The Royal Couple Is Moving Up!

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, who are currently based in Wales, have finally picked an apartment in historic Kensington Palace as their permanent London home. William and Kate currently live in a rented house in Anglesey, north Wales, where he works as a Royal Air Force search and rescue helicopter pilot. Plans are […]

Market Update November 8, 2011

Local home buyers had no reservations about exceeding their 2010 purchase volumes for the week. Sellers were a bit shy, introducing fewer new listings to the marketplace than last year. It’s particularly important to watch the inventory needle as it can illustrate the overall market balance. Speaking of which, now is a great time to […]

Bob’s Bottom Line Mortgage Update – November 7, 2011

Breaking News: The dramatically shifting headlines from Europe once again trumped all other news. The Labor Department reported earlier this morning the national jobless rate unexpectedly dipped to 9.0% in October – even as the headline jobs number posted a gain of 80,000 – well below forecasts calling for a gain of 95,000 or more. […]

Pending Home Sales Index Rises From One Year Ago

A monthly index that tracks pending sales of U.S. resale homes rose in September compared to a year ago, while falling on a month-to-month basis, the National Association of Realtors reported today. Also today, NAR released its latest forecast report for 2011 and 2012, revising up an earlier prediction for U.S. real gross domestic product […]

Insurance Anyone?

I am often asked about the different types of insurances that surround real estate. And while I am no expert on the topic, I do feel qualified to give an overview and some insight to assist you in asking intelligent questions to true insurance professionals. So, here it goes: Homeowner’s Insurance covers the replacement cost […]

It’s Simple: Now Is the Time to Buy a House

“The millionaire says to a thousand people, ‘I read this book and it started me on the road to wealth.’  Guess how many go out and get the book? Very few. Isn’t that incredible? Why wouldn’t everyone get the book? A mystery of life.”  – Jim Rohn Mr. Rohn explains that if we want to […]

Weekly Market Update – November 1, 2011

This week’s market scorecard shows increased activity levels for buyers and a modest decline in seller activity. Consumer purchase demand posted a welcomed increase over the same week in 2010. Sellers brought fewer new listings onto the market than last year. Home purchase activity is still one of the most paramount drivers of sustained recovery. […]

Breaking News: As the serious business of drilling down into the essence of yesterday’s much heralded euro-zone debt deal gets underway the euphoria that drove a sharp rally in global stock prices and bounced mortgage interest rates higher is slowly beginning to give way to disillusionment as it becomes increasingly evident a convincing fiscal and […]

Luxury and Vacation Homes Are Selling

It has been a trying time for most segments of the real estate industry. However, two areas that are showing improvement are the luxury home and vacation home markets. It seems that people in these segments are again beginning to purchase. Vacation Homes Last week Market Watch published an article discussing the vacation home market. […]

Weekly Market Update October 25, 2011

Another week in the books arrived with another strong showing from buyers, who ramped up their purchase activity this round. Seller activity fell short of the same week last year. The net result is that inventory is continuing to drop compared to a year ago. Balance is still the name of the game here and […]