August 20, 2019 rummy

There’s a good side in everything, rising home prices included. Today we’re listing down not one, not two, but three benefits of growing equity in your home. Read more to find out. 1. Move-Up Opportunity With the rise in prices, homeowners naturally experience an increase in home equity. According to the Homeowner Equity Insights from CoreLogic, “In the first quarter of 2019, the average homeowner gained approximately $6,400 in equity during the past year.” This increase in profit means if homeowners decide to sell, they’ll be able to put their equity to work for them as they make plans to…

June 27, 2019 rummy

Out of all the generations this century, Gen X has endured the most losses in terms of real estate investments. But is it finally their time to shine this year? Are the Gen X homeowners ready to finally move up their dream home? According to Pew Research Center, “Their fortunes have rebounded more than those of other generations during the post-recession economic expansion and as home and stock prices have risen. Since 2010, the median net worth of Gen X households has risen 115%. In fact, in 2016, the most recent year with available data, the net worth of a…

June 25, 2019 rummy

Let us update you with what’s currently happening in the real estate market. We have a list of three significant influencers that directly impacts our seller’s market as we know it. 1. Interest Rates One of the most important things to consider when buying a home is the interest rate you will be charged to borrow the money. In our recent post we posed the question, “Are Low Interest Rates Here To Stay?” The latest information from Freddie Mac makes it appear they are. We are currently at a 21-month low in interest rates. 2. Building Materials Talk of tariffs…

June 7, 2019 rummy

For years now, real estate has been at the top of many American’s lists of the preferred investment format. With constant irregularities, market fluctuations, and other influential factors the gap varies indicating the number of Americans who still trust in real estate to be a solid investment. For the sixth year in a row, real estate has come out on top as the best long-term investment! That has not always been the case. Gallup explains: “Between 2008 and 2010, covering most of the Great Recession period that saw plummeting home and stock values, Americans were as likely to name savings…

June 6, 2019 rummy

Many buyers worry about home prices because of news about “affordability crisis” here and there, although there is truth to some statements that home prices now is less affordable than it was a decade ago, we cannot overlook other factors in today’s overall markets. On a monthly basis, the National Association of Realtors (NAR), produces a Housing Affordability Index. According to NAR, the index… “…measures whether or not a typical family earns enough income to qualify for a mortgage loan on a typical home at the national and regional levels based on the most recent price and income data.” Their…

March 1, 2019 rummy

There have been reports that a lot of sellers are holding off from listing their homes in the market due to a forecasted decrease of buyers this year. They speculate that potential buyers were scared off by the rising interest rates and home prices. This may be true in some areas, however, this same reason opens an opportunity to dedicated sellers to take advantage of the number of buyers who are still out there looking to buy their dream homes. NerdWallet’s 2018 Home Buyer Report revealed that: “Approximately one-third (32%) of Americans plan to purchase a home in the next…

February 1, 2019 rummy

Regardless of which generation they belong to the majority of Americans still believes that homeownership still plays a big part in the American Dream and we couldn’t agree more. In their market trends report, As Housing Trends Shift, So Does Renter, Buyer and Seller Sentiment, Trulia revealed that: “After two years of no change, the share of Americans who say that homeownership is part of their personal “American Dream”ticked up from 72 percent to 73 percent of Americans.” At the same time, the National Association of Realtors released their Aspiring Home Buyers Profile. As the report explained: “For both homeowners…

December 17, 2018 rummy

Back then, before the historic real estate bust in 2008, homeowners used their house as like ATMs through a method now known as “Cash-out Refinances”. This basically turned their equity into cash leaving most owners with little to no equity in their homes. When the prices started to fall, many found their houses in a negative equity situation so they stopped paying their mortgages altogether. This time around, homeowners are being careful and more responsible. Today, the equity situation is totally different. According to a new report from ATTOM Data Solutions more than 1-in–4 homes with a mortgage have at…

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,…