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Monthly Archives: April 2017

    Homes are Selling Fast Across the Country [INFOGRAPHIC]

    By Keeley Ryan | April 28, 2017

    Some Highlights: The National Association of REALTORS® surveyed their members for their monthly Confidence Index. The REALTORS® Confidence Index is a key indicator of housing market strength based on a monthly survey sent to over 50,000 real estate practitioners. Practitioners are asked about their expectations for home sales, prices and market conditions. Homes sold in 60 days or less in 36 out of 50 states, and Washington D.C. Homes typically went under contract in 34 days in March! Read More

    Your Tax Return: Bring it Home

    By Keeley Ryan | April 27, 2017

    This time of year, many people eagerly check their mailboxes looking for their tax return check from the IRS. But, what do most people plan to do with the money? GO Banking Rates recently surveyed Americans and asked the question - “What do you plan on doing with your tax refund?” Read More

    Real Estate Mogul: Here’s Why You Should Buy

    By Keeley Ryan | April 26, 2017

    Real Estate mogul, Sean Conlon, host of The Deed: Chicago on CNBC, was recently asked the question, should you buy? Or should you rent a house? Read More

    3 Charts That Shout, ‘List Your Home Today!’

    By Keeley Ryan | April 25, 2017

    In school, we all learned the theory of supply and demand. When the demand for an item is greater than the supply of that item, the price will surely rise. Read More

    How Fast Can You Save for a Down Payment?

    By Keeley Ryan | April 24, 2017

    Saving for a down payment is often the biggest hurdle for a first-time homebuyer. Depending on where you live, median income, median rents, and home prices all vary. So, we set out to find out how long would it take you to save for a down payment in each state? Read More

    Slaying Home Buying Myths [INFOGRAPHIC]

    By Keeley Ryan | April 21, 2017

    Some Highlights:Interest rates are still below historic numbers.88% of property managers raised their rent in the last 12 months!The credit score requirements for mortgage approval continue to fall. Read More

    Tax Return Depressing? Owning a Home Could Help

    By Keeley Ryan | April 20, 2017

    Many Americans got some depressing news last week; either their tax return was not as large as they had hoped or, in some cases, they were told they owed additional money to either the Federal or State government or both. One way to save on taxes is to own your own home. Read More

    Measuring Your Ability to Achieve the American Dream

    By Keeley Ryan | April 19, 2017

    Forbes.com recently released the results of their new American Dream Index, in which they measure “the prosperity of the middle class, and…examine which states best support the American Dream.” Read More

    US Housing Market Continues the Move into ‘Buy Territory’!

    By Keeley Ryan | April 18, 2017

    According to the Beracha, Hardin & Johnson Buy vs. Rent (BH&J) Index, the U.S. housing market has continued to move deeper into buy territory, supporting the belief that housing markets across the country remain a sound investment. Read More

    Thinking of Selling? Now Is the Time to Act

    By Keeley Ryan | April 17, 2017

    If you thought about selling your house this year, now may be the time to do it. The inventory of homes for sale is well below historic norms and buyer demand is skyrocketing. We were still in high school when we learned the concept of supply and demand: the best time to sell something is when supply of that item is low and demand for that item is high. That defines today’s real estate market. Read More