Keeping Current Matters

Keeping Current Matters 3 Ways Home Equity Can Have a Major Impact on Your Life February 17, 2021 There have been a lot of headlines reporting on how homeowner equity (the difference between the current market value of your home and the amount you owe on your mortgage) has dramatically increased over the past few years. CoreLogic indicated that equity increased for the average homeowner by $17,000 in the last year alone. ATTOM Data Solutions, […]
Keeping Current Matters Millennials: Is It Time to Buy a Bigger Home? February 16, 2021 In today’s housing market, all eyes are on millennials. Not only are millennials the largest generation, but they’re also currently between 25 and 40 years old. These are often considered prime homebuying years when many people begin to form their own households and invest in real estate. If you’re like many millennials […]
Keeping Current Matters 3 Ways You’ll Win When You Buy a Home This Year February 15, 2021 There are so many great reasons to purchase a home, and over the past year, we’ve realized more of them than we ever thought possible. If you’re a first-time homebuyer, having a home of your own can give you a greater sense of security and accomplishment in a time that’s largely uncertain. […]
Keeping Current Matters Why It’s Easy to Fall in Love with Homeownership [INFOGRAPHIC]
Keeping Current Matters 47% of New Buyers Surprised by How Affordable Homes Are Today February 11, 2021 Headlines matter. Right now, it’s hard to read about real estate without seeing a headline that suggests homes have become unaffordable for most Americans. In reality, there’s hard evidence that shows how owning a home is more affordable than renting in most parts of the country, as record-low interest rates are keeping monthly mortgage […]
Keeping Current Matters The Luxury Market Is Attracting Buyers in 2021 February 10, 2021 As more people continue to identify their changing needs this year, some are turning to the upscale housing sector for more space or finer features. In their most recent Luxury Market Report, the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing (ILHM) shares: “In a snapshot of 2020, despite the devasting effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the luxury real […]
Keeping Current Matters 3 Reasons We’re Definitely Not in a Housing Bubble February 9, 2021 Home values appreciated by about ten percent in 2020, and they’re forecast to appreciate by about five percent this year. This has some voicing concern that we may be in another housing bubble like the one we experienced a little over a decade ago. Here are three reasons why this market is […]
Keeping Current Matters 6 Foundational Benefits of Homeownership Today February 8, 2021 Over the past year, our homes have become an integral part of our lives more than ever. They’re much more than the houses we live in. They’re our workplaces, virtual schools, and safe havens that provide shelter, stability, and protection through the evolving health crisis. Today, 65.8% of Americans are fortunate enough to call […]
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Keeping Current Matters Why Owning a Home Is a Powerful Financial Decision February 4, 2021 In today’s housing market, there are clear financial benefits to owning a home: increasing equity, the chance to build your net worth, and appreciating home values, just to name a few. If you’re a renter, it’s never too early to think about how homeownership can propel you toward a stronger future. Here’s a dive into three […]
Keeping Current Matters Do I Really Need a 20% Down Payment to Buy a Home? February 3, 2021 Is the idea of saving for a down payment holding you back from buying a home right now? You may be eager to take advantage of today’s low mortgage rates, but the thought of needing a large down payment might make you want to pump the brakes. Today, there’s still a common myth that […]
Keeping Current Matters Want to Build Wealth? Buy a Home This Year. February 2, 2021 Every year, households across the country make the decision to rent for another year or take the leap into homeownership. They look at their earnings and savings and then decide what makes the most financial sense. That equation will most likely take into consideration monthly housing costs, tax advantages, and other incremental […]
Keeping Current Matters Turn to an Expert for the Best Advice, Not Perfect Advice February 1, 2021 As we approach the anniversary of the hardships we’ve faced through this pandemic and the subsequent recession, it’s normal to reflect on everything that’s changed and wonder what’s ahead for 2021. While there are signs of economic recovery as vaccines are being issued, we still have a long way to go. It’s […]
Keeping Current Matters Is Right Now the Right Time to Sell? [INFOGRAPHIC] January 29, 2021 Some Highlights If you’re on the fence about selling your house, now is a great time to take advantage of sky-high demand, low supply, and fierce buyer competition. With buyer demand rising and historically low inventory for sale, if you’re in a position to move, your house may really stand out from the crowd. Let’s connect […]
Keeping Current Matters What Record-Low Housing Inventory Means for You January 28, 2021 The real estate market is expected to do very well in 2021, with mortgage rates that are hovering at historic lows and forecasted by experts to remain favorable throughout the year. One challenge to the housing industry, however, is the lack of homes available for sale today. Last week, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their Existing Home […]
Keeping Current Matters What’s the Difference between an Appraisal and a Home Inspection? January 26, 2021 If you’re planning to buy a home, an appraisal is an important step in the process. It’s a professional evaluation of the market value of the home you’d like to buy. In most cases, an appraisal is ordered by the lender to confirm or verify the value of the home prior to lending a buyer money […]
Keeping Current Matters Why Moving May Be Just the Boost You Need January 25, 2021 As we look back over the past year, we’ve certainly lived through one of the most stressful periods in recent history. After spending so much more time at home throughout the health crisis, some are wondering if they should move to improve their mental health and well-being. This is no surprise since […]