If you’re looking for a home to purchase right now and having trouble finding one, you’re not alone. At a time like this when there are so few houses for sale, it’s normal to wonder if you’ll actually find one to buy. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), across the country, … [Read more...] about Are There Going to Be More Homes to Buy This Year?
We’re currently experiencing historically low mortgage rates. Over the last fifty years, the average on a Freddie Mac 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has been 7.76%. Today, that rate is 2.81%. Flocks of homebuyers have been taking advantage of these remarkably low rates over the last twelve months. … [Read more...] about The Reason Mortgage Rates Are Projected to Increase and What It Means for You
Headlines matter. Right now, it’s hard to read about real estate without seeing a headline that suggests homes have become unaffordable for most Americans. In reality, there’s hard evidence that shows how owning a home is more affordable than renting in most parts of the country, as record-low … [Read more...] about 47% of New Buyers Surprised by How Affordable Homes Are Today
Home values appreciated by about ten percent in 2020, and they’re forecast to appreciate by about five percent this year. This has some voicing concern that we may be in another housing bubble like the one we experienced a little over a decade ago. Here are three reasons why this market is totally … [Read more...] about 3 Reasons We’re Definitely Not in a Housing Bubble
Is the idea of saving for a down payment holding you back from buying a home right now? You may be eager to take advantage of today’s low mortgage rates, but the thought of needing a large down payment might make you want to pump the brakes. Today, there’s still a common myth that you have to come … [Read more...] about Do I Really Need a 20% Down Payment to Buy a Home?
Every year, households across the country make the decision to rent for another year or take the leap into homeownership. They look at their earnings and savings and then decide what makes the most financial sense. That equation will most likely take into consideration monthly housing costs, tax … [Read more...] about Want to Build Wealth? Buy a Home This Year.
If you’re planning to buy a home, an appraisal is an important step in the process. It’s a professional evaluation of the market value of the home you’d like to buy. In most cases, an appraisal is ordered by the lender to confirm or verify the value of the home prior to lending a buyer money for the … [Read more...] about What’s the Difference between an Appraisal and a Home Inspection?
When you’re thinking about buying a home, there are a few key steps to take before you even start to look at houses. … [Read more...] about Financial Fundamentals for Homebuyers [INFOGRAPHIC]
Historically low mortgage rates are a big motivator for homebuyers right now. In 2020 alone, rates hit new record-lows 16 times, and the trend continued into the early part of this year. Many hopeful homebuyers are now wondering if they should put their plans on hold and wait for the lowest rates … [Read more...] about Should I Wait for Lower Mortgage Interest Rates?
There are a few key things to make sure you avoid after applying for a mortgage to help make sure you still qualify for your loan at the closing table. … [Read more...] about Things to Avoid after Applying for a Mortgage [INFOGRAPHIC]