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Money & You Your Home Equity Is Growing Your Home Equity Is Growing [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights If you’re a homeowner, today’s rising equity is great news. On average, homeowners have gained $51,500 in equity since this time last year. Whether it’s funding an education, fueling your next move, or starting a business, your home equity is a great tool you can use to power your dreams. Ready to sell? Let’s […]
Buyer Advice and Aid Important Distinction: Homes Are Less Affordable, Not Unaffordable Important Distinction: Homes Are Less Affordable, Not Unaffordable It’s impossible to research the subject of buying a home without coming across a headline declaring that the fall in home affordability is a crisis. However, when we add context to the most recent affordability statistics, we soon realize that, though homes are less affordable than they have been […]
Money & You The Big Question: Should You Renovate or Move? The Big Question: Should You Renovate or Move? The last 18 months changed what many buyers are looking for in a home. Recently, the American Institute of Architects released their AIA Home Design Trends Survey results for Q3 2021. The survey reveals the following: 70% of respondents want more outdoor living space 69% of respondents want a home office […]
Buyer Advice and Aid Don’t Wait for a Lower Mortgage Rate-It Could Cost You Don’t Wait for a Lower Mortgage Rate – It Could Cost You Today’s housing market is truly one for the record books. Over the past year, we’ve seen the lowest mortgage rates in history. And while those rates seemed to bottom out in January of this year, the golden window of opportunity for buyers isn’t over just […]
Buyer Advice and Aid Experts Agree: Home Ownership Provides a Path to Long-Term Wealth Experts Agree: Homeownership Provides a Path to Long-Term Wealth A recent survey from LendingTree.com found there are multiple reasons why Americans would choose to purchase a home instead of renting. Some of the most popular non-financial reasons given include: The flexibility to make the space your own The pride homeownership offers The sense of stability In the same survey, 41% […]
Buyer Advice and Aid 111,285 Reasons You Should Buy a Home This Year 111,285 Reasons You Should Buy a Home This Year The financial benefits of buying a home versus renting one are always up for debate. However, one element of the equation is often ignored – the ability to build wealth as a homeowner. According to the latest research from the National Association of Realtors (NAR): “Homeownership is a key pathway […]
Money & You The Main Key To Understanding the Rise in Mortgage Rates The Main Key To Understanding the Rise in Mortgage Rates Every Thursday, Freddie Mac releases the results of their Primary Mortgage Market Survey which reveals the most recent movement in the 30-year fixed mortgage rate. Last week, the rate was announced as 3.01%. It was the first time in three months that the mortgage rate surpassed 3%. In a press […]
Money & You Don’t Tackle Selling Your Home on Your Own-an Agent Can Help Don’t Tackle Selling Your Home on Your Own – an Agent Can Help If you’re looking to maximize your sale and minimize your effort, you need to work with a real estate professional. In a sellers’ market like today’s, it can be tempting to list your house on your own – known as For Sale By Owner (FSBO). But […]
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Buyer Advice and Aid Even with today’s growing home price appreciation, home ownership is still affordable
Money & You Home Price Appreciation Is Skyrocketing in 2021. What About 2022? Home Price Appreciation Is Skyrocketing in 2021. What About 2022? One of the major story lines over the last year is how well the residential real estate market performed. One key metric in the spotlight is home price appreciation. According to the latest indices, home prices are skyrocketing this year. Here are the latest percentages […]
Money & You Understand Your Options To Avoid Foreclosure Understand Your Options To Avoid Foreclosure Even though experts agree there’s no chance of a large-scale foreclosure crisis, there are a number of homeowners who may be coming face-to-face with foreclosure as a possibility. And while the overall percentage of homeowners at risk is decreasing with time (see graph below), that’s little comfort to those individuals who […]
Buyer Advice and Aid An Agent Will Be Your Expert Guide Through Your Home Sale
Money & You The Difference in Net Worth Between Home Owners and Renters Is Widening The Difference in Net Worth Between Homeowners and Renters Is Widening Becoming financially secure is an important goal for many people today, but some don’t realize just how much homeownership can help them achieve that dream. A recent report, The Journey Toward Financial Freedom, surveys Americans about their perspective on financial wellness and their goals. It shows there may […]
Money & You If Housing Affordability Is About the Money, Don’t Forget This. If Housing Affordability Is About the Money, Don’t Forget This. There are many non-financial benefits of buying your own home. However, today’s headlines seem to be focusing primarily on the financial aspects of homeownership – specifically affordability. Many articles are making the claim that it’s not affordable to buy a home in today’s market, but that isn’t […]
Buyer Advice and Aid What Do Experts Say About Today’s Mortgage Rates? What Do Experts Say About Today’s Mortgage Rates? Mortgage rates are hovering near record lows, and that’s good news for today’s homebuyers. The graph below shows mortgage rates dating back to 2016 and where today falls by comparison.Generally speaking, when rates are low, you can afford more home for your money. That’s why experts across the industry […]
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Buyer Advice and Aid What Does Being in a Sellers’ Market Mean? What Does Being in a Sellers’ Market Mean? Whether or not you’ve been following the real estate industry lately, there’s a good chance you’ve heard we’re in a serious sellers’ market. But what does that really mean? And why are conditions today so good for people who want to list their house? It starts with […]
Money & You A look at Home Price Appreciation and What It Means for Sellers A Look at Home Price Appreciation and What It Means for Sellers When you hear the phrase home price appreciation, what does it mean to you? Through context clues alone, chances are you know it has to do with rising home prices. And as a seller, you know rising home prices are good news for your […]
Money & You Sellers Are in a Sweet Spot Sellers Are in a Sweet Spot [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights In today’s sellers’ market, you’re set up to win big when you list your house. That’s because homes are selling fast, receiving 4.4 offers on average and often selling above the asking price. Then, when you buy your next home, you’ll also win by addressing your changing needs and taking advantage of […]
Money & You The Economic Impact of a Home Sale