4 Reasons Why Today’s Housing Market is NOT 2006 All Over Again

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With home prices rising again this year, some are concerned that we may be repeating the 2006 housing bubble that caused families so much pain when it collapsed. Today’s market is quite different than the bubble market of twelve years ago. There are four key metrics that explain why: Home Prices Mortgage Standards Mortgage Debt Housing Affordability 1. HOME PRICES …

Real Estate Tops Best Investment Poll for 5th Year Running

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Every year, Gallup surveys Americans to determine their choice for the best long-term investment. Respondents are given a choice between real estate, stocks/mutual funds, gold, savings accounts/CDs, or bonds. For the fifth year in a row, real estate has come out on top as the best long-term investment! This year’s results showed that 34% of Americans chose real estate, followed by stocks at …

Top 4 Home Renovations for Max ROI

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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). Minor bathroom renovations can go a long way toward improving the quality of your everyday life and/or impressing potential buyers. Upgrading your …

5 Reasons Millennials Choose to Buy a Home

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The top reason millennials choose to buy is to have control over their living space, at 93%. Many millennials who rent a home or apartment prior to buying their own homes dream of the day when they will be able to paint the walls whatever color they’d like or renovate an outdated part of their living space.

The ‘20% down payment’ needed to buy a home misconception

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The Aspiring Home Buyers Profile from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) found that the American public is still somewhat confused about what is required to qualify for a home mortgage loan in today’s housing market. The results of the survey show that the main reason why non-homeowners do not own their own homes is because they believe that they cannot afford them. This brings …

What’s happening with the Transamerica Pyramid?

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If you love architecture like we do, you may have noticed something peculiar happening with the Transamerica Pyramid recently, certain panels from the iconic building have been disappearing and then reappearing at irregular intervals. Is this a “secret code” or something that San Francisco residents should be concerned about? Thankfully we now know that the Transamerica Pyramid is undergoing maintenance …

Buying a Home in San Francisco? Here’s why buying in ‘The City’ is still a good bet…

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San Francisco homes have once again been declared to be America’s most sizzling and in-demand residential real estate market, according to a recent analysis by Realtor.com. The analysis used two primary factors to determine which cities were among the top twenty in the country: 1) The time on the market before the property sells. 2) Which cities received the most …