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  • What Credit Score Do You Need To Buy A House

    There are many misconceptions about the credit score needed to buy a house. Recently, it was reported that 24% of renters believe they need a 780-800 credit score to be considered for a mortgage. The reality is they are misinformed! Only 25% of the... Read More

  • How To Have A Unique Open House

    According to the National Association of Realtors, total inventory has been growing for six months straight, as has the number of buyers looking to find their dream home. In a market where inventory is increasing, you want to stand out in the... Read More

  • 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!... Read More

  • 2019 Will Be a Great Year for Buyers and Sellers

    Many homeowners believe that rising interest rates and home prices have scared away buyers and therefore have not listed their houses for sale. However, the truth is that buyers who were unable to find a home last year are out in force, and there... Read More

  • How To Get a Better Perspective on Affordability

    Headlines spotlight the fact that buying a home is less affordable today than it was at any other time in more than a decade. Those headlines are accurate. Understandably, buying a home is more expensive now than immediately following one of the... Read More

  • Do You Know How Much Your Home Has Increase in Value

    Last year we saw headlines about a possible housing market bubble, and many wondered if Americans still felt confident about the value of their homes. Recently, the 2018 Houzz & Home Study revealed: “Homeowners with mortgages have seen... Read More

  • The Importance of Homeownership to the American Dream

    For centuries, people in this country have seen homeownership as part of the American Dream. Whether they were born here or immigrated from another country, they wanted to own a piece of America. With so many prominent societal changes over the last... Read More

  • Is the Recent Dip in Interest Rate Here to Stay

    Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage climbed consistently throughout 2018 until the middle of November. After that point, rates returned to levels that we saw in August to close out the year at 4.55%, according to Freddie Mac’s... Read More

  • Belief in Homeownership as an Investment is Far from Dead

    Following last year's real estate market was like riding a rollercoaster. The market started off strong in 2018 and then softened before finishing with a mild flurry. However, one thing that did not waiver was America’s belief that owning... Read More

  • 2019 FHA Loan Limits Are Higher In Many Locations

    2019 FHA loan limits: good news for many The FHA announced its new mortgage limits for 2019, and they are higher. The lowest of 2019 FHA loan limits, which apply in much of the country, increased from 2018’s $294,515 to $314,827. In... Read More

  • Will Your Side Hustle Buy You a House This Year

    The top concern for most first-time home buyers is their ability to save for a down payment. According to a new survey, 36% of millennials took on a second job to make their dreams of homeownership a reality in 2017. Among millennials with incomes... Read More

  • Further Proof It Is Not 2008 All Over Again

    Home sales numbers are leveling off, the rate of price appreciation has slowed to more historically normal averages, and inventory is finally increasing. We are headed into a more normal housing market. However, some are seeing these adjustments as... Read More

  • The Number One Reason to Not Wait Until Spring to Sell Your House

    Many sellers believe that spring is the best time to place their homes on the market because buyer demand traditionally increases at that time of year, but what they don’t realize is that if every homeowner believes the same thing, then that... Read More

  • Wage Increases Make Home Buying More Affordable

    Everyone knows that housing affordability has been negatively impacted by rising prices and increasing mortgage rates, but there is another piece to the affordability equation – wages. How much a family earns obviously impacts how easy or... Read More

  • Single Female Buyers On The Rise

    Single women have been a growing section of home buyers for the last few years. But just how much of today’s home sales do they account for and what kind of cash do they bring to the table? A new analysis reveals it all. Home buying while... Read More