December 13, 2018 rummy

As we pointed out in countless of our previous posts, there is a lot to gain from owning a home than renting. Today let us take a closer look on one of them; we have collected reports and surveys from the best sources proving the net worth of a homeowner is over forty times greater than that of a renter. The 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…

December 6, 2018 rummy

Everyone hates hidden charges, although closing cost is a requirement that majority of buyers are aware of, the actual amount is not fixed and often than not can come as a negative surprise to buyers who are on a budget. By law, a homebuyer will receive a loan estimate from their lender 3 days after submitting their loan application and they should receive a closing disclosure 3 days before the scheduled closing on their home. The closing disclosure includes final details about the loan and the closing costs. But what are closing costs anyway? According to Trulia: “Closing costs are…

December 4, 2018 rummy

Historically, people prefer to buy their dream houses in spring. Nevertheless, based on reports from our reliable sources, there is a new trend in our seasonal market that many sellers could take advantage of. According to Bank of America’s annual Home Buyer Insights Report, 41% of renters surveyed agree that spring is the best time to buy a home. The surprising result, however, is that when ranking the seasons, winter comes in second at 24%. In many areas of the country, the spring and summer are the most competitive seasons for buyers. Families with children often want to move over…

November 29, 2018 rummy

One of the biggest misconceptions about buying a new home is that “you will need over 20% for down payment”. It is the same reason why a huge number of potential first-time homeowner held back and took on extra jobs. As some were successful in making their dream a reality, some are still hustling as we speak to save for what they think is needed. According to a new survey, 36% of millennials took on a second job to make their dreams of homeownership a reality in 2017. Among millennials with incomes over $100,000 a year, the top ways to…

November 28, 2018 rummy

Rumor has it that females are more eager, able and willing to buy homes than males do. We are curious to find out if this claim holds ground. We’ve gathered reports from one of the leading and trusted experts and this is what we found out. In 2018, for the second year in a row, single female buyers accounted for 18% of all buyers. In 2017, 60% of millennial women listed as the primary borrowers on mortgages were single. According to the 2018 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends Report by the National Association of Realtors, one in five homebuyers…

November 27, 2018 rummy

Although it is a common knowledge that putting your home for sale during the holiday season would prove profitable, there are still few people who are hesitant and could not find a good reason to sell. How about we give you seven (7). Relocation buyers are out there. Many companies are still hiring throughout the holidays and need their new employees in their new positions as soon as possible. Purchasers who are looking for homes during the holidays are serious buyers and are ready to buy now. You can restrict the showings on your home to the times you want…

November 21, 2018 rummy

Often times when we talk about home affordability, we always mention mortgage rate increase and inventory as the key drivers. This time, we are bringing in a new player in the game that will change the way we look at home affordability. Although this may vary on a case-to-case basis, this is still definitely something you should look at. According to the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) September 2018 Housing Affordability Index, wages have increased in every region of the country: After applying current salaries, home prices, and mortgage rates to their Home Affordability Index equation, the index, though still…

November 19, 2018 rummy

Many homeowners fear that home price increase will make it difficult for them to afford or at the very least find a home, they want to buy. Thus, they renovate. However, is it more cost effective to renovate than sell your existing home to purchase a new one? Let us look at what homeowners have to say. According to Home Advisor, homeowners spent an average of $6,649 on home improvements over the last 12 months. If that number seems high, it also includes homeowners who recently bought fixer-uppers. A new study from Zillow asked the question, “Given a choice between…

November 16, 2018 rummy

If you’re into real estate news, you’re probably aware that supplies have gone up again balancing the scale between supply and demand. Most of the inventory that helped make this happen came from newly constructed homes. If you’re thinking of buying a brand new home, here are some tips you ought to have to follow to make sure you get the best value for your money. 1. Hire an Inspector Despite the fact that builders must comply with town and city regulations, a home inspector will have your best interests in mind! When buying new construction, you will have between…

November 14, 2018 rummy

A notable percentage of the Americans who decided to rent over purchasing their own home have their decisions influenced by the notion that home prices are higher today than the last 10 years. Although there is a certain level of truth to this claim, it does not necessarily mean that renting is cheaper. For the last ten years, you could purchase a home at a dramatically discounted price and attain a mortgage at a historically low mortgage rate. Affordability skyrocketed. Now that home values have returned to where they should be, and mortgage rates are beginning to increase, it is…