May 2021

Keeping Current Matters How Misunderstandings about Affordability Could Cost You There’s a lot of discussion about affordability as home prices continue to appreciate rapidly. Even though the most recent index on affordability from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows homes are more affordable today than the historical average, some still have concerns about whether or not it’s truly affordable to buy a home right now. When […]
Keeping Current Matters Buying a Home Is Still Affordable The last year has put emphasis on the importance of one’s home. As a result, some renters are making the jump into homeownership while some homeowners are re-evaluating their current house and considering a move to one that better fits their current lifestyle. Understanding how housing affordability works and the main market factors that impact […]
Keeping Current Matters Where Do Experts Say the Housing Market Is Heading? As we enter the middle of 2021, many are wondering if we’ll see big changes in the housing market during the second half of this year. Here’s a look at what some experts have to say about key factors that will drive the industry and the economy forward in the months to come. realtor.com “. […]
Keeping Current Matters 3 Things To Prioritize When Selling Your House Today’s housing market is full of unprecedented opportunities. High buyer demand paired with record-low housing inventory is creating the ultimate sellers’ market, which means it’s a fantastic time to sell your house. However, that doesn’t mean sellers are guaranteed success no matter what. There are still some key things to know so you can avoid costly mistakes […]
Keeping Current Matters Americans Choose Real Estate as the Best Investment [INFOGRAPHIC] May 21, 2021 Some Highlights For the eighth year in a row, real estate maintained its position as the preferred long-term investment among Americans. Real estate has been gaining ground against stocks, gold, and savings accounts over the last 11 years and now stands at its highest rating in survey history. Let’s connect if you’re ready to make real estate your […]
Keeping Current Matters Should I Move or Refinance? May 20, 2021 The level of equity homeowners have is at an all-time high. According to the U.S. Census, over 38% of owner-occupied homes are owned free and clear, meaning they don’t have a mortgage. Those with a mortgage are seeing their equity skyrocket too. Every time real estate values increase, homeowners get a dollar-for-dollar gain in their […]
Keeping Current Matters Sellers Are Ready To Enter the Housing Market May 19, 2021 One of the biggest questions in real estate today is, “When will sellers return to the housing market?” An ongoing shortage of home supply has created a hyper-competitive environment for hopeful buyers, leading to the ultimate sellers’ market. However, as the economy continues to improve and more people get vaccinated, more sellers […]
Keeping Current Matters Americans See Real Estate as a Better Investment Than Stocks or Gold May 18, 2021 Last month, in a post on the Liberty Street Economics blog, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York noted that Americans believe buying a home is definitely or probably a better investment than buying stocks. Last week, a Gallup Poll reaffirmed those findings. In an article on the current real estate market, Gallup reports: “Gallup usually finds that Americans regard real estate as the […]
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Keeping Current Matters Don’t Forget to Budget for Closing Costs May 17, 2021 When buying a home, it’s important to have a budget and make sure you plan ahead for certain homebuying expenses. Saving for a down payment is the main cost that comes to mind for many, but budgeting for the closing costs required to get a mortgage is just as important. What Are Closing Costs? According to Trulia: […]
Keeping Current Matters When It Comes To Selling a House, Your Time Is Money [INFOGRAPHIC] May 14, 2021 Some Highlights ·         Selling a house is no small task. If you decide to try to do it on your own, keep in mind you’ll be responsible for all the expert-level work of a real estate professional. ·         The vital tasks an agent manages for you include listing and marketing your house, handling legal documentation, […]
Keeping Current Matters Your House Could Be the Oasis in an Inventory Desert May 13, 2021 Homebuyers are flooding the housing market right now to take advantage of record-low mortgage rates. Many have a sense of urgency to find a home soon since experts forecast a steady rise in both rates and home prices this year and next. As a result, buyer demand greatly outweighs the current housing supply. Here’s how […]
Keeping Current Matters It’s Not Too Late To Apply For Forbearance May 12, 2021 Over the past year, the pandemic made it challenging for some homeowners to make their mortgage payments. Thankfully, the government initiated a forbearance program to provide much-needed support. Unless they’re extended once again, some of these plans and the corresponding mortgage payment deferral options will expire soon. That said, there’s still time to request […]
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]
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 […]