What Does 2021 Have in Store for Home Values?

According to the latest CoreLogic Home Price Insights Report, nationwide home values increased by 8.2% over the last twelve months. The dramatic rise was brought about as the inventory of homes for sale reached historic lows at the same time buyer demand was buoyed by record-low mortgage rates. As CoreLogic explained:

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Posted on January 15, 2021 at 7:00 am
Jennifer Angel | Posted in Buyer Tips, Buyers, Housing Market Updates |

Turning a House into a Happy Home

We talk a lot about why it makes financial sense to buy a home, but more often than not, we’re drawn to the emotional reasons for homeownership.

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Posted on December 29, 2020 at 7:00 am
Jennifer Angel | Posted in Buyer Tips, Buyers, Seller Tips |

Did You Outgrow Your Home in 2020?

It may seem hard to imagine that the home you’re in today – whether it’s your starter home or just one you’ve fallen in love with along the way – might not be your forever home. Continue reading


Posted on December 28, 2020 at 7:00 am
Jennifer Angel | Posted in Buyers, Housing Market Updates, Seller Tips |

The Difference a Year Makes for Homeownership

Over the past year, mortgage rates have fallen more than a full percentage point, hitting a new historic low 15 times. This is a great driver for homeownership, as today’s low rates provide consumers with some significant benefits. Here’s a look at three of them. Continue reading


Posted on December 25, 2020 at 7:00 am
Jennifer Angel | Posted in Buyer Tips, Buyers, Housing Market Updates |

Homeowner Equity Increases an Astonishing $1 Trillion

In a year that was financially devastating for many Americans, some good news for most homeowners is the dramatic gain in home equity over the last twelve months. Last week, CoreLogic released its 2020 3rd Quarter Homeowner Equity Insights report, which reveals four major findings: Continue reading


Posted on December 23, 2020 at 7:00 am
Jennifer Angel | Posted in Buyers, Housing Market Updates, Seller Tips |

3 Reasons to Be Optimistic about Real Estate in 2021

This year will be remembered for many reasons, and optimism is one thing that’s been in short supply since the spring. We’re experiencing a global pandemic, social unrest, an economic downturn, and natural disasters, just to name a few. The challenges brought on by the health crisis have also forced many homeowners to reevaluate their space and what they need in a home going into 2021. So, experts are forecasting that next year is one in which we can be optimistic about real estate for three key reasons. Continue reading


Posted on December 22, 2020 at 7:00 am
Jennifer Angel | Posted in Buyers, Housing Market Updates |

The Holidays Aren’t Stopping Homebuyers This Year

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us, yet finding the perfect holiday gifts for friends and family is certainly still top of mind for many right now. This year, there’s another type of buyer that’s very active this holiday season – the homebuyer.

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Posted on December 21, 2020 at 8:01 pm
Jennifer Angel | Posted in Buyers, Holiday, Housing Market Updates |

Are Home Prices Headed Toward Bubble Territory?

Talk of a housing bubble is beginning to crop up as home prices have appreciated at a rapid pace this year. This is understandable since the appreciation of residential real estate is well above historic annual averages. According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), annual appreciation since 1991 has averaged 3.8%. Here are the latest 2020 appreciation numbers from three reliable sources:

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Posted on December 15, 2020 at 7:00 am
Jennifer Angel | Posted in Buyers, COVID-19, Housing Market Updates |

A New Way to Shop for Homes in a Virtual World

In a year when we’re learning to do so much remotely, homebuying is no exception. From going to work to attending school, grocery shopping, and even seeing our doctors online, digital practices have changed the way we live. Continue reading


Posted on December 7, 2020 at 7:00 am
Jennifer Angel | Posted in Buyers, COVID-19 |

With Home Values Surging, Is it Still Affordable to Buy Right Now?

Housing inventory is at an all-time low. Realtor.com just reported that there are 39% fewer homes for sale today than there were last year. At the same time, buyer demand remains strong. In a recent newsletter, research analyst Ivy Zelman explained: Continue reading


Posted on December 4, 2020 at 7:00 am
Jennifer Angel | Posted in Buyer Tips, Buyers, Housing Market Updates, Seller Tips |