House Prices to Fall Over Next Six Months

In a normal real estate market, it may make sense to wait for the spring buyers’ to appear before placing your house up for sale. The current real estate market is anything but normal however. The increase in supply of distressed properties will overshadow any increase in demand for housing over the next 6 months. […]

6 Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home

When you’re getting ready to sell your property, you want to be able to get the best price possible for your home.  However, depending on how long you have lived at your current residence may require for you to invest some time and money into improvements. Many sellers may become wary of taking the necessary […]

4 Steps To Selling Your Home Fast!

Selling your home fast doesn’t have to be an impossible endeavor. In fact, even in today’s market you can still command a very reasonable price on your home within 90 days or less. And if you follow some proven steps that we’ll outline below, your turn around time could be much faster than expected. There […]

Is Buying Better Than Renting?

Buying real estate continues to be cheaper than renting in the vast majority of major U.S. cities, according to a quarterly rent vs. buy index from real estate search and marketing site Trulia. The index compared the median list price and the median annualized rent on a two-bedroom apartment, condominium or townhouse in the country’s […]

Weekly Market Update 10-11-11

With the final week of the third quarter in the books, buyers posted solid gains over last year’s activity levels while sellers listed fewer properties on the market. As is typical for this time of year, expect some seasonal changes to start taking hold. Market activity may slow from one month to the next but […]

Are Short Sales the Way to Go?

Based on a recent study by the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors, Lenders are increasingly trying to limit the number of foreclosed homes by raising the number of short sales. In August 2011, as compared to August of 2010, short sale closings were up 29%! There are three good reasons for that: 1. Lenders have […]

Short Sale vs. Foreclosure: A Short Sale Always Wins

Today’s ever changing real estate industry has brought upon some very challenging questions from our clients. We as counselors, want to put forth the best, non-emotional advice that we can, in hopes that we can help our clients and their families navigate the rough waters of the short sale process. The most prevalent question and […]

Weekly Market Update – October 4, 2011

New Listings: Sellers posted their smallest decline in newly listed homes in three months. The 1,320 new properties were 4.8 percent fewer than the same week last year. What’s causing the shift? New listings dropped at this time last year while current levels held fairly even with last week. Active Supply: The 22.6 percent year-over-year […]

6 Ways to Cut Back on Utility Costs

With rising utility costs and overall living expenses, people everywhere are looking for creative ideas on how to reduce spending.  One of these major areas that can have a significant impact on your bottom line long-term is with heating, cooling and electric bills. Therefore, it is important to take strides whenever possible to help alleviate […]

Market Update for September 27, 2011

“How’s the Market?” (Elevator Edition): New listings remain subdued with 15 weeks in a row of year-over-year declines. Buyer activity is strong with 19 straight weeks of year-over-year gains. Inventory has posted 31 consecutive weeks of year-over-year decreases. “How’s the Market?” (Dinner Conversation Edition): New listings were down 22.5 percent to 1,311 and pending sales […]