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Are you Selling?

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

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?

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

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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Where are Home Values Headed over the Next Few Years?

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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Will Home Prices Continue to Increase?

Will Home Prices Continue to Increase? | Simplifying The MarketThere are many unsubstantiated theories about what is happening with home prices. From those who are worried that prices are falling (data shows this is untrue), to those who are concerned that prices are again approaching boom peaks because of “irrational exuberance” (this is also untrue as prices are not at peak levels when they are adjusted for inflation), there […]

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20 Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale This Fall

Some Highlights:

When listing your house for sale, your top goal will be to get the home sold for the best price possible!
There are many small projects that you can do to ensure this happens!
Your real estate agent will have a list of specific sugg…

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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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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

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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