Real estate Homeownership Is Full of Financial Benefits A Fannie Mae survey recently revealed some of the most highly-rated benefits of homeownership, which continue to be key drivers in today’s power-packed housing market. Here are the top four financial benefits of owning a home according to consumer respondents: 88% – a better chance of saving for retirement 87% – the best investment plan […]
Real estate Buyer Competition Is Good News for Sellers Some Highlights With so many buyers looking for homes to purchase and so few houses available today, there’s a substantial increase in bidding wars, and homes are selling fast. According to the latest Realtors Confidence Index Survey from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), on average, houses are receiving over four offers from buyers and […]
Real estate Buyer & Seller Perks in Today’s Housing Market Right now, the housing market is full of outstanding opportunities for both buyers and sellers. Whether you’re thinking of buying your first home, moving up to a bigger one, or selling so you can downsize this spring, there are perks today that are powering big moves for people across the country. Here are the top two to […]
Real estate Will the Housing Market Bloom This Spring? Spring is almost here, and many are wondering what it will bring for the housing market. Even though the pandemic continues on, it’s certain to be very different from the spring we experienced at this time last year. Here’s what a few industry experts have to say about the housing market and how it will […]
Real estate Home Prices: What Happened in 2020? What Will Happen This Year? The real estate market was on fire during the second half of 2020. Buyer demand was way up, and the supply of homes available for sale hit record lows. The price of anything is determined by the supply and demand ratio, so home prices skyrocketed last year. Dr. Lynn Fisher, Deputy Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Division […]
Real estate Want to Build Wealth? Buy a Home This Year Every year, households across the country make the decision to rent for another year or take the leap into homeownership. They look at their earnings and savings and then decide what makes the most financial sense. That equation will most likely take into consideration monthly housing costs, tax advantages, and other incremental expenses. Using these […]
Real estate Q4 2020 Southern California Real Estate Market Update Q4 2020 Southern California Real Estate Market Update by Matthew Gardner The following analysis of the Southern California real estate market is provided by Windermere Real Estate Chief Economist Matthew Gardner. We hope that this information may assist you with making better-informed real estate decisions. For further information about the housing market in your area, […]
Uncategorized Dangers of an Overpriced Home   Image source: Shutterstock When it comes time to sell your home, determining its exact value can be a challenge. Naturally, homeowners want to get the most value for their home. However, if it hits the market at too high a price, it could cause serious complications in the selling process.   Attracting the wrong buyers […]
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Real estate Ways to Save Money by Going Green Contrary to popular belief, going green does not have to be hard or cost money, in fact it can even save you money.  There are many small things that you and your family can do within your home to save money while reducing landfill waste and the use of natural resources. Discover a few ways […]
Uncategorized The Market & Industry: Record-low mortgage rates and inventory Mortgage rates dropped to a record low last week, averaging 2.86 percent for a 30-year fixed-rate loan. This marks the ninth time in 2020 that mortgage rates have hit a new floor. At the same time, mortgage credit availability shrunk to a six-year low in August, meaning lending standards have tightened. Buyer demand still remains […]
Uncategorized 2020 – A Historical Year in Real Estate The year 2020 will certainly be one to remember, with new realities and norms that changed the way we live. This year’s real estate market is certainly no exception to that shift, with historic highlights continuing to break records and challenge what many thought possible in the housing market. Here’s a look at four key […]
Uncategorized Your Guide to Going Solar   Image Source: Canva   For homeowners looking to reduce their home’s carbon footprint, increase its sustainability, and add value to their property, going solar is an obvious choice. Understanding how solar works and how to maximize its benefits are key first steps in your journey to becoming a solar energy-producing household.   How does […]
Uncategorized Southern California Real Estate Market Update     The following analysis of the Southern California real estate market is provided by Windermere Real Estate Chief Economist Matthew Gardner. We hope that this information may assist you with making better-informed real estate decisions. For further information about the housing market in your area, please don’t hesitate to contact your Windermere agent.   […]
Uncategorized Retirees Guide to Downsizing When considering downsizing your home, there are issues and stressors you may have never encountered. For seniors, this is a situation that sometimes comes from necessity. And now, as the coronavirus pummels assets and incomes, downsizing may be more necessary for many as a way to reduce spending. Already, as the number of baby boomers […]
Uncategorized Three Reasons Why This Is Not a Housing Crisis In times of uncertainty, one of the best things we can do to ease our fears is to educate ourselves with research, facts, and data. Digging into past experiences by reviewing historical trends and understanding the peaks and valleys of what’s come before us is one of the many ways we can confidently evaluate any […]
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Uncategorized Buying a Home Early Can Significantly Increase Future Wealth According to an Urban Institute study, homeowners who purchase a house before age 35 are better prepared for retirement at age 60. The good news is, our younger generations are strong believers in homeownership. According to a Freddie Mac survey, “The dream of homeownership is alive and well within “Generation Z,” the demographic cohort following Millennials. Our survey…finds that […]
Uncategorized December Calendar of Events So much holiday fun to be had! Enjoy all our area has to offer and happy holidays to you and yours.   Copyright © 2019 Windermere Homes & Estates, All rights reserved.
Uncategorized Four Holiday Décor Trends to Inspire You This Season by Meaghan McGlynn The holiday season is here and for many of us, that means it’s time to deck the halls. If you’re looking for some inspiration and a place to start, here are some ideas that are certain to get everyone in the spirit.   A Tree of a Different Color Photo Credit: Left […]
Uncategorized Homeownership is the Top Contributor to Your Net Worth Many people plan to build their net worth by buying CDs or stocks, or just having a savings account. Recently, however, Economist Jonathan Eggleston and Survey Statistician Donald Hays, both of the U.S. Census Bureau, shared the biggest determinants of wealth, “The biggest determinants of household wealth [are] owning a home and having a retirement account.” (Shown in the graph below): This does […]