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    Friday, February 2, 2018   /   by Sandra Watkins

    5 Reasons Homeowners Can Throw Better Super Bowl Parties! [INFOGRAPHIC]?


    Watching the big game at home with your friends & family offers many advantages.
    There’s more room to entertain a large crowd and you don’t have to worry about complaints to your landlord if you cheer too loudly!
    The kitchen is big enough to make as many appetizers as you want, and if some of your guests are only there to watch the commercials, they can do so on a different TV in another room!

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    Thursday, January 25, 2018   /   by Sandra Watkins

    If You're Considering Selling, ACT NOW!!

    Definitely an aggressive headline. However, as the final data on the 2017 housing market rolls in, we can definitely say one thing: If you are considering selling, IT IS TIME TO LIST YOUR HOME!

    How did we finish 2017?

    New-home sales were at their highest level in a decade.

    Sales of previously owned homes were at their highest level in more than a decade.

    Starts of single-family homes were their strongest in a decade and applications to build such properties advanced to the fastest pace since August 2007.

    And Bloomberg Business just reported:

    “America’s housing market is gearing up for a robust year ahead. Builders are more optimistic, demand is strong and lean inventory is keeping prices elevated.”

    And the National Association of Realtors revealed that buyer traffic is stronger this winter than it was during the spring buying season last year.

    The only cha ...

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    Monday, January 22, 2018   /   by Sandra Watkins

    Buying A Home Is More Affordable Than Renting In 54% Of US Counties

    Buying A Home Is More Affordable Than Renting In 54% Of US Counties

    According to ATTOM Data Solutions’ 2018 Rental Affordability Report, “buying a median-priced home is more affordable than renting a three-bedroom property in 240 of 447 [or 54% of] U.S. counties analyzed for the report.”
    For the report, ATTOM Data Solutions compared recently released fair market rent data from the Department of Housing and Urban Development with reported income amounts from the Department of Labor and Statistics to determine the percentage of income that a family would have to spend on their monthly housing cost (rent or mortgage payments).
    Daren Blomquist, Senior Vice President of ATTOM Data Solutions had this to say:

    “Although buying is still more affordable than renting in the majority of U.S. housing markets, the majority is shrinking as home price appreciation continues to outpace rental growth in ...

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    Friday, January 19, 2018   /   by Sandra Watkins

    Where Did Americans Move in 2017? [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Some Highlights:

    Atlas Van Lines recently released the results of their annual Migration Patterns Survey in which they tracked their customer’s movement from state-to-state over the course of 2017.
    Idaho held on to the top spot of ‘high inbound’ states for the 2nd year in a row followed by Washington.
    The ‘outbound’ states seem to draw a line straight across the country from Connecticut to Wyoming.

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    Tuesday, January 2, 2018   /   by Sandra Watkins

    How Rising Prices Will Help You Build Family Wealth in 2018

    Over the next five years, home prices are expected to appreciate on average by 3.35% per year and to grow by 24.34% cumulatively, according to Pulsenomics’ most recent Home Price Expectation Survey.
    So, what does this mean for homeowners and their equity position?
    As an example, let’s assume a young couple purchases and closes on a $250,000 home this month (January). If we only look at the projected increase in the price of that home, how much equity will they earn over the next 5 years?

    Since the experts predict that home prices will increase by 4.2% in 2018, the young homeowners will have gained $10,500 in equity in just one year.
    Over a five-year period, their equity will increase by nearly $45,000! This figure does not even take into account their monthly principal mortgage payments. In many cases, home equity is one of the largest portions of a family’s overall net worth.
    Bottom Line
    Not only is homeownership something t ...

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