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Found 21 entries for May, 2015.

Buyer Demand Exceeds Housing Supply [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters

Some Highlights:

  • Inventory Levels are still below the 6.0 month level necessary for a normal market
  • Home Prices have experienced year-over-year gains for 38 straight months
  • Home sold faster than any time since June 2013, in just 39 days
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By: Jan Soults Walker

From babies who adore you to teens who ignore you, kids change -- and so do their storage needs. Here’s how to organize kids’ rooms from cradle to college.

Cradle Crawlers

Transformer cribs. An ordinary crib accommodates baby for two to three years -- until he learns how to escape over the rail. Boost storage with a convertible crib with storage drawers ($145 to $350) that’ll convert and adapt to your toddler’s needs and beyond.

Some convertible cribs change into toddler beds, daybeds, or full-size headboards, giving you options as your youngster gets older. If you can’t find a crib with storage below, use the space between the legs for stowing bins or baskets for diapers, toys, and more.

Pimping the closet. Remove the door on

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 By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine

Surprisingly, one in five home owners consider their homes unhealthy, according to theHealthy Home Study of about 800 home owners conducted by Houzz.

So what makes a home healthy to home owners? The top indoor concerns of home owners in gauging a home’s health: Moisture, air quality, and cleanliness. The top outside concerns: Air quality, grounds safety, and soil quality.

The home owners surveyed perceived newer homes to be healthiest with having no allergens or mold and limited instances of insects and rodents.

“Healthy homes” are considered 20 percent to 60 percent less likely to have some indoor contaminates, like excessive dust, mold, or contaminates in the drinking water, the

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Where Are Prices Headed in the Next 5 Years? | Keeping Current Matters

Today, many real estate conversations center on housing prices and where they may be headed. That is why we like the Home Price Expectation Survey.

Every quarter, Pulsenomics surveys a nationwide panel of over one hundred economists, real estate experts and investment & market strategists about where prices are headed over the next five years. They then average the projections of all 100+ experts into a single number. 

The results of their latest survey

  • Home values will appreciate by 4.3% in 2015.
  • The cumulative appreciation will be 19.4% by 2019.
  • That means the average annual appreciation will be 3.6% over the next 5 years.
  • Even the experts making up the most bearish quartile of the survey still are projecting a cumulative
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Buying a Home is 35% Less Expensive than Renting! | Keeping Current Matters

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 throughout the 100 largest metro areas in the United States.

The updated numbers actually show that the range is from an average of 16% in Honolulu (HI), all the way to 55% in Sarasota (FL), and 35% Nationwide!

The other interesting findings in the report include:

  • Interest rates have remained low and even though home prices have appreciated around the country (3.9%), they haven’t greatly outpaced rental appreciation (3.7%). “In the past year, these two trends have made homeownership even more affordable compared with renting.”
  • Some markets might tip in favor of renting if home prices
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Housing Update: Demand Up, Supply Down, Prices Increasing | Keeping Current Matters

Earlier this week, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their latest quarterly report. The report covered three important aspects of the housing market:

  1. Buyer Demand
  2. Supply of Housing Inventory
  3. Single Family Residential Prices

Today, we want to break down the highlights of the report along with several quotes from Lawrence Yun, the Chief Economist at NAR.

Buyer Demand

Total existing-home sales (which include single family and condo) were at an annual rate of 4.97 million in the first quarter of 2015. This represents a number which is 6.2 percent higher than the pace during the first quarter of 2014.

Yun: "Sales activity to start the year was notably higher than a year ago, as steady hiring and low interest

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The Difference Your Interest Rate Makes [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters

Some Highlights:

  • Even a small increase in interest rates drastically impacts your budget.
  • Securing a mortgage now while rates are still low means you can get more house for your money.
  • Spend your money on your dream home, not on interest.
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By: Carl Vogel

Before you put your home up for sale, understand how the right comparable sales help you and your agent find the perfect price.

How much can you sell your home for? Probably about as much as the neighbors got, as long as the neighbors sold their house in recent memory and their home was just like your home.

Knowing how much homes similar to yours, called comparable sales (or in real estate lingo, comps), sold for gives you the best idea of the current estimated value of your home. The trick is finding sales that closely match yours.

What makes a good comparable sale?

Your best comparable sale is the same model as your house in the same subdivision—and it closed escrow last week. If you can’t find that, here are other

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This is very exciting news for the Beach area residents.  Whole Foods Market Inc. announced Wednesday it signed a lease to open a new store in Jacksonville Beach.

 the website for landlord Equity One Inc. lists Whole Foods Market as a tenant at Pablo Plaza at 1822 S. Third St., where it will lease 34,400 square feet.  This will be a great option for residents the only other Whole Foods store in Jacksonville is located in Mandarin..

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Housing Update: Demand Up, Supply Down, Prices Increasing | Keeping Current Matters

Earlier this week, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their latest quarterly report. The report covered three important aspects of the housing market:

  1. Buyer Demand
  2. Supply of Housing Inventory
  3. Single Family Residential Prices

Today, we want to break down the highlights of the report along with several quotes from Lawrence Yun, the Chief Economist at NAR.

Buyer Demand

Total existing-home sales (which include single family and condo) were at an annual rate of 4.97 million in the first quarter of 2015. This represents a number which is 6.2 percent higher than the pace during the first quarter of 2014.

Yun: "Sales activity to start the year was notably higher than a year ago, as steady hiring and low interest

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