Why A Normal Market is Just What We Need
The housing market has been hot for a while now. Homes have been flying off the shelves as fast as they have been listed. Buyers have been competing in bidding wars just to find a home to buy, let alone find their dream home....
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on February 25, 2019 in Market Statistics
2019 Will Be a Great Year for Buyers AND Sellers
Many homeowners believe that rising interest rates and home prices have scared away buyers and therefore have not listed their houses for sale. However, the truth is that buyers who were unable to find a home last year are out in ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on February 22, 2019 in Market Statistics
Millionaire To Millennials: Don’t Get Stuck Renting A Home… Buy One!
In a CNBC article, self-made millionaire David Bach explained that: “The biggest mistake millennials are making is not buying their first home.” He goes on to say that, “If you want to build real financial ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on February 21, 2019 in Buying a Home
Where Did Americans Move in 2018?
Every year United Van Lines conducts their National Movers Study by tracking their customer’s movement state-to-state over the course of the year.
Vermont claimed the top spot of states with the highest ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on February 20, 2019 in Market Statistics
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