Some Highlights: Existing home sales have accelerated to the highest pace since February 2007 at an annual pace of 5.57 million. Inventory of homes for sale remains below the historically normal 6-month mark at a 4.6-month supply, down 5.8% year-over-year. Median home sales prices rose to $247,700, 4.8% higher than a year ago and replaced […]
Archives: July 2016
House Hasn’t Sold Yet? Take Another Look at Your Price!
The residential housing market has been hot. Home sales have bounced back solidly and are now at their second highest pace since February 2007. Demand has remained strong throughout the summer as many real estate professionals are reporting bidding wars with listings actually selling above listing price. What about your house? If your house hasn’t […]
Americans Believe Real Estate is Best Long-Term Investment
According to Bankrate’s latest Financial Security Index Poll, Americans who have money to set aside for the next 10 years would rather invest in real estate than any other type of investment. Bankrate asked Americans to answer the following question: “Which would be the best way to invest money you did not need for more […]
The Top Reason to List Your House For Sale Now!
If you are debating listing your house for sale this year, here is the #1 reason not to wait! Buyer Demand Continues to Outpace the Supply of Homes For Sale The National Association of REALTORS’ (NAR) Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun recently commented on the inventory shortage: “With demand holding firm and homes selling even faster than […]
Brexit 1 Month Later: The Impact on Mortgage Rates
Just over a month ago, the United Kingdom decided to withdraw from the European Union in a decision commonly known as Brexit. At that time there was a lot of speculation on how that decision would impact the U.S. residential mortgage market. Today, we want to look at the impact of the first 30 days. […]
Slaying Myths About Home Buying [INFOGRAPHIC]
Baby Boomers Are On the Move
According to a Merrill Lynch study, “an estimated 4.2 million retirees moved into a new home last year alone.” Two-thirds of retirees say that they are likely to move at least once during retirement. As one participant in the study stated: “In retirement, you have the chance to live anywhere you want. Or you can just stay […]
Rents Skyrocket at Highest Rate in almost a Decade
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) was released by the Labor Department last week. An analysis by Market Watch revealed the cost of rent was 3.8% higher than a year ago for the second straight month in June. That’s the strongest yearly price gain since 2007. This coincides with a report released earlier this month in […]
A Homeowner’s Net Worth is 45x Greater Than a Renter’s!
Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts a Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. The latest survey, which includes data from 2010-2013, reports that a homeowner’s net worth is 36 times greater than that of a renter ($194,500 vs. $5,400). In a Forbes article, the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) Chief Economist Lawrence Yun predicts that in […]
June Real Estate Community Update
This report is posted by the 15th of each month for the previous months transaction activity. June Market Update By Community Entire MLS Adel – Altoona – Ankeny – Bondurant Carlisle – Clive – Cumming – Des Moines Grimes – Indianola – Johnston – Norwalk Pleasant Hill – Polk City – Urbandale – Waukee West […]