First Time Buyers

May 4, 2020

U.S. Homeownership Rate Rises to Highest Point in 8 Years

 

For nearly two months, most of us have been following strict stay-at-home orders from our state and local governments. It is a whole new way of life that has put our daily lives on pause. On the other hand, many of us have also found a sense of comfort ...

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May 1, 2020

How to Test-Drive a Neighborhood While Sheltering in Place

 

Some Highlights

  • Staying at home doesn’t mean your search for a new place needs to come to a standstill.
  • Check out these tips on how to explore other neighborhoods virtually in the homebuying process. You may find a spot that better suits your needs without ever leaving your living ...
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April 29, 2020

Buying a Home Right Now: Easy? No. Smart? Yes.

 

Through all the volatility in the economy right now, some have put their search for a home on hold, yet others have not. According to ShowingTime, the real estate industry’s leading showing management technology provider, buyers have started to reappear over the last several weeks. In the latest report ...

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April 17, 2020

How Technology is Helping Buyers Navigate the Home Search Process

Some Highlights:

  • A recent realtor.com survey revealed that buyers are still considering moving forward with the homebuying process, even if they can’t see the home in-person.
  • While they still prefer to physically see a home, virtual home tours and accurate listing information top the list of tech specs ...
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April 1, 2020

The #1 Thing You Can Do Now to Position Yourself to Buy a Home This Year

 

The last few weeks and months have caused a major health crisis throughout the world, leading to a pause in the U.S. economy as businesses and consumers work to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The rapid spread of the virus has been compared to prior pandemics and ...

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March 27, 2020

What You Can Do to Keep Your Dream of Homeownership Moving Forward

 

Some Highlights:

  • Don’t put your homeownership plans on hold just because you’re stuck inside.
  • There are several things you can do right now to keep your home search moving forward.
  • Connect with an agent, learn about resource programs for things like down payments, and get pre-approved today.

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March 17, 2020

Two Big Myths in the Homebuying Process

 

The 2020 Millennial Home Buyer Report shows how this generation is not really any different from previous ones when it comes to homeownership goals:

“The majority of millennials not only want to own a home, but 84% of millennials in 2019 considered it a major part of the American ...

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March 3, 2020

How Interest Rates Can Impact Your Monthly Housing Payments

 

Spring is right around the corner, so flowers are starting to bloom, and many potential homebuyers are getting ready to step into the market. If you’re thinking of buying this season, here’s how mortgage interest rates are working in your favor.

Freddie Mac explains:

If you’re in the ...

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Feb. 11, 2020

Homeownership Rate on the Rise to a 6-Year High

 

Regardless of the lack of inventory on the market, the U.S. homeownership rate has climbed to a 6-year high. The United States Census Bureau reported that it increased to 65.1% in the fourth quarter of 2019, representing the highest level in the past six years. See the ...

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Feb. 3, 2020

Three Reasons Why Pre-Approval Is the First Step in the 2020 Homebuying Journey

 

When the number of buyers in the housing market outnumbers the number of homes for sale, it’s called a “seller’s market.” The advantage tips toward the seller as low inventory heats up the competition among those searching for a place to call their own. This can create multiple ...

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