Market Updates

March 21, 2019

Mortgages Becomes Easier for the Self-Employed

If you’re self-employed or a ‘gig’ worker, getting a mortgage just got easier. Americans who are self-employed and freelance or contract workers have long had to struggle to qualify for a mortgage, compared with those with W-2 forms or pay stubs that lenders can use to verify their incomes.

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March 20, 2019

Credit Basics for Grads

In a few months, the newest cohort of bright-eyed recent graduates will enter the workforce and begin "adulting." If you're graduating college this spring, you've probably received a lot of advice about pursuing your passions or finding a job – but probably not about maintaining your credit score ...

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March 19, 2019

The Best Home-Staging Advice I've Heard

Home Seller Secrets: When it comes to selling a house, appearances are everything. That's why more and more homeowners hoping to impress buyers are investing in home staging. But between decluttering, styling, and making your house look its absolute best, this process can make you want to pull your ...

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Posted in Market Updates, Selling
March 18, 2019

How Will the Housing Market Fare This Spring?

Since the end of last year, home sales have slowed (a decline of 10 percent in December compared to a year prior), and properties have been sitting on the market for longer (46 days compared to 30 days a year ago).

Nevertheless, Lawrence Yun, chief economist at the National ...

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March 14, 2019

Homes Are Selling the Fastest

Where the amount of time it takes to sell a home has been dropping for the last four consecutive years, but in February, the typical home sat on the market for 83 days, which is unchanged from a year ago.

That’s a sign that the market is slowing but not ...

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March 13, 2019

This Spring Buyers Face a Brighter Affordability

Slower home price growth, deflated sales, and lower mortgage rates could create abundant opportunities for potential home buyers this spring.

Though home prices are still up year over year in all 50 states, the overall affordability outlook is improving, according to Black Knight’s latest Mortgage Monitor Report.

The decline in ...

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March 12, 2019

Homeowners 8% Richer

Report: Over the Past Year, Home equity continued to increase in the fourth quarter of 2018, with more homeowners profiting over rising home prices.

U.S. homeowners with a mortgage saw their equity rise by 8.1 percent year over year in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to CoreLogic’s ...

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March 11, 2019

Mortgage Rate Trend Ends This Week

After weeks of declines, mortgage rates reversed course, but are still lower than a year ago. “While mortgage rates very modestly rose to 4.41 percent this week, they remain below year-ago levels for the fourth week in a row,” says Freddie Mac’s chief economist.

“In late 2018, mortgage rates ...

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March 9, 2019

Spring Forward

Longer days! Whether you plan on Selling or Buying this Spring,

these tips could help you get started.  Are you thinking of entering the Housing Market this Spring?

Whether you plan on Selling or Buying, looking to "Spring Ahead of your competition" These tips could help.

 

Sellers

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March 8, 2019

Reasons to Love Tax Season

The countdown has begun—there is just over a month until Tax Day 2019! The IRS has already issued 38.5 million tax refunds as of February 22, totaling in $121 billion dollars. The average federal tax refund so far? $3,143.

Over the next few months, the IRS estimates about ...

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