Homeowners Are Happy! Renters? Not So Much.

October 15, 2019

Homeowners Are Happy! Renters? Not So Much. When people talk about homeownership and the American Dream, much of the conversation revolves around the financial benefits of owning a home. However, two recent studies show that the non-financial benefits might be even more valuable. In a recent survey, Bank of America asked homeowners: “Does owning a home make you happier […]

Should You Fix Your House Up or Sell Now?

October 14, 2019

Should You Fix Your House Up or Sell Now? With the fall season upon us, change is in the air. For many families, children are growing up and moving out of the house, maybe leaving for college or taking a jump into the working world. Parents are finding themselves as empty nesters for the first […]

American Confidence in Housing at an All-Time High

September 15, 2019

American Confidence in Housing at an All-Time High Fannie Mae just released the July edition of their Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI). The HPSI takes information regarding consumers’ confidence in the real estate market from Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey and condenses it into a single number. Therefore, the HPSI reflects consumers’ current views and forward-looking expectations of housing market conditions. […]

A Recession Does Not Equal a Housing Crisis

September 13, 2019

A Recession Does Not Equal a Housing Crisis [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights: There is plenty of talk in the media about a pending economic slowdown. The good news is, home values actually increased in 3 of the last 5 U.S. recessions, and decreased by less than 2% in the 4th. Many experts predict a potential recession is on […]

Top Priorities When Moving with Kids

September 12, 2019

Top Priorities When Moving with Kids According to the Pew Research Center, around 37% of U.S students will be going back to school soon and the rest have already started the new academic year. With school-aged children in your home, buying or selling a house can take on a whole different approach when it comes to finding the right […]

iBuyers: What Is the “Cost of Convenience” When Selling Your Home?

September 10, 2019

iBuyers: What Is the “Cost of Convenience” When Selling Your Home? When thinking about selling their house, homeowners have many options. A relatively new option is using an “iBuyer.” What is an iBuyer? According to Jovio, the definition is: “A company or investor that uses Automated Valuation Models (AVMs) to make instant offers on homes. It […]

Experts Predict a Strong Housing Market for the Rest of 2019

September 09, 2019

Experts Predict a Strong Housing Market for the Rest of 2019 We’re in the back half of the year, and with a decline in interest rates as well as home price and wage appreciation, many are wondering what the predictions are for the remainder of 2019. Here’s what some of the experts have to say: […]

5 Easy Steps to Avoid Overwhelm from Media Overload

September 02, 2019

5 Easy Steps to Avoid Overwhelm from Media Overload When someone is thinking about buying or selling a home, they want to be well-informed. They want to make the right decision for themselves and their family. They scour the internet for any information they can find about the housing market. Today, there is an abundance […]

Why All the Chicken Littles Should Calm Down

August 30, 2019

Why All the Chicken Littles Should Calm Down The U.S. Census Bureau recently released their 2019 Q2 Homeownership Report. Some began to see the sky falling, believing the report showed Americans may be stepping back from their belief in homeownership. The national homeownership rate (Americans who owned vs. rented their primary residence) increased significantly during the […]

Busting the Myth About a Housing Affordability Crisis

August 26, 2019

Busting the Myth About a Housing Affordability Crisis It seems you can’t find a headline with the term “housing affordability” without the word “crisis” attached to it. That’s because some only consider the fact that residential real estate prices have continued to appreciate. However, we must realize it’s not just the price of a home […]

5 Real Estate Reality TV Myths Explained

August 21, 2019

5 Real Estate Reality TV 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 shows like “Property Brothers,” “Fixer Upper,” and “Love It or List It,” all in one sitting. When you’re in the middle of your real […]

How Much Do You Know About Down Payments?

August 19, 2019

How Much Do You Know About Down Payments? Whether you’ve owned a home before, or you’re ready to jump into homeownership for the first time, there are always a lot of questions swirling around about what is truly required for a down payment, and how to best source down payment assistance. Let’s tackle these two […]

Why Now Is the Perfect Time to Sell Your House

August 15, 2019

Why Now Is the Perfect Time to Sell Your House As a homeowner, it’s always tempting to dream about the next big project you’re going to tackle. The possibilities are endless. Should I renovate? Should I refinance? Should I stay? Should I move? The list goes on and on. In today’s housing market, it’s actually […]

How to Judge the Impact of the Next Economic Slowdown on Housing

August 12, 2019

How to Judge the Impact of the Next Economic Slowdown on Housing We’ve experienced economic growth for almost a decade, which is the longest recovery in the nation’s history. Experts know a recession can’t be too far off, but when will this economic slowdown actually occur? Pulsenomics just released a special report revealing that nearly 6 out of […]

Existing Home Sales Point Toward a Good Time to Sell

August 08, 2019

Existing Home Sales Point Toward a Good Time to Sell Some Highlights: Existing Home Sales dropped 1.7% from May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.27 million in June. Low inventory levels are still a factor in the market. The current supply of homes for sale is at 4.4 months, which is less than the […]

Millionaire to Millennials: The Costly Mistake of Not Buying Now

August 05, 2019

Millionaire to Millennials: The Costly Mistake of Not Buying Now On his personal website, self-made millionaire David Bach makes a striking statement:  “Not prioritizing homeownership is the single biggest mistake millennials are making.”  He further stated, “Buying a home is an escalator to wealth.” Bach explains: “Young adults in particular aren’t hopping on this escalator, and it’s a […]

3 Powerful Reasons to Buy a Home Now

July 30, 2019

3 Powerful Reasons to Buy a Home Now Whether you are a first-time buyer or looking to move up to the home of your dreams, now is a great time to purchase a home. Here are three major reasons to buy today. 1. Affordability Many people focus solely on price when talking about home affordability. […]

5 Things to Know About this Housing Market

July 26, 2019

Wages are increasing, mortgage rates are low, and inventory is building each month. Let’s get together to talk about how to use the strength of the current economy to your advantage if you’re considering buying or selling a home in the near future!