Category: First Time Home Buyers

    • No Bubble Here! How New Mortgage Standards Are Helping

      Real estate is shifting to a more normal market; the days of national home appreciation topping 6% annually are over and inventories are increasing which is causing bidding wars to almost disappear. Some see these as signs that the market will soon come tumbling down as it did in 2008. As it becomes easier for […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • Don’t Get Caught in the Rental Trap in 2019

      Every year around this time, we take time to reflect and plan for next year. If you are renting your current home but have dreams of homeownership, your plan for the new year may include buying, and you wouldn’t be alone! According to the 2018 Bank of America Homebuyer Insights Report, 74% of renters plan […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • How to Simply Increase Your Family Wealth by Paying for Housing

      Everyone should realize that unless you are living somewhere rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. Buying your own home provides you with a form of ‘forced savings’ that allows you to use your monthly housing costs to increase your family’s wealth. Every month that you pay your mortgage, you […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • What If I Wait A Year to Buy a Home?

      National home prices have increased by 5.4% since this time last year. Over that same time period, interest rates have remained near historic lows which has allowed many buyers to enter the market and lock in low rates. As a seller, you will likely be most concerned about ‘short-term price’ – where home values are headed over […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • The Tale of Two Markets [INFOGRAPHIC]

      Some Highlights: An emerging trend for some time now has been the difference between available inventory and demand in the premium and luxury markets and that in the starter and trade-up markets and what those differences are doing to prices! Invent...
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • 2008 vs. Now: Are Owners Using Their Homes as ATMs Again?

      Over the last six years, we have experienced strong price appreciation which has increased home equity levels dramatically. As the number of “cash-out” refinances begins to approach numbers last seen during the crash, some are afraid that we may be repeating last decade’s mistake. However, a closer look at the numbers shows that homeowners are […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • Where Are Interest Rates Headed in 2019?

      The interest rate you pay on your home mortgage has a direct impact on your monthly payment. The higher the rate, the greater the payment will be. That is why it is important to know where rates are headed when deciding to start your home search. Below is a chart created using Freddie Mac’s U.S. […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • Homeowners Aged 65+ Have 48x More Net Worth Than Renters

      Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts their Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. Their latest survey data covers responses from 2013-2016. The study revealed that the median net worth of a homeowner was $231,400 – a 15% increase since 2013. At the same time, the median net worth of […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • 4 Reasons to Buy A Home This Winter!

      Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insight report revealed that home prices have appreciated by 5.6% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 4.7% over the next year. […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • Home Prices Up 6.34% Across the Country! [INFOGRAPHIC]

      Some Highlights: The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their latest Quarterly Home Price Index report. In the report, home prices are compared both regionally and by state. Based on the latest numbers, if you plan on relocating...
      Written by Denise Zervos