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Posts By: Chiselle

The Main Key To Understanding the Rise in Mortgage Rates

by Chiselle • October 9, 2021

Every Thursday, Freddie Mac releases the results of their Primary Mortgage Market Survey which reveals the most recent movement in the 30-year fixed mortgage rate. Last week, the rate was announced as 3.01%. It was the first time in three months that the mortgage rate surpassed 3%. In a press release accompanying the survey, Sam Khater, Chief Economist at Freddie Mac, explains: […]


Is It Time To Move on to a New Home?

by Chiselle • September 27, 2021

If you’ve been in your home for longer than five years, you’re not alone. According to recent data from First American, homeowners are staying put much longer than historical averages (see graph below):As the graph shows, before 2008, homeowners sold their houses after an average of just five years. Today, that number has more than doubled to over 10 […]


5 Tips for Making Your Best Offer

by Chiselle • September 21, 2021

In today’s sellers’ market, standing out as a buyer is critical. Multi-offer scenarios and bidding wars are the norm due to the low supply of houses for sale and high buyer demand. If you’re buying this fall, you’ll want every advantage, especially when you’ve found the home of your dreams. Below are five things to keep in mind […]


Home Price Appreciation Is Skyrocketing in 2021. What About 2022?

by Chiselle • September 17, 2021

One of the major story lines over the last year is how well the residential real estate market performed. One key metric in the spotlight is home price appreciation. According to the latest indices, home prices are skyrocketing this year. Here are the latest percentages showing the year-over-year increase in home price appreciation: The House Price […]


September 2021 – Local Market Update

by Chiselle • September 14, 2021

We are officially heading into Fall. And, with Fall, we typically see a shift in focus. Now come the pumpkin spice lattes, return to schools, Fall Festivals, and so many other things that kick-off the last part of the year. This change in season bleeds over into the Orange County, CA real estate market and […]


Reasons You Should Consider Selling This Fall

by Chiselle • September 12, 2021

If you’re trying to decide when to sell your house, there may not be a better time to list than right now. The ultimate sellers’ market we’re in today won’t last forever. If you’re thinking of making a move, here are four reasons to put your house up for sale sooner rather than later. 1. Your House Will […]


What Buyers and Sellers Need To Know About the Appraisal Gap

by Chiselle • September 7, 2021

It’s economy 101 – when supply is low and demand is high, prices naturally rise. That’s what’s happening in today’s housing market. Home prices are appreciating at near-historic rates, and that’s creating some challenges when it comes to home appraisals. In recent months, it’s become increasingly common for an appraisal to come in below the contract price on […]


What You Can Do Right Now To Prepare for Homeownership

by Chiselle • September 3, 2021

As rent prices continue to soar, many renters want to know what they can do to get ready to buy their first home. According to recent data from ApartmentList.com: “The first half of 2021 has seen the fastest growth in rent prices since the start of our estimates in 2017. Our national rent index has increased by 11.4 percent […]


If Housing Affordability Is About the Money, Don’t Forget This.

by Chiselle • August 27, 2021

There are many non-financial benefits of buying your own home. However, today’s headlines seem to be focusing primarily on the financial aspects of homeownership – specifically affordability. Many articles are making the claim that it’s not affordable to buy a home in today’s market, but that isn’t the case. Today’s buyers are spending approximately 20% of their income on […]


What Does Being in a Sellers’ Market Mean?

by Chiselle • August 20, 2021

Whether or not you’ve been following the real estate industry lately, there’s a good chance you’ve heard we’re in a serious sellers’ market. But what does that really mean? And why are conditions today so good for people who want to list their house? It starts with the number of houses available for sale. The […]