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.

Homebuyers Willing to Sacrifice ‘Must-Haves’ in Favor of Good School Districts

By Steven Batista Real Estate | Aug 15, 2018 | Comments Off on Homebuyers Willing to Sacrifice ‘Must-Haves’ in Favor of Good School Districts

It should come as no surprise that buying a home in a good school district is important to homebuyers. According to a report from Realtor.com, 86% of 18-34 year-olds and 84% of those aged 35-54 indicated that their home search areas were defined by school district boundaries. What is surprising, however, is that 78% of […]

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Have You Outgrown Your Starter Home?

By Steven Batista Real Estate | Aug 14, 2018 | Comments Off on Have You Outgrown Your Starter Home?

For many Americans, buying their first home is their first taste of achieving part of the American Dream. There is a sense of pride that comes along with owning your own home and building your family’s wealth through your monthly mortgage payment. It may seem hard to imagine that the first home you purchased (which […]

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Are You Thinking of Selling Your Home? Competition Is Coming!

By Steven Batista Real Estate | Aug 13, 2018 | Comments Off on Are You Thinking of Selling Your Home? Competition Is Coming!

The number of building permits issued for single-family homes is the best indicator of how many newly built homes will rise over the next few months. According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Residential Sales Report, the number of building permits issued in June was 850,000, a 0.8% increase from May. […]

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Existing Home Sales Cooling Off This Summer [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Steven Batista Real Estate | Aug 10, 2018 | Comments Off on Existing Home Sales Cooling Off This Summer [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: According to the National Association of Realtors’ latest Existing Home Sales Report, sales in June were down 2.2% from last year. Inventory of homes for sale showed a modest improvement of 0.5% over last year’s figures, but still remains under the 6-month supply needed for a normal market. NAR’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun […]

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Supply & Demand Will Determine Future Home Values

By Steven Batista Real Estate | Aug 9, 2018 | Comments Off on
Supply & Demand Will Determine Future Home Values

Will home values continue to appreciate throughout 2018? The answer is simple: YES! – as long as there are more purchasers in the market than there are available homes for them to buy. This is known as the theory of “supply and demand,” which is defined as: “The amount of a commodity, product, or service […]

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The Wave of Millennial Homebuyers Continues to Swell

By Steven Batista Real Estate | Aug 8, 2018 | Comments Off on The Wave of Millennial Homebuyers Continues to Swell

Many have written about the millennial generation and whether or not they, as a whole, believe in homeownership as a part of attaining their American Dream. Comparatively speaking, millennials have taken longer to obtain traditional milestones (like getting married, having kids and buying a home) than generations before them, but that does not mean that […]

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5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional Before Entering the Market!

By Steven Batista Real Estate | Aug 7, 2018 | Comments Off on 5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional Before Entering the Market!

Whether you are buying or selling a home, it can be quite the adventure. In this world of instant gratification and internet searches, many sellers think that they can ‘For Sale by Owner’ or ‘FSBO,’ but it’s not as easy as it may seem. That’s why you need an experienced real estate professional to guide you on the path to […]

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Millionaire to Millennials: Owning Your Home Can Help You Retire Sooner!

By Steven Batista Real Estate | Aug 6, 2018 | Comments Off on Millionaire to Millennials: Owning Your Home Can Help You Retire Sooner!

In a CNBC article, self-made millionaire David Bach explained that: “Buying a home is the escalator to wealth in America. Homeownership can also help you retire early, that is, if you pay your mortgage off.”  Bach suggests that homebuyers should, “Take out a 30-year mortgage, but with the intention of paying it off in 25, 20 or ideally, […]

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Are Lending Standards Propping Up Home Prices?

By Steven Batista Real Estate | Aug 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Are Lending Standards Propping Up Home Prices?

Back in 2005, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan described the dramatic increases in residential real estate values as a “froth in housing markets.” Greenspan went on to say: “The increase in the prevalence of interest-only loans and the introduction of more-exotic forms of adjustable-rate mortgages are developments of particular concern…some households may be employing these […]

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Buying Is Now 26.3% Cheaper Than Renting in the US

By Steven Batista Real Estate | Aug 1, 2018 | Comments Off on Buying Is Now 26.3% Cheaper Than Renting in the US

The results of the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia show that homeownership remains cheaper than renting, with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage, in 98 of the 100 largest metro areas in the United States. In the six years that Trulia has conducted this study, this is the first time that it was cheaper to rent […]

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