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84% of Americans Believe Buying a Home is a Good Financial Decision

84% of Americans Believe Buying a Home is a Good Financial Decision | Simplifying The Market

According to the National Association of Realtors®’ 2017 National Housing Pulse Survey, 84% of Americans now believe that purchasing a home is a good financial decision. This is the highest percentage since 2007 – before the housing crisis. Those surveyed pointed out five major reasons why they believe homeownership is a good financial decision:

  1. Homeownership means the money you spend on housing goes towards building equity, rather than to a landlord
  2. Homeownership creates the opportunity to pay off a mortgage and own your home by the time you retire
  3. Homeownership is an investment opportunity that builds long-term wealth and increases net worth
  4. Homeownership means a stable and predictable monthly mortgage payment
  5. Homeownership allows for various deductions on federal, state, and local income taxes

The survey also revealed that the majority of Americans strongly agree that homeownership helps create safe, secure, and stable environments.

Bottom Line

Homeownership has always been and still is a crucial part of the American Dream.

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3 Tips to Succeed in Today’s Real Estate Market

3 Tips to Succeed in Today’s Real Estate Market | Simplifying The Market

In today’s highly competitive real estate market, where inventory levels are not keeping up with the constant stream of buyer demand, there are steps you can take to ensure you are most prepared for success when buying a home.

The 3 tips we are going to expand on today come from a recent blog by Trulia entitled, The Skinny on Skinny Inventory. 

1. Be Prepared

“Homebuyers should talk with a lender, real estate agent, and a home inspector BEFORE finding a home to make an offer on.”

Being intentional, pre-approved, and prepared will set you up for the accelerated time tables that come with a highly competitive market. If you are the most prepared buyer interested in a home, if you have already secured financial approval, and if you are ready to move fast, your bid will be that much more attractive to a seller.

2. Think Strategically

“Starter homebuyers don’t have a home to sell and can be flexible on closing dates compared to homebuyers who are also trying to sell at the same time.”

If you are one of the many first-time buyers looking for your dream home, know that being strategic and flexible about closing dates can also help your offer stand out from the rest. But don’t fret if you are a homeowner who will also have to sell your own house first – be upfront about your timeline with your agent and with any offers you make.

3. Seek Out the Ugly Ducklings

“Buyers might consider looking for homes that have been on the market for a while and investigate why. The reasons may be a deal-killer but all it takes is one ugly duckling to turn into a swan.”

Finding a fixer-upper or a home that needs a little love might be your best way to guarantee that you are able to find a home in the neighborhood that you want. The worst house on the best block will go for a steal and offer instant equity once you fix it up!

Bottom Line

In today’s market, full of bidding wars and tough competition, finding ways to stand out from the rest by getting creative will improve your chances of having a home to call your own.

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Thinking of Selling? You Should Act NOW!

Thinking of Selling? You Should Act NOW! | Simplifying The Market

If you thought about selling your house this year, now more than ever may be the time to do it! The inventory of homes for sale is well below historic norms and buyer demand is skyrocketing. We were still in high school when we learned the concept of supply and demand: the best time to sell something is when supply of that item is low and demand for that item is high. That defines today’s real estate market.

Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at the National Association of Realtors, recently commented:

“Buyer interest is solid, but there is just not enough supply to satisfy demand. Prospective buyers are being sidelined by both limited choices and home prices that are climbing too fast.”

Yun goes on to say:

“Current demand levels indicate sales should be stronger, but it’s clear some would-be buyers are having to delay or postpone their home search because low supply is leading to worsening affordability conditions.”

In this type of market, a seller may hold a major negotiating advantage when it comes to price and other aspects of the real estate transaction, including the inspection, appraisal and financing contingencies.

Bottom Line

As a potential seller, you are in the driver’s seat right now. It might be time to hit the gas.

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Barbara Carter
RE Associate Broker
Century 21 Alliance
Realty Group

203 Main Street
New Paltz NY 12561
Cell: 845-505-3160  
Office:845-297-4700
Barbara@NewPaltzRealEstate.com




2015-2016 Century 21 Centurion Award
2014 Century 21 Quality Service Award
2015-2016 Century 21 Quality Service Pinnacle Award
2015-2016 Century 21 Presidents Producer Award
2015-2016 Hudson Valley Magazine "Five Star Professional Real Estate Agent Award"

Testimonials

It's important to know oneself when choosing a realtor. Knowing that my wife and I would be buyers that need a patient and highly responsive agent, we met with several experienced realtors before choosing Barbara Carter. We chose Barbara in part because of her excellent reputation and in part because of her extraordinary knowledge of the mid-Hudson Valley market. But most of all, we just knew that Barbara had the warm and conscientious personality we could work with. In every way, Barbara exceeded our expectations. Ours was a two year process to find the right home. We started with one idea and ended with a very different one. Dozens of properties were visited. Throughout the process, Barbara was remarkably patient, carefully listening to and responding to our evolving criteria. She was quick to bring newly listed properties to our attention. If we had questions about a property, she was quick to get us answers. Property after property, Barbara never wavered. When we found what we wanted, a number of complexities unfolded. Most were unexpected and many would have rattled a less experienced realtor. It is here that a buyer wants a real pro, and Barbara skillfully guided us through the details of a very challenging 6 month offer-to-closing process. Often she did much more for us than her professional duties required. From the first day we started looking for a home to the day of closing, Barbara never missed a beat. She is a total professional . Eugene Lebwohl
Having Barbara Carter as your Realtor is equivalent to the ultimate professional, successful, and pleasurable real estate experience. My house was on the market with another agency for over a year and no offers were achieved. When Barbara became my agent; a marketing report was generated within days, proper pricing was achieved, and three bids were received within the first week. From the first days of showing to the actual closing on the property, Barbara was brilliant and enthusiastic about all matters related to the sale of my home. Her attention to detail, knowledge of the market conditions, willingness to share her wisdom, high standard of ethics, and generosity of spirit are the best I have ever experienced. Barbara Carter receives my absolute highest level of recommendation. Marda Reid
It was our great pleasure working with Barbara.Barbara is very professional, informative,honest hard working and all the good qualities.She will get you a beautiful home for your money in a nice environment. Barbara had found a dream home for me and my husband in a short period of time.She did not only sold us this house she chose a home that she likes for herself too. We fell in love with the house and made our decision the first time we saw it.I would highly recomend Barbara she is the BEST.Thanks again Barbara. Deneise Clacken
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