100 Things to Do While we are Social Distancing
While no one expected the month of March to become a time of social distancing, I know everyone is doing the best they can to adapt. Whether you’re working from home or have turned your living room into a virtual ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on March 25, 2020 in Local News
Why the Stock Market Correction Probably Won't Impact Home Values
Why the Stock Market Correction Probably Won’t Impact Home Values
With the housing crash of 2006-2008 still visible in the rear-view mirror, many are concerned the current correction in the stock market is a sign that home values are also ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on March 24, 2020 in Local News
Five Simple Graphs Proving Why This is NOT Like Last Time
5 Simple Graphs Proving This Is NOT Like the Last Time
With all of the volatility in the stock market and uncertainty about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), some are concerned we may be headed for another housing crash like the one we experienced from ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on March 16, 2020 in Local News
Thinking of Selling? Now May be the Time
Thinking of Selling? Now May Be the Time.
The housing market has started off much stronger this year than it did last year. Lower mortgage interest rates have been a driving factor in that change. The average 30-year rate in 2019, ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on February 26, 2020 in Selling Your Home
The Number One Reason to List Your House Right Now
The #1 Reason to List Your House Right Now
The success of the U.S. residential real estate market, like any other market, is determined by supply and demand. This means we need to look at how many potential purchasers are in the market versus the ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on February 12, 2020 in Selling Your Home
Tips to Sell Your Home Faster
When selling your house, there are a few key things you can prioritize to have the greatest impact for a faster sale:
1. Make Buyers Feel at Home
Declutter your home! Pack away all personal items like pictures, awards, and sentimental ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 30, 2020 in Selling Your Home
Top Renovations for Maximum ROI
If you’re planning on selling your house in 2020, these are the top renovations that will give you the highest Return on your Investment.
Regardless of how long you’re planning on staying in your current home, ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 27, 2020 in Misc
The 2020 Real Estate Projections That May Surprise You
This will be an interesting year for residential real estate. With a presidential election taking place this fall and talk of a possible recession occurring before the end of the year, predicting what will happen in the 2020 U.S. housing market can ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 24, 2020 in Misc
Expert Insights on the 2020 Housing Market
When closing out another year, it’s normal to wonder what’s ahead for the housing market. Though there will be future inventory issues, we expect interest rates to stay low and appreciation to continue.
Here’s what three ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 21, 2020 in Market Statistics
Why You Shouldn’t “For Sale By Owner”
Rising home prices coupled with the current inventory in today’s market may cause some homeowners to consider selling their homes on their own (known in the industry as a For Sale By Owner). However, a FSBO might be hard to execute well ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 18, 2020 in Selling Your Home
Working with a Local Real Estate Professional Makes All the Difference
Choosing the right real estate professional is one of the most impactful decisions you can make in your home buying or selling process.
A real estate professional can explain current market conditions and break down what they will ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 16, 2020 in Buying a Home
Insulation is an essential part of your home. Not only does it help keep the home warm during the winter, but it also plays an important part in keeping you cool during the summer. Once you start looking at the different insulation options that are ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 13, 2020 in Misc
Year-Over-Year Rental Prices on the Rise
Looking ahead, 2020 is projected to be a strong year for homeownership. According to the Freddie Mac Forecast,
“We expect rates to remain low, falling to a yearly average of 3.8% in 2020.”
If you’re currently renting, ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 13, 2020 in Misc
When a House Becomes a Happy Home
We talk a lot about why it makes financial sense to buy a home, but more often than not we’re drawn to the emotional reasons for homeownership.
No matter the size or shape of a living space, the feeling of a home means different ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 11, 2020 in Misc
2020 Forecast Shows Continued Home Price Appreciation
Questions continue to rise around where home prices will head in 2020. The latest forecast from CoreLogic shows continued appreciation at 5.4% over the next year:Additionally, ARCH Mortgage Insurance Company in their ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 8, 2020 in Market Statistics
Where is the Housing Market Headed in 2020?
Interest rates will be lower than they have been since before 1980 at 3.8% and are projected to remain steady throughout 2020!
According to CoreLogic, home prices will appreciate at a rate of 5.4% over the course of the year....
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 6, 2020 in Market Statistics
5,300 Reasons to Be Happy You’re a Homeowner
Studies have shown that, in many cases, the largest asset a family owns is the house they live in. Over the last twelve months, that asset has gained substantial value.
CoreLogic just released their 2019 3rd Quarter Homeowner Equity ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 3, 2020 in Misc
A Latte a Day Keeps Home Ownership Away!
The holiday lattes are out, so you may be tempted to spend your extra cash on a daily caffeine fix, but that small expense can add up to a big number – fast!
Saving for a down payment takes a little discipline, so limiting ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on December 22, 2019 in Buying a Home
What is the Best Investment for Americans?
Some are reporting that there is trepidation regarding the real estate market in the United States. Apparently, the American people are quite comfortable.
Porch.com, a major network helping homeowners with their renovation projects, recently ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on December 20, 2019 in Misc
Millennials Are on the Move as First-Time Homebuyers
According to NAR’s latest Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the median age of all first-time homebuyers is 32.
With more millennials entering a homebuying phase of life, they are driving a large portion of the ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on December 18, 2019 in Market Statistics