Real Estate Market Trends


Chart Showing Average Mortgage Rates Over Past 30 Years

I always like to look at this chart.  It shows yearly averages of conforming loan rates for a 30 year fixed loan.  For those of us who weren't around to enjoy a 16% interest…

Five Percent Down: A Fluke, or the Beginning of a Trend?

As a Realtor who’s experienced all the ups and downs of the market during the past decade, it takes a lot to surprise me. But today, a pre-approval letter came across my desk that…

How to increase the resale value of your home (hint: install solar panels)

If you add solar panels to your home, you’ll probably get that money back when you sell—and you may even make money on the deal. That’s the bottom line from a Lawrence…

Five tips for investigating the neighborhood

You’ve got your eye on a home. The property is priced right. The house fits all of your needs and and you can check most of your “must-have” boxes. But is there something…

Is it better to rent or buy?

Is it better to be a renter than a homeowner? A lot of people who wouldn’t have considered renting are asking themselves that question today. There are several reasons for this: Home…

Top 3 tips for buying a home in 2011

Will 2011 be a good year to buy a home? Yes—as long as current trends hold. The economic recovery is expected to continue, if slowly, which should make buyers more confident. Plus,…

Home Selling Tips: Creative Ways to Sell a House

What extra steps would you take to sell your home in this market? Display a bowl of oranges in the kitchen? Bury a statue of St. Joseph in the back yard? Serve…
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How the Internet affects the real estate market today

The Internet is having a strong impact on the real estate market, though it’s not always apparent.  And I'm not just talking about 360-degree online home tours and web sites like Zillow.com.…

CNN says California home prices rebounding- but is the worst part over?

“California housing prices on the rebound,” declared a CNNMoney.com headline last week. According to the article, California home prices have climbed for nine consecutive months, posting a 10.4 percent gain year-over-year in July.…

What are pocket listings and why are they on the rise?

In the past few months, I’ve noticed an uptick in the number of ‘pocket listings.’ Here’s a quick look at what pocket listings are, why they’re becoming more commonplace, and what it…