On Sale

By | for Buyers, housing trends, market news, mortgages

With interest rates so low, one could argue that money is essentially on sale. It’s actually half off. 30-year mortgage rates hit 3.75% which is exactly half of their long term average. Rates have averaged 7.5% over the last 40 years so today buyers are getting half of that rate. The “sale” on mortgage rates… Continued

August 12, 2019

Challenges Builders Face With New Construction

By | for Buyers

Housing demand remains high across the Western United States, but home-building is still struggling to keep up. What can be done to help encourage construction of new homes? Windermere Real Estate’s Chief Economist Matthew Gardner has insight.​  

July 9, 2019

New Features vs. Character

By | for Buyers

We are often asked, “Which is the better buy, a newer or older home?” Our answer: It all depends on your needs and personal preferences. We decided to put together a list of the six biggest differences between newer and older homes: The neighborhood Surprisingly, one of the biggest factors in choosing a new home… Continued

July 5, 2019

How an Investment in Green Technology Can Pay off for Today’s Homeowner

By | for Buyers, for sellers

  Studies continue to show that real estate buyers are willing to pay a substantial premium for homes that feature highly efficient, environmentally friendly “green energy” technology. While the added value depends on the location of the home, its age, and whether it’s certified or not, three separate studies all found that newly constructed, Energy… Continued

May 30, 2019

When Buying a Short Sale Home is the Right Fit

By | for Buyers

  Purchasing a home can feel overwhelming at times, but a short sale home offers a unique opportunity for a prospective buyer. A short sale occurs when a homeowner owes a lender more than their home is worth, and the lender agrees to let the owner sell the home and accept less than what is… Continued

May 22, 2019

How the Neighborhood Impacts a Home’s Value

By | for Buyers

Whether you’re buying or selling, accurately pricing a home requires professional assistance from someone who knows the neighborhood. The “estimated” home prices you see posted online can be off by tens of thousands of dollars—not because they are dishonest, but because the computer programs generating these guesstimates don’t take into account the current condition of a house, the… Continued

March 27, 2019

5 Deal Breakers that can blindside home buyers

By | for Buyers

  Purchasing a home can be a complex endeavor for even the most well-prepared home buyer.  You’ve diligently saved for your down payment, followed the market, researched agents and now you are ready to make an offer on your dream home.  Don’t let these 5 “Deal Breakers” come between you and your new home.  … Continued

March 18, 2019