Category Archives: Sellers

Summer Mortgage and Sales Update

Rates have inched back down this week. Janet Yellen, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, in a speech on Monday, hinted that the economy is improving but the timing is unclear for a rate hike, playing down the possibility that the next increase will be this month. These remarks along with the disappointing May…

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Interest Rates Still Low

You have 3 options while the interest rates remain below 4%, depending on whether you are considering a purchase, a move, or just staying put. 1. Now is still the time to purchase before another buying season erupts, with increasing prices and added competition heating the market. Rates remain low, and inventory, though still scarce,…

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6 Things to Know About the 2016 Market

Whether you’re looking to buy a home this year or already own one, there are important factors that will affect your investment. Here are the six important things you need to know about the housing market in 2016. 1. Mortgage Rates Are Staying Low (For Now!) The Fed’s December 2015 interest rate hike had many…

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U.S. Values and Rents Continue Rise

Home values and rental prices are steadily rising, fueled by strong demand and a tight supply of available properties, a pair of reports recently showed. The solid demand drove sales growth early this year and spurred additional construction. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index climbed 5.1 percent in the 12 months that ended…

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Feds Waiting Until October to Raise Rates?

Though Federal Reserve policymakers, worried that global financial market volatility could dampen the U.S. economy, did not raise the interest rates last week, they have begun laying the groundwork for a possible interest rate increase in October. Two voting members of the Federal Open Market Committee, which sets monetary policy, said they were close to approving…

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Orange County Sales Show Solid Signs of Maintaining Health

J. Lansner of the O.C. Register compared the market trends of the six counties in Southern California. He considered Orange County #1 in healthy, sustainable growth. “What defines a healthy housing market? To me, it’s rising prices and growing sales activity backed by solid job growth. After the last boom-to-bust cycle, the durability of the…

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Get the Most For Your Home

    Statistics are out – improving your home before it goes to market makes a difference in what Buyers will pay! Make the changes you need to show your home at its best before you come to market. You only have one chance to make a good first impression!   How much you want…

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Making Heads or Tails of the Real Estate Marketplace

We’ve moved into a Seller’s market in recent weeks, with exciting mortgage rates enticing more Buyers to investigate home ownership. This is a very good time to re-finance, as well, with interest rates still under 4%. Days on market are decreasing, with savvy Sellers pricing strategically. Redfin reports a 7.6% gain for California sellers in…

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Increase Your Home’s Value in 5 Easy Steps

Thinking about some small home improvement projects to boost the value of your home? Here are some smart upgrades and fixes that don’t cost a lot, but could help you clinch a deal if you’re trying to sell. Consider curb appeal – First impressions are everything, and potential buyers often decide as they’re walking toward…

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Mistakes Sellers Make

* Not keeping resale in mind when renovating. Make sure any big changes you make will increase, rather than decrease, your home’s value. * Sticking around during the open house. No one wants the current homeowner hovering over them as they tour the house. It can prevent them from giving the honest feedback that could…

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