March 22, 2019 rummy

Owning a home is still a sure-fire way to increase you and your family’s wealth. Whether it be your first, second or fifth, if you’re planning on buying a home, it is recommended to meet a local professional to find out how you can get the most out of your purchase. Every month that you pay your mortgage, you are paying off a portion of the debt that you took on to purchase your home. Therefore, you own a little bit more of your home every month in the form of home equity. As your home’s value increases, you also…

March 5, 2019 rummy

With the traumatic devastation caused by the last housing bubble, it’s understandable why a lot of Americans can be a little paranoid when it comes to market fluctuations. We tend to worry about heading into another housing crash whenever we see changes in the market. Good news is, we no longer have to go through all that unnecessary stress for here are three indicators to let us know how the market then and now are different from each other. Home Prices Mortgage Standards Foreclosure Rates HOME PRICES A decade ago, home prices depreciated dramatically, losing about 29% of their value…

February 21, 2019 rummy

Pricing your home right is one of the most challenging part of the sales process, too low may mean a loss on your end, on the other hand, you can be at risk of having a stale listing if you price it too high. If your plan for 2019 includes selling your home, you will want to pay attention to where experts believe home values are headed. According to the latest Home Price Index from CoreLogic, home prices increased by 4.7% over the course of 2018. The map below shows the results of the latest index by state. Real estate…

February 19, 2019 rummy

If you’re thinking of selling your house this year, now is the best time to do it. The saying “the early bird catches the worm” may sound cliche, but it’s on point with the law of supply and demand. A lot of sellers hold off until spring, and it’s a great opportunity for others to take advantage of less competition to have the prospective buyers all to themselves. The other listings that come out in the spring will represent increased competition to any seller. Do a greater number of homes actually come to the market during this season in comparison…

February 8, 2019 rummy

We have discussed about how owning a home could significantly increase a person’s net worth. Today we’re giving you four more proven ways on how real estate can build sizable family wealth. 1. Appreciation “The rising of home prices over time, is how the majority of wealth is built in real estate. This is the ‘home run’ you hear of when people make a large windfall of money. While prices fluctuate, over the long run real estate values have always gone up, always, and there is no reason to think that is going to change. One thing to consider when…

January 31, 2019 rummy

Even calm waters have a lot going underneath, needless to say, shifting real estate market are caused by a myriad of different driving factors. Here are 3 things you need to know to stay on top of it. 1. What is happening in the housing market right now? Consumers must get past those fear-mongering headlines and gain a deep understanding of what is truly happening. How strong is buyer demand right now? How much competition do listings have today compared to what they will have in the spring? People want to make an educated decision on what is probably their…

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 18, 2019 rummy

When it comes to selling, one of the biggest thing we have to consider is competition as strict competition almost always ensures sellers get less than their intended price. Here’s a graph on the number of listing by month. In a recent interview discussing the housing market, First American’s Chief Economist Mark Fleming put it simply: “The biggest challenge is really the availability of supply.” When we look at available inventory numbers released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), we see that the actual number of homes for sale has decreased in each of the last five months. What…