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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…

Read More

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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Real Estate Housing Report for Placer County, October 2012

By Frank Valente | Oct 27, 2012

Home prices continue to rise risen!!!! This is truly historic numbers for our real estate housing report. In Sacramento county we have seen a 10.5% price increase in home values compared to October 2011(over 12 months ago). Placer county has seen a 7.3% rise in home values over the same 12 month period.  This rise is due to the extremely low inventory of homes available to buyers. In Sacramento, Placer and El Dorado counties, there is now less than a 45 day supply of resale homes.  In a normal or balanced market, we look to have a 3-66 month supply of homes for sale  …

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August Real Estate Housing Report for Placer/ Sacramento Counties

By Frank Valente | Sep 14, 2012

Home prices have risen!!!! This is truly historic numbers for our real estate housing report. In Sacramento county we have seen a 10% price increase in home values compared to August 2010 (over 12 months ago).  This rise is due to the extremely low inventory of homes available to buyers. In Sacramento, Placer and El Dorado counties, there is now less than a 30 day supply of resale homes.  In a normal or balanced market, we look to have a 6 month supply of homes for sale. Real Estate Housing Report!! We have also seen a change in the make up of the Real…

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Historic Low inventory of Homes for Sale in Sacramento including Placer County and Auburn California!!

By Frank Valente | Aug 25, 2012

Lowest Inventory of Homes for Sale Sacrament including Placer County since the year 1980! Currently we have less than a 1 month supply of resale homes in the county of Placer!! Our region has not seen this low inventory of homes for sale since the 1980’s. Any home that is correctly priced is receiving multiple offers. Buyers are willing to pay THOUSANDS of dollars over asking price!!! Three questions come to mind? Why is the inventory so low? Will this low inventory last, and finally what will be the effect on prices? Solutions to consider with extreme low inventory of…

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Short Sale’s will get faster with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

By Frank Valente | Aug 24, 2012

Short Sale’s will get faster with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  The Federal Housing Finance agency (FHFA) is the government receiver for Fannie and Freddie.  The FHFA announce new short sale guidelines that should speed up the short sale process and increase the success rate for homeowners.  To be eligible, a homeowner must have a mortgage whose investor is either Fannie or Freddie.  The new guidelines go into effect on November 1, 2012. A very significant change is that homeowners do not need to be past due on their mortgage.  But they still must prove a “hardship”.   Eligible hardships often…

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HUD Home for Sale in Sacramento

By Frank Valente | May 18, 2012

HUD Home in Sacramento Overview Maps Photos Market Stats  $290,000 Single Family Home Main Features 5 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 1 Unit Interior: 3,341 sqft Lot: 0.16 acre(s) Location 3435 Beretania Way Sacramento, CA 95834 USA To get updates on open home dates and other property events, please click the “Like” button below: Our recent listings HUD Home in Sacramento Beautiful Ranchette Home with 19 acres Walk to Historic Downtown Auburn Masterpiece In The Making Build Your Dream Home in Cool, CA   Subscribe to our listing feed Nearby properties for sale

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Low inventory means HIGHER prices!

By Frank Valente | May 5, 2012

As of today in the Sacramento, El Dorado, and Placer counties we have more homes in a PENDING status (3800) than ACTVE (3500). Historic!  First time in 13 years. Less than a 1 month supply of resale homes. Low inventory with high demand equals HIGHER…

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Frank’s favorite stress reduction technique!

By Frank Valente | May 2, 2012

Frank’s favorite stress reduction technique!  It works!  Please forward, share and comment!

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REO to Rental program! Bad idea!!!!

By Frank Valente | Apr 28, 2012

The government’s program to turn REO’s (bank foreclosures) into rentals for bulk investors is a bad idea!  We have plenty of first time home buyer’s and local investors who can absorb these homes!
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Your Portion of the $25 Billion Settlement

By Frank Valente | Apr 27, 2012
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