There Won’t Be a Wave of Foreclosures in the Housing Market

by Chiselle • January 9, 2022

When mortgage forbearance plans were first announced and the pandemic surged through the country in early 2020, many homeowners were allowed to pause their mortgage payments. Some analysts were concerned that once the forbearance program ended, the housing market would experience a wave of foreclosures like what happened after the housing bubble 15 years ago. […]

Mid-Month Irvine Market Update

by Chiselle • December 21, 2021

One more update for Irvine this year… and guess what?! As expected, we’re seeing that buyers are still out there searching for homes but not in the numbers they were even just a couple of weeks ago. Perhaps, they’ve decided to pause their search until after the holiday season, which is very typical. As expected, […]

Mid-Month Market Update: Orange County, CA

by Chiselle • December 15, 2021

Hello! We’ve made it. Another year in the books and this is the LAST market update for 2021! What a ride it’s been! And, there’s no surprise here but we are still dealing with massive housing constraints. Everyone (even if you haven’t been following real estate per se) has heard or knows of someone that […]

If You Think the Housing Market Will Slow This Winter, Think Again.

by Chiselle • December 14, 2021

From the opportunity to take advantage of today’s low mortgage rates to changing homeowner needs, Americans have more motivation than ever to buy a home. According to the experts, buyers are making moves right now, creating an unseasonably strong housing market for this time of year. As we wrap up the fall season and move into the winter months, here’s […]

Home Is Where the Heart Is More than Ever This Year

by Chiselle • December 1, 2021

There’s no denying the financial benefits of homeownership, but what’s often overlooked are the feelings of gratitude, security, pride, and comfort we get from owning a home. This year, those emotions are stronger than ever. We’ve lived through a time that has truly changed our needs and who we are, and as a result, homeownership has a […]

Retirement May Be Changing What You Need in a Home

by Chiselle • November 17, 2021

The past year and a half brought about significant life changes for many of us. For some, it meant entering retirement earlier than expected. Recent data shows more people retired this year than anticipated. According to the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis, 2021 saw a retirement boom: “At least 1.7 million more older workers than expected […]

How Sellers Win When Housing Inventory Is Low

by Chiselle • November 10, 2021

In today’s housing market, the number of homes for sale is much lower than the strong buyer demand. As a result, homeowners ready to sell have a significant advantage. Here are three ways today’s low inventory will set you up for a win when you sell this season. 1. Higher Prices With so many more buyers in the market than […]

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 […]

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 […]