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Buying a house requires a lot of time and effort, but these 10 steps can help make the home buying process manageable and help you make the best decisions possible.

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Are you considering purchasing a new home? Are you thinking about selling your current home? Or, maybe you are just eager to refinance while interest rates are low?

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If you're thinking about selling your house this year, now may be the time. The inventory of homes for sale is well below historic norms and buyer demand is skyrocketing. 

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The Wave of Millennial Homebuyers Continues to Swell

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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 they do not aspire to still achieve those things. For older millennials (aged 25-34) who have established themselves in their career and are starting to build their families, homeownership is the next logical choice. According to the Urban Institute’s State of Millennial Housing, the probability of a millennial becoming a homeowner increases by 17.9% if they are married, and by an additional 6.2% if they have children. Last year, according to the US Census Bureau, the average age at first marriage was 30 for men and 27 for women, while the National Association of Realtors ...

Supply & Demand Will Determine Future Home Values

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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 available and the desire of buyers for it, considered as factors regulating its price.” When demand exceeds supply, prices go up. Every month this year, demand (buyer traffic) has increased as compared to last year and for the first five months of 2018, supply (the number of available listings) had decreased as compared to last year. However, a recent report by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed the first year-over-year increase in supply in three years. Here are the numbers for supply and demand as compared to last year since the beginning of 2018: ...

Existing Home Sales Cooling Off This Summer [INFOGRAPHIC]

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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 had this to say: “There continues to be a mismatch since the spring between the growing level of homebuyer demand in most of the country in relation to the actual pace of home sales, which are declining. The root cause is without a doubt the severe housing shortage that is not releasing its grip on the nation’s housing market.”

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3 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD SELL YOUR HOME NOW!

By Marcia Tolin | August 3, 2018

1. HOME PRICES ARE NOW AT THE HIGH LEVELS OF 2005-2007 BUBBLE, and in some areas have exceed those historic highs.  For the past few years we have seen 7-10% appreciation in most areas, including San Diego County with some even higher.   2. THERE IS VERY LITTLE INVENTORY OF HOMES FOR SALE, certainly not enough for  Buyer demand.  What does this mean?  Sellers are receiving multiple offers in the first few days of a  home being listed. This is resulting in bidding wars which naturally pushes the price upwards.  There is pent-up demand with frustrated buyers out there just waiting for their chance at home ownership. 3. INTEREST RATES ARE CLIMBING and are up more than a percentage point from this time last year. The Feds met this week and this is a synopsis of what was reported in the New York Times yesterday. The “Fed” voted unanimously at the end of …

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I wanted you to know what a great experience it was for my brother and I to have you as our listing agent for our family home of 50 years. Your professionalism and integrity really stood out for us. The fact that you had prior experience in staging was a real plus and made a huge  impact on the appearance of our home. I'm sure it contributed to the quick sale. This home was very special to our family and working with you made the transition smooth and bearable. It would be a pleasure for us to recommend you and your services to anyone who might need a exceptional real estate agent.

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Santee Home Buyer

Marcia helped my husband and I buy our home on a VA loan, she recommended a loan consultant, corresponded to our every question, and was very knowledgeable about the areas we looked at, which helped us get into a safe neighborhood. She negotiated with the selling to realtor to take our offer out of  5 different ones, and ours being the only VA loan with no down payment. We love our home and neighborhood and couldn't of asked for a better realtor.

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Rancho San Diego Home Seller

I selected Marcia Tolin as my Realtor against two other leading agents in the East County... Her expertise and confidence in what she suggested were undeniable. She gave me great advice and helped me to ready the house. With her sleeves rolled up I saw someone who was committed, hardworking, thoughtful, and caring. She brought in many personal items to stage my "tired" home, rearranged furniture, and transformed my home into one that looked like a model home! I found Marcia to be professional in every way, and trusted her to do her very best. She met all my expectations and more... The house sold promptly for a price that I was happy with. I highly recommend Marcia to anyone who is considering selling their home.

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We greatly appreciated Marcia’s absolute honest and frank dealings with us. …Marcia really understood our lifestyle…and just “got us” as a family.  This level of trust is not easily attained … She has a special talent in staging homes tastefully and in a way that maximizes their desirability … Marcia Tolin has a very strong work ethic, unquestionable integrity and is fiercely committed to the interest of her clients.

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Marcia, you came through with every promise made which turned out to be a very tall order indeed ... with all the little details it took to "spiff things up" and as tired as we were, we shared a lot of laughs along the way ... You made sure my dog was safe and secure while I was gone. It was a traumatic time for her.  I don’t think she could have survived the ordeal without you coming to reassure her. She came to know the sound of your car and got excited each time. Thank you for being her friend too!