Are you Wondering if This Is the Year To Buy a Home?

Every year, many renters ask themselves the same question: Should I continue renting, or is it time to buy a home? If you’re a renter, chances are you’ve asked yourself that question at least once, and it’s likely because you’ve faced an increase in your monthly housing costs over time. After all, according to Census data, rents have risen consistently for…

How to Navigate a Market Where Multiple Offers Is the New Normal

If you’re thinking of buying a home today, you already know that the number of homes available for sale is low. But what does that really mean for you? As a buyer, low housing supply coupled with high buyer demand means you should be prepared to navigate a highly competitive market where homes sell fast and get multiple offers. Realtor.com has this to say:…

Down Payment Assistance Programs Can Help You Achieve Homeownership

For many homebuyers, the thought of saving for a down payment can feel daunting, especially in today’s market. That’s why, when asked what they find most difficult in the homebuying process, some buyers say it’s one of the hardest steps on the path to homeownership. Data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows: “For first-time home…

Are You Ready To Fall in Love with Homeownership?

Financial benefits are always a key aspect of homeownership, but it’s also important to understand that the nonfinancial and personal benefits are why so many people genuinely fall in love with their homes. When you own your home, you likely feel a sense of emotional attachment because of the comfort it provides, but also because it’s a…

5 Tips for Making Your Best Offer on a Home

As a buyer in a sellers’ market, sometimes it can feel like you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place. When you’re ready to make an offer on a home, remember these five easy tips to help you rise above the competition. 1. Know Your Budget Knowing your budget and what you can afford is…

The Perks of Putting 20% Down on a Home

If you’re thinking of buying a home, you’re probably wondering what you need to save for your down payment. Is it 20% of the purchase price, or could you put down less? While there are lower down payment programs available that allow qualified buyers to put down as little as 3.5%, it’s important to understand the many…

Tips for Single Homebuyers: How To Make Your Dream a Reality

If you’re living on your own and looking to buy a home, know that you can make your dream a reality with thoughtful planning and the right team of experts. Research from Freddie Mac shows 28% of all households (36.1 million) are sole-person, and that number is growing. Over the past 40 years, the number of sole-person households has nearly doubled, and…

Homebuyer Compromises

First-time homebuyers are struggling to find affordable housing. Unlike recent years when inventory was high and finding a great home was easier, now buyers are faced with either postponing homeownership or making compromises. It may feel hard to compromise, but it’s important to remember that this is your first home, not your dream home.If you…

What Does a Pending Sale Mean?

Buying a home is a process. Once a buyer writes an offer and has it accepted, the listing is placed in a state called “pending sale.” During this stage, the principals involved perform all the elements of the contract, and once complete, the title is transferred to the new owner. Sounds simple, but this stage…

Hunting for a New Home? Don’t Wait Until Saturday!

House  hunting  has  become  a  contact  sport  over  the  past  year.  The  idealized  vision of  a  leisurely  Saturday  morning reviewing  open  houses  and plotting  the  day’s tours  over  lattes and  croissants is a  thing  of  the  past.  While  popping  into  the  local open  house  might be  fun for  the  casual  looker,  if  you are  serious …

10 New Real Estate Trends

Current  trends  in real  estate  include  a  mix  of  positive  and negative  developments. The market  has  been  heavily  affected  by  the Covid-19  pandemic  that  has  created a  new housing  environment  which is  expected to  alter  the  way  we  approach real estate  for  the  next  few years, and maybe  beyond.   Here are  the 10  key  emerging …

Homebuyers – Would You Buy That Home in a Buyer’s Market?

There’s  one  phrase  which strikes  fear  into  the  heart  of  a  potential  homebuyer  – “seller’s  market.”  A  seller’s  market  is  created  when  there are more homebuyers than inventory  from  which to  choose.  The  anxiety  this  causes  many  potential buyers  causes  them  to  write  offers  on anything  and everything, just  to  hedge  their bets  on having …