Welcome to Steven Batista's real estate blog.  Please read my short articles to stay on top of all the real estate news in the marketplace. The blog articles range from homes for sale, home price appreciation, real estate tax information & buyer & seller tips.

4 Reasons to Sell This Summer [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Steven Batista Real Estate | Jun 22, 2018 | Comments Off on 4 Reasons to Sell This Summer [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: Buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of homes for sale which means that buyers are often competing with one another for the few listings that are available! Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply needed to sustain a normal housing market. Perhaps the time has come for you and your family […]

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Homes are More Affordable in 44 out of 50 States

By Steven Batista Real Estate | Jun 21, 2018 | Comments Off on Homes are More Affordable in 44 out of 50 States

With both home prices and mortgage rates increasing this year, many are concerned about a family’s ability to purchase a major part of the American Dream – its own home. However, if we compare housing affordability today to the average affordability prior to the housing boom and bust, we are in much better shape than […]

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3 Issues Facing Today’s Real Estate Market

By Steven Batista Real Estate | Jun 20, 2018 | Comments Off on 3 Issues Facing Today’s Real Estate Market

Last week, the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) held their 52nd Annual Journalism Conference in Las Vegas, NV. Among the many highly anticipated sessions was one called “Top Ten Issues Affecting Real Estate™,” given by Joseph Nahas, Jr., Chair of the Counselors of Real Estate & Senior Vice President of Equus Capital Partners.  […]

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How A Lack of Inventory Impacts the Housing Market

By Steven Batista Real Estate | Jun 18, 2018 | Comments Off on How A Lack of Inventory Impacts the Housing Market

The housing crisis is finally in the rear-view mirror as the real estate market moves down the road to a complete recovery. Home values are up, home sales are up, and distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) have fallen to their lowest points in years. The market will continue to strengthen in 2018. However, there […]

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Top 4 Home Renovation For Maximum Return On Investment (ROI)

By Steven Batista Real Estate | Jun 15, 2018 | Comments Off on Top 4 Home Renovation For Maximum Return On Investment (ROI)
Renovation for Max Return On Investment

  Renovation For Maximum Return On Investment Renovation For Maximum Return On Investment  Highlights: Whether you are selling your home, just purchased your first home or are a homeowner planning to stay put for a while, there is value in knowing which renovation projects will net you the most Return On Investment (ROI). A minor […]

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Are Lending Standards Too Loose…or Too Tight?

By Steven Batista Real Estate | Jun 14, 2018 | Comments Off on Are Lending Standards Too Loose…or Too Tight?

Lending Standards  Are lending standards too loose or too tight? With home values appreciating at record rates, some are concerned that we may be heading for another housing bubble.  Similar to the one we experienced a decade ago.  One of the major culprits of that housing boom and bust was the loosening of standards for […]

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Parents Say Kids’ Opinions Matter Big When Buying a Home

By Steven Batista Real Estate | Jun 13, 2018 | Comments Off on Parents Say Kids’ Opinions Matter Big When Buying a Home

A recent survey conducted by Harris Poll and released by SunTrust Mortgage found that “55% of homeowners with a child under the age of 18 at the time when they purchased their home said that the opinion of their offspring played a major role in their home buying decision.” When the results were broken down […]

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When Is a Good Time to Rent? Not Now!

By Steven Batista Real Estate | Jun 12, 2018 | Comments Off on When Is a Good Time to Rent? Not Now!

People often ask if now is a good time to buy a home, but nobody ever asks whether or not it’s a good time to rent. Regardless, we want to make certain that everyone understands that now is NOT a good time to rent. The Census Bureau recently released their 2018 first quarter median rent numbers. According to their […]

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Days on The Market Drops to New Low in April

By Steven Batista Real Estate | Jun 11, 2018 | Comments Off on Days on The Market Drops to New Low in April

According to recently released data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the median number of days that a home spent on the market hit a new low of 26 days in April, as 57% of homes were on the market for under a month. NAR’s Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun, had this to say, “What is available for sale is […]

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The Cost of Renting vs. Buying [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Steven Batista Real Estate | Jun 8, 2018 | Comments Off on The Cost of Renting vs. Buying [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a tough decision. Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (28.8%) vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-priced home (17.1%), the choice becomes obvious. Every market is different. Before you renew your lease again, find […]

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