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The Connection Between Home Prices & Family Wealth

The Connection Between Home Prices & Family Wealth

Over the next five years, home prices are expected to appreciate 3.22% per year on average and to grow by 17.3% cumulatively, according to Pulsenomics’ most recent Home Price Expectation Survey. So, what does this mean for homeowners and their equity position? As an example, let’s assume a young couple purchased and closed on a $250,000 home in […]

Where Did Americans Move in 2016?

Where Did Americans Move in 2016?

Some Highlights: For the 5th year in a row, the Northeast saw a concentration of “High Outbound” activity. For the first time ever, South Dakota held the top spot for “High Inbound” states. Much of America’s outbound activity can be attributed to Boomers relocating to warmer climates after retiring. Source: Keeping Current Matters

Mortgage Rates Impact on 2017 Home Values

Mortgage Rates Impact on 2017 Home Values

There is no doubt that historically low mortgage interest rates were a major impetus to housing recovery over the last several years. However, many industry experts are showing concern about the possible effect that the rising rates will have moving forward. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the National Association of Realtors […]

Over Half of All Buyers Are Surprised by Closing Costs

Over Half of All Buyers Are Surprised by Closing Costs

According to a recent survey conducted by ClosingCorp, over half of all homebuyers are surprised by the closing costs required to obtain their mortgage. After surveying 1,000 first-time and repeat homebuyers, the results revealed that 17% of homebuyers were surprised that closing costs were required at all, while another 35% were stunned by how much […]

How Long Do Most Families Stay in Their Home?

How Long Do Most Families Stay in Their Home?

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) keeps historical data on many aspects of homeownership. One of the data points that has changed dramatically is the median tenure of a family in a home. As the graph below shows, for over twenty years (1985-2008), the median tenure averaged exactly six years. However, since 2008, that average is almost […]

Where Are the Home Prices Heading in the Next 5 Years?

Today, many real estate conversations center on housing prices and where they may be headed. That is why we like the Home Price Expectation Survey. Every quarter, Pulsenomics surveys a nationwide panel of over one hundred economists, real estate experts, and investment & market strategists about where they believe prices are headed over the next […]

Year-Over-Year Sales Increases Reach Double Digits in 5 Price Categories

Year-Over-Year Sales Increases Reach Double Digits in 5 Price Categories

The National Association of Realtors’ most recent Existing Home Sales Report revealed that, compared to last year, home sales are up dramatically in five of the six price ranges they measure. Homes priced between $100-250K showed a 20.7% increase year-over-year. This is an impressive increase, showing that November was an excellent month for home sales in this price range. But […]

Inadequate Inventory Driving Prices Up

Inadequate Inventory Driving Prices Up

The latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed a direct correlation between a lack of inventory and rising prices. We are all familiar with the concept of supply and demand. As the demand for an item increases the supply of that same item goes down, driving prices up. Year-over-year […]

Start 2017 Off Right… List Your House for Sale

Start 2017 Off Right… List Your House for Sale

As we are about to bring in the New Year, families across the country will be deciding if this is the year that they will sell their current house and move into their dream home. Many will decide that it is smarter to wait until the spring “buyer’s market” to list their house. In the […]

Homeowner Net Worth Is 45x Greater Than A Renter

Homeowner Net Worth Is 45x Greater Than A Renter

Wouldn’t you like to grow your wealth in a relatively easy and passive way? Orlando property management company Morgan Property Solutions recommends purchasing real estate in central Florida.   The Federal Reserve conducts a Survey of Consumer Finances every three years in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. The latest survey, […]

Top 5 Reasons You Should Not For Sale By Owner

Top 5 Reasons You Should Not For Sale By Owner

In today’s market, with home prices rising and a lack of inventory, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons why this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers. Here are […]

Existing Home Sales Surge Through The Holidays [INFOGRAPHIC]

Existing Home Sales Surge Through The Holidays [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: November’s Existing Home Sales report revealed that sales are now at an annual pace of 5.61 million which is “now the highest since February 2007 (5.79 million) and is 15.4% higher than a year ago (4.86 million).” Total housing inventory (or the inventory of homes for sale) fell 8.0% from last month and […]

The Fed Raised Rates: What Does that Mean for Housing?

The Fed Raised Rates: What Does that Mean for Housing?

You may have heard that the Federal Reserve raised rates last week… But what does that mean if you are looking to buy a home in the near future? Many in the housing industry have predicted that the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the policy-making arm of the Federal Reserve, would vote to raise the […]

Student Loans = Higher Credit Scores

Student Loans = Higher Credit Scores

According to a recent analysis by CoreLogic, Millennial renters (aged 20-34) who have student loan debt also have higher credit scores than those who do not have student loans. This may come as a surprise, as there is so much talk about student loans burdening Millennials and holding them back from many milestones that previous […]

Whether You Rent or Buy: Either Way You’re Paying a Mortgage

Whether You Rent or Buy: Either Way You’re Paying a Mortgage

There are essentially two different ways to pay for a mortgage… you either pay your own or someone else’s. As an Orlando property manager, we find that many people cannot qualify or even want to purchase a home for a variety of reasons, and that’s OK. However, the benefits of home-ownership to those who can […]

2 Tips to Ensure You Get the Most Money When Selling Your House

2 Tips to Ensure You Get the Most Money When Selling Your House

Every homeowner wants to make sure they get the best price when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive maximum value for your house? Here are two keys to ensuring you get the highest price possible. 1. Price it a LITTLE LOW  This may seem counterintuitive. However, let’s look at this […]

The #1 Reason to Sell Now… Not Next Spring

The #1 Reason to Sell Now… Not Next Spring

The price of any item (including residential real estate) is determined by ‘supply and demand’. If many people are looking to buy an item and the supply of that item is limited, the price of that item increases. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the supply of homes for sale dramatically increases every spring. As an […]

Home Prices: Where Will They Be in 5 Years?

Home Prices: Where Will They Be in 5 Years?

Looking into your financial future does not have to be burdensome, says Orlando property manager and REALTOR Devinee Overton-Morgan. The current trend on real estate shows prices continuing to increase and building American family’s wealth. Today, real estate conversations tend to focus on housing prices and where they may be headed. That is why we […]

Americans Are Moving [INFOGRAPHIC]

Americans Are Moving [INFOGRAPHIC]

Oliver Overton-Morgan (with Morgan Property Solutions an Orlando property management company), found where Americans are moving to and from. It’s interesting to see what are the most and least popular places. Highlights: For the 4th year in a row, the Northeast America saw a concentration of High Outbound activity. Oregon held on to the top […]

Will Increasing Mortgage Rates Impact Home Prices?

Will Increasing Mortgage Rates Impact Home Prices?

There are some who are calling for a decrease in home prices should mortgage interest rates begin to rise rapidly. Intuitively, this makes sense as the cost of a home is determined by the price of the home, plus the cost of financing that home. If mortgage interest rates increase, fewer people will be able […]

Selling in the Winter Attracts Serious Buyers

Selling in the Winter Attracts Serious Buyers

A recent study of more than 7 million home sales over the past four years revealed that the season in which a home is listed may be able to shed some light on the likelihood that the home will sell for more than asking price, as well as how quickly the sale will close. It’s […]