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Monthly Archives: December 2017

    Buying or Selling in 2018? 5 Reasons to Resolve to Hire a Pro [INFOGRAPHIC]

    By Keeley Ryan | December 29, 2017

    Some Highlights: As we usher in the new year, one thing is for certain… if you plan to buy or sell a house this year, you need a real estate professional on your team! There are many benefits to using a local professional! Pick a professional who knows your local market and can help you achieve your dreams! Read More

    There’s More to a Bubble Than Rising Home Prices

    By Keeley Ryan | December 28, 2017

    What truly causes a housing bubble and the inevitable crash? For the best explanation, let’s go to a person who correctly called the last housing bubble – a year before it happened. “A bubble requires both overvaluation based on fundamentals and speculation. It is natural to focus on an asset’s fundamental value, but the real... Read More

    Top 4 REAL Reasons We Buy a Home

    By Keeley Ryan | December 27, 2017

    We often talk about the financial reasons why buying a home makes sense. But, more often than not, the emotional reasons are the more powerful or compelling reasons. No matter what shape or size your living space is, the concept and feeling of home can mean different things to different people. Whether it’s a certain... Read More

    Top 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t FSBO

    By Keeley Ryan | December 26, 2017

    In today’s market, with home prices rising and a lack of inventory, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons why this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers. Here are... Read More

    Thank You for All Your Support

    By Keeley Ryan | December 25, 2017

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    Existing Home Sales Reach Highest Annual Pace in 11 Years [INFOGRAPHIC]

    By Keeley Ryan | December 22, 2017

    Some Highlights: Existing home sales are currently at an annual pace of 5.81 million, the highest pace since December 2006. The inventory of existing homes for sale has dropped year-over-year for the last 30 consecutive months and is now at a 3.4-month supply. NAR’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun had this to say: “Faster economic growth in recent quarters, the booming stock market and continuous job gains are fueling substantial demand for buying a home as 2017 comes to an end.” Read More

    Housing Prices are NOT Heading for Another Crash

    By Keeley Ryan | December 21, 2017

    As home values continue to increase at levels greater than historic norms, some are concerned that we are heading for another crash like the one we experienced ten years ago. We recently explained that the lenient lending standards of the previous decade (which created false demand) no longer exist. But what about prices? Are prices... Read More

    Top 5 Benefits of Hiring a Real Estate Agent

    By Keeley Ryan | December 20, 2017

    The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released their 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers in which they surveyed recent home buyers and sellers about their experiences. An entire section of the profile is dedicated to buyers’ experiences with their real estate agents. If you are looking to buy in 2018, here are the... Read More

    Rents Are on the Rise: Don’t Get Caught in the Rental Trap!

    By Keeley Ryan | December 19, 2017

    There are many benefits to homeownership. One of the top benefits is protecting yourself from rising rents, by locking in your housing cost for the life of your mortgage. Don’t Become Trapped  A recent article by Apartment List addressed rising rents by stating: “Rents are up 2.7% year-over-year at the national level. Year-over-year growth continues... Read More

    4 Reasons to Buy a Home This Winter!

    By Keeley Ryan | December 18, 2017

    Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index reports that home prices have appreciated by 7.0% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 4.7% over the... Read More