Money & You Americans See Real Estate as a Better Investment Than Stocks or Gold Americans See Real Estate as a Better Investment Than Stocks or Gold Last month, in a post on the Liberty Street Economics blog, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York noted that Americans believe buying a home is definitely or probably a better investment than buying stocks. Last week, a Gallup Poll reaffirmed those findings. In an article on the current real estate market, Gallup reports: “Gallup […]
Buyer Advice and Aid Don’t Forget to Budget for Closing Costs Don’t Forget to Budget for Closing Costs When buying a home, it’s important to have a budget and make sure you plan ahead for certain homebuying expenses. Saving for a down payment is the main cost that comes to mind for many, but budgeting for the closing costs required to get a mortgage is just as important. What Are […]
Money & You When It Comes To Selling a House, Your Time IS Money When It Comes To Selling a House, Your Time Is Money [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights Selling a house is no small task. If you decide to try to do it on your own, keep in mind you’ll be responsible for all the expert-level work of a real estate professional. The vital tasks an agent manages for you […]
Money & You Why Is This Spring a Great Time to Sell Your House?
Money & You Your House Could Be the Oasis in an Inventory Desert Your House Could Be the Oasis in an Inventory Desert Homebuyers are flooding the housing market right now to take advantage of record-low mortgage rates. Many have a sense of urgency to find a home soon since experts forecast a steady rise in both rates and home prices this year and next. As a result, buyer demand greatly […]
Money & You It’s Not Too Late To Apply For Forbearance It’s Not Too Late To Apply For Forbearance Over the past year, the pandemic made it challenging for some homeowners to make their mortgage payments. Thankfully, the government initiated a forbearance program to provide much-needed support. Unless they’re extended once again, some of these plans and the corresponding mortgage payment deferral options will expire soon. That said, […]
Money & You Experts Say Home Prices Will Continue to Appreciate Experts Say Home Prices Will Continue to Appreciate It’s clear that consumers are concerned about how quickly home values are rising. Many people fear the speed of appreciation may lead to a crash in prices later this year. In fact, Google reports that the search for “When is the housing market going to crash?” has actually spiked 2450% over […]
Seller Advice 3 Graphs Showing Why You Should Sell Your House Now 3 Graphs Showing Why You Should Sell Your House Now There’s no doubt that 2021 is the year of the seller when it comes to the housing market. If you’re a homeowner thinking of moving to better suit your changing needs, now is the perfect time to do so. Low mortgage rates are in your favor when you’re ready […]
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Buyer Advice and Aid The Power of Mortgage Pre-Approval The Power of Mortgage Pre-Approval [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights  Mortgage pre-approval means a lender has reviewed your finances and, based on factors like your income, debt, and credit history, determined how much you’re qualified to borrow. Being pre-approved for a loan can give you clarity while planning your homebuying budget, confidence in your ability to secure […]
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Buyer Advice and Aid Why Waiting to Buy a Home Could Cost You a Small Fortune Why Waiting to Buy a Home Could Cost You a Small Fortune Many 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 become homeowners but are unsure if buying right now makes sense. Others may be homeowners who are […]
Money & You Are Interest Rates Expected to Rise Over the Next Year? Are Interest Rates Expected to Rise Over the Next Year? So far this year, mortgage rates continue to hover around 3%, encouraging many hopeful homebuyers to enter the housing market. However, there’s a good chance rates will increase later this year and going into 2022, ultimately making it more expensive to borrow money for a […]
Seller Advice 4 Big Incentives for Home Owners to Sell Now 4 Big Incentives for Homeowners to Sell Now The 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 Realtors (NAR) reports that there were 410,000 fewer single-family homes for sale this March than in March of 2020. The key to continued success in […]
Real Estate Trends Americans Find the Non-Financial Benefits of Home Ownership Most Valuable Americans Find the Nonfinancial Benefits of Homeownership Most Valuable Homeownership is a foundational part of the American Dream. As we look back on more than a year of sheltering in our homes, having a place of our own is more important than ever. While financial benefits are always a key aspect of homeownership, today, homeowners rank the nonfinancial […]
Buyer Advice and Aid Should I Buy Now or Wait? Should I Buy Now or Wait? [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights If you’re thinking that waiting a year or two to purchase a home might mean you’ll save some money, think again. Mortgage interest rates are currently very low, but experts across the board are forecasting increases in both home prices and interest rates. Buying a home now means you’ll spend […]
Seller Advice It’s a Great Time for Your House to Shine
Real Estate Trends Is Home Price Appreciation Accelerating Again? 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. The thinking was that inventory would increase from record-low levels and put an end to the bidding wars that have driven home prices up over […]
Buyer Advice and Aid Patience Is the Key to Buying a Home This Year Patience Is the Key to Buying a Home This Year The question many homebuyers are facing this year is, “Why is it so hard to find a house?” We’re in the ultimate sellers’ market, which means real estate is ultra-competitive for buyers right now. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) notes homes are getting an average of 4.8 offers per sale, […]
Real Estate Trends Will the Housing Market Maintain Its 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% compared to the month before. This is the second consecutive month that sales have slumped. Some see this as evidence that the red-hot real estate market may be cooling. However, there could also […]
Seller Advice 4 Tips to Maximize the Sale of Your House 4 Tips to Maximize the Sale of Your House Homeowners ready to make a move are definitely in a great position to sell today. Housing inventory is incredibly low, driving up buyer competition. This gives homeowners leverage to sell for the best possible terms, and it’s fueling a steady rise in home prices. In such a hot […]