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What Will The Housing Market Look Like In 2016?

What Will The Housing Market Look Like In 2016?

U.S. housing had its greatest year since 2006 last year, with both new and existing single-family home sales setting post-recession records. And especially in large metros, home prices have risen to match high demand from buyers. Now, Americans are ...
What Does The Fed’s Interest Rate Hike Mean For Mortgage Borrowers?

What Does The Fed’s Interest Rate Hike Mean For Mortgage Borrowers?

For nearly a year now, a central bank interest rate increase from the Federal Reserve has seemed imminent. Rates have hovered near zero since they were dropped in 2008 to help keep borrowers afloat during the financial crisis. But ever since the economy ...
What Benefits Does a National Mortgage Company Offer?

What Benefits Does a National Mortgage Company Offer?

When you’re ready to buy a home, it’s hard to beat the personal attention and intimate feeling you get from working with a small, local mortgage lender. But local brands that are owned by national parent companies can offer customers the best of both ...
How Do The Holidays Affect The Housing Market?

How Do The Holidays Affect The Housing Market?

Some local housing markets are hot, and many others are warming up — but for the U.S. overall, slow growth is still the name of the game. Traditionally, the housing market slows down during the holiday season and picks up again after the New Year. ...
What If I Need Help With My Down Payment?

What If I Need Help With My Down Payment?

If you’re not ready to make a hefty mortgage down payment, are you really ready to buy a home? You might be surprised how many people can answer, “Yes.” In today’s economy, the quality of the mortgage borrower doesn’t always depend on the ...
The Millennial Homeowner: Should You Buy or Rent?

The Millennial Homeowner: Should You Buy or Rent?

More and more young people are becoming homeowners. In fact, millennials now make up the largest segment of U.S. buyers, according to the National Association of Realtors. This is a big change, since first-time homebuyers have been conspicuously ...
Winning the bidding wars: How to make your offer stand out

Winning the bidding wars: How to make your offer stand out

These days, placing an offer on a house can feel like entering the lightning round of a game show. Buying a home in a low-inventory market adds pressure and competition, and many houses are going quickly. But unlike most game shows, this is one contest ...
What is a jumbo loan, and how can you qualify?

What is a jumbo loan, and how can you qualify?

Today’s mortgage rates are historically low, and rising home prices still haven’t peaked in most markets. If you’re looking to purchase a home, you might be surprised by the properties you can get for your money — even in higher price ranges. ...
Can a Realtor help you buy your next home?

Can a Realtor help you buy your next home?

 When most people think of real estate agents, they think of hiring help to sell a home. And while much of what Realtors do is related to home sales, they also work with the people who buy these homes. Working with a buyer’s Realtor, or an Accredited ...
Should you buy a newly built home?

Should you buy a newly built home?

Are you frustrated with the lack of selection you’re seeing in your local real estate listings? One side effect of a housing climate with low inventory is that people interested in buying a home sometimes find they have to compromise on what they ...