The Move-Up Buyer: Educating Your Clients About Home Equity

The stars are aligned for a good year for move-up buyers. They are playing a major role in the cash sales that dominated real estate transactions in the second half of 2013 and now account for more than half of all sales. High demand for entry-level homes and relatively low prices for mid- to upper-level properties are creating a positive climate for this segment, which is so critical to the health of the real estate economy.

As a real estate professional, it is important that you know how to market to your clients who happen to be move-up buyers. Continue reading

Negative Equity: How You Should Address It with Your Clients

When working with clients who plan to purchase a home while attempting to sell their current one, it is imperative to educate them on how to be freed from negative equity. As a real estate professional, it is your job to guide your clients in the direction that would serve to be the most beneficial and rewarding in the long run. According to Steve Cook, managing editor of Real Estate Economy Watch, the year began with inventories only 2% above where they were a year ago; the stage could be set for a repeat of last year’s dramatic inventory shortages if sellers don’t feel that this is a good time to sell.

If your client is unsure of the equity they have in their current home, direct them to a Home Equity Calculator, which will determine an amount based on factors, such as market value of the home, current mortgage balance, and marketability. Continue reading

Keeping Up with Consumer Trends: YOUniverse

Homes.com has been keeping an eye on consumer trends that may affect what your clients and prospects look for in a home. We’ve already discussed how status seekers are looking for guilt-free products that reduce their impact on the environment, and this time around, we want to shed some light on another trend called “YOUniverse.”

The key thing to remember about society’s YOUniverse trend is that everything’s about them! These types of consumers expect a high level of customization, involvement, personalization, and instant gratification, more than any other type of consumer.  Continue reading

Top 100 Markets See Annual Gains for Tenth Consecutive Month

The most recent Homes.com Local Market Index and Rebound Reports are in, bringing with them some very familiar news. For the tenth consecutive month, all of the top 100 local markets witnessed annual gains! Furthermore, eighty-three markets saw month-to-month gains. This is further evidence of an improving housing market, which means things are really starting to look up for real estate professionals!

Although 29 out of the top 100 markets continued to show a complete price recovery for the second month in a row, markets like Salt Lake City, UT, Madison, WI, and Chattanooga, TN posted considerable gains in January and are close to full recovery. Continue reading