6 ways homeowners can conserve energy in hot climates

Between rising global temperatures, rising fuel costs and rising demand for indoor space, home energy efficiency is more important than ever before.

Rising interest rates worrying your clients? Tell them these 5 things

If you are working with clients who are on the fence about buying or listing a property, the rate increase could be a great motivator. Here are five facts about interest rate increases that may inspire clients to move.

Why iBuyers won’t huff and puff and blow your business down

People today are in constant search of instant gratification, mainly focusing on anything that is easy to achieve or obtain. But selling a house has never been instant or easy, and in all honesty, most people don’t like selling or buying houses. Because of this, someone came up with a solution that makes the homebuying and selling processes easier — it’s known as an iBuyer.

Video offer letter covering ‘Our House’ wins home bidding war in Berkeley

And so the buyer Natan Kuchar, who also records music videos for children on YouTube under the username Mr. Palindrome, decided to upload a rendition of “Our House” by folk band Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young …

Lower Your Expenses without PMI

Mortgage loans for more than 80% loan-to-value typically require private mortgage insurance. Mortgage insurance reimburses the lender if a borrower defaults on a loan. PMI is expensive, and homeowners should be aware of how to remove it when certain conditions have been met. A borrower can request in writing for the lender to cancel the… Read More

Bidding Wars Abound… How Long Will They Continue?

Just like with any product or service, the law of supply and demand impacts home prices. Any time that there is less supply than the market demands, prices increase. In many areas of the country, the supply of homes for sale in the starter and trade-up home markets is so low that bidding wars have ensued, and… Read More

2 Major Myths Holding Back Home Buyers

Urban Institute recently released a report entitled, “Barriers to Accessing Homeownership,” which revealed that “eighty percent of consumers either are unaware of how much lenders require for a down payment or believe all lenders require a down payment above 5 percent.” Myth #1: “I Need a 20% Down Payment” Buyers often overestimate the down payment funds needed to qualify… Read More

What Impact Will the New Tax Code Have on Home Values?

  Every month, CoreLogic releases its Home Price Insights Report. In that report, they forecast where they believe residential real estate prices will be in twelve months. Below is a map, broken down by state, reflecting how home values are forecasted to change by the end of 2018 using data from the most recent report. As we can see, CoreLogic projects an… Read More

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… Read More

U.S. Housing Inventory Crunch Continues… List Your House Today!

Every winter, families across the country decide if this will be the year that they sell their current houses and move into their dream homes. Mortgage rates hovered around 4% for all of 2017 which forced many buyers off the fence and into the market, resulting in incredibly strong demand RIGHT NOW! At the same time, however,… Read More