Why Working with a Local Real Estate Professional Makes All the Difference

  If you’ve entered the real estate market, as a buyer or a seller, you’ve inevitably heard the real estate mantra, “location, location, location” in reference to how identical homes can increase or decrease in value due to where they’re located. Well, a new survey shows that when it comes to choosing a real estate…

Here’s WHY You Should BUY

Real Estate mogul, Sean Conlon, host of The Deed: Chicago on CNBC, was recently asked the question, should you buy? Or should you rent a house?   Conlon responded: “I am a true believer that you save every penny and you buy your first house… and that is still the fastest path to wealth in…

Shining the Light on Solar

Before you get involved in Solar energy – please do your homework. Whether you are the buyer or seller in this transaction, there are important things to consider when it comes to the transfer of ownership of your home.   Do you Lease or Own the panels? OWNED PANELS: If the panels are owned by…

The Big Down Payment Myth

Having the spare capital to put 20 percent down on a home purchase is great, but it’s certainly not the norm. Still, many people think it is and that belief may be holding some would-be home buyers back, particularly young adults. Indeed, 39 percent of non-owners say they believe they need more than 20 percent…

Home Prices: Where Will They Be in 5 Years?

My clients make good decisions because they are well-educated… the transaction is well-executed, and the CLOSING is well-delivered! Here’s a sample of the information I provide to my clients (short & sweet, just the meat – no fillers): Today, many real estate conversations center on housing prices and where they may be headed. That is…

Rethinking Your Christmas List This Year

This article comes courtesy of Realtor.com Getting a Down Payment as a Gift? Why NOT?? Why not give a gift that will KEEP on giving for years to come?!? The first time I talked with a mortgage broker about buying a home, he suggested I just ask my parents for help coming up with the down…

Thoughts on Multi-generational Living…

Multi-generational homes are coming back in a big way! In the 1950s, about 21%, or 32.2 million Americans shared a roof with their grown children or parents. According to a recent Pew Research Center report, the number of multi-generational homes dropped to as low as 12% in 1980 but has shot back up to 19%,…

3 Simple Steps to 3%

Start today.. contact me or your lender and discuss what your first step needs to be. You may be more ready than you think! If you can gather first, last, and security deposit to rent … why not put that same cash to work as a down payment on your OWN home! Rents can be…

Amazing views – Affordable Luxury

This 4 bedroom 1 1/2 bath home in West Springfield could be just what you’ve been waiting for! Located in the highly desirable Tatham section, this 8 room home features high-end kitchen upgrades, hardwood floors, formal livingroom, dining room and family room. Marble fireplace, elegant entryway… and a large deck looking out toward Westfield…. Close…

No Housing Bubble? Then What is IT??

With home prices expected to appreciate by over 5% this year, some are beginning to worry about a new housing bubble forming. Warren Buffet addressed this issue last week in an article by Fortune Magazine. He simply explained: “I don’t see a nationwide bubble in real estate right now at all.” Later, when questioned whether…

Further Proof This Isn’t a Housing Bubble

Two weeks ago, we posted a blog which explained that current increases in home prices were the result of the well-known concept of supply & demand and should not lead to conversations of a new housing bubble. Today, we want to look at home prices as compared to current incomes. Here is a graph showing the…