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Buying a Home is 36% Less Expensive Than Renting Nationwide!

Buying a Home is 36% Less Expensive Than Renting Nationwide! | Simplifying The MarketIn the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia, they explained that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage in the 100 largest metro areas in the United States.

Building Wealth: First Rung on the Ladder is Housing

Building Wealth: First Rung on the Ladder is Housing | Simplifying The MarketHow Housing Matters is a joint project of the Urban Land Institute and the MacArthur Foundation. It is “an online resource for the most rigorous research and practical information on how a quality, stable, affordable home in a vibrant community contributes to individual and community success”.

The Top Reasons Why Americans Buy Homes

The Top Reasons Why Americans Buy Homes| Simplifying The MarketLast week, the inaugural “Homebuyer Insights Report” was released by the Bank of America. The report revealed the reasons why consumers purchase homes and what their feelings are regarding homeownership.

More & More Singles Are Falling For Their Dream Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights:

  • 24% of all recent home buyers were single at the time of purchase.
  • 47% of single men cite the desire to own a home of their own as the primary reason to buy.
  • 18% of first-time buyers were single women.

Vacation Home Sales: Sales Down, Prices Up

Vacation Home Sales: Sales Down, Prices Up | Simplifying The MarketThe National Association of Realtors recently released their 2016 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey. The survey revealed many characteristics of both vacation home purchasers and investors. Today, we want to concentrate on the vacation real estate market.

Vacation Home Sales Reach 2nd Highest Mark Since 2006 [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights:

58% of vacation homes purchased were single family homes.
51% of vacation homes that were purchased were found online.
The median price of a vacation home is up 28% from 2014.

If You Are Thinking of Selling, Now Is The Time

If You Are Thinking of Selling, Now Is The Time | Simplifying The MarketIf you thought about selling your house this year, now may be the time to do it. The inventory of homes for sale is well below historic norms and buyer demand is skyrocketing. We were still in high school when we learned the concept of supply and demand: the best time to sell something is when supply of that item is low and demand for that item is high. That defines today’s real estate market.

Over Half of Americans Planning on Buying in the Next 5 Years

Over Half of Americans Planning on Buying in the Next 5 Years | Simplifying The MarketAccording to the BMO Harris Bank Home Buying Report, 52% of Americans say they are likely to buy a home in the next five years. Americans surveyed for the report said that they would be willing to pay an average of $296,000 for a home and would average a 21% down payment. The report also included other interesting revelations.

The Mortgage Process: What You Need To Know [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights:

  • Many buyers are purchasing a home with a down payment as little as 3%.
  • You may already qualify for a loan, even if you don’t have perfect credit.
  • Take advantage of the knowledge of your local professionals who are there to help you determine how much you can afford.

91.5% of Homes in the US have Positive Equity

91.5% of Homes in the US have Positive Equity | Simplifying The MarketCoreLogic’s latest Equity Report revealed that one million borrowers regained equity in their homes in 2015. The outlook for 2016 remains positive as well, as an additional 850,000 properties would regain equity if home prices rose another 5% this year. 

Further Proof This Isn’t a Housing Bubble

Further Proof This Isn’t a Housing Bubble | Simplifying The MarketTwo weeks ago, we posted a blog which explained that current increases in home prices were the result of the well-known concept of supply & demand and should not lead to conversations of a new housing bubble. Today, we want to look at home prices as compared to current incomes.

3 Charts That Scream ‘List Your Home Today’

3 Charts That Scream ‘List Your Home Today’ | Simplifying The MarketIn school we all learned the Theory of Supply and Demand. When the demand for an item is greater than the supply of that item, the price will surely rise.

Home Sales Up Year-Over-Year

Some Highlights

  • This is the 48th consecutive month with year-over-year price gains.
  • Lawrence Yun, NAR’s Chief Economist says that, “The main issue continues to be a supply & affordability problem. Finding the right property at an affordable price is burdening many potential buyers.”
  • Inventory is still below historic normals at a 4.4 month supply.

Lack of Inventory Challenging Many Housing Markets

Lack of Inventory Challenging Many Housing Markets | Simplifying The MarketGoing into the 2016 spring market, the biggest challenge the real estate industry has is the lack of available housing inventory for sale. Here are a few experts and their thoughts on the subject:

The Main Reason to Use a Real Estate Professional when Selling Your House

The Main Reason to Use a Real Estate Professional when Selling your House | Simplifying The MarketEvery homeowner hopes to accomplish five goals when selling their home: