January 17, 2019 rummy

It’s safe to assume that the mortgage interest rate is on a downward path. But nothing is ever certain when it comes to the real estate industry as there are just too many driving factors that move the scale with its own individual weight. That’s why we constantly rely on expert analysis and forecast to have an educated guide for our decision-making process. After the first week of 2019, rates have continued their downward trend. As Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist Sam Khater notes, this is great news for homebuyers. He states, “Mortgage rates declined to start the new year with…

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…

December 19, 2018 rummy

Many have been wondering whether the next crash is just around the bend. We can’t blame them, given the trauma the last big one has left us. No need to fret, as there are only clear skies on the horizon, all thanks to the loose but fair market standards we have today. As it becomes easier for buyers to obtain mortgages, many are suggesting that this is definite proof that banks are repeating the same mistakes they made a decade ago. Today, we want to assure everyone that we are not heading to another housing “bubble & bust.” Each month,…

December 18, 2018 rummy

Although we have seen the reports, analyzed the forecasts and enjoyed the projections of a stabilizing market of the real estate industry across all states. One thing that buyers should be concern about is the projected mortgage interest rate increase by the Q4 of next year. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), Freddie Mac, and Fannie Mae all project that mortgage interest rates will increase by this time next year. According to CoreLogic’s most recent Home Price Insights Report, home prices will appreciate by 4.8% over the next 12 months. What Does This Mean as a Buyer? If home prices appreciate…

December 12, 2018 rummy

If you are planning to buy a house, knowing the interest rate at the time of your purchase will give you an idea on how much your monthly payment will look like. Keep in mind that even the slightest of change in the interest rate could significantly increase or decrease your mortgage depending on your loan amount. Below is a chart created using Freddie Mac’s U.S. Economic & Housing Marketing Outlook. As you can see, interest rates are projected to increase steadily throughout 2019. How Will This Impact Your Mortgage Payment? Depending on the amount of the loan that you…

December 11, 2018 rummy

One of the best things about Americans is that we learn quickly. The last real estate market crash in 2008 was a huge event that left the nation traumatized. A lot have been speculating about the future of real estate since then, paying close attention to all trends and changes, making them seem a bit paranoid. Good news is, everyone has is now more aware because of that, people are now more responsible and all signs point to a better more stable 2019 for the real estate industry. What happened then… When real estate values began to surge last decade,…

December 7, 2018 rummy

Let’s talk about what 2019 has in store for us and eliminate the fears and worries that it would be a repeat of 2018 once and for all. Forecasts and trend reports reveal light at the end of the tunnel; we are truly headed for a more normal average next year. However, some are seeing these adjustments as red flags and are suggesting that we are headed back to the same challenges we experienced in 2008. Today, let’s look at one set of statistics that prove the current market is nothing like the one that preceded the housing crash last…

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 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…