Marta Guerrero

Marta Guerrero Realty

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Realtors® See Buyers Returning to Market

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2009 Historically high housing affordability and low mortgage interest rates, combined with buyer opportunities in the distressed sales market, have increased home sales in many areas of the country. “There has never been a better time to buy,” said National Association of Realtors® Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. More...
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Credit is Key to Real Estate Recovery

WASHINGTON, May 12, 2009 Improving the availability of credit and access to capital are essential to recovery in the real estate market. Addressing these challenges was the focus of the "Financing Real Estate for Tomorrow" session, part of the National Association of Realtors®' daylong "Real Estate Summit: Advancing the U.S. Economy.” More... Read more

Existing-Home Sales Rise in April

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2009 Existing-home sales rose in April with strong buyer activity in lower price ranges, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Existing-home sales – including single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops – increased 2.9 percent. More...
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Pending Home Sales Up for Three Months in a Row

WASHINGTON, June 02, 2009 Record low mortgage interest rates boosted pending home sales for the third consecutive month, with some benefit now from the first-time buyer tax credit. More...

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National housing indicators

Existing home sales ()

4.68 million units*

Existing home median price ()


Housing Starts ()

458,000 units*

New home sales ()

352,000 units*

*Seasonally adjusted annual rate. Source: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

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Home ownership

1st Qtr 09


1st Qtr 08


The homeownership rate (67.3 percent) for the current quarter was lower than the rate in first quarter 2008 (67.8 percent), but not statistically different from the rate in fourth quarter 2008 (67.5 percent).

New home sales

Apr 09


Mar 09


Sales of new one-family houses in April 2009 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 352,000. This is 0.3% below the revised March 2009 estimate of 351,000.


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Thinking of doing some remodeling? Remodeling magazine’s 2012-2013 Cost vs. Value Report offers the latest figures on what kinds of upgrades or additions offer the best return. In the West South Central region—composed of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas—a steel entry door replacement has the highest return for a midrange project with 83. Read more

If you're selling your home, your best chance at cooking up a sale is in the kitchen. For today's home buyer, the kitchen is typically the most important room in the house—an area where form and function are equally important. Read more

As a first-time real estate buyer, you probably have no idea how the overall purchasing process works or how to make sure you’re making a smart decision to purchase. Read more

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The American Dream

Emotion plays a major role in why we buy most everything. We justify our emotionality with logic. It is really why we buy a home. "It was a smart move". "It was the right thing to do". "The schools are the best in the city". The housing market is based on these biases and emotionalities. It is all part of the American dream. More...

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Guard Your Mail

Your mail can be an easy source of sensitive information about you and your financial world to identity thieves. There are three Ps of postal protection to make sure they can’t get at it! More...
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The Art of Negotiation

All aspects of a real estate transaction involve negotiation. Depending on your tolerance for the give and take of making a deal, this part of selling or buying property will excite or terrify you. Sure, you could grab top dollar for your home—or you could be talked into a boatload of reasonablesounding concessions. More... Read more


Take Care of Your Home

There are two times when you should pay particular attention to home maintenance before you buy the home and when you’re selling it. Oh, and all the time in between as well. Yes, taking good care of your home is essential if you want to preserve the highest possible value of your property and to ensure that you get the most utility and comfort from your residence. More...
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Showing You the Money

Unless your bank account can cover a check for hundreds of thousands of dollars, you’ll need to borrow money to purchase a house. That’s where your mortgage loan enters the transaction. However, you should start the process of securing financing before you make an offer on a home so when the time comes, you’ll be ready, willing and able to purchase the property. More...
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Why They Love Their Hometown

American love their hometowns. Find out why and what's important to them. More...
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