Tylee Leighton's Blog Posts

Let's Celebrate National Homeownership Month

6 Reasons to Celebrate National Homeownership MonthOur homes are so much more than the houses we live in. For many, they’ve also become our workplaces, schools for our children, and safe

Read More

Where are the experts saying the housing market is heading?

Where Do Experts Say the Housing Market Is Heading?As we enter the middle of 2021, many are wondering if we’ll see big changes in the housing market during the second half of this year. Here

Read More

Top 3 things To Do When Selling Your Home

3 Things To Prioritize When Selling Your HouseToday’s housing market is full of unprecedented opportunities. High buyer demand paired with record-low housing inventory is creating the

Read More

Prices are NOT going down

Experts Say Home Prices Will Continue to AppreciateIt’s clear that consumers are concerned about how quickly home values are rising. Many people fear the speed of appreciation may lead to a

Read More

Waiting to Buy Could Cost You

Why Waiting to Buy a Home Could Cost You a Small FortuneMany people are sitting on the fence trying to decide if now’s the time to buy a home. Some are renters who have a strong desire to

Read More

Huge Incentives For Selling Now!!!

4 Big Incentives for Homeowners to Sell NowThe housing market keeps sailing along. The only headwind that could take it off course is the lack of inventory for sale. The National Association of

Read More

Should I wait?

Should I Buy Now or Wait? [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsIf you’re thinking that waiting a year or two to purchase a home might mean you’ll save some money, think again.Mortgage interest

Read More

Who fast are homes are accelerating?

Is Home Price Appreciation Accelerating Again?At the beginning of the year, industry forecasts called for home price appreciation to slow to about half of the double-digit increase we saw last year.

Read More

Patience Grasshopper

Patience Is the Key to Buying a Home This YearThe question many homebuyers are facing this year is, “Why is it so hard to find a house?” We’re in the ultimate sellers

Read More

What is next for the market momentum?

Will the Housing Market Maintain Its Momentum?Last week’s Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows sales have dropped by 3.7%

Read More

Maximize the Sale of Your Home

4 Tips to Maximize the Sale of Your HouseHomeowners ready to make a move are definitely in a great position to sell today. Housing inventory is incredibly low, driving up buyer competition. This

Read More

Its a Supply Shortage, Not a Bubble

This Isn’t a Bubble. It’s Simply Lack of Supply. [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsIn a recent article, Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of

Read More

Shock and Awe in the Headlines

Don’t Be Fooled by Remarkable Real Estate HeadlinesDon’t be impressed by the headlines reporting year-over-year housing numbers for the next several months (data covering March, April,

Read More

Low Mortgage Rates Are Still Out There

Planning to Move? You Can Still Secure a Low Mortgage Rate on Your Next HomeThis year, mortgage rates have started to slowly climb above recent record-breaking lows. Many homeowners planning to 

Read More

82,338 Reasons to Buy a Home

82,338 Great Reasons to Buy a Home TodayThe financial benefits of buying a home as compared to renting one are always up for debate. However, one element of the equation is often ignored – the

Read More

Who loves a small house?

Some Buyers Prefer Smaller HomesOver the past year, we’ve had plenty of opportunities to reflect on what we consider most important in our lives. The place we call home is one of the

Read More

Don't sell on your own!!!!

Don’t Sell on Your Own Just Because It’s a Sellers’ MarketIn a sellers’ market, some homeowners might be tempted to try to sell their house on their own (known

Read More

Achieve Homeownership This Year With Your Tax Refund and Stimulus Savings

Your Tax Refund and Stimulus Savings May Help You Achieve Homeownership This YearIf you’re planning to buy a home this year, saving for a down payment is one of the most important steps in the

Read More

The Seller's Market Defined

What It Means To Be in a Sellers’ MarketIf you’ve given even a casual thought to selling your house in the near future, this is the time to really think seriously about making

Read More

List Price or Starting Bid?

Why You Should Think About Listing Prices Like an Auction’s Reserve PriceFor generations, the homebuying process never really changed. The seller would try to estimate the market value of the

Read More

You don't need perfect credit to buy

What Credit Score Do You Need for a Mortgage?According to data from the most recent Origination Insight Report by Ellie Mae, the average FICO® score on closed loans

Read More

Upgrade or Sell As Is?

To Renovate or Not To Renovate Before You SellWhen thinking about selling, homeowners often feel they need to get their house ready with some remodeling to make it more appealing to buyers. However,

Read More

What is pushing the economic recovery

What Is the Strongest Tailwind to Today’s Recovering Economy?Last year started off with a bang. Unemployment was under 4%, forecasters were giddy with their projections for the economy,

Read More

Curious what the #1 Benefit of Homeownership is?

What Is the #1 Financial Benefit of Homeownership?There are many financial and non-financial benefits of homeownership, and the greatest financial one is wealth creation. Homeownership has

Read More

What Will Spring Bring in 2021?

Will the Housing Market Bloom This Spring?Spring is almost here, and many are wondering what it will bring for the housing market. Even though the pandemic continues on, it’s certain to be

Read More

Its not the same as 2008...

6 Simple Graphs Proving This Is Nothing Like Last TimeLast March, many involved in the residential housing industry feared the market would be crushed under the pressure of a once-in-a-lifetime

Read More

Should you buy in the hot market?

How Smart Is It to Buy a Home Today?Whether you’re buying your first home or selling your current house, if your needs are changing and you think you need to move, the decision can be

Read More

Crystal Ball For 2021 Home Prices

Home Prices: What Happened in 2020? What Will Happen This Year?The real estate market was on fire during the second half of 2020. Buyer demand was way up, and the supply of homes available for sale

Read More

20% Down, Why you should consider it?

What Are the Benefits of a 20% Down Payment?If you’re thinking of buying a home this year, you may be wondering how much money you need to come up with for your down payment. Many

Read More

No Surprise Here - Its a Seller's Market All Over the Place

It’s a Sellers’ Market [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsOver the past year, homeowners have gained an unprecedented opportunity to sell with great success while buyer demand is soaring.With

Read More

Please, can we have more inventory?

Are There Going to Be More Homes to Buy This Year?If you’re looking for a home to purchase right now and having trouble finding one, you’re not alone. At a time like this when there are

Read More

No Inventory - What's up with that?

Where Have All the Houses Gone?In today’s housing market, it seems harder than ever to find a home to buy. Before the health crisis hit us a year ago, there was already a shortage of homes for

Read More

Historical Mortgage Rates

Home Mortgage Rates by Decade [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsMortgage interest rates have dropped considerably over the past year, and compared to what we’ve seen in recent decades, it’s a

Read More

The Future of Mortgage Rates in 2021

Will Low Mortgage Rates Continue through 2021?With mortgage interest rates hitting record lows so many times recently, some are wondering if we’ll see low rates continue throughout

Read More

3 Ways You'll Win Buying a Home in 2021

3 Ways You’ll Win When You Buy a Home This YearThere are so many great reasons to purchase a home, and over the past year, we’ve realized more of them than we ever thought possible. If

Read More

Buying New Construction - How an Agent Helps

Thinking about Building a New Home? Your Agent Is Critical. [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsA real estate professional is an expert who can advocate on your behalf throughout the process when building a

Read More

20% Down? Nope, you can buy with so much less!

Do I Really Need a 20% Down Payment to Buy a Home?Is the idea of saving for a down payment holding you back from buying a home right now? You may be eager to take advantage of today’s low

Read More

What Record-Low Housing Inventory Means for You in 2021

What Record-Low Housing Inventory Means for YouThe real estate market is expected to do very well in 2021, with mortgage rates that are hovering at historic lows and forecasted by 

Read More

Appraisal or Home Inspection: Which does What?

What’s the Difference between an Appraisal and a Home Inspection?If you’re planning to buy a home, an appraisal is an important step in the process. It’s a

Read More

After 2020: Why Moving May Be Just the Boost You Need

Why Moving May Be Just the Boost You NeedAs we look back over the past year, we’ve certainly lived through one of the most stressful periods in recent history. After spending so much more time

Read More

Tips for Renters Who Want to Be Buyers

Financial Fundamentals for Homebuyers [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsWhen you’re thinking about buying a home, there are a few key steps to take before you even start to look at houses.From

Read More

What Experts Are Saying about the 2021 Job Market & How It Impacts Real Estate

What Experts Are Saying about the 2021 Job MarketEarlier this month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released their most recent Jobs Report. The report revealed that the economy

Read More

Buy now or later, your interest rate questions answered.

Should I Wait for Lower Mortgage Interest Rates?Historically low mortgage rates are a big motivator for homebuyers right now. In 2020 alone, rates hit new record-lows 16 times, and the

Read More

Things to Avoid After You Apply For Your Home Loan

Some HighlightsThere are a few key things to make sure you avoid after applying for a mortgage to help make sure you still qualify for your loan at the closing table.Along the way, be sure

Read More

Considering Selling? This Is the Right Time in the Phoenix Area

Why Right Now May Be the Time to Sell Your HouseThe housing market made an incredible recovery in 2020 and is now positioned for an even stronger year in 2021. Record-low mortgage interest&

Read More

Forebearance & Foreclosures - What is Next in the Narket.

Will Forbearance Plans Lead to a Tsunami of Foreclosures?At the onset of the economic disruptions caused by the COVID pandemic, the government quickly put into place forbearance plans to allow

Read More

4 Reasons People Are Buying Homes in 2021 - You Might Be Surprised

4 Reasons People Are Buying Homes in 2021According to many experts, the real estate market is expected to continue growing in 2021, and it’s largely driven by the lasting impact the

Read More

What Does 2021 Have in Store for Home Values?What

What Does 2021 Have in Store for Home Values?According to the latest CoreLogic Home Price Insights Report, nationwide home values increased by 8.2% over the last twelve months.

Read More

2021: Is This the Year to Sell My House?

Is This the Year to Sell My House?If one of the questions you’re asking yourself is, “Should I sell my house this year?” consumer sentiment about selling today should

Read More