First Time Home Buyers


Don’t Get Caught in The Rental Trap!
Posted Aug 18, 2017
Don’t Get Caught in The Rental Trap!
There are many benefits to homeownership. One of the top benefits is being able to protect yourself from rising rents by locking in your housing cost for the life of your mortgage.


Americans Still Believe Real Estate is Best Long-Term Investment
Posted Aug 18, 2017
Americans Still Believe Real Estate is Best Long-Term Investment
According to Bankrate’s latest Financial Security Index Poll, Americans who have money to set aside for the next 10 years would rather invest in real estate than any other type of investment.

Bankrate asked Americans to answer the following question:
“What is the best way to invest money you wouldn’t need for 10 years or more?”

Singles Are Falling for Their Dream Home First [INFOGRAPHIC]
Posted Aug 16, 2017

Singles Are Falling for Their Dream Home First [INFOGRAPHIC]

84% of Americans Believe Buying a Home is a Good Financial Decision
Posted Aug 16, 2017

84% of Americans Believe Buying a Home is a Good Financial Decision
According to the National Association of Realtors®’ 2017 National Housing Pulse Survey, 84% of Americans now believe that purchasing a home is a good financial decision. This is the highest percentage since 2007 – before the housing crisis. Those surveyed pointed out five major reasons why they believe homeownership is a good financial decision.


3 Tips to Succeed in Today’s Real Estate Market
Posted Aug 16, 2017
3 Tips to Succeed in Today’s Real Estate Market
In today’s highly competitive real estate market, where inventory levels are not keeping up with the constant stream of buyer demand, there are steps you can take to ensure you are most prepared for success when buying a home.


3 Questions to Ask Before You Buy Your Dream Home
Posted Aug 16, 2017
3 Questions to Ask Before You Buy Your Dream Home
If you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are probably getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family will have your best interests at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in the real estate market.


Home Buying Myths Slayed [INFOGRAPHIC]
Posted Aug 16, 2017
Home Buying Myths Slayed [INFOGRAPHIC]

The 5 Greatest Benefits of Homeownership
Posted Jul 19, 2017
The 5 Greatest Benefits of Homeownership
Recently, Freddie Mac reported on the benefits of homeownership. According to their report, here are the five benefits that “should be at the top of everyone’s list.”


The High Impact of Low Interest Rates on Your Purchasing Power
Posted Jul 19, 2017
The High Impact of Low Interest Rates on Your Purchasing Power
According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage are currently at 3.96%, which is still near record lows in comparison to recent history!


Be Thankful You Don’t Have to Pay Mom and Dad’s Interest Rate
Posted Jul 10, 2017
Be Thankful You Don’t Have to Pay Mom and Dad’s Interest Rate
Interest rates have hovered around 4% for the majority of 2017, which has given many buyers relief from rising home prices and has helped with affordability. Experts predict that rates will increase by the end of 2017 and will be about three-quarters of a percentage point higher, at 4.5%, by the end of 2018.


Your Opportunity to Achieve the American Dream Keeps Getting Better!
Posted Jul 10, 2017
Your Opportunity to Achieve the American Dream Keeps Getting Better!
Forbes.com recently released the latest results of their American Dream Index, in which they measure “the prosperity of the middle class, and…examine which states best support the American Dream.”


Buyer’s Market Helps Premium Home Sales Soar
Posted Jun 30, 2017
Buyer’s Market Helps Premium Home Sales Soar
We previously reported how a shortage of inventory in the starter and trade-up home markets is driving prices up and causing bidding wars, creating a true seller’s market. At the same time, in the premium home market, an over-abundance of inventory has started to see prices come down and put buyers in the driver’s seat, creating the beginning of a buyer’s market.


Pre-Approval Should Always Be Your First Step
Posted Jun 29, 2017
Pre-Approval Should Always Be Your First Step

In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes greatly outnumbers the amount of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage before starting your search.


2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers
Posted Jun 26, 2017
2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers
In Realtor.com’s recent article, “Home Buyers’ Top Mortgage Fears: Which One Scares You?” they mention that “46% of potential home buyers fear they won’t qualify for a mortgage to the point that they don’t even try.”


The Cost of Renting vs. Buying in the US [INFOGRAPHIC]
Posted Jun 26, 2017
The Cost of Renting vs. Buying in the US [INFOGRAPHIC]


Buying Is Now 33.1% Cheaper Than Renting in the US
Posted Jun 20, 2017
Buying Is Now 33.1% Cheaper Than Renting in the USThe 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.


Top Home Renovations for Maximum ROI [INFOGRAPHIC]
Posted Jun 16, 2017
Top Home Renovations for Maximum ROI [INFOGRAPHIC]


The TRUTH Behind the RENT vs. BUY Debate
Posted Jun 14, 2017
The TRUTH Behind the RENT vs. BUY DebateIn a blog post published last Friday, CNBC’s Diana Olnick reported on the latest results of the FAU Buy vs. Rent Index. The index examines the entire US housing market and then isolates 23 major markets for comparison. The researchers at FAU use a “‘horse race’ comparison between an individual that is buying a home and an individual that rents a similar-quality home and reinvests all monies otherwise invested in homeownership.”


Homeownership Is a Good Financial Investment!
Posted Jun 13, 2017
Homeownership Is a Good Financial Investment!
According to a recent report by Trulia, “buying is cheaper than renting in 100 of the largest metro areas by an average of 33.1%.” The report may have some people thinking about buying a home instead of signing another lease extension, but does that make sense from a financial perspective?

4 Reasons to Buy This Summer!
Posted Jun 12, 2017
4 Reasons to Buy This Summer!Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today, instead of waiting.


The Impact Your Interest Rate Makes [INFOGRAPHIC]
Posted Jun 12, 2017
The Impact Your Interest Rate Makes [INFOGRAPHIC]

Mortgage Interest Rates Reverse Course in 2017
Posted Jun, 8 2017
Mortgage Interest Rates Reverse Course in 2017To start the year, housing experts all agreed on one thing: 2017 was going to be the year we would see mortgage interest rates begin to rise. After years of historically low rates, and an improving economy, the question wasn’t if they would increase but instead how much they would increase. Some thought we could see rates hit 5-5.5% by the end of the year.


69% of Buyers are Wrong About Down Payment Needs
Posted Jun 7, 2017
69% of Buyers are Wrong About Down Payment Needs

What Would You Sacrifice to Save For Your Next Home? [INFOGRAPHIC]
Posted Jun 2, 2017
What Would You Sacrifice to Save For Your Next Home? [INFOGRAPHIC]


Can Your Real Estate Agent Answer These Important Questions?
Posted Jun 1, 2017
Can Your Real Estate Agent Answer These Important Questions?

Why Working with a Local Real Estate Professional Makes All the Difference
Posted May 31, 2017
Why Working with a Local Real Estate Professional Makes All the Difference
Inventory Challenges Continue!
Posted May 30, 2017
INVENTORY CHALLENGES CONTINUE!