Angela Cotten's Blog Posts

Angela Cotten's Blog Posts

Your Friends Are Crazy Wrong If Theyre Telling You Not To Buy
The current narrative is that home prices have risen so much so that it is no longer a smart idea to purchase a home. Your family and friends might suggest that buying a home right...

A Housing Bubble
A Housing Bubble? Industry Experts Say NO!With residential home prices continuing to appreciate at levels above historic norms, some are questioning if we are heading toward anothe...

The Buyers Are Out Now
Why Sell Now Instead of Later? The Buyers are Out NowEach year, most homeowners wait until the spring to sell their houses because they believe that they can get a better deal duri...

Buying A Home Can Be Scary
Buying a Home Can Be Scary... Unless You Know the Facts [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights:Many potential homebuyers believe that they need a 20% down payment and a 780 FICO® score to q...

Hiring An Agent To Sell Your House May Cost You NOTHING
There is no doubt that it is easier to sell your house when using the services of a local real estate professional. The agent will provide: Greater exposure to more buyers Th...

Net Worth Of Homeowners 44X Greater Than Renters
Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts their Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. Th...

The Mortgage Process
The Mortgage Process: What You Need to Know [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights: Many buyers are purchasing a home with a down payment as little as 3%. You may already qualify ...

Competition Is Coming
Thinking of Selling your Home? Competition is ComingThe number of building permits issued for single-family homes is the best indicator of how many newly built homes will rise over...

Why Are So Few Homes For Sale
There is no doubt that the largest challenge in today’s housing market is a lack of housing inventory for sale. This challenge has been defined as an “overwhelmi...

Homeownership Is A Precondition Of The American Dream
Hearth just released their 2017 State of the American Dream report which showed that Americans still see homeownership as an integral piece of the American Dream. Th...

America Needs Your House
The biggest challenge in today’s real estate market is a lack of housing inventory. How big of a challenge is the housing shortage? Here are what four industry economists are say...

FSBOs Dont Save Real Estate Commission
Study: FSBOs Don’t Save Real Estate CommissionOne of the main reasons why For Sale By Owners (FSBOs) don’t use a real estate agent is because they believe they will s...

Jun 19 2017 17359 1
Buying Is Now 33.1% Cheaper Than Renting in the USThe results of the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia show that homeownership remains cheaper than renting...

Jun 17 2017 17359 1
The TRUTH Behind the RENT vs. BUY DebateIn a blog post published last Friday, CNBC’s Diana Olnick reported on the latest results of the FAU Buy vs. Rent Index. The...

Jun 13 2017 17359 1
Homeownership Is a Good Financial Investment!According to a recent report by Trulia, “buying is cheaper than renting in 100 of the largest metro areas by an a...

May 30 2017 17359 1
#1 Reason to List Your House for Sale, NOW!If you are debating listing your house for sale this year, here is the #1 reason not to wait!Buyer Demand Continues to Outpace the Supply...

May 22 2017 17359 1
Selling Your Home? Is Your Listing ‘Pet-Friendly’?One of the many benefits of owning your own home is the freedom to find your ‘furever’ friend. By pointing out the aspects...

May 1 2017 17359 1
Your Tax Return: Bring it HomeThis time of year, many people eagerly check their mailboxes looking for their tax return check from the IRS. But, what do most people plan to do with...

Apr 24 2017 17359 1
How Fast Can You Save for a Down Payment?Saving for a down payment is often the biggest hurdle for a first-time homebuyer. Depending on where you live, median income, median rents,...

Apr 17 2017 17359 1
Thinking of Selling? Now Is the Time to ActIf you thought about selling your house this year, now may be the time to do it. The inventory of homes for sale is well below historic n...

Apr 14 2017 17359 1
Is Your First Home Within Your Grasp? [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights: ‘Millennials’ are defined as 18-36 year olds according to the US Census Bureau. According to ...

Apr 13 2017 17359 1
Consumer Confidence in Economy & Housing is SoaringThe success of the housing market is strongly tied to the consumer’s confidence in the overall economy. For that reason, we bel...

Apr 11 2017 17359 1
Careful…Don’t Get Caught in the Rental Trap!There are many benefits to homeownership. One of the top benefits is being able to protect yourself from rising rents by locking in ...

Apr 9 2017 17359 1
Buying this Spring? Be Prepared for Bidding WarsTraditionally, spring is the busiest season for real estate. Buyers come out in force and homeowners list their houses for sale hopi...

Apr 4 2017 17359 1
15,014 Homes Sold Yesterday… Did Yours?There are some homeowners that have been waiting for months to get a price they hoped for when they originally listed their house for sale....

Mar 30 2017 17359 1
Consumer Confidence in Economy & Housing is SoaringThe success of the housing market is strongly tied to the consumer’s confidence in the overall economy. For that reason, we bel...

Mar 24 2017 17359 1
How Low Supply & High Demand Impacts the Real Estate Market [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights: The concept of Supply & Demand is a simple one. The best time to sell something is when...

Mar 20 2017 17359 1
4 Great Reasons to Buy This Spring!Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting.1. Prices Will Continue to RiseCoreLogic’s latest Home...

Mar 17 2017 17359 1
Don’t Let Your Luck Run Out [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights: The “Cost of Waiting to Buy” is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices and interes...

Mar 14 2017 17359 1
How to Get the Most Money When Selling Your HomeEvery homeowner wants to make sure they get the best price when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive maximu...

Mar 9 2017 17359 1
Housing Market Expected to “Spring Forward”Just like our clocks this weekend in the majority of the country, the housing market will soon “spring forward!” Simila...

Mar 6 2017 17359 1
The Connection Between Home Prices & Family WealthOver the next five years, home prices are expected to appreciate 3.22% per year on average and to grow by 17.3% cumulati...

Feb 23 2017 17359 1
The Impact of Homeownership on Family HealthThe National Association of Realtors recently released a study titled 'Social Benefits of Homeownership and Stable Housin...

Feb 21 2017 17359 1
Access: A Key Component in Getting Your House SOLD!So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you with the entire process, and they ...

Feb 17 2017 17359 1
Do You Know the Real Cost of Renting vs. Buying? Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a close decision. Looking at the per...

Feb 15 2017 17359 1
10 Best-Kept Secrets for Buying a HomeGet the most out of your money with these handy home-buying tips.Buying Secret #10: Keep Your Money Where It IsIt’s not wise to make any hug...

Feb 13 2017 17359 1
Hispanics & Housing: Demand Over The Next DecadeThe Mortgage Bankers’ Association (MBA) recently released a report: ‘Housing Demand: Demographics And The Nu...

Feb 3 2017 17359 1
Millionaire to Millennials: Buy a Home!!Last week, CNBC ran an article quoting self-made millionaire David Bach explaining that not purchasing a home is "t...

Jan 31 2017 17359 1
2 Myths That May Be Holding Back BuyersFannie Mae’s article, “What Consumers (Don’t) Know About Mortgage Qualification Criteria,” revealed that “only 5 to 16 pe...

Thinking Of Selling
Thinking of Selling? Why Now is the TimeIt is common knowledge that a large number of homes sell during the spring-buying season. For that reason, many homeowners hold off on putti...

Will Housing Affordability Be A Challenge In 2017
Some industry experts are saying that the housing market may be heading for a slowdown in 2017 based on rising home prices and a jump in mortgage interest rates. One of the data po...

Is This The Year To Move Up To Your Dream Home
It appears that Americans are regaining faith in the U.S. economy. The following indexes have each shown a dramatic jump in consumer confidence in their latest surveys: The Univ...

Millionaire To Millennials Buy A Home
Millionaire to Millennials: Buy a Home!!Last week, CNBC ran an article quoting self-made millionaire David Bach explaining that not purchasing a home is "t...

Start 2017 Off Right
As we are about to bring in the New Year, families across the country will be deciding if this is the year that they will sell their current house and move into their dream home. M...

The Fed Raised Rates
You may have heard that the Federal Reserve raised rates last week… But what does that mean if you are looking to buy a home in the near future?Many in the housing...

Why You Shouldnt Take Your House Off The Market During The Holidays
If you are one of the many homeowners who is debating taking your home off the market for the next few weeks, don’t! You will miss the great opportunity you have right now!The la...

Selling In The Winter Attracts Serious Buyers
A recent study of more than 7 million home sales over the past four years revealed that the season in which a home is listed may be able to shed some light on the likelih...

Dec 2 2016 17359 1
WALSH FORT WORTH UPDATENew Homes Starting in the upper $200’sLet me know if you are interested in checking out the new development.  The homes are perched atop rolling hills...

5 Reasons Why Homeownership Is A Good Financial Investment
According to a recent report by Trulia, “buying is cheaper than renting in 100 of the largest metro areas by an average of 37.7%.” That may have some t...

Dont Overlook An Outdated Kitchen
If you are planning on listing your home for sale, make sure that you don’t overlook the condition of your kitchen. A recent article on listed&nbs...

From Empty Nest To Full House Multigenerational Families Are Back
Multigenerational homes are coming back in a big way! In the 1950s, about 21%, or 32.2 million Americans shared a roof with their grown children or parents. According to a recent&n...

Think All Millennials Live In Their Parents Basement
Think All Millennials Live in Their Parent's Basement? Think Again!According to the Census Bureau, millennials have overtaken baby boomers as the largest generation in U.S. Hi...

Percentage Of Homeownership By Decade And By State
There has been a lot of talk about the falling homeownership rate in the United States. In December 2004, the homeownership rate reached an all-time high of 69.4%, while the curren...

The Great News About Rising Prices
Recently there has been a lot of talk about home prices and if they are accelerating too quickly. In some areas of the country, seller supply (homes for sale) cannot keep up with t...

Appraisers Homeowners Dont See EyeToEye On Values
In today’s housing market, where supply is very low and demand is very high, home values are increasing rapidly. Many experts are projecting that home values could appreciat...

Why We Need More Newly Constructed Homes
The number of new home sales is far off historic norms. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) just reported that the percentage of all house sales that wer...

Why We All Need A Phil Dunphy On Our Side
Whether or not you’ve ever seen an episode of Modern Family, or know who Phil Dunphy’s character is, the concept of knowing that you have someone in your co...

Ready To Make An Offer 4 Tips For Success
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 you mak...

Why Getting PreApproved Should Be Your First Step
In many markets across the country, the amount of buyers searching for their dream homes greatly outnumbers the amount of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive ma...

Sep 15 2016 17359 1

New Construction Numbers Now Versus 2005
There is some thinking that the pace of the housing recovery is unsustainable and that we may be heading for another housing bubble. However, Jonathan Smoke, the Chief Economi...

Hire A Real Estate Pro
Some Highlights: Hiring a Real Estate Professional to buy your dream home, or sell your current house, is one of the most 'educated' decisions you can make! A Real Estate Pro...

How Scary Is The Housing Affordability Index
How Scary is the Housing Affordability Index?How Scary is the Housing Affordability Index?How Scary is the Housing Affordability Index?Some industry pundits are saying that the hou...

4 Stats That PROVE This Is NOT 2005 All Over Again
Recent research by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) examined certain red flags that caused the housing crisis in 2005, and then compared them to today...

What Does Home Mean To You
No matter what shape or size your living space is, the concept and feeling of home can mean different things to different people. Whether it’s a certain scent or a favorite chair...

Take Another Look At Your Price
House Hasn’t Sold Yet? Take Another Look at Your Price!The residential housing market has been hot. Home sales have bounced back solidly and are now at their second highest ...

Slaying Myths About Buying A Home
Some Highlights: Interest Rates are still below historic numbers. 88% of property managers raised their rent in the last 12 months! Credit score requirements to be approve...

Baby Boomers Are On The Move
According to a Merrill Lynch study, “an estimated 4.2 million retirees moved into a new home last year alone.” Two-thirds of retirees say that they are like...

Thinking You Should FSBO
Thinking You Should FSBO? Think Again [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights: According to NAR's Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers: 88% of buyers look for their new home online. ...

4 Reasons To Buy This Summer
Summer is here! The temperature isn't the only thing heating up right now, so too is the housing market in many areas of the country! Here are four great reasons to consider buying...

74 Percent Of Households In The US Now Have Significant Equity
CoreLogic’s latest Equity Report revealed that 92% of all mortgaged properties are now in a positive equity situation, while 74% now actually have significant equity&nb...

Hurry Up And List Your House TODAY
That headline might be a little aggressive. However, as the data on the 2016 housing market begins to roll in, we can definitely say one thing: If you are considering selling, IT I...

Reasons To Hire A Real Estate Pro
Whether you are buying or selling a home, it can be quite an adventurous journey. You need an experienced Real Estate Professional to lead you to your ultimate goal. In this world ...

How Does Housing Help Build Family Wealth
As the economy continues to improve, more and more Americans are seeing their personal financial situations also improving. Instead of just getting by, many are now beginning to sa...

Home Values Over The Next 5 Years
Today, many real estate conversations center on housing prices and where they may be headed. That is why we like the Home Price Expectation Survey.Every quarter, Pulsenom...

Sales Up In Nearly Every Price Range
The National Association of Realtors’ most recent Existing Home Sales Report revealed that home sales were up rather dramatically over last year in five ...

A Buyer In Hand Is Worth Two In The Bush
A ‘Buyer’ in Hand Is Worth Two in the BushIn today’s highly competitive seller’s market where there are more buyers than there are listings for them to purchase, some selle...

Vacation Home Sales
Vacation Home Sales: Sales Down, Prices UpThe National Association of Realtors recently released their 2016 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey. The survey re...

Buying A Home Is 36 Percent Less Expensive Than Renting Nationwide
Buying a Home is 36% Less Expensive Than Renting Nationwide!In the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia, they explained that homeownership remains cheaper than ren...

The Market Needs Your Listing
The housing market is really heating up and buyer demand is dramatically increasing as we enter the spring season. However, one challenge to the current market is a major shortage ...

Dont Wait Move Up To Your Dream Home Now
Now that the housing market has stabilized, more and more homeowners are considering moving up to the home they have always dreamed of. Prices are still below those of a few years ...

Homeownership Is A Great Investment
Some Highlights: Harvard University's Joint Center of Housing Studies recently released the top financial & emotional reasons to own a home. Owning is a good way t...

The Top 5 Reasons You Should Not For Sale By Owner
In today's market, with homes selling quickly and prices rising, some homeowners might consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by ...

3 Charts That Scream List Your Home Today
In school we all learned 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.SUPPLYThe National As...

The Difference An Hour Makes This Spring
Some Highlights: Sunday, March 13th, we "Spring Forward" one hour for Daylight Savings Time (except for our friends in HI & AZ). Every hour in the United States, 624 homes will s...

Put Your Housing Cost To Work For You
There are many young people debating whether they should renew the lease on their apartment or sign a contract to purchase their first home. As we have said before, mortgage intere...

How To Get The Most Money When Selling Your Home
Every homeowner wants to make sure they maximize their financial reward when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive maximum value for your house? Here are tw...

Thinking Of Buying A Home
With spring right around the corner, you may be wondering if you should wait to enter the housing market. Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of wai...

Play Chess Not Checkers
Checkers is a simple game with a simple objective; eliminate the other player’s pieces. Even the process of doing so is simple, jump the other player’s pieces and start a colle...

Appraisals In 2016
First American Title issues a quarterly report, the Real Estate Sentiment Index (RESI), which “measures title agent sentiment on a variety of key market metri...

What It Takes To Buy Your Own Home
There are many people sitting on the sidelines trying to decide if they should purchase a home or sign a rental lease. Some might wonder if it makes sense to purchase a house befor...

New Construction Sales Surge

Show I Buy Now Or Wait Till Next Year

Rents Are Skyrocketing

Real Estate Shines As An Investment

First Time Homebuying
Are You Wondering What It Takes To Buy Your First Home? Tuesday January 19th, 2016  First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, MillennialsThere are many people si...

Jan 19 2016 17359 1

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