Real Estate: Look for value in 2014 According to Money Magazine

    Money magazine’s outlook on how to Make More in 2014 includes how to play in the housing market as a key strategy! The good news for housing is that price gains next year are expected to be only about half as strong as in 2013, when sellers stayed on the sidelines. Yes, that’s[…]

Harvard: 5 Financial Reasons to Buy a Home

  Eric Belsky is Managing Director of the Joint Center of Housing Studies at Harvard University. He also currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Housing Research and Housing Policy Debate. This year he released a new paper on homeownership – The Dream Lives On: the Future of Homeownership in America. In[…]

Real Estate Predictions & the Hottest Housing Markets for 2014

  A lot has changed in real estate in 2013. Home values have skyrocketed in many markets, mortgage rates have risen from their bottom and most recently, negative equity fell at the fastest pace ever. Zillow predicts 2014 to see a continuation of this positive trend. Take a look at Zillow’s four bold predictions for[…]


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CoreLogic reports 21.1% house price gain in Orange County

  A price report released in December shows single-family home values rose 21.1 percent in Orange County during the 12 months ending in October, the seventh straight month with annual appreciation rates above 20 percent. But the appreciation rate continued to decelerate for a second straight month, according to Irvine market tracker CoreLogic, reflecting the[…]

Follow the mortgage money: Why 2014 should be a good year for housing

  From Ken Harney who writes an award-winning, nationally syndicated column, “The Nation’s Housing,” and is the author of two books on real estate and mortgage… Disclaimer upfront: I live and work in America’s most dysfunctional political and bureaucratic environment — inside the Beltway, Washington, D.C. So I have to admit that my ability to[…]

53,000 Orange County Homes Regain Equity

  More than 53,000 Orange County homes that had more debt than they were worth have regained equity this year so far, according to Irvine-based real estate data firm CoreLogic. As of the third quarter of 2013, 29,514 Orange County homes were “under water,” meaning that their owners owed more on the mortgage than the[…]

Orange County Home Prices tie 6-year High Reached in August

  Orange County home prices returned to a post-recession high last month, new housing figures show. But fewer were willing or able to buy at those elevated costs. Type Nov. Price 1 yr ch Nov. Sales 1 yr ch Resale houses $610,000 16.2% 1,591 -13.6% Resale condos $373,000 21.3% 668 -19.4% All new homes $714,500[…]

Just In Time For Christmas…791,000 Underwater Homes Return to Positive Equity!

    Rising home prices continue to pull underwater homeowners into positive equity positions, with 791,000 additional properties returning to a situation in which the borrower no longer owes more than the home is worth in the third quarter, CoreLogic (CLGX) said Tuesday. The Irvine, Calif.-based research firm reported that as of 3Q, the total[…]

Repeat homebuyers to dominate 2014 market

  While 2013 was the year of the investor, 2014 is expected to usher in several pivotal shifts in the housing market, including the dominance of the repeat homebuyer, Jed Kolko, chief economist with Trulia (TRLA) said in his latest housing predictions for 2014. “As prices rise, buying homes will become less attractive to investors[…]

U.S. Homes Gain $1.9 Trillion in Value in 2013; Largest Gain Since 2005

  Total Value of U.S. Housing Stock Jumps for Second Straight Year; Almost Half of Cumulative Value Lost Between 2007-2011 Has Been Recovered, According to Zillow Homes nationwide are expected to gain almost $1.9 trillion in cumulative value in 2013, the second consecutive annual gain and the largest since 2005, according to an analysis of[…]

November National Sales Report – Prices Remain Strong!

After 28 months of year-over-year increases in home sales, November saw a 7.8% drop. The housing market appears to be making expected seasonal adjustments, as the recovery is simultaneously impacted by a combination of factors – rising interest rates, the government shutdown, mortgage qualification difficulties, severe weather and seasonality. Mostly due to a still tight[…]

As a Seller Consider A Home Inspection

  A home inspection isn’t just for buyers. It’s also something sellers should seriously consider before putting their house on the market. Why? Quite simply, you don’t know what you don’t know. Imagine getting a great offer on your home only to discover, during the middle of the process, that it needs considerable repairs. This[…]

Preparing Your Home For Sale

  Potential buyers get an impression of your home – either positive or negative – within 30 seconds of walking through the door. Having them see your home in tip-top selling shape is an absolute must. There are countless ways to put the freshest face on your home, many of them costing little more than[…]

Pricing Your Home to Sell!

  Smart, competitive pricing is essential. When you price too high, your home stays on the market longer, prolonging the process and increasing your expenses along the way.   Home Seller Mistake No. 1: Pricing Too High “I can always lower the price later if I don’t get any offers.” That statement costs home sellers[…]

Selling Your Home – Your Individualized Marketing Plan

  Experienced agents understand how to accurately price your home and make it stand out in the market. They also have access to a vast referral network, enabling them to connect with potential buyers across town or around the world. Here are a few avenues RE/MAX Evolution agents may use to market your home, both[…]

Selling Your Home – Pick the Right Agent

  Plain and simple, owning a home can improve your quality of life, provide stability and give you a sense of control you just can’t get from renting. You have a place to live when you rent, but buying is something much deeper – and better. A skilled, qualified real estate agent brings tremendous value[…]

Selling Your Home – 1st of 5 Part Series

Selling a house can be stressful. Making the decision, preparing the house for sale, keeping it clean, waiting for a buyer, dealing with offers, and advancing to the closing table – all of these steps can involve discomfort. This is a huge financial transaction with many emotional aspects. But you can get it done –[…]