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Monthly Archives: January 2020

    Make the Dream of Homeownership a Reality in 2020

    By Caety James | January 20, 2020

    In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. led and inspired a powerful movement with his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Through his passion and determination, he sparked interest, ambition, and courage in his audience. Today, reflecting on his message encourages many of us to think about our own dreams, goals, beliefs, and aspirations. For many... Read More

    Where Homebuyers Are Heading By Generation

    By Caety James | January 17, 2020

    Some Highlights: Whether capitalizing on job opportunities, affordability, or warm-weather places to retire, Americans are making moves to these top cities to take advantage of the strength in the current housing market. A strong economy and lower m... Read More

    Housing Inventory Vanishing: What Is the Impact on You?

    By Caety James | January 16, 2020

    The real estate market is expected to do very well this year as mortgage rates remain at historic lows. One challenge to the housing industry is the lack of homes available for sale. Last week, move.com released a report showing that 2020 is beginning with the lowest available housing inventory in two years. The report... Read More

    Homes Are More Affordable Today, Not Less Affordable

    By Caety James | January 15, 2020

    There’s a current narrative that owning a home today is less affordable than it has been in the past. The reason some are making this claim is because house prices have substantially increased over the last several years. Read More

    2020 Luxury Market Forecast

    By Caety James | January 14, 2020

    By the end of last year, many homeowners found themselves with more equity than they realized, and at the same time their wages were increasing. When those two factors unite, it can spark homeowners to think about making a move to a larger or more expensive home in the luxury space. That said, now is... Read More

    Buying a Home Early Can Significantly Increase Future Wealth

    By Caety James | January 13, 2020

    According to an Urban Institute study, homeowners who purchase a house before age 35 are better prepared for retirement at age 60. The good news is, our younger generations are strong believers in homeownership. According to a Freddie Mac survey, “The dream of homeownership is alive and well within “Generation Z,” the demographic cohort following Millennials. Our... Read More

    National Cut Your Energy Costs Day

    By Caety James | January 10, 2020

    Some Highlights: On January 10th of each year, “National Cut Your Energy Costs Day” encourages consumers to reduce their overall energy costs by improving home efficiency. According to Freddie Mac, a typical U.S. family spends $2,200 per year on ene... Read More

    There’s a Long Line of Buyers Waiting for Your House

    By Caety James | January 9, 2020

    If you’re following what’s happening in the housing market right now, you know that many people believe the winter months aren’t a good time to sell a home. As realtor.com Senior Economist George Ratiu recently noted, “Sellers tend to be more reluctant to list during the colder time of year when the market typically makes... Read More

    The New Spring Real Estate Market is Here. Are You Ready?

    By Shannah Ferrante | January 8, 2020

    Which month do you think most people who are considering buying a home actually start their search? If you’re like most of us, you probably think the surge happens in the spring, likely in April. Not anymore. According to new research, January 2019 was only 1% behind February for the most monthly views per listing... Read More

    Big Demand for Small Homes

    By Shannah Ferrante | January 7, 2020

    Movies, tv shows, and celebrities often have us dreaming of owning large homes, but the reality for most people is quite different. Since 2015, the square footage of newly built houses has been shrinking, according to Yahoo Finances. This is not projected to change as we continue into the beginning of the year. “We expect... Read More