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
Selling Your Home? Make Sure the Price is Right!
If you’ve ever watched “The Price is Right,” you know that the only way to win is to be the one to correctly guess the price of the item you want without going over! That means your guess must be just slightly under the ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 23, 2019 in Selling Your Home
Buying a Home Young is the Key to Building Wealth
Homeowners who purchase their homes before the age of 35 are better prepared for retirement at age 60, according to a new Urban Institute study. The organization surveyed adults who turned 60 or 61 between 2003 and 2015 for their data set....
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 22, 2019 in Buying a Home
Buying a House This Year? This Should Be Your 1st Step!
In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show that you are ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 21, 2019 in Buying a Home
The Cost Across Time
With interest rates still around 4.5%, now is a great time to look back at where rates have been over the last 40 years.
Rates are projected to climb to 5.0% by this time next year according to Freddie Mac.
The impact your ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 18, 2019 in Market Statistics
The Best Time to List Your House? TODAY!
You may have heard that the housing market is softening. There is no doubt that buyer traffic has decreased. There are fewer purchasers in the market than there were last month and at this time last year. What you may not have heard, however, is ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 17, 2019 in Selling Your Home
Is the Recent Dip in Interest Rates Here to Stay?
Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage climbed consistently throughout 2018 until the middle of November. After that point, rates returned to levels that we saw in August to close out the year at 4.55%, according to Freddie ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 16, 2019 in Market Statistics
Buying A Vacation Property? Now Is A Good Time!
Every year around this time, many homeowners begin the process of preparing their homes in case of extreme winter weather. Some others skip winter all together by escaping to their vacation homes in a warmer climate.
For those homeowners staying at ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 15, 2019 in Buying a Home
Want to Get the Most Money from The Sale of Your Home? Use These 2 Tips!
Every homeowner wants to make sure they maximize their financial reward when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive the maximum value for your house?
Here are two keys to ensure that you get the highest price possible.
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 14, 2019 in Selling Your Home
Top Renovations to Complete Before You Sell Your House
If you are planning on listing your house for sale this year, here are the top four home improvement projects that will net you the most Return on Investment (ROI).
Minor bathroom renovations can go a long way toward ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 10, 2019 in Selling Your Home
Belief in Homeownership as an Investment is Far from Dead
Following last year’s real estate market was like riding a rollercoaster. The market started off strong in 2018 and then softened before finishing with a mild flurry. However, one thing that did not waiver was America’s belief that ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 9, 2019 in Misc
Three Home Repairs that Can Save a Sale
Realtor Magazine, January 7 2019
Sellers whose homes aren’t in tip-top shape may need to spend extra money or put in a little elbow grease to get their properties in market-ready condition. But what are the most important repair or maintenance ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 8, 2019 in Selling Your Home
Excited About Buying A Home This Year? Here’s What to Watch
As we kick off the new year, many families have made resolutions to enter the housing market in 2019. Whether you are thinking of finally ditching your landlord and buying your first home or selling your starter house to move into your forever home, ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 8, 2019 in Buying a Home
Why You Should Not For Sale By Owner
In today’s market, as home prices rise and a lack of inventory continues, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their homes on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons why this ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 7, 2019 in Selling Your Home