Cheryl Bower's Real Estate Blog

Why It’s Still a Seller’s Market Today

By Cheryl Bower | September 4, 2023

Even though activity in the housing market has slowed from the frenzy that was the ‘unicorn’ years, it’s still a seller’s market because the supply of homes for sale is so low. But what does that really mean for you? And why are conditions today so good if you want to sell your house? The…

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Homeowners Have a Lot of Equity Right Now [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Cheryl Bower | September 1, 2023

Some Highlights Your equity grows as you pay down your home loan and as home prices increase. With home prices rising again, your equity is getting an extra boost. Almost half of homeowners are equity rich because they have at least 50% equity in their homes. If you’ve been in your home for a while,…

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How Inflation Affects the Housing Market

By Cheryl Bower | August 31, 2023

Have you ever wondered how inflation impacts the housing market? Believe it or not, they’re connected. Whenever there are changes to one, both are affected. Here’s a high-level overview of the connection between the two. The Relationship Between Housing Inflation and Overall Inflation Shelter inflation is the measure of price growth specific to housing. It…

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Buyer Traffic Is Still Stronger than the Norm

By Cheryl Bower | August 30, 2023

Are you putting off selling your house because you’re worried no one’s buying because of where mortgage rates are? If so, know this: the latest data shows plenty of buyers are still out there, and they’re purchasing homes today. Here’s the data to prove it. The ShowingTime Showing Index is a measure of buyers touring…

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Why You May Still Want To Sell Your House After All

By Cheryl Bower | August 29, 2023

Even though you may feel reluctant to sell your house because you don’t want to take on a mortgage rate that’s higher than the one you have now, there’s more to consider. While the financial side of things does matter, your personal needs may actually matter just as much. As an article from Bankrate says:…

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Gen Z: The Next Generation Is Making Moves in the Housing Market

By Cheryl Bower | August 28, 2023

Generation Z (Gen Z) is eager to put down their own roots and achieve financial independence. As a result, they’re turning to homeownership. According to the latest Home Buyers and Sellers Generational Trends Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), 30% of Gen Z buyers transitioned straight from living under their parents’ roofs to…

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Today’s Housing Market Has Only Half the Usual Inventory [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Cheryl Bower | August 25, 2023

Some Highlights There are only about half the number of homes for sale compared to the last normal years in the market. That means buyers don’t have enough options right now. So, if you work with an agent to list your house, it should be in the spotlight.  If you’re thinking of selling, get in…

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More Jobs and Better Pay Leads to More Buyer Demand

By Cheryl Bower | August 24, 2023

There’s been talk about a recession for quite a while now. But the economy has been remarkably resilient. Why? One reason is employment and wages have stayed strong. Let’s look at the latest information on each one and why both are good news if you’re thinking about selling your house. More Jobs Are Being Created…

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Why You Need a True Expert in Today’s Housing Market

By Cheryl Bower | August 23, 2023

The housing market continues to shift and change, and in a fast-moving landscape like we’re in right now, it’s more important than ever to have a trusted real estate agent on your side. Whether you’re buying your first home or selling once again, it’s mission critical to work with an expert who can guide you…

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Why You Don’t Need To Fear the Return of Adjustable-Rate Mortgages

By Cheryl Bower | August 22, 2023

If you remember the housing crash back in 2008, you may recall just how popular adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) were back then. And after years of being virtually nonexistent, more people are once again using ARMs when buying a home. Let’s break down why that’s happening and why this isn’t cause for concern. Why ARMs Have…

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