real estate market: 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)

real estate market: HOME PRICES SPRING FORWARD - 04/01/15 08:08 AM
This year, your clocks aren’t the only things springing forward; home prices have increased by leaps and bounds! Over the last few years, the housing market has made a dramatic recovery, and today homeowners are reaping the benefits.
The last seven to eight years were a chaotic time for the housing market. When the housing market crashed in 2007 and 2008, homeowners nationwide saw the value of their homes plummet overnight. Across the country, millions suddenly found themselves underwater on their mortgages and under the threat of foreclosure.
In late 2011 and into 2012, the U.S. economy … (1 comments)

real estate market: 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)

real estate market: It's Official the Housing Market is Back! - 12/28/14 06:13 AM
There are many indicators experts look at to assess the health of the housing market, and over the last several years, all of these indicators have been improving. Home prices, for one, have skyrocketed over this time period, giving many homeowners back the equity they lost when the housing market crisis first hit.
Additionally, distressed home sales (homes sold in a short sale or foreclosure) returned to a normal level, and as home prices continue to increase, there are fewer underwater homeowners, or homeowners who owe more on their mortgage than the property is worth. 
Many … (0 comments)

real estate market: 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)

real estate market: Time for an Equity Check-Up - 09/26/14 11:38 AM
When was the last time you reevaluated your equity?
Do you know how much equity you have in your home today? While people tend to check other investments regularly, such as stocks and retirement accounts, most do not reassess the value of their biggest investment—their home—nearly as frequently. However, just as with other investments, it is important to regularly check how much equity you have in your home so you know where you stand
Over the last two years, the housing market has rebounded significantly, and with it home prices rose faster and more dramatically than anyone predicted. As home … (1 comments)

real estate market: Are home prices near their 2006 peak? - 02/04/14 12:23 AM
Are home prices near their 2006 peak? Did you know that in many markets, home prices are near their 2006 peak prices? In our market, home prices have drastically improved and look to continue improving. So if you or someone you know has been waiting to sell your home, especially if the home was “underwater,” now is the time to start exploring options!
I have a report that explains why prices keep rising and why your home is probably worth more than you think. You can download the report from my website www.DonnaHelpsHomeowners.INFO.
Do you know how much your home is … (1 comments)

real estate market: Your Home May Be Worth More Than You Think! - 05/08/13 06:02 AM
Today’s real estate market is very different than it was a year ago. Prices have increased rapidly over the past 6-8 months as part of a steady recovery we’re seeing take place across the nation in real estate. If you or someone you know has a home in which they owed more on their mortgage than the property was worth, that may no longer be the case. Or perhaps you’ve just been waiting the market out for prices to increase. Well, that time has arrived.
I have a report which explains in detail why prices have gone up and why your … (0 comments)