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    Saturday, December 8, 2018   /   by Kelli Seaberry

    What to Expect From the Housing Market in 2019

    Changes in mortgage rates may cause homebuyers and sellers to hesitate about jumping into the market, while renters benefit from higher homeownership rates. Whether you're looking to buy or sell a home in 2019 – or find the perfect rental – it helps to know what you're up against. In many markets, the trend of a low volume of homes on the market compared to the number of buyers that has been fueling bidding wars and rapid increases in home prices may losing steam, but rising interest rates may also cause more buyers and sellers to hold off on making a new deal.

    Here’s what to expect from the housing market in 2019.


    The most common topic of conversation for potential homebuyers and sellers going into the new year is about rising interest rates. Mortgage rates are at their highest mark since 2011, and while higher interest rates are a sign of a good economy. ...

    Monday, November 12, 2018   /   by Kelli Seaberry

    Outside-the-box thinking can help millennials on a tight budget buy their first home

    By Jon Coile

    November 12 at 8:00 AM

    If you’re hoping to buy a home this fall, you may need to get a little creative — particularly if you’re on a tight budget.

    The shortage of homes to buy continues this fall, with the most recent Bright MLS data showing that active listings — which include all homes on the market in the Washington area — were down 3.3 percent in September 2018, compared with September 2017.

    Two more MLS indicators show that buyers are likely to face competition for homes. First, the average number of days a home stays on the market declined again in September to 17 days, lower than September 2017′s 20 days. Second, homes are selling on average for 97.7 percent of the seller’s asking price.

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    For first-time buyers at lower price points, the competition can be even more fierce. While waiting to save more is one strategy some buyers adopt, home prices are antici. ...

    Wednesday, November 7, 2018   /   by Kelli Seaberry

    Maryland Housing Market

    Priced out of the market? Cities where the middle class can no longer afford a home

    Samuel Stebbins, 24/7 Wall StreetPublished 6:00 a.m. ET Aug. 15, 2018 | Updated 12:03 p.m. ET Sept. 24, 2018

    Cities where the middle class can no longer afford a home

    According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, families that pay more than 30% of their incomes on housing are considered cost burdened and may have difficulty affording rent as well as other necessities such as food, clothing, transportation, and medical care. While the poorest families are the most likely to be housing-cost burdened, skyrocketing home prices in U.S. metropolitan areas have caused the nation’s housing affordability crisis to spread to a large number of middle class Americans. While the housing cost burden for low-income households is often offset through housing subsidies, there are few forces protecting middle-income ...

    Thursday, October 18, 2018   /   by Rashad Howell

    Should You Invest In Baltimore Real Estate

    Baltimore Real Estate Data
    Baltimore looms large in American history. First settled in the 1600s, it was one of the largest cities in the U.S. in the colonial era. It is often thought of as a distant suburb of Washington D.C. today, an industrial city on the decline. Yet this city is experiencing a turn around that presents a unique opportunity for real estate investors. The Baltimore real estate market offers a variety of properties for buyers who are looking for a place to call home.
    Baltimore is home to around 600,000 people. The Baltimore housing market at first blush would seem like a bad investment, since the city saw a nearly 5% drop in population from 2000 to 2010. This is a continuation of a decades long flight from the city; between 1970 and 2000, the total population declined by almost a third. However, there is significant opportunity in the Baltimore real estate market for investors, and not just because the metropolitan area is home to nearly th. ...

    Thursday, October 18, 2018   /   by Rashad Howell

    Baltimore Sun Real Estate Article

    Redevelopment of West Baltimore's Poppleton begins to take shape

    Two apartment buildings near the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus are about to open, marking the beginning of giant and long awaited project to remake Poppleton.

    Meredith CohnContact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun

    Between the Poe Homes public housing complex and the University of Maryland BioPark stand two new apartment buildings that will open soon and begin to make good on a huge and long-awaited revitalization plan for West Baltimore.

    Officials with New York-based La Cite Development plan to cut the ribbon Nov. 2 on the 262 apartments, the first of about 30 buildings planned in Poppleton. The development is expected to include 3,000 apartments, retail shops, new roads and green spaces on 32 acres across Martin Luther King Boulevard from downtown.

    “There’s a rooftop deck to watch the sunrise and another one to watch the sunset, depending on your mood ...