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  • Forget the Price of the Home. The Cost is What Matters.

    Home buying activity (demand) is up, and the number of available listings (supply) is down. When demand outpaces supply, prices appreciate. That’s why firms are beginning to increase their projections for home price appreciation going forward.... Read More

  • Taking Fear Out of the Mortgage Process

    A considerable number of potential buyers shy away from the real estate market because they’re uncertain about the buying process – particularly when it comes to qualifying for a mortgage. For many, the mortgage process can be scary, but... Read More

  • Think Prices Have Skyrocketed. Look at Rents.

    Much has been written about how residential real estate values have increased since the housing market started its recovery in 2012. However, little has been shared about what has taken place with residential rental prices. Let’s shed a little... Read More

  • Depending on Price, You Are Going to Need Advice

    To understand today’s complex real estate market, it is critical to have a local, trusted advisor on your side – for more reasons than you may think. In real estate today, there are essentially three different price points in the market:... Read More

  • You Need More Than a Guide. You Need a Sherpa.

    In a normal housing market, whether you’re buying or selling a home, you need an experienced guide to help you navigate the process. You need someone you can turn to who will tell you how to price your home correctly right from the start. You... Read More

  • What FICO Score Do You Need To Qualify For a New Mortgage

    While a recent announcement from CNBC shares that the average national FICO®score has reached an all-time high of 706, the good news for potential buyers is that you don’t need a score that high to qualify for a mortgage. Let’s... Read More

  • 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... Read More

  • One of the Top Reasons to Own a Home

    One of the benefits of homeownership is that it is a “forced savings plan.” Here’s how it works: You make a mortgage payment each month. Part of that payment is applied to the principal balance of your mortgage. Each month you owe... Read More

  • Things to Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage

    Congratulations! You’ve found a home to buy and have applied for a mortgage! You're undoubtedly excited about the opportunity to decorate your new home, but before you make any large purchases, move your money around, or make any big-time life... Read More

  • Home Sales Expected to Continue Increasing in 2020

    Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and the Mortgage Bankers Association are all projecting home sales will increase nicely in 2020. Below is a chart depicting the projections of each entity for 2019, as well as for 2020. As we can... Read More

  • 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... Read More

  • What's the Latest on Interest Rates

    Mortgage rates have fallen by over a full percentage point since Q4 of 2018, settling at near-historic lows. This is big news for buyers looking to get more for their money in the current housing market. According to Freddie... Read More

  • Buying a Home: Do You Know the Lingo

    To confidently point you in the right direction, here is a list of some of the most common terms used in the home-buying process. Appraisal - A professional analysis used to estimate the value of the home. A necessary step in validating the home's... Read More

  • 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... Read More

  • 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... Read More