Buyers

Nov. 15, 2019

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

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.

As an example, CoreLogic increased their 12-month projection for home values from 4.5 ...

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Nov. 13, 2019

Planning on Buying a Home? Be Sure You Know Your Options

Planning on Buying a Home? Be Sure You Know Your Options

When you’re ready to buy, you’ll need to determine if you prefer the charm of an existing home or the look and feel of a newer build.

With limited existing home inventory available today, especially in the starter and middle-level markets, many buyers are considering a new home that’s recently ...

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Nov. 11, 2019

75 Years of VA Home Loan Benefits

75 Years of VA Home Loan Benefits

Today, on Veterans Day, we salute those who have served our country in war or peace, and we thank them for their sacrifice.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of VA Home Loan Benefit offerings through the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, also known as the GI Bill. Since 1944, this law ...

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Nov. 6, 2019

How to Determine If You Can Afford to Buy a Home

How to Determine If You Can Afford to Buy a Home

The gap between the increase in personal income and residential real estate prices has been used to defend the concept that we are experiencing an affordability crisis in housing today.

It is true that home prices and wages are two key elements in any affordability equation. There is, however, an ...

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Nov. 4, 2019

Taking the Fear Out of the Mortgage Process

Taking the 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 it doesn’t have to be!

In order to qualify in today’s ...

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Oct. 31, 2019

Renting or Owning, What Is Better for You?

 

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In a real estate market where home prices are rising, many have begun to reexamine the idea of buying a home, choosing instead, to rent for a while. But often ...

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Oct. 29, 2019

5 Tips for Starting Your Home Search

In today’s market, low inventory dominates the conversation in many areas of the country. It can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren’t prepared. Here are five tips from realtor.com’s article, “How to Find Your Dream Home—Without Losing Your Mind.”

1. Get Pre-Approved for ...

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Oct. 25, 2019

Depending on the Price, You’re Going to Need Advice

Depending on the Price, You’re 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: the starter-home market, the middle-home market, and the premium ...

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Oct. 23, 2019

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 light on this subject.

In the most recent Apartment Rent Report ...

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Oct. 21, 2019

4 Reasons to Buy a Home This Fall

4 Reasons to Buy a Home This Fall

Below are four great reasons to consider buying a home today, instead of waiting:

1. Prices Will Continue to Rise

CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insights Report shows that home prices have appreciated by 3.6% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts prices will continue to increase at ...

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