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    • Seniors Are on the Move in the Real Estate Market

      Did you know August 21st is National Senior Citizens Day? According to the United States Census, we honor senior citizens today because,  “Throughout our history, older people have achieved much for our families, our communities, and our country. That remains true today and gives us ample reason…to reserve a special day in honor of the […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • Housing Supply Not Keeping Up with Population Increase

      Many buyers are wondering where to find houses for sale in today’s market. It’s a true dilemma. We see an increase in buyer demand, but the supply available for purchase isn’t keeping up. The number of new housing permits issued prior to the great recession increased for 15 years until 2005 (from 1.12 million in […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • A Great Way to Increase Your Family’s Net Worth

      Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts its Survey of Consumer Finances. Data is collected across all economic and social groups. The latest survey data covers 2013-2016. The study revealed that the median net worth of a homeowner is $231,400 – a 15% increase since 2013. At the same time, the median net worth of renters decreased […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • Buying a Home: Do You Know the Lingo? [INFOGRAPHIC]

      Some Highlights:

      • Buying a home can be intimidating if you’re not familiar with the terms used throughout the process.
      • To point you in the right direction, here’s a list of some of the most common language you’ll hear when buying a home.
      • The best way to ensure your home-buying process is a positive one is to find a real estate professional who will guide you through every aspect of the transaction with ‘the heart of a teacher.’
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • Busting the Myth About a Housing Affordability Crisis

      It seems you can’t find a headline with the term “housing affordability” without the word “crisis” attached to it. That’s because some only consider the fact that residential real estate prices have continued to appreciate. However, we must realize it’s not just the price of a home that matters, but the price relative to a […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • The Benefits of Growing Equity in Your Home

      Over the last couple of years, we’ve heard quite a bit about rising home prices. Today, expert projections still forecast continued growth, just at a slower pace. One of the often-overlooked benefits of rising home prices is the positive impact they have on home equity. Let’s break down three ways this is a win for […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • 5 Real Estate Reality TV Myths Explained

      Have you ever been flipping through the channels, only to find yourself glued to the couch in an HGTV binge session? We’ve all been there, watching entire seasons of shows like “Property Brothers,” “Fixer Upper,” and “Love It or List It,” all in one sitting. When you’re in the middle of your real estate-themed TV […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • American Confidence in Housing at an All-Time High

      Fannie Mae just released the July edition of their Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI). The HPSI takes information regarding consumers’ confidence in the real estate market from Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey and condenses it into a single number. Therefore, the HPSI reflects consumers’ current views and forward-looking expectations of housing market conditions. Great News! […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • Rent Vs. Own [INFOGRAPHIC]

      Some Highlights:

      • Owning your own home vs. renting may lead to some great options, such as locking in your monthly payments and having the freedom to customize your living space.
      • Whether you rent or own, you have to cover someone’s mortgage costs. You may as well be doing so to build your own wealth, rather than that of your landlord.
      • Renting and owning both have up-front fees when you sign your lease or close, respectively. Think about putting that money to work for you!
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • Why All the Chicken Littles Should Calm Down

      The U.S. Census Bureau recently released their 2019 Q2 Homeownership Report. Some began to see the sky falling, believing the report showed Americans may be stepping back from their belief in homeownership. The national homeownership rate (Americans who owned vs. rented their primary residence) increased significantly during the housing boom, reaching its peak of 69.2% […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan