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2017-10-18
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Those who have a starter or trade-up home to sell will find buyers competing, and often entering bidding wars, to be able to call your house their new home.

2017-10-16
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It's inevitable that renting a place to live is a money drain. Why not try owning your own home and fulfilling the American dream today?

2017-10-13
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Buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of homes for sale! Buyers are often competing with one another for the listings that are available.

2017-10-11
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Whenever a well-respected millionaire gives investment advice, people usually clamor to hear it. This millionaire gave simple advice...

2017-10-09
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The American public is still somewhat confused about what is required to qualify for a home mortgage loan in today’s housing market.

2017-10-04
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An agent must be concerned first and foremost with you and your family to garner that degree of trust. Make sure this is the case.

2017-10-02
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It is important to pay attention to how prices are changing in your local market. The location of your home is not the only factor in determining how much it has appreciated over the course of the last year.

2017-09-25
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The survey asked title agents and real estate professionals to identify what they believe are the top reasons for this lack of inventory in their markets. Here are the results of the survey:

2017-09-20
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If you have considered selling your house recently, now may be the time to put it on the market. Participating in the San Diego real estate market is always a good idea...

2017-09-18
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Homeowners are 24% more likely than non-homeowners to see homeownership as an achievement that reflects hard work

2017-09-13
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Married couples once again dominated the first-time homebuyer statistics last year at 66% of all buyers, according to the most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers.

2017-09-11
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Prices are rising, interests rates are increasing, and you will always be paying a mortgage regardless of your ownership status.

2017-09-06
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The real estate market has come a long way since 2011, which is great news for homeowners!

2017-09-01
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It's that time of year again in San Diego where the thermometers are maxing out, swimming pools are in full use, and most people are suffering from the sweltering heat - peak summer time!

2017-08-30​​​​​​​

Individual opinions make headlines. We believe this survey is a fairer depiction of future values. Contact Team Southwick today to see how you can get in on this sound investment prediction!

2017-08-28
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The results of countless studies have shown that potential home buyers, and even current homeowners, have an inflated view of what is really required to qualify for a mortgage in today’s market.

2017-08-23

If your family was negatively impacted by the housing bust, here is the light at the end of the tunnel! You may be able to purchase your dream home faster than you think!

2017-08-14

As we’ve said before, simply put, homeownership is a form of ‘forced savings.’ Every time you pay your mortgage, you are contributing to your net worth. Every time you pay your rent, you are contributing to your landlord’s net worth.

2017-08-11

Contrary to what many believe, Millennials are not the ‘renter’ generation. Millennials purchased a larger percentage (34%) of homes in the U.S. than any other age group in 2017...

2017-08-09

Of the 93.9% of homeowners with positive equity in the US, 78.8% have significant equity (defined as more than 20%). This means that nearly three out of four homeowners with a mortgage could use the equity in their current home to purchase a new home, now.

2017-08-07

The fall in home prices during the housing crisis left many homeowners in a negative equity situation (where their home was worth less than the mortgage on the property). Also, the uncertainty of the economy made some homeowners much more fiscally...

2017-08-04

Tons of local events that you won't want to miss this weekend...

2017-08-02

Are you an empty-nester? Do you want to retire where you are, or does a vacation destination sound more your style? Are you close to retirement and not ready to move yet, but living in a home that is too big in size and maintenance needs?

2017-07-28

In today’s highly competitive seller’s market where there are more buyers than there are homes for them to buy, some sellers may feel like the ball is in their court. And they would be right when it comes to choosing which offer to accept, the closing date, or even which improvements they are willing to make to their house prior to selling.
2017-07-24

Every summer, families across the country decide if this will be the year they sell their current house and move into their dream home. Mortgage rates have hovered around 4% for all of 2017, forcing buyers off the fence and into the market, resulting in incredibly strong demand...

2017-07-21


84% of Americans now believe that purchasing a home is a good financial decision. This is the highest percentage since 2007 – before the housing crisis. Those surveyed pointed out five major reasons why...

2017-07-19

In today’s highly competitive real estate market, where inventory levels are not keeping up with the constant stream of buyer demand, there are steps you can take to ensure you are most prepared for success when buying a home. The 3 tips we are going to expand on today...

2017-07-17


Recently, Freddie Mac reported on the benefits of homeownership. According to their report, there are five main benefits that should top everyone's list in the U.S.

2017-07-14


Infographic: A breakdown of how Americans define success and accomplishment, and the tendency of each generation to cook meals at home in their own kitchen. The results are surprising!

2017-07-12


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%+ over the next twelve months. One major challenge in such a market is the bank appraisal.

2017-07-10


In today’s market, with home prices rising and a lack of inventory, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their homes on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons why this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers.

2017-05-17


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 that you make a good offer so that you can guarantee that your dream of making this house yours comes true!

2017-05-15

Owning a home has great financial benefits, yet many continue renting! Today, let’s look at the financial reasons why owning a home of your own has been a part of the American Dream for as long as America has existed.

2017-05-12

With housing prices appreciating at levels that far exceed historical norms, some are fearful that the market is heading for another bubble. To alleviate that fear, we just need to look back at the reasons that caused the bubble ten years ago.

2017-05-10

Every year, Gallup surveys Americans to determine their choice for the best long-term investment. Respondents are given a choice between real estate, stocks/mutual funds, gold, savings accounts/CDs, or bonds.

2017-05-08

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2017-05-05


Homeownership will always be a part of the American Dream. There are advantages to owning your own home (educational, health, social) that far transcend any economic impact. However, we want to look at several of the financial advantages of homeownership in today’s post.

2017-05-03

There are some people who have not purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage...
2017-05-01

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2017-05-01

A study by Edelman Berland reveals that 33% of homeowners who are contemplating selling their houses in the near future are planning to scale down. Let’s look at a few reasons why this might make sense...
2017-04-28

Mortgage interest rates, as reported by Freddie Mac, have increased over the last several weeks. Freddie Mac, along with Fannie Mae, the Mortgage Bankers Association and the National Association of Realtors, is calling for mortgage rates to continue to rise over the next four quarters.
2017-04-26


In school, we all learned some of the theory of supply and demand. When the demand for an item is greater than the supply of that item, the price will surely rise.

2017-04-24


Saving for a down payment is often the biggest hurdle for a first-time homebuyer. Depending on where you live, median income, median rents, and home prices all vary. So, we set out to find out how long would it take you to save for a down payment in each state.

2017-04-19


Forbes.com recently released the results of their new American Dream Index, in which they measure “the prosperity of the middle class, and…examine which states best support the American Dream.”

2017-04-17

​​​​​​​This headline might be a little aggressive. However, as the data on the 2017 housing market begins to roll in, we can definitely say one thing: If you are considering selling, IT IS TIME TO LIST YOUR HOME!
2017-04-14

Are you close to buying your first home and making the biggest investment of your life? Contact the experts at Team Southwick today for details and assistance with this task!

2017-04-12

​​​​​​​There are many benefits to homeownership. One of the top benefits is being able to protect yourself from rising rents by locking in your housing cost for the life of your mortgage.

Moving Up to a Luxury Home? Now is the Time!

Author:Date:2017-10-18

Net Worth of Homeowners 44X Greater than Renters

Author:Date:2017-10-16

4 Reasons to Sell This Fall

Author:Date:2017-10-13

Millionaire to Millennials: Buy a Home Now!

Author:Date:2017-10-11

No, You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy in San Diego

Author:Date:2017-10-09

You Do Not Want to Hear This From Your Listing Agent

Author:Date:2017-10-04

Which Homes in San Diego Have Increased in Value the Most?

Author:Date:2017-10-02

Why Are So Few Homes For Sale in San Diego?

Author:Date:2017-09-25

Home Sales Expected to Increase Nicely in 2018

Author:Date:2017-09-20

Homeownership is a Precondition of the American Dream

Author:Date:2017-09-18

Happily Ever Homeowner

Author:Date:2017-09-13

4 Reasons to Buy a Home This Fall

Author:Date:2017-09-11

Homeowners: Do You Know Your Home Value?

Author:Date:2017-09-06

Central Air Conditioning and Forced Air Don't Have to be an Issue

Author:Date:2017-09-01

Where Are Home Prices Heading in the Next 5 Years?

Author:Date:2017-08-30

Don’t Disqualify Yourself… 52% of Approved Loans Have A FICO® Score Under 750

Author:Date:2017-08-28

More Boomerang Buyers are About to Enter the Market

Author:Date:2017-08-23

Why is it Important to Use a Professional to Sell Your Home?

Author:Date:2017-08-21

Why is it Important to Use a Professional to Sell Your Home?

Author:Date:2017-08-21

Homeowners Net Worth is Still Greater Than Renters

Author:Date:2017-08-14

Millennials are NOT the Renter generation

Author:Date:2017-08-11

94% of Homes in the US Have Positive Equity

Author:Date:2017-08-09

How Long Do Most Families Stay in Their Home?

Author:Date:2017-08-07

Things to do in San Diego This Weekend!

Author:Date:2017-08-04

Do Your Future Plans Include a Move? What is Stopping You From Listing Now?

Author:Date:2017-08-02

A Buyer in Hand is Worth Two in the Bush

Author:Date:2017-07-28

U.S. Housing Inventory Hits a New Low...List Your Home Today!

Author:Date:2017-07-24

84% of Americans Believe Buying a Home is a Good Financial Decision

Author:Date:2017-07-21

3 Tips to Succeed in Today's Real Estate Market

Author:Date:2017-07-19

The 5 Greatest Benefits of Homeownership

Author:Date:2017-07-17

Home is Where the Heart Is

Author:Date:2017-07-14

Homeowners: Your Home Must Be Sold Twice

Author:Date:2017-07-12

5 Reasons Why You Should Not For Sale By Owner

Author:Date:2017-07-10

Retirees Look to Build Smaller, Custom Homes

Author:Date:2017-06-26

June is National Homeownership Month!

Author:Date:2017-06-26

The Cost of Renting vs. Buying

Author:Date:2017-06-26

If Your Home Hasn't Sold Yet...Definitely Check the Price!

Author:Date:2017-06-26

Do You Know How Much Equity You Have in Your Home?

Author:Date:2017-06-26

2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers

Author:Date:2017-06-26

The Importance of Home Equity in Retirement Planning

Author:Date:2017-06-23

Top Home Renovations for Maximum ROI

Author:Date:2017-06-16

The TRUTH Behind the Rent vs Buy Debate

Author:Date:2017-06-14

4 Reasons to Buy This Summer!

Author:Date:2017-06-12

Mortgage Interest Rates Reverse Course in 2017

Author:Date:2017-06-09

70% of Buyers are Wrong About Down Payment Needs

Author:Date:2017-06-07

5 Reasons You Should Sell This Summer

Author:Date:2017-06-05

What Would You Sacrifice to Save For Your Next Home?

Author:Date:2017-06-02

#1 Reason to List Your House For Sale NOW

Author:Date:2017-05-31

How's the Real Estate Market? Find Out What the Experts Are Saying

Author:Date:2017-05-26

More Americans Chose to Own a Home Than Rent in Quarter 1

Author:Date:2017-05-24

5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional When Buying or Selling

Author:Date:2017-05-22

Selling Your Home? Is Your Listing Pet Friendly?

Author:Date:2017-05-19

4 Tips for Effectively Making an Offer

Author:Date:2017-05-17

Do You Know the Cost of NOT Owning Your Home?

Author:Date:2017-05-15

3 Reasons the Housing Market is NOT in a Bubble

Author:Date:2017-05-12

Gallup: Real Estate is Best Long Term Investment 4 Years Running

Author:Date:2017-05-10

Do You Know the Cost of Waiting?

Author:Date:2017-05-08

Financial Planning: 4 Reasons to Buy a House Today

Author:Date:2017-05-05

Buying a Home? Do You Know the Lingo?

Author:Date:2017-05-03

New Listing Coming Soon!

Author:Date:2017-05-01

Is the Current Pace of Home Sales Sustainable?

Author:Date:2017-05-01

Real Estate Mogul: Here is Why You Should Buy

Author:Date:2017-04-28

3 Charts That Shout List Your Home Today!

Author:Date:2017-04-26

How Fast Can You Save For a Down Payment?

Author:Date:2017-04-24

Measuring Your Ability to Achieve the American Dream

Author:Date:2017-04-19

Thinking of Selling? Now is the Best Time to Act

Author:Date:2017-04-17

Is Your First Home Within Your Grasp?

Author:Date:2017-04-14

Careful...Don't Get Caught in the Rental Trap

Author:Date:2017-04-12

The Importance of Using a Professional to Sell Your Home

Author:Date:2017-04-10

Why Millennials Choose To Buy

Author:Date:2017-04-07

Buying a Home This Spring Will Be Hardest in Years

Author:Date:2017-04-03

Technology Takeover

Author:Date:2017-04-03

San Diego Weekend- Already April!

Author:Date:2017-03-31

Spring Garden Tours in San Diego County

Author:Date:2017-03-30

25 Free Things To Do in San Diego

Author:Date:2017-03-29

The Connection Between Home Prices and Wealth

Author:Date:2017-03-28

Renting or Buying...Either Way You Are Paying a Mortgage

Author:Date:2017-03-27
Renting or Buying Either Way You’re Paying a Mortgage

A low supply of homes in a high demand real estate market - check out the data:

Author:Date:2017-03-24

Its a Sellers Market - Should I Downsize Now?

Author:Date:2017-03-22

Mortgage Interest Rates Went Up Again...Should I Wait to Buy?

Author:Date:2017-03-21

Don't Let Your Luck Run Out!

Author:Date:2017-03-20

San Diego and Chula Vista Among Happiest Cities in United States

Author:Date:2017-03-20

How to Get the Most Money When Selling Your Home

Author:Date:2017-03-20

4 Great Reasons to Buy This Spring!

Author:Date:2017-03-20

SAN ALTOS TERRACE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE APRIL 22, 2017

Author:Date:2017-03-20

Which Homes Appreciated the Most?

Author:Date:2017-03-20

Thinking of Selling? Do it Today!

Author:Date:2017-03-20