Unemployment Report: No Need to Be Terrified

By Jennifer Ruspini | May 12, 2020

Unemployment Report: No Need to Be Terrified | Simplifying The MarketLast Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its latest jobs report. It revealed that the economic shutdown made necessary by COVID-19 caused the unemployment rate to jump to 14.7%. Many anticipate that next month the percentage could be even higher. These numbers represent the extreme hardship so many families are experiencing right now. […]

Will Home Values Appreciate or Depreciate in 2020?

By Jennifer Ruspini | May 11, 2020

Will Home Values Appreciate or Depreciate in 2020? | Simplifying The MarketWith the housing market staggered to some degree by the health crisis the country is currently facing, some potential purchasers are questioning whether home values will be impacted. The price of any item is determined by supply as well as the market’s demand for that item. Each month the National Association of Realtors (NAR) surveys […]

A Day When Americans Can Return to Work [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Jennifer Ruspini | May 8, 2020

A Day When Americans Can Return to Work [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

Some Highlights

  • Taking a moment to reflect upon what we’ve heard from historical leaders can teach us a lot about getting through the many challenges we face today.
  • We’re all eager for the day when every American can safely return to work. That day is coming. Timing is everything. Patience is essential.
  • Our courage, strength, and unparalleled resilience will get us there.

Unemployment: Hope on the Horizon

By Jennifer Ruspini | May 7, 2020

Unemployment: Hope on the Horizon | Simplifying The MarketTomorrow, the unemployment rate for April 2020 will be released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It will hit a peak this country has never seen before, with data representing real families and lives affected by this economic slowdown. The numbers will alarm us. There will be headlines and doomsday scenarios in the media. […]

Why Home Equity Is a Bright Spark in the Housing Market

By Jennifer Ruspini | May 6, 2020

Why Home Equity is a Bright Spark in the Housing Market | Simplifying The MarketGiven how we have seen more unemployment claims than ever before over the past several weeks, fear is spreading widely. Some good news, however, shows that more than 4 million initial unemployment filers have likely already found a new job, especially as industries such as health care, food and grocery stores, retail, delivery, and more […]

Confused About the Economic Recovery? Here’s Why.

By Jennifer Ruspini | May 5, 2020

Confused About the Economic Recovery? Here’s Why. | Simplifying The MarketAs we continue to work through the health crisis that plagues this country, more and more conversations are turning to economic recovery. While we look for signs that we’ve reached a plateau in cases of COVID-19, the concern and fear of what will happen as businesses open up again is on all of our minds. […]

U.S. Homeownership Rate Rises to Highest Point in 8 Years

By Jennifer Ruspini | May 4, 2020

U.S. Homeownership Rate Rises to Highest Point in 8 Years | Simplifying The MarketFor nearly two months, most of us have been following strict stay-at-home orders from our state and local governments. It is a whole new way of life that has put our daily lives on pause. On the other hand, many of us have also found a sense of comfort by slowing down and spending time […]

How to Test-Drive a Neighborhood While Sheltering in Place [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Jennifer Ruspini | May 1, 2020

Some Highlights

Staying at home doesn’t mean your search for a new place needs to come to a standstill.
Check out these tips on how to explore other neighborhoods virtually in the homebuying process. You may find a spot that better suits your needs …

Why the Housing Market Is a Powerful Economic Driver

By Jennifer Ruspini | April 30, 2020

Why the Housing Market Is a Powerful Economic Driver | Simplifying The MarketWith businesses starting to slowly open back up again in some parts of the country, it’s important to understand how housing can have a major impact on the recovery of the U.S. economy. As we’ve mentioned before, buying a home is a driving financial force in this process. Today, many analysts believe one of the […]

Buying a Home Right Now: Easy? No. Smart? Yes.

By Jennifer Ruspini | April 29, 2020

Buying a Home Right Now: Easy? No. Smart? Yes. | Simplifying The MarketThrough all the volatility in the economy right now, some have put their search for a home on hold, yet others have not. According to ShowingTime, the real estate industry’s leading showing management technology provider, buyers have started to reappear over the last several weeks. In the latest report, they revealed: “The March ShowingTime Showing […]