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Prices & Mortgage Rates Going Up in 2016

Prices & Mortgage Rates Going Up in 2016 | Simplifying The Market

Prices & Mortgage Rates Going Up in 2016

The Residential Rental Market Heading into 2016

The Residential Rental Market Heading into 2016 | Simplifying The Market

The Residential Rental Market Heading into 2016

The Impact of Higher Interest Rates

The Impact of Higher Interest Rates | Simplifying The Market

The Impact of Higher Interest Rates

Rent vs. Buy: Either Way You’re Paying A Mortgage

Rent vs. Buy: Either Way You're Paying A Mortgage | Simplifying The Market

Rent vs. Buy: Either Way You’re Paying A Mortgage

Existing Home Sales Up 3.9%

Some Highlights:

  • The annual adjusted sales are currently at a 5.36 million pace.
  • 14,684 homes sell every day in the United States.
  • October marked the 44th consecutive month of price gains.

Existing Home Sales Up 3.9% [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

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Distressed Property Sales Hit New Low

Distressed Property Sales Hit New Low | Simplifying The Market

Distressed Property Sales Hit New Low

Millennials: What FICO Score is Needed to Buy a Home?

Millennials: What FICO Score is Needed to Buy a Home? | Simplifying The Market

Millennials: What FICO Score is Needed to Buy a Home?

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Equity Matters A LOT… Just Ask Freddie Mac

Equity Matters A LOT... Just Ask Freddie Mac | Simplifying The Market

Equity Matters A LOT… Just Ask Freddie Mac

Singles Are Falling For Their Dream Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

Singles Are Falling For Their Dream Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

How to Get the Most Money from the Sale of Your House

How to Get the Most Money from the Sale of Your House | Simplifying The Market

How to Get the Most Money from the Sale of Your House

Selling Your Home? The Importance of Using a Real Estate Professional

Selling Your Home? The Importance of Using a Real Estate Professional | Simplifying The Market

Selling Your Home? The Importance of Using a Real Estate Professional

Why You Should Sell Now… Before Winter Hits

Why You Should Sell Now... Before Winter Hits | Simplifying The Market

Why You Should Sell Now… Before Winter Hits

Slaying Myths About Buying A Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

Slaying Myths About Buying A Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Importance of Home Equity to a Family

The Importance of Home Equity to a Family | Simplifying The Market

The Importance of Home Equity to a Family

Thank You For Your Service!

Thank You For Your Service!

Where Are Mortgage Rates Headed? This Winter? Next Year?

Where Are Mortgage Rates Headed? This Winter? Next Year? | Simplifying The Market

Where Are Mortgage Rates Headed? This Winter? Next Year?

Fannie Mae’s Housing Forecast [INFOGRAPHIC]

Fannie Mae Housing Market [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters

Some Highlights: 

  • 30-year fixed mortgage rates are projected to increase steadily over the next year.
  • Housing Starts will well surpass 2015 numbers.
  • Home Sales will reach an annual rate of over 6 million by the fourth quarter of 2016.
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The Difference An Hour Can Make [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Difference an Hour Can Make [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters

Every Hour in the US Housing Market: 

  • 634 Homes Sell
  • 347 Homes Regain Positive Equity
  • Median Home Values Go Up $1.46
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Picking a Real Estate Agent through Facebook

Picking a Real Estate Agent through Facebook | Keeping Current Matters

According to a joint study released by Google and the National Association of Realtors, 2 of 3 people searching for a prospective real estate professional research them “extensively online prior to working with them". And, that number is probably increasing every day.

Are social media channels such as Facebook really a good place to gather information about an agent before using them? If so, what should you look for?

There is a plethora of information on any subject available on social media sites such as Facebook. A recent study by the Pew Research Center revealed that 63% of Americans now even get their news from Facebook (up from 47% in 2013).

It is no different for both buyers and sellers of real estate. Yes, Facebook is a good place to gather information about the housing market and “checkout” an agent you are considering hiring to help buy or sell a home.

What should you be looking for in an agent’s Facebook presence?

You want an agent that cares more about you and your family than they care about bragging about themselves. One way to determine this is to look at what they post on their Facebook page. Are they more interested in ‘hawking’ a listing or bragging about their accomplishments or are they trying to post insightful information that will help you make the best decision for you and your family?

At a recent real estate conference, Guy Kawasaki, an executive fellow at the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley, gave the following advice to the Realtors in attendance:

“Value comes in the form of information...

Family Wealth Grows as Home Equity Builds

Family Wealth Grows as Home Equity Builds | Keeping Current Matters

With residential real estate values rising quite substantially in most parts of the country over the last few years, many homeowners are seeing a major increase in their family’s wealth as equity continues to build in their house.

recent study by the Joint Center of Housing Studies at Harvard University revealed that home equity grew nicely last year and has grown dramatically over the last five years…

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