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Thinking of Selling? 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t FSBO | Simplifying The Market

In today’s market, with home prices rising and a lack of inventory, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons why this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers.

Here are the top five reasons:

1. There Are Too Many People to Negotiate With

Here is a list of some of the people with whom you must be prepared to negotiate if you decide to For Sale By Owner:

  • The buyer who wants the best deal possible
  • The buyer’s agent who solely represents the best interest of the buyer
  • The buyer’s attorney (in some parts of the country)
  • The home inspection companies, which work for the buyer and will almost always find some
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5115 Cape Cod Court, Bethesda, MD 20816

Large, elegant & updated 6 bedroom, 5.5 bath brick colonial with 2 car garage on cul-de-sac in Westmoreland Hills. Great house for entertaining.  2 story foyer, curved stairway, gourmet kitchen & breakfast room with wall of windows, living room with fireplace, large dining room opens to patio, grand family room opens to back deck & office with built-in book cases.  Lower level rec room with fireplace, exercise room & kitchenette. Convenient Mass Ave corridor, just over the DC line.

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3901 Langley Court #B554

Super sunny, updated 2 level, 3 bedroom with 2 full baths and 2 separate entrances. Fabulous eat-in kitchen, windows on three sides, wood floors & central air. Pool, BBQ areas, tot lot, public tennis, dog park, garden & playground. Around the corner from the new Cathedral Commons Shopping Center. Grocery, pharmacy, restaurants and more. 1 dog plus 1 cat or 2 cats permitted. Parking available for $35,000, monthly maintenance $42.41.

Monthly condo fee: $783.65 includes management, general maintenance of common areas, landscaping, trash & snow removal, master insurance policy, reserves, gas, water & sewer.

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Foreclosure Rate Drops to New Post-Crisis Low [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

Some Highlights:

  • According to CoreLogic, the national foreclosure rate dropped to 1.1% of all homes with a mortgage. This is the lowest percentage experienced since October 2007.
  • April marked the 54th consecutive month of year-over-year declines in foreclosure inventory.
  • Only 3% of homes in the United States are in serious delinquency. More and more homeowners are escaping negative equity as prices rise.



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What’s Happening in the Real Estate Market? | Simplifying the Market

This is a pretty common question that a potential home buyer or seller may be asking themselves. Leading economists in real estate converged in New Orleans this past week as they presented their answer to this question at the 50th Annual Real Estate Journalism Conference for the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

Here are the top takeaways from the week of presentations:

Many of the conversations at the conference came back to the impact that Millennials and first-time home buyers will have on the market in the future. Jonathan Smoke, Chief Economist for had this to say: 

“At any given time in our history, demographics would explain 60-80% of what’s happening [in the market], and we are in a period of time where

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Here Comes the Housing Inventory!! | Simplifying The Market

Almost every real estate conversation revolves around the continuous rise in house values over the last four years. Some have even mentioned a concern about another possible bubble forming. However, the recent increase in prices can be attributed to a very simple principle: supply and demand.


Demand for single-family housing has continued to increase as the economy slowly moves forward. Recent surveys have shown that over 80% of each generation still believes that homeownership is a part of the American Dream. And a recent Gallup survey showed that Americans believe that real estate is the best long-term investment.


Over the last several years, many homeowners were unable to put their homes on the market for an assortment of

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US Housing Market Swings in Favor of Homeownership | Simplifying The Market

According to the latest Beracha, Hardin & Johnson Buy vs. Rent (BH&J) Index, homeownership is a better way to produce greater wealth, on average, than renting. The results from the first quarter index showed that “16 of the 23 metropolitan markets investigated moved in the direction of buy territory.”

The BH&J Index is a quarterly report that attempts to answer the question: 

Is it better to rent or buy a home in today’s housing market?

“The U.S. housing market, when considered as a whole, has swung marginally more in favor of home ownership over renting a comparable property and investing monthly rent savings in a portfolio of stocks and bonds.”

The latest results were released shortly after the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index,

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Harvard: 5 Reasons Why Owning A Home Makes Sense Financially| Simplifying The Market

We have reported many times that the American Dream of homeownership is alive and well. The personal reasons to own a home differ for each buyer, but there are many basic similarities.

Eric Belsky is the Managing Director of the Joint Center of Housing Studies (JCHS) at Harvard University. He authored a paper on homeownership titled - The Dream Lives On: The Future of Homeownership in America. In his paper, Belsky reveals five financial reasons why people should consider buying a home.

Here are the five reasons, each followed by an excerpt from the study: 

1) Housing is typically the one leveraged investment available.

“Few households are interested in borrowing money to buy stocks and bonds and few lenders are willing to lend them the

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Today I am going to talk about "Under the Radar" real estate. It helped my buyers do the almost impossible, in this market. Buy a house contingent on the sale of their condo.

Ed and Jen wanted to buy a house, but they needed to sell their condo. The chances of getting a seller, especially one with a house in Cleveland Park, to even consider an offer contingent on the sale of a condo are slim to none. Fortunately, I knew how to increase the odds. 

A homeowner in Cleveland Park had contacted me to advise her on the sale of her house. She wanted me to represent her, but her situation was complicated. She owned the property with her ex-husband and there

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