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Thursday, December 27, 2018   /   by Traci Roberts Jones

24 Hours that Suddenly Improved the Market

This year started strong for real estate, but then the market began to soften. Home inventory in the starter and move-up categories dwindled to almost nothing, mortgage rates were projected to rise, and home sales had decreased for several months in a row.
To many, the outlook heading into 2019 appeared dim… at best.
Then, in a 24-hour window last week, things seemed to change. On Wednesday, the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) revealed in their Existing Homes Sales Report that home sales had INCREASED for the second consecutive month. The next day, NAR’s economic research team announced that the percentage of first-time buyers in the market was higher than last month and even higher than a year ago.
What happened to turn around the downward momentum in the market? 
You only needed to wait a few hours to find out. On the heels of NAR’s revelations, Zillow released their November Real Estate ...

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Thursday, December 27, 2018   /   by Traci Roberts Jones

What Makes a House a Home For You?

We frequently talk about why it makes sense to buy a home financially, but more often than not the emotional reasons are the more powerful or compelling ones.
No matter what shape or size your living space is, the concept and feeling of a home can mean different things to different people. Whether it’s a certain scent or a favorite chair, the emotional reasons why we choose to buy our own homes are typically more important to us than the financial ones.
1. Owning your home offers stability to start and raise a family
From the best neighborhoods to the best school districts, even those without children at the time of purchase may have this in the back of their minds as a major reason for choosing the location of the home that they purchase.
2. There’s no place like home
Owning your own home offers you not only safety and security, but also a comfortable place that allows you to relax after a long day!
3. You have more space for you and your family
Wheth ...

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Thursday, December 27, 2018   /   by Traci Roberts Jones

Great local events for New Year's Eve 2018/2019

The Labyrinth New Year’s Eve Party and Masquerade Ball 11PM $15/$12 Prepare to dance magic dance as we ring in the New Year and celebrate the great David Bowie with a late-night screening of Jim Henson’s 1986 fantasy classic, Labyrinth (at 11:45PM) Brand-new interactive SING AND QUOTE-A-LONG edition, featuring custom onscreen subtitles that will help you live the fantasy with Jareth, Sarah, Hoggle and friends! Costume Contest at 11:15PM/pre-show Bowie music videos, fun goodies to use during the movie and a free champagne toast at midnight! The Loft Cinema 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-0844

New Year`s Eve Party 10PMFree Event, 21+/Dance in the New Year with 80’s & Gentlemen! Casino del Sol-Conference Center 5655 W. Valencia Rd. 855-765-7829


Valli Fever – New Year’s Eve Concert! 7PMSpecial NYC show is $64.95-includes Dinner and NYE goodies! What are you doing New Year’s Eve? Why not spend it with The 4GENTS at The Gaslight ...

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Friday, December 21, 2018   /   by Traci Roberts Jones

4 Quick Reasons NOT to Fear a Housing Crash

There is a lot of uncertainty regarding the real estate market heading into 2019. That uncertainty has raised concerns that we may be headed toward another housing crash like the one we experienced a decade ago.


Here are four reasons why today’s market is much different:


1. There are fewer foreclosures now than there were in 2006


A major challenge in 2006 was the number of foreclosures. There will always be foreclosures, but they spiked by over 100% prior to the crash. Foreclosures sold at a discount and, in many cases, lowered the values of adjacent homes. We are ending 2018 with foreclosures at historic pre-crash numbers – much fewer foreclosures than we ended 2006 with.





2. Most homeowners have tremendous equity in their homes


Ten years ago, many homeowners irrationally converted much, if not all, of their equity into cash with a cash-out refinance. When foreclosures rose and prices fell, they found themselves in a negative equity ...

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Friday, December 21, 2018   /   by Traci Roberts Jones

Storage Solutions for Your Christmas Decor

 


It seems that no matter how well you pack, there are always problems when the time comes to unpack for the holidays. Your lights and beads will get tangled with other decorations. You might even be missing tree branches. This year, why not use some of our Christmas storage ideas to safely and conveniently store your ornaments, tree, lights and more!


Bag Up Your Tree: 
Your artificial tree may have already come in a box, but that box isn’t made to be reused. Over time that cardboard box is going to bend and break. Without proper storage, you run the risk of losing parts of your tree. With this durable Christmas tree storage bag from Northlight, you can be sure that every part of your tree is safe and stays in good shape.


Keep Your Ornaments Safe: 
A lot of people treasure their Christmas ornaments. Some of them are years old and have sentimental value. The last thing you’d want is for one of your ornaments to break or be misplace ...

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Traci Roberts-Jones
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