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Monthly Archives: March 2018

    How To Save On A Mortgage Payment Whether Buying Or Selling

    By Doug Yopp | March 13, 2018

    Trulia’s recent report, Rent vs. Buy: Roommate Edition, they examined the impact that renting with a roommate has in determining whether it is more expensive to rent or buy. The study explains: “Since we started keeping track in 2012, it’s been a better deal to buy than rent in America’s largest housing markets – and for... Read More

    A Housing Bubble? Industry Experts Say NO!

    By Doug Yopp | March 13, 2018

    With residential home prices continuing to appreciate at levels above historic norms, some are questioning if we are heading toward another housing bubble (and subsequent burst) like the one we experienced in 2006-2008. Recently, five housing experts weighed in on the question. Rick Sharga, Executive VP at Ten-X: “We’re definitely not in a bubble.” “We... Read More

    More Than Half Of All Buyers Are Surprised By Closing Costs

    By Doug Yopp | March 13, 2018

    According to a survey conducted by ClosingCorp, over half of all homebuyers are surprised by the closing costs required to obtain their mortgage. After surveying 1,000 first-time and repeat homebuyers, the results revealed that 17% of homebuyers were surprised that closing costs were required at all, while another 35% were stunned by how much higher the fees... Read More

    Millionaire To Millennials: Buy A Home Now!

    By Doug Yopp | March 13, 2018

    In a CNBC article, self-made millionaire David Bach explained that “the single biggest mistake millennials are making” is not purchasing a home because buying real estate is “an escalator to wealth.” Bach went on to explain: “If millennials don’t buy a home, their chances of actually having any wealth in this country are little to none. The average homeowner to... Read More

    Why Is There So Much Paperwork Required To Get A Mortgage?

    By Doug Yopp | March 13, 2018

    Why is there so much paperwork mandated by the lenders for a mortgage loan application when buying a home today? It seems that they need to know everything about you and requires three separate sources to validate each and every entry on the application form. Many buyers are being told by friends and family that the process was... Read More

    2 Charts That Show The Truth About Home Affordability

    By Doug Yopp | March 13, 2018

    There is a lot of discussion about the current state of housing affordability for both first-time and move-up buyers, and much of the narrative is tarnished with a negative slant. However, the truth is that housing affordability is better today than at almost any time in our history. The naysayers are correct in the fact... Read More

    Access is an Important Factor in Getting Your House SOLD!

    By Doug Yopp | March 13, 2018

    So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you with the entire process, and they have asked you what level of access you want to provide to potential buyers. There are four elements to a quality listing. At the top of the list is Access, followed by Condition,... Read More

    Homeowners: Your House Must Be Sold TWICE

    By Doug Yopp | March 13, 2018

    In today’s housing market, where supply is very low and demand is very high, home values are increasing rapidly. Many experts are projecting that home values could appreciate by another 5%+ over the next twelve months. One major challenge in such a market is the bank appraisal. If prices are surging, it is difficult for... Read More

    Top 4 Home Renovations For Maximum ROI [INFOGRAPHIC]

    By Doug Yopp | March 13, 2018

    Some Highlights: Whether you are selling your home, just purchased your first home, or are a homeowner planning to stay put for a while, there is value in knowing which home improvement projects will net you the most “Return On Investment” (ROI). While big projects like adding a bathroom or a complete remodel of a... Read More

    Thinking About Buying? Know Your Credit Score

    By Doug Yopp | March 13, 2018

    Knowing your credit score or getting a recent copy of your credit report is one of the first steps that you can take toward knowing how ready you are to start the home buying process. Make sure all the information listed on your report is accurate and work to correct any mistakes. The higher your... Read More