44.9% of Homeowners Are Now Equity Rich

NEARLY HALF OF FINANCED US HOMES ARE NOW WORTH DOUBLE THEIR LOAN AMOUNT Home price growth has left 44.9% of US homeowners in an equity-rich position, meaning their home equity is worth at least double their loan amount. This is according to the latest report from Attom Data Solutions, a real estate data provider. WHAT…

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TWO WAYS THE FEDERAL RESERVE IMPACTS MORTGAGE RATES

TWO WAYS THE FEDERAL RESERVE IMPACTS MORTGAGE RATES – 5.10.2022 1- THE FED IMPACTS FIXED-RATE MORTGAGES BY BUYING AND SELLING MORTGAGE BONDS. Interest rates on fixed-rate mortgages change whenever the Fed buys or sells mortgage bonds, and whenever the Fed makes statements about buying and selling mortgage bonds. Since the pandemic hit the economy in…

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What You Need To Know About Selling in a Sellers’ Market

Kevin Brierton – 4.28.2022 Even if you haven’t been following real estate news, you’ve likely heard about the current sellers’ market. That’s because there’s a lot of talk about how strong market conditions are for people who want to sell their houses. But if you’re thinking about listing your house, you probably want to know: what does being in…

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The Dream of Homeownership Is Worth the Effort

Kevin Brierton – 4.27.2022 If you’re in the market to buy a home this season, stick with it. Homebuyers face challenges in any market, and today’s is no exception. But if you persevere, your decision to purchase a home will be worth the effort in the end. In fact, a recent survey from Bankrate shows homeownership is so powerful…

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How Homeownership Can Help Shield You from Inflation

Kevin Brierton – 4.26.2022 If you’re following along with the news today, you’ve likely heard about rising inflation. You’re also likely feeling the impact in your day-to-day life as prices go up for gas, groceries, and more. These rising consumer costs can put a pinch on your wallet and make you re-evaluate any big purchases…

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Why This Housing Market Is Not a Bubble Ready To Pop

Kevin Brierton – 4.21.2022 Homeownership has become a major element in achieving the American Dream. A recent report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) finds that over 86% of buyers agree homeownership is still the American Dream. Prior to the 1950s, less than half of the country owned their own home. However, after World War II, many returning veterans used…

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How To Approach Rising Mortgage Rates as a Buyer

Kevin Brierton – 4.20.2022 In the last few weeks, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate from Freddie Mac inched up to 5%. While that news may have you questioning the timing of your home search, the truth is, timing has never been more important. Even though you may be tempted to put your plans on hold in…

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Why Pre-Approval Is an Important Step for Today’s Homebuyers

Kevin Brierton – 4.19.2022 Being intentional and competitive are musts when buying a home this season. That’s why pre-approval is so important today. Pre-approval from a lender is the only way to know your true price range and how much money you can borrow for your loan. Peter Warden, Editor of The Mortgage Reports, explains: “The lender will check…

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Is It Time To Buy a Smaller Home?

Kevin Brierton – 4.18.2022 Life events can have a major impact on what you need from your home, and retirement is one of the biggest changes many of us face. This period of your life can mean doing more of the things you enjoy, like traveling, visiting with loved ones, or taking on new hobbies.…

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