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What’s Going On With Home Prices?

What’s Going On With Home Prices? | Simplifying The MarketAccording to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insights Report, national home prices in August were up 5.5% from August 2017. This marks the first time since June 2016 that home prices did not appreciate by at least 6.0% year-over-year. CoreLogic’s Chief Economist Frank Nothaft gave some insight into this change, “The rise in mortgage rates this […]

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Are We About to Enter a Buyers’ Market?

Are We About to Enter a Buyers’ Market? | Simplifying The MarketHome sales are below last year’s levels, home values are appreciating at a slower pace, and there are reports showing purchasing demand softening. This has some thinking we may be entering a buyers’ market after sellers have had the upper hand for the past several years. Is this really happening? The market has definitely softened. […]

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5 Reasons You Should Sell This Fall!

5 Reasons You Should Sell This Fall! | Simplifying The MarketHere are five reasons why listing your home for sale this fall makes sense. 1. Demand Is Strong The latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains very strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing and able to purchase…and are in the market right now! […]

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What State Gives You the Most ‘Bang for Your Buck’?

Some Highlights:

The majority of states in the Midwest and South offer a lower cost of living than states in the Northeast and West.
The ‘biggest bang for your buck’ comes in Mississippi where, compared to the national average, you can actually purc…

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5 Real Estate Reality TV Myths Explained

5 Real Estate Reality TV Myths Explained | Simplifying The MarketHave you ever been flipping through the channels, only to find yourself glued to the couch in an HGTV binge session? We’ve all been there, watching entire seasons of “Love it or List it,” “Million Dollar Listing,” “House Hunters,” “Property Brothers,” and so many more all in one sitting. When you’re in the middle of your real […]

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What Does the Recent Rash of Price Reductions Mean to the Real Estate Market?

What Does the Recent Rash of Price Reductions Mean to the Real Estate Market? | Simplifying The MarketLast week, in a new report from Zillow, it was revealed that there has been a rash of price reductions across the country. According to the report: There are more price cuts now than a year ago in over two-thirds of the nation’s largest metros About 14% of all listings had a price cut in […]

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Have You Outgrown Your Starter Home?

Have You Outgrown Your Starter Home? | Simplifying The MarketFor many Americans, buying their first home is their first taste of achieving part of the American Dream. There is a sense of pride that comes along with owning your own home and building your family’s wealth through your monthly mortgage payment. It may seem hard to imagine that the first home you purchased (which […]

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August 2018 Market Update for Placer and Sacramento Counties

Thes best way to study the market is to observe trends over a 12 month period. So I looked at some key statistics comparing the current quarter of this year with the same quarter last years. Inventory Placer  County   up 6%,  Sacramento County up 22% Solds Placer  County   down  6%,  Sacramento County down 3% Price Placer  County   up 7%,  Sacramento County up 7 %   Is the market changing?  Maybe…… The largest factor I believe that is affecting the market is interest rates.  In the last 12 months, interest rates on residential loans have risen .5-.75 of a point.  The…

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

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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Are you Buying?

What’s Going On With Home Prices?

By Frank Valente | Oct 9, 2018

What’s Going On With Home Prices? | Simplifying The MarketAccording to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insights Report, national home prices in August were up 5.5% from August 2017. This marks the first time since June 2016 that home prices did not appreciate by at least 6.0% year-over-year. CoreLogic’s Chief Economist Frank Nothaft gave some insight into this change, “The rise in mortgage rates this […]

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The True Cost of NOT Owning Your Home

By Frank Valente | Oct 8, 2018

The True Cost of NOT Owning Your Home | Simplifying The MarketOwning a home has great financial benefits, yet many continue to rent! Today, let’s look at the financial reasons why owning a home of your own has been a part of the American Dream for the entirety of America’s existence. Realtor.com reported that: “Buying remains the more attractive option in the long term – that remains the […]

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Are We About to Enter a Buyers’ Market?

By Frank Valente | Oct 4, 2018

Are We About to Enter a Buyers’ Market? | Simplifying The MarketHome sales are below last year’s levels, home values are appreciating at a slower pace, and there are reports showing purchasing demand softening. This has some thinking we may be entering a buyers’ market after sellers have had the upper hand for the past several years. Is this really happening? The market has definitely softened. […]

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5 Reasons You Should Sell This Fall!

By Frank Valente | Sep 6, 2018

5 Reasons You Should Sell This Fall! | Simplifying The MarketHere are five reasons why listing your home for sale this fall makes sense. 1. Demand Is Strong The latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains very strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing and able to purchase…and are in the market right now! […]

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Rents Are on The Rise: Don’t Get Caught in The Rental Trap!

By Frank Valente | Sep 4, 2018

Rents Are on The Rise: Don’t Get Caught in The Rental Trap! | Simplifying The MarketThere are many benefits to homeownership, but one of the top benefits is protecting yourself from rising rents by locking in your housing cost for the life of your mortgage. Don’t Become Trapped  A recent article by Apartment List addressed rising rents by stating: “Our national rent index is up 0.1 percent month-over-month, marking the sixth straight month of […]

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What State Gives You the Most ‘Bang for Your Buck’?

By Frank Valente | Sep 1, 2018

Some Highlights:

The majority of states in the Midwest and South offer a lower cost of living than states in the Northeast and West.
The ‘biggest bang for your buck’ comes in Mississippi where, compared to the national average, you can actually purc…

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5 Real Estate Reality TV Myths Explained

By Frank Valente | Aug 30, 2018

5 Real Estate Reality TV Myths Explained | Simplifying The MarketHave you ever been flipping through the channels, only to find yourself glued to the couch in an HGTV binge session? We’ve all been there, watching entire seasons of “Love it or List it,” “Million Dollar Listing,” “House Hunters,” “Property Brothers,” and so many more all in one sitting. When you’re in the middle of your real […]

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What Does the Recent Rash of Price Reductions Mean to the Real Estate Market?

By Frank Valente | Aug 29, 2018

What Does the Recent Rash of Price Reductions Mean to the Real Estate Market? | Simplifying The MarketLast week, in a new report from Zillow, it was revealed that there has been a rash of price reductions across the country. According to the report: There are more price cuts now than a year ago in over two-thirds of the nation’s largest metros About 14% of all listings had a price cut in […]

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Rent or Buy: Either Way You’re Paying A Mortgage!

By Frank Valente | Aug 27, 2018

Rent or Buy: Either Way You’re Paying A Mortgage! | Simplifying The MarketThere are some people who have not purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize, however, 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 […]

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Frequently Asked Questions

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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Buying Remains Cheaper Than Renting in 39 States!

By Frank Valente | Oct 17, 2017

In the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia, they explained that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage in the 100 largest metro areas in the United States. The updated numbers show that the range is an average of 3.5% less expensive in San Jose (CA), all the way up […]

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Thinking of Selling? You Should Do It TODAY!!

By Frank Valente | Oct 16, 2017

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

By Frank Valente | Oct 13, 2017

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

By Frank Valente | Oct 12, 2017

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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Builder Offering to Pay Off Student Loans for Buyers

By Frank Valente | Oct 11, 2017

Builder Offering to Pay Off Student Loans for Buyers | Simplifying The MarketMillennials are on track to become the most educated generation in history. This means they are also the generation with the most student debt. Depending on the type of degree earned, as well as the prestige of the institution attended, there are some millennials who graduate college with what equates to a mortgage payment. For […]

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Millionaire to Millennials: Buy a Home Now!

By Frank Valente | Oct 10, 2017

Millionaire to Millennials: Buy a Home Now! | Simplifying The MarketIn a CNBC article, self-made millionaire David Bach explained that “the single biggest mistake millennials are making” is not purchasing a home because buying real estate is “an escalator to wealth.” Bach went on to explain: “If millennials don’t buy a home, their chances of actually having any wealth in this country are little to none. The average homeowner to […]

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No… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy NOW!

By Frank Valente | Oct 9, 2017

No… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy NOW! | Simplifying The MarketThe Aspiring Home Buyers Profile from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) found that the American public is still somewhat confused about what is required to qualify for a home mortgage loan in today’s housing market. The results of the survey show that non-homeowners cite the main reason for not currently owning a home, as not […]

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