Home Equity in Retirement Planning

Home Equity in Retirement Planning

The Importance of Home Equity in Retirement Planning We often discuss the difference in family wealth between homeowner households and renter households. Much of that difference is the result of the equity buildup that homeowners experience over the time that they own their home. In a report recently released by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research […]

Renting vs. Buying

Renting vs. Buying

The Cost of Renting vs. Buying in the US [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a tough decision. Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (29.2%) vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-priced home (15.8%), the choice becomes obvious. Every […]

New Home Construction Problems

New Home Construction Problems

The Supply & Demand Problem Plaguing New Construction Many real estate economists have called on new home builders to ramp up production to help relieve the shortage of inventory of homes for sale throughout the United States. The added inventory would no doubt aid buyers in their search to secure their dream home, while also […]

How Much Equity is in Your Home?

How Much Equity is in Your Home?

Do You Know How Much Equity You Have in Your Home? CoreLogic’s latest Equity Report revealed that 91,000 properties regained equity in the first quarter of 2017. This is great news for the country, as 48.2 million of all mortgaged properties are now in a positive equity situation. Price Appreciation = Good News for Homeowners Frank Nothaft, CoreLogic’s Chief […]

Much Cheaper To Buy Than Rent

Much Cheaper To Buy Than Rent

Buying Is Now 33.1% Cheaper Than Renting in the US The results of the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia show that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage in the 100 largest metro areas in the United States. The updated numbers actually show that the range is an […]

Top Home Renovations

Top Home Renovations

Top Home Renovations for Maximum ROI [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights: Whether you are selling your home, just purchased your first home, or are a homeowner planning to stay put for a while, there is value in knowing which home improvement projects will net you the most Return On Investment (ROI). While big projects like adding a […]

Buy VS. Rent

Buy VS. Rent

The TRUTH Behind the RENT vs. BUY Debate In a blog post published last Friday, CNBC’s Diana Olnick reported on the latest results of the FAU Buy vs. Rent Index. The index examines the entire US housing market and then isolates 23 major markets for comparison. The researchers at FAU use a “‘horse race’ comparison […]

Is a Home Price Bubble Coming?

Is a Home Price Bubble Coming?

Are Home Prices Approaching Bubble Territory? As home values continue to rise, some are questioning whether we are approaching another housing bubble. Zillow just reported that: “National home values have surpassed the peak hit during the housing bubble and are at their highest value in more than a decade.” Though that statement is correct, we […]

Homeownership Is a Good Financial Investment

Homeownership Is a Good Financial Investment

Homeownership Is a Good Financial Investment! According to a recent report by Trulia, “buying is cheaper than renting in 100 of the largest metro areas by an average of 33.1%.” The report may have some people thinking about buying a home instead of signing another lease extension, but does that make sense from a financial perspective? Ralph McLaughlin, Trulia’s Chief […]

How’s The Real Estate Market?

How’s The Real Estate Market?

How’s the Real Estate Market? Find Out What the Experts Are Saying As we head into summer, it is a great time to review how the 2017 real estate market is doing so far. Here is what the experts are saying: Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae Chief Economist “Positive demographic factors should continue to reshape the […]