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Home Sales Expected to Increase Nicely in 2018 | Simplifying The Market

Home Sales Expected to Increase Nicely in 2018

 Tuesday September 19th, 2017  For Sellers, Move-Up Buyers  

Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and The Mortgage Bankers Association are all projecting that home sales will increase in 2018. Here is a chart showing what each entity is projecting in sales for the remainder of this year and the next.

Home Sales Expected to Increase Nicely in 2018 | Simplifying The Market

As we can see, each entity is projecting sizable increases in home sales next year. If you have considered selling your house recently, now may be the time to put it on the market.



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Where Are the Home Prices Heading in The Next 5 Years? | Simplifying The Market

Where Are Home Prices Heading in The Next 5 Years?

 Tuesday August 29th, 2017  First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Housing Market Updates, Move-Up Buyers, Pricing  

Today, many real estate conversations center on housing prices and where they may be headed. That is why we like the Home Price Expectation Survey.

Every quarter, Pulsenomics surveys a nationwide panel of over one hundred economists, real estate experts, and investment & market strategists about where they believe prices are headed over the next five years. They then average the projections of all 100+ experts into a single number.

The results of their latest survey:

Home values will appreciate by 5.0% over the course of 2017, 4.0% in 2018, 3.2% in 2019, 3.0% in

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Home Prices Up 6.64% Across the Country! [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

 

Some Highlights:

  • The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their latest Quarterly Home Price Index report.
  • In the report, home prices are compared both regionally and by state.
  • Based on the latest numbers, if you plan on relocating to another state, waiting to move may end up costing you more!
  • Alaska & West Virginia were the only states where home prices are lower than they were last year.



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Want to Keep Up with the Joneses? Now’s the Time | Simplifying The Market

Want to Keep up with the Joneses? Now’s the Time

 Wednesday August 23rd, 2017  For Buyers, For Sellers, Housing Market Updates, Move-Up Buyers  

Does your current house fit your needs? Does it seem like everyone else is moving up and moving on to more luxurious surroundings? Are you wondering what it would take to start living your dream life?

Market conditions around the country have presented an opportunity like no other for those who are looking to make the jump to a premium or luxury home.

The National Association of Realtors reports that national inventory levels are now at a 4.3-month supply. A normal market, where prices appreciate with inflation, has 6-7-months inventory. The national market has echoed the conditions felt

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More Boomerang Buyers Are about to Enter the Market | Simplifying The Market

More Boomerang Buyers Are about to Enter the Market

 Tuesday August 22nd, 2017  For Buyers, Housing Market Updates  

We previously informed you about a study conducted by TransUnion titled, “The Bubble, the Burst and Now – What Happened to the Consumer?” The study revealed that 1.5 million homeowners who were negatively impacted by the housing crisis could re-enter the housing market between 2016-2019.

Recently, HousingWire analyzed data from the US Bankruptcy Courts and revealed that 6 million Americans will have their bankruptcies disappear off their credit reports over the next five years and that this could “possibly send a flood of more homebuyers into the housing market.”

The chart below shows the total number of

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Freddie Mac today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market survey®, showing the 30-year fixed mortgage rate continuing to move lower.

News Facts

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.89 percent with an average 0.4 point for the week ending August 17, 2017, down from last week when it averaged 3.90 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.43 percent. 
  • 15-year FRM this week averaged 3.16 percent with an average 0.5 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.18 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 2.74 percent.  
  • 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.16 percent this week with an average 0.4 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.14 percent. A
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Buyer Demand Continues Outpacing the Supply of Homes for Sale | Simplifying The Market

Buyer Demand Continues Outpacing the Supply of Homes for Sale

 Monday July 31st, 2017  For Buyers, For Sellers  

The price of any item is determined by the supply of that item, as well as the market demand. The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) surveys “over 50,000 real estate practitioners about their expectations for home sales, prices and market conditions” for their monthly REALTORS Confidence Index.

Their latest edition sheds some light on the relationship between Seller Traffic (supply) and Buyer Traffic (demand).

Buyer Demand

The map below was created after asking the question: “How would you rate buyer traffic in your area?”

Buyer Demand Continues Outpacing the Supply of Homes for Sale | Simplifying the Market

The darker the blue, the stronger the demand for homes in that area. Only three

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Americans Still Believe Real Estate is Best Long-Term Investment

 Thursday July 27th, 2017  First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Move-Up Buyers  

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 any other type of investment.

Bankrate asked Americans to answer the following question:

“What is the best way to invest money you wouldn’t need for 10 years or more?” 

 

Real Estate came in as the top choice with 28% of all respondents (3% higher than last year), while cash investments – such as savings accounts and CD’s – came in second with 23% (the same as last

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Thinking of Selling? You Should Act NOW! | Simplifying The Market

Thinking of Selling? You Should Act NOW!

 Tuesday July 18th, 2017  For Sellers  

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 buyer demand is skyrocketing. We were still in high school when we learned the concept of supply and demand: the best time to sell something is when supply of that item is low and demand for that item is high. That defines today’s real estate market.

Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at the National Association of Realtors, recently commented:

“Buyer interest is solid, but there is just not enough supply to satisfy demand. Prospective buyers are being sidelined by both limited choices and home

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Homeowners: Your Home Must Be Sold TWICE | Simplifying The Market

Homeowners: Your Home Must Be Sold TWICE

 Wednesday July 12th, 2017  For Sellers  

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 another 5%+ over the next twelve months. One major challenge in such a market is the bank appraisal.

If prices are surging, it is difficult for appraisers to find adequate, comparable sales (similar houses in the neighborhood that recently closed) to defend the selling price when performing the appraisal for the bank.

Every month in their Home Price Perception Index (HPPI), Quicken Loans measures the disparity between what a homeowner who is seeking to refinance their home

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