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Mortgage Rates on FIRE! Home Prices Up in Smoke?

By Ajeenah Crittendon | Feb 22, 2018

Mortgage Rates on FIRE! Home Prices Up in Smoke? | Simplifying The MarketMortgage interest rates have already risen by over a quarter of a percentage point in 2018. Many are projecting that rates could increase to 5% by the end of the year. What impact will rising rates have on house values? Many quickly jump to the conclusion that an increase in mortgage rates will have a […]

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80% of Renters Believe Homeownership is a Part of Their American Dream

By Ajeenah Crittendon | Feb 21, 2018

80% of Renters Believe Homeownership is a Part of Their American Dream | Simplifying The MarketAccording to the latest Aspiring Home Buyers Profile by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), 82% of surveyed renters desire to own a home in the future, with 80% believing homeownership is a big part of achieving their American Dream. The profile went on to state that 50% of millennials believe that their rent will […]

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2 Ways to Get the Most Money from The Sale of Your Home

By Ajeenah Crittendon | Feb 20, 2018

2 Ways to Get the Most Money from The Sale of Your Home | Simplifying The MarketEvery homeowner wants to make sure they maximize their financial reward when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive the maximum value for your house? Here are two keys to ensure that you get the highest price possible. 1. Price it a LITTLE LOW  This may seem counterintuitive, but let’s look […]

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Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional When Buying or Selling!

By Ajeenah Crittendon | Feb 19, 2018

Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional When Buying or Selling! | Simplifying the MarketWhether you are buying or selling a home it can be quite the adventure, which is why you need an experienced real estate professional to guide you on the path to achieving your ultimate goal. But in this world of instant gratification and internet searches, many sellers think that they can ‘For Sale by Owner’ or ‘FSBO.’ […]

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Should I Wait Until Next Year to Buy? Or Buy Now? [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Ajeenah Crittendon | Feb 16, 2018

Some Highlights:

The Cost of Waiting to Buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices & interest rates were to increase over a period of time.
Freddie Mac predicts interest rates to rise to 5.1% by 2019.
CoreLogic…

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Calm Down! The Real Estate Market is NOT Falling Apart

By Ajeenah Crittendon | Feb 15, 2018

Calm Down! The Real Estate Market is NOT Falling Apart | Simplifying The MarketThere has been tremendous volatility in certain markets over the last few weeks (for example, the stock and currency markets). When this happens, some tend to lump all of their investments together and create an almost ‘Armageddon’ scenario where everything loses value quickly and dramatically. Real estate is an investment that can get caught up […]

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Which Comes First… Marriage or Mortgage?

By Ajeenah Crittendon | Feb 14, 2018

Which Comes First… Marriage or Mortgage? | Simplifying The MarketAccording to the National Association of REALTORS most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, married couples once again dominated the first-time homebuyer statistics in 2017 at 57% of all buyers. It is no surprise that having two incomes to save for down payments and contribute to monthly housing costs makes buying a home more attainable. But, many couples […]

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Low Inventory Pushes Home Prices Higher

By Ajeenah Crittendon | Feb 13, 2018

Low Inventory Pushes Home Prices Higher | Simplifying The MarketAccording to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index, prices appreciated by 6.9% year-over-year from December 2016 to December 2017 on a national level. This marks the fifth month in a row with at least a 6.9% increase. Dr. Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist for CoreLogic, gave insight into the reason behind the large appreciation, “The number of […]

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The #1 Reason to Sell Now Before Spring

By Ajeenah Crittendon | Feb 12, 2018

The #1 Reason to Sell Now Before Spring | Simplifying The MarketThe price of any item (including residential real estate) is determined by ‘supply and demand.’ If many people are looking to buy an item and the supply of that item is limited, the price of that item increases. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the supply of homes for sale dramatically increases every spring. As an […]

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