Tag Archives: First-Time Homebuyers

15 Minute Pre-Showing Checklist

Have you recently put your home on the market? Keeping your home clean and ready to show to potential buyers is essential. While there are things you can do well ahead of time to get your home ready, we wanted to show you a quick and easy checklist for things to do in 15 minutes …Read more

Another Top-10 (Percent) List — Best (and Worst) Cities for 1st-Time Homebuyers

The home remains the largest store of wealth for most households.  Homebuying is a complicated process – particularly for unfamiliar first-time buyers.  Still, first-time homebuyers represented one-in-three of all home sales (33 percent) according to the National Association of Realtor’s latest Annual Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. Some cities offer better opportunities than others …Read more

Existing Home Sales Sputter Again in August 2018: Sales Down 1.5% on a Seasonally Adjusted Basis, But Median Prices Up 4.6 Percent

Existing home sales for the second month in a row dipped 1.5  percent in August 2018 versus a year ago to 5.34 million on a seasonally adjusted annualized basis (SAAR) according to National Association of Realtors® (NAR).  Sales were flat sequentially from July (SAAR).  On an unadjusted basis, housing sales in the first eight months …Read more

Existing Home Sales Dip 1.5 Percent on a Seasonally Adjusted Annualized Rate Year-Over-Year, Median Price Up 4.5 Percent — July 2018

Existing home sales dipped 1.5  percent in July 2018 versus a year ago to 5.34 million on a seasonally adjusted annualized basis (SAAR) according to National Association of Realtors® (NAR).  Sales shrunk 0.7 percent sequentially from June (SAAR).  On an unadjusted basis, housing sales in the first seven months of 2018 totaled 3.153 million, down …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Best Cities for 1st-Time Homebuyers

Buying the first home, other than perhaps marriage, is one of the top decisions that many people make in their life up to that point.  A mountain of factors contribute to the decision including economic, financial, personal taste and alternatives.  Almost all first-time buyers have to buy within a reasonable distance of their job(s).  But …Read more

Existing Home Sales in June 2017 Up Slightly Year-Over-Year But Down 1.8 Percent Sequentially from May, Median Price Continue Strong Ascent

Existing home sales were up an ever-so-slight 0.7 percent in June 2017 versus a year ago, but fell 1.8 percent on a seasonally-adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) from May to 5.52 million according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR).   Raw monthly home sales in June 2017 (not seasonally adjusted), at 601,000 single family, townhouse, condominium …Read more

Hottest Spring 2017 Suburb Housing Markets

Just as the flowers appear in the Spring, likewise sprout housing sales. Flowers appear earlier and grow faster in some areas compared to others. Ditto housing. So where are the hottest suburban markets this Spring? To answer that, Realtor.com analyzed suburban housing markets across the country. As urban housing prices exploded, one-half of home buyers …Read more