The Impact Staging Your Home Has On Your Sale Price [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Jennifer Ruspini | May 24, 2019

Some Highlights:

The National Association of Realtors surveyed their members & released the findings of their Profile of Home Staging.
62% of seller’s agents say that staging a home decreases the amount of time a home spends on the market.
50% o…

4 Most Popular Bottom Line Investments in America

By Jennifer Ruspini | May 23, 2019

4 Most Popular Bottom Line Investments in America | Simplifying The MarketEvery year, Gallup surveys Americans to determine their choice for the best long-term investment. Respondents are given a choice between real estate, stocks, gold, and savings accounts. For the sixth year in a row, real estate has come out on top as the best long-term investment! That has not always been the case. Gallup explains: […]

Boomerang Buyers: Don’t Be Afraid to Buy a Home Again!

By Jennifer Ruspini | May 22, 2019

Boomerang Buyers: Don’t Be Afraid to Buy a Home Again! | Simplifying The MarketAccording to CoreLogic, from 2006 to 2014 “there were 7.3 million housing foreclosures and 1.9 million short sales.” The hesitation some Americans feel after experiencing a foreclosure brings to mind the old saying: “Fool me once- shame on you. Fool me twice- shame on me.” According to the 2019 Home Buyer Report from NerdWallet, “Thirteen […]

Are Older Generations Really Not Selling Their Homes?

By Jennifer Ruspini | May 21, 2019

Are Older Generations Really Not Selling their Homes? | Simplifying The MarketMany studies suggest one of the main reasons for the inventory shortage in today’s market of homes for sale is that older generations have chosen to “age in place” over moving. The 2019 Home Buyers & Sellers Generational Trend Report by NAR clarifies this point! NAR’s findings show that Baby Boomers (43%) and the Silent […]

Starting the Search for Your Dream Home? Here Are 5 Tips!

By Jennifer Ruspini | May 20, 2019

Starting the Search for Your Dream Home? Here Are 5 Tips! | Simplifying The MarketIn today’s real estate market, low inventory dominates the conversation in many areas of the country. It can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren’t prepared. In a realtor.com article entitled, “How to Find Your Dream Home—Without Losing Your Mind,” the author highlights some steps that first-time homebuyers can take to help carry their excitement […]

Top Days to List Your Home for Sale [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Jennifer Ruspini | May 17, 2019

Some Highlights:

ATTOM Data Solutions conducted an analysis of more than 29 million single family home and condo sales over the past eight years to determine the top days to list your home for sale.
The top five days to list your home brought in a…

What is Really Happening with Home Prices?

By Jennifer Ruspini | May 16, 2019

What is Really Happening with Home Prices? | Simplifying The MarketHome values have softened over the last twelve months. We are no longer seeing 6-7% annual appreciation levels for the national housing market. The current numbers are closer to 4%. Some have suggested that year-over-year appreciation levels could fall to 3% or less this year. However, a stronger-than-expected economy and a good spring housing market […]

4 Tips for Making a Competitive Offer

By Jennifer Ruspini | May 15, 2019

4 Tips for Making a Competitive Offer | Simplifying The MarketSo, you’ve been searching for that perfect house to call ‘home,’ and you’ve finally found it! The price is right, and in such a competitive market, you want to make sure you make a good offer so that you can guarantee that your dream of making this house yours comes true! Below are 4 steps […]

New Research Shows Housing Is Affordable For First-Time Buyers

By Jennifer Ruspini | May 14, 2019

New Research Shows Housing Is Affordable For First-Time Buyers | Simplifying The MarketHome prices have been on the rise for the last seven years, leading many housing market analysts to conclude that first-time homebuyers are being shut out of the market due to affordability concerns. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports on the percentage of First-Time Home Buyers (FTHB) on a monthly and yearly basis. Their […]

A Lack of Inventory Continues to Impact the Housing Market

By Jennifer Ruspini | May 13, 2019

A Lack of Inventory Continues to Impact the Housing Market | Simplifying The MarketThe housing crisis is finally in the rear-view mirror as the real estate market moves down the road to a complete recovery. Home values are up and distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) have fallen to their lowest point in years. The market will continue to strengthen in 2019. However, there is one thing that […]