Real Estate Market Trends

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4 Reasons to Buy Before Winter | Keeping Current Matters  

It's that time of year, the seasons are changing and with them bring thoughts of the upcoming holidays, family get togethers, and planning for a new year. Those who are on the fence about whether now is the right time to buy don't have to look much farther to find four great reasons to consider buying a home now, instead of waiting.

1. Prices Will Continue to Rise

The Home Price Expectation Survey polls a distinguished panel of over 100 economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts. Their most recent report released recently projects appreciation in home values over the next five years to be between 11.2% (most pessimistic) and 27.8% (most optimistic).

The bottom in home prices has come and gone. Home values will

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Home Buying has earned a bad rap in recent years: The sub-prime mortgage crisis and ensuing economic meltdown left many homeowners underwater, unable to pay their mortgage and even facing foreclosure. Homeownership rates fell throughout the recession and got down to about 65 percent, compared with almost 70 percent before the recession, according to the Census Bureau. While record low interest rates helped entice homebuyers, the bureau reports that the homeownership rate remains relatively low, at 65.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013.

If you're among those struggling to decide whether to buy versus rent, consider these 10 reasons to take the plunge into homeownership:

 

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The state of Texas is one big rip-roarin rodeo of excitement. Thriving sports teams abound, festivals pop up everywhere all year round, and of course there’s some of the best tex-mex to be found. It’s hard to imagine being bored at all here. But what if you were looking for some particular amazing thrills? Are there particular spots in Texas that just offer more to the average ultra-active fun-seeker?

 1. City of Galveston
 2. City of Austin
 3. City of Houston
 4. City of Conroe
 5. City of Dallas
 6. City San Marcos
 7. City of McAllen
 8. City of Tyler
 9. City of New Braunfels
10. City of Bryan

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