Renting vs Buying

Do You Know the Real Cost of Renting vs. Buying? [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a close decision. Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (30%), vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-priced home (15%), the choice becomes obvious. […]

Roberta Nopson | Feb 17, 2017

3 Questions

3 Questions to Ask If You Want to Buy Your Dream Home If you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are probably getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family will have your best interest at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening […]

Roberta Nopson | Feb 16, 2017

Thinking of selling?  Our serious buyers are shopping now!

Listing in the Winter Attracts More 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 likelihood that the home will sell for more than asking price, as well […]

Roberta Nopson | Feb 13, 2017

The American Dream

Homeownership Offers Stability & Wealth Creation The most recent Housing Pulse Survey released by the National Association of Realtors revealed that the two major reasons Americans prefer owning their own home instead of renting are: They want the opportunity to build equity. They want a stable and safe environment. Building Equity In a recent article by The Mortgage […]

Roberta Nopson | Feb 10, 2017

High Buyer Traffic – Right Now!

Buyer Demand Is Outpacing the Supply of Homes for Sale The price of any item is determined by the supply of that item, as well as the market demand. The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) surveys “over 50,000 real estate practitioners about their expectations for home sales, prices and market conditions” for their monthly REALTORS Confidence Index. Their latest edition […]

Roberta Nopson | Feb 9, 2017

Needs vs Wants

Daydreaming About Your Perfect Home? Know What You WANT vs. What You NEED In this day and age of being able to shop for anything anywhere, it is really important to know what you’re looking for when you start your home search. If you’ve been thinking about buying a home of your own for some […]

Roberta Nopson | Feb 9, 2017

February is Perfect!

No Matter What the Groundhog Says, Here are 5 Reasons to Sell Before Spring! Is spring closer than we think? Depending on which groundhog you listen to today, you may have less time than you think to get your home on the market before the busy spring season. Many sellers feel that the spring is […]

Roberta Nopson | Feb 8, 2017

Are you Buyer Ready?

2 Myths That May Be Holding Back Buyers Fannie Mae’s article, “What Consumers (Don’t) Know About Mortgage Qualification Criteria,” revealed that “only 5 to 16 percent of respondents know the correct ranges for key mortgage qualification criteria.” Myth #1: “I Need a 20% Down Payment” Fannie Mae’s survey revealed that consumers overestimate the down payment funds […]

Roberta Nopson | Feb 1, 2017

Real Estate 2015

What will happen in 2015? A nationwide panel of over one hundred economists, real estate experts and investment & market strategists project that home values will appreciate by almost 4% by the end of 2015. Additionally, Freddie Mac’s most recent Economic Commentary & Projections Table predicts that the 30-year fixed mortgage rate will appreciate to 4.5% by the end […]

Roberta Nopson | Feb 7, 2015

Portland Oregon Walk Scores

Many relocating to Portland Oregon ask for a ‘walkable neighborhood’. This can mean a variety of things to home buyers.  A stroll around the neighborhood to smell the roses, level for a young bicycle enthusiast just mastering training wheels, walking distance to Starbucks, walkable to run errands or get to school, or transit to jump […]

Roberta Nopson | Oct 30, 2014