New Home vs. Old Home – Which Home Is Best for Your Buyer?

By Monica O’Neill The real estate market is full of a great variety of homes for potential buyers to choose from. One of the first decisions a potential buyer must consider is their preference for finding an existing home or building a new one. Keeping clarity in this situation means focusing your clients on their needs, budget and lifestyle. Consider the following: Aggressive incentives are...

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Five Great Tips for Achieving a Work-Life Balance

Between your family, work, your exercise routine and your social life, finding time to relax may seem like a laughable notion. But while a busy schedule can make taking time out to relax difficult, it should still be a priority—right up there with making it to your son’s Little League games or your Monday morning meeting. Here are a few tips for achieving a work-life balance. 1) Manage your ti...

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Slowing but Still Improved: New-Home Sales Decline in June

Sales of newly built, single-family homes slowed 8.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 350,000 units in June following an upwardly revised, strong pace in the previous month, according to figures released today by HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. “While we would have liked to see a third consecutive month of new-home sales gains in June, the fact remains that the sales numbers are u...

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Marketing Strategies: 5 Steps to Becoming a Success Magnet

Marketing Strategies: 5 Steps to Becoming a Success Magnet By Maya Bailey What would it mean for you to manifest the success you desire and the success you deserve? The following “5 Steps to becoming a Success Magnet” will give you a formula to manifest the success you desire and the success you deserve. This five step formula comes from my direct experience of having been a psychologist for 2...

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Builder Confidence in the 55+ Housing Market Shows Significant Improvement in the First Quarter

Builder Confidence in the 55+ Housing Market Shows Significant Improvement in the First Quarter Builder confidence in the 55+ housing market for single-family homes had a significant increase in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the same period a year ago, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) released recently. The index increa...

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First Quarter Metro Area Home Prices Stabilizing, Sales Up and Inventory Down

First Quarter Metro Area Home Prices Stabilizing, Sales Up and Inventory Down Median existing single-family home prices are firming in many metropolitan areas, while improving sales and declining inventory are creating more balanced conditions, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of Realtors®. The median existing single-family home price rose in 74 out of 146 metr...

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Fixed Mortgage Rates Hit Record Lows…Again

Fixed Mortgage Rates Hit Record Lows…Again Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates again hitting new record lows. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at 3.79 percent continues to remain well below 4 percent and 15-year fixed-rate mortgages are also slightly down at 3.04 percent. Additional details from the P...

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March Pending Home Sales Rise, Market Recovering

March Pending Home Sales Rise, Market Recovering Pending home sales increased in March and are well above a year ago, another signal the housing market is recovering, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, rose 4.1 percent to 101.4 in March from an upwardly revised 97.4 in February and is 12.8 perc...

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Mortgage Rates Reach Another Record Low

Mortgage Rates Reach Another Record Low Mortgage rates fell for a fourth consecutive week and the fifth time in the past six weeks, with the average rate on the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropping to 4.05 percent, according to Bankrate.com’s weekly national survey. The average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.45 discount and origination points. The average 15-year fixed ...

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U.S. Housing Market Finally Reaches a Turning Point

U.S. Housing Market Finally Reaches a Turning Point Home valuations will start to climb again while adjacent consumer industries will capture significant new growth opportunities in 2012 and beyond as the U.S. housing market finally turns the corner, concludes a major new study released today by The Demand Institute. According to the study, the recovery of the housing market will have far-reaching...

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