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The Connection Between Home Prices & Family Wealth

Now is a great time to buy your first home. Over the next five years, home prices are expected to increase in value by 3.22% per year on average.  So, what does this mean for homeowners and their equity position? Since the experts predict that home prices will increase by 4.4% this year alone (2017), …


Finding Your Way Home

If your resolution is to get into a new home this year, it’s important to find the right one. Here are a few tips on how to choose the right location and the right type of home for you. Whether you currently rent or own your home, you already understand the importance of location. It’s …


There is a Calculator for That!

When it comes to adding up the costs for homeownership, “there is a calculator for that!”     There are many ways to add up the homeownership numbers. Check out the calculators below. Financial Calculators If you’re thinking about buying a home or you are a homeowner trying to learn about your options, these calculators …


Fair Housing Month

During the month of April, we come together as a community and a nation to celebrate the anniversary of the passing of the Fair Housing Act and recommit to that goal which inspired us in the aftermath of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination in 1968: to eliminate housing discrimination and create equal opportunity …


What is Homeowners Insurance?

Homeowners insurance provides owners with financial protection against disasters. A standard policy insures the home itself and the things you keep in it. Homeowners insurance is a package policy. This means that it covers both damage to your property and your liability or legal responsibility for any injuries and property damage you or members of …


Why down payment money matters

  “If only I could afford the down payment, I could buy that home.” You might be able to do both. An acceptable down payment might be smaller than you think (hint: less than 20%). On top of that, you might be eligible for down payment assistance. Can I make a down payment of less …


Look out housing, Millennials are about to take over

It’s just a matter of time, according to new First American data. Millennials haven’t taken over the housing market yet, but it’s only a matter of time before they do. Many Millennials have not moved into homeownership due to a number of factors, including a preference for urban living and a high student debt burden.  However, now first First …


What is a Brown Bag home buyers meeting?

Well, I am so very glad that you asked that question. A Brown Bag home buyers meeting is a mini version of a regular 8-hour home buyers meeting. Our Brown Bag partners include loan officers, credit counselors, Realtors and home inspectors. Here at the Housing Finance Authority (HFA), Brown Bag events are an opportunity for us to …


Millennials are impacting housing

News we can all use about the future of homeownership. Sustainable homeownership for a new generation. The diversity of Millennials is expected to drive the future of homeownership as Millennials continue to enter the housing market in growing numbers. This movement provides a tremendous opportunity to help make the American Dream of homeownership a reality …


Down payment for buying a home, answers to your questions.

Have questions about down payment assistance?  There are answers for first time home buyers. “If only I could afford the down payment, I could buy that home.” First time home buyers might be able to do both. An acceptable down payment might be smaller than you think (hint: less than 20%). On top of that, …

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