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21
Jun

Hooray! Buying Is Now 33.1% Cheaper Than Renting in the US!

Sounds too good to true? Well, the Trulia report is in and it says buying is less expensive than renting. The results of the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia show that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage in the 100 largest metro areas in the United States. …

13
Jun

The Homeownership Race is On and the Pace is Picking Up!

According to the latest report from the US Census Bureau, more Americans chose purchasing a home over signing a lease to rent in the first quarter of 2017.  This marks the first time since 2006 that the number of new homeowner households outpaced the number of new renter households. Of the 1.22 million new households that …

8
Jun

Urban or Suburban? And Other Choices on the Road to Homeownership

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for: your real–life episode of House Hunters. But unlike the TV show, it’ll probably take longer than two days and looking at more than a few houses. Buying a home is a BIG deal, so finding the right one is super important. Deciding whether or not you prefer hardwood …

6
Jun

When is a Good Time to Rent?

People often ask if now is a good time to buy a home, but nobody ever asks when a good time to rent is. Regardless, we want to make certain that everyone understands that today is NOT a good time to rent. The Census Bureau recently released their 2017 first quarter median rent numbers. Below …

18
May

What is the Best Long Term Investment? And the Survey Says…. (Drum Roll Please!)

The Gallup organization conducts an annual report entitled the Economy and Personal Finances Poll, which asks Americans to choose the best option for long-term investment. It’s no surprise that real estate returned to the top position over other investment categories (gold, stocks/mutual funds, savings accounts/CDs and bonds). Back in 2011, gold was the most popular …

16
May

Home $weet Home = Family Wealth

Homeownership will always be a part of the American Dream. Let’s take a look at several of the financial advantages of homeownership. 1. Buying is Cheaper Than Renting The results of the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia show that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage in the …

9
May

Do You Know the Cost of Waiting to Buy Your First Home?

Some Highlights: • The “Cost of Waiting to Buy” is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices and interest rates were to increase over a period of time. • Freddie Mac predicts that interest rates will increase to 4.8% by this time next year, while home prices are …

2
May

Closing the Deal: Sign Here and Here and…

Hooray! You’ve made it through the offer and negotiation process, inspection and appraisal – now it’s time to close the deal and then you’ll be a HOMEOWNER! This is the tedious part of the homebuying process that is hugely based on signing tons of important documents. Closing typically takes a few hours, however, every one is …

20
Apr

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), …

18
Apr

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 …

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