What To Do Before Selling Your Home

According to experts this spring is shaping up to be a highly competitive selling season as the economy improves, housing confidence rises, and a growing number of homes are expected to go on the market. Experts have compiled a list of valuable tips to take notice of when putting your house up for sale, such as pricing your home correctly, sharing your listing on online sites, making small improvements and repairs, and getting inspections and key reports in advance. Research suggests that once your house is listed, 80% of potential buyers will view your listing in the first four to six weeks. More here

Researchers Predict Upcoming Year’s Housing Market

Researchers at CoreLogic predict that the U.S. will see an average home price gain of 4.2% this year. The number of homes for sale is expected to increase, and construction starts are expected to rise. Experts say there is no way to accurately predict a national average for the housing market as some areas will experience higher interest rates than others. More here

Home Prices Increase In Many States

According to CoreLogic’s most recent report, home prices have increased in many States. In February, prices increased 12.2% when compared to February 2013, marking the 24th consecutive month that home prices have shown growth in the United States. Fourteen States have experienced double-digit price growth year-over-year. A few of the states with the most gains shown are California, Illinois, Georgia, Arizona, Texas and Florida. Additionally, home sales increased nationally by 10.7% from February of last year. More here

Consumer Confidence On The Rise

Consumer confidence in the United States jumped to a six-year high last month while home prices also showed measurable gains at the beginning of the year. Many experts suggest that the slump experienced in February was due to extreme winter weather conditions. Ryan Sweet, the senior economist at Moody’s Analytics said, “the economy is showing signs of shaking off the weather effect. We are going to get a big lift to second-quarter growth from the weather.” More here