Company NMLS 1777223 |  Personal NMLS 256707  |  CA-DRE 02075839

Blog

Case-Shiller Reports Growth In Home Prices In November

Market Outlook , ,
Case-Shiller Home Price Indices reported that national growth of home prices rose by 0.30 percent in November. Analysts said that slim inventories of available homes boosted home prices. Whether or not home price growth continues gaining speed depends on variables including supplies of homes for sale, affordability and home-buyer confidence in the economy. Mr. Craig Lazzara, managing director and global head of index investment strategy at S&P Dow Jones Indices said, "It is, of course, too soon to say whether this marks an end to the deceleration [of home price growth] or is merely a pause in the longer-term trend."…
Read More

Eight Signs You’re Ready To Stop Renting And Buy A Home

Real Estate , ,
For many people, owning a home is seen as a rite of passage. At the same time, purchasing a home is expensive. As a result, many people end up renting for an extended period of time. Here are a few signs that someone is ready to stop renting and purchase a home. 1. Rental Prices Keep Going Up Year after year, rental prices are going to keep going up. While the rental company is going to claim that these increases are consistent with the industry, they tend to be exorbitant. As a result, those who are tired of their rent…
Read More

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – January 27th, 2020

Financial Reports , ,
Last week’s economic reporting was slim due to the observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The National Association of Realtors® reported on sales of previously owned homes and the Veterans Administration announced changes to its home loan programs. Weekly reports on mortgage rates and initial unemployment claims were also released. Sales Pace of  Pre-owned Homes Rose 3.60 Percent in December The sales pace of previously-owned homes jumped by 3.60 percent on a seasonally-adjusted annual basis. December’s sales pace rose to 5.54 million sales. 5.35 million homes were sold on a seasonally-adjusted annual basis in November. Sales of new…
Read More

The Secrets Of Selling Real Estate

Real Estate , ,
When it comes to selling a home, there is a lot to think about. While most people know that the best time to list a home is in the Spring (due to the fervor of the summer), the real estate market keeps rumbling along no matter what time of year it is. With this in mind, it is important to have a firm strategy in place. This comes in the form of a real estate professional. In addition to trusting the professionals, there are a few other important points to keep in mind. Don't Trust The Online Estimates The internet…
Read More

Home Warranties: Are They Worth It?

Real Estate , ,
Owning a home comes with major responsibilities and also offers major questions. One of the biggest questions that people will have to answer is whether or not they want to take out a home warranty. In order to decide whether a home warranty is worth it, it is important to first understand what a home warranty is. What Is A Home Warranty? A home warranty is not the same thing as home insurance. First of all, homeowners insurance is something that is required to purchase a home in the first place. Home insurance is in place to protect the homeowner,…
Read More

Safety First! How Often Should You Clean Your Chimney?

Real Estate , ,
Chimneys are as old as homes themselves. Yet, when it comes to chores, cleaning the chimney is one of the most neglected tasks. While people often think about yard work and housework, they often forget to clean the chimney. When someone neglects to clean the chimney, they risk the development of mold. This can influence the efficiency of the chimney, causing debris to back up into the home. For this reason, it is essential for people to clean their chimneys on a regular schedule.  Make Sure To Inspect The Chimney Properly Chimneys are used seasonally. When the temperature starts to…
Read More

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – January 21st, 2020

Financial Reports , ,
Last week’s economic reports included the National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index along with readings on consumer sentiment and weekly reports on mortgage rates and new jobless claims. NAHB: Builder Confidence d in Housing Markets Drops 1 Point in January Homebuilder confidence in overall housing market conditions dropped one point in January, but analysts said that a new trade deal would likely benefit builder interests. The National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index dropped to an index reading of 75 from December’s reading of 76; December’s reading was the highest since 1999. The reading for builder confidence…
Read More

5 Important Mistakes To Avoid When Selling A Home

Real Estate , ,
Sellers of homes often make mistakes that are not in their best interests. Here are common mistakes people make when selling a home and how to avoid them. Using Bad Photography Using lousy photos or no photos to promote the property for sale is foolish. Professional photography is not so difficult or expensive that sellers should settle for the use of bad photos. Sometimes all the potential buyers will see is the photos they find online. If the photos are bad or not there at all, then that is the end of their interests.  To stimulate interest in a property,…
Read More

How A Reverse Mortgage Can Help With Long-Term Care

Mortgage , ,
Anyone who has paid attention to the TV recently has likely seen a lot of commercials for something called a reverse mortgage. For those who might not know, a reverse mortgage is exactly that. In this option, people receive monthly payments from a lender in exchange for equity in their homes. In essence, this functions as an annuity. One of the major benefits of a reverse mortgage is that it can be used to cover the costs associated with long-term care. Over the next few decades, the number of elderly individuals in the United States is projected to double. For…
Read More

What Does A Property Management Company Do?

Real Estate , ,
For those who are interested in learning more about real estate, property management companies are an important topic of discussion. Some people might not ever consider hiring a property management company. Other people wouldn't ever invest in real estate without a property management company to help them out along the way. This can be a hard decision for people to make. In order to figure out if hiring a management company is the right decision, it is important to think about what they do. What Is Property Management? It is the job of a management company to both maintain the…
Read More