home buyer: Home Equity is Up Nationwide. Do you know what your Home is Worth? - 04/30/15 11:00 AM

When the housing bubble burst in 2008 home prices went into free fall. Millions of homeowners woke up one morning to find that all of the equity in their home had vanished over night.
Since then, the housing market has followed a bumpy trail, full of brief bouts of recovery followed by more bad news. However, the last couple years brought dramatic change to the U.S. real estate market. In 2013, home prices skyrocketed, and they continue to rise to today.
For homeowners hit hard by the housing market crash, this means that your situation is likely dramatically different. More than 5.8 million … (1 comments)

home buyer: It's Cold Outside, but the Housing Market is in Full Bloom - 02/25/15 03:09 AM
It may be cold outside but as we look forward to spring, the U.S. housing market continues to grow and improve. For homeowners, the continued growth in the housing market is fantastic news.
In 2012, the housing market started to show the first signs of improvement. 2013 was a landmark year in which home prices skyrocketed, increasing by double-digit year-over-year percentages. A number of factors, such as fewer distressed properties (those sold in a short sale or foreclosure), increasing demand, and low supply fueled the dramatic price increases and helped homeowners nationwide regain much of the equity they lost … (1 comments)

home buyer: Did the Housing Market Give You an Early Gift? - 11/30/14 07:32 AM
This holiday season, many homeowners are discovering that the housing market gave them an early gift—and that gift is equity!
During the worst of the housing crisis, home prices plummeted, and millions of homeowners saw all the equity in their homes vanish. However, over the last couple years, the housing market has improved significantly, and home prices have recovered along with the market. In fact, in 2013 the average home sale price rose by 10.9 percent. The rising home prices helped 3.5 million homeowners regain equity in 2013, and more than 300,000 thousand in the first quarter of 2014. … (2 comments)