First Time Home Buyers

April 14, 2019

Slaying the Largest Homebuying Myths Today [INFOGRAPHIC]

Slaying the Largest Homebuying Myths Today [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying the Market

Some Highlights:

  • The average down payment for first-time homebuyers is only 6%!
  • Mortgage interest rates have been on the decline since November! Hop in now to lock in a low rate!
  • 88% of property managers raised their rents in the last 12 months!
  • The average credit score on approved loans ...
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April 11, 2019

Why Pet-Friendly Homes Are in High Demand

Why Pet-Friendly Homes Are in High Demand | Simplifying The Market

One of the many benefits of owning your own home is the freedom to find your ‘furever’ friend. By pointing out the aspects of your home that make it ‘pet-friendly’ in your listing, you’ll attract these buyers, rather than alienating the 68% of American households that have a pet!

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April 11, 2019

Home Buyer Demand Will Be Strong for Years to Come

Home Buyer Demand Will Be Strong for Years to Come | Simplifying The Market

There has been a lot written about millennials and their preference to live in city centers above their favorite pizza place. Some have even gone so far as to say that millennials are a “Renter-Generation”.

 

And while this might be true for some millennials, more and more research has ...

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April 11, 2019

Home Value Appreciation Stops Falling, Begins to Stabilize

Home Value Appreciation Stops Falling, Begins to Stabilize | Simplifying The Market

The percentage of home price appreciation on a year-over-year basis has decreased each month for over a year. The question was how far annual appreciation would fall. It seems we may now have the answer.

 

In a recent post on the National Association of Realtors’ Economists’ Outlook Blog, it ...

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April 2, 2019

Your Tax Refund Is The Key To Homeownership!

Your Tax Refund Is The Key To Homeownership! | Simplifying The Market

According to data released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Americans can expect an estimated average refund of $3,143 this year when filing their taxes. This is down slightly from the average refund of $3,436 last year.

 

Tax refunds are often thought of as ‘extra money’ that ...

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April 2, 2019

The Enormous Divide Between the Headline and the Truth

The Enormous Divide Between the Headline and the Truth | Simplifying The Market

“I have observed that not the man who hopes when others despair, but the man who despairs when others hope, is admired by a large class of persons as a sage.” – John Stuart Mill (1840s)

 

Even back in the mid-1800s, people knew that negative news sells. That ...

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April 2, 2019

Homebuyers Shouldn’t Worry About 2008 All Over Again

Last week, realtor.com released a survey of active home shoppers (those who plan to purchase their next home in 1 year or less). The survey asked their opinion on an impending recession and its possible impact on the housing market.

 

Two major takeaways from the survey:

 

  • 42 ...
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April 1, 2019

Data Says April is the Best Month to List Your Home for Sale

Data Says April is the Best Month to List Your Home for Sale | Simplifying The Market

The spring housing market is off to the races! The inventory of homes for sale is increasing, buyers are out in force, and interest rates have remained low, piquing the interest of buyers and sellers previously on the fence about making a move.

 

New research from realtor.com shows ...

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April 1, 2019

10 Steps to Buying a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

10 Steps to Buying a Home [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

Some Highlights:

  • If you are thinking of buying a home, you may not know where to start.
  • Here is a simple list of 10 steps that you will go through to purchase a home.
  • Make sure to ask your agent for details about each step and what else may be ...
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April 1, 2019

5 Reasons To Sell Your House This Spring!

5 Reasons To Sell Your House This Spring! |Simplifying The Market

Here are five compelling reasons listing your home for sale this spring makes sense.

 

1. Demand Is Strong

The latest Buyer Traffic Index from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing, and ...

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