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Thursday, January 31, 2019   /   by Cindy Hurley

All Generations Believe Renting Is More Affordable Than Owning—Even Though It’s Not True

 

According to new research from lender Freddie Mac, every generation—from millennials to Gen Xers to Baby Boomers—are continuing to rent because they think it's saving them money. According to the report, 76% of Millennials, 75% of Gen Xers, and 81% of Baby Boomers said renting was the more affordable option. But with rents rising across the country, that's just no longer the case. According to the most recent Market Outlook Report from Realtor.com, rents rose year over year in nearly ¾ (73%) of counties across the United States. And according to Trulia, it is now more affordable to own a home than to rent in a whopping 98% of the largest metro markets in the US.

The Takeaway
The misconception that renting is more affordable than homeownership is not only costing renters of every generation money, it's also costing them the ability to own their own home. If you've been renting because you believe it's saving you money—no matter how old you are&mdas ...

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Thursday, January 03, 2019   /   by Cindy Hurley

7 Pricing Myths You Need to Get Past If You Want to Sell Your Home

When homeowners are preparing to put their properties on the market, one aspect is usually foremost in their minds: money. Setting the asking price accurately can mean the difference between getting an offer quickly and having a house languish for months, drawing little interest. With that in mind, it's important that potential sellers block out a lot of the noise that often surrounds the intricate art and science of pricing. There are plenty of myths that may cause sellers to lose sleep at night as they attempt to separate fact from fiction. The following are statements that can stand in the way of a successful sale.


1. 'If we keep waiting, a better offer will come along!'

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When sellers receive an offer from the first showing, they may be skeptical or hesitant to accept it, wondering if other prospective buyers would be inclined to pay more. Thoughts of potential bidding wars could cause sellers to want to wait and see who else falls for their place. But, remembe ...

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Monday, June 04, 2018   /   by Cindy Hurley

What Day of the Week is Best to List - It Actually Matters

Who Knew?

When you're getting ready to list your home, the general mindset is to get it on the market as quickly as possible, so that it will sell as quickly as possible.  This may not be the best plan of attack according to Redfin's Data Driven Selling Tips.  Read more below. 


What’s The Best Day to Put My House on the Market?
Thursday. Homes that hit the market Thursday typically sell faster and for more money, with more than one in five getting above asking price. Homes listed on Thursdays in April do even better, with one in four going for above asking price.

Wednesday’s Price Advantage
Homes listed on Wednesday had an advantage of $2,023 in sale price over homes listed on a Sunday, a sale-to-list premium of 0.53 percent. For a $500,000 house, that means you could make $2,650 more just by listing on a Wednesday instead of a Sunday.
Thursday’s Speed and Certainty Advantage
For speed, Thursday had a clear advantage, with Thu ...

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Friday, September 15, 2017   /   by Cindy Hurley

Realtor® Designations and What They Mean to You

If you're dabbling in the real estate market, no doubt you've noticed that some Realtors® have designatory letters after their name, implying that they have certifications in certain areas of real estate.  Unfortunately, the average Joe has no idea what these mean, just that it makes a real estate agent look ritzy.  Here we will explain this enigma to help you with choosing the agent that's right for you and your personal situation.  For more information on any of these Designations or organizations, click the links.  This list is quite extensive, so we have sorted them alphabetically and added logos for each designation so you can locate what you're looking for quickly.
First, in order to understand these designatons,  who is NAR??
NAR - National Association of Realtors®
The National Association of Realtors®  represents 1.2 million members.  Membership is composed of residential and commercial brokers, salespeople, property mana ...

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Friday, June 23, 2017   /   by Cindy Hurley

Planning The Best Summer Getaway

Timing.


One of the most important factors for planning your trip is timing. Decide when you want to go and when you plan to return. Hotels, airfare, rental cars and many activities are cheaper on the weekdays rather than the weekends. Keep this in mind when booking your summer trip.


Location.


First and foremost, where would you like to go? Sure, there are plenty of great cities and attractions to visit, but do you want to be the typical tourist or journey off the beaten path? Maybe a little of both? This is the most time consuming part of planning your getaway. Research, research, research!





Coupons and Coupon Books.


Leave your home prepared with coupons and coupon books for your route and destination. Entertainment coupon books are extremely popular and sell for only $12 each with free shipping. To order yours click here. To find free online coupons, simply Google or Bing search your destination and route for coupons.  ...

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