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  • What You Need to Know About the Mortgage Process [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Some Highlights:

    • Many buyers are purchasing a home with a down payment as little as 3%.
    • You may already qualify for a loan, even if you don't have perfect credit.
    • Take advantage of the knowledge of your local professionals who are there to help you determine how much you can afford.
    Written by Denise Zervos
  • Housing Will Not Fall Victim to Next Economic Storm

    Some experts are calling for a slowdown in the economy later this year and most economists have predicted that the next recession could only be eighteen months away. The question is, what impact will a recession have on the housing market? Here are the opinions of several experts on the subject: Ivy Zelman in her […]
    Written by Denise Zervos
  • Demand for Homes to Buy Continues to Climb

    Across the United States, there is a severe mismatch between the low number of houses for sale and the high demand for those houses! First-time homebuyers are out in force and are being met with a highly competitive summer real estate market. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the inventory of homes for […]
    Written by Denise Zervos
  • 4 REAL Reasons Why We Buy A Home!

    We often talk about why it makes financial sense to buy a home, but more often than not, the emotional reasons are the more powerful or compelling ones. No matter what shape or size your living space is, the concept and feeling of home can mean different things to different people. Whether it’s a certain […]
    Written by Denise Zervos
  • First-Time Home Buyers Continue to Put Down Less Than 6%!

    According to the Realtors Confidence Index from the National Association of Realtors, 61% of first-time homebuyers purchased their homes with down payments below 6% in 2017. Many potential homebuyers believe that a 20% down payment is necessary to buy a home and have disqualified themselves without even trying, but in March, 71% of first-time buyers […]
    Written by Denise Zervos
  • House-Buying Power at Near-Historic Levels

    We keep hearing that home affordability is approaching crisis levels. While this may be true in a few metros across the country, housing affordability is not a challenge in the clear majority of the country. In their most recent Real House Price Index, First American reported that consumer “house-buying power” is at “near-historic levels.” Their […]
    Written by Denise Zervos
  • Rising Interest Rates Have Not Dampened Demand

    Since the beginning of the year, mortgage interest rates have risen over a half of a percentage point (from 3.95% to 4.52%), according to Freddie Mac. Even a small rise in interest rates can greatly impact a buyer’s monthly mortgage payment. First American recently released the results of their quarterly Real Estate Sentiment Index (RESI), […]
    Written by Denise Zervos
  • How Long Do Most Families Live in a House?

    The National Association of Realtors (NAR) keeps historical data on many aspects of homeownership. One of their data points, which has changed dramatically, is the median tenure of a family in a home, meaning how long a family stays in a home prior to moving. As the graph below shows, over the last twenty years (1985-2008), the median tenure […]
    Written by Denise Zervos
  • The #1 Reason to List Your House for Sale NOW!

    If you are debating whether or not to list your house for sale this year, here is the #1 reason not to wait! Buyer Demand Continues to Outpace the Supply of Homes for Sale The National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) Chief Economist Lawrence Yun recently commented on the current lack of inventory: “Inventory coming onto the market during […]
    Written by Denise Zervos
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