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Why Use the Services of a Real Estate Agent?

This question is often asked, especially by homeowners who consider selling their homes by themselves.The fundamental first answer to this question is that an experienced realtor is an expert at what he or she does. Through hard work and education, they’ve acquired a set of skills that make the process of home buying and selling a lot easier than it would be by doing it yourself.So, what are the skills in the set I’m talking about? Well, for one thing, we have the skill of being the go-between. We’re the people who handle people and calls and separate the “wheat”…

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Property Value Trends

Knowing property value trends can be very helpful to you as a buyer, seller or investor. As a buyer, you can pinpoint bargains in areas that are trending upward (or downward) in price. As a seller, you can use the information as part of the bargaining process to get the maximum price from the sale. As an investor, you can use the latest forecasts and trends to determine whether you want to invest, when you want to invest, and how much to put into a property. Remember, the trends are not guarantees of future performance; they’re an educated guess as to…

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What Determines the Value of Your Home?

Basically, a home’s worth is determined by its market value. How is “market value” determined? Most often, it’s figured by a comparison (“comp”) with homes similar to yours in the surrounding area. So, if the homes in your neighborhood average, say, $250,000, then it’s likely that the value of your property will fall in the same range. But market value is also determined by a number of factors including the following:  External Factors There can be several external factors influencing the value of your home. One is “curb appeal”, or the first impression your property makes upon prospective buyers. A home that’s in excellent…

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Be Un-Emotional When Buying a Home In Order to Get the Best Value!

Want to break your heart and your bank account at the same time? Then buy a new home based on the fact that you’ve fallen in love with it!Needless to say, you should never do this!In some cases, when you fall in love with the “pretty face” of a house, you fail to look underneath and find problems like bad wiring, leaky roofs, bad foundations, etc. This is an extremely expensive way to buy a home!A funny and sad example of this is shown in the 1986 film, The Money Pit, starring Tom Hanks and Shelley Long. They make the…

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Are You Thinking of Selling Your Home? Competition Is Coming!

By Frank Valente | Aug 16, 2018

Are You Thinking of Selling Your Home? Competition Is Coming! | Simplifying The MarketThe number of building permits issued for single-family homes is the best indicator of how many newly built homes will rise over the next few months. According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Residential Sales Report, the number of building permits issued in June was 850,000, a 0.8% increase from May. […]

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Homebuyers Willing to Sacrifice ‘Must-Haves’ in Favor of Good School Districts

By Frank Valente | Aug 15, 2018

Homebuyers Willing to Sacrifice ‘Must-Haves’ in Favor of Good School Districts | Simplifying The MarketIt should come as no surprise that buying a home in a good school district is important to homebuyers. According to a report from Realtor.com, 86% of 18-34 year-olds and 84% of those aged 35-54 indicated that their home search areas were defined by school district boundaries. What is surprising, however, is that 78% of […]

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The Wave of Millennial Homebuyers Continues to Swell

By Frank Valente | Aug 8, 2018

The Wave of Millennial Homebuyers Continues to Swell | Simplifying The MarketMany have written about the millennial generation and whether or not they, as a whole, believe in homeownership as a part of attaining their American Dream. Comparatively speaking, millennials have taken longer to obtain traditional milestones (like getting married, having kids and buying a home) than generations before them, but that does not mean that […]

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7 Reasons to List Your Home This Holiday Season

By Frank Valente | Nov 13, 2017

Every year at this time, many homeowners decide to wait until after the holidays to put their homes on the market for the first time, while others who already have their homes on the market decide to take them off until after the holidays. Here are seven great reasons not to wait: Relocation buyers are […]

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5 Reasons Homeownership Makes ‘Cents’

By Frank Valente | Nov 8, 2017

5 Reasons Homeownership Makes ‘Cents’ | Simplifying The MarketThe American Dream of homeownership is alive and well. Recent reports show that the US homeownership rate has rebounded from recent lows and is headed in the right direction. The personal reasons to own differ for each buyer, but there are many basic similarities. Today we want to talk about the top 5 financial reasons […]

Read More

Low Inventory Causes Home Prices to Maintain Fast Growth

By Frank Valente | Nov 6, 2017

Low Inventory Causes Home Prices to Maintain Fast Growth | Simplifying The MarketThe National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their latest Quarterly Metro Home Price Report last week. The report revealed that severely lacking inventory across the country drained sales growth and kept home prices rising at a steady clip in nearly all metro areas. Home prices rose 5.3% over the last quarter across all metros. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at […]

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Renting or Buying…Either Way, You’re Paying Someone’s Mortgage

By Frank Valente | Oct 30, 2017

Renting or Buying…Either Way, You're Paying Someone's Mortgage | Simplifying The MarketThere are some people who have not purchased homes yet because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. As Entrepreneur Magazine, a premier source for small business, explained in their article, “12 Practical […]

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How to Save on a Mortgage Payment Whether Buying or Selling

By Frank Valente | Oct 26, 2017

How to Save on a Mortgage Payment Whether Buying or Selling | Simplifying The MarketIn Trulia’s recent report, Rent vs. Buy: Roommate Edition, they examined the impact that renting with a roommate has in determining whether it is more expensive to rent or buy. The study explains: “Since we started keeping track in 2012, it’s been a better deal to buy than rent in America’s largest housing markets – and […]

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Moving-Up to a Luxury Home? Now’s the Time!

By Frank Valente | Oct 18, 2017

Moving-Up to a Luxury Home? Now’s the Time! | Simplifying The MarketIf your house no longer fits your needs and you are planning on buying a luxury home, now is a great time to do so! We recently shared data from Trulia’s Market Mismatch Study which showed that in today’s premium home market, buyers are in control.  The inventory of homes for sale in the luxury […]

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are You Thinking of Selling Your Home? Competition Is Coming!

By Frank Valente | Aug 16, 2018

Are You Thinking of Selling Your Home? Competition Is Coming! | Simplifying The MarketThe number of building permits issued for single-family homes is the best indicator of how many newly built homes will rise over the next few months. According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Residential Sales Report, the number of building permits issued in June was 850,000, a 0.8% increase from May. […]

Read More

Homebuyers Willing to Sacrifice ‘Must-Haves’ in Favor of Good School Districts

By Frank Valente | Aug 15, 2018

Homebuyers Willing to Sacrifice ‘Must-Haves’ in Favor of Good School Districts | Simplifying The MarketIt should come as no surprise that buying a home in a good school district is important to homebuyers. According to a report from Realtor.com, 86% of 18-34 year-olds and 84% of those aged 35-54 indicated that their home search areas were defined by school district boundaries. What is surprising, however, is that 78% of […]

Read More

The Wave of Millennial Homebuyers Continues to Swell

By Frank Valente | Aug 8, 2018

The Wave of Millennial Homebuyers Continues to Swell | Simplifying The MarketMany have written about the millennial generation and whether or not they, as a whole, believe in homeownership as a part of attaining their American Dream. Comparatively speaking, millennials have taken longer to obtain traditional milestones (like getting married, having kids and buying a home) than generations before them, but that does not mean that […]

Read More

7 Reasons to List Your Home This Holiday Season

By Frank Valente | Nov 13, 2017

Every year at this time, many homeowners decide to wait until after the holidays to put their homes on the market for the first time, while others who already have their homes on the market decide to take them off until after the holidays. Here are seven great reasons not to wait: Relocation buyers are […]

Read More

5 Reasons Homeownership Makes ‘Cents’

By Frank Valente | Nov 8, 2017

5 Reasons Homeownership Makes ‘Cents’ | Simplifying The MarketThe American Dream of homeownership is alive and well. Recent reports show that the US homeownership rate has rebounded from recent lows and is headed in the right direction. The personal reasons to own differ for each buyer, but there are many basic similarities. Today we want to talk about the top 5 financial reasons […]

Read More

Low Inventory Causes Home Prices to Maintain Fast Growth

By Frank Valente | Nov 6, 2017

Low Inventory Causes Home Prices to Maintain Fast Growth | Simplifying The MarketThe National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their latest Quarterly Metro Home Price Report last week. The report revealed that severely lacking inventory across the country drained sales growth and kept home prices rising at a steady clip in nearly all metro areas. Home prices rose 5.3% over the last quarter across all metros. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at […]

Read More

Renting or Buying…Either Way, You’re Paying Someone’s Mortgage

By Frank Valente | Oct 30, 2017

Renting or Buying…Either Way, You're Paying Someone's Mortgage | Simplifying The MarketThere are some people who have not purchased homes yet because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. As Entrepreneur Magazine, a premier source for small business, explained in their article, “12 Practical […]

Read More

How to Save on a Mortgage Payment Whether Buying or Selling

By Frank Valente | Oct 26, 2017

How to Save on a Mortgage Payment Whether Buying or Selling | Simplifying The MarketIn Trulia’s recent report, Rent vs. Buy: Roommate Edition, they examined the impact that renting with a roommate has in determining whether it is more expensive to rent or buy. The study explains: “Since we started keeping track in 2012, it’s been a better deal to buy than rent in America’s largest housing markets – and […]

Read More

Moving-Up to a Luxury Home? Now’s the Time!

By Frank Valente | Oct 18, 2017

Moving-Up to a Luxury Home? Now’s the Time! | Simplifying The MarketIf your house no longer fits your needs and you are planning on buying a luxury home, now is a great time to do so! We recently shared data from Trulia’s Market Mismatch Study which showed that in today’s premium home market, buyers are in control.  The inventory of homes for sale in the luxury […]

Read More