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August 31, 2012

Pricing Your Home Off The Market

Hi Folks,
   I hope you've had a great week, thus far.

   If you've seen the Real Estate news from this week, we had some incredible news, with the National Association of Realtors (NAR) stating that "Pending home sales rose in July to the highest level in over two years and remain well above year-ago levels" (Up almost 2.5% from June 2012 to July 2012 and almost 2.5% from July 2011 to July 2012). With this fantastic news, we also heard from the Standard and Poors/Case-Shiller folks that Home prices are on the rise, showing, "positive annual growth rates for the first time since the summer of 2010", and also, this is the second consecutive month where "all 20 cities and both Composites recorded positive monthly gains."

   So if you're selling a home, where do you even begin to price it? Emotions usually dictate the offer price that a seller will choose, as opposed to solid, fact-based reasoning. HomeGain.com ran a survey earlier this year that uncovered the following: "76 percent of homeowners believe their home is worth more than the list price recommended by their real estate agent."

   "Homebuyers usually have a better grasp of current market value in the area where they're looking to buy than do sellers who own and live there", says Dian Hymer, a veteran real estate broker, author, and a nationally syndicated real estate columnist, in a recent story on the Inman News website. Hymer says that "Buyers look at a lot of new listings. They make offers, know what sells quickly and for how much, and what doesn't and why." HomeGain reported that "homebuyers still think sellers are overpricing their homes."

   Hymer says that if a home lacks features from recent sales comparables ("comps"), "it's time to subtract value". She reminds us that a home is worth "what a buyer will pay for it given current market conditions", which may conflict with your opinion on price or what you are hoping for. With a spot-on comment on this dance, Hymer says that "Relying on emotion rather than logic when selecting a list price can lead to disappointing results."

   As for timing, Hymer says that it's the "prime opportunity for selling a home" when it first hits the market, as there are buyers who wait for these new listings, and as she writes, these listings "receive the most showings and have the busiest open houses during the first couple of weeks they are on the market". With that rule in mind, that is the time to show off your home at an attractive list price, and she aptly says, "Listings that sell today are priced right for the market". Very simply, Buyers want to feel they are getting a good deal, and will not overpay in a market that is still dropping or struggling, and Hymer says that in areas of strong sales, "buyers may shy away from multiple-offer situations if they feel the recovery is fragile and that prices may slide further before stabilizing", thus, effectively, it seems they would step away from engaging in a bidding war.

   As most of you are aware, real estate agents and appraisers use "Comps", or sales of similar homes in your area, to help establish a price range for offering/selling your home. Hymer says that if your home does not have a feature of a specific Comp (i.e. a remodeled kitchen), value is subtracted from the value of your home, and if your home has a feature that a specific Comp does not have (i.e. an easily accessible, level backyard), value is added to your potential sales price.

   With that being said, we're all human, and emotions play a factor.

   As Hymer says, "It's difficult for sellers to step back and take an attitude of detached interest in their home", and adds that it's "essential to do so if you want to sell successfully in this market.". She suggests selecting a "list price that undercuts the competition to drive buyers" (and offers?), to your home. She also says that if Comps show prices moving up, you can take a "more aggressive stance on pricing". "But don't list too high", cautions Hymer, who says that it's better to "stay in the range shown by the comparables and expose the house to the market before accepting offers", since the market will drive up the price if it's warranted.

   As a final note, Hymer cautions us not to rely on rumors about home sale prices that circulate in the neighborhood, as they tend to get inflated when "passed from one person to another", and suggests that you, "Select your list price based on hard facts."

   What are your thoughts on this? Have you sold a home before? Have you overpriced it? Did you underprice it? We'd love to hear about your experience, good or bad.

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Have a Great Weekend, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !
Rob Eisenstein
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TAGS: #HomeSales #HomePrices #RealEstate #homebuyer #homeowner #salescomparables #Comps #Appraiser #NationalAssociationofRealtors #NAR

August 30, 2011

Short-Term Bumps, Long-Term Jumps

Hi Folks,

   Welcome Back, and I join you on this special day (it's my son's 5th birthday, and ice cream cake with the inevitable sugar rush might render me comatose by tonight). But it is a fun day !

   Back to Real Estate (what you came here for!)

   Obviously, Home Sales and Home Prices are critical to the Real Estate market, and we had a couple of figures released this week that we'd like to discuss with you today, coincidentally Pending Home Sales and Standard & Poors/Case-Shiller Home Prices.

   Per the National Association of Realtors®, or NAR, the Pending Home Sales Index was Down 1.3% in from June to July of this year, but it was Up 14.4% from July 2010 to July 2011. The NAR reports that all regions showed monthly declines, with the West showing the "highest level of sales contract activity", with a 3.6% increase from June-July of this year, and an amazing 20.6% from July 2010.

   As for Home Prices, the Standard and Poors/Case-Shiller Home Price Index reported that nationally, Home Prices Went Up 3.6% from Q1 to Q2 of this year, but dropped 5.9% From Q2 of 2010 to Q2 of 2011, and they added that, Nationally, "home prices are back to their early 2003 levels".

   David M. Blitzer, Chairman of the Index Committee at Standard & Poors Indices, stated that shifts in pricing amongst different regions suggests that, "we are back to regional housing markets, rather than a national housing market where everything rose and fell together."

   Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said that the market can move into a "healthy expansion", with a return to normalcy in mortgage underwriting standards. As the Pending Home Sales Index is a "forward-looking indicator based on contract signings", and the data reflects contracts but not closings, Yun also made a point to say that "not all sales contracts are leading to closed existing-home sales", and says that "other market frictions need to be addressed, such as assuring that proper comparables are used in appraisal valuations, and streamlining the short sales process.”

   On a positive note, Yun says that “The underlying factors for improving sales are developing", and points to "rising rents, record high affordability conditions and investors buying real estate as a future inflation hedge", but reiterates that it is "now a question of lending standards", along with consumers "having the necessary confidence to enter the market.”

   Here is my 2-cent opinion: I like to look at changes over the long-haul, i.e., from the same time 2010 vs the same time 2011. With that thought in mind, we jumped 14.4% in Pending Home Sales but Home Prices (Index of Prices) dropped 5.9%. Just as the title of this post suggests; Short-Term Bumps, Long-Term Jumps...!

   What are your opinions on these new figures? What does it mean to you?

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Have a Great Week, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !
Rob Eisenstein
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TAGS: #HomeSales #HomePrices #RealEstate #shortsales #CaseShiller #NAR #mortgageunderwriting

February 25, 2011

A Look at Current Home Prices and Home Sales

Hi Folks,

   Hope you've had a great week!

   A few key Housing numbers were released this week, and I'd like to review them with you here today since they deal with two very important factors; Home Prices and Home Sales.

   In terms of Home Prices, both the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices and the FHFA Monthly House Price Index were released this week. The S&P Indices, which provided data through December 2010, showed that the, "U.S. National Home Price Index declined by 3.9% during the fourth quarter of 2010.", and that the, "National Index is down 4.1% versus the fourth quarter of 2009, which is the lowest annual growth rate since the third quarter of 2009, when prices were falling at an 8.6% annual rate." The FHFA Index didn't fare well, either, with a 0.8 Percent drop in the Fourth Quarter of 2010, as well as a drop of 3.9 percent from the fourth quarter of 2009 to the fourth quarter of 2010.

   Chris "CD" Dowell of RE/MAX Best Associates, says that, "A high percentage of home buyer are investors. They're not worried about list price when making offers. They're looking at market value." Similarly, Paul Gabrail from Select Investment Group, says that many thought that, "because we saw short term leveling of prices a few months ago that the problems were over. Yet, we still have 9%+ unemployment, over leveraged borrowers, and banks are still increasing their foreclosure filings, which lead to lower prices because of oversupply."

   In terms of Home Sales, Existing-Home Sales Rose Again in January, as per the National Association of REALTORS®. Existing-home sales figures, which marks, "the third consecutive month with a pace that is now above year-ago levels". New Residential Sales in January 2011 were 12.6 percent below the revised December rate, and 18.6 percent below the January 2010 estimate.

   In summary, as Gabrail says, "some of these hotter markets are even worse - 13%+ unemployment, one in 10 houses behind on their mortgage and houses sitting empty and on market for over 1 year. It's all supply and demand and there is no demand when unemployment is 9%, so we have both extremes: Low demand and over supply."

   Do you have any comments on the Housing numbers release this past week? We'd love to hear from you.

Have a Great Weekend, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !
Rob Eisenstein
HomeRun Homes Blog http://blogging.lease2buy.com
HomeRun Homes Website http://www.lease2buy.com

December 17, 2010

Numbers, Numbers, and More Housing Numbers

Hi Everyone,

   It is Friday, and believe it or not, we are just one week away from Christmas, and two weeks from the start of a New Years. It's always an exciting time, since good change is on the way !

   As always, the wheels of our Government are grinding away, and the good folks monitoring the housing market have provided us with some new numbers for New Residential Construction, of which will take a quick look at today.

   As we know from the previous release of these numbers, and as noted in this blog, "New Residential Construction" is broken down into Building Permits, Housing Starts, and Housing Completions. Building Permits were mixed. Housing Starts were up for one segment since the last release, however, down from the same time last year. Finally, the biggest numbers came from the Housing Completions portion, or should I say, "lack of" Housing Completions, with privately-owned completions falling over 14% from October, and close to 40% from last year. That is one heck of a tumble !

   Next week, there are 4 more indicators being released, which are the Loan Performance Housing Price Index (Tue 12/21), NAR Existing Home Sales (Wed 12/22), FHFA Monthly House Price Index (Wed 12/22), and New Residential Sales (Thu 12/23), all of which will be make for a very interesting week.

   We aim to please !

Have a Great Weekend, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !
HomeRun Homes Blog http://blogging.lease2buy.com
HomeRun Homes Website http://www.lease2buy.com

November 22, 2010

Turkey vs. Home Sales ?

Hi All,

   Hope you all had a great weekend, and welcome back to the "Short Week" for most of you.

   It boggles the mind when you realize that there will be 3 major data releases in the next 2 days leading up to the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, but the wheels of the Economy must chug ahead and chrun out the figures.

Here is what is due out this week:
Tues Morning - NAR Existing Home Sales
Weds Morning - FHFA Quarterly Index And New Residential Sales

   Of course, we will recap any of the numbers, should they be eventful. Other than that, we will keep our posts this week short and to the point, since the choice between the thought of turkey and reading my blog posts is a battle that I do not want to get involved with.

   As a reminder, we are still offering our, "Important News for Sellers":

   To Recap the offer: We are offering 30 Free Seller Ads (2-Month Ad duration) - so you can list your home for sale or Rent to Own (a $9.99 value). No catch involved - just Holiday Spirit.

   How do you nail down that free Ad? CLICK HERE to send us the E-mail address that you will use to create your ad. We will then send you a username, password, and the link to log in and place your Ad, add images, etc. This is rare, so jump on this before the remaining slots are gone.

Have a Great Week, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !
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November 8, 2010

Depressed Home Sales and Housing Slump Acting Like a Prison

Good Morning,

   Hope you had a nice weekend. To those of you who ran the marathon in NYC this past weekend, that is incredible. That is the ultimate definition of pushing your body to the upper limits of it's potential.

   On that note, we all wish that the housing market would push itself to the upper limits of it's potential as well, however, with the Pending Home Sales Index numbers that came out last Friday, don't hold your breath. The National Association of Realtors said, "Pending home sales retreated after two monthly gains, signaling an uneven recovery entering 2011 with some near-term disruptions from the foreclosure moratorium". Troubles abound.

   "The depressed real estate market is having another effect", writes David Schepp from AOL Finance, in an article titled, "Housing's Slump Is Keeping Job Seekers Stuck in Place". Schepp notes that it's become, "more difficult, if not impossible, for workers to relocate to take new jobs. The percentage of unemployed managers and executives relocating for new positions fell to a record low in the third quarter, according to analysis by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, a Chicago-based employment-services firm." This is an interesting angle that is not in the forefront of our minds, but it is just another casualty of the housing/economic slump. It's like a virtual "prison".

   For the remainder of the economy, there are no major housing-related numbers coming out this week, and depending on how you look at it, that might be good !

   Have You read the "Secrets of Rent to Own" (The manual on how to buy or sell via Rent to Own), or, "Will It Work In My Town?" (The Real Estate Investing Guidebook)? If not, it's worth noting that if you purchase either of those books, you will receive the other one for free. To learn more about "Secrets of Rent to Own", Read More Here, and to learn more about "Will It Work In My Town?", Read More Here.

Have a Great Day, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !
HomeRun Homes Blog http://blogging.lease2buy.com
HomeRun Homes Website http://www.lease2buy.com

October 1, 2010

Steps to Acquiring a Loan

Hi Everyone,
   It's October...'nuff Said ! Since I am a Halloween baby, it's my birthday month (please don't ask my age!).

   Not Long ago, we were quoted in an article on the new "Currency" site from American Express, titled, "3 Steps to Getting a Loan", and the article could serve as useful to any of our readers that are interested in procuring a loan.

   The author, Christina Couch, summarizes the 3 steps as, "Stimulate Your Score", "Steady Your Finances", and "Readjust Your Debt Ratio".

Under the "Readjust Your Debt Ratio" step, Couch writes:
"...if you still can't get a traditional loan, you're not out of options. There are other financing opportunities to investigate, like renting with the option to buy. 'Deals like that typically last for 12 to 36 months and require tenants to pay a non-refundable option fee instead of a down payment—and usually, that fee is a lot cheaper,' says Robert Eisenstein, president of HomeRun Homes, a real-estate firm in Lake Ronkonkoma, New York.'There are a lot of creative ways to buy, and a lot of very specific mortgage programs out there, if you don't qualify for traditional loan products,' Eisenstein says. 'You just have to do a little homework.'"

   Head on over to the new American Express "Currency" Site to have a look around at some really great articles (as well as the one mentioned above).

   Next Week (Monday 10/4), the Pending Home Sales Index will be released. These are key figures, so let's monitor them together.

Have a Great Weekend, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !

August 20, 2010

Short Sales, Press, Housing Numbers - A Recap

Hi All,

   Can you believe that it's already Friday? We are headed into our last few weeks of summer, and from whatever corner of the globe that you are reading this, the summer here in the Northeast has been brutal! Time to polish up the snow shovels...yes, it won't be long !

   Today, we just wanted to recap a very eventful week for HomeRun Homes/Lease2Buy, as well as to take a look ahead at next week.

   Over the past week, we have provided you tips and strategies on the Short Sale Process, provided a free widget that shows all current Ads on our website in "Real Time", and we have humbly received some great write-ups in a new American Express Magazine Article, as well as another write-up in AOL's Patch.com.

   We hope that over the past few days, we have given you some great investing tips, a handy new utility for your website, and have brought multitudes of people to our site to either offer you a Rent to Own Home or to Buy your Rent to Own Home ! In the process, I hope we have also made some new friends and helped many others to meet their goals.

   Next week, we have some additional goodies coming along (Stay tuned to this Blog). Further, there are important numbers coming out next week:

   Tuesday 8/24: NAR Existing Home Sales
   Wednesday 8/25: New Residential Sales & FHFA Quarterly House Price Index
   Friday 8/27: Revised Building Permits

   As you can imagine, these are all key numbers that will give us a sense of where we are headed in terms of the housing market and an economic recovery (recovery? lifeline?).

Have a Great Weekend, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !

July 19, 2010

Housing Market, Home Building, and You

Hi Everyone,

   Hope you had a great weekend and took a little time to relax.

   We have a very exciting week ahead here, with a lot of great advertising lined up to bring even more visitors to your Ads. Additionally, there is a ton of information coming out on the strength of the Housing Market this week. Tomorrow, the New Residential Construction numbers are coming out, on Wednesday, the Loan Performance Housing Price Index numbers come out, and then on Thursday, we have both the NAR Existing Home Sales and the FHFA Monthly House Price Index numbers being released. We are holding on to hope that there will be a significantly positive bounce in these numbers, but at this moment, I just truly don't see how that can happen. I'm not being pessimistic, but it will take time, and we are not out of the woods yet.

   On Wednesday, we will begin a very exciting 3-part series that will cover the home-building process. We will have comments from builders discussing how they identify, acquire, and build homes and other Real Estate, along with perspectives from other professionals in the industry with additional points of view and comments. It's should be a treasure trove of information for anyone interested in the Real Estate market.

   We hope you have a great week, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !!!

July 12, 2010

Common Misconception: Realtors ARE Welcome !

Hi Everyone,

   We hope you had a great weekend, and welcome back.

   Today, we would like to address a very common misconception, and we would like to clarify this for all of those who have asked us about this. We receive countless E-mails from Realtors, real estate agents, real estate brokers, etc, with some wonderful comments about our website, but telling us that since they are Realtors, they cannot use our website. This is a huge misunderstanding on the part of these individuals and companies, and we would like to discuss this today, since this one fact is holding them back from finding buyers for their homes for sale (or homes for Rent to Own), and simultaneously, is taking away from extra responses that buyers on our website can have presented to them.

   We would like to put this right out into the open to all people in the Real Estate industry; We are not your competitors - we are your friends and your resource.

   We are here for buyers, sellers, investors, Realtors, and anyone who is selling a Rent to Own Home, Buying a Rent to Own Home, or is offering home-related services (appraisers, attorneys, Realtors, mortgage brokers, etc). I will admit that when we first started, we did rant against Realtors, basically, it was a "silly rookie mistake", and we realized that we are all here for one purpose - to help people buy or sell homes. So for our tiny mistake back about 8 years ago, we take full responsibility and we apologize.

   Now, we know that not all of your clients want to Rent to Own. Some of them would like to sell outright, and if they can, fantastic. However, should their listing sit dormant on the MLS and be in jeopardy of becoming an expired listing, this mean that the homeowner is not able to get out from under their payments, and a Rent to Own might be the solution to their problem. So, that is where we come in - and we reiterate - we are not your competition. Of course, we ask that you not contact any homeowners on our website and ask them to list with you as that would be a violation of the terms of our website (and of course, just plain unethical), but, if you are contacting them about buyers that you have, then by all means, make the connection with the homeowner, and identify yourself and your intentions.

   Occasionally, we receive E-mails from people asking if we send them listings, however, we have clearly defined in our terms and in our "About Us" section (http://www.lease2buy.com/rent-to-own-homes.php), namely, "We do not "send" you listings: All of the listings of Rent to Own homes, Rent to Own buyers, and home service providers are all listed on our website, and you can browse them for FREE !".

   So, to summarize, where the MLS is a listing of homes for sale, HomeRun Homes (Lease2Buy.com) is a listing of homes available for Rent to Own, homes wanted by Rent to Own, and Home Services available for homeowners and prospective homebuyers. This puts us in a unique position within our niche of the Real Estate Market, and not as a competitor with the MLS and Realtors.

   Hopefully, we have been able to answer your questions about who we are and why we can work together. Your focus is on transactions, listings, and deals, and our focus is on being a central meeting place for Rent to Own buyers and sellers, but we both share a common ground in providing customer service and helping people. Realtors definitely help people, and we would like to think we do, as well.

   Have a Great Week and Happy Rent-to-Owning !!!

June 21, 2010

Dad's Day, Secrets Winner, and Big Housing Numbers...

Happy Monday to All,

A Happy Belated Father's Day to all of you Dads out there. Our son is not at the "tie-buying" age, yet, but he is still in the "make-a-present-for-daddy" stage, which is absolutely wonderful. The walls of my office are decorated with his masterpieces and it adds color to every day. I know you're too young to read this Blog, but thanks buddy !

Now, on Friday, we announced our contest question; "What city did we begin investing in when we first started our business?". To all of the people who answered correctly and won their free copy of, "Secrets of Rent to Own", Thank You! Now, for the answer to that question, the winners of the contest checked out the "About Us" section (http://www.lease2buy.com/rent-to-own-homes.php), and you found out that the answer was Orlando, Florida.

We officially opened the doors of HomeRun Homes/Lease2Buy.com on June 8, 2002, so we are now officially into our 9th Year. We will continue on with more contests and giveaways, so make sure to tune in here. Want to make life even easier for yourself? Choose one of the "Follow" options on the right-hand side of the page !

This is going to be a very big week in terms of Housing Market data. Today, the Loan Performance Housing Price Index numbers will be released. On Tuesday, some hefty data will be released: NAR Existing Home Sales and the FHFA Monthly House Price Index. As if these major factors weren't enough, New Residential Sales will be released on Wednesday. This is quite a contrast to last week, which was a lot quieter in terms of Housing.

We will check back with you on Wednesday to take a look at what these numbers were, what they mean for you and I, and to take a look at how they can or will impact the Rent to Own Homes market.

Have a Great Week, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !

June 2, 2010

Caribbean Islands, Architects, Builders, Construction, Pending Homes Sales Up...

Hi Everyone,

Hope your week is going great so far. We have a few new and exciting features that we wanted to inform you of today.

For starters, we have been receiving a lot of comments and requests for a new section for Jamaica, the Bahamas, Trinidad, etc. The amount of requests alone would not warrant a section for each of these countries, however, we have created a broader category for the Caribbean Islands.

The new section for the Caribbean Island Homes Wanted is located at: http://www.lease2buy.com/homes_wanted_listing.php?state=Caribbean+Islands

The new section for the Caribbean Island Homes Available is located at: http://www.lease2buy.com/homes_available_listing.php?state=Caribbean+Islands

Please note that these are freshly created sections, and therefore, they are not populated yet, so you may now begin posting your Rent to Own Homes as well as your requests for Rent to Own Homes.

The next features that we have added are in the Home Services section, and the new services that we have added are "Architects" (See it Here)and "Builders & Construction" (See it Here), which covers the full process from the design of a home, all the way on up through building the home. Additionally, we have added an "Announcements" Section (See it Here), which is ideal for announcing Real Estate Investor Meetings ! If you need to add your services to any of these sections, you can do so via this link: http://www.lease2buy.com/homeservicesinfo.php

The final new feature we have included is a "Share This Property" button, which is included on the page of every "Homes Available" Ad. This button will let you share the link to your home with all of the popular Social Bookmarking Websites (for example, Digg, Delicious, etc.). The goal: Putting your property in front of as many eyeballs as you can !

For some other news, Pending Home Sales hit a 6-month high in April. This is good news as we are now headed into the summer months.

Being the bearer of all of this good news is fantastic! I wish I could bring news like this every day...maybe I can?

Have a Great Week, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !

May 28, 2010

Top 6 Housing Features that Define Comfort

Hi Everyone,

Hope you have had a great week, and the Memorial Day Weekend is upon us. Literally...it's hours away !

We recently took a poll amongst people advertising their Rent to Own homes on our website, and we asked them a very specific question: "What do you consider the most attractive features of your home and neighborhood?". We posed the same question to people looking for a Rent to Own Home on our website, but we changed it slightly to say, "What would you consider the most attractive features of a potential new home and new neighborhood?" The results were tallied, and we have summarized the top 6 of them, since they were the most popular by a landslide. Here is what we found out:

6 Housing Features that Define "Comfort":
1. Ability to make the rental or house payments
2. Proximity to Employment
3. Proximity to Family
4. How easy it is to get around locally - bus routes, trains, etc
5. Amount of traffic in (1-mile) perimeter around the home.
6. Proximity to Houses of Worship

If you are all thinking the same thing I am, it is amazing that the majority is primarily concerned with being able to make the payments. I wonder if we had done the same poll 3 years ago, if the results would be different? We can only wonder. Incidentally, take note of #3 ("Proximity to Family") - my Mother-in-Law lives overseas - so I am living outside that particular rule (wonderful lady - but space is good, universally).

OK, this week, we have been syndicating our Blog across may more Social Media sites, and, we are very proud to announce:
Our Podcasts are now available on ITunes for Free Download. The exact link to our ITunes Store is:

We will try to make at least 1 or more Podcasts per week, coupled with our 3 +/- Blog Posts per week.

A few reminders: We offer very generous referral fees (contact us here for more information). Also, the Pending Home Sales index will be released next Wednesday, June 2nd, and it will cover the month of April. Keep your eyes peeled for that one.

May you have a fantastic Holiday Weekend.
And as always, Happy Rent-to-Owning !

May 26, 2010

Ambivalent Housing Market, Secrets of Rent to Own, etc...

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are having a great week. We are already half-way through, and chugging along towards the long Holiday weekend !

Today, I wanted to return to the ambivalent topic of the housing market, and I wanted to cite two very interesting pieces. The first article is about the rise in New Home Sales in April. This is very interesting, but as we know, the tax credit expired on April 30th, and to see if the mad rush to buy new homes continued after that date, I want to see the numbers for May ! Am I never satisfied? Well, that brings us to the second article, which says, "After increasing last summer, U.S. home prices are drifting lower again". "Clashing, Contradictory, Uncertain, Undecided"? These are all synonyms from Thesaurus.com that describe this ambivalent condition. One would have to argue that as the old cliche dictates, "only time will tell".

On the Website side of things, we have been working hard to get our site to render/appear well on your IPhone, Droid, etc. We will be entering the mobile testing phase in the next few weeks and will post our results for some of the most common mobile devices after that time.

Be sure to check out our "Secrets of Rent to Own" Guide Here. This is a handy guide for anyone that is Looking to Buy a Rent to Own a Home or is Selling a Rent to Own Home. It's a great first step in the direction of a Rent to Own agreement, if that is indeed what is of interest to you.

What else would you like to hear us Blog About? We have been taking your opinions and surveys and responding to them. Keep it coming, as we truly value your input and suggestions. Comment below or E-mail us Here.

Have a Great Week, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !!

March 23, 2010

Spring Newsletter Now Available....

Happy Tuesday, Everyone!
Our Spring 2010 Newsletter is now available when you visit this link.
Make Sure you download it and check it out.

Further: Monthly House Price Index & New Residential Sales are coming out this week...Keep an eye out for these important #'s.

Best Regards and Happy Rent-to-Owning !

February 28, 2010

Happy Sunday - Upcoming Items for this week...

Hi Everyone,
I hope you are having an enjoyable, yet, productive, weekend. A few items on the agenda for this week:

1. We will be announcing some new functionality on the site in terms of Feeds and having your Rent to Own Ads in front of a much larger audience, which will definitely make you happy (happier!)
2. We will continue to address questions that we have received re: How-to's, etc.
3. Important Economic News this week:
a. Monday: Construction #'s are coming out (See Here)
b. Tuesday: Pending Home Sales figures will be released (See Here)

Have a fantastic weekend everyone!

February 26, 2010

NAR Existing Home Sales Released today.......

Existing-Home Sales for January 2010 will be released today, Friday, February 26, 2010, 10am ET.!

(Cross Your Fingers everyone!!)