Rent vs. Buy

Sept. 27, 2019

What Is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy?

Some Highlights:

  • The “cost of waiting to buy” is defined as the additional funds necessary to buy a home if prices and interest rates were to increase over a period of time.
  • Freddie Mac forecasts interest rates will rise to 3.8% by Q4 2020.
  • CoreLogic predicts home prices will ...
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Sept. 26, 2019

Homeowners Are Happy! Renters? Not So Much.

 

When people talk about homeownership and the American Dream, much of the conversation revolves around the financial benefits of owning a home. However, two recent studies show that the non-financial benefits might be even more valuable.

In a recent survey, Bank of America asked homeowners: “Does owning a home ...

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Sept. 19, 2019

One of the Top Reasons to Own a Home

 

One of the benefits of homeownership is that it is a “forced savings plan.” Here’s how it works: You make a mortgage payment each month. Part of that payment is applied to the principal balance of your mortgage. Each month you owe less on the home. The difference ...

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Aug. 19, 2019

A Great Way to Increase Your Family’s Net Worth

 

Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts its Survey of Consumer Finances. Data is collected across all economic and social groups. The latest survey data covers 2013-2016.

The study revealed that the median net worth of a homeowner is $231,400 – a 15% increase since 2013. At the ...

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Aug. 5, 2019

Millionaire to Millennials: The Costly Mistake of Not Buying Now

 

On his personal website, self-made millionaire David Bach makes a striking statement:

Not prioritizing homeownership is the single biggest mistake millennials are making.”

He further stated, “Buying a home is an escalator to wealth.”

Bach explains:

“Young adults in particular aren’t hopping on this escalator, and ...

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July 22, 2019

Is Renting Right for Me?

 

If you’re currently renting and have dreams of owning your own home, it may be a good time to think about your next move. With rent costs rising annually and many helpful down payment assistance programs available, homeownership may be closer than you realize.

According to the 2018 Bank ...

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July 9, 2019

5 Powerful Reasons to Own Instead of Rent

 

Owning a home has great financial benefits.

In a recent research paper, Homeownership and the American Dream, Laurie S. Goodman and Christopher Mayer of the Urban Land Institute explained:

“Homeownership appears to help borrowers accumulate housing and nonhousing wealth in a variety of ways, with tax advantages, greater financial ...

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July 2, 2019

Millennials Are Increasing the Demand for Condominiums

 

When deciding to buy a home, people are presented with many different options. The type of home you buy depends on your needs, budget, and in many cases, the desired maintenance level. For many millennials, their choice has been buying a condominium!

According to CoreLogic,

Last year about ...

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June 20, 2019

Young First-Time Buyers Are Saving for Their Dream Homes

 

Young buyers (Millennials & Gen Z) have waited longer than previous generations to enter the housing market for their first home. However, this hasn’t stopped them from dreaming about the home they will eventually buy. Many spend hours searching listings and building Pinterest boards of their favorite home features ...

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June 11, 2019

Renting or Owning, What Is Better for You?

 

In a real estate market where home prices are rising, many have begun to reexamine the idea of buying a home, choosing instead, to rent for a while. But often, there is a dilemma: should you keep paying rent, knowing that rent is rising too, or should you lock ...

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