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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… Continue reading Baby Boomers are Downsizing, Are You Ready to Move?
Saving for a down payment is often the biggest hurdle for a first-time homebuyer as median incomes, rents, and home prices all vary depending on where you live. There is a common misconception among homebuyers that a 20% down payment is required, and it is this limiting belief that often adds months, and sometimes even… Continue reading The Cost of NOT Paying PMI
Some Highlights: Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply that is needed for a normal housing market. Buyers are often competing with one another for the listings that are available. Perhaps the time has come for you and your family to move on and start living the life you desire.
Between 1987 and 1999, which is often referred to as the ‘Pre-Bubble Period,’ home prices grew at an average of 3.6% according to the Home Price Expectation Survey. Every month, the economists at CoreLogic release the results of their Home Price Insights Report, which includes the actual year-over-year change in prices across the country and their predictions for the following… Continue reading Home Prices Have Appreciated 6.9% in 2018
Some Highlights: The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their latest quarterly Home Price Index report. In the report, home prices are compared both regionally and by state. Based on the latest numbers, if you plan on relocating to another state, waiting to move may end up costing you more!
You read that right! First-time buyers across the country are getting creative when it comes to saving the necessary down payment to buy a home. Many couples are asking their wedding guests to contribute to their “Down Payment Fund” rather than fulfilling a traditional registry. This is fueled by the fact that many couples live… Continue reading Having Trouble Saving Enough for Your Down Payment? Crowdfund It!
Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts their Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. Their latest survey data, covering 2013-2016 was recently released. The study revealed that the median net worth of a homeowner was $231,400 – a 15% increase since 2013. At the same time, the median net worth… Continue reading The Net Worth of a Homeowner is 44x Greater Than A Renter!
The number of building permits issued for single-family homes is the best indicator of how many newly built homes will rise over the next few months. According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Residential Sales Report, the number of building permits issued in June was 850,000, a 0.8% increase from May. How will… Continue reading Are You Thinking of Selling Your Home? Competition Is Coming!
Some Highlights: Interest rates are projected to increase steadily heading into 2019. The higher your interest rate, the more money you end up paying for your home and the higher your monthly payment will be. Rates are still low right now – don’t wait until they hit 5% to start searching for your dream home!
It should come as no surprise that buying a home in a good school district is important to homebuyers. According to a report from Realtor.com, 86% of 18-34 year-olds and 84% of those aged 35-54 indicated that their home search areas were defined by school district boundaries. What is surprising, however, is that 78% of recent homebuyers sacrificed… Continue reading Homebuyers Willing to Sacrifice ‘Must-Haves’ in Favor of Good School Districts
We put our 5 year old house in Carthage on the market, with the dead set mentality that we were going For Sale by Owner. We watched homes around us sell and thought to just trust the timing. 6 months went by, and we declined many realtors who asked if we’d consider listing with them. Everyone had the same pitch, ‘we have a buyer lined up for your home.’
Michelle Clemons approached us in a unique, genuine way that made us feel comfortable. She really DID have a buyer for us, already pre-approved, and share with us in full disclosure her intent to show our home once (just to them.) The next day we had a contract and Michelle took care of everything.
If you’re reading this review and considering who in the Joplin area to work with, then you can stop now. Call Michelle Clemons and rest assured you are going to work with the strongest agent in this area. Everything will be presented in an easy to understand, no surprises fashion. She will work with you to sell your home and ensure the closing happens exactly as you planned.
Greg and Tandra Powell
Home sold with Michelle August 2017 for FULL Asking Price
“I have used Michelle several times for investment property transactions and she has always gone above and beyond to get the deal done. Michelle is very customer focused, easy to work with and makes every transaction as painless and as smooth as possible. I highly recommend using Michelle!”
Mark Lathrom, CPCU
Senior Vice President