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Out of the Shadows 2011 is beginning with much more positive news with regards to the housing industry than we have had in several years. The pending sales numbers (houses going into contract) have been climbing for several months. Last month’s Existing Homes Sales Report from the National Associ...
Homeowners & Renters Agree A substantial majority of both homeowners and current renters agree that owning a home is a smart decision over the long term. That’s according to the results of a National Association of Realtors® survey. In today’s market, many aspiring homeowners are faced with worri...
Your Home is Your Home A few years ago, when the housing market was sizzling hot, everyone talked about how their home was a fantastic investment. Those people talked about how a home that sold ten years ago had quadrupled in value over the last five and wish they bought more. Many “real-estate ...
Job Growth & Housing Market Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, speaking before the Senate Budget Committee, stated that “. . . it could take four to five more years for the job market to normalize fully.” Despite reports of unemployment falling by more than 500,000 to 9.4% in the most recent ...
Value of the White House The White House is definitely an American icon. It also is a symbol of the American housing market, because, like many of the country's houses, it's not worth what it was once. Over the last three years the home and office of the President has lost nearly a quarter of i...
Does Negative Equity Really Matter? Just because you owe more on your mortgage than your home is worth doesn't necessarily mean that you are no longer able to afford your mortgage. For many who bought their homes during the housing boom, little has changed for them financially other than what the...
What I Learned...From a Little Kid I have the opportunity to share a communion message at church tomorrow. When I remember the death, burial & resurrection, I think about the ways Jesus uses others to teach me about the meaning of the cross. This is the time of the year that two things happen......
Are Home Values Coming Back? Many people believe that the value of their home will magically return to those of 5 years ago...nobody knows if those values will return in 2 years, 5 years, 10 years...or ever. Let's look at a few known facts; Home values have historically appreciated at a rate ne...