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McAllen, Texas, has been ranked the most affordable urban area in the nation, according to a recent quarterly report by the Council for Community and Economic Research. The report ranked cities based on a cost-of-living index that covered housing, utilities, grocery items, transportation and health care expenses. McAllen’s cost of living is 15 percent lower than Austin, 61 percent lowe...
Read Post [Posted on 11/20/2014 By John Askins]
National market update Existing-Home Sales Rebound in September WASHINGTON (October 21, 2014) – After a modest decline last month, existing-home sales bounced back in September to their highest annual pace of the year, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions except for the Midwest experienced gains in September. Read more Infographic: S...
Read Post [Posted on 11/17/2014 By Stacy McAdams]
College is paying off for housing markets. Colleges and universities are having a strong effect on housing across the country, with metros that have heavy university influence outperforming national rates in home price trends, according to Clear Capital's latest Home Data Index Market Report. Clear Capital finds in a sample of 10 metros that each have a university presence, average price...
Read Post [Posted on 11/16/2014 By John Askins]
From asking an unrealistic sales price to buying too many homes, celebrities and their super-size homes aren’t immune to a sluggish real estate market. Business Insider recently revealed some of the top real estate blunders that celebrities have made. Here are three:1. Underwater with too many homes: Actor Nicholas Cage’s love for real estate ($33 million invested in homes) hasn’t been a...
Read Post [Posted on 11/16/2014 By John Askins]
pring’s robust housing market looks to be continuing its streak into summer.Spring’s strong housing market doesn’t seem to be an aberration of our tepid winter. The pending-home sales index shows demand is strong. In this week’s Friday Five, we take a closer look at those numbers, a prediction for the next hot real estate markets, and more.Wall Street Journal: Housing’s Boost: Time to Stop Bl...
Read Post [Posted on 11/13/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
The double-digit price gains of last year have mostly faded, but that doesn't mean prices aren't still rising. Fifty-nine percent of U.S. metros posted single-digit annual home-price appreciation in September. Median home prices are getting a boost by a lower share of distressed sales and fewer low-end purchases during the third quarter, according to RealtyTrac's latest 2014 Residenti...
Read Post [Posted on 11/11/2014 By John Askins]
Home sellers are more than twice as likely to get their homes sold if they use a REALTOR®, rather than trying to sell their home on their own, according to a survey conducted by HomeGain of 400 home owners nationwide. Seventy-three percent of the home owners surveyed said they used a REALTOR®. On the other hand, 21 percent of those surveyed said they tried to sell their home themselves. The survey...
Read Post [Posted on 11/08/2014 By John Askins]
Texas home sales volume maintained the rapid pace of the summer selling season in the third quarter, while monthly housing inventory increased on a quarterly basis for the second time in three years, according to the latest Texas Quarterly Housing Report released by the Texas Association of Realtors (TAR). According to the report, 80,851 existing single-family homes were sold in Texas i...
Read Post [Posted on 11/06/2014 By John Askins]
Last year, many real estate markets saw double-digit price appreciation – some by as much as 20 percent – which prompted warnings of another “bubble” forming in the sector. Fast forward one year later, and price appreciation is slowing as foreclosures dry up and investors retreat."Buyers don't have the same sense of urgency as they did before,” Greg Bender, a Los Angeles real estate professional w...
Read Post [Posted on 11/05/2014 By John Askins]
It's only natural to make the home you bought more comfortable and functional for your household. But before you put in a hot tub or convert the garage into a bedroom, think about whether or not these improvements will add or subtract perceived value from your home someday.Even though selling your home could be years away, keep in mind that not all home improvements are welcome to buyers. When buy...
Read Post [Posted on 11/04/2014 By Tiffany Markovsky]
Are you asking yourself why your home has not sold yet? There are several reasons that a house does not sell quickly! VISIT MY NEWLY REDESIGNED WEBSITE FOR ALL YOUR HOME SELLING NEEDS!!! http://www.katiekteam.comMY WEBSITE HAS EVERYTHING YOU NEED ON HOME STAGING, MOVING, PRICING!! ALSO READ ABOUT MY CANCELLATION GUARANTEE IF YOU ARE NOT SATISFIED WITH OUR SERVICE! 95% of my listings...
Read Post [Posted on 11/03/2014 By Katie Kohlhauff]
***THINKING OF SELLING YOUR HOME?*** VISIT MY NEWLY REDESIGNED WEBSITE FOR ALL YOUR HOME SELLING NEEDS!!! http://www.katiekteam.comMY WEBSITE HAS EVERYTHING YOU NEED ON HOME STAGING, MOVING, PRICING!! ALSO READ ABOUT MY CANCELLATION GUARANTEE IF YOU ARE NOT SATISFIED WITH OUR SERVICE! 95% of my listings go under contract w/in 14 days!!! http://www.katiekteam.comwww.houstonhomes...
Read Post [Posted on 11/03/2014 By Katie Kohlhauff]
For retirees who only have $30,000 a year for retirement, they can make their money stretch if they choose where to live wisely. For many, they may need to. Many baby boomers have not saved enough for retirement and are nearly half a million dollars short when it comes to how much they likely will need to live on versus how much they actually have saved, according to a survey conducted last year ...
Read Post [Posted on 11/02/2014 By John Askins]
Where can you snag some of the best housing deals? Head to North Dakota, where you‘ll find some of the most affordable ZIP codes in the nation.Real estate company Movoto recently ranked the most affordable ZIP codes in the nation, factoring in the unemployment rate; median home cost; median monthly owner expenses (as percent of income); median monthly rent. Movoto also factored in median hous...
Read Post [Posted on 11/01/2014 By John Askins]
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