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Monthly Archives: May 2018

    Will Home Prices Fall as Mortgage Rates Rise?

    By Danny Cheung | May 31, 2018

    Mortgage interest rates have increased by more than half of a point since the beginning of the year. They are projected to increase by an additional half of a point by year’s end. Because of this increase in rates, some are guessing that home prices will depreciate. However, some prominent experts in the housing industry... Read More

    Millennials Are Skipping Starter Homes for Their Dream Homes

    By Danny Cheung | May 30, 2018

    A new trend has begun to emerge. With home prices skyrocketing in the starter home category, many first-time homebuyers are skipping the traditional starter homes and moving right into their dream homes. What’s a Starter Home? According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), simply put, a starter home is a one or two-bedroom home (sometimes even a... Read More

    5 Reasons Why to Sell This Summer!

    By Danny Cheung | May 29, 2018

    Here are five reasons listing your home for sale this summer makes sense. 1. Demand Is Strong The latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains very strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing and able to purchase…and are in the market right now! More... Read More

    Drop in Inventory Fuels Sales Slowdown

    By Danny Cheung | May 25, 2018

    Some Highlights: Existing Home Sales are now at an annual pace of 5.46 million. Inventory of existing homes for sale dropped to a 4-month supply, marking the 35th month in a row of declines. The median price of homes sold in April was $257,900. This is the 74th consecutive month of year-over-year price gains. Read More

    Selling Your House on Your Own Could Cost You

    By Danny Cheung | May 24, 2018

    In this extremely hot real estate market, some homeowners might consider selling their homes on their own which is known as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). They rationalize that they don’t need a real estate agent and believe that they can save the fee for the services a real estate agent offers. However, a study by Collateral Analytics reveals that FSBOs... Read More

    How Current Interest Rates Can Have a High Impact on Your Purchasing Power

    By Danny Cheung | May 22, 2018

    According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage are currently at 4.61%, which is still near record lows in comparison to recent history! The interest rate you secure when buying a home not only greatly impacts your monthly housing costs, but also impacts your purchasing power. Purchasing power, simply put, is... Read More

    Don’t Wait to Sell Your House! Buyers Are Out Now

    By Danny Cheung | May 21, 2018

    Recently released data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) suggests that a now is a great time to sell your home. The concept of ‘supply & demand’ reveals that the best price for an item is realized when the supply of that item is low and the demand for that item is high. Let’s see how this... Read More

    Is Your First Home Within Your Grasp Now?

    By Danny Cheung | May 18, 2018

    Some Highlights: According to the US Census Bureau, ‘millennials’ are defined as 18-36-year-olds. According to NAR’s latest Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the median age of all first-time home buyers is 32. More and more ‘old millennials’ (25-36) are realizing that homeownership is within their grasp now! Read More

    Moving Up to Your Dream Home? Don’t Wait!

    By Danny Cheung | May 17, 2018

    Mortgage interest rates have risen by more than half of a point since the beginning of the year, and many assume that if mortgage rates rise, home values will fall. History, however, has shown this not to be true. Where are home values today compared to the beginning of the year? While rates have been rising,... Read More

    Renters Under 50 Want to Buy a Home!

    By Danny Cheung | May 16, 2018

    Every year, the New York Federal Reserve publishes the results of their Survey of Consumer Expectations (SCE). Each survey covers a wide range of topics including inflation, labor market, household finance, credit access and housing. One of the many questions asked in the housing section of the survey was: Assuming you had the financial resources to do so, would... Read More