Are people responsible with their Mortgage Debt?

Is Mortgage Debt out of Control? The housing crisis of the last decade was partially caused by unhealthy levels of mortgage debt. Homeowners were using their homes as ATMs by refinancing and swapping their equity for cash. When prices started to fall, many homeowners found themselves in a negative equity situation (where their mortgage was … Continue reading Are people responsible with their Mortgage Debt?

5 Powerful Reasons to Own Instead of Rent

5 Powerful Reasons to Own Instead of Rent Owning a home has great financial benefits. In a recent research paper, Homeownership and the American Dream, Laurie S. Goodman and Christopher Mayer of the Urban Land Institute explained: “Homeownership appears to help borrowers accumulate housing and nonhousing wealth in a variety of ways, with tax advantages, greater … Continue reading 5 Powerful Reasons to Own Instead of Rent

Home Prices projected to go up!

Questions continue to come up about where home prices will head throughout the rest of this year, as well as where they may be going over the few years beyond. We’ve gathered current data from the industry’s most reliable sources to help answer these questions: The Home Price Expectation Survey – A survey of over 100 … Continue reading Home Prices projected to go up!

3 Things to Know in the Housing Market Today!

A lot is happening in the world, and it’s having a direct impact on the housing market. The reality is this: some of it is positive and some of it may be negative. Some we just don’t know yet. The following three areas of the housing market are critical to understand: interest rates, building materials, … Continue reading 3 Things to Know in the Housing Market Today!

Americans’ Powerful Belief in Homeownership as an Investment

The Federal Reserve Bank (The Fed) recently released their 2019  Survey of Consumer Expectations Housing Survey. The survey reported that 65% of Americans believe homeownership is a good financial investment. Since 2014, the percentage has increased by over nine percent.The Fed’s survey also showed that when the results are broken down by age, education, income, or region … Continue reading Americans’ Powerful Belief in Homeownership as an Investment

Buying Your First Home?

Some Highlights: According to the US Census Bureau, “millennials” are defined as 18-36-year-olds. According to NAR’s latest Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the median age of all first-time home buyers is 32. More and more “old millennials” (25-36) are realizing that homeownership is within their grasp now. Real Estate is local.  However, if you are Curious about the Value … Continue reading Buying Your First Home?

Americans Rank Real Estate Best Investment for 6 Years Running!

Some Highlights: Real estate has outranked stocks/mutual funds, gold, savings accounts/CDs, and bonds as the best long-term investment among Americans for the last 6 years. Stock owners are more positive about real estate than stocks as an investment. Of the 4 listed, real estate is the only investment you can also live in! Real Estate is local.  … Continue reading Americans Rank Real Estate Best Investment for 6 Years Running!

What You Need to Know About Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)

Whether you are buying in Naples, Sarasota or Punta Gorda, whether it is your first time or your fifth, it is always important to know all the facts when it comes to buying a home. With the large number of mortgage programs available that allow buyers to purchase homes with down payments below 20%, you … Continue reading What You Need to Know About Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)

How Homeownership Delivers Unsurpassed Family Wealth

There are many financial benefits to homeownership, but probably none more important than its ability to create family wealth. How Housing Matters is a joint project of the Urban Land Institute and the MacArthur Foundation. It is an online resource for research and information on how homeownership contributes to individual and community success. Their article, The First Rung on the … Continue reading How Homeownership Delivers Unsurpassed Family Wealth

2 Things You Need to Know to Properly Price Your Home

Price Your Home for a quick Sale! In today’s housing market, home prices are increasing at a slower pace (3.7%) than they have over the last eight years (6-7%). However, they are still are above historical norms. Low supply of listed homes and high demand from buyers has pushed prices to rise rapidly. In the … Continue reading 2 Things You Need to Know to Properly Price Your Home