July 10, 2019 rummy

Aside from the obvious reasons about priorities, knowing what you want versus what you need will also help your buying experience go a tad bit smoother and seamless. If you’ve been thinking about buying a home of your own for some time now, you’ve probably come up with a list of things that you’d LOVE to have in your new home. Many new homebuyers fantasize about the amenities that they see on television or Pinterest, and start looking at the countless homes listed for sale through rose-colored glasses. Do you really need that farmhouse sink in the kitchen to be…

June 5, 2019 rummy

Recent studies show a new trend in the buyers market. There is a slow build-up of demand for multigenerational homes. This good news for homeowners thinking of selling their home this season. The average life expectancy in the U.S. is 78 years old! As a result, 41% of Americans in the market are searching for a home that can accommodate a multigenerational family. The graph below shows the number of people by generation that purchased a multigenerational home because they will either be taking care of an aging parent or they just want to spend time together. Of those buyers,…

May 31, 2019 rummy

Renters and first-time buyers- thinking about owning a home, need not stress themselves with it. We found some recent studies showing homeownership may closer to them than they realize. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports on the percentage of First-Time Home Buyers (FTHB) on a monthly and yearly basis. Their latest report shows that FTHB’s made up 33% of buyers in March, which matches their reported share in 2018. NAR uses survey data from their members to come up with this statistic, so their results do not include every transaction completed. Rather, they only show the transactions reported by…

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…