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    • 100 MAPLE HILL RD GLADWYNE, PA 100 MAPLE HILL RD, GLADWYNE, PA Single Family | Detached for sale. $18,900,000 
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    • 525 LEWIS LN AMBLER, PA 525 LEWIS LN, AMBLER, PA Single Family | Detached for sale. $7,999,000 
    • 912 PROVIDENCE RD NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA 912 PROVIDENCE RD, NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA Farm/Ranch | Detached for sale. $7,995,000 
    • 1520 MONK RD GLADWYNE, PA 1520 MONK RD, GLADWYNE, PA Single Family | Detached for sale. $7,900,000 
    • 511 NEW ALBANY RD MOORESTOWN, NJ 511 NEW ALBANY RD, MOORESTOWN, NJ Single Family | Detached for sale. $7,500,000 
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    • 2637-39 Wesley Ave Ocean City, NJ 2637-39 Wesley Ave, Ocean City, NJ Residential Income | Duplex for sale. $6,990,000 
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    Period Total Sold Average Price Median Price
    JAN-MAR 2018 14 $358,529 $317,500

  • https://files.simplifyingthemarket.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/01161146/cropped-favicon-1-32x32.png Simplifying the Market™ https://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/en 32 32 5 Tips for Starting Your Home Search https://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/en/2018/10/17/5-tips-for-starting-your-home-search/?a=327609-19b18ee2ee298acd59e400237c329759 https://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/en/2018/10/17/5-tips-for-starting-your-home-search/#comments Wed, 17 Oct 2018 10:00:55 +0000 http://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/?p=38289 In today’s real estate market, with low inventory dominating the conversation in many areas of the country, it can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren’t prepared. In a recent realtor.com article entitled, “How to Find Your Dream Home—Without Losing Your Mind,” the author highlights some steps that first-time homebuyers can […]]]> 5 Tips for Starting Your Home Search | Simplifying The Market

    In today’s real estate market, with low inventory dominating the conversation in many areas of the country, it can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren’t prepared.

    In a recent realtor.com article entitled, “How to Find Your Dream Home—Without Losing Your Mind,” the author highlights some steps that first-time homebuyers can take to help carry their excitement of buying a home throughout the whole process.

    1. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage Before You Start Your Search

    One way to show you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage before starting your search. Even if you are in a market that is not as competitive, understanding your budget will give you the confidence of knowing whether or not your dream home is within your reach.

    This step will also help you narrow your search based on your budget and won’t leave you disappointed if the home you tour, and love, ends up being outside your budget!

    2. Know the Difference Between Your ‘Must-Haves’ and ‘Would-Like-To-Haves’

    Do you really need that farmhouse sink in the kitchen to be happy with your home choice? Would a two-car garage be a convenience or a necessity? Could the ‘man cave’ of your dreams be a future renovation project instead of a make-or-break right now?

    Before you start your search, list all the features of a home you would like and then qualify them as ‘must-haves’, ‘should-haves’, or ‘absolute-wish list’ items. This will help keep you focused on what’s most important.

    3. Research and Choose a Neighborhood You Want to Live In

    Every neighborhood has its own charm. Before you commit to a home based solely on the house itself, the article suggests test-driving the area. Make sure that the area meets your needs for “amenities, commute, school district, etc. and then spend a weekend exploring before you commit.”

    4. Pick a House Style You Love and Stick to It

    Evaluate your family’s needs and settle on a style of home that would best serve those needs. Just because you’ve narrowed your search to a zip code, doesn’t mean that you need to tour every listing in that zip code.

    An example from the article says, “if you have several younger kids and don’t want your bedroom on a different level, steer clear of Cape Cod–style homes, which typically feature two or more bedrooms on the upper level and the master on the main.”

    5. Document Your Home Visits

    Once you start touring homes, the features of each individual home will start to blur together. The article suggests keeping your camera handy and documenting what you love and don’t love about each property you visit. They even go as far as to suggest snapping a photo of the ‘for sale’ sign on the way into the property to help keep the listings divided in your photo gallery.

    Making notes on the listing sheet as you tour the property will also help you remember what the photos mean, or what you were feeling while touring the home.

    Bottom Line

    In a high-paced, competitive environment, any advantage you can give yourself will help you on your path to buying your dream home.

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    Baby Boomers are Downsizing, Are You Ready to Move? https://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/en/2018/10/16/baby-boomers-are-downsizing-are-you-ready-to-move/?a=327609-19b18ee2ee298acd59e400237c329759 https://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/en/2018/10/16/baby-boomers-are-downsizing-are-you-ready-to-move/#comments Tue, 16 Oct 2018 10:00:11 +0000 http://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/?p=38232 For a while now baby boomers have been blamed for a portion of the housing market’s current lack of housing inventory, but should they really be getting the blame? Here’s what some of the experts have to say on the subject: Aaron Terrazas, Senior Economist at Zillow, says that “Boomers are healthier and working longer […]]]> Baby Boomers are Downsizing, Are You Ready to Move? | Simplifying The Market

    For a while now baby boomers have been blamed for a portion of the housing market’s current lack of housing inventory, but should they really be getting the blame?

    Here’s what some of the experts have to say on the subject:

    Aaron Terrazas, Senior Economist at Zillow, says that “Boomers are healthier and working longer than previous generations, which means they aren’t yet ready to sell their homes.

    According to a study by Realtor.com, 85% of baby boomers indicated they were not planning to sell their homes.

    It is true that baby boomers are healthier and are thus working and living longer, but are they also refusing to sell their homes?

    Last month, Trulia looked at the housing situation of seniors (aged 65+) today compared to that of a decade ago. Trulia’s study revealed that:

    Although seniors appear to be delaying downsizing until later in life, as a group, households 65 and over are still downsizing at roughly the same rate as in years past.”

    Trulia also explains that,

    5.5% of households 65 and over moved, pretty evenly split between moves to single family (2.7%) and multifamily (2.4%) homes. In 2005, these percentages were virtually the same, with 5.5% of senior households moving, including 2.5% into single family and 2.5% into multifamily homes.”

    So, if these percentages are the same, what is the challenge?

    Recent reports tell us that the older population grew from 3 million in 1900 to 47.8 million in 2017.

    In addition, the Census recently revised the numbers from their National Population Projections:

    The aging of baby boomers means that within just a couple decades, older people are projected to outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history…By 2035, there will be 78.0 million people 65 years and older compared to 76.7 million under the age of 18.

    Bottom Line

    If you are a baby boomer who is not sure whether you should downsize or move to a warmer climate (other people are doing it, why not you?), let’s get together so we can help you evaluate your options today!

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    Pre-Approval: Your 1st Step in Buying a Home https://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/en/2018/10/15/pre-approval-your-1st-step-in-buying-a-home/?a=327609-19b18ee2ee298acd59e400237c329759 https://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/en/2018/10/15/pre-approval-your-1st-step-in-buying-a-home/#comments Mon, 15 Oct 2018 10:00:43 +0000 http://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/?p=38218 In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a […]]]> Pre-Approval: Your 1st Step in Buying a Home | Simplifying The Market

    In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage before starting your search.

    Even if you are in a market that is not as competitive, understanding your budget will give you the confidence of knowing if your dream home is within your reach.

    Freddie Mac lays out the advantages of pre-approval in the ‘My Home’ section of their website:

    “It’s highly recommended that you work with your lender to get pre-approved before you begin house hunting. Pre-approval will tell you how much home you can afford and can help you move faster, and with greater confidence, in competitive markets.”

    One of the many advantages of working with a local real estate professional is that many have relationships with lenders who will be able to help you through this process. Once you have selected a lender, you will need to fill out their loan application and provide them with important information regarding “your credit, debt, work history, down payment and residential history.”

    Freddie Mac describes the ‘4 Cs’ that help determine the amount you will be qualified to borrow:

    1. Capacity: Your current and future ability to make your payments
    2. Capital or cash reserves: The money, savings, and investments you have that can be sold quickly for cash
    3. Collateral: The home, or type of home, that you would like to purchase
    4. Credit: Your history of paying bills and other debts on time

    Getting pre-approved is one of many steps that will show home sellers that you are serious about buying, and it often helps speed up the process once your offer has been accepted.

    Bottom Line

    Many potential homebuyers overestimate the down payment and credit scores necessary to qualify for a mortgage today. If you are ready and willing to buy, you may be pleasantly surprised at your ability to do so.

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    Buying a Home? Do You Know the Lingo? [INFOGRAPHIC] https://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/en/2018/10/12/buying-a-home-do-you-know-the-lingo-infographic/?a=327609-19b18ee2ee298acd59e400237c329759 https://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/en/2018/10/12/buying-a-home-do-you-know-the-lingo-infographic/#comments Fri, 12 Oct 2018 10:00:08 +0000 http://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/?p=38276

    Some Highlights:

    • Buying a home can be intimidating if you are not familiar with the terms used during the process.
    • To start you on your path with confidence, we have compiled a list of some of the most common terms used when buying a home.
    • The best way to ensure that your home-buying process is a confident one is to find a real estate professional who not only puts your family’s needs first, but will guide you through every aspect of the transaction with ‘the heart of a teacher.’
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    Buying a Home? Do You Know the Lingo? [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

    Buying a Home? Do You Know the Lingo? [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

    Some Highlights:

    • Buying a home can be intimidating if you are not familiar with the terms used during the process.
    • To start you on your path with confidence, we have compiled a list of some of the most common terms used when buying a home.
    • The best way to ensure that your home-buying process is a confident one is to find a real estate professional who not only puts your family’s needs first, but will guide you through every aspect of the transaction with ‘the heart of a teacher.’
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    Dispelling the Myth About Home Affordability https://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/en/2018/10/11/dispelling-the-myth-about-home-affordability/?a=327609-19b18ee2ee298acd59e400237c329759 https://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/en/2018/10/11/dispelling-the-myth-about-home-affordability/#comments Thu, 11 Oct 2018 10:00:35 +0000 http://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/?p=38273 We have all seen the headlines that report that buying a home is less affordable today than it was at any other time in the last ten years, and those headlines are accurate. But, have you ever wondered why the headlines don’t say the last 25 years, the last 20 years, or even the last […]]]> Dispelling the Myth About Home Affordability | Simplifying The Market

    We have all seen the headlines that report that buying a home is less affordable today than it was at any other time in the last ten years, and those headlines are accurate. But, have you ever wondered why the headlines don’t say the last 25 years, the last 20 years, or even the last 11 years?

    The reason is that homes were less affordable 25, 20, or even 11 years ago than they are today.

    Obviously, buying a home is more expensive now than during the ten years immediately following one of the worst housing crashes in American history.

    Over the past decade, the market was flooded with distressed properties (foreclosures and short sales) that were selling at 10-50% discounts. There were so many distressed properties that the prices of non-distressed properties in the same neighborhoods were lowered and mortgage rates were kept low to help the economy.

    Low Prices + Low Mortgage Rates = High Affordability

    Prices have since recovered and mortgage rates have increased as the economy has gained strength. This has and will continue to impact housing affordability moving forward.

    However, let’s give affordability some historical context. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) issues their Affordability Index each month. According to NAR:

    “The Monthly Housing Affordability Index measures whether or not a typical family earns enough income to qualify for a mortgage loan on a typical home at the national and regional levels based on the most recent monthly price and income data.”

    NAR’s current index stands at 138.8. The index had been higher each of the last ten years, peaking at 197 in 2012 (the higher the index the more affordable houses are).

    But, the average index between 1990 and 2007 was just 123 and there were no years with an index above 133. That means that homes are more affordable today than at any time during the eighteen years between 1990 and 2007.

    Bottom Line

    With home prices continuing to appreciate and mortgage rates increasing, home affordability will likely continue to slide. However, this does not mean that buying a house is not an attainable goal in most markets as it is less expensive today than during the eighteen-year stretch immediately preceding the housing bubble and crash.

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    New Home Sales Up 12.7% From Last Year https://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/en/2018/10/10/new-home-sales-up-12-7-from-last-year/?a=327609-19b18ee2ee298acd59e400237c329759 https://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/en/2018/10/10/new-home-sales-up-12-7-from-last-year/#comments Wed, 10 Oct 2018 10:00:44 +0000 http://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/?p=38263 According to the latest New Residential Sales Report from the Census Bureau, new construction sales in August were up 3.5% from July and 12.7% from last year! This marks the second consecutive month with double-digit year-over-year growth (12.8% in July). The report also showed that builders have ramped up construction with an increase in new […]]]> New Home Sales Up 12.7% From Last Year | Simplifying The Market

    According to the latest New Residential Sales Report from the Census Bureau, new construction sales in August were up 3.5% from July and 12.7% from last year! This marks the second consecutive month with double-digit year-over-year growth (12.8% in July).

    The report also showed that builders have ramped up construction with an increase in new construction starts and completions. The summer months are often a busy time for builders as they capitalize on the warmer weather to be able to finish projects.

    Below is a table showing the change in starts, completions, and sales from last August.

    New Home Sales Up 12.7% From Last Year | Simplifying The Market

    Other notable news from the report is that the percentage of new construction sales in the $200-$299k range has continued to break away from the $300-$399k range.

    This shows that builders are starting to build lower-priced homes that will help alleviate some of the inventory challenges in the starter and trade-up home categories. The chart below shows the full breakdown.

    New Home Sales Up 12.7% From Last Year | Simplifying The Market

    What does this mean for buyers and sellers?

    If you are thinking of buying or selling in today’s market, you no doubt have heard that there is a shortage of existing homes for sale which has been driving home prices up across the country. The additional new construction coming to the market could help alleviate this shortage, but we are still not back up to pre-crisis levels.

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    What’s Going On With Home Prices? https://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/en/2018/10/09/whats-going-on-with-home-prices/?a=327609-19b18ee2ee298acd59e400237c329759 https://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/en/2018/10/09/whats-going-on-with-home-prices/#comments Tue, 09 Oct 2018 10:00:04 +0000 http://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/?p=38247 According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insights Report, national home prices in August were up 5.5% from August 2017. This marks the first time since June 2016 that home prices did not appreciate by at least 6.0% year-over-year. CoreLogic’s Chief Economist Frank Nothaft gave some insight into this change, “The rise in mortgage rates this […]]]> What’s Going On With Home Prices? | Simplifying The Market

    According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insights Report, national home prices in August were up 5.5% from August 2017. This marks the first time since June 2016 that home prices did not appreciate by at least 6.0% year-over-year.

    CoreLogic’s Chief Economist Frank Nothaft gave some insight into this change,

    “The rise in mortgage rates this summer to their highest level in seven years has made it more difficult for potential buyers to afford a home. The slackening in demand is reflected in the slowing of national appreciation, as illustrated in the CoreLogic Home Price Index.

    National appreciation in August was the slowest in nearly two years, and we expect appreciation to slow further in the coming year.”

    One of the major factors that has driven prices to accelerate at a pace of between 6-7% over the past two years was the lack of inventory available for sale in many areas of the country. This made houses a prized commodity which forced many buyers into bidding wars and drove prices even higher.

    According to the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) latest Existing Home Sales Report, we are starting to see more inventory come to market over the last few months. This, paired with patient buyers who are willing to wait to find the right homes, is creating a natural environment for price growth to slow.

    Historically, prices appreciated at a rate of 3.7% (from 1987-1999). CoreLogic predicts that prices will continue to rise over the next year at a rate of 4.7%.

    Bottom Line

    As the housing market moves closer to a ‘normal market’ with more inventory for buyers to choose from, home prices will start to appreciate at a more ‘normal’ level, and that’s ok! If you are curious about home prices in your area, let’s get together to chat about what’s going on!

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    The True Cost of NOT Owning Your Home https://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/en/2018/10/08/the-true-cost-of-not-owning-your-home/?a=327609-19b18ee2ee298acd59e400237c329759 https://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/en/2018/10/08/the-true-cost-of-not-owning-your-home/#comments Mon, 08 Oct 2018 10:00:05 +0000 http://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/?p=38215 Owning a home has great financial benefits, yet many continue to rent! Today, let’s look at the financial reasons why owning a home of your own has been a part of the American Dream for the entirety of America’s existence. Realtor.com reported that: “Buying remains the more attractive option in the long term – that remains the […]]]> The True Cost of NOT Owning Your Home | Simplifying The Market

    Owning a home has great financial benefits, yet many continue to rent! Today, let’s look at the financial reasons why owning a home of your own has been a part of the American Dream for the entirety of America’s existence.

    Realtor.com reported that:

    “Buying remains the more attractive option in the long term – that remains the American dream, and it’s true in many markets where renting has become really the shortsighted option…as people get more savings in their pockets, buying becomes the better option.”

    What proof exists that owning is financially better than renting?

    1. In a previous blog, we highlighted the top 5 financial benefits of homeownership:

    • Homeownership is a form of forced savings.
    • Homeownership provides tax savings.
    • Homeownership allows you to lock in your monthly housing cost.
    • Buying a home is cheaper than renting.
    • No other investment lets you live inside of it.

    2. Studies have shown that a homeowner’s net worth is 44x greater than that of a renter.

    3. Less than a month ago, we explained that a family that purchased an average-priced home at the beginning of 2018 could build more than $49,000 in family wealth over the next five years.

    4. Some argue that renting eliminates the cost of taxes and home repairs, but every potential renter must realize that all the expenses the landlord incurs are already baked into the rent paymentalong with a profit margin!

    Bottom Line

    Owning your home has many social and financial benefits that cannot be achieved by renting.

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