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Buying a Home Is Cheaper Than Renting in the Majority of the US

May 18, 2018

I recently read the following article and it particularly holds true for Collier and Lee Counties.  Our rent prices have increased dramatically over the last 5 years and, although our sales prices have reduced recently, the rental rates have stayed very high.  One of the reasons is the lack of rental inventory as there are […]

Is a Major Home Renovation Worth It in the Long Run?

May 16, 2018

 What do you think?  Home renovation or new home?  It is always an interesting dilemma for sellers as they age and their needs change.  When you have lived in your home for decades it is hard to think of selling and getting settled into something different but this article makes sense.  If your life has […]

Real Estate Tops Best Investment Poll for 5th Year Running

May 11, 2018

Have you wondered whether to keep your money in the stock market or invest in Real Estate?  According to this Gallup poll wonder no longer; real estate is the top investment for your money.  I was interested that it topped the polls again when so much of the country is suffering from a lack of […]

What If I Wait Until Next Year to Buy a Home?

May 9, 2018

What’s the moral of this story?  BUY NOW!  Unlike the homes this article is mentioning our home prices have not increased over the past few months and our buyers have their choice of some wonderful homes at great prices, BUT, we can’t do anything about the rise in mortgage interest rates!  So, if a home […]

61% of First-Time Buyers Put Down Less than 6%

May 7, 2018

Don’t despair if you only have saved a small downpayment!  Most buyers are buying homes with less than 6% down and financing the remainder.  With today’s interest rates still so low it makes your new home more affordable.  FHA financing only requires a 3.5% downpayment and then you have your closing costs but if you […]

Boomerang Buyers: Most Qualify for Financing in 2-3 Years

May 4, 2018

Are you a boomerang buyer and thought chances of owing your own home again were remote?  A boomerang buyer is someone who has gone through a foreclosure or bankruptcy and is looking to “boomerang back” into the housing market.  I have good news for you from Lending Tree that you might be eligible to purchase […]

Thinking of Selling Your Home? Why You Need A Pro in Your Corner

May 2, 2018

I found this article very interesting especially as one of my long time customers is considering buying from a private individual.  My customers still want Realtor representation so will be working with me anyway but I wonder if the seller realizes how much is against them when they don’t employ a Realtor for their side?  […]

Is Family Mortgage Debt Out of Control?

April 25, 2018

Don’t worry that we are heading back to the spending crisis of the 2009 era!  Our mortgage debt per family is much lower than it was before the big crash.  In fact the ratio of mortgage debt service to income has not been this low since 1980.  With low interest rates and our buyers market […]