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Money & You 4 Reasons Why the End of Forbearance Will Not Lead to a Wave of Foreclosures 4 Reasons Why the End of Forbearance Will Not Lead to a Wave of Foreclosures With forbearance plans about to come to an end, many are concerned the housing market will experience a wave of foreclosures like what happened after the housing bubble 15 years ago. Here are four reasons why that won’t happen. 1. […]
Buyer Advice and Aid What You Should Do Before Interest Rates Rise What You Should Do Before Interest Rates Rise In today’s real estate market, mortgage interest rates are near record lows. If you’ve been in your current home for several years and haven’t refinanced lately, there’s a good chance you have a mortgage with an interest rate higher than today’s average. Here are some options you should consider […]
Money & You Demand for Vacation Homes Is Still Strong Demand for Vacation Homes Is Still Strong The pandemic created a tremendous interest in vacation homes across the country. Throughout the last year, many people purchased second homes as a safe getaway from the challenges of the health crisis. With many professionals working from home and many students taking classes remotely, it made sense to see a migration […]
Money & You Home Owner Wealth Increases Through Growing Equity This Year Homeowner Wealth Increases Through Growing Equity This Year Building financial wealth and stability remains one of the top reasons Americans choose to own a home, and as a homeowner, your wealth often grows without you even realizing it. In a recent paper published by the Urban Institute, Home Ownership is Affordable Housing, author Mike Loftin illustrates how homeowners increase […]
Money & You Owning a Home Has Distinct Financial Benefits Over Renting Owning a Home Has Distinct Financial Benefits Over Renting [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights When you rent, you build your landlord’s wealth, your monthly payment depends on ever-rising rents, and you don’t benefit from home price appreciation. On the other hand, when you own your home, you build your own wealth, your monthly payment is locked in, and you benefit directly from home price appreciation. […]
Money & You Housing Wealth: The Missing Piece of the Affordability Equation Housing Wealth: The Missing Piece of the Affordability Equation The real estate market is soaring today. Residential home values are rising, and that’s a big win for homeowners. In 2020, there was a double-digit increase in home values – a trend that’s expected to head toward similar levels this year. However, skyrocketing prices are causing […]
Money & You Home Price Appreciation Is as Simple as Supply and Demand Home Price Appreciation Is as Simple as Supply and Demand Home price appreciation continues to accelerate. Today, prices are driven by the simple concept of supply and demand. Pricing of any item is determined by how many items are available compared to how many people want to buy that item. As a result, the strong year-over-year […]
Buyer Advice and Aid In Today’s Market, Listing Prices Are Like an Auction’s Reserve Price In Today’s Market, Listing Prices Are Like an Auction’s Reserve Price For generations, the process of buying and selling a home never really changed. A homeowner would try to estimate the market value of their house, then tack on a little extra to give themselves some negotiating room. That figure would become the listing price. Buyers would […]
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Money & You Why You May Want To Cash in on Your Second Home Why You May Want To Cash in on Your Second Home When stay-at-home mandates were enforced last year, many households realized their homes didn’t really fulfill their new lifestyle needs. An office (in some cases two), a media room, space for children to learn, a gym, and a large yard are all examples of amenities […]
Money & You Top Reasons To Own Your Home Top Reasons To Own Your Home [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights June is National Homeownership Month, and it’s a great time to consider the benefits of owning your own home. If you’re thinking of buying a home, it might just help you find the stability, community, and comfort you’ve been searching for over the past year. Let’s connect […]
Money & You Cash In on today’s housing demand by selling your Second Home
Buyer Advice and Aid How Misunderstandings about Affordability Could Cost You How Misunderstandings about Affordability Could Cost You There’s a lot of discussion about affordability as home prices continue to appreciate rapidly. Even though the most recent index on affordability from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows homes are more affordable today than the historical average, some still have concerns about whether or not it’s truly affordable to […]
Buyer Advice and Aid Buying a Home Is Still Affordable Buying a Home Is Still Affordable The last year has put emphasis on the importance of one’s home. As a result, some renters are making the jump into homeownership while some homeowners are re-evaluating their current house and considering a move to one that better fits their current lifestyle. Understanding how housing affordability works and […]
Money & You Americans Choose Real Estate as the Best Investment Americans Choose Real Estate as the Best Investment [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights For the eighth year in a row, real estate maintained its position as the preferred long-term investment among Americans. Real estate has been gaining ground against stocks, gold, and savings accounts over the last 11 years and now stands at its highest rating in survey history. Let’s connect […]
Money & You Should I Move or Refinance? Should I Move or Refinance? The level of equity homeowners have is at an all-time high. According to the U.S. Census, over 38% of owner-occupied homes are owned free and clear, meaning they don’t have a mortgage. Those with a mortgage are seeing their equity skyrocket too. Every time real estate values increase, homeowners get a dollar-for-dollar gain […]
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 […]
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, […]