October 16, 2018 rummy

Reports both recent and old imply that one of the reasons for the current home price inflation is the dwindling supply. Low inventories are due to Baby Boomers’ unwillingness to sell their homes. Let’s find out how this is wrong. Here’s what some of the experts have to say on the subject:Aaron Terrazas, Senior Economist at Zillow, says that “Boomers are healthier and working longer than previous generations, which means they aren’t yet ready to sell their homes.” According to a study by Realtor.com, 85% of baby boomers indicated they were not planning to sell their homes. It is true…

October 15, 2018 rummy

You’ll be missing out on a lot of things if you skip pre-approval in your checklist. Fear of down payment and credit score hinder a lot of potential home buyers’ decision-making process, with pre-approval you can do away with hesitation and show sellers that you mean business. Freddie Mac lays out the advantages of pre-approval in the ‘My Home’ section of their website: “It’s highly recommended that you work with your lender to get pre-approved before you begin house hunting. Pre-approval will tell you how much home you can afford and can help you move faster, and with greater confidence,…

October 8, 2018 rummy

There are countless reasons why we should have a home of our own. financial benefits, social benefits, emotional benefit, and the list goes on. Today, let’s discuss the top 4 reasons backed up by studies. Realtor.com reported that: “Buying remains the more attractive option in the long term – that remains the American dream, and it’s true in many markets where renting has become really the shortsighted option…as people get more savings in their pockets, buying becomes the better option.” What proof exists that owning is financially better than renting? 1. In a previous blog, we highlighted the top 5…

September 21, 2018 rummy

If you’re debating on moving to your dream home, you might be in luck. In some areas in the U.S. home equities rise which could give way to spending less for the long-awaited dream home for the lucky 25% of homeowners with a mortgage. Home equity is defined as the difference between the home’s fair market value and the outstanding balance of all liens (loans) on the property. While homeowners pay down their mortgages, the amount of equity they have in their homes climbs each time the value of their homes go up! According to the latest Equity Report from…

September 11, 2018 rummy

If you’re debating on buying a new home for your family in the future, the best time to buy is now. Here are four good reasons why you should buy a home this fall. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insights report reveals that home prices have appreciated by 6.2% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 5.1% over the next year. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense. 2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to Increase Freddie…

September 8, 2018 rummy

Research shows that a great number of prospective home buyers came from a family who owned a home as compared to those who grew up in a family who rents. This is great news as most millennials are raised by baby boomers which we all know to be a generation of homeowners. According to an analysis of millennial homeowners, the homeownership rate of those whose parents rent their homes is 14.4%, while the rate amongst millennials whose parents are homeowners is 31.7%! “A young adult’s odds of homeownership are highly correlated with their parent’s homeownership. Without controlling for such factors…

August 27, 2018 rummy

When buying groceries, people often pick one product out of the countless others because of one reason, they want to spend their money correctly. Have you ever wondered if you’re spending your money correctly on the right mortgage? As Entrepreneur Magazine, a premier source for small business, explained in their article, “12 Practical Steps to Getting Rich”: “While renting on a temporary basis isn’t terrible, you should most certainly own the roof over your head if you’re serious about your finances. It won’t make you rich overnight, but by renting, you’re paying someone else’s mortgage. In effect, you’re making someone…

August 25, 2018 rummy

It did not take long for Kickstarter to become popular since it was founded in 2009. And it has given birth to a multitude of internet based crowdsourcing and crowdfunding institutions. Only recently has it been utilized to benefits home buyers. Many couples are asking their wedding guests to contribute to their “Down Payment Fund” rather than fulfilling a traditional registry. This is fueled by the fact that many couples live together prior to marriage and already have the necessary items to make a house a home…they just need the house! The average wedding in the United States has 120…

August 21, 2018 rummy

If you think about it, it makes sense to pay for something monthly that you know will be yours in a few years time. You can consider your monthly amortization a deposit to your personal savings, only you cannot withdraw cash from it. A study revealed that the median net worth of a homeowner was $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 worth of a homeowner is over 44 times greater than that of…

August 16, 2018 rummy

Every homebuyer has a must-have list in their minds when choosing their dream home. Anything from walk-in closets, to a carport for four to backyard patio. Admit it, you have one in mind too. Here are the top five must-have items people are willing to cross out their list just to get a home within school districts. Buyers are attracted to schools with high test scores, accelerated academic programs, art and music programs, diversity, and before and after-school programs. With a limited number of homes available to buy in today’s real estate market, competition is fierce for homes in good…