Home Ownership: Up or Down?

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Home Ownership Rate in the United States increased to 63.50 percent in the third quarter of 2016 from  62.90 percent in the second quarter of 2016 which it was the same as in 1965, when the US Census started tracking the metric.  Home Ownership Rate refers to the percentage of homes that are occupied by the owner.

What factors drive Home Ownership rate?

There are several factors that will drive Home Ownership Rate, here are just some of those:

• Income growth

• Higher rents and housing costs

• Constrained credit

• Loss of confidence in wealth through Home Ownership

Nevertheless, owning a home is a financially savvy move because builds wealth over time,  and in general makes “cents”, and indeed there is no place like Home.

 

 

 

 

 

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Prices Up: 6.2 Percent on US Home Prices Index Report

CoreLogic®, a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, released today its CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI) for August 2016 showing home prices up both year over year and month over month.

Home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased year over year by 6.2 percent in August 2016 compared with August 2015 and increased month over month by 1.1 percent in August 2016 compared with July 2016,* according to the CoreLogic HPI.

 “Home prices are now just 6 percent below the nominal peak reached in April 2006,” said Dr. Frank Nothaft, chief economist for CoreLogic.

Boost Your Home’s Selling Price!

Boost Your Home’s Selling Price!

If you’re looking to sell your home for top dollar, in addition to “Location, Location, Location” there are some other suggestions you may benefit from, to get top dollar for your home!    child and father painting wall together

As the saying goes, “You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.” While curb appeal gets buyers in the door, sellers who want to move their homes quickly need to take other steps.

The strategy varies by neighborhood and market conditions, but staging a house to appeal to the maximum number of buyers can make difference in how fast the home sells.

If you have a limited budget, here are some tips that can make your house to sell for a top dollar:

  • Add color to you landscape by either replacing flower beds or potted flowers, along with fresh sod.
  • Replacing light fixtures and plumbing fixtures will give your home a modern touch for a minimal investment.
  • Consider removing popcorn ceilings; however you need to be careful because popcorn ceilings of pre-1979 homes are likely to contain asbestos, and you need someone licensed to remove it.
  • Remove window treatments, unless they are current and high-end. That cuts the risk of turning off would-be buyers who don’t share your taste, and uncovered windows that will let more light into the rooms.
  • If you’re using your dining or a bedroom as an office for example, turn it back to their original use.
  • Replace dirty or worn carpet, you’re better off removing the carpet if there are hardwood floors underneath.
  • Unclutter your house by packing away items that you will not use on an every day basis. You want the new family to envision themselves living in the home.
  • A deep cleaning before you put your home on the market is a must, so everything shines.
  • Repaint all rooms in neutral colors. A fresh coat of paint also makes the house look newer and more modern.

With a few simple, low-cost tweaks, you can significantly enhance your house’s curb appeal. Focus on low cost improvements. Since every dollar counts, devote your time in renovations that’ll bring you a return.