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Wednesday, January 8, 2020   /   by Leticia Almaro Nicolini

The New Spring Real Estate Market is Here. Are You Ready?

The New Spring Real Estate Market is Here. Are You Ready?


Which month do you think most people who are considering buying a home actually start their search? If you’re like most of us, you probably think the surge happens in the spring, likely in April. Not anymore. According to new research, January 2019 was only 1% behind February for the most monthly views per listing on realtor.com.
So, what does that mean? The busiest season in real estate has just begun.
The same research indicates,

“Historically, April launched the kickoff of the home shopping season as buyers would come out of their winter hibernation looking for their new home. However, the spring shopping season now starts in January for many of the nation's largest markets.”

With the reality of fewer homes on the market in the winter, and that supply naturally increases as we head to the spring market, waiting for more competition to list in your nei ...

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020   /   by Leticia Almaro Nicolini

Big Demand for Small Homes

Big Demand for Small Homes


Movies, tv shows, and celebrities often have us dreaming of owning large homes, but the reality for most people is quite different.
Since 2015, the square footage of newly built houses has been shrinking, according to Yahoo Finances. This is not projected to change as we continue into the beginning of the year.

“We expect this downsizing trend to continue in 2020, driven by a confluence of economic and demographic trends.”

Why are smaller homes trending now?
As noted in the article, there are a few main reasons for this demand:

“Many of today's younger, millennial home buyers have expressed a preference for denser, more urban homes that are more walkable to shared amenities.”
“Today's older homeowners are expressing a desire for smaller, less maintenance-heavy and more accessible (read: less stairs) homes as they age and move into newer homes.”

With these two demographic groups surging through ...

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Thursday, January 2, 2020   /   by Leticia Almaro Nicolini

Homeward Bound Real Estate News - JANUARY 2020

HOMEWARD Bound
Real Estate News
JANUARY 2020


 
Exciting New Year’s Resolution…
As a fellow Lover of Holiday Time, I wanted to share with you some exciting news for the New Year.
It seems most people establish New Year’s resolutions, but for whatever reason they fall short of keeping them.  Each year I highlight a great book that helped me and my team dramatically improve our follow through on achieving important goals and I wanted to share that with you – as sort of a Happy New Year After Christmas Gift; more on the book in a moment.
Some of your friends, neighbors, associates or relatives may have a New Year’s resolution to make a move.  Well, we can help them with that, help you and help the community at Rotary Club of Concord at the same time.


For the month of January, anyone you know wanting to sell their house, I will guarantee the sell of their home for 100% of Market Value or I’ll Pay the Difference. * &nbs ...

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Thursday, December 19, 2019   /   by Leticia Almaro Nicolini

5,300 Reasons to Be Happy You’re a Homeowner

5,300 Reasons to Be Happy You’re a Homeowner


Studies have shown that, in many cases, the largest asset a family owns is the house they live in. Over the last twelve months, that asset has gained substantial value.
CoreLogic just released their 2019 3rd Quarter Homeowner Equity Insights Report. The report revealed that:

“U.S. homeowners with mortgages (roughly 64% of all properties) have seen their equity increase by a total of nearly $457 billion since the third quarter 2018, an increase of 5.1%, year over year.”

The equity in a property is determined by comparing the current value of the property against the outstanding mortgage debt. As prices rise, the equity in a home increases.
The report went on to explain that the average homeowner gain in equity over the last twelve months was $5,300.
Here’s a map showing the average equity gain by state:Since the housing crash in 2008, many homeowners have felt trapped in their current houses, as ...

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019   /   by Leticia Almaro Nicolini

The Biggest Issue Facing Housing Next Year

The Biggest Issue Facing Housing Next Year


This coming year the housing market will be defined by 3 things- inventory, interest rates, and appreciation.  But the biggest issue the housing market will face in 2020 is an inventory shortage.  There aren’t enough homes on the market for buyers, especially on the lower end of the market. This is a topic that has come up frequently within the past several months.
Based on what is forecasted, we know that interest rates are projected to remain low and that appreciation is expected to continue as we move into 2020.  Additionally, the upcoming election will provoke many unique perspectives on the health of the US housing market. The challenge will be understanding what is actually happening and how you can best position yourself if you are thinking of buying or selling your home.
Here are several perspectives to consider on the inventory issue facing housing next year:
According to real ...

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