This Month in Real Estate



5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional Today! / ¡5 Razones para contratar a un profesional de bienes raíces hoy!


Whether you are buying or selling a home, it can be quite an adventurous journey. You need an experienced Real Estate Professional to lead you to your ultimate goal. In this world of instant gratification and internet searches, many sellers think that they can For Sale by Owner or FSBO.

The 5 Reasons You NEED a Real Estate Professional in your corner haven’t changed, but have rather been strengthened due to the projections of higher mortgage interest rates & home prices as the market continues to recover. Continue reading

More Home Buyers Putting Less Down / Más compradores de casa están poniendo menos de cuota inicial


recent post by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed that in the months of December 2014 through February 2015, there was an increase in the number of first-time buyers making a down payment of 6% or less as compared to last year:

  • 2014: 61% of first time home buyers
  • 2015: 66% of first time home buyers

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5 Unexpected Lessons #WhenBuyingAHome

THING IS, there’s lots more at stake than just a change in status from renter to homeowner. Like so many (if not all!) first-time home buyers, I have no earthly idea what I’m doing. Sure, I can read up on all the buying and finance advice online. Of course, you can consult with a real estate agent and mortgage broker. But if there’s one thing we keep hearing from those who’ve forged the path ahead of you, it’s that when you buy a home for the first time, you’re constantly faced with things you didn’t know you didn’t know. Continue reading

Where Is Buying Much Better Than Renting? #buyingvsrenting

A variety of factors were used to calculate these findings, a team of data scientist looked at 2015 median incomes, median home values, and fair market rental data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. They assumed current rates for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, that a buyer would have a 20% down payment, and that homeownership costs (mortgage, insurance, taxes) wouldn’t exceed 28% of the buyer’s income. Using all of those data points, the team was able to come up with a “maximum affordable price” for each market. Then it counted up the number of available homes in each market that fell under that “maximum affordable price” metric to see which markets boasted the most smart buys. Continue reading

The Top 10 Features for New #Homes

The outdoor kitchen and two-story foyers are starting to lose favor among new home shoppers, while energy efficiency and bigger closets are gaining in popularity, according to a new survey from the National Association of Home Builders. NAHB asked builders to rank home features from 1 to 5 on how likely they were to include them this year in single-family homes they build this year. Continue reading