Yay! Yellow Appears to be In for 2013

According to Professional Home Staging Blog  Yellow is supposed to be in for 2013. I’m excited since this is one of my favorite colors. Move over drab and dreary taupe here comes yellow!

They also had some very good advice in the blog, “Staging Tips for a Successful Sale.”

This blog has a little something for everyone.

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Staged Home Blog

Since my first article is going to be about home staging I thought I would take a look at some of the home staging blogs out there. I came across Staged Homes Blog which is mailing directed at home staging professionals, however, there are some good blogs directed at the home owner. This blog, “Consider Staged Homes for your Next Purchase,” by guest blogger Megan Cates was interesting as it is directed more at the home buyer than either the staging professional or the home seller.

There is lots of information for people thinking about becoming a home staging professional as well as updated information for current home staging professionals on the main blog. I was a little disappointed as I expected to see more information about why to stage.

The blog written by the guest blogger was unusual as typically articles on home staging are not directed towards the home buyers. Although, a home seller reading this blog would gain important information too.

Will Interest Rates Rise on Mortgages?

One of the things people say is mortgage interest rates will rise this year.  Historically interest rates stay low before a presidential election year and tend to rise after the presidential election. Four years ago people were saying the same thing and interest rates are still very low.

If interest rates rise, a buyer will need to shop for a lower priced home and if the interest declines, the buyer will be able to afford a higher priced home. If interest rates rise too much it could negatively impact the housing market because fewer people could afford to purchase a home which in turn could have a negative influence on the economy.

In reading through blogs regarding the housing market I came across a blog called, “1994 Redux: Will Treasury and Mortgage Rates Rise Again?” By Anthony B. Sanders. He compares to the 1990’s recession to the most recent recession in easy to understand terms and uses graphs to help visualize the concepts.

Fox News recently did a story,  “Anthony Sanders Discusses The Decline In Home Sales.” This news clip is very easy to understand and great information for both home buyers, sellers, and real estate professionals.

A Decrease in the Number of Homes Available for Sale

The article “For-sale Inventory Only Half of 2006 Level,” written by Steve Cook on his blog, “Real Estate Economy Watch,” was an interesting article about the housing market and available for-sale inventory in the nation.

In many of the major metropolitan areas the available-for-sale housing inventory has decreased for the first time since the housing bubble popped. Many see this as a sign the housing market is stabilizing.

In my opinion the blog by Steve Cook is one to watch & read!

Only the Beginning

This blog is beginning as a project for my Online Journalism class. By trade I’m a full-time Realtor for the past 12 years. I returned to college 1 1/2 years ago because I wanted more education and wanted to prove to myself I could do it. This June 2013 I will have my AA in Business and am looking forward to transferring to University of Washington in the Fall to obtain my BA in Business with a major in accounting and a minor in economics.

I look forward to sharing my love of the area we live in and news about the local real estate market and economy.

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