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Happily Ever After: Finding the right home at the right price

All too often home buyers treat a home purchase like any other consumer product and choose a home that undermines their own happiness.

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You Can’t Buy the Life You Dream Of

The life you imagine can happen – but it can’t be bought

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Homebuyer Priorities: Focus on the Things You Can’t Change

There are qualities of a home you can change and others you can’t. You can upgrade the kitchen but not the neighborhood. Buy wisely.

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May 2016 Elk Grove Housing is Roughly 83% of 2005 Prices

An April 2016 article by Hudson Sangree on the Sacramento Bee website  shows Sacramento Area median home prices are back to 2004 levels. According to housing research firm Corelogic Analyst Andrew LePage “We’re roughly back to where we were before the sharpest part of the run-up”. I’m not sure 2004 is particularly noteworthy as it falls as some point during the runup, but neither the beginning nor the end of a tumultuous market swing. But how far has the recovery come?  I thought I would compile a sample list of homes built and sold in 2005  (and a couple in early 2006) at the market peak and sold again in April/May of 2016 to see a sampling of how ‘same house’ sales figures would compare. Meaning, I found specific houses that sold both in 2005 and again in 2016 and compared their selling prices.  I’m not going to argue the statistical veracity of the change in value of 19 homes in Elk Grove, but it is interesting…and might have more relevance than median prices The average recovery rate was 83% with a low of 72% and a high of 99%.  This doesn’t factor in any improvements that may have been done to these properties (such as building a new pool or substantial landscaping). I suppose it’s good news that we are approaching 2005 prices.  This means that families who toughed it out for the past decade are close to having no equity.  A significant improvement over the financially ruinous position of owning an ‘underwater’ home.              

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Making Our Homes a ‘Nest Egg’ Again

Looking at how home ownership directly affects retirement savings.

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Real Estate Is Not Recovering…

When you consider all the forces working in the market – activity doesn’t mean recovery.

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The Correlation Between Home Values, Price Appreciation And Income

Essentially housing has become overpriced compared to the local markets’ ability to afford it

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Have Low Interest Rates Been Good For Real Estate?

A closer look at the impact of interest rates on the value of housing.

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Home: An Appreciating Asset Filled With Depreciating Stuff

Take the land away from the most elegant of homes… and you basically have a trailer that will lose value over time. Spend wisely on the stuff.

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Home Improvements Are Not Investments

Interesting facts about the true value of home improvements

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