Rents Are on the Rise: Don’t Get Caught in the Rental Trap!

There are many benefits to homeownership. One of the top benefits is protecting yourself from rising rents, by locking in your housing cost for the life of your mortgage. Don‚Äôt Become Trapped¬† A recent¬†article¬†by¬†Apartment List¬†addressed rising rents by stating: ‚ÄúRents are up 2.7% year-over-year at the national level.¬†Year-over-year growth continues to fall between the 2.1% … Continued

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

We¬†recently¬†shared that over the course of the last 12 months, home prices have appreciated by 7.0%. Over the same amount of time, interest rates have remained historically low which has allowed many buyers to enter the market. As a seller, you will likely be most concerned about¬†‚Äėshort-term price‚Äô¬†‚Äď where home values are headed over the … Continued

Before You Make an Offer, Here Are 4 Tips for Success!

So, you‚Äôve been searching for that perfect house to call a ‚Äėhome,‚Äô and you finally found it! The price is right, and in such a competitive market, you want to make sure that you make a good offer so that you can guarantee that your dream of making this house yours comes true! Freddie Mac¬†covered¬†‚Äú4 … Continued

The Cost of NOT Owning Your Home

Owning a home has great financial benefits, yet many continue to rent! Today, let‚Äôs look at the financial reasons why owning a home of your own has been a part of the American Dream for as long as America has existed. Zillow¬†recently¬†reported¬†that: ‚ÄúIn reality, buying or renting a home is an intensely personal decision, with … Continued

Bubble Alert! Is it Getting Too Easy to Get a Mortgage?

There is little doubt that it is easier to get a home mortgage today than it was last year. The¬†Mortgage Credit Availability Index¬†(MCAI), published by the¬†Mortgage Bankers Association,¬†shows that mortgage credit has become more available in each of the last several years. In fact, in just the last year: More buyers are putting less than … Continued

My Credit Score and Buying a Home: Don‚Äôt Disqualify Yourself‚Ķ 52% of Approved Loans Have A FICO¬ģ Score Under 750

The results of countless studies have shown that potential home buyers, and even current homeowners, have an inflated view of what is really required to qualify for a mortgage in today‚Äôs market. One such study by the¬†Wharton School of Business¬†at the¬†University of Pennsylvania¬†revealed that many millennials have not yet considered purchasing homes simply because they … Continued

Americans Still Believe Real Estate is Best Long-Term Investment

According to¬†Bankrate‚Äôs latest¬†Financial Security Index Poll,¬†Americans who have money to set aside for the next 10 years would rather invest in real estate than any other type of investment. Bankrate¬†asked Americans to answer the following question: ‚ÄúWhat is the best way to invest money you wouldn‚Äôt need for 10 years or more?‚ÄĚ Real Estate came … Continued

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