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Tuesday, October 15, 2019   /   by Jennifer Conrad

Your Guide to the Perfect Tour of Homes Experience in the Community of Estrella Mountain Ranch

The Estrella Mountain Ranch The 12th Fall Tour of Homes can feel like a lot to take in. But there’s no need to be overwhelmed! This event could be how you find your new home in just one weekend, October 19 – October 20!Here are our tips for making your Tour of Homes experience a smooth and successful one.
Before Tour of Homes:
1. RSVP to the event now.Let Estrella Mountain Ranch know when you’re coming and receive a FREE Estrella goodie bag when you arrive. You’ll also get to avoid the rush! Thanks for signing up in advance, you can skip the registration line and enjoy more time for home shopping.  SIGN UP HERE

2. …consider signing up to be a Resident for a Day
Enjoy the amenities of Estrella—72 acres of lakes, resort pools, spectacular trails, and more—as you live here! With your Resident for a Day Pass, you can get your home touring and amenity test-driving (make that test-sai ...

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Monday, September 30, 2019   /   by Jennifer Conrad

Millennials Are Increasing the Demand for Condominiums

When deciding to buy a home, people are presented with many different options. The type of home you buy depends on your needs, budget, and in many cases, the desired maintenance level. For many millennials, their choice has been buying a condominium!




According to CoreLogic,




“Last year about 43% of all condo home-purchase mortgage applications were submitted by FTHBs... Similarly, the data show condos were more popular with young homebuyers and empty nesters. For instance, 21% of all condo home-purchase mortgage applications were submitted by buyers aged 18 to 30, compared with just 17% of all single-family home-purchase mortgage applications by the same group in 2018.”



With home prices increasing year-over-year, it makes sense millennials are buying condos instead of a single-family house. As a result, the demand for this type of home has been increasing.As this graph explains,




“The younger millennials are the largest cohort ...

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Thursday, September 26, 2019   /   by Jennifer Conrad

What Would Make You Sell Your House?

There are many reasons why a homeowner decides to sell their house and move. The latest Generational Trends Report from the National Association of Realtors asked recent home sellers to share their reason for moving.




The younger the respondents, the more likely their top response centered around needing a larger home (ages 29 to 53). Relocating for a job was the top reason for those ages 54 to 63 and the second most popular response for those under 53. The chart below shows the breakdown for these two reasons.





For homeowners over the age of 64, wanting to be closer to friends and family served as the top motivator to move. Downsizing to a smaller home or moving due to retirement came in as a close second and third.





Have you outgrown your current house? Are you a homeowner who can relate to wanting to be closer to family and friends? Is your house becoming a burden to clean now that the kids have moved out?


Bottom Line


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Wednesday, September 25, 2019   /   by Jennifer Conrad

Is Renting Right for Me?

If you’re currently renting and have dreams of owning your own home, it may be a good time to think about your next move. With rent costs rising annually and many helpful down payment assistance programs available, homeownership may be closer than you realize.




According to the 2018 Bank of America Homebuyer Insights Report, 74% of renters plan on buying within the next 5 years, and 38% are planning to buy within the next 2 years.


When those same renters were asked why they disliked renting, 52% said rising rental costs were their top reason. The results of the survey can be seen here:It’s no wonder rising rental costs came in as the top answer. The median asking rent price has risen steadily over the last 30 years, as you can see below.There is a long-standing rule that a household should not spend more than 28% of its income on housing expenses. With nearly half of renters (48%) surveyed already spending more than that, and ...

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019   /   by Jennifer Conrad

Is Your House Priced To Sell Immediately (PTSI)?

In today’s real estate market, with more houses coming to market every day and eager buyers searching for their dream home, setting the right price for your house is one of the most important things you can do.




According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index, home values have risen at over 6% a year over the past two years, but have started to slow to 4.4% over the last 12 months. By this time next year, CoreLogic predicts that home values will be 4.6% higher.


With prices slowing from their previous pace, homeowners must realize that pricing their homes a little OVER market value to leave room for negotiation will actually dramatically decrease the number of buyers who will see their listing! (see the chart below)Instead of the seller trying to ‘win’ the negotiation with one buyer, they should price their house so that demand for the home is maximized. By doing so, the seller will not be negotiating wit ...

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