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Rising Rents
Rising Rents: Don’t Get Caught in The Rental Trap!
There are many benefits to homeownership, but one of the top benefits is protecting yourself from rising rents by locking in your housing cost for the life of your mortgage. Don’t Become Trapped  A recent article by Apartment List addressed rising rents by stating: “Our national rent index is up 0.1 percent month-over-month, marking...
5 Reasons You Should Sell This Fall!
5 Reasons You Should Sell This Fall!
Here are five reasons you should sell this fall! 1. Demand Is Strong The latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains very strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing and able to purchase…and are in the market right now!...
A+ Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Pro [INFOGRAPHIC]
A+ Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Pro [INFOGRAPHIC]
Some Highlights: Hiring a real estate professional to help you buy your dream home or sell your current house is one of the most ‘educated’ decisions you can make! A real estate professional has the experience needed to help you through the entire process. Make sure that you hire someone...
Why are Existing Home Sales Down?
Why are Existing Home Sales Down?
The latest Existing Home Sales Report issued by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed that home sales have decreased for four consecutive months and are at their slowest pace in over two years. This has some industry leaders puzzled considering the fact that the economy is strengthening, unemployment is...
3 Myths About Today’s Real Estate Market
Top 3 Myths About Today’s Real Estate Market
There are many conflicting headlines when it comes to describing today’s real estate market. Some are making comparisons to the market we experienced 10 years ago and are starting to believe that we may be doomed to repeat ourselves. Others are just plain wrong when it comes to what it...
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Home Sales Expected to Increase in 2019
Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and the Mortgage Bankers Association are all projecting that home sales will increase nicely in 2019. Below is a chart depicting the projections of each entity for the remainder of 2018, as well as for 2019. As we can see, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and the Mortgage Bankers Association all believe...
Rent or Buy
Renter or Buyer: Either Way You’re Paying A Mortgage!
There are some people who have not purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize, however, that unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. As Entrepreneur Magazine, a premier source...
What State Gives You the Most ‘Bang for Your Buck’? [INFOGRAPHIC]
What State Gives You the Most ‘Bang for Your Buck’? [INFOGRAPHIC]
Some Highlights: The majority of states in the Midwest and South offer a lower cost of living than states in the Northeast and West. The ‘biggest bang for your buck’ comes in Mississippi where, compared to the national average, you can actually purchase $115.74 worth of goods for $100. For...
Price Cuts
What Does the Recent Rash of Price Cuts Mean to the Real Estate Market?
Last week, in a new report from Zillow, it was revealed that there has been a rash of price cuts across the country. According to the report: There are more price cuts now than a year ago in over two-thirds of the nation’s largest metros About 14% of all listings...
Having Trouble Saving Enough for Your Down Payment? Crowdfund It!
Having Trouble Saving Enough for Your Down Payment? Crowdfund It!
You read that right! First-time buyers across the country are getting creative when it comes to saving the necessary down payment to buy a home. Many couples are asking their wedding guests to contribute to their “Down Payment Fund” rather than fulfilling a traditional registry. This is fueled by the...
5 Real Estate Reality Show Myths Explained
5 Real Estate Reality Show Myths Explained
Have you ever been flipping through the channels, only to find yourself glued to the couch in an HGTV binge session? We’ve all been there, watching entire seasons of “Love it or List it,” “Million Dollar Listing,” “House Hunters,” “Property Brothers,” and so many more all in one sitting. When you’re in...
The Net Worth of a Homeowner is 44x Greater Than A Renter!
The Net Worth of a Homeowner is 44x Greater Than A Renter!
Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts their Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. Their latest survey data, covering 2013-2016 was recently released. The study revealed that the median net worth of a homeowner was $231,400 – a 15% increase since...
Homeowner net worth
Homeowner Net Worth is 44x Greater Than A Renter!
Homeowner Net Worth Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts their Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. Their latest survey data, covering 2013-2016 was recently released. The study revealed that the median net worth of a homeowner was $231,400 – a...
The Cost of Waiting: Interest Rates Edition [INFOGRAPHIC]
The Cost of Waiting: Interest Rates Edition [INFOGRAPHIC]
Some Highlights: Interest rates are projected to increase steadily heading into 2019. The higher your interest rate, the more money you end up paying for your home and the higher your monthly payment will be. Rates are still low right now – don’t wait until they hit 5% to start...
Housing Market: Another Gigantic Difference Between 2008 and 2018
Housing Market: Another Gigantic Difference Between 2008 and 2018
Some are attempting to compare the current housing market to the market leading up to the “boom and bust” that we experienced a decade ago. They look at price appreciation and conclude that we are on a similar trajectory, speeding toward another housing crisis. However, there is a major difference...