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The #1 Reason It Is Difficult to Find Your Dream Home

By Noel Crider | January 23, 2020

The #1 Reason It Is Difficult to Find Your Dream Home | Simplifying The MarketThe headlines in real estate today all revolve around one major point: there is a shortage of homes available for sale. Price appreciation is accelerating again because there is a shortage of homes available for sale. First-time buyers are taking longer to purchase a home because there is a shortage of homes available for sale […]

How Buyers Can Win By Downsizing in 2020

By Noel Crider | January 22, 2020

How Buyers Can Win By Downsizing in 2020 | Simplifying The MarketHome values have been increasing for 93 consecutive months, according to the National Association of Realtors. If you’re a homeowner, particularly one looking to downsize your living space, that’s great news, as you’ve likely built significant equity in your home. Here’s some more good news: mortgage rates are expected to remain low throughout 2020 at […]

The 2 Surprising Things Homebuyers Really Want

By Noel Crider | January 21, 2020

The 2 Surprising Things Homebuyers Really Want | Simplifying The MarketIn a market where current inventory is low, it’s normal to think buyers might be willing to give up a few desirable features in their home search in order to make finding a house a little easier. Don’t be fooled, though – there’s still an interest in the market for some key upgrades. Here’s a […]

Make the Dream of Homeownership a Reality in 2020

By Noel Crider | January 20, 2020

Make the Dream of Homeownership a Reality in 2020 | Simplifying The MarketIn 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. led and inspired a powerful movement with his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Through his passion and determination, he sparked interest, ambition, and courage in his audience. Today, reflecting on his message encourages many of us to think about our own dreams, goals, beliefs, and aspirations. For many […]

Where Homebuyers Are Heading By Generation [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Noel Crider | January 17, 2020

Some Highlights:

Whether capitalizing on job opportunities, affordability, or warm-weather places to retire, Americans are making moves to these top cities to take advantage of the strength in the current housing market.
A strong economy and lower m…

Housing Inventory Vanishing: What Is the Impact on You?

By Noel Crider | January 16, 2020

Housing Inventory Vanishing: What Is the Impact on You? | Simplifying The MarketThe real estate market is expected to do very well this year as mortgage rates remain at historic lows. One challenge to the housing industry is the lack of homes available for sale. Last week, move.com released a report showing that 2020 is beginning with the lowest available housing inventory in two years. The report […]

Homes Are More Affordable Today, Not Less Affordable

By Noel Crider | January 15, 2020

Homes Are More Affordable Today, Not Less Affordable | Simplifying The MarketThere’s a current narrative that owning a home today is less affordable than it has been in the past. The reason some are making this claim is because house prices have substantially increased over the last several years.

2020 Luxury Market Forecast

By Noel Crider | January 14, 2020

2020 Luxury Market Forecast | Simplifying The MarketBy the end of last year, many homeowners found themselves with more equity than they realized, and at the same time their wages were increasing. When those two factors unite, it can spark homeowners to think about making a move to a larger or more expensive home in the luxury space. That said, now is […]

National Cut Your Energy Costs Day [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Noel Crider | January 10, 2020

Some Highlights:

On January 10th of each year, “National Cut Your Energy Costs Day” encourages consumers to reduce their overall energy costs by improving home efficiency.
According to Freddie Mac, a typical U.S. family spends $2,200 per year on ene…

Buying a Home Early Can Significantly Increase Future Wealth

By Noel Crider | January 13, 2020

Buying a Home Early Can Significantly Increase Future Wealth | Simplifying The MarketAccording to an Urban Institute study, homeowners who purchase a house before age 35 are better prepared for retirement at age 60. The good news is, our younger generations are strong believers in homeownership. According to a Freddie Mac survey, “The dream of homeownership is alive and well within “Generation Z,” the demographic cohort following Millennials. Our […]