Ken Crutchfield's Blog Posts

Builder Confidence Hits High

In many areas of the country, there are not enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers looking to purchase their dream homes. Experts have long proposed that a ramp-up in new, single

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3 Questions To Ask For Your Dream Home

If you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are probably getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family will have your best interest at heart, they may not be fully aware of

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Interest Rate Increase Purchase Power

According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage are currently at 4.09%, which is still very low in comparison

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3 Tips For A Dream Come True

Some Highlights: Realtor.com recently shared “5 Habits to Start Now If You Hope to Buy a Home in 2017.” Setting up an automatic savings plan that saves a small amount of every

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Homeowners Net Worth

Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts a Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. The latest survey, which includes data from

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Either Way You Are Paying A Mortgage

There are some renters who have not yet purchased a home because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents

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Building Your Familys Wealth Over The Next 5 Years

Over the next five years, home prices are expected to appreciate 3.24% per year on average and to grow by 21.4% cumulatively, according to Pulsenomics’ most recent Home Price

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When Is A Good Time To Rent

People often ask if now is a good time to buy a home. No one ever asks when a good time to rent is. However, we want to make certain that everyone understands that today is NOT a good time to rent

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Mortgage Rates Just Went Up

Mortgage interest rates, as reported by Freddie Mac, have increased over the last several weeks. Along with Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, the Mortgage Bankers Association

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Home Are Selling Fast

Some Highlights: The National Association of REALTORS® surveyed their members for the release of their Confidence Index. The REALTORS® Confidence Index is a key

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6 Reasons Not To Wait Until After The Holidays To Sell

Every year at this time, many homeowners decide to wait until after the holidays to put their homes on the market for the first time, while others who already have their homes on the market decide

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Think All Millennials Live In Their Parents Basement

According to the Census Bureau, millennials have overtaken baby boomers as the largest generation in U.S. History. Millennials, or America's youth born between 1982-2000, now represent more

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Taking The Fear Out Of The Mortgage Process

A considerable number of potential buyers shy away from jumping into the real estate market due to their uncertainty about the buying process. A specific cause for concern tends to be mortgage

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Added Equity Is Paying Off

Recently there has been a lot of talk about home prices and if they are accelerating too quickly. In some areas of the country, seller supply (homes for sale) cannot keep up with the number of

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Appraisers And Homeowners Values

In today’s housing market, where supply is very low and demand is very high, home values are increasing rapidly. Many experts are projecting that home values could appreciate by another 5%+

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Why We Need More Newly Constructed Homes

The number of new home sales is far off historic norms. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) justreported that the percentage of all house sales that were newly constructed

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Lack Of Inventory Impacting Sales

Some Highlights: Existing home inventory is down 10.1% from last year. A lack of inventory explains the modest increase in home sales (0.8% year-over-year) despite strong buyer demand.

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4 Tips For Successful Offer

So you’ve been searching for that perfect house to call a ‘home’ and you finally found one! The price is right, and in such a competitive market you want to make sure you make a good offer so

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New Construction Numbers Now Versus 2005

There is some thinking that the pace of the housing recovery is unsustainable and that we may be heading for another housing bubble. However, Jonathan Smoke, the Chief Economist of realtor

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Ready For Retirement

It’s surprising to realize that most people spend more time planning their next vacation or cell phone purchase than they do on their own retirement. Let’s look at a hypothetical situation where

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How Do Rising Prices Impact Your Home Equity

How Do Rising Prices Impact Your Home Equity?We shared the results of the latest Home Price Expectation Survey by Pulsenomics. One of the big takeaways from the survey is

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Make Your Money Work For You

Some Highlights: Interest rates have come a long way in the last 30 years. The interest rate you secure directly impacts your monthly payment and the amount of house that you can afford if you

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Best Long Term Investment

Americans Believe Real Estate is Best Long-Term InvestmentAccording to Bankrate’s latest Financial Security Index Poll, Americans who have money to set aside for the next 10 years

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5 Tech Questions That Seniors Should Ask

5 Tech Questions that Seniors Should Ask When Interviewing a Real Estate Agent We are pleased to have Nikki Buckelew back as our guest blogger for today’s post. Nikki has extensive experience

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Homeownership Builds Wealth

Homeownership Builds Wealth & Offers StabilityThe most recent Housing Pulse Survey released by the National Association of Realtors revealed that the two major reasons Americans

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BREXIT Whats The FIXIT

BREXIT: What’s the FIXIT for U.S. Home Buyers and Sellers?Now that much of the dust has settled and the panic has waned, let’s take a look at what impact Britain’s exit from the European Union

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12 Ways To Get In The Buyers Game

If you're going to play, GET IN THE GAME!If competition is a buyer’s biggest concern, for goodness’ sake, get in the game. In a new survey of close to a thousand home buyers conducted by Redfin,

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Whats Happening In The Real Estate Market

This is a pretty common question that a potential home buyer or seller may be asking themselves. Leading economists in real estate converged in New Orleans this past week as they presented their

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The 4 Things Your Agent Must Do For You

The 4 Things Your Real Estate Agent Must Do For YouYou and your family have decided to sell your house. It is now time to choose a real estate professional to help with the process. One of the major

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