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7 Reasons to List Your Home This Holiday Season

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’

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 […]

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Low Inventory Causes Home Prices to Maintain Fast Growth

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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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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Are you Buying?

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 […]

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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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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, […]

Read More

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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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a short sale.

By Frank Valente | Mar 31, 2012

What is a short sale? For more information call Frank at 916-257-0893 or email frank@frankvalente.com, visit frankvalente.com, please leave a comment!

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Why Use the Services of a Real Estate Agent?

By Frank Valente | Feb 9, 2011

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

By Frank Valente | Feb 1, 2011

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 is a 1031 Tax Deffered Exchange?

By Frank Valente | Dec 30, 2010

There are three types of 1031 tax deferred exchanges that can take place: 1.) Straight exchanges—two parties trade properties of equal or approximate value. This is the simplest exchange.2.) Multi-party exchanges—this involves three or more parties buying, selling, or exchanging properties. Don’t attempt these exchanges without the aid of a tax professional; they tend to be very complex.3.) Delayed exchanges—this exchange allows the sale of the relinquished property and the buying of the replacement property to occur at different times as long as stringent rules are followed.This is the exchange most often used. What’s the Advantage of the 1031 in Terms of…

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Happy Holidays!

By Frank Valente | Dec 22, 2010

We would like to wish you and your family a happy holidays! Thank you for all your past business and the referrals you have sent us as well as supporting our video blog. Remember us for any of your real estate needs and have a great and safe new year. See you in 2011! Now please enjoy this article about bi-weekly mortgages. Are Bi-Weekly Mortgage Payments Worth the Time and Effort? In most cases, yes! It’s essentially a process by which you make extra payments on your mortgage. That way, you save interest costs and pay off the loan faster.…

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What Determines the Value of Your Home?

By Frank Valente | Nov 29, 2010

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!

By Frank Valente | Nov 17, 2010

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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Welcome to my NEW Video Real Estate Blog!

By Frank Valente | Oct 29, 2010

Welcome to my brand new video real estate blog! Every two week’s I’ll update you with a short video on how to make a smart decision in real estate. Today, I’d like to let you in on my home inspector secrets, you may either watch my video above or read the article I put together for you below. Thanks for visiting my blog!You Better Give Sherlock Holmes a Ring! No, you don’t need the fictional detective inspector. However, you do need a home inspector! Think of this as a “pre-emptive strike” to maintain or increase your home’s value before you put it…

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