My Blog

5 Reasons to Buy a Home Now Instead of Spring

February 4, 2014 7:15 am

2.4 Blog VisualBased on prices, mortgage rates and soaring rents, there may have never been a better time in real estate history to purchase a home than right now. Here are five reasons purchasers should consider buying before the spring market arrives:

Supply Is Shrinking

With inventory declining in many regions, finding a home of your dreams may become more difficult going forward. There are buyers in more and more markets surprised that there is no longer a large assortment of houses to choose from. The best homes in the best locations sell first. Don’t miss the opportunity to get that ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ buy.

Price Increases Are on the Horizon


NAR's Existing Home Sales Report [INFOGRAPHIC]

February 3, 2014 1:15 pm

1.31 InfoGraphic


5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional

February 3, 2014 1:15 pm

2.3 Blog VisualWe are often asked if it makes sense to hire a real estate professional when buying or selling a home. We always emphatically answer – YES! Here are five reasons why:

PAPERWORK

An agent will help with all disclosures and paperwork necessary in today’s heavily regulated environment. This helps remove much of the liability a buyer or seller could face.

EXPERIENCE

Navigating today’s real estate and mortgage processes can be like walking through a minefield of challenges. Real estate professionals are well educated in and experienced with the entire sales process.

NEGOTIATIONS


Nuevo Latinos: “A Commitment to Culture and Success

January 30, 2014 11:27 am

“We come in peace…but we have you surrounded”.

Cheech Marin, referring to the massive population growth of Latinos in America iStock_000026869057SmallEver since the 1980’s people have predicted that Latinos would be the “next big thing.” Most of those predictions have panned out. There are a lot of us here, so the population and household formation numbers have met or exceeded those early estimates. From a business standpoint, Spanish language television has fared extremely well, but in terms of overall economic and political advancement; it has never really felt like things were materializing like many of us had hoped. In part one of my blog series, I explained why I believe the Latino phenomenon is changing in a big way and introduced my concept of the Nuevo Latinos. I shared some of the positive trends I have observed in my own circle and with a number of prominent Latino leaders. I also explained how these well­‐known individuals are guiding the Latino masses to greater heights and possibilities. In part two I will dig deeper in defining exactly what makes a Nuevo Latino and further illustrate why they are such a transformational force.

What makes someone a Nuevo Latino?

A Nuevo Latino is a state of mind and is my own characterization for successful and assimilated American Latinos who love their culture and who have a basic understanding of the exceptional political and economic power that Latinos have today. Let me break it down to a few bullets:

The Two Things You Don’t Need to Hear from Your Listing Agent

January 29, 2014 11:24 am

1.29 Blog VisualYou’ve decided to sell your house. You begin to interview potential real estate agents to help you through the process. You need someone you trust enough to:
  1. Set the market value on possibly the largest asset your family owns (your home)
  2. Set the time schedule for the successful liquidation of that asset
  3. Set the fee for the services required to liquidate that asset
An agent must be concerned first and foremost about you and your family in order to garner that degree of trust.  Make sure this is the case. Be careful if the agent you are interviewing begins the interview by: