May 15, 2019 rummy

Believe it or not, the longtime rivalry between owning a house and renting are showing signs of handicap of one against the other. If this trend continues, it could tip the scale to hugely favor homeownership. In a recent Insights Blog, CoreLogic reported that rent prices have skyrocketed since 2005. Meanwhile, the typical mortgage payment has actually decreased. “CoreLogic’s national rent index was up 36% in December 2018 compared with December 2005, while the typical mortgage payment was down 4% over that period.” Why the difference between the costs of renting versus owning? It makes sense that rents have risen….

May 9, 2019 rummy

To many first time homebuyers, the down payment is the biggest obstacle to tackle. For those who plan ahead and would like to save for their down payment, you might find this break down handy. Using data from HUD, Census and Apartment List, we determined how long it would take, nationwide, for a first-time buyer to save enough money for a down payment on their dream home. There is a long-standing ‘rule’ that a household should not pay more than 28% of their income on their monthly housing expense. By determining the percentage of income spent renting in each state,…

April 5, 2019 rummy

We have discussed time and again the advantages of owning a home over renting, and not only has the majority of Americans agree to these, but surveys say the same things too. Money spent on a mortgage is money well spent and help build one’s financial wealth. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently broke down the equity gained from price appreciation and principal payments in their Economists Outlook Blog. Homeowners who purchased their homes five years ago have already gained almost $80,000 in equity over that time with 80% of the gains coming from price appreciation. For a homeowner…

April 3, 2019 rummy

Time and again, the truth is often compromised for the sake of selling. Overextending headlines are one of the most common examples of this. People are smarter and there are less and less who will fall victim to false claims. Nevertheless, here are two recent headlines that are deviated from facts that you should know about. Actual Headline #1: Cash-out refis are back – will homes become ATMs again? The real story: The headline is accurate – to a point. It is true that the percentage of refinances in which the homeowner received cash at the closing has increased to…

April 2, 2019 rummy

To many, the down payment is the primary reason for holding back on buying their dream home. This tax season could be the best time to make a decision about whether you should buy now or wait longer. According to data released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Americans can expect an estimated average refund of $3,143 this year when filing their taxes. This is down slightly from the average refund of $3,436 last year. Tax refunds are often thought of as ‘extra money’ that can be used toward larger goals. For anyone looking to buy a home in 2019,…

March 28, 2019 rummy

Many millennials have been taking their time focusing on things that matter to them. But just because they’re not as quick to act on traditional goals, doesn’t mean they are not ready for them. Let’s take their qualifications for mortgage approval, for instance, many are not even aware they are mortgage ready. History shows that people tend to buy their first home around age 30. Nearly 5 million millennials will turn 30 in the next two years. This will continue to fuel demand for housing. This is also one of the many reasons why the millennial homeownership rate has continued…

March 26, 2019 rummy

Regardless of which generation they belong to the majority of Americans still believes that homeownership still plays a big part in the American Dream and we couldn’t agree more. On the latest report by the Census Bureau on homeownership shows that over the last two years, the percentage of homeowners has increased in each of the last eight quarters. Going forward… It appears the homeownership rate will continue to increase. The 2019 Aspiring Home Buyers Profile recently released by the National Association of Realtors revealed that 84% of non-owners want to own a home in the future. That percentage increased…

March 22, 2019 rummy

Owning a home is still a sure-fire way to increase you and your family’s wealth. Whether it be your first, second or fifth, if you’re planning on buying a home, it is recommended to meet a local professional to find out how you can get the most out of your purchase. Every month that you pay your mortgage, you are paying off a portion of the debt that you took on to purchase your home. Therefore, you own a little bit more of your home every month in the form of home equity. As your home’s value increases, you also…

March 20, 2019 rummy

A lot of Americans are holding back on buying homes because of their credit score. The sad truth is the majority of this group are misinformed and should have already started earlier than they plan to. Only 25% of the Americans have a FICO Score between 740 and 800. Here is the breakdown according to Experian: 16% Very Poor (300-579) 18% Fair (580-669) 21% Good (670-739) 25% Very Good (740-799) 20% Exceptional (800-850) Randy Hopper, Senior Vice President of Mortgage Lending for Navy Federal Credit Union said, “Just because you have a low credit score doesn’t mean you can’t purchase…

March 12, 2019 rummy

For most Americans, buying a home is the most important financial investment that we will ever make. Nevertheless, the recent housing bubble has left many people wondering if buying a home is still an effective way for people to save money and build wealth for the future. The answer is ‘yes,’ according to recent studies. The study revealed that the median net worth of a homeowner is $231,400 – a 15% increase since 2013. At the same time, the median net worth of renters decreased by 5% ($5,200 today compared to $5,500 in 2013). These numbers reveal that the net…