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Real Estate May Be a Safe Haven in a Bear Market

Rental properties can help level out the peaks and valleys in your portfolio. Is a bear market on the way? That’s the question experts and investors alike have been debating for months. Given the cyclical nature of the market, it’s unrealistic to expect the current bull market to continue its run forever. What’s uncertain is…

Home sales rise for a second straight month

Existing-home sales were up 1.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.45 million in April from an upwardly revised 5.36 million in March, according to new data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Last month’s sales were six percent higher on a year-over-year basis and also marked the second consecutive month of…

Sales of new homes race to nearly a 9-year high

-Reuters 24 August 2016 New U.S. single-family home sales unexpectedly rose in July, reaching their highest level in nearly nine years as demand increased broadly, brightening the housing market outlook. The Commerce Department said on Tuesday new home sales surged 12.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 654,000 units last month, the highest…

Tips to Prep Your Home for the Spring Homebuying Season

If you want to sell your home during this year’s spring selling season, now is the time to get moving. Sellers can rest assured, homebuyers are already looking. Today’s buyers, particularly younger ones, have high expectations. They are looking for a home in excellent condition, with all its best features showcased. “It’s the HGTV effect,”…

When Does It Pay to Rent, Even When the Numbers Say It’s Cheaper to Buy?

Buying a home may not be wise if your life is in flux or dealing with repairs frightens you. If you’re wondering whether you’re better off financially renting or buying a home, you can easily find an app for that. Calculators at Bankrate.com, The New York Times, Zillow and Realtor.com all let you input the…

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