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The Strength of Homeowners Today!

"Just how financially strong are homeowners throughout the country?"

Will My House Still Sell in Today's Market?

Will My House Sell in Today's Market? Will My House Still Sell in Today’s Market?   If recent headlines about the housing market cooling and buyer demand moderating have you worried you’ve missed your chance to sell, here’s what you need to know. Buyer...

Austin/Round Rock MSA Housing Report

Austin/Round Rock MSA Housing Report

How Owning a Home Builds Your Net Worth!

How Owning a Home Builds Your Net Worth   Owning a home is a major financial milestone and an achievement to take pride in. One major reason: the equity you build as a homeowner gives your net worth a big boost. And with high inflation right now, the link between...

Honoring the American Workforce!

Honoring the American Workforce   Wishing you a happy and safe Labor Day....

New Homes May Have the Incentives You're Looking For!

New Homes May Have the Incentives You’re Looking for Today   According to the U.S. Census Bureau, this year, builders are on pace to complete more than a million new homes in this country. If you’ve had trouble finding a home to buy over the past year, it may be...

Why You May Want to Start Your Home Search Today!

Why You May Want To Start Your Home Search Today   If you’re thinking about buying a home, you likely have a lot of factors on your mind. You’re weighing your own needs against higher mortgage rates, today’s home prices, and more to try to decide if you want to...

Today's Housing Inventory Proves the Market Isn't Headed for a Crash

Why Today’s Housing Inventory Proves the Market Isn’t Headed for a Crash   Whether or not you owned a home in 2008, you likely remember the housing crash that took place back then. And news about an economic slowdown happening today may bring all those concerns back...

What Sellers Need to Know in Today's Housing Market!

Homes priced right are selling very quickly!

Why the Experts Say the Housing Market Won't Crash!

Why the Housing Market Won't Crash.

What Does the Rest of the Year Hold for Home Prices?

What Does the Rest of the Year Hold for Home Prices?   Whether you’re a potential homebuyer, seller, or both, you probably want to know: will home prices fall this year? Let’s break down what’s happening with home prices, where experts say they’re...

Why the Forbearance Program Changed the Housing Market!

Why the Forbearance Program Changed the Housing Market   When the pandemic hit in 2020, many experts thought the housing market would crash. They feared job loss and economic uncertainty would lead to a wave of foreclosures similar to when the housing bubble burst over a decade...

Why Are People Moving Today?

Why Are People Moving Today?   Buying a home is a major life decision. That’s true whether you’re purchasing for the first time or selling your house to fuel a move. And if you’re planning to buy a home, you might be hearing about today’s shifting market and...

3 Graphs to Show This Isn't a Housing Bubble!

3 Graphs To Show This Isn’t a Housing Bubble   With all the headlines and buzz in the media, some consumers believe the market is in a housing bubble. As the housing market shifts, you may be wondering what’ll happen next. It’s only natural for concerns to creep...

A Real Estate Professional Helps You Separate Fact from Fiction!

A Real Estate Professional Helps You Separate Fact from Fiction   If you’re following the news, chances are you’ve seen or heard some headlines about the housing market that don’t give the full picture. The real estate market is shifting, and when that happens, it can be...

A Window Opportunity for Home Buyers!

A Window of Opportunity for Homebuyers   Mortgage rates are much higher today than they were at the beginning of the year, and that had a clear impact on the housing market. As a result, the market is seeing a shift back toward the range of pre-pandemic levels for buyer demand...

What's Causing Ongoing Home Price Appreciation?

What’s Causing Ongoing Home Price Appreciation?   If you’re thinking about making a move, you probably want to know what’s going to happen to home prices for the rest of the year. While experts say price growth will moderate due to the shifting...

Should You Buy a Home with Inflation this High?

Should You Buy a Home with Inflation This High?   While the Federal Reserve is working hard to bring down inflation, the latest data shows the inflation rate is still going up. You no doubt are feeling the pinch on your wallet at the gas pump or the grocery store, but...

Why Pre-Approval is a Game Changer for Homebuyers!

Why Pre-Approval Is a Game Changer for Homebuyers   If you’re planning to buy a home this year, you might have heard that pre-approval is a necessary step to take before starting out on your journey. But why is that? And is it still important in today’s shifting...

How Your Equity Can Grow Over Time!

How Your Equity Can Grow over Time   It’s true that record levels of home price appreciation have spurred significant equity gains for homeowners over the past few years. As Diana Olick, Real Estate Correspondent at CNBC, says: “The stunning jump...

Is Homeownership Still the American Dream?

Is Homeownership Still the American Dream?   Defining the American dream is personal, and no one individual will have the same definition as another. But the feelings it brings about – success, freedom, and a sense of prosperity – are universal. That’s why, for many...

If You're Selling Your House This Summer, Hiring a Pro is Critical!

If You’re Selling Your House This Summer, Hiring a Pro Is Critical   It can be tempting, especially with how hot the housing market has been over the past two years, to consider selling your home on your own. But today’s market is at a turning point, making it...

The Average Homeowner Gained $64K in Equity Over the Past Year!

The Average Homeowner Gained $64K in Equity over the Past Year   If you own a home, your net worth likely just got a big boost thanks to rising home equity. Equity is the current value of your home minus what you owe on the loan. And today, based on recent home price appreciation,...

Is the Housing Market Correcting?

Is the Housing Markt Correcting?

Luxury Homes are in High Demand!

Luxury Homes Are in High Demand   As people realize their needs are changing, some are turning to luxury housing to find their dream home. Investopedia helps define what pushes a home into this category. In a recent article, they point out that a luxury home isn’t only...

Why the Growing Number of Homes for Sale is Good for Your Move Up!

Why the Growing Number of Homes for Sale Is Good for Your Move Up   Are you thinking about selling your current home? If so, the biggest question on your mind may be: if I sell now, where will I go? If this resonates with you, there’s something you should know. The number...

Why Home Loans Today Aren't What There Were in the Past!

Why Home Loans Today Aren’t What They Were in the Past   In today’s housing market, many are beginning to wonder if we’re returning to the riskier lending habits and borrowing options that led to the housing crash 15 years ago. Let’s ease those concerns. Several...

What Does the Rest of the Year Hold for the Housing Market?

What Does the Rest of theYear Hold for the Housing Market? If you’re thinking of buying or selling a house, you’re at an exciting decision point. And anytime you make a big decision like that, one thing you should always consider is timing. So, what does the rest of...

Remember and Honor Those Who Gave All

Remember and Honor Those Who Gave All   We remember and honor those who gave all....

Why Summer is a Great Time to Buy a Vacation Home!

https://bit.ly/3lMVcOR Why Summer Is a Great Time To Buy a Vacation Home   You may be someone who looks forward to summer each year because it gives you an opportunity to rest, unwind, and enjoy more quality time with your loved ones. Now that summer is just around the corner, it’s...

Work With a Real Estate Professional if You Want the Best Advice!

Work With a Real Estate Professional if You Want the Best Advice   Because buying or selling a home is such a big decision in our lives, the need for clear, trustworthy information and guidance is crucial. And while no one can give you perfect advice, when you...

The One Thing Every Homeowner Needs to Know About a Recession!

The One Thing Every Homeowner Needs To Know About a Recession   A recession does not equal a housing crisis. That’s the one thing that every homeowner today needs to know. Everywhere you look, experts are warning we could be heading toward a recession, and if true, an economic slowdown...

Why Rising Mortgage Rates Push Buyers off the Fence

Why Rising Mortgage Rates Push Buyers off the Fence   If you’re thinking about buying a home, you’ve probably heard mortgage rates are rising and have wondered what that means for you. Since mortgage rates have increased over two percentage points this...

If You're a Homeowner, You Have Incredible Leverage When You Sell!

If You’re a Homeowner, You Have Incredible Leverage When You Sell Today   In today’s housing market, homeowners have a great opportunity to sell their house and receive the best terms for their personal situation. That’s because there’s a limited number of...

Should You Update Your House Before Selling?

https://agentmarketing.com/blogs/1472637658/130/Should-You-Update-Your-House-Before-Selling.html Should You Update Your House Before Selling? Ask a Real Estate Professional.   Some Highlights If you’re deciding whether you should make updates before you sell your...

What You Need to Know About Foreclosures in Today's Housing Market!

What You Actually Need to Know About the Number of Foreclosures in Today’s Housing Market   While you may have seen recent stories about the volume of foreclosures today, context is important. During the pandemic, many homeowners were able to pause their mortgage payments using the...

Will Home Prices Fall This Year? Here's what Experts Say!

Will Home Prices Fall This Year? Here’s What Experts Say.   Many people are wondering: will home prices fall this year? Whether you’re a potential homebuyer, seller, or both, the answer to this question matters for you. Let’s break down what’s...

How today's Mortgage Rates Impact Your Home Purchase

How Today’s Mortgage Rates Impact Your Home Purchase   If you’re planning to buy a home, it’s critical to understand the relationship between mortgage rates and your purchasing power. Purchasing power is the amount of home you can afford to buy that’s within...

2022 Housing Market Forecast

2022 Housing Market Forecast   Some Highlights What does the rest of the year hold for the housing market? Here’s what experts have to say about what lies ahead. Home prices are projected to rise and so are mortgage rates. Experts are also forecasting...

Today's Home Price Appreciation is Great News for Existing Homeowners

Today’s Home Price Appreciation Is Great News for Existing Homeowners   If you’re planning to sell your home this season, rising prices are great news for you. But it’s important to understand why prices are rising to begin with. One major factor is supply...

Give Your Curb Appeal a Boost Before You Sell

Give Your Curb Appeal a Boost Before You Sell   Some Highlights If you’re thinking about selling your house this season, focusing on a few quick and easy updates outside can help your home look its best. 78% of real estate agents polled say poor landscaping...

What You Need to Know About Selling in a Seller's Market

What You Need To Know About Selling in a Sellers’ Market   Even if you haven’t been following real estate news, you’ve likely heard about the current sellers’ market. That’s because there’s a lot of talk about how strong market conditions are...

How Home Ownership Can Help Shield You from Inflation

How Homeownership Can Help Shield You from Inflation   If you’re following along with the news today, you’ve likely heard about rising inflation. You’re also likely feeling the impact in your day-to-day life as prices go up for gas, groceries, and more. These rising consumer...

Myths About Today's Housing Market

Myths About Today’s Housing Market   Some Highlights If you’re planning to buy or sell a home today, it’s important to be aware of common misconceptions. Whether it’s timing your purchase as a buyer based on home prices and mortgage...

How to Approach Rising Mortgage Rates as a Buyer!

How To Approach Rising Mortgage Rates as a Buyer   In the last few weeks, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate from Freddie Mac inched up to 5%. While that news may have you questioning the timing of your home search, the truth is, timing has never been more important. Even...

Why Pre-Approval Is an Important Step for Today's Homebuyers

Why Pre-Approval Is an Important Step for Today’s Homebuyers   Being intentional and competitive are musts when buying a home this season. That’s why pre-approval is so important today. Pre-approval from a lender is the only way to know your true price range and how...

Where are Mortgage Rates Headed

Where Are Mortgage Rates Headed?   There’s never been a truer statement regarding forecasting mortgage rates than the one offered last year by Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American: “You know, the fallacy of economic forecasting is: Don't ever...

The Future of Home Price Appreciation and What it Means for You!

The Future of Home Price Appreciation and What It Means for You   Many consumers are wondering what will happen with home values over the next few years. Some are concerned that the recent run-up in home prices will lead to a situation similar to the housing crash 15 years...

What You Need to Budget for When Buying a Home!

What You Need To Budget for When Buying a Home   When it comes to buying a home, it can feel a bit intimidating to know how much you need to save and where to find that information. But you should know, you’re not expected to have all the answers yourself. There are many trusted...

Balancing Your Wants and Needs as a Homebuyer Today

Balancing Your Wants and Needs as a Homebuyer Today   Since the number of homes for sale is low today, it can feel challenging to find one that checks all your boxes. But if you know which features are absolutely essential in your next home and which ones are just nice bonuses,...

There Are Several Great Reasons to Consider Buying a Condo Today!

There Are Several Great Reasons To Consider Buying a Condo Today   If you’re a first-time buyer looking to break into the housing market but struggling to find a home to buy, condominiums (or condos) could be a great alternative for you. Here are a few reasons condos may be something...

What's Happening with Mortgage Rates, and Where Will They go?

What’s Happening with Mortgage Rates, and Where Will They Go from Here?   Based on the Primary Mortgage Market Survey from Freddie Mac, the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has increased by 1.2% (3.22% to 4.42%) since January of this year. The rate jumped by more...

The Key to Building Wealth is Home Ownership

A Key to Building Wealth Is Homeownership   The link between financial security and homeownership is especially important today as inflation rises.  But many people may not realize just how much owning a home contributes to your overall net worth. As Leslie Rouda Smith,...

How an Energy Efficient Home Can Be a Bright Idea

How an Energy Efficient Home Can Be a Bright Idea   Some Highlights With inflation driving up the cost of everyday items, seeking out an energy-efficient home can be a great way to decrease the expenses you can control. Energy efficiency can help lower your utility...

What You Can Expect from the Spring Housing Market

What You Can Expect from the Spring Housing Market   As the spring housing market kicks off, you likely want to know what you can expect this season when it comes to buying or selling a house. While there are multiple factors causing some uncertainty, including the conflict...

The Average Owner Gained More than $55K in Equity Over the Past Year!

The Average Homeowner Gained More Than $55K in Equity over the Past Year   If you’re a current homeowner, you should know your net worth just got a big boost. It comes in the form of rising home equity. Equity is the current value of your home minus what you owe on the loan. Today,...

Spring Cleaning Checklist for Sellers

Spring Cleaning Checklist for Sellers   Some Highlights If you’re thinking about selling your house this spring, here are some things you’ll want to tackle before you list. Spend your time on tasks that make it feel inviting, show it’s cared for, and boost...

Did Your Dream Home Just Come on the Market?

Did Your Dream Home Just Come on the Market?   For the first time in a long time, the number of newly listed homes is beginning to rise. In their latest monthly release, realtor.com reveals the number of existing homes entering the market has increased for two months in a...

Are You Wondering if This Is the Year to Buy a Home?

Are You Wondering if This Is the Year To Buy a Home?   Every year, many renters ask themselves the same question: Should I continue renting, or is it time to buy a home? If you’re a renter, chances are you’ve asked yourself that question at least once, and...

Don't Get Caught Off Guard By Closing Costs!

Don’t Get Caught Off Guard by Closing Costs   As a homebuyer, it’s important to plan and budget for the expenses you’ll encounter when you purchase a home. While most people understand the need to save for a down payment, a recent survey found 41% of homebuyers...

Are You Familiar With These Key Terms for Home Buyers?

Key Terms for Homebuyers   Some Highlights Knowing key housing terms and how they relate to today’s market is important. For example, when mortgage rates and home prices rise, it impacts how much home you can afford. Terms like appraisal (what...

How To Navigate a Market Where Multiple Offers Is the New Normal

How To Navigate a Market Where Multiple Offers Is the New Normal   If you’re thinking of buying a home today, you already know that the number of homes available for sale is low. But what does that really mean for you? As a buyer, low housing supply coupled with...

Key Factors That Impact Affordability Today!

Key Factors That Impact Affordability Today   You can’t read an article about residential real estate without the author mentioning the affordability challenges that today’s buyers face. There’s no doubt homes are less affordable today than they were over the last two years,...

Dow Payment Assistance Programs Can Help You Achieve Homeownership!

Down Payment Assistance Programs Can Help You Achieve Homeownership   For many homebuyers, the thought of saving for a down payment can feel daunting, especially in today’s market. That’s why, when asked what they find most difficult in the homebuying process, some buyers say...

The Difference Between Renting and Owning!

The Difference Between Renting and Owning.   Some Highlights If you’re deciding whether to rent or buy, consider the many financial benefits that come with owning a home. As a renter, you build your landlord’s wealth and face rising costs....

How Supply and Demand Can Impact Your Buying & Selling Goals

How Supply and Demand Can Impact Your Buying and Selling Goals   In today’s housing market, there are far more buyers looking for homes than sellers listing their houses. Based on the concept of supply and demand, this means home prices will naturally rise. Why is that? When there...

What's Driving Today's High Buyer Demand?

What’s Driving Today’s High Buyer Demand?   Some Highlights There’s an influx of buyers looking for homes today, and that means your house is in high demand. Here are a few reasons why so many people are looking to buy a home. Buyers are motivated to beat rising mortgage...

4 Simple Graphs Showing Why This Is Not a Housing Bubble

4 Simple Graphs Showing Why This Is Not a Housing Bubble   A recent survey revealed that many consumers believe there’s a housing bubble beginning to form. That feeling is understandable, as year-over-year home price appreciation is still in the double digits. However, this...

More People are Planning to Buy a Home Soon!

More People Are Planning To Buy a Home Soon   While some homeowners may be tempted to hold off until spring to list their houses, you should know – homebuyers aren’t waiting. Demand is high today as more people are trying to beat rising mortgage rates. As a result,...

How To Win as a Buyer in a Sellers’ Market

How To Win as a Buyer in a Sellers’ Market   Some Highlights Even in today’s sellers’ market, there are still ways for buyers to win big. Build a team of trusted professionals and make strategic plays as you budget and pick your desired neighborhoods....

The Path to Homeownership Can Be Steeper for Some Americans

The Path To Homeownership Can Be Steeper for Some Americans   As we celebrate Black History Month, we honor and recognize the past and present experiences of Black Americans. A significant part of this experience is investing in a home of their own. While equitable access to housing has...

Don’t Let Student Loans Delay Your Homeownership Dreams

Don’t Let Student Loans Delay Your Homeownership Dreams   If you’re looking to buy a home, you may be wondering how your student loan debt could impact those plans. Do you have to wait until you’ve paid off your student loans before you can buy your first home? Or...

Consumers Agree: It's a Good Time to Sell

Consumers Agree: It’s a Good Time To Sell   In today’s sellers’ market, many homeowners are weighing their options and trying to decide if they should sell their house. If you’re in that group, you may be balancing things like the ongoing health crisis, rising mortgage...

Americans Have Discovered the Benefits of Multigenerational Housholds

Millions of Americans Have Discovered the Benefits of Multigenerational Households   If your needs are changing, you may be thinking about sharing a home with additional loved ones, such as grandparents, adult children, or other extended family members. Whether it’s for financial or...

The Top Indicator if You Want to Know Where Mortgage Rates Are Heading

The Top Indicator if You Want To Know Where Mortgage Rates Are Heading   Mortgage rates have increased significantly since the beginning of the year. Each Thursday, Freddie Mac releases its Primary Mortgage Market Survey. According to the latest survey, the average 30-year...

Why a Move Could Bring You More Happiness This Year!

Why a Move Could Bring You More Happiness This Year   Over the past two years, we’ve lived through one of the most stressful periods in recent history. Because of the health crisis, many of us have spent more time at home and that’s led us to re-evaluate both what we need in...

Owning is More Affordable than Renting in the Majority of the Country!

Owning Is More Affordable than Renting in the Majority of the Country   If you were thinking about buying a home this year, but already pressed pause on your plans due to rising home prices and increasing mortgage rates, there’s something you should consider. According...

Why Your Home Inspection Matters!

Why Your Home Inspection Matters   Some Highlights Buying a home and wondering if your inspection is necessary? While some buyers may decide to waive their inspection, it’s risky decision. Your home inspection is a crucial step in the homebuying...

Why Right Now Is a Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity for Sellers

Why Right Now Is a Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity for Sellers   If you’re thinking about selling your house in 2022, you truly have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at your fingertips. When selling anything, you always hope for strong demand for the item coupled with a limited...

The Next Generation of Home Buyers is Here!

The Next Generation of Homebuyers Is Here   Many members of Generation Z (Gen Z) are aging into adulthood and deciding whether to rent or buy a home. If you find yourself in this group, it’s important to understand you’re never too young to start thinking about homeownership....

Why Pre-Approval is Key for Home Buyers in 2022!

Why Pre-Approval Is Key for Homebuyers in 2022   You may have heard that it’s important to get pre-approved for a mortgage at the beginning of the homebuying process, but what does that really mean, and why is it so important? Especially in today’s market,...

Americans Choose Real Estate as the Best Investment!

Americans Choose Real Estate as the Best Investment!   Some Highlights According to a Gallup poll, real estate has been rated the best long-term investment for eight years in a row. Real estate tops the list because you’re not just buying a place to call home –...

Buyers Want to Know: Why is Housing Supply Still Low?

Buyers Want To Know: Why Is Housing Supply Still So Low?   One key question that’s top of mind for homebuyers this year is: why is it so hard to find a house to buy? The truth is, we’re in the ultimate sellers’ market, so real estate is ultra-competitive for...

With Mortgage Rates Climbing, Now is the Time to Act!

With Mortgage Rates Climbing, Now’s the Time To Act   Last week, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate from Freddie Mac jumped from 3.22% to 3.45%. That’s the highest point it’s been in almost two years. If you’re thinking about...

Sellers: Don't Wait Until Spring to Make Your Move!

Sellers: Don’t Wait Until Spring To Make Your Move   As you plan out your goals for the year, moving up to your dream home may top the list. But, how do you know when to make your move? You want to time it just right so you can get the most out of the sale of your current house....

Achieving the Dream of Home Ownership!

Achieving the Dream of Homeownership   Homeownership has long been considered the American Dream, and it’s one every American should feel confident and powerful pursuing. But owning a home is also a deeply personal dream. Our home provides us with safety and security, and it’s...

When is the Right Time to Sell?

When Is the Right Time To Sell?   Some Highlights If you’re trying to decide when to list your house, the time is now. There are plenty of buyers eagerly waiting for your home to hit the market. The latest data indicates home showings are rising. There...

What's Going to Happen With Home Prices this Year?

What’s Going To Happen with Home Prices This Year?   After almost two years of double-digit increases, many experts thought home price appreciation would decelerate or happen at a slower pace in the last quarter of 2021. However, the latest Home Price Insights Report from CoreLogic indicates...

Two Ways Home Buyers Can Win in Today's Market!

Two Ways Homebuyers Can Win in Today’s Market   If your goal is to purchase a home this year, you might be looking for any advantage you can get in today’s sellers’ market. While competition is still fierce for homebuyers, there are ways you can win and secure the home...

Why Waiting to Sell Your House Could Cost You a Small Fortune!

Why Waiting To Sell Your House Could Cost You a Small Fortune   Many homeowners who plan to sell in 2022 may think the wise thing to do is to wait for the spring buying market since historically about 40 percent of home sales occur between April and July. However, this year’s...

Avoid the Rental Trap in 2022

Avoid the Rental Trap in 2022   Are you one of the many renters thinking about where you’ll live the next time your lease is up? Before you decide whether to look for a new house or another apartment, it’s important to understand the true costs of renting in 2022. As...

Why Selling Your House with a Real Estate Professional Is Essential!

Why Selling Your House with a Real Estate Professional Is Essential   Selling your house is no simple task. And when you sell on your own – known as a FSBO (or For Sale by Owner) – you’re responsible for handling some of the more difficult aspects of the process without...

Thank You for your Support this Year!

Thank You for your Support this Year!

Perks of Putting 20% Down on a Loan!

The Perks of Putting 20% Down on a Home   If you’re thinking of buying a home, you’re probably wondering what you need to save for your down payment. Is it 20% of the loan, or could you put down less? While there are lower down payment programs available that allow...

Homebuyers Are Going on a Shopping Spree this Winter!

Homebuyers Are Going on a Shopping Spree This Winter   Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, which means some shoppers have wrapped up their holiday buying. But there’s still a group of buyers that are very active this holiday season – homebuyers. Experts anticipate...

If You Think the Housing Market Will Slow This Winter, Think Again.

If You Think the Housing Market Will Slow This Winter, Think Again.   From the opportunity to take advantage of today’s low mortgage rates to changing homeowner needs, Americans have more motivation than ever to buy a home. According to the experts, buyers...

Two Reasons Why Waiting to Buy a Home Will Cost You!

Two Reasons Why Waiting To Buy a Home Will Cost You   If you’re a homeowner who’s decided your current house no longer fits your needs, or a renter with a strong desire to become a homeowner, you may be hoping that waiting until next year could mean better market conditions to...

Four Ways Homeowners can Use Their Equity

4 Ways Homeowners Can Use Their Equity   Your equity is a powerful tool that can help you achieve your goals as a homeowner. And chances are, your equity grew substantially over the past year. According to the latest Equity Insights Report from CoreLogic, homeowners...

Your Journey to Home Ownership!

Your Journey to Homeownership [INFOGRAPHIC]   Some Highlights When it comes to buying a home, there are a number of key milestones along the way. The process includes everything from building your team and understanding your finances to going house hunting, making...

Home Sales About To Surge?

Home Sales About To Surge? We May See a Winter Like Never Before.

Should You Update Your House Before Selling?

Should I Update My House Before I Sell It?   Some Highlights If you’re deciding whether you should make updates before you sell your house, lean on your agent to be your guide. If the market is flooded with houses for sale, updates may be necessary...

What's Happening with Home Prices?

What’s Happening with Home Prices?   Many people have questions about home prices right now. How much have prices risen over the past 12 months? What’s happening with home values right now? What’s projected for next year? Here’s a look at the answers to...

How Sellers Win when Housing Inventory is Low!

How Sellers Win When Housing Inventory Is Low   In today’s housing market, the number of homes for sale is much lower than the strong buyer demand. As a result, homeowners ready to sell have a significant advantage. Here are three ways today’s low inventory will...

Why a Wave of Foreclosure is Not on the Way!

Foreclosures Are Not On the Way!

Scary Mortgage Process? No!

The Mortgage Process Doesn't Have to be Scary!

Does Your House Have What Buyers Want?

The rise in remote work is changing what many Americans want in their homes.

Housing Challenge or Housing Opportunity? It Depends!

Housing Challenge or Housing Opportunity? It Depends.   The biggest challenge in real estate today is the lack of available homes for sale. The low housing supply has caused homes throughout the country to appreciate at a much faster rate than what we’ve experienced historically. There...

Knowledge is Power!

Buyers in today’s market often have questions about the importance of getting a home appraisal and an inspection

Seller: Your House Can Be an Oasis for Buyers Seeking More Options

Sellers: Your House Could Be an Oasis for Buyers Seeking More Options   Sellers have a great opportunity this season as buyer demand still heavily outweighs the current supply of homes for sale. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), today’s housing inventory...

Home Buying Tips to Find the One!

Homebuyer Tips for Finding the One   Some Highlights The best advice carries across multiple areas of life. When it comes to homebuying, a few simple tips can help you stay on track. Because of increased demand, you’ll need to be patient and embrace compromises during...

Don't Wait for Lower Mortgage Rates!

Don’t Wait for a Lower Mortgage Rate – It Could Cost You   Today’s housing market is truly one for the record books. Over the past year, we’ve seen the lowest mortgage rates in history. And while those rates seemed to bottom out in January of this year,...

111,285 Reasons You Should Buy a Home This Year

111,285 Reasons You Should Buy a Home This Year   The financial benefits of buying a home versus renting one are always up for debate. However, one element of the equation is often ignored – the ability to build wealth as a homeowner. According to the latest research from...

What's Causing Today's Competitive Real Estate Market

What’s Causing Today’s Competitive Real Estate Market?   Some Highlights Today’s strong sellers’ market is the direct result of high demand and low supply. Low mortgage rates and generational trends have created an increased...

Austin-Round Rock Metro Area Statistics

Austin-Round Rock MSA housing market calming, still a top-market in U.S.   Sales activity reflects typical seasonality, price gains maintained  AUSTIN, Texas – According to the Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR) August 2021 Central...

Vacation Home Advice for Retirees

  Right now, there are more people 65 and up in the United States than there have been at any other time in our nation's history.  Currently, that figure stands at 15.1 percent.  Granted, not all people in their mid-60s are retired.  (According to stats from 2017, 19 percent...

Bubble or No Bubble, That's the Questions!

Are we in a Housing Bubble? There are a whole lot of quotes and statements by various individuals, knowledgeable or not, about the US being in a housing "Bubble". Everywhere you turn, someone is "hypothecating" about this housing condition, whether they have the facts or not. Many...

Sustained Inflation Increase is Unlikely

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Austin Home Prices Won’t Go Down in 2021

Three Reasons Why Austin Home Prices Won’t Go Down in 2021 Planning to buy a home in Austin, Texas in 2021? Get in line. The Austin housing market is sizzling right now, with strong demand from buyers and a limited number of properties available. That’s the #1 reason why Austin home prices...

Interest Rates Unchanged

The Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged Wednesday and assured investors that there are no near-term plans to raise them. Interest rates are expected to stay at current record lows for the foreseeable future to facilitate this recovery, and the central bank isn't concerned that inflation...

National Housing Forecast

Back to Normal - To say 2020 was a year of surprises is an extreme understatement.

The Top 10 Housing Markets of 2021

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Mortgage Rates Hit Record Lows. Could They Fall Even Further?

A couple of months ago I posted a blog about how low interest rates were. Today, I came across this article by Clare Trapasso, Senior News Editor Realtor.com, and thought it would be very interesting for my readers. Mortgage Rates Hit Record Lows. Could They Fall Even Further? One of the few bright spots...

How to Buy a House when you have Student Loans!

How to Buy a House When You Have Student Loans Paying off student loans can make every financial decision tough. You might not even think it's possible to buy a home while paying off students loans. But it is. If you went to college in the U.S., chances are you have student loans. One in five American...

How Low Will Mortgage Rate Go?

One of the few silver linings for real estate in the middle of this devastating coronavirus pandemic has been record-low mortgage interest rates.

Now Might Be The Time To Invest In Real Estate

The midst of a pandemic might not seem like the best time to invest in anything. In fact, for many, this is a time to take whatever money they can find and to stuff it under the mattress.

Five Effective Steps for Setting 'Why' Goals

At the start of each year, we are inundated with emails and Instagram posts demanding to know: What are your goals for the new year? We clamor to figure out how to be our best.

Senate Passes Deal to Replenish Coronavirus Relief Funding

April 22, 2020 Senate Passes Deal to Replenish Coronavirus Relief Funding The U.S. Senate passed legislation Tuesday to replenish funding for several coronavirus small-business relief programs championed by NAR and available to REALTORS®. The House is expected to take up the measure later this week....

Tips for Buying a House in the Austin Housing Market

The Central Texas housing market is among the top three in the country. It’s home to Austin, Fort Hood, Killeen, College Station, and Waco.

Should I Invest in a Condo or a Co-Op?

It’s imperative that you do your research before deciding whether to buy a condo or a co-op. Many people are unaware of their differences, but we’re here to change that.

New Zillow study crowns Texas homes the most valuable in the country

New Zillow study crowns Texas homes the most valuable in the country By Lindsey Wilson Jan 29, 2020, 8:56 am If it seems like home values in Texas are soaring, that's because, well, they really are. Real estate site Zillow confirmed in a new study that Texas added more housing value than any other...

Affluent San Antonio suburb cashes in as richest city in Texas

This affluent San Antonio suburb cashes in as richest city in Texas By John Egan Jan 15, 2020 Terrell Hills is less than seven miles from downtown San Antonio. Forget Beverly Hills. Move over, Manhattan. One San Antonio suburb is cashing in as the richest city in Texas. A new list from data...

5 Questions to Ask Your Mortgage Lender Before Refinancing Your Home

5 Questions to Ask Your Mortgage Lender Before Refinancing Your Home Many homeowners with mortgages have considered refinancing at some point or another. Refinancing a mortgage essentially replaces your current mortgage with a new loan. It's an especially enticing choice for people who want to decrease...

The Austin - San Antonio Corridor

The Austin-San Antonio Corridor is one of the fastest-growing regions in the United States, currently home to just over 4 million people and expected to grow to 6-7 million people by 2030. Historically, each 1% of regional population increase translates into 3-4% increase in traffic on Interstate 35....

Austin's Second Downtown

AUSTIN’S SECOND DOWNTOWN Massive 6 million-square-foot development breaking ground in North Austin neighborhood By John Egan - Culture Map Austin - Oct 3, 2019, 10:15 am Brandywine Broadmoor campus Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-2020. A massive mixed-use development that’ll be...

Great Day for Mortgage Rates, But There Is a Catch

Great Day For Mortgage Rates, But There's a Catch September 23, 2019 Mortgage rates added to last week's friendly rebound with their best single-day drop in more than a month today. Weak economic data in Europe and tepid domestic data helped drive demand in safe-haven bond markets. Higher bond...

Texas Supreme Court Sides with Short-term Renters

Texas Supreme Court sides with short-term renters, likely bolstering state’s fight against Austin’s ordinance Friday's ruling doesn't directly address regulations implemented by some Texas cities restricting homeowners' use of services like Airbnb. But it bolsters the case against...

The Impact of Energy on Texas!

Texas leads the nation in energy production. Across every part of the great state of Texas there is energy potential and production. With the second-largest population and the second-largest economy in the nation after California, second only to Alaska in land area, Texas is not playing second in the...

Sellers, Are You Making These Four Mistakes?

Sellers, Are You Making These 4 Mistakes? Did you put your house on the market so it would stay there for a long time? Probably not, but if you’re making these mistakes, that’s exactly what will happen. The good news is that it’s never too late to change your ways. See if you’re...

Buying & Taxing - Improperly By Travis Central Appraisal District

By Will Anderson – Managing Editor, Austin Business Journal May 3, 2019, 3:03pm CDT Updated May 3, 2019, 4:19pm EDT There are new worries of rising property valuations because county tax appraisers in Austin allegedly received price data on homes sold in 2018. The Austin Board of Realtors claims...

April Is The Best Month To Sell Your Home

Data Says April Is The Best Month To List Your Home For Sale

The Feds, Interest Rates & the Government Shutdown!

MARKET UPDATE JANUARY 11, 2019 Fed talks raising rates; government shutdown threatens economy. Federal Open Market Committee meeting shows that the Fed’s stance on raising rates may be even softer than previously believed. While December’s vote to raise rates was unanimous, there were...

Austin among top housing markets to watch in 2019

Austin among top housing markets to watch in 2019, according to Trulia. It's getting harder to buy a starter home in an area teeming with young people.  Austin is one of the top housing markets to watch next year, according to a Nov. 29 report from real estate website Trulia Inc. The...

Austin-Round Rock home sales growth stalls in September remains strong

Austin-Round Rock home sales growth stalls in September, remains strong year-to-date AUSTIN, TX – Single-family home sales growth across the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) was flat last month but did not impact strong year-to-date home sales numbers, according to data...

The True Cost of Not Owning Your Home

FREE BUYING/SELLING GUIDES The True Cost of NOT Owning Your Home | Simplifying The Market First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Move-Up Buyers, Rent vs. Buy Owning a home has great financial benefits, yet many continue to rent! Today, let’s look at the financial reasons why owning a home of your...

The 7 Most Financially Savvy Home Upgrades You Can Make

Summer Fun! Projects You'll Love Doing The 7 Most Financially Savvy Home Upgrades You Can Make Enjoy your home more today — and sell it for the best price tomorrow. When it comes to home improvement, some dollars stretch more than others. And if you’re on a limited budget, it becomes...

Unemployment Dips, Wages and Job Openings Rise

Unemployment Dips, Wages and Job Openings Rise & Labor Market Continues to Strengthen

The Danger of Being House Poor

WRITTEN BY JAYMI NACIRI POSTED ON WEDNESDAY, 20 APRIL 2016 20:18 Most of us who have bought a home have at least some awareness of the loan-to-value ratio, or LTV - one of the factors lenders use to determine whether a borrower is qualified for the loan they want. Lenders typically want your mortgage...

The 6 Worst Homes for First-Time Buyers

The 6 Worst Homes for First-Time Buyers Deciding to buy your first home is a little scary. Looking for a home is anxiety-inducing. But actually making an offer? That's a whole different level of panic. Are you choosing the right one? What if you buy this home and the perfect place comes on the market...

10 Home Renovations With the Best Return on Investment

10 Home Renovations With the Best Return on Investment These home improvements give you the most bang for your buck. By Maryalene LaPonsie, Contributor |June 23, 2017, at 11:22 a.m. 10 Home Renovations With the Best Return on Investment If you’re renovating for...

Austin Home Prices Continue to Rise

In the city of Austin, the availability of housing compared with demand — as measured through inventory — continues to be historically low while median home prices have reached historic heights.

What the Heck is CodeNEXT?

What Is CodeNEXT?! What is a land use code and why are we rewriting ours? BY SARAH MARLOFF, 2:00PM, TUE. JAN. 30, 2018 If you live in Austin, chances are you’ve at least heard of CodeNEXT. Maybe you’ve seen lawn signs protesting it or been asked to sign a petition to put it on the ballot....

Economic Observer

Economic Observer Stocks Drop, Rates Rise, Home Sales Strengthen Overview  The stock market dropped sharply over the past week. Normally, this would result in investors shifting assets to bonds, and the added demand would push yields lower. However, that was not the case this week, and...

How Many of These 7 Real Estate Facts Did You Already Know?

Home Sellers who retained a realtor experienced the following results: 1. Built wealth 2. Save hundreds in taxes 3. Clients who tapped Realtors were glad 4. Sellers happyier 5. FSBO are dwindeling

Economic Observations April 2017

Manufacturing and Inflation Data Signal Economic Improvement While the stock market was extremely volatile over the past week, mortgage markets were quiet. The reaction to the economic data

Carbon Monoxide In the News

    Starting April 1, carbon monoxide detectors will be required in almost all Austin homes. Almost all homes have smoke detectors installed, and this requirement is well known among REALTORS® and the general public. But what about carbon monoxide (CO) detectors? Did you...

February Housing Report for Austin

TX–February is typically a slow month for home sales, but the Central Texas housing market didn’t slow a bit last month, according to the latest report from the Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR)

5 Up-and-Coming Neighborhoods in Austin to Buy a Home!

5 Up-and-Coming Neighborhoods in Austin to Buy a Home These trending Austin neighborhoods should be on your radar. By Mandy Ellis, Contributor | Nov. 14, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. Many Austin, Texas, residents know Hyde Park, Clarksville, East Austin and areas within the 78704...

Modern Materials Replacing Granite Counter Tops

Filed in Sponsored Content on July 17, 2014 • 0 Comments For decades, granite has reigned as the king of countertops in both kitchens and bathrooms. But it appears that granite’s esteem has come to an end. New materials such as recycled glass and concrete are taking over the throne. If...