January 15, 2019 rummy

Thinking of escaping the winter to a location with much better weather? Then now is a great time to take advantage of the equity in your home. For those homeowners staying at their first residence, AccuWeather warns: “The late-week cold shot should fade next week, but this is a warning shot for winter’s return late in the month and early February.” Given this, it’s time to go and stock up on winter weather supplies! However, if you’re tired of shoveling snow and dealing with the cold weather, maybe it’s time to consider obtaining a vacation home! According to the Investment…

January 11, 2019 rummy

Yes, the majority of Americans still believe that homeownership is still one of the best investments out there. We talked about how owning a home improves your family’s net worth and all other benefits that come with it in our previous articles. These numbers below prove them right. An end-of-the-year survey by the Federal Reserve Bank’s Center for Microeconomic Data revealed that: “The majority of households continue to view housing as a good financial investment.” And that percentage has increased over the last three years. Though there is some uncertainty as to how the real estate market will perform over…

January 10, 2019 rummy

We all can get a little too excited when planning to make a big purchase. So, to make sure you won’t miss out on important trends before you enter the market this year, have a read on this and be in the know. Interest Rates Mortgage interest rates had been on the rise for much of 2018, but they made a welcome reversal at the end of the year. According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, rates climbed to 4.94% in November before falling to 4.62% for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage last week. Despite the recent drop,…

January 4, 2019 rummy

Paying off mortgages takes time, but it’s helpful to know that there are ways to shorten your mortgage payments by months or even years. Here are some ways to help you beat the loan clock legitimately and save thousands of dollars in the process. Any additional payments to the principal amount (the original sum of money borrowed in a loan), helps to cut down the amount of interest that you will pay over the life of your loan and can also help to shave years off the loan as well. When you make ‘extra’ payments toward your loan, the key…

January 3, 2019 rummy

Despite being one of the biggest decision drivers, the price of a home for sale is often overlooked when all the other factors aligned. Values are perceived by buyers differently and could arguably be the true defining factor for a buyer to make a decision. 1. Owning your home offers stability to start and raise a family From the best neighborhoods to the best school districts, even those without children at the time of purchase may have this in the back of their minds as a major reason for choosing the location of the home that they purchase. 2. There’s…

January 2, 2019 rummy

In our previous posts, we have shown why we believe we are far from another housing crash in 2019. Here’s a few more reasons to put your mind at ease. 1. There are fewer foreclosures now than there were in 2006 A major challenge in 2006 was the number of foreclosures. There will always be foreclosures, but they spiked by over 100% prior to the crash. Foreclosures sold at a discount and, in many cases, lowered the values of adjacent homes. We are ending 2018 with foreclosures at historic pre-crash numbers -much fewer foreclosures than we ended 2006 with. 2….

December 28, 2018 rummy

If you’re planning on selling your house, there is no better time than now. This fact is known to many, therefore, it’s only wise to think that the market will be competitive and make the necessary preparations. Here’s what you need to know to be on top. One of the big reasons why inventory has remained so low for so long is that an entire generation of home buyers is finally buying! The millennial generation (ages 19-35) has been the driving force behind bidding wars in many areas of the country as they ditch their renter lifestyles and put down…

December 26, 2018 rummy

Some may see it as counter-intuitive to list their homes up for sale in the market this winter. The season actually holds some advantages, these are 5 great reasons to sell. 1. Demand Is Strong The latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing and able to purchase… and are in the market right now! More often than not, multiple buyers are competing with each other to buy a home. Take advantage of the buyer activity currently in the…

December 20, 2018 rummy

Unbeknownst to many, homeowners increase their family’s overall net worth simply by paying off their monthly mortgage. Unlike like with renting where you merely put your money out for time used, homeowners get a positive kickback from their monthly payments through home equity. Every quarter, Pulsenomics surveys a nationwide panel of over 100 economists, real estate experts, and investment and market strategists and asks them to project how residential home prices will appreciate over the next five years for their Home Price Expectation Survey (HPES). The latest data from their Q4 2018 Survey revealed that home prices are expected to…

December 18, 2018 rummy

Although we have seen the reports, analyzed the forecasts and enjoyed the projections of a stabilizing market of the real estate industry across all states. One thing that buyers should be concern about is the projected mortgage interest rate increase by the Q4 of next year. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), Freddie Mac, and Fannie Mae all project that mortgage interest rates will increase by this time next year. According to CoreLogic’s most recent Home Price Insights Report, home prices will appreciate by 4.8% over the next 12 months. What Does This Mean as a Buyer? If home prices appreciate…