Tuesday, February 28, 2017 / by Matthew Freda
How Long Do Most Families Stay in Their Home?
Tuesday February 28th, 2017 First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Housing Market Updates, Move-Up Buyers
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) keeps historical data on many aspects of homeownership. One of the data points that has changed dramatically is the median tenure of a family in a home. As the graph below shows, for over twenty years (1985-2008), the median tenure averaged exactly six years. However, since 2008, that average is almost nine years – an increase of almost 50%.
Why the dramatic increase?
The reasons for this change are plentiful!
The fall in home prices during the housing crisis left many homeowners in a negative equity situation (where their home was worth less than the mortgage on the property). Also, the uncertainty of the economy made some homeowners much more fiscally conservative about making a move.
With home prices rising ...
Monday, February 27, 2017 / by Matthew Freda
Where Are the Home Prices Heading in the Next 5 Years?
Monday February 27th, 2017 For Buyers, For Sellers, Pricing
Today, many real estate conversations center on housing prices and where they may be headed. That is why we like the Home Price Expectation Survey.
Every quarter, Pulsenomics surveys a nationwide panel of over one hundred economists, real estate experts, and investment & market strategists about where they believe prices are headed over the next five years. They then average the projections of all 100+ experts into a single number.
The results of their latest survey:
Home values will appreciate by 4.4% over the course of 2017, 3.4% in 2018, 2.8% in 2019, 2.7% in 2020, and 2.8% in 2021. That means the average annual appreciation will be 3.22% over the next 5 years.
The prediction for cumulative appreciation fell from 21.4% to 17.3% by 2021. The experts making up the most bearish quartile of th ...
Friday, February 24, 2017 / by Matthew Freda
Existing Home Sales Reach Highest Mark Since 2007 [INFOGRAPHIC]
Friday February 24th, 2017 For Buyers, For Sellers, Housing Market Updates, Infographics
Sales of existing homes reached the highest pace in a decade at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.69 million.
January marked the 59th consecutive month of year-over-year price gains as the median home price rose 7.1% to $228,900.
NAR’s Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun had this to say, “Much of the country saw robust sales activity last month as strong hiring and improved consumer confidence at the end of last year appear to have sparked considerable interest in buying a home."
Thursday, February 23, 2017 / by Matthew Freda
The Impact of Homeownership on Family Health
Thursday February 23rd, 2017 First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Move-Up Buyers
The National Association of Realtors recently released a study titled 'Social Benefits of Homeownership and Stable Housing.’ The study confirmed a long-standing belief of most Americans:
“Owning a home embodies the promise of individual autonomy and is the aspiration of most American households. Homeownership allows households to accumulate wealth and social status, and is the basis for a number of positive social, economic, family and civic outcomes.”
Today, we want to cover the section of the report that quoted several studies concentrating on the impact homeownership has on the health of family members. Here are some of the major findings on this issue revealed in the report:
There is a strong positive relationship between l ...
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 / by Matthew Freda
Access: A Key Component in Getting Your House SOLD!
Tuesday February 21st, 2017 For Sellers
So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you with the entire process, and they have asked you what level of access you want to provide to potential buyers.
There are four elements to a quality listing. At the top of the list is Access, followed by Condition, Financing, and Price. There are many levels of access that you can provide to your agent so that he or she can show your home.
Here are five levels of access that you can give to buyers, along with a brief description:
Lockbox on the Door – this allows buyers the ability to see the home as soon as they are aware of the listing, or at their convenience.
Providing a Key to the Home – although the buyer’s agent may need to stop by an office to pick up the key, there is little delay in being able to show the ...