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Monthly Archives: May 2017

    Why Americans Consider Moving to Another State? [INFOGRAPHIC]

    By Keeley Ryan | May 19, 2017

    Some Highlights: In a recent Harris Poll, Americans listed 'change in climate/weather' as their top reason for wanting to relocate. 41% would move for a “better job opportunity.” Being closer to loved ones filled out 3 of the top 6 reasons why Americans move. Read More

    Fortune Magazine: Don’t Sleep on Chattanooga!

    By Jay Robinson | May 18, 2017

    This recent headline from Fortune Magazine caught my eye–it’s pretty easy to see why: “One of America’s Most Startup-Friendly Cities Is in Tennessee” This kind of recognition for Chattanooga has become common over the last several years (see here and here). That said, I believe it is critical that we never take this kind of praise... Read More

    Housing Shortage: New Construction & Builder Confidence Up

    By Keeley Ryan | May 18, 2017

    The biggest challenge to today’s housing market is the shortage of housing inventory for sale. A normal market would see a six-month supply of homes for sale. Currently, that number is below four months. This is the major reason home prices have continued to appreciate at higher levels than historic averages. Read More

    Selling Your Home? Is Your Listing ‘Pet-Friendly’?

    By Keeley Ryan | May 17, 2017

    One of the many benefits of owning your own home is the freedom to find your ‘furever’ friend. By pointing out the aspects of your home that make it ‘pet-friendly’ in your listing, you’ll attract these buyers rather than alienate the 61% of American households that have a pet! Read More

    4 Tips for Effectively Making an Offer

    By Keeley Ryan | May 16, 2017

    So, you’ve been searching for that perfect house to call a ‘home,’ and you finally found one! The price is right, and in such a competitive market, you want to make sure that you make a good offer so that you can guarantee that your dream of making this house yours comes true! Read More

    Do You Know the Cost of NOT Owning Your Home?

    By Keeley Ryan | May 15, 2017

    Owning a home has great financial benefits, yet many continue renting! Today, let’s look at the financial reasons why owning a home of your own has been a part of the American Dream for as long as America has existed. Read More

    What You Need to Know About Qualifying for a Mortgage [INFOGRAPHIC]

    By Keeley Ryan | May 12, 2017

    Some Highlights: Many buyers are purchasing a home with a down payment as little as 3%. You may already qualify for a loan, even if you don't have perfect credit. Take advantage of the knowledge of your local professionals who are there to help you determine how much you can afford. Read More

    3 Reasons the Housing Market is NOT in a Bubble

    By Keeley Ryan | May 11, 2017

    With housing prices appreciating at levels that far exceed historical norms, some are fearful that the market is heading for another bubble. To alleviate that fear, we just need to look back at the reasons that caused the bubble ten years ago. Read More

    Gallup: Real Estate is Best Long-Term Investment 4 Years Running

    By Keeley Ryan | May 10, 2017

    Every year, Gallup surveys Americans to determine their choice for the best long-term investment. Respondents are given a choice between real estate, stocks/mutual funds, gold, savings accounts/CDs, or bonds. Read More

    3 Graphics That Say, “List Your Home Now!”

    By Jay Robinson | May 8, 2017

    Back in school, we all learned about the theory of supply and demand. When the demand for an item is greater than the supply of that item, the price will surely rise. Usually the examples very general and are given in terms of imaginary ‘widgets’ which are bought and sold. Rarely do the principles of the theory... Read More