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Monthly Archives: December 2019

    Year-Over-Year Rental Prices on the Rise

    By Taylor Swanson | December 31, 2019

    Looking ahead, 2020 is projected to be a strong year for homeownership. According to the Freddie Mac Forecast, “We expect rates to remain low, falling to a yearly average of 3.8% in 2020.” If you’re currently renting, 2020 may be a great time to think about making a jump into homeownership while mortgage rates are low.... Read More

    When a House Becomes a Happy Home

    By Taylor Swanson | December 29, 2019

    We talk a lot about why it makes financial sense to buy a home, but more often than not we’re drawn to the emotional reasons for homeownership. No matter the size or shape of a living space, the feeling of a home means different things to different people. Whether it’s a certain scent or a... Read More

    2020 Forecast Shows Continued Home Price Appreciation

    By Taylor Swanson | December 28, 2019

    Questions continue to rise around where home prices will head in 2020. The latest forecast from CoreLogic shows continued appreciation at 5.4% over the next year:Additionally, ARCH Mortgage Insurance Company in their current Housing and Mortgage Market Review revealed their latest ARCH Risk Index, which estimates the probability of home prices being lower in two... Read More

    3 Mistakes to Avoid When Selling a Home in 2020

    By Taylor Swanson | December 18, 2019

      It’s exciting to put a house on the market and to think about making new memories in new spaces, but we can have deep sentimental attachments to the homes we’re leaving behind, too. Growing emotions can help or hinder a sale, depending on how we manage them. When it comes to the bottom line,... Read More

    Get Your House Ready To Sell This Winter

    By Taylor Swanson | December 17, 2019

    Some Highlights Winter is a great time to list a house, since inventory is traditionally low, and most sellers are holding off until spring to put their homes on the market. Waiting for warmer weather when more competition is on the market will only put your house up against many more choices for buyers. Get... Read More

    Holiday Gifts Are Not the Only Hot Things Right Now

    By Taylor Swanson | December 16, 2019

      Black Friday is behind us and holiday gifts are flying off the shelves in stores and online. Unlike last year, however, there’s another type of buyer that is very active this winter – the homebuyer. Each month, ShowingTime releases their Showing Index, which tracks the average number of appointments received on active U.S. house... Read More

    A 365 Day Difference in Homeownership

    By Taylor Swanson | December 13, 2019

      Over the past year, mortgage rates have fallen more than a full percentage point. This is a great driver for homeownership, as today’s low rates provide consumers with some significant benefits. Here’s a look at three of them: Refinance: If you already own a home, you may want to decide if you’re going to... Read More

    Have You Budgeted for Closing Costs?

    By Taylor Swanson | December 12, 2019

      Saving for a down payment is a key step in the homebuying process, and it’s not the only piece you need to include in your budget. Another factor that’s important to plan for is the closing costs required to obtain a mortgage. What Are Closing Costs? According to Trulia, “When you close on a home,... Read More

    What is the Best Investment for Americans?

    By Taylor Swanson | December 8, 2019

      Some are reporting that there is trepidation regarding the real estate market in the United States. Apparently, the American people are quite comfortable. Porch.com, a major network helping homeowners with their renovation projects, recently conducted a survey which asked Americans: “What do you believe is the safest investment over the next 10 years?” U.S.... Read More

    Is A Bigger House Within Your Budget?

    By Taylor Swanson | December 7, 2019

      At this time of year, many families come together to celebrate the season. It’s also the time when many realize their homes are just not quite big enough to host all of their guests and loved ones. Are you one of those homeowners dreaming for a larger space to call home? You may have... Read More