Homes Selling Quickly Across The Country

by Chris Druesedow February 8, 2016

Homes Selling Quickly Across The Country | Keeping Current Matters According to the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) Existing Home Sales Report, homes were on market for an average of 58 days in December. This was slightly longer than the 54 days in November, but still better than the 66 days experienced in December 2014. 32% of homes across the country were on the market for less than a month! Colorado, Utah and Delaware led all states as homes are selling in 30 days or less on average. The map below was created using results from NAR’s Monthly Realtor Confidence Survey. Homes Selling Quickly Across The Country | Keeping Current Matters Bottom Line Buyer demand … Continue reading

Where Are Americans Moving? [INFOGRAPHIC]

by Chris Druesedow February 5, 2016

Where Are Americans Moving? [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters Some Highlights: For the 4th year in a row the Northeast saw a concentration of High Outbound activity. Oregon held on to the top stop of High Inbound states for the 3rd year in a row. Much of this Outbound activity can be attributed to Boomers relocating to warmer climates after retiring.

This Time “Mr. Wonderful” is just WRONG!!

by Chris Druesedow February 4, 2016

This Time “Mr. Wonderful” is just WRONG!! | Keeping Current Matters Recently, on CNBC’s Closing Bell, Shark Tank investor Kevin O’Leary, also known as “Mr. Wonderful,” said Millennials “don’t give a poo-poo about owning a house.” This thinking couldn’t be further from the truth. Let’s give a few examples to make this point. 1.) In the recent National Housing Market Survey conducted by Fannie Mae, it was revealed that: “…data indicates that millennial renters today have as much desire to own a home as the general population of renters. According to NHS data, the substantial majority of renters age 25-34 say that owning makes more sense than renting from a financial perspective. A majority also … Continue reading

Will Appraisals Continue to be a Challenge in 2016?

by Chris Druesedow February 3, 2016

Will Appraisals Continue to be a Challenge in 2016? | Keeping Current Matters First American Title issues a quarterly report, the Real Estate Sentiment Index (RESI), which “measures title agent sentiment on a variety of key market metrics and industry issues”. Their 2015 4th Quarter Edition revealed some interesting information regarding possible challenges with appraisal values as we head into 2016. “The fourth quarter RESI found that title agents continue to believe that property valuation issues will be the most likely cause of title order cancellation over the coming year.” This shouldn’t come as a surprise. In a housing market where supply is very low and demand is very high, home values increase rapidly. One … Continue reading

No Matter Which Groundhog You Listen To, You Should Sell Before Spring!

by Chris Druesedow February 2, 2016

No Matter Which Groundhog You Listen to, You Should Sell Before Spring! | Keeping Current Matters Is spring closer than we think? Depending on which Groundhog you witnessed today, you may have less time than you think to get your home on the market before the busy spring season. Many sellers feel that the spring is the best time to place their home on the market as buyer demand traditionally increases at that time of year. However, the next six weeks before spring hits also have their own advantages. Here are five reasons to sell now. 1. Demand is Strong Foot traffic refers to the number of people out actually physically looking at homes right … Continue reading

Harvard: Why Owning A Home Makes Sense Financially

by Chris Druesedow February 1, 2016

Harvard: Why Owning A Home Makes Sense Financially | Keeping Current Matters We have reported many times that the American Dream of homeownership is alive and well. The personal reasons to own differ for each buyer, with many basic similarities. Eric Belsky, the Managing Director of the Joint Center of Housing Studies at Harvard University expanded on the top 5 financial benefits of homeownership in his paper -The Dream Lives On: the Future of Homeownership in America. Here are the five reasons, each followed by an excerpt from the study: 1.) Housing is typically the one leveraged investment available. “Few households are interested in borrowing money to buy stocks and bonds and few lenders are … Continue reading

Thinking of Selling? Why Now May Be The Time

by Chris Druesedow January 28, 2016

Thinking of Selling? Why Now May Be The Time | Keeping Current Matters It is common knowledge that a large number of homes sell during the spring-buying season. For that reason, many homeowners hold off on putting their home on the market until then. The question is whether or not that will be a good strategy this year. The other listings that do come out in the spring will represent increased competition to any seller. Do a greater number of homes actually come to the market in the spring, as compared to the rest of the year? The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently revealed which months most people listed their home in for 2015. … Continue reading

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