3 Millennial Home-Buying Trends Sellers Should Know

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After five consecutive years of Millennials outpacing all other home-buying demographics, sellers would be wise to wrap their thinking around what makes this generation tick. According to a 2018 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends research study, Millennials purchased more than one-third of all homes in 2017. With home purchases totaling approximately 36 percent of the market in 2018, this class of buyer has increased its market share from 34 percent in 2017. Taken as a whole, the previously formidable Baby Boomers ranging from 52-70 years old enjoyed only a 32-percent market share. GenXers declined from 28 percent in 2017…
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3 Important Factors That Affect Your Real Estate Transaction

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The real estate market is quite different from other markets and can be confusing for even the most experienced buyers and sellers. You will need the help of a real estate agent whether you are an experienced buyer or doing it for the first time. Even with the help of an agent, you can educate yourself on some of the basic elements of a real estate transaction in order to make yourself more comfortable throughout the process. Here are 3 things that you should be aware of before you start a real estate transaction: Market Demand And Sales Price There…
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What Does A Home’s Energy Rating Imply?

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Your home's energy rating is an evaluation of your home's overall energy efficiency. If your house's rating is high, it means your potential for energy loss is also high. Bringing your rating numbers down means that your home is becoming more energy efficient.  Your home's energy rating is based on several things. When your energy company does a home energy audit, they are looking for ways that your home or its components are wasting energy. A low rating means that a home is more energy efficient than one with a higher number. For example, if a home is rated at…
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How To Cut A Great Deal On A New Home Construction

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Savvy home buyers often get great deals on new home constructions by asking for deals and discounts and doing some up-front research.  Home builders often dislike offering steep discounts in sales prices because they want everyone in the community to feel like they bought their property at a fair price. Maintaining sales prices also helps with future home appraisal values. It helps all of the buyers in a neighborhood to keep sales prices consistent and growing.  Fortunately, you can still get great discounts that can reduce the cost of your new home. Ask the builder if they can do the…
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Case-Shiller: Home Price Growth Slows to 20-Month Low

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Home price growth slowed to its lowest rate in 20 months according to the 20-City Home Price Index issued by Case-Shiller. After years of dismal readings, Las Vegas, Nevada led the cities included in the index. Top three cities for August included Las Vegas, Nevada where year-over-year home prices grew by 13.90 percent. San Francisco, California saw home prices increase by 10.60 percent year-over-year and Seattle, Washington home prices rose by 9.60 percent year-over-year. August's 20-City Home Price Index overall reading fell below six percent for the first time in a year. Cooling Home Price Growth Helps Balance Housing Markets…
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Could Fed Interest Rate Hike Help Home Buyers?

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News of the Federal Reserve hiking interest rates appears to have caused unnecessary panic among people poised to purchase a first home or a larger one for a growing family. Headlines and news reports that talk about interest rates being at their highest since 2014 can be alarming. Announcements from the Fed that rates would increase four times in 2018 and again in 2019 seems downright scary. After all, isn't it logical that increased interest rates mean that monthly mortgage payment could be substantially higher? As it turns out, neither the click-bait headlines about dramatic rate increases or higher monthly premiums…
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5 Reasons To Sell Your Home This Fall

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Though the real estate business never stops, most people associate its busy periods of the year with the spring and summer seasons. And while this is true to a large extent, those who think that selling a home in the fall is a bad decision are sorely mistaken. Just as families want to get into new homes before the school year starts, which makes spring and summer busy seasons, there's also an urgency to get into new homes prior to the holiday season. It's one of the reasons why you shouldn't hesitate to list your home in the fall season.…
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NAHB: Builder Confidence in Housing Market Ticks Up in October

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Home builder confidence in national housing market conditions rose one index point for a reading of 68 in October. Readings over 50 indicate that most builders are confident about market conditions. Rolling three-month averages showed mixed results. The Northeastern region gained three points for an index reading of 57; the Midwestern region lost two index points with a reading of 57 and the Southern region posted a gain of one point with a reading of 70. The Western region held steady at 74. Readings for sub-categories of the Housing Market index showed a one-point gain to 74 for current market…
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Winterizing Your Yard: 3 Landscape Tips

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In some parts of the country, it has already started snowing! But, even if you live in an area with a moderate climate, your lawn and garden are about to take a "winter break."  Here are 3 tips to assure that your yard will not only survive the winter, but flourish during the dormant season. They'll assure that your landscape will greet spring full of life and beauty. Fertilize The Lawn As Recommended Most types of grass and landscape plants have a kind of built in "alarm clock" that helps them prepare for the changing seasons and the onset of…
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Tech Jobs Driving House Flipping Projects

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Reality TV shows about house flipping make it look easy. But behind every lucrative renovation project, there are factors that impact profitability such as buying price, labor costs, unforeseen setbacks and perhaps most importantly, location. There is no escaping the old real estate adage of "location, location, location." Home-flipping entrepreneurs must take into account whether polishing up a blighted building is in a viable resale neighborhood. One of the location factors some house flippers are following is the trend in tech jobs. Because the tech industry does not necessarily rely on interstate highways, commercial hubs or seaports, computer-oriented businesses are…
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