Gregg Kantor's Blog Posts

Gregg Kantor's Blog Posts

A Lack Of Inventory Is Slowing Home Sales
Some Highlights: The inventory of existing homes for sale has dropped year-over-year for the last 29 consecutive months and is now at a 3.9-month supply. Existing home sales are ...

The Real Reason Home Prices Are Going Up Up UP
There are many unsubstantiated theories as to why home values are continuing to increase. From those who are worried that lending standards are again becoming too lenient (data sho...

Your Friends Are Crazy If Theyre Telling You Not To Buy Real Estate Right Now
The current narrative is that home prices have risen so much so that it is no longer a smart idea to purchase a home. Your family and friends might suggest that buying a home right...

Buying A Home Overseas
Ever thought of buying a home overseas?  Me too!!  I've recently been looking in Europe (Italy/Spain) and Mexico.  There are lots of reasons why you might consi...

The Number One Reason To List Your House NOW
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released the results of their latest Existing Home Sales Report which revealed that sales rose 0.7% month-over-month, but remain 1.5% low...

Renting Or BuyingEither Way Youre Paying Someones Mortgage
There are some people who have not purchased homes yet because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living wi...

A Zero Down No Money Out Of Pocket Loan IS STILL POSSIBLE
Every now and then a lending program comes around which makes me go "WOW!!!".  This is absolutely one of those programs!The Chenoa Fund is offering a FHA based loan which give...

Top Five Reasons To Hire A Real Estate Pro
Some Highlights:Hiring a real estate professional to buy your dream home, or sell your current house, is one of the most ‘educated’ decisions you can make!A real estate profess...

FSBOs Dont Save Real Estate Commission
One of the main reasons why For Sale By Owners (FSBOs) don’t use a real estate agent is because they believe they will save the commission an agent charges for getting their hous...

52 Percent Of Approved Loans Have A FICO Score Under 750
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 t...

Mistake Buyer Make
4 Common Home Buyer Slip-Ups DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2017 Real estate professionals see a lot of dumb reasons why home buyers ultimately end up losing out on...

Common Mistake By Buyers
 4 Common Home Buyer Slip-Ups DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2017 Real estate professionals see a lot of dumb reasons why home buyers ultimately end up losing ...

National Association Of Realtors Data Shows NOW Is The Time To Sell
We all realize that the best time to sell anything is when demand is high and the supply of that item is limited. Two major reports issued by the National Association of Realt...

JUST Listed Properties In YOUR City
Just Listed PropertiesI created this page so that you can easily locate properties which were just listed for sale.  This is a quick and easy way to see what is for sale ...

Summer Home Security
 DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017Home Security Tips for the Summer Front door surveillance. Because 34 percent of break-ins happen through the front door o...

Good Time To Sell
More Americans Think Selling Is a Good IdeaAccording to: DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS Selling is sounding more appealing. The percentage of Americans who reported now is a good...

More Americans Chose To Own A Home Than Rent In Q1
According to the latest report from the US Census Bureau, more Americans chose purchasing a home over signing a lease to rent in the first quarter of 2017. This marks the first tim...

The Experts Say The Real Estate Market Is HOT
As we head into summer, it is a great time to review how the 2017 real estate market is doing so far. If you are interested in buying or selling property, call me anytime at 602-61...

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The TOP Reason To List Your Home For Sale NOW
Buyer Demand Continues to Outpace the Supply of Homes for Sale The National Association of REALTORS’ (NAR) Chief Economist Lawrence Yun recently commented on the invent...

Relationship Normal Tension During Process
 -AA+ACouple Spats Common in Homebuying DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2017 Buying a home can be stressful on couples. Sixty-percent of millennial and Gen X co...

College Grads
College Grads Could Get Homebuying Help DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | MONDAY, MAY 08, 2017 Several states are offering homeownership assistance programs to recent college grads that m...

First Time Home Buyers
Urgency Increases for First-Time BuyersDAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017 New buyers are gradually increasing their stake in the housing market. First-timers compr...

Home Sales Up Nationally
 WASHINGTON (March 29, 2017) — Pending home sales rebounded sharply in February to their highest level in nearly a year and second-highest level in over a decade, according ...

Consumer Confidence In Economy And Housing Is SOARING
The success of the housing market is strongly tied to the consumer’s confidence in the overall economy. For that reason, we believe 2017 will be a great year for real estate. Her...

How Agents Help Sell Homes
Just because you can buy and sell property on your own, it doesn't mean you should. Real estate agents remain essential when making these pivotal financial transactions.There are m...

How To Add Value To Your Home Without Spending A Lot Of Money
Looking to add value to your home without spending a lot of money?  Here are some great tips to help your home sell for more, or sell quicker (don't forget, time is money!).&n...

Mortgage Rate Moving
 -AA+AMortgage Rates Retreat Slightly This Week DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017 The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage decreased slightly, following two months of...

Arizona Homes Appreciating Fast
Home values have risen dramatically over the last twelve months. The latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors puts the annual increase in the med...

Buy Vs Rent
-AA+ABuy vs. Rent Index Says ‘Buy’ DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2017 The escalating costs of renting are making it a better time to purchase a home in most ci...

An Open Letter From A Realtor To Anyone Considering Selling Their Home
So you’re thinking about selling your home? I realize you didn’t arrive at this decision lightly, and that you might be nervous or scared. There are so many things that are pro...

Are You 1 Of The Millions Who Will Buy A Home This Year
According to a survey conducted by Bankrate.com, one in four Americans are considering buying a home this year. If this statistic proves to be true, that means that ...

Down Payment Myth
-AA+AThe Big Down Payment MythDAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2017 Having the spare capital to put 20 percent down on a home purchase is great, but it's certain...

59 Million New Buyers
 Here Come 59 Million Buyers! DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2017 One in four U.S. adults say they are considering buying a home this year, which extrapolates...

Get Up To 20k FREE With This Incredible Down Payment Assistance Loan
The Arizona Department of Housing announced that it has launched "Pathway to Purchase", a new loan program for Arizonans statewide looking to become homeowners in select citi...

Phoenix Will Be The Best Performing Real Estate Market Nationally In 2017
National Real Estate websites are predicting Phoenix will be on top of the housing market this year. Realtor.com reports prices in Phoenix will increase by 5.9% and the number of s...

Buyer Demand Is Outpacing The Supply Of Homes For Sale
The price of any item is determined by the supply of that item, as well as the market demand. The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) surveys “over 50,000 real ...

FHA Mortgage Premiums Going Down
FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium Reduction a Fresh Start, Says NAR President BrownMEDIA CONTACT: JON BOUGHTIN / 202-383-1193 / EMAIL(LINK SENDS E-MAIL)WASHINGTON (January 9, 201...

Lower Mortgage Rates 2017
-AA+AMortgage Rates Start the Year Lower DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | FRIDAY, JANUARY 06, 2017 Borrowing costs moved lower this week. But most economists aren’t predicting the tr...

Heres To A Wonderful 2017
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3 Tips For Making Your Dream Of Buying A Home Come True
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Stats To Watch
-AA+A5 Stats to Watch as Home Sales Rise DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2016 Existing-home sales were on the rise last month, led by a surge in the Northeast ...

2 Tips To Ensure You Get The Most Money When Selling Your House
Every homeowner wants to make sure they get the best price when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive maximum value for your house? Here are two keys to ens...

Either Way You Are Paying A Mortgage If You Rent Or Buy
There are some renters who have not yet purchased a home because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living ...

Decorating Can Help Sell
Holiday Décor Tips and Tricks for Sellers DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | THURSDAY, DECEMBER 08, 2016 Some home sellers use the holidays to showcase the warmth and character of their h...

Loans Limits Increasing
-AA+AFrom Realtor Magazine:Conforming Mortgage Limits Rise for 2017 DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2016 The federal government is increasing the limit for con...

Why Waiting Until After The Holidays To Sell Isnt A Smart Decision
Every year at this time, many homeowners decide to wait until after the holidays to put their homes on the market for the first time, while others who already have their homes on t...

You Can Never Have TMI About PMI
When it comes to buying a home, whether it is your first time or your fifth, it is always important to know all the facts. With the large number of mortgage programs available that...

Porches Are Pushing Out Decks In Popularity
I always thought Porches add value to your home. Who knew porches could do the same!DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2016Porches are becoming more common on new homes...

Where Foreclosures Make Sense
I get many calls asking for "Foreclosure Property". The problem is foreclosure inventory in most areas is way down and not the smoking deal that it used to be. According to Realtor...

What Causes Those Spooky Smells And Sounds In Your Home
What's Causing Those Spooky Sounds And SmellsAre you haunted by strange noises and weird odors? With the proper maintenance, you’ve got more than a ghost of a chance to rest easy...

Best Haunted Houses In Phoenix
Halloween is a fun time of year - even if it is a bit spooky.  It’s getting downright frightening these days, and there are tons of scary things lurking just around the corn...

2017 Housing Forecast
According to Realtor Magazine:Predictions Roll in: 2017 Housing Forecasts DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | MONDAY, OCTOBER 03, 2016 We can expect a hot year for home sales in 2017, accor...

Mortgage Rate Going Up Might Be Time To Buy
      |-AA+AMortgage Rates Are Moving on Up DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2016 The 30-year fixed rate mortgage surged to its high...

Looking For The Best City To Invest
These Could Be the Best Cities for Prospecting DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 06, 2016 You may have an easier time prospecting in certain cities compared to others. ...

The Housing Market Is Doing Just Fine
There are some that think that housing affordability is a challenge. Historically, that’s not true. Others think that home prices are approaching bubble values. If we look back o...

Working With The Wrong Investment Team Can Cost You More Than Money
We've all heard ads on the radio or seen them on TV - the ones which claim they  know a secret no one else does.  One which can unlock a magical investment, no less. ...

Mortgage Rates Are Even Lower
From Realtor Magazine:      |-AA+AMortgage Rates Move Even Lower This Week DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2016 Fixed-rate mortgages d...

Considering Selling
5 Mistakes That Will Tank Your Home SalePosted August 12th, 2016Have you been thinking about selling your home? If so, you couldn’t pick a better time. Demand is high across the ...

Americans Believe Real Estate Is Best LongTerm Investment
According to Bankrate’s latest Financial Security Index Poll, Americans who have money to set aside for the next 10 years would rather invest in real estate than any other type o...

Why You Should Hire A Real Estate Professional When Buying A Home
Many people wonder whether they should hire a real estate professional to assist them in buying their dream home or if they should first try to go it on their own. In today’s mar...

15 Wonders In Arizona To Go See
I've been to eight, how many have you been to? Like to thank www.onlyInyourstate.com 15 Marvels In Arizona That Must Be Seen To Be BelievedArizona is home to one international...

How To Decide If Now Is The Best Time To Put Your Home Up For Sale
Last week, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator of home sales based on contract signings. The report reve...

Phoenix Bans Dogs From Hot Trails
Phoenix has passed a ban which keeps people from walking their dogs on hot trails.  It's been a deadly summer for hikers and their pets thus far, and the city has reacted by p...

Mortgage Rate Near All Time Low
From Realtor Magazine:Mortgage Rates Hover Near All-Time Low DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | FRIDAY, JULY 01, 2016 Fixed-rate mortgages this week dropped to their lowest averages of the...

Moving Offices Teds Hot Dogs
For those of you who don't know, The JW Realty Group has moved over to The Realty One Group in Tempe at the 101 Fwy and Broadway. The best part of the move is our office is...

Great Ways To Beat The Phoenix Summer Heat
With temperatures breaking new records (and that's saying a lot in Phoenix!!) everyone is trying to find a good way to beat the heat.  When it gets this hot in Arizona, there ...

74 Percent Of Households In The US Now Have Significant Equity
CoreLogic’s latest Equity Report revealed that 92% of all mortgaged properties are now in a positive equity situation, while 74% now actually have significant equity (defined as ...

Vacation Time
From Realtor.com:The signs are everywhere you look: Middle-aged men inappropriately wearing shorts. Spray tans mysteriously appearing on office mates who haven’t seen natura...

What Areas Are Selling The Quickest
From Realtor Magazine:Where Properties Are Selling the FastestDAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | WEDNESDAY, JUNE 08, 2016 Properties are selling faster. Nationwide, properties were on the m...

What Makes A Good Investment Property
Thinking of investing? Here are 5 area you might want to look into according to DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS:5 Solid Property Investments This YearDAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | WEDNESDAY...

Down Payment Assistants
According to Realtor Magazine:    |-AA+ABanks Rush to Offer 3% Down Payment LoansDAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2016 As some banks veer from Federal Housing ...

Why Sell Now
From Realtor Magazine:-AA+A5 Top Motivations for SellingDAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2016 Inventories of homes are tight nationwide. So what’s going to get home...

Where Are Home Values Going In The Next 5 Years
Today, many real estate conversations center on housing prices and where they may be headed. That is why we like the Home Price Expectation Survey.Every quarter, Pulsenom...

Now Is NOT A Good Time To Rent
People often ask whether or not now is a good time to buy a home. No one ever asks when a good time to rent is. However, we want to make certain that everyone understands that toda...

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There is a new down payment assistance program (DPA) available which I think EVERY buyer should know about. It's targeted towards areas of Arizona which were hit hardest by the for...

Move Up To Your Dream Home Now Before Interest Rates JUMP
Now that the housing market has stabilized, more and more homeowners are considering moving up to the home they have always dreamed of. Prices are still below those of a few years ...

2016 Will Be The Best Year In A Decade For Real Estate
A few weeks ago, Jonathan Smoke, the Chief Economist at realtor.com, exclaimed: “All indicators point to this spring being the busiest since 2006.”Now, Freddie M...

NEW Down Payment Assistance Program Available
There is a new down payment assistance program (DPA) available which I think EVERY buyer should know about. It's targeted towards areas of Arizona which were hit hardest by the for...

Home Prices Are Rising But A New Housing Bubble Is NOT Forming
I recently reported that home prices are continuing to rise across most of the nation. This has created concern in some pundits that a housing bubble, like we saw ten years ago, is...

The Net Worth Of A Home Owner Is 45x Greater Than A Renter
Every three years the Federal Reserve conducts a Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. The latest survey...

Prickly Pedal Bike Race In Cave Creek
Like biking?  Are you a fan of helping a good cause?  Then pay attention, this event is for you!Featuring an approximately 50-mile course and a very fun ride, proceeds fr...

Where Are Home Prices Headed Over The Next 5 Years
Today, many real estate conversations center on housing prices and where they may be headed. That is why we like the Home Price Expectation Survey.Every quarter, Pulsenom...

Do Not Get Trapped By Rising Rents
There are many benefits to home ownership. One of the top ones is being able to protect yourself from rising rents and lock in your housing cost for the life of your mortgage.Don...

Get Ready To Negotiate When Selling A Home
Now that the market has showed signs of recovery, some sellers may be tempted to try and sell their home on their own (FSBO) without using the services of a real estate professiona...

5 Reasons To Use A Realtor In 2016
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American Dream Of Homeownership Still Very Much Alive
In a recent post, Trulia examined whether home ownership was again being seen by adults in the US as a “part of their personal American Dream.” Over th...

Here Is To A Happy 2016
Here is to a happy 2016!  May it be an even better year than 2015!...

You Might Need To Sell Your Home TWICE
A recent post on “The Home Story”, a site published by Fannie Mae, explained the difference between the price a seller may get for their home and the value ...

The Difference Between Cost And Price When Buying A Home
As a seller, you will be most concerned about ‘short term price’ – where home values are headed over the next six months. As a buyer, you must be concerned not about price bu...

5 Reasons You Should Not For Sale By Owner
In today's market, with homes selling quickly and prices rising, some homeowners might consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by ...

How Long Does It Take To Save A Down Payment For A Home
In a recent study conducted by Builder.com, researchers determined that nationwide it would take “nearly eight years” for a first-time buyer to save en...

Deciding How To Sell Your Home
At the end of December, in every region of the country, hundreds of homeowners have a tough decision to make. The ‘listing for sale agreement’ on their house is about to expire...


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