Choosing a Neighborhood: 6 Things to Consider

Choosing a Neighborhood:  6 Things to Consider

For many homebuyers, choosing a neighborhood is more important than choosing a house when shopping for a place to live. You can repair, remodel, or renovate a house but there are many things about a neighborhood you can’t change. What should a buyer look for in a neighborhood? This list may change based on your interests, but there are many neighborhood factors that can add value to your home. Remember, it is all about “Location, location, ...

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What if I Wait?: Buying a Home Next Year…

What if I Wait?:  Buying a Home Next Year…

According to the recent Home Price Index Report by CoreLogic, home prices have increased nationally by 6.7% year-over-year. During that same period, interest rates have stayed at near historic lows. This has allowed many buyers to enter the marketplace.

If you are selling your home, your concern is likely to be the short-term price (which is where the values are heading over the next few months). If you are positioned to be a ...

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Spring is a Great Time to Buy a Home!!

Spring is a Great Time to Buy a Home!!

Here are four reasons why Spring is a great time to buy a home.

Rising Prices

According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index report, home prices have appreciated by 6.6% over the last 12 months and prices will continue to rise over the next year (approximately 4.3%). If you are waiting for the bottom of the market with regards to home values, waiting no longer makes sense; The bottom has come and gone.

Increasing Interest Rates

Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage ...

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Housing Market to Spring Forward in 2018

Housing Market to Spring Forward in 2018

Just like clocks recently did in most of the country, the housing market will soon “spring forward!” According to Alexandra Lee and Ralph McLaughlin of Trulia, there was a 10.5% decrease in US home inventory in Q4 2017. This lack of inventory is like tension in a spring waiting to be released and that is what is holding back the market right now.

Traditionally, sellers believe that waiting until Spring is in their ...

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7 Factors: What to Consider When Choosing a Home to Retire In

7 Factors:  What to Consider When Choosing a Home to Retire In

As the population ages and more baby boomers near retirement, the question of what to do about housing becomes an important one. Given the low available inventory in the starter and trade-up home categories, it makes sense for homeowners to evaluate their homes’ ability to adapt to whatever needs retirement may bring. According to NAEBA (National Association of Exclusive Buyers Agents), there are 7 factors that you should consider when choosing your retirement home.

  1. Affordability

“It may be ...

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Top Reasons a House is More Than an Investment

Top Reasons a House is More Than an Investment

Purchasing a home can be one of the most rewarding and meaningful transactions folks will ever be a part of. Outside of the obvious reasons for owing a home (shelter from the elements, more space for a growing family, shortened commute to work/school/family, etc.) using your home for its investment aspects is especially attractive given current rates and market conditions. I would, however, argue that you should not just consider the investment, the pricing, or the timing of the ...

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Market Insights –

…for 2018!

What does the New Year of 2018 have in store for the housing market?? Consider the following few things:

1.  Both home prices & values are expected to rise moderately. The Atlanta Metro area homes, in particular, are expected to have an increase of around 5%. Rental rates, finally, will not rise near as ...

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Boomerang Buyers – The Next Homebuying Explosion

Boomerang Buyers – The Next Homebuying Explosion

The most recent recession affected each person and each family differently. Due to unfortunate circumstances beyond their control, many people lost their home. From 2009 – 2011 over 50% of all residential homes sales were attributed to either short sales or foreclosures. Fortunately, times have begun taking a turn for the better- Individuals, families, and businesses are finally getting back on their feet and the next home buying explosion is on the rise! To the benefit of those who may ...

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The Cost of Waiting to Buy a Home

The Cost of Waiting to Buy a Home

Spring is upon us so you might be thinking about selling your house again. In Atlanta, we finally had the first year-over-year increase in five long years. How much values increased (if they did at all) in your neighborhood depends on your specific area of Atlanta, but most of us experienced a pop in value. So more homeowners are now contemplating selling for the first time since the financial crisis hit. At the same ...

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Buying Vs. Renting | What You Need To Know

Most people buy homes for very emotional reasons. But how do you know if it is time for you to purchase?

Most people who rent can actually afford to buy their own home. So what is stopping them? 

A lot of people believe that owning a home in requires a big down payment, which is difficult to save while paying all their regular monthly bills. Others are convinced they wouldn’t qualify for a mortgage, and that the payment would be too much ...

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