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5 Reasons Homeowners Throw the Best Super Bowl Parties! [INFOGRAPHIC]

Highlights: Watching the big game at home with your friends & family offers many advantages. There’s more room to entertain a large crowd, and you don’t have to worry about complaints to your landlord if you cheer too loudly! The kitchen is big enough to make as many appetizers as you want, and if some of your guests are only there to watch the commercials, they can do so on a different TV in another room!

By |2019-02-01T05:00:37+00:00February 1st, 2019|First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, For Sellers, Infographics, Move-Up Buyers|Comments Off on 5 Reasons Homeowners Throw the Best Super Bowl Parties! [INFOGRAPHIC]

4 Proven Ways Real Estate Can Build Sizable Family Wealth

Recently, David Greene, co-host of the BiggerPockets podcast and a nationally renowned author and speaker, wrote an article in Forbes explaining how investing in real estate could help build wealth. Many of the points he made also apply to a family owning their own home. Here are a few: 1. Appreciation “The rising of home prices over time, is how the majority of wealth is built in real estate. This is the ‘home run’ you hear of when people make a large windfall of money. [...]

By |2019-01-30T05:00:38+00:00January 30th, 2019|First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, For Sellers, Move-Up Buyers|Comments Off on 4 Proven Ways Real Estate Can Build Sizable Family Wealth

Is Student Loan Debt A Threat to Homeownership? No!

Over the course of the last thirty years, a shift has happened. An entire generation has been raised to believe that a college education is their key to unlocking opportunities that were not available to their parent’s or grandparent’s generations. Due to this, student loan debt has soared to $1.5 trillion and represents the largest category of debt, surpassing credit card and auto loan debt in 2010 and never looking back. As more and more Americans continue their education amongst rising tuition costs, this number [...]

By |2019-01-29T05:00:48+00:00January 29th, 2019|First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Millennials|Comments Off on Is Student Loan Debt A Threat to Homeownership? No!

3 Things You Need in a Shifting Real Estate Market

Whether you are thinking of selling your house or buying a home, today’s real estate headlines can be confusing – perhaps even concerning. What is actually happening with mortgage rates? Are home values dropping or are they just rising at a slower pace? What impact will the economy have on the housing market? If you are either a buyer or seller (or both), you need to know what it will mean to your family if you go ahead with the move. You need to understand [...]

By |2019-01-24T05:00:47+00:00January 24th, 2019|First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, For Sellers, Housing Market Updates, Move-Up Buyers|Comments Off on 3 Things You Need in a Shifting Real Estate Market

The Importance of Homeownership to the American Dream

For centuries, people in this country have seen homeownership as part of the American Dream. Whether they were born here or immigrated from another country, they wanted to own a piece of America. With so many prominent societal changes over the last few decades, it is fair to ask if people in America still feel the same way about owning a home. The answer was made abundantly clear in two separate reports released earlier this month. In their market trends report, As Housing Trends Shift, [...]

By |2019-01-23T05:00:51+00:00January 23rd, 2019|First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Move-Up Buyers|Comments Off on The Importance of Homeownership to the American Dream

The Difference Having a Professional on Your Side Makes

In today’s fast-paced world, where answers are a Google search away, there are some who may wonder what the benefits of hiring a real estate professional to help them in their home search are. The truth is, with the addition of more information, comes more confusion. Shows like Property Brothers, Fixer Upper and the dozens more on HGTV have given many a false sense of what it’s like to buy and sell a home. Now more than ever, you need an expert on your side [...]

By |2019-01-21T05:00:27+00:00January 21st, 2019|First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, For Sellers, Move-Up Buyers|Comments Off on The Difference Having a Professional on Your Side Makes

What is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: The cost of waiting to buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices & interest rates were to increase over a period of time. Freddie Mac predicts interest rates to rise to 5.1% by the end of 2019. CoreLogic predicts home prices to appreciate by 4.8% over the next 12 months. If you are ready and willing to buy your dream home, find out if you are able to!

By |2019-01-18T05:00:47+00:00January 18th, 2019|First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, For Sellers, Infographics, Interest Rates, Millennials, Pricing|Comments Off on What is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Last Chance! Homes are a Bargain Compared to Historic Norms

A loaf of bread used to be a nickel. A movie ticket was a dime.  Not anymore. Houses were also much less expensive than they are now. Inflation raised the price of all three of those items, along with the price of almost every other item we purchase. The reason we can still afford to consume is that our wages have also risen over time. The better measure of whether an item is more expensive than it was before is what percentage of our income [...]

By |2019-01-17T05:00:48+00:00January 17th, 2019|First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Pricing|Comments Off on Last Chance! Homes are a Bargain Compared to Historic Norms

Buying a Home Young is the Key to Building Wealth

Homeowners who purchase their homes before the age of 35 are better prepared for retirement at age 60, according to a new Urban Institute study. The organization surveyed adults who turned 60 or 61 between 2003 and 2015 for their data set. “Today’s older adults became homeowners at a younger age than today’s young adults. Half the older adults in our sample bought their first house when they were between 25 and 34 years old, and 27 percent bought their first home before age 25.” [...]

By |2019-01-15T05:00:16+00:00January 15th, 2019|First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Millennials|Comments Off on Buying a Home Young is the Key to Building Wealth

Buying a House This Year? This Should Be Your 1st Step!

In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show that you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage before starting your search. Even if you are not in an incredibly competitive market, understanding your budget will give you the confidence of knowing whether or not your dream [...]

By |2019-01-14T05:00:14+00:00January 14th, 2019|Buying Myths, First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers|Comments Off on Buying a House This Year? This Should Be Your 1st Step!