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Hiring an Agent to Sell Your House May Cost You NOTHING!
Hiring an Agent to Sell Your House May Cost You NOTHING!
There is no doubt that it is easier to sell your house when using the services of a local real estate professional. The agent will provide: Greater exposure to more buyers The skills of a professional negotiator A layer of protection from possible legal liabilities Professional guidance in navigating any pitfalls that may arise A level of safety while showing the home There is no doubt that these services are valuable to any family that decides to sell. The only question is
The Cost of Renting vs. Buying a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]
The Cost of Renting vs. Buying a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]
Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a tough decision. Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (29.2%) vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-priced home (15.8%), the choice becomes obvious. Every market is different. Before you renew your lease again, find out if you can put your housing costs to work by buying this year!
Spotlight Realtor of the Month: Mike Shepherd
Spotlight Realtor of the Month: Mike Shepherd
Mike Shepherd of The Shepherd Team is Acquisto Real Estate’s October Agent of the Month. Recognized as D Magazine‘s Best Real Estate Agents for 2017, Mike Shepherd is always going the extra mile to deliver an outstanding customer service experience. “Real world real estate experience meets a kind and guiding hand with Mike Shepherd. It is a pleasure to work with this cool tempered team leader. He makes me a better Broker on a daily basis.” – Mike Acquisto, Broker
Moving-Up to a Luxury Home? Now’s the Time!
Moving-Up to a Luxury Home? Now’s the Time!
If your house no longer fits your needs and you are planning on buying a luxury home, now is a great time to do so! We recently shared data from Trulia’s Market Mismatch Study which showed that in today’s premium home market, buyers are in control.  The inventory of homes for sale in the luxury market far exceeds those searching to purchase these properties in many areas of the country. This means that homes are often staying on the market longer which
Buying Remains Cheaper Than Renting in 39 States!
Buying Remains Cheaper Than Renting in 39 States!
In the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia, they explained that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage in the 100 largest metro areas in the United States. The updated numbers show that the range is an average of 3.5% less expensive in San Jose (CA), all the way up to 50.1% less expensive in Baton Rouge (LA), and 33.1% nationwide! A study by GoBankingRates looked at the cost of renting vs. owning a home at the state level
Thinking of Selling? You Should Do It TODAY!!
Thinking of Selling? You Should Do It TODAY!!
That headline might be a little aggressive; however, as August 2017’s housing market data begins to roll in, we can definitely say one thing: If you are considering selling, IT IS TIME TO LIST YOUR HOME TODAY! In a recent article by CBS News, they explained that the number of existing home sales is shrinking, and Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors, said: “There should be 3 million homes on the market right now…Yet, there are only 1.9 million.” And this
4 Reasons to Sell This Fall [INFOGRAPHIC]
4 Reasons to Sell This Fall [INFOGRAPHIC]
Some Highlights: Buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of homes for sale! Buyers are often competing with one another for the listings that are available! Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply that is needed for a normal housing market. Perhaps the time has come for you and your family to move on and start living the life you desire.
Net Worth of Homeowners 44X Greater than Renters
Net Worth of Homeowners 44X Greater than Renters
Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts their Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. The latest survey data, covering 2013-2016 was released two weeks ago. The study revealed that the 2016 median net worth of homeowners was $231,400 – a 15% increase since 2013. At the same time, the median net worth of renters decreased by 5% ($5,200 today compared to $5,500 in 2013). These numbers reveal that the net worth of a homeowner is over 44 times
The Acquisto Real Estate Podcast: Featuring Brandon Hern
The Acquisto Real Estate Podcast: Featuring Brandon Hern
This week, Vincent gets together with Brandon Hern, to talk about different tips when looking for a mortgage specialist. We discuss different ways to approach the lending side of a real estate transaction, and how you can take advantage of "forecasting" your mortgage, to expedite your payoff date.
Builder Offering to Pay Off Student Loans for Buyers
Builder Offering to Pay Off Student Loans for Buyers
Millennials are on track to become the most educated generation in history. This means they are also the generation with the most student debt. Depending on the type of degree earned, as well as the prestige of the institution attended, there are some millennials who graduate college with what equates to a mortgage payment. For those first-time buyers, and even some move-up buyers, who took advantage of the First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit in 2008, there is an interesting program being introduced by