Some Highlights:The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released their latest Existing Home Sales Report.First-time homebuyers made up 33% of all sales in October.Homes are selling quickly with 43% of homes on the market for less than a mon…

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Winter Is Coming… 5 Reasons to Sell Now! | Simplifying The MarketPeople across the country are beginning to think about what their life will look like next year. It happens every fall; we ponder whether we should relocate to a different part of the country to find better year-round weather, or perhaps move across the state for better job opportunities.

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Some Highlights:

  • The National Association of REALTORS® surveyed their members for the release of their Confidence Index.
  • The REALTORS® Confidence Index is a key indicator of housing market strength based on a monthly survey sent to over 50,000 real estate practitioners. Practitioners are asked about their expectations for home sales, prices and market conditions.
  • Homes sold in 60 days or less in 42 out of 50 states, and Washington D.C.
  • Homes sold in 30 days or less in 17 states.
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You Can Never Have TMI about PMI | Simplifying The MarketWhen it comes to buying a home, whether it is your first time or your fifth, it is always important to know all the facts. With the large number of mortgage programs available that allow buyers to purchase a home with a down payment below 20%, you can never have Too Much Information (TMI) about Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI).

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A Lack of Listings Remains ‘Huge’ Challenge in the Market | Simplifying The MarketThe housing crisis is finally in the rearview mirror as the real estate market moves down the road to a complete recovery. Home values are up, home sales are up, and distressed sales (foreclosures & short sales) are at their lowest mark in over 8 years.

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Why Waiting Until After the Holidays to Sell Isn’t a Smart Decision | Simplifying The MarketEvery year at this time, many homeowners decide to wait until after the holidays to put their homes on the market for the first time, while others who already have their homes on the market decide to take them off until after the holidays. Here are six great reasons not to wait:

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