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Home sellers probably won’t be too happy, but housing experts in an article at CNNMoney say that underpricing a home by 10 percent may help it sell faster. And while sellers may lose out on thousands from the sale, they likely will avoid months of carrying costs from the home lingering on the market to offset that loss. The high inventory of foreclosures on the market is making it difficult f...
Read Post [Posted on 12/22/2014 By John Askins]
Movoto Real Estate has released a list of the mid-sized markets that currently offer some of the best conditions for home buyers. It analyzed 100 cities throughout the U.S. with populations between 126,000 to 211,000 and evaluated them on factors such as total homes for sale per capita; median days on the market; median income to median home price ratio; crime rate; school quality; and e...
Read Post [Posted on 12/22/2014 By John Askins]
Empty homes still plague a lot of cities across the country. In fact, since 2000, vacant properties have risen by about 43 percent nationwide, according to Census Bureau data. (Homes are defined as vacant by “unoccupied rental inventory” or homes unoccupied that are for-sale.) Vacant properties can affect home values nearby. For example, a study earlier this year found that a vacant home has the p...
Read Post [Posted on 12/21/2014 By John Askins]
The American dream of owning a home is something everyone should have if they want it. You should be able to live where you want and enjoy the features of your environment that help you relax, entertain, play, and do more of the things you enjoy without the restrictions imposed by a landlord.You can own a pet, build a treehouse, paint the walls your favorite color, and play music and videos as lou...
Read Post [Posted on 12/19/2014 By Tiffany Markovsky]
A traditionally quieter time of year for real estate is anything butHOUSTON — (November 12, 2014) — The Houston real estate market plowed through October at full-throttle, driving prices up once again and ensuring that the supply of homes remained at historic lows. The greatest sales activity took place among homes priced between $250,000 and the millions.According to the lates...
Read Post [Posted on 12/19/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
Inventory level tightens while prices reach November highsHOUSTON — (December 10, 2014) — Homes appear to be high on holiday shopping lists as consumers continued to snap up properties in November, pushing prices up once again while driving the supply level down. The majority of the month’s sales activity took place among homes priced between $250,000 and the millions.According...
Read Post [Posted on 12/19/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
If you've been watching your rental payments rise this year, I'm sure you've entertained the idea of buying a home. Here is some advice from Texas Association of Realtors on what to ask yourself before you begin your home search. I usually recommend that prospective buyers talk to a mortgage banker first. They can review your financial situation and show you the best options when it comes to mortg...
Read Post [Posted on 12/17/2014 By Holly Smith]
People relocating for a job are facing a growing conundrum: Some of the strongest employment markets are in areas with the highest housing costs in the country. So even with a job there, will they be able to afford a home? Coastal cities such as New York, San Francisco, and Seattle tend to have some of the highest incomes and abundant jobs, but the cost of living can be among the highest...
Read Post [Posted on 12/17/2014 By John Askins]
The monthly cost of owning a home is more still very affordable, and is less expensive than renting in numerous cities, according to a Wall Street Journal survey. Prices mixed with still-low mortgage rates are creating an appealing housing market, analysts say. In the 28 cities that the paper tracked, it found monthly mortgage payments on the median-priced home—including taxes and insurance—...
Read Post [Posted on 12/13/2014 By John Askins]
Many real estate professionals have blamed low appraisals for derailing transactions over the last few years. But as home prices heated up across the country, are appraisals still coming in lower than the agreed-upon sales price?  Even with prices rising and the number of foreclosures falling, some appraisers say assigning a value to a property isn’t getting any easier. One of the big reason...
Read Post [Posted on 12/11/2014 By John Askins]
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Read Post [Posted on 12/10/2014 By Katie Kohlhauff]
Here are questions you need answers to before you commit to refinancing your home:Is there a prepayment penalty involved with your existing loan? A prepayment penalty may make refinancing cost-prohibitive. Look at your Notes Payable document to see if one exists and, if so, how much the penalty is. Then decide if adding the penalty amount to the balance owed is worth it.1.  What is your curre...
Read Post [Posted on 12/10/2014 By Melissa Walters]
Pessimists are always implying that the housing market will dip and could be a lousy investment. Better maybe to rent now.Are they right? Of course not, say experts at the Motley Fool finance Web site.In fact, the Fools predict that housing is normally a great investment because prices do go up and interest rates are still low.The Fools say the key to buying a home that is a good deal will be...
Read Post [Posted on 12/10/2014 By John Askins]
National home prices continue to moderate following last year's double-digit surge. Distressed saturation fell to 16.8 percent nationwide, "suggesting the shortage of lower-priced inventory is the catalyst for stalling gains," according to Clear Capital's latest Home Data Index Market Report. "The housing recovery is at a pivotal point — it's in need of restored consumer confidence and ...
Read Post [Posted on 12/07/2014 By John Askins]
Economists often say where jobs pick up, the housing market will soon follow. Forbes ranked metro areas to find which midsize cities are posting some of the largest job gains. Forbes reviewed employment data from 2001 through 2013 for its rankings. The midsize cities that topped its list: Boulder, Colo.  Provo-Orem, Utah Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Ark.-Mo...
Read Post [Posted on 12/07/2014 By John Askins]
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