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Timeline to Save for a Down Payment

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Mortgage & Finances | 0 comments

How Fast Can You Save for a Down Payment? Saving for a down payment is often the biggest hurdle for a first-time homebuyer. Depending on where you live, median income, median rents, and home prices all vary. So, we set out to find out how long would it take you to save for a down payment in each state? Using data from the United States Census Bureau and Zillow, we determined how long it would take, nationwide, for a first-time buyer to save enough money for a down payment on their dream home. There is a long-standing ‘rule’ that a household should not pay more than 28% of their income on their monthly housing expense. By determining the percentage of income spent renting a 2-bedroom apartment in each state, and the amount needed for a 10% down payment, we...

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Joyful Tax Return

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in Mortgage & Finances | 0 comments

Your Tax Return: Bring it Home! This time of year, many people eagerly check their mailboxes looking for their tax return check from the IRS. But, what do most people plan to do with the money? GO Banking Rates recently surveyed Americans and asked the question – “What do you plan on doing with your tax refund?” The results of the survey were interesting. Here is what they plan to do with their money: 41% – Put it into savings 38% – Pay off debt 11% – Go on a vacation 5% – Make a major purchase (car, home, etc.) 5% – Splurge on a purchase Upon seeing the research, The National Association of Realtors (NAR) wondered if this could help with a constant challenge cited by many people who wish to purchase a home – saving for the...

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Idaho Housing Market Snapshot – April 26, 2017

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Real Estate Market | 0 comments

Midweek Snapshot – April 26, 2017 Whether you’re ready to start looking for your dream home or you’re thinking it might be time to sell your home, knowing what’s going on in the real estate world is definitely a good place to start! Our Idaho Housing Market infographic offers a quick summary of Active & Pending Single Family Homes in Idaho as a whole as well as city specific numbers. Check out Vol. 10: Idaho Housing Market Snapshot – April 26, 2017 Featured Property: 9200 W. Avalanche Court | Boise View Tour: http://www.tourfactory.com/idxr1716182 The midweek Idaho Market Snapshot – April 26, 2017 –  includes: Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Nampa, Kuna, Caldwell, Moscow, McCall, and Twin Falls! Interested in purchasing or listing a home? Want to know what your neighborhood market is? Feel free to contact us any time!  *Information is for Reference...

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Rates Up, Requirements Easing

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Buying a Home | 0 comments

Home Mortgages: Rates Up, Requirements Easing The media has extensively covered the rise in mortgage interest rates since last fall (from 3.42% last September to the current 4.1% according to Freddie Mac). However, a less covered aspect of the mortgage market is that requirements to get a mortgage have eased while rates have risen. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) quantifies the availability of mortgage credit each month with their Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI). According to the MBA, the MCAI is: “A summary measure which indicates the availability of mortgage credit at a point in time.” The higher the index, the easier it is to get a mortgage. Here is a chart showing the MCAI over the last several months as rates have increased. Have requirements for attaining a mortgage actually eased? Yes. Here are two examples: FICO® Score...

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Selling? Now Is the Time!

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Selling a Home | 0 comments

Thinking of Selling? Now Is the Time to Act If you thought about selling your house this year, now may be the time to do it. The inventory of homes for sale is well below historic norms and buyer demand is skyrocketing. We were still in high school when we learned the concept of supply and demand: the best time to sell something is when supply of that item is low and demand for that item is high. That defines today’s real estate market. Jonathan Smoke, Chief Economist at realtor.com, revealed in a recent article that: “The biggest challenge to buyers this spring will be simply finding a home to buy and getting it successfully under contract. That’s because the supply of homes for sale is at an all-time low, and yet demand is strong and getting stronger.” Smoke goes on...

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