Getting your House, not your Home Ready to Sell – Disconnect Your Emotions

When real estate agents work with buyers frequently you will hear them talk about purchasing a "home." But on the other hand when working with sellers, agents frequently refer to it as a "house." The reason for this is because real estate decisions are usually emotional, so when selling, it is best … [Read more...]

Foreclosed Home Owners Return to Market

According to a poll of 140,000 LoanSafe.org members, boomerang buyers – who were ousted from the housing market due to foreclosures or short sales, spent years renting to rebuild their credit, and have saved enough to buy again – are now expected to help turn the real estate market … [Read more...]

Latinos paint a portrait of future US Buyers

A recent Pew Research Center report gives us a better idea of who our future buyers will be, if we look at the numbers based on school enrollment. College 18- to 24-year-old Hispanics enrolled in college increased by 324,000 students between 2011 and 2012, marking the third straight year of … [Read more...]

Economists: Growth in Home Prices Will Slow by Half in 2014

Economists are predicting housing prices to continue to rise next year — but only at about half the rate that they did in 2013, Money Magazine reports.  However, “for a sustainable recovery, you want to see more balance between buyers and sellers,” says David Stiff, chief economist at … [Read more...]

Know your options for those Fixer-uppers

The fixer-upper properties on the market will give you more purchasing power when shopping for a new home. Bargains can be found in homes that have been foreclosed, seized by the government or just fallen out of repair due to homeowner neglect. While it is true that you will save thousands of … [Read more...]

Buyers Want Space for Entertaining

Nearly 2 percent of homes up for sale on the U.S. housing market are described as "perfect for entertaining," marking a 15 percent increase over the past year, according to property brokerage ZipRealty.  Sellers want to make an emotional connection with buyers by focusing on lifestyle features, … [Read more...]

Spike in New-Home Sales ‘Negates’ Interest-Rate Trouble?

Single-family new-home sales posted a sharp rise in October, up 25.4 percent from September, according to newly released Census Bureau data. That was a similar rate to last spring when the new-home market was taking off in recovery mode.  Across the country, all regions posted double-digit gains … [Read more...]

October Pending Home Sales Down Again, but Expected to Level Out

Although conditions were mixed across the country, pending home sales continued to move lower in October, marking the fifth consecutive monthly decline, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, … [Read more...]

Chinese Buyers Are Coming to America

Chinese buyers are increasingly looking to U.S. real estate -- and California in particular -- as they pay all cash for homes and plan to use their homes as a “safe haven for their wealth,” CNBC reports. Some are buying multiple homes as investments, while others are finding homes to move … [Read more...]

October Existing-Home Sales Cool but Low Inventory Drives Prices

Existing-home sales declined for the second consecutive month in October, while constrained inventory means home prices continue to see double-digit year-over-year gains, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Total existing-home sales1, which are completed transactions that include … [Read more...]