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How Homeownership Delivers Unsurpassed Family Wealth

There are many financial benefits to homeownership, but probably none more important than its ability to create family wealth. How Housing Matters is a joint project of the Urban Land Institute and the MacArthur Foundation. It is an online resource for research and information on how homeownership contributes to individual and community success. Their article, [...]

By |2019-06-04T03:07:54-07:00June 4th, 2019|Categories: First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, For Sellers, Move-Up Buyers, Rent vs. Buy|Comments Off on How Homeownership Delivers Unsurpassed Family Wealth

4 Reasons to Buy A Home This Summer

Here are four reasons to consider buying today instead of waiting. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest U.S. Home Price Insights reports that home prices have appreciated by 3.7% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 4.8% over the next year. [...]

By |2019-06-03T04:00:07-07:00June 3rd, 2019|Categories: First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, For Sellers, Interest Rates, Move-Up Buyers, Rent vs. Buy|Comments Off on 4 Reasons to Buy A Home This Summer

The Top Reasons to Own Your Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: June is National Homeownership Month! Now is a great time to reflect on the many benefits of homeownership that go way beyond the financial. What reasons do you have to own your own home? Content previously posted on Keeping Current Matters

By |2019-05-31T04:07:08-07:00May 31st, 2019|Categories: First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, For Sellers, Infographics, Move-Up Buyers, Rent vs. Buy|Comments Off on The Top Reasons to Own Your Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

New Research Shows Housing Is Affordable For First-Time Buyers

Home prices have been on the rise for the last seven years, leading many housing market analysts to conclude that first-time homebuyers are being shut out of the market due to affordability concerns. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports on the percentage of First-Time Home Buyers (FTHB) on a monthly and yearly basis. Their [...]

By |2019-05-14T03:04:10-07:00May 14th, 2019|Categories: First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, For Sellers, Housing Market Updates, Move-Up Buyers, Rent vs. Buy|Comments Off on New Research Shows Housing Is Affordable For First-Time Buyers

The Cost of Renting vs. Buying This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a tough decision. Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (27.7%) vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-priced home (17.5%), the choice becomes obvious. Every market is different. Before you renew your lease again, find [...]

By |2019-05-03T03:04:24-07:00May 3rd, 2019|Categories: First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, For Sellers, Housing Market Updates, Infographics, Move-Up Buyers, Rent vs. Buy|Comments Off on The Cost of Renting vs. Buying This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]

Renters Paying Substantially More While Owning Costs Less

In a recent Insights Blog, CoreLogic reported that rent prices have skyrocketed since 2005. Meanwhile, the typical mortgage payment has actually decreased. “CoreLogic’s national rent index was up 36% in December 2018 compared with December 2005, while the typical mortgage payment was down 4% over that period.” Why the difference between the costs of renting [...]

By |2019-04-25T03:05:19-07:00April 25th, 2019|Categories: First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, For Sellers, Housing Market Updates, Move-Up Buyers, Rent vs. Buy|Comments Off on Renters Paying Substantially More While Owning Costs Less

Slaying the Largest Homebuying Myths Today [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: The average down payment for first-time homebuyers is only 6%! Mortgage interest rates have been on the decline since November! Hop in now to lock in a low rate! 88% of property managers raised their rents in the last 12 months! The average credit score on approved loans continues to fall across many [...]

By |2019-04-12T03:04:14-07:00April 12th, 2019|Categories: Buying Myths, Down Payments, First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, For Sellers, Housing Market Updates, Infographics, Interest Rates, Move-Up Buyers, Pricing, Rent vs. Buy|Comments Off on Slaying the Largest Homebuying Myths Today [INFOGRAPHIC]

Home Buyer Demand Will Be Strong for Years to Come

There has been a lot written about millennials and their preference to live in city centers above their favorite pizza place. Some have even gone so far as to say that millennials are a “Renter-Generation”. And while this might be true for some millennials, more and more research has surfaced that shows for the vast [...]

By |2019-04-10T04:07:27-07:00April 10th, 2019|Categories: Demographics, First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, For Sellers, Housing Market Updates, Millennials, Move-Up Buyers, Rent vs. Buy|Comments Off on Home Buyer Demand Will Be Strong for Years to Come

Homeownership is a Cornerstone of the American Dream

“The rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated.” The famous quote attributed to Mark Twain can apply to homeownership in the United States today. During the housing bubble of the last decade, the homeownership rate soared to over sixty-nine percent. After the crash, that percentage continued to fall for the next ten years. That led [...]

By |2019-03-14T03:01:32-07:00March 14th, 2019|Categories: First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, For Sellers, Housing Market Updates, Move-Up Buyers, Rent vs. Buy|Comments Off on Homeownership is a Cornerstone of the American Dream

Millionaire To Millennials: Don’t Get Stuck Renting A Home… Buy One!

In a CNBC article, self-made millionaire David Bach explained that: “The biggest mistake millennials are making is not buying their first home.” He goes on to say that, “If you want to build real financial security, real wealth for your lifetime, then you need to buy a home.” Bach went on to explain: “Homeowners are [...]

By |2019-02-28T15:25:39-07:00February 28th, 2019|Categories: First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Millennials, Move-Up Buyers, Rent vs. Buy|Comments Off on Millionaire To Millennials: Don’t Get Stuck Renting A Home… Buy One!