Is It Cheaper To Rent?

The choice to rent vs to buy is a common item that many ponder.

The past few years has brought a rise in prices for virtually everything, including housing. Naturally, this has led to many questioning whether it is cheaper to rent or buy a home. Recently, ATTOM Data Solutions, released its 2023 Rental Affordability Report which analyzed 222 counties across the country. Unfortunately, we are still seeing affordability… Continue reading Is It Cheaper To Rent?

Where Are Mortgage Rates Today?

Mortgages rates come come down for 4 straight weeks as of late January 2022.

According to the National Association of Realtors®, existing U.S. home sales totaled 5.03 million last year which was a 17.8% decline from 2021. That is the weakest year for home sales since 2014 and the biggest annual decline since 2008 (which was during the housing crisis of the late 2000’s). Although this has resulted in… Continue reading Where Are Mortgage Rates Today?

Best Places To Retire In The South

Florida continues to be a top destination for retirees

On average, Americans retire at the age of 64 (although Americans have been retiring later over the past few decades). Nonetheless, they typically look to move to a location that will make the most of their time and money. Of course, a warm climate that allows for year round activities such as golf, tennis, and… Continue reading Best Places To Retire In The South

Should I Stage My Home To Sell?

Home staging can result in a quicker home sale for more money.

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. This rule certainly applies to real estate marketing as well. Of course, it is no secret that nearly all real estate searches begin online. Therefore, professional photos are not a negotiable item when it comes to listing a property for sale. In fact, where… Continue reading Should I Stage My Home To Sell?

Pending Home Sales Report

Pending home sales rose slightly in December which could result in a good start for the housing market in 2023.

After a historic run for the housing market for the latter part of 2020 and throughout 2021, we have seen a significant slowdown as of early 2022. Of course, with inflation hitting a 40-year high in early 2022, The Federal Reserve has intentionally risen rates thus impacting mortgage rates and the housing market. As a… Continue reading Pending Home Sales Report

Should I Remodel My Kitchen?

The kitchen is one of the most popular spaces in the home to remodel.

Most people would agree that the kitchen is the centerpiece of the home. In fact, a nicely appointed and spacious kitchen is almost always the highlight of a home showing for many buyers. Furthermore, when showing a vacant home to buyers, we almost always end up at the kitchen to discuss the pros and cons… Continue reading Should I Remodel My Kitchen?

Top State For Home Value Increases In 2022

The Sunshine State led the way for home value increases in 2022.

If trophies were handed out to states for various accomplishments, The Sunshine State would likely either need a bigger trophy case or a second trophy case. Each week it seems as though Florida leads the way in yet another statistic, particularly when it comes to real estate. To add to this list, a recent analysis… Continue reading Top State For Home Value Increases In 2022

States With Most New Homes

Could new home construction help fill the need for housing inventory?

With housing inventories being low around most of the country, many markets are looking to new home construction to help with this shortfall. However, we are also at a time when home buyer activity has decreased substantially in large part due to rising mortgage interest rates. In addition, out-of-control inflation has also made it more… Continue reading States With Most New Homes

Rental Prices In Florida

Rental prices may be overpriced in many markets throughout the country.

As we wrote about in yesterday’s article, Florida was the top destination state for Americans relocating in 2022. To read more about this click here. Of course, this increased demand for housing from transplants moving here from other states is impacting both home purchase and rental prices. Recently, FAU reported an analysis of rental markets… Continue reading Rental Prices In Florida

Top State To Move To

Florida was the most popular state to relocate to in 2022.

Another year, another record set for The Sunshine State. This time, it was the fastest growing state in the U.S. in 2022. (This marks the first time this has happened for Florida since 1957.) Perhaps this comes as no surprise, but many of these transplants are coming from New York. Although the migration from New… Continue reading Top State To Move To