The Overlooked Financial Advantages of Homeownership
There are many clear financial benefits to owning a home: increasing equity, building net worth, growing appreciation, and more. If you’re a renter, it’s never too early to make a plan for how homeownership can propel you toward a ...
Posted by Josh Barker on February 17, 2020 in Josh's Blog
How Pricing Your Home Right Makes a Big Difference
Even though there’s a big buyer demand for homes in today’s low inventory market, it doesn’t mean you should price your home as high as the sky when you’re ready to sell. Here’s why making sure you price it right is ...
Posted by Josh Barker on February 10, 2020 in Josh's Blog
The #1 Reason It Is Difficult to Find Your Dream Home
The headlines in real estate today all revolve around one major point: there is a shortage of homes available for sale. Price appreciation is accelerating again because there is a shortage of homes available for sale. First-time buyers are taking ...
Posted by Josh Barker on January 27, 2020 in Josh's Blog
Housing Inventory Vanishing: What Is the Impact on You?
The real estate market is expected to do very well this year as mortgage rates remain at historic lows. One challenge to the housing industry is the lack of homes available for sale. Last week, move.com released a report showing that 2020 is ...
Posted by Josh Barker on January 20, 2020 in Josh's Blog
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 ...
Posted by Josh Barker on January 13, 2020 in Josh's Blog
2020 Forecast Shows Continued Home Price Appreciation
Questions continue to rise around where home prices will head in 2020. The latest forecast from CoreLogic shows continued appreciation at 5.4% over the next year:
Additionally, ARCH Mortgage Insurance Company in their current Housing and Mortgage ...
Posted by Josh Barker on December 27, 2019 in Josh's Blog
3 Mistakes to Avoid When Selling a Home in 2020
It’s exciting to put a house on the market and to think about making new memories in new spaces, but we can have deep sentimental attachments to the homes we’re leaving behind, too. Growing emotions can help or hinder a sale, depending ...
Posted by Josh Barker on December 17, 2019 in Josh's Blog
Is A Bigger House Within Your Budget?
At this time of year, many families come together to celebrate the season. It’s also the time when many realize their homes are just not quite big enough to host all of their guests and loved ones. Are you one of those homeowners dreaming for ...
Posted by Josh Barker on December 9, 2019 in Josh's Blog
Expert Advice: 3 Benefits to Owning a Home
Success is something often worth repeating, and Brent Sutherland, a Certified Financial Planner and Real Estate Investor, has certainly made his way in a momentum-driving direction. Here are 3 tips he shares from a recent piece in Business Insider ...
Posted by Josh Barker on November 25, 2019 in Josh's Blog
2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers
In a recent article, First American shared how millennials are not really any different from previous generations when it comes to the goal of homeownership; it is still a huge part of their American Dream. The piece, however, also ...
Posted by Josh Barker on November 18, 2019 in Josh's Blog
75 Years of VA Home Loan Benefits
Today, on Veterans Day, we salute those who have served our country in war or peace, and we thank them for their sacrifice.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of VA Home Loan Benefit offerings through the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, also ...
Posted by Josh Barker on November 11, 2019 in Josh's Blog
The #1 Reason to List Your House in the Winter
Many sellers believe spring is the best time to put their homes on the market because buyer demand traditionally increases at that time of year. What they don’t realize is if every homeowner believes the same thing, then that’s when ...
Posted by Josh Barker on November 4, 2019 in Josh's Blog
Think Prices Have Skyrocketed? Look at Rents
Much has been written about how residential real estate values have increased since the housing market started its recovery in 2012. However, little has been shared about what has taken place with residential rental prices. Let’s shed a ...
Posted by Josh Barker on October 28, 2019 in Josh's Blog
5 Tips for Starting Your Home Search
In today’s market, low inventory dominates the conversation in many areas of the country. It can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren’t prepared. Here are five tips from realtor.com’s article, “How ...
Posted by Josh Barker on October 22, 2019 in Josh's Blog
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 ...
Posted by Josh Barker on October 15, 2019 in Josh's Blog
How Does the Supply of Homes for Sale Impact Buyer Demand?
The price of any item is determined by supply, as well as the market’s demand for the item. The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) surveys “over 50,000 real estate practitioners about their expectations for home sales, prices and ...
Posted by Josh Barker on October 1, 2019 in Josh's Blog
Are You Ready for the ‘Black Friday’ of Real Estate?
Every year, ‘Black Friday’ is a highly anticipated event for eager shoppers. Some people prepare for weeks, crafting and refining a strategic shopping agenda, determining exactly when to arrive at each store, and capturing a wish list ...
Posted by Josh Barker on September 26, 2019 in Josh's Blog
Home Prices Increase in Every Price Range
CoreLogic’s Home Price Index (HPI) Report revealed,
“National home prices increased 3.6% year over year in July 2019 and are forecast to increase 5.4% from July 2019 to July 2020.”
They also analyzed four individual home-price ...
Posted by Josh Barker on September 17, 2019 in Josh's Blog
5 Reasons to Sell This Fall
Below are 5 compelling reasons listing your home for sale this fall makes sense.
Demand Is Strong
The latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains strong throughout the vast majority of ...
Posted by Josh Barker on September 9, 2019 in Josh's Blog
Experts Predict a Strong Housing Market for the Rest of 2019
We’re in the back half of the year, and with a decline in interest rates as well as home price and wage appreciation, many are wondering what the predictions are for the remainder of 2019.
Here’s what some of the experts have to ...
Posted by Josh Barker on August 26, 2019 in Josh's Blog