Biggest Buyer Mistakes

There are challenges for buyers in any market – and today’s is no different. With higher mortgage rates and rising prices, plus the limited supply of homes for sale, there’s a lot to consider. Keeping Current Matters had a great article on this… Leaning on a real estate agent for the best possible advice is… Continue reading Biggest Buyer Mistakes

Ready to Ditch the “Rent” Race?

If you’re currently renting, are thinking about buying a home, here are two rock-solid reasons why stopping the rent race and getting on a path to own your own home… A Home’s Value Appreciation Over Time Using data from the Federal Reserve (the Fed), you can see the overall trend is home prices have climbed… Continue reading Ready to Ditch the “Rent” Race?

Avoiding Commissions to Real Estate Agents Could Cost You Much More Than It Could Save You

A lot of people think that the Internet has made it so much easier to sell a house and have a difficult time understanding why they should still hire a real estate agent and pay them commissions. It’s understandable when you only consider the aspects of selling a house that boil down to buyers and… Continue reading Avoiding Commissions to Real Estate Agents Could Cost You Much More Than It Could Save You

Closing Surprises for Buyers

After what can often be a long home buying process that included finding that perfect home, getting it under contract, and completing a myriad of needed tasks before closing day, nobody wants to encounter any issues in their final walk-through or on closing day. Most closings go off without a hitch, but with anything with… Continue reading Closing Surprises for Buyers

Why Experts Believe We Are NOT Headed for a Housing Crash

If you’re on the fence about buying a house and think a looming crash in the housing market will bring down prices, many experts believe that not only will there NOT be a crash, but home prices will continue to rise. Are their assessments correct? Here’s some of their reasons to consider: It’s Harder to… Continue reading Why Experts Believe We Are NOT Headed for a Housing Crash

Worried About Rising Foreclosures?

Have you been reading headlines saying that foreclosures are rising? For those that were homeowners during the crash of 2009 and the following few years, rising foreclosure counts might make you feel uneasy. Like most things, however, perspective is important, and a lot (i.e. most) web and TV news outlets are more concerned with attention… Continue reading Worried About Rising Foreclosures?

Terminology Every Homebuyer Should Know – Part 2

Equity In real estate, equity represents the value of ownership in a property. It is the difference between the fair market value of the property and the amount of money you owe on the mortgage. For example, if you own a house with a market value of $500,000 and you owe $200,000 on the mortgage,… Continue reading Terminology Every Homebuyer Should Know – Part 2

Terminology Every Homebuyer Should Know – Part 1

Affordability Refers to the financial feasibility of a potential home buyer to purchase a home. It primarily takes into account the buyer’s income, down payment, and monthly debts. Appraisal An appraisal is an unbiased professional opinion of a home’s value. It is the estimation of a home’s current market value. This valuation is typically calculated… Continue reading Terminology Every Homebuyer Should Know – Part 1

New Construction Should Be Part of Your Home Search

If you’re someone that’s postponing selling your home because of low inventory fears, or one that’s delaying buying a home because of interest rate fears, new construction may be the answer for both! According to an article by Keeping Current Matters: “Newly built homes are becoming an increasingly significant part of today’s housing inventory. According… Continue reading New Construction Should Be Part of Your Home Search

Can You Afford Not to Be a Homeowner?

On the fence about buying a home? The long-term financial benefits of home ownership should be enough to push you off of it. The Federal Reserve releases a Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) every three years. The latest report shows the average homeowner’s net worth is almost 40X greater than a renter’s (see graph below): This gap… Continue reading Can You Afford Not to Be a Homeowner?