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How to Save on a Mortgage Payment Whether Buying or Selling

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!

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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Thinking of Selling? You Should Do It TODAY!!

Thinking of Selling? You Should Do It TODAY!! | Simplifying The MarketThat headline might be a little aggressive; however, as August 2017’s housing market data begins to roll in, we can definitely say one thing: If you are considering selling, IT IS TIME TO LIST YOUR HOME TODAY! In a recent article by CBS News, they explained that the number of existing home sales is shrinking, […]

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4 Reasons to Sell This Fall

Some Highlights:

Buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of homes for sale! Buyers are often competing with one another for the listings that are available!
Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply that is needed for a normal housin…

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Net Worth of Homeowners 44X Greater than Renters

Net Worth of Homeowners 44X Greater than Renters | Simplifying The MarketEvery three years, the Federal Reserve conducts their Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. The latest survey data, covering 2013-2016 was released two weeks ago. The study revealed that the 2016 median net worth of homeowners was $231,400 – a 15% increase since 2013. At the same time, the median net […]

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The Truth About Homeowner Equity

The Truth About Homeowner Equity | Simplifying The MarketA recent article from a reputable news source was titled: Here’s why some homeowners still can’t sell. In the opening bullets of the article, the author claimed, “Negative equity is one of the main reasons why there are so few homes for sale.” The article then goes on to soften that stance but we want […]

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How to Get the Most Money from the Sale of Your Home

How to Get the Most Money from the Sale of Your Home | Simplifying The MarketEvery homeowner wants to make sure they maximize their financial reward when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive maximum value for your house? Here are two keys to ensure that you get the highest price possible. 1. Price it a LITTLE LOW  This may seem counterintuitive. However, let’s look at […]

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Lack of Existing Home Inventory Slows Sales Heading into Fall

Some Highlights:

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released their latest Existing Home Sales Report.
First-time homebuyers made up 31% of all sales in August.
Homes are selling quickly with 51% of homes on the market for less than …

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Why Are So Few Homes for Sale?

Why Are So Few Homes for Sale? | Simplifying The MarketThere is no doubt that the largest challenge in today’s housing market is a lack of housing inventory for sale. This challenge has been defined as an “overwhelming lack of supply,” and even a “straight up inventory crisis.” First American just released the results of a survey which sheds light on the reasons for the […]

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Are you Buying?

Is now a better time to be a Seller or a Buyer?

By Frank Valente | Dec 10, 2018

This report is current for  December 2018.  When I talk with perspective sellers this time of year, a very common comment is …” We are going to wait until Spring….”.   I understand that this is a common perception.  But I have tracked our market for the last 10 years.    I always review the current inventory on a monthly basis throughout the year. On any given year, the inventory of Active homes is always less in January- February as compared to June- August.  I have found that the listing inventory decreases on any given year by about 20-40% in our…

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Is our Real Estate Market headed for a crash?

By Frank Valente | Nov 12, 2018

  Is our real estate market headed for a bust? Or maybe just a correction?  My quick answer is the market is changing got sure.  For purposes of the market, I will look at the market in Sacramanto, Placer, and El Dorado counties.  This region extents from Sacramento going up both the Highway 80 and Highway 50 “corridors” up to Lake Tahoe.   First let us look at some history.   In this region in the last 5 years, prices have gone up 50%!  We have been seeing a 8-10% increase in prices each year.  Take a look at the chart below.…

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Are You Spending TOO Much on Rent?

By Frank Valente | Nov 2, 2018

Are You Spending TOO Much on Rent? | Simplifying The MarketChances are if you are renting you are spending too much of your income on your monthly housing expense. There is a long-standing ‘rule’ that a household should not pay more than 28% of their income on their rent or mortgage payment. This percentage allows the household to save money for the future while comfortably covering […]

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Taking Fear Out of the Mortgage Process

By Frank Valente | Nov 1, 2018

Taking Fear Out of the Mortgage Process | Simplifying The MarketA considerable number of potential buyers shy away from jumping into the real estate market due to their uncertainties about the buying process. A specific cause for concern tends to be mortgage qualification. For many, the mortgage process can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be! In order to qualify in today’s market, you’ll […]

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Thinking of Selling Your Home? Here’s Why You Need A Pro in Your Corner

By Frank Valente | Oct 29, 2018

Thinking of Selling Your Home? Here’s Why You Need A Pro in Your Corner | Simplifying The MarketWith home prices on the rise and buyer demand still strong, some sellers may be tempted to try and sell their homes on their own without using the services of a real estate professional. Real estate agents are trained and experienced in negotiation and, in most cases, the seller is not. Sellers must realize that […]

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Still Think You Need 15-20% Down to Buy a Home? Think Again!

By Frank Valente | Oct 28, 2018

Still Think You Need 15-20% Down to Buy a Home? Think Again! | Simplifying The MarketAccording to a new study from Urban Institute, there are over 19 million millennials in 31 cities who are not only ready and willing to become homeowners, but are able to as well! Now that the largest generation since baby boomers has aged into prime homebuying age, there will no doubt be an uptick in […]

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Where are Home Values Headed over the Next Few Years?

By Frank Valente | Oct 27, 2018

Where are Home Values Headed over the Next Few Years? | Simplifying The MarketThere are many questions about where home prices will be next year as well as where they may be headed over the next several years to come. We have gathered the most reliable sources to help answer these questions: The Home Price Expectation Survey – A survey of over 100 market analysts, real estate experts, […]

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Housing Is Still Affordable in the United States!

By Frank Valente | Oct 26, 2018

Housing Is Still Affordable in the United States! | Simplifying The MarketLately, there have been many headlines circulating about whether or not there is an “affordability issue forming in the housing market.” If you are considering selling your current house and moving up to the home of your dreams, but are unsure whether or not to believe what you’re seeing in the news, let’s look at […]

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Buying a Home Can Be Scary… Until You Know the Facts

By Frank Valente | Oct 26, 2018

Buying a Home Can Be Scary... Until You Know the Facts [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

Some Highlights:

Many potential homebuyers believe that they need a 20% down payment and a 780 FICO® score to qualify to buy a home which stops many of them from even trying! Here are some facts:

  • 72% of buyers who purchased homes this year have put down less than 20%.
  • 4% of loan applications were approved last month.
  • The average credit score of approved loans was 727 in September.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Is now a better time to be a Seller or a Buyer?

By Frank Valente | Dec 10, 2018

This report is current for  December 2018.  When I talk with perspective sellers this time of year, a very common comment is …” We are going to wait until Spring….”.   I understand that this is a common perception.  But I have tracked our market for the last 10 years.    I always review the current inventory on a monthly basis throughout the year. On any given year, the inventory of Active homes is always less in January- February as compared to June- August.  I have found that the listing inventory decreases on any given year by about 20-40% in our…

Read More

Is our Real Estate Market headed for a crash?

By Frank Valente | Nov 12, 2018

  Is our real estate market headed for a bust? Or maybe just a correction?  My quick answer is the market is changing got sure.  For purposes of the market, I will look at the market in Sacramanto, Placer, and El Dorado counties.  This region extents from Sacramento going up both the Highway 80 and Highway 50 “corridors” up to Lake Tahoe.   First let us look at some history.   In this region in the last 5 years, prices have gone up 50%!  We have been seeing a 8-10% increase in prices each year.  Take a look at the chart below.…

Read More

Are You Spending TOO Much on Rent?

By Frank Valente | Nov 2, 2018

Are You Spending TOO Much on Rent? | Simplifying The MarketChances are if you are renting you are spending too much of your income on your monthly housing expense. There is a long-standing ‘rule’ that a household should not pay more than 28% of their income on their rent or mortgage payment. This percentage allows the household to save money for the future while comfortably covering […]

Read More

Taking Fear Out of the Mortgage Process

By Frank Valente | Nov 1, 2018

Taking Fear Out of the Mortgage Process | Simplifying The MarketA considerable number of potential buyers shy away from jumping into the real estate market due to their uncertainties about the buying process. A specific cause for concern tends to be mortgage qualification. For many, the mortgage process can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be! In order to qualify in today’s market, you’ll […]

Read More

Thinking of Selling Your Home? Here’s Why You Need A Pro in Your Corner

By Frank Valente | Oct 29, 2018

Thinking of Selling Your Home? Here’s Why You Need A Pro in Your Corner | Simplifying The MarketWith home prices on the rise and buyer demand still strong, some sellers may be tempted to try and sell their homes on their own without using the services of a real estate professional. Real estate agents are trained and experienced in negotiation and, in most cases, the seller is not. Sellers must realize that […]

Read More

Still Think You Need 15-20% Down to Buy a Home? Think Again!

By Frank Valente | Oct 28, 2018

Still Think You Need 15-20% Down to Buy a Home? Think Again! | Simplifying The MarketAccording to a new study from Urban Institute, there are over 19 million millennials in 31 cities who are not only ready and willing to become homeowners, but are able to as well! Now that the largest generation since baby boomers has aged into prime homebuying age, there will no doubt be an uptick in […]

Read More

Where are Home Values Headed over the Next Few Years?

By Frank Valente | Oct 27, 2018

Where are Home Values Headed over the Next Few Years? | Simplifying The MarketThere are many questions about where home prices will be next year as well as where they may be headed over the next several years to come. We have gathered the most reliable sources to help answer these questions: The Home Price Expectation Survey – A survey of over 100 market analysts, real estate experts, […]

Read More

Housing Is Still Affordable in the United States!

By Frank Valente | Oct 26, 2018

Housing Is Still Affordable in the United States! | Simplifying The MarketLately, there have been many headlines circulating about whether or not there is an “affordability issue forming in the housing market.” If you are considering selling your current house and moving up to the home of your dreams, but are unsure whether or not to believe what you’re seeing in the news, let’s look at […]

Read More

Buying a Home Can Be Scary… Until You Know the Facts

By Frank Valente | Oct 26, 2018

Buying a Home Can Be Scary... Until You Know the Facts [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

Some Highlights:

Many potential homebuyers believe that they need a 20% down payment and a 780 FICO® score to qualify to buy a home which stops many of them from even trying! Here are some facts:

  • 72% of buyers who purchased homes this year have put down less than 20%.
  • 4% of loan applications were approved last month.
  • The average credit score of approved loans was 727 in September.
Read More