Americans Rank Real Estate Best Investment for 5 Years Running! [INFOGRAPHIC]

Americans Rank Real Estate Best Investment for 5 Years Running! [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights: Real estate has outranked stocks/mutual funds, gold, savings accounts/CDs, and bonds as the best long-term investment among Americans for the last 5 years! The generations agree! Real estate is the best investment! Generation X leads the way with 37% believing in real … Continue reading Americans Rank Real Estate Best Investment for 5 Years Running! [INFOGRAPHIC]

4 Reasons Why We Are Not Heading Toward Another Housing Bubble

4 Reasons Why We Are Not Heading Toward Another Housing Bubble With home prices continuing to appreciate above historic levels, some are concerned that we may be heading for another housing ‘boom & bust.’ It is important to remember, however, that today’s market is quite different than the bubble market of twelve years ago. Here … Continue reading 4 Reasons Why We Are Not Heading Toward Another Housing Bubble

Selling Your Home? Here’s 2 Ways to Get the Best Price!

Selling Your Home? Here’s 2 Ways to Get the Best Price! Every homeowner wants to make sure that 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 ways to ensure that you get the highest price possible. 1. … Continue reading Selling Your Home? Here’s 2 Ways to Get the Best Price!

Lack of Listings Slowing Down the Market

Lack of Listings Slowing Down the Market As the real estate market continues to move down the road to a complete recovery, we see home values and home sales increasing while distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) continue to fall to their lowest points in years. There is no doubt that the housing market will … Continue reading Lack of Listings Slowing Down the Market

First-Time Home Buyers Continue to Put Down Less Than 6%!

First-Time Home Buyers Continue to Put Down Less Than 6%! According to the Realtors Confidence Index from the National Association of Realtors, 61% of first-time homebuyers purchased their homes with down payments below 6% in 2017. Many potential homebuyers believe that a 20% down payment is necessary to buy a home and have disqualified themselves without even trying, … Continue reading First-Time Home Buyers Continue to Put Down Less Than 6%!

VA Loans: Making a Home for the Brave Possible

Since the creation of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Home Loans Program, over 22 million veterans have achieved the American Dream of homeownership. Many veterans do not know the details of the program and therefore do not take advantage of the benefits available to them. If you are a veteran or you know someone who is, here is a … Continue reading VA Loans: Making a Home for the Brave Possible

4 REAL Reasons Why We Buy A Home!

4 REAL Reasons Why We Buy A Home! We often talk about why it makes financial sense to buy a home, but more often than not, the emotional reasons are the more powerful or compelling ones. No matter what shape or size your living space is, the concept and feeling of home can mean different … Continue reading 4 REAL Reasons Why We Buy A Home!

Can staging help sell your home?

Can staging help sell your home? Some Highlights: The National Association of Realtors surveyed their members & released the findings of their Profile of Home Staging. 62% of seller’s agents say that staging a home decreases the amount of time a home spends on the market. 50% of staged homes saw a 1-10% increase in dollar-value offers from … Continue reading Can staging help sell your home?

Lori’s Top Reasons to Live in (or at least visit) Sarasota

Having moved to Sarasota, FL from Bismarck, ND just a few short months ago, I have discovered that it has much more to offer than the delightful sunshine and warmth for which I came. I would like to share some of those discoveries to try to persuade you it’s as great as I think it … Continue reading Lori’s Top Reasons to Live in (or at least visit) Sarasota