January 30, 2019 rummy

Buying brand new things is always a delight, but recent surveys show that when it comes to buying homes, not all people prefer brand new units. This is good news to all homeowners who are thinking of moving out or upgrading. According to a recent survey by Zillow, of the 38% of total buyers that added new construction to their list, only 11% ultimately purchased a newly constructed home! They added that 71% of these buyers are repeat buyers who are financially secure, with 45% using the money from the sale of their previous homes to make a purchase. Below…

January 29, 2019 rummy

Compared to previous generations, when we look at it from a percentage of income basis, Home prices today are still relatively cheaper than what our uncles and aunts and grandparents used to deal with. So if you’re planning on buying a home for yourself, now might be the best time to do it. The COST of a home is determined by three major components: price, mortgage interest rate, and wages. The big question? Are we paying a greater percentage of our income toward our monthly mortgage payment today than previous generations? Surprisingly, the answer is no. Historically, Americans have paid…

January 25, 2019 rummy

It may sound like a cliche but the truth of the matter is, starting young in terms of owning a home truly helps build up a person’s wealth and be financially secured for early retirement. Homeowners who purchase their homes before the age of 35 are better prepared for retirement at age 60, according to a new Urban Institute study. The organization surveyed adults who turned 60 or 61 between 2003 and 2015 for their data set. “Today’s older adults became homeowners at a younger age than today’s young adults. Half the older adults in our sample bought their first…

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…