Keeping Current Matters Experts Say Home Prices Will Continue to Appreciate May 11, 2021 It’s clear that consumers are concerned about how quickly home values are rising. Many people fear the speed of appreciation may lead to a crash in prices later this year. In fact, Google reports that the search for “When is the housing market going to crash?” has actually spiked 2450% over the past month. In addition, […]
Keeping Current Matters 3 Graphs Showing Why You Should Sell Your House Now May 10, 2021 There’s no doubt that 2021 is the year of the seller when it comes to the housing market. If you’re a homeowner thinking of moving to better suit your changing needs, now is the perfect time to do so. Low mortgage rates are in your favor when you’re ready to purchase your dream home, and high […]
Keeping Current Matters The Power of Mortgage Pre-Approval [INFOGRAPHIC] May 7, 2021 Some Highlights  ·        Mortgage pre-approval means a lender has reviewed your finances and, based on factors like your income, debt, and credit history, determined how much you’re qualified to borrow. ·        Being pre-approved for a loan can give you clarity while planning your homebuying budget, confidence in your ability to secure a loan, and […]
Keeping Current Matters Why Waiting to Buy a Home Could Cost You a Small Fortune May 6, 2021 Many people are sitting on the fence trying to decide if now’s the time to buy a home. Some are renters who have a strong desire to become homeowners but are unsure if buying right now makes sense. Others may be homeowners who are realizing that their current home no longer fits their […]
Keeping Current Matters Are Interest Rates Expected to Rise Over the Next Year? May 5, 2021 So far this year, mortgage rates continue to hover around 3%, encouraging many hopeful homebuyers to enter the housing market. However, there’s a good chance rates will increase later this year and going into 2022, ultimately making it more expensive to borrow money for a home loan. Here’s a look at what […]
Keeping Current Matters 4 Big Incentives for Homeowners to Sell Now May 4, 2021 The housing market keeps sailing along. The only headwind that could take it off course is the lack of inventory for sale. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports that there were 410,000 fewer single-family homes for sale this March than in March of 2020. The key to continued success in the residential housing market is […]
Keeping Current Matters Americans Find the Nonfinancial Benefits of Homeownership Most Valuable May 3, 2021 Homeownership is a foundational part of the American Dream. As we look back on more than a year of sheltering in our homes, having a place of our own is more important than ever. While financial benefits are always a key aspect of homeownership, today, homeowners rank the nonfinancial and personal benefits with even higher […]
April 2021 Should I Buy Now or Wait? [INFOGRAPHIC] April 30, 2021 Some Highlights ·         If you’re thinking that waiting a year or two to purchase a home might mean you’ll save some money, think again. ·         Mortgage interest rates are currently very low, but experts across the board are forecasting increases in both home prices and interest rates. ·         Buying a home now means you’ll spend less in the long […]
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April 2021 Is Home Price Appreciation Accelerating Again? April 29, 2021 At the beginning of the year, industry forecasts called for home price appreciation to slow to about half of the double-digit increase we saw last year. The thinking was that inventory would increase from record-low levels and put an end to the bidding wars that have driven home prices up over the past twelve […]
April 2021 Patience Is the Key to Buying a Home This Year April 28, 2021 The question many homebuyers are facing this year is, “Why is it so hard to find a house?” We’re in the ultimate sellers’ market, which means real estate is ultra-competitive for buyers right now. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) notes homes are getting an average of 4.8 offers per sale, and that number keeps rising. Why? It’s […]
April 2021 Will the Housing Market Maintain Its Momentum? April 27, 2021 Last week’s Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows sales have dropped by 3.7% compared to the month before. This is the second consecutive month that sales have slumped. Some see this as evidence that the red-hot real estate market may be cooling. However, there could also be a simple explanation […]
April 2021 4 Tips to Maximize the Sale of Your House April 26, 2021 Homeowners ready to make a move are definitely in a great position to sell today. Housing inventory is incredibly low, driving up buyer competition. This gives homeowners leverage to sell for the best possible terms, and it’s fueling a steady rise in home prices. In such a hot market, houses are selling quickly. According […]
April 2021 This Isn’t a Bubble. It’s Simply Lack of Supply. [INFOGRAPHIC] April 23, 2021 Some Highlights ·        In a recent article, Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors (NAR), discussed the state of today’s housing market. ·        When addressing whether or not today’s high buyer competition and rising home prices are evidence of a housing bubble, Yun said that this “is not a bubble. It is simply lack of supply.” […]
April 2021 Don’t Be Fooled by Remarkable Real Estate Headlines April 22, 2021 Don’t be impressed by the headlines reporting year-over-year housing numbers for the next several months (data covering March, April, May, and June). The data will most likely show eye-popping one-year increases. While the year-over-year jumps will certainly be striking, consumers should take these numbers with a grain of salt, as the situation […]
April 2021 Planning to Move? You Can Still Secure a Low Mortgage Rate on Your Next Home April 21, 2021 This year, mortgage rates have started to slowly climb above recent record-breaking lows. Many homeowners planning to move may feel like they’ve missed the chance to score a great rate on their next mortgage. In reality, there’s still time to secure a rate far below the historic norm. Here’s why. After creeping up for […]
April 2021 82,338 Great Reasons to Buy a Home Today April 20, 2021 The financial benefits of buying a home as compared to renting one are always up for debate. However, one element of the equation is often ignored – the ability to build wealth as a homeowner. Most experts are calling for home prices to continue appreciating over the next several years. The most […]
April 2021 How Much Time Do You Need To Save for a Down Payment? April 19, 2021 One of the biggest hurdles homebuyers face is saving for a down payment. As you’re budgeting and planning for your home purchase, you’ll want to understand how much you’ll need to put down and how long it will take you to get there. The process may actually move faster than you think. […]
April 2021 Home Is Where the Heart Is [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights There’s no doubt about it: homeowners love their homes, and that feeling has become even more important over the past year. The vast majority of homeowners say they’re emotionally attached to their home and that it has kept them safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Owning a home provides a sense of safety, security, and accomplishment. […]
April 2021 Why This Is a Great Year to Sell Your Vacation Home April 15, 2021 As vaccines are administered and travel resumes, many of us are beginning to plan for those long-awaited vacations we missed out on over the past year. Some households are focusing their efforts on buying a vacation home rather than staying in a hotel, too. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reports: “Second homes (i.e., homes […]
April 2021 93% of Americans Believe a Home Is a Better Investment Than Stocks April 14, 2021 A recent Survey of Consumer Finances study released by the Federal Reserve reveals the net worth of homeowners is forty times greater than that of renters. If you’re wondering if homeownership is a good investment, the study clearly answers that question, and the answer is yes. Do Americans believe a home is a better investment than stocks? […]