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Minneapolis-St. Paul serves as the best local market predictor of where nationwide housing prices will be heading over the next year. On the other hand, you don't want to try to apply Texas price trends to your local market, a new study suggests. That may be good news for sellers, considering that Twin Cities' home prices were up 4.7 percent year-over-year in June, with a median sales p...
Read Post [Posted on 08/29/2014 By John Askins]
Welcome to the most current Housing Trends eNewsletter. This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the market for a home, thinking about selling your home, or just interested in homeowner issues in general. Please click on this link to view the Housing Trends JULY 2014 Newsletterhttp://susanroddy.housi...
Read Post [Posted on 08/28/2014 By Susan Roddy]
I had the pleasure of working with a Buyer interested in the Islander East Condominiums recently. We closed very fast on their property of choice and it was a smooth closing!Condominiums make for great vacation homes. They are very low maintenance, have amenities for the whole family and are easy to "lock and leave". Call me today at (409) 771. 1526  to schedule to see Galveston Condomin...
Read Post [Posted on 08/28/2014 By Elyse Mayer]
The perfect Heights Bungalow everyone is looking for on one of the most sought after streets in the neighborhood. Kitchen features glass front cabinets and lots of storage with center island. Stroll to the dining room via the arched and enjoy meals under the coffered ceiling. Take the French door to outdoor dining/entertaining on the brick patio situated under a pergola. Master has separate seatin...
Read Post [Posted on 08/28/2014 By Cynthia Mullins]
It’s been said that more money has been lost due to indecision than was ever lost because of a bad decision. Regardless of whether you agree with the statement, delaying the decision to buy in today’s market is going to cost the buyer more. Home prices have gone up considerably in almost every market in the country in the past year and while inventories are beginning to grow, prices are expe...
Read Post [Posted on 08/27/2014 By Crystal Palencia]
With August being one of the top months for home sales, WalletHub compared the 300 largest U.S. cities to determine the ones that are most and least attractive to first-time home buyers.Six Texas cities were among the top ten best cities names for first-time homebuyers. The new ranking is in 2014′s Best and Worst Cities for First-Time Home Buyers.Allen ranked second on the list behind Br...
Read Post [Posted on 08/27/2014 By John Askins]
Median list prices continued to move up in the majority of markets in July, according to realtor.com®’s latest National Housing Trend Report. The median list price is where half of active listings are higher and half are lower. The following markets posted the largest gains in median list prices in July year-over-year, according to realtor.com®’s data: Stockton-Lodi, Calif.: 31.9% ...
Read Post [Posted on 08/27/2014 By John Askins]
The pace of existing-home sales rose for the fourth straight month in July, adding more evidence that the national housing market is improving.The national housing market continued to improve in July when existing-home sales reached their highest annual sales pace so far this year, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® data show.The median existing-home price rose to $222,900 in July, up 4.9% from Jul...
Read Post [Posted on 08/26/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
Existing-home sales were on the rise in July, with sales moving to the highest pace of this year, the National Association of REALTORS® reports in its latest housing data release. It also marked the fourth consecutive month of gains in sales. NAR’s chief economist expects the growing momentum in home sales to continue for the rest of the year. “The number of houses for sale is higher than a...
Read Post [Posted on 08/26/2014 By John Askins]
A study of real estate agents in Ontario, Canada, found that smoking can reduce a home’s resale value by 20 percent. The study was commissioned by Pfizer Canada, a pharmaceutical manufacturer. Selling the home can pose quite the challenge too. Eighty-eight percent of the agents surveyed say that it’s more difficult to sell a home where the residents were smokers.  Lingering smells in a home...
Read Post [Posted on 08/26/2014 By John Askins]
The next generation of home buyers say they will move to the suburbs if it means they can find quality schools there, according to a newly released survey by realtor.com®.In fact, millennials – the generation born between 1980 and 2000 – are less likely than other generations to compromise on school districts when in house-hunting mode, the survey revealed. Fifty-two percent of millenn...
Read Post [Posted on 08/25/2014 By John Askins]
The water temperature may be just right, but the cost of buying and operating a pool is scalding.Anyone who contemplates owning a pool should expect it to cost at least $3,000 a year, or $5,000 if they turn the job of maintaining it over to a pool service, estimates Susan Elser, a certified financial planner in Indianapolis.Installing a pool along with the required extras like a high fence costs a...
Read Post [Posted on 08/25/2014 By John Askins]
How happy are Americans with their housing, compared to the rest of the world? According to the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), we’re pretty well off in that arena. The OECD has been collecting responses to its Better Life Index for the last three years, and finds that Americans’ “housing conditions and spending” ranking is 7.8, coming in at the t...
Read Post [Posted on 08/20/2014 By John Askins]
Randall Bell, a California-based damage economics specialist, says stigmatized homes that once were crime scenes can lose 10 percent to 25 percent of their value; but some properties, particularly those in urban areas, retain their value even if violent crimes were committed there. Stigmatized properties in rural areas tend to be most affected by the memories retained by residents of these quiet l...
Read Post [Posted on 08/16/2014 By John Askins]
For every $1,000 increase in the cost of median-priced new homes, an estimated 206,269 households are pushed out of the market, according to a new study by the National Association of Home Builders. The study finds that government regulations imposed on the construction industry — for example, raising the price of impact fees or construction permits — translates to a hike in new-home pric...
Read Post [Posted on 08/15/2014 By John Askins]
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