.     Home sales are up 13% since their low point. 2.     Housing starts … [Read more...]

Home Sales Up in 3 of 4 Regions around US

Some industry gurus are questioning whether the housing momentum we saw early in 2013 began to dissipate later in the year. The more dramatic have claimed the housing sector is still on shaky ground. Others have blamed the slowdown in sales on a lack of consumer confidence or rising interest … [Read more...]