Tuesday, February 26, 2019 / by Nicole Solari
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BECOMING A HOMEOWNER?
Every family has a list of important dates. We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, pet adoptions…and the list goes on. For 64.4 percent of households in the United States, this list includes the day they became a homeowner for the first time!
Why is this date important? Homeownership is not just a roof over your head! It represents shelter, stability, wealth, and pride! For decades, homeownership has been an important part of the American Dream!
However, many question if the next generations see the same benefits of homeownership as their predecessors.
In case we have forgotten, some of those benefits are:
Educational Achievement: Homeownership has a positive impact on academic achievement, including reading and math performance in children 3-12 years old.
Civic Participation: “Owning a home means owning a part of the neighborhood.” Home ...
Friday, February 22, 2019 / by Nicole Solari
4 Reasons Why We’re Not Headed For Another Housing Crash
With home prices rising in many areas of the country, many people are worried that we’re headed for a housing crash like the one we suffered in 2008.
But here’s the thing: it’s just not true. While it’s understandable that people would look at the current market, consider it a “housing bubble,” and assume it’s going to pop, the truth of the matter is the market today couldn’t be any more different than they were before the crash of 2008.
Let’s take a look at four reasons why we’re not headed for another housing crash:
1. Banks have tightened their lending practices
The biggest contributor to the crash of 2008 was risky lending practices. Financial institutions had extremely loose standards in terms of who they’d lend to; they were giving out mortgages to people with low incomes, bad credit, and who were unlik ...
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 / by Nicole Solari
All Generations Believe Renting Is More Affordable Than Owning—Even Though It’s Not True
According to new research from lender Freddie Mac, every generation—from millennials to Gen Xers to Baby Boomers—are continuing to rent because they think it’s saving them money. According to the report, 76% of Millennials, 75% of Gen Xers, and 81% of Baby Boomers said renting was the more affordable option.
But with rents rising across the country, that’s just no longer the case. According to the most recent Market Outlook Report from Realtor.com, rents rose year over year in nearly ¾ (73%) of counties across the United States. And according to Trulia, it is now more affordable to own a home than to rent in a whopping 98% of the largest metro markets in the US.
The misconception that renting is more affordable than homeownership is not only costing renters of every generation money, it&r ...
Monday, February 18, 2019 / by Nicole Solari
4 Behind-The-Scenes Ways Your Real Estate Agent Supports Your Home Sale
When you hire a real estate agent to sell your home, there are obvious things you notice them doing to help your house sell. Things like: hosting open houses, bringing potential buyers on home tours, and marketing your property in multiple ways to make sure it gets enough exposure.
But when it comes to adding value to your home sale, that's just the tip of the iceberg. A huge percentage of your agent's job takes place behind-the-scenes, and they're working around the clock to get your house sold & even when you're not looking.
Here are 4 behind-the-scenes way your real estate agent is working to get your house sold:
1. Performing market research
When it comes to pricing your home, your agent doesn't just pull a random number out of a hat. Your agent's recommendation is a result of extensive market research to ensure your home is priced in a way that's attractive to both buyers ...
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 / by Nicole Solari
How To List Your Home for the Best Price
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 is local. Each state appreciates at different levels. The majority of the country saw at least a 2.0% gain in home values, while some residents in North Dakota and Louisiana may have felt prices slow slightly.
This effect will be short lived. In the same report, CoreLogic forecasts that every state in the Union will experience at least 2.0% appreciation, with the majority of the country gaining at least 4.0%! The prediction for the country comes in at 4.6%. For a median-priced home, that translates to over $14,000 in additional equity next year! (The map below shows the forecast b ...