Archives: June 2013


Home Prices Up 12.1% In April

Home prices rose by a record 12.1% for the year ending in April according to the S & P Case-Shiller index. From March to April of this year prices were up 2.5% for the index. All 20 cities making up the index showed positive year-over-year growth for a least 4 consecutive months. Inventory levels remain […]


Rent Vs. Buy

The math can be critical when trying to make decisions about homebuying vs renting. The recent rise in mortgage rates (from record lows) has indeed made buying a house a little more expensive. According to Forbes the increase from 3.4% to 3.9% on a 30-year mortgage raised the monthly payment on a $200,000 mortgage by […]


Home Builder Confidence Surges

Home builder confidence has risen to a seven-year high in June, according to the National Association of Home Builders. The index that measures builder sentiment towards the market has jumped to over 50 for the first time since April of 2006. A reading of over 50 on the NAHB/Wells Fargo index signals that more builders […]



Garner Named All-America City

  We want to congratulate the Town of Garner for being named one of 10 All-America Cities for 2013. Garner was competing against 19 other finalists to win the All-America City award, which is administered by the Denver-based National Civic League. The award recognizes citizen engagement, cross-sector collaboration, innovation, and inclusiveness; it also showcases grassroots […]





Tips For A Better Closing

You’ve found your perfect home and all you want to do is unpack the truck and move in. But you’ve got to get through the closing first! Closings can be stressful, as buyers are often already emotionally attached to a property that is not quite theirs yet. We’ve got some great tips to help you […]