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Cash Buyers & “Scary” Signs Of The Times; False Mailers; Selling Info

OVERHEATED MARKET AWASH IN CASH – OR SIGN OF THE TIMES? A close friend of mine bought a home in Scottsdale, AZ, in November for less than $1.1mm. She visited the home a couple of times, played a bit of golf, swept the patio, made a few improvements – and listed the home for sale […]Read More

Housing Inventory Shortages – Is Help On The Way?

INVENTORY SHORTAGE – WILL THERE BE RELIEF? Homebuyers nationwide are facing severe housing inventory shortages while median home prices continue to rise. Pundits are weighing in on whether relief is on the way or not. Ken McElroy says relief is on the way. In this four-minute video, real estate guru, Ken McElroy points out why […]Read More

The Other Reason Housing Inventory Is So Low (Not What You Think)

In the 1970s, when inflation was out of control, the press was always looking for scapegoats to blame like “middlemen” and “greedy businessmen” when the cause was really at the feet of Fed and Government policy. That is largely the situation today with respect to housing, as Fed and Government Policy – intended to help […]Read More

How Do Elections Affect The Housing Market?

The best blogs come from plywood companies. I always say that. Or at least today I do b/c I found this excellent blog, titled “Presidents and Plywood – How Elections Affect the Housing Market.” I have blogged numerous times about how the election might impact interest rates, but I have not focused on how it […]Read More

6 More Reasons Why Inventory Is Low; Not What You Think

I recently blogged about the coming “Nuclear Winter” for housing, focusing primarily on a massive pending inventory shortage. I am beating that dead horse one final time for several reasons: (1) it is a major issue that will impact us all; (2) this is excellent info for buyers to know when home shopping so they […]Read More

Appraisal Issues – Low Values, Delays & Why; When Summer = Spring

Our Social Media Manager recently noted a lot of comments on social media  regarding appraisal issues – both low values and delays. The conditions that foster these issues are worse than ever right now and I wanted to discuss a few reasons why. LOW VALUES: WHEN SUMMER = SPRING Spring is usually the issue. Appraisers […]Read More

People Staying In Homes Much Longer – Creates Inventory Shortage

“Fewer homes for sale is a big reason why even ultralow mortgage rates, record levels of home equity and a strong job market haven’t jump-started the sluggish housing market.” The above quote is from this recent WSJ article – People Are Staying In Their Homes Longer – A Big Reason for Slower Sales (we can […]Read More

Mortgage Volume Hits Lowest Level In 14 Years; A Good Thing?

Mortgage volume in the first quarter of 2014 hit its lowest level in 14 years, according to the Wall Street Journal today. Volume was almost 60% less than it was during the same quarter of 2013. The primary reason is the fall off in refinances. This is a good thing for buyers and Realtors for […]Read More

Values Drop But Rates Up? – Payment Still Way Higher; Don’t Wait

We recently had a borrower repeat a refrain we heard often in years past: “I think the market is over-priced right now b/c there is too little inventory; I am going to wait for prices to drop even if it means I have to take a higher rate; higher rates may actually push prices even […]Read More

Much Lower Price But 1% Higher Rate = Higher Total Payment

We had a borrower yesterday express reluctance to buy because there is “so little inventory” that he thinks he will “inevitably end up over-paying in a bidding a war.” We had two responses. First, we think the chances of housing prices coming down again, if and when there is an inventory surge, are slim to […]Read More