Tag: “Trends”

Study: Dallas is a great new home for companies, but what about their workers?

As Open Listings officially launches in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area this week -- a region that is becoming home to more and more global corporate HQs -- we wanted to compare how workers of new and longtime area companies are doing in the wallet when it comes living affordability near work. Business-friendly regulations have made the area an attractive home for companies, but what about their workers? Are they putting away more money after paying their monthly mortgage than

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Bought with Open Listings: Summer edition

Summer’s officially here. For some, this means fun in the sun and ice cold beverages with every meal. For us, that means helping buyers locate the homes of their dreams, taking advantage of those long days for private house tours, submitting offers, and, of course, splitting our buying commission for buyers who close on their homes with us. We’re proud to help our buyers seal the deal on their home sweet homes and figured we’d share their

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What will $225,900 get you in Chicago right now?

Ok, we know what you’re thinking, “$225,900 is a super random number.” But, it's actually not so random: turns out the median value for a home in Chicago is $225,900, with an average price per square foot of $242. That’s not bad. But, what’s even better for Chicagoland house hunters is that the market in Chicago isn’t very competitive right now. While it’s not a exactly a buyer’s market, anyone looking to

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What's love (and real estate) got to do with it?

First comes the home, then comes marriage in the millennial age With Memorial Day weekend recently kicking off the unofficial start of Summer, America's kicked into both peak homebuying and wedding season. Open Listings' own internal data shows that June is the most popular month to buy a home in major metro real estate markets such as Los Angeles, Austin, and Chicago. June is typically followed by August as the second busiest home buying month after homebuyers take a reprieve

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Are tech workers from the Bay Area finding housing relief in Seattle?

In the first quarter of 2018, the Bay Area housing crisis reached an even more extreme level. Our Open Listings study in February found that home affordability was even becoming a problem for six-figure salaried technology workers across Silicon Valley. Today, $2 million homes for sale in the Bay Area look like this, and if tech workers decide to rent, they're forking over $4,500 a month. So, where are these workers headed? According to recent data crunched by LinkedIn,

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The influx of homebuying tech workers from Silicon Valley to Austin won't be slowing down

In February, the Open Listings team did some research into how home affordability was even becoming a problem for six-figure salaried tech workers across Silicon Valley. We used the lending industry's standard "28% rule" as a barometer for evaluating if tech workers in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles would be approved for a mortgage -- let alone really be able to afford home ownership within a 20 minute commute from their offices on their salaries only. Our findings

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4 signs your neighborhood is heating up

If you're looking to make an investment that pays off big time, buying in a neighborhood that's heating up is one way to get more than your money’s worth. In an up-and-coming neighborhood, property values can skyrocket in a relatively short period of time, leaving you to enjoy the added equity. That said, though, there's an art to identifying these neighborhoods before they become the next hotspot and you're caught having to pay a premium. If you looking to

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US "hispennials" bullish on homebuying despite reservations with Trump administration

In December of last year, the Open Listings team took a detailed look at where millennials in the United States currently stand with their homebuying plans. And, contrary to many headlines, we found that millennials are actually already buying homes. In fact, 44% of millennials -- largely based outside of major urban areas -- noted that they already own a home. Over the next couple of years, industry leaders expect one subset of millennials to drive the homeownership rate up

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Should your first home be your second home?

These days, we’re seeing an interesting trend among first-time buyers, where more and more are choosing to purchase their second homes or weekend getaway vacation properties, before ever putting down money towards a primary residence. For some, it’s opening up opportunities for homeownership in places where that dream can feel impossible. If you’re interested in learning more about how this scenario works and if it could be the right move for you, keep reading. Why the push

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Tech workers: they're just like us — can't find affordable housing

Housing price increases now outpace the high salaries of tech engineers in San Francisco and even more-so in Los Angeles Four years ago, we hit a tipping point when for the first time since the 1920’s, population growth in cities outpaced growth outside of cities. While the tech industry has been a boom for the national economy and jobs since its recovery from the dotcom bubble, it has also been a driver of today’s urban housing crisis. More

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Starting your house hunt early this year? So is everyone else.

The real estate industry is super seasonal. Traditionally, agents talk about "spring markets" as the most popular time to both list and buy homes. While that trend has been true for decades, in 2018, market research data--including our own findings--shows that buyers are getting a jump start on their house hunt, meaning the spring market may already be here. We’ve taken a close look at some of the reasons behind the shift and what it could mean

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Local spotlight: San Diego homebuyer trends

As prospective homebuyers across San Diego, one of Open Listings' biggest markets, step up their home search in 2018, we wanted to take a look at trends around homes for sale in San Diego so we could help prospects know what they should expect to encounter in this year's house hunt. To do so, we analyzed data on the Open Listings platform from more than 17,000 home sales across the greater San Diego area and its surrounding communities over

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The future is here: 5 CES 2018 smart home products that have our attention

Every year, tons of tech companies, manufacturers, and retailers descend upon the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to show off their latest & greatest innovations and to reaffirm that our lives really could be one hairbrained invention away from a Black Mirror episode. From the wacky and weird (Come on - do you really need a self-driving suitcase???) to the sign-us-up-right-now innovations, here are 5 smart home products coming out of this year's CES that have caught our eye: 1. Whirlpool

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Local spotlight: Los Angeles 2017 homebuyer trends

As everyone prepares to say goodbye to 2017, we wanted to take a closer look at what the year was like in Los Angeles home buying. To do so, we analyzed data on the Open Listings platform from more than 8,872 home sales across urban Los Angeles over the last year. How did home sales play out for buyers throughout the year? After ringing in the last new year with 601 home sales in January 2017, sales slowly increased

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Want to buy a house with Bitcoin? Here's what you need to know.

With everyone going cryptocurrency crazy and the value of a single Bitcoin having skyrocketed as high as $19,000, there's two things guaranteed when you work at a real estate startup: Your parents and non-tech savvy family members will ask you to explain what the hell it is over and over again Tech-savvy buyers who've mined their way to Bitcoin and other crypto riches will want to know if there is a way for them to buy a house using

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