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Monthly Archives: January 2017

    Sales at Highest Pace in 10 Years!

    By Marco Manumbas | January 31, 2017

      Highlights: 5.45 million existing homes were sold in 2016! This is the highest mark set since 2006. Inventory of existing homes for sale dropped to a 3.6-month supply, the lowest level since NAR began tracking in 1999. The median price of homes sold in December was $232,200. This is the 58th consecutive month of year-over-year price gains.... Read More

    What to Expect From Your Home Inspection

    By Marco Manumbas | January 30, 2017

    So you made an offer, it was accepted, and now your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. More often than not, your agent may have made your offer contingent on a clean home inspection. This contingency allows you to renegotiate the price paid for the home, ask the sellers to cover... Read More

    Have You Saved Enough for Closing Costs?

    By Marco Manumbas | January 27, 2017

    There are many potential homebuyers, and even sellers, who believe that they need at least a 20% down payment in order to buy a home or move on to their next home. Time after time, we have dispelled this myth by showing that many loan programs allow you to put down as little as 3%... Read More

    Thinking of Selling? Why Now is the Time

    By Jennifer Carstensen | January 26, 2017

    It is common knowledge that a large number of homes sell during the spring-buying season. For that reason, many homeowners hold off on putting their homes on the market until then. The question is whether or not that will be a good strategy this year. The other listings that do come out in the spring... Read More

    Tips for Preparing Your House For Sale

    By Marco Manumbas | January 24, 2017

    Highlights: When listing your house for sale your top goal will be to get the home sold for the best price possible! There are many small projects that you can do to ensure this happens! Your real estate agent will have a list of specific suggestions for getting your house ready for market and is... Read More

    20 BEAUTIFUL HOMES HIDING IN AMERICA’S MOST AFFORDABLE CITIES

    By Marco Manumbas | January 19, 2017

    FROM PITTSBURGH TO KANSAS CITY, THE MOST ECONOMICAL CITIES IN AMERICA ARE ALSO HOME TO SOME OF THE MOST EXTRAVAGANT ABODES STANDING TODAY. FOR PROOF, TAKE A GRAND TOUR OF THESE OPULENT HOMES IN AMERICA’S LEAST EXPENSIVE ZIP CODES. By MANASA REDDIGARI HIDE LIST FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS Nestled in the Ozarks, this stately colonial-style house provides a... Read More

    5 Myths About Real Estate Reality TV Explained

    By Marco Manumbas | January 17, 2017

    Have you ever been flipping through the channels, only to find yourself glued to the couch in an HGTV binge session? We’ve all been there… watching entire seasons of “Love it or List it,” “Fixer Upper,” “House Hunters,” “Property Brothers,” and so many more, just in one sitting. When you’re in the middle of your... Read More

    Why Pre-Approval Should Be Your First Step

    By Marco Manumbas | January 16, 2017

      In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes greatly outnumbers the amount of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for... Read More

    Is This the Year to Move Up to Your Dream Home? If So, Do it Early

    By Jennifer Carstensen | January 12, 2017

    It appears that Americans are regaining faith in the U.S. economy. The following indexes have each shown a dramatic jump in consumer confidence in their latest surveys: The University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index National Federation of Independent Businesses’ Small Business Optimism Index CNBC All-America Economic Survey The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Survey It usually... Read More

    Top 3 Things Second-Wave Baby Boomers Look for in a Home

    By Jennifer Carstensen | January 11, 2017

    According to data from the U.S Census bureau, there are approximately 76.4 million baby boomers living in the United States today. Contrary to what many think, there are very different segments within this generation, and one piece that sets them apart are their housing needs. John McManus, editorial director of Hanley Wood’s Residential Group says his company “is focusing on the preferences... Read More

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