Why Getting Pre-Approved Should Be Your First Step

By Jennifer Ruspini | December 11, 2017

Why Getting Pre-Approved Should Be Your First Step | Simplifying The MarketIn many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes greatly outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for […]

3 Tips for Making Your Dream Home a Reality [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Jennifer Ruspini | December 8, 2017

Some Highlights:

Realtor.com shared their “5 Habits to Start Now If You Hope to Buy a Home.”
Setting up an automatic savings plan that saves a small amount of every check is one of the best ways to save without thinking a lot about it.
Living with…

The #1 Reason to List Your House Today!

By Jennifer Ruspini | December 7, 2017

The #1 Reason to List Your House Today! | Simplifying The MarketMany people believe that selling their house during “the spring buyers’ market” is the best thing to do. Their reasoning is that there will be more buyers than there are during the winter months and, therefore, their house will sell quicker and for a higher price. Historically, this made sense. However, today’s real estate market […]

Home Prices Up 7% from Last Year

By Jennifer Ruspini | December 6, 2017

Home Prices Up 7% from Last Year | Simplifying The MarketAccording to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index, national home prices have appreciated by 7.0% from October 2016 to October 2017. This marks the second month in a row with a 7.0% year-over-year increase. A lack of supply of homes for sale has led to upward pressure on home prices across the country, especially in areas […]

Why Is There So Much Paperwork Required to Get a Mortgage?

By Jennifer Ruspini | December 5, 2017

Why Is There So Much Paperwork Required to Get a Mortgage? | Simplifying The MarketWhy is there so much paperwork mandated by the lenders for a mortgage loan application when buying a home today? It seems that they need to know everything about you and requires three separate sources to validate each and every entry on the application form. Many buyers are being told by friends and family that the process was […]

5 Reasons to Sell This Winter!

By Jennifer Ruspini | December 4, 2017

5 Reasons to Sell This Winter! | Simplifying The MarketHere are five reasons listing your home for sale this winter 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 […]

Median Days on the Market Drops to 34! [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Jennifer Ruspini | December 1, 2017

Some Highlights:

The National Association of REALTORS® surveyed their members for their Confidence Index.
The REALTORS® Confidence Index is a key indicator of housing market strength based on a monthly survey sent to over 50,000 real estate practiti…

The Real Reason Home Prices are Increasing

By Jennifer Ruspini | November 30, 2017

The Real Reason Home Prices are Increasing | Simplifying The MarketThere are many unsubstantiated theories as to why home values are continuing to increase. From those who are worried that lending standards are again becoming too lenient (data shows this is untrue), to those who are concerned that prices are again approaching boom peaks because of “irrational exuberance” (this is also untrue as prices are […]

2 Charts That Show the Truth about Home Affordability

By Jennifer Ruspini | November 29, 2017

2 Charts That Show the Truth about Home Affordability | Simplifying The MarketThere is a lot of discussion about the current state of housing affordability for both first-time and move-up buyers, and much of the narrative is tarnished with a negative slant. However, the truth is that housing affordability is better today than at almost any time in our history. The naysayers are correct in the fact […]

Low Interest Rates Have a High Impact on Your Purchasing Power

By Jennifer Ruspini | November 28, 2017

According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage are currently at 3.92%, 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 […]