Why Homeownership Matters Now More Than Ever
Study after study shows that no matter what generation Americans belong to, the vast majority believe that homeownership is an important part of their American Dream. The benefits of homeownership can be broken into two main categories: financial ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on February 19, 2019 in Buying a Home
Thinking of Selling Your House? This is a Perfect Time!
It is common knowledge that a great number of homes sell during the spring buying season. For that reason, many homeowners hold off putting their homes on the market until then. The question is whether or not that is a good ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on February 18, 2019 in Selling Your Home
How To List Your Home for the Best Price
If your plan for 2019 includes selling your home, you will want to pay attention to where experts believe home values are headed. According to the latest Home Price Index from CoreLogic, home prices increased by 4.7% over the course ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on February 15, 2019 in Selling Your Home
First Comes Love… Then Comes Mortgage? Couples Lead the Way
According to the National Association of REALTORS most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, married couples once again dominated the first-time homebuyer statistics in 2018 at 54% of all buyers. It is no surprise that ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on February 14, 2019 in Market Statistics
How to Get a Better Perspective on Affordability
Headlines spotlight the fact that buying a home is less affordable today than it was at any other time in more than a decade. Those headlines are accurate.
Understandably, buying a home is more expensive now than immediately following one of the ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on February 13, 2019 in Market Statistics
The KonMari Method: Helping You Prep Your House For Sale
One of the biggest challenges sellers face when listing their house is decluttering. Cleaning out some of the more personal decorating choices allows buyers to imagine themselves living in the house.
Those planning to sell soon are in luck! Marie ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on February 12, 2019 in Selling Your Home
Whose Mortgage Do You Want to Pay? Yours or Your Landlord’s?
There are some people who haven’t purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. However, everyone should realize that unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on February 11, 2019 in Buying a Home
Voters Reject Property Tax for APS
Patrick HayesFebruary 06, 2019 10:14 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Voters have rejected the APS bond election to increase property taxes by nearly five percent.
According to the Bernalillo County Clerk's office, the total unofficial ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on February 8, 2019 in Local News
One More Time… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a Home
One More Time… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a Home
The largest obstacle renters face when planning to buy a home is saving for a down payment. This challenge is amplified by rising rents, which has eaten into the amount of money ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on February 8, 2019 in Buying a Home
The Difference Having a Professional on Your Side Makes
In today’s fast-paced world, where answers are a Google search away, there are some who may wonder what the benefits of hiring a real estate professional to help them in their home search are. The truth is, with the addition of more ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on February 7, 2019 in Selling Your Home
Do You Know How Much Your Home Has Increased in Value?
Last year we saw headlines about a possible housing market bubble, and many wondered if Americans still felt confident about the value of their homes. Recently, the 2018 Houzz & Home Study revealed:
“Homeowners with mortgages ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on February 6, 2019 in Selling Your Home
4 Proven Ways Real Estate Can Build Sizable Family Wealth
Recently, David Greene, co-host of the BiggerPockets podcast and a nationally renowned author and speaker, wrote an article in Forbes explaining how investing in real estate could help build wealth. Many of the points he ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on February 5, 2019 in Buying a Home
Is Student Loan Debt A Threat to Homeownership? No!
Over the course of the last thirty years, a shift has happened. An entire generation has been raised to believe that a college education is their key to unlocking opportunities that were not available to their parent’s or grandparent’s ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on February 4, 2019 in Buying a Home
Why It Makes No Sense to Wait for Spring to Sell
The price of any item (including residential real estate) is determined by the theory of ‘supply and demand.’ If many people are looking to buy an item and the supply of that item is limited, the price of that item increases....
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on February 1, 2019 in Selling Your Home
Think You Should For Sale By Owner? Think Again!
For Sale By Owner (FSBO) is the process of selling real estate without the representation of a real estate broker or real estate agent.
According to the National Association of Realtors’ Profile of Home Buyers ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 31, 2019 in Selling Your Home
3 Things You Need in a Shifting Real Estate Market
Whether you are thinking of selling your house or buying a home, today’s real estate headlines can be confusing – perhaps even concerning. What is actually happening with mortgage rates? Are home values dropping or are they just rising ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 30, 2019 in Market Statistics
The Importance of Homeownership to the American Dream
For centuries, people in this country have seen homeownership as part of the American Dream. Whether they were born here or immigrated from another country, they wanted to own a piece of America. With so many prominent societal changes over the last ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 29, 2019 in Buying a Home
Do You Prefer the Charm of an Existing Home?
When homebuyers begin their research, they want to see all their available options! In many cases, they will include both new construction and existing homes in their search; but is a new construction home really the house of their dreams?
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 28, 2019 in Buying a Home
What is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy?
The cost of waiting to buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices & interest rates were to increase over a period of time.
Freddie Mac predicts interest rates to rise to 5.1% by the end of ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 25, 2019 in Market Statistics
Last Chance! Homes are a Bargain Compared to Historic Norms
A loaf of bread used to be a nickel. A movie ticket was a dime. Not anymore. Houses were also much less expensive than they are now. Inflation raised the price of all three of those items, along with the price of almost every other item we ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 24, 2019 in Market Statistics