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In-The-Know Real Estate Blog How Upset Should You Be about 3% Mortgage Rates? In early March, Freddie Mac announced that their 30-year fixed mortgage rate was over 3% (3.02%) for the first time since last July. That news dominated real estate headlines that day and the next. Articles talked about the “negative impact” it may have on the housing market. However, we should realize two things: The bump-up in rate […]
In-The-Know Real Estate Blog 6 Simple Graphs Proving This Is Nothing Like Last Time Last March, many involved in the residential housing industry feared the market would be crushed under the pressure of a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. Instead, real estate had one of its best years ever. Home sales and prices were both up substantially over the year before. 2020 was so strong that many now fear the market’s exuberance mirrors […]
In-The-Know Real Estate Blog Will the Housing Market Bloom This Spring? Spring is almost here, and many are wondering what it will bring for the housing market. Even though the pandemic continues on, it’s certain to be very different from the spring we experienced at this time last year. Here’s what a few industry experts have to say about the housing market and how it will […]
In-The-Know Real Estate Blog What Experts Are Saying about the 2021 Job Market In early January, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released their most recent Jobs Report. The report revealed that the economy lost 140,000 jobs in December. That’s a devastating number and dramatically impacts those households that lost a source of income. However, we need to give it some context. Greg Ip, Chief Economics Commentator at the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), explains: “The […]
In-The-Know Real Estate Blog What Happens When Homeowners Leave Their Forbearance Plans? According to the latest report from Black Knight, Inc., a well-respected provider of data and analytics for mortgage companies, 6.48 million households have entered a forbearance plan as a result of financial concerns brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s where these homeowners stand right now: 2,543,000 (39%) are current on their payments and have left the program […]
In-The-Know Real Estate Blog What Does 2021 Have in Store for Home Values? According to the latest CoreLogic Home Price Insights Report, nationwide home values increased by 8.2% over the last twelve months. The dramatic rise was brought about as the inventory of homes for sale reached historic lows at the same time buyer demand was buoyed by record-low mortgage rates. As CoreLogic explained: “Home price growth remained consistently elevated throughout 2020. Home sales […]
In-The-Know Real Estate Blog Things to Avoid When Applying for a Mortgage Consistency is the name of the game when applying for a mortgage.  Be sure to discuss any changes in income/employment, assets or credit with your lender.  Open and honest communication with your loan officer is paramount so you don’t unintentionally jeopardize your application.  See below for some of the key activities to avoid:
In-The-Know Real Estate Blog Will Forbearance Plans Lead to a Tsunami of Foreclosures? At the onset of the economic disruptions caused by the COVID pandemic, the government quickly put into place forbearance plans to allow homeowners to remain in their homes without making their monthly mortgage payments. Today, almost three million households are actively in a forbearance plan. Though 29.4% of those in forbearance have continued to stay current on […]
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In-The-Know Real Estate Blog The Holidays Aren’t Stopping Homebuyers This Year Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us, yet finding the perfect holiday gifts for friends and family is certainly still top of mind for many right now. This year, there’s another type of buyer that’s very active this holiday season – the home buyer. Each month, ShowingTime releases their Showing Index which tracks the average number of appointments received […]
In-The-Know Real Estate Blog 3 Reasons to Be Optimistic About Real Estate in 2021 This year will be remembered for many reasons, and optimism is one thing that’s been in short supply since the spring. We’re experiencing a global pandemic, social unrest, an economic downturn, and natural disasters, just to name a few. The challenges brought on by the health crisis have also forced many homeowners to reevaluate their […]
In-The-Know Real Estate Blog Why It Makes Sense to Sell Your House This Holiday Season If you’re one of the many homeowners thinking about taking your house off the market for the holidays, hang on. You definitely don’t want to miss the great selling opportunity you have right now. Here’s why this month is the optimal time to make sure your house is available for holiday buyers. The latest Existing Home […]
In-The-Know Real Estate Blog Chances of Another Foreclosure Crisis? “About Zero Percent.” There seems to be some concern that the 2020 economic downturn will lead to another foreclosure crisis like the one we experienced after the housing crash a little over a decade ago. However, there’s one major difference this time: a robust forbearance program. During the housing crash of 2006-2008, many felt homeowners should be forced to […]
In-The-Know Real Estate Blog Flurry of Activity Anticipated in the Winter Housing Market In the second half of this year, the housing market surged with activity. Today, real estate experts are looking ahead to the winter season and the forecast is anything but chilly. As Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors (NAR), notes: “It will be one of the best winter sales years ever.” The typical winter slowdown in the housing […]
In-The-Know Real Estate Blog How To Sell Your Home During COVID-19 These days, it seems as though the residential Real Estate market is starving for listings.  If you have been thinking of selling your home, now is the prime time to list, market and get top dollar.  However, you may be holding back due to COVID-19.  Through the last 8 months since stay-at-home orders initiated, Real […]
In-The-Know Real Estate Blog Do You Need to Know More about Forbearance and Mortgage Relief Options? Earlier this year when the nation pressed pause on the economy and unemployment rates jumped up significantly, many homeowners were immediately concerned about being able to pay their mortgages, and understandably so. To assist in this challenging time, two protection plans were put into place to help support those in need. First, there was a pause placed […]
In-The-Know Real Estate Blog Why Selling This Fall May Be Your Best Move If you’re thinking about moving, selling your house this fall might be the way to go. Here are four highlights in the housing market that may make your decision to sell this fall an easy one. 1. Buyers Are Actively in the Market ShowingTime, a leading real estate showing software and market stat service provider, […]
In-The-Know Real Estate Blog Should You Buy Your Retirement Home Sooner Rather Than Later? Every day in the U.S., roughly 10,000 people turn 65. Prior to the health crisis that swept the nation in 2020, most people had to wait until they retired to make a move to the beach, the golf course, or the senior living community they were looking to settle into for their later years in life. This […]
In-The-Know Real Estate Blog A Homeowner’s Net Worth Is 40x Greater Than a Renter’s One of the best ways to build your family’s financial future is through homeownership. Recent data from the Federal Reserve indicates the net worth of a homeowner is actually over 40 times greater than that of a renter. Maybe it’s time to start thinking about buying a home, especially when interest rates are still historically low, increasing the […]
In-The-Know Real Estate Blog The Latest Unemployment Rate Fell to 8.4% Last Friday Sept 4, the Bureau for Labor Statistics released their Employment Report for August 2020. The big surprise was that the unemployment rate fell to 8.4%, a full percent lower than what many analysts had forecasted earlier in the week. Though it is tough to look at this as great news when millions of Americans are still […]
In-The-Know Real Estate Blog How Will the Presidential Election Impact Real Estate? The year 2020 will be remembered as one of the most challenging times of our lives. A worldwide pandemic, a recession causing historic unemployment, and a level of social unrest perhaps never seen before have all changed the way we live. Only the real estate market seems to be unaffected, as a new forecast projects there may […]