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Home Prices Increase in Every Price Range

Posted by on Sep 30, 2019 in Selling a Home | 0 comments

CoreLogic’s Home Price Index (HPI) Report revealed, “National home prices increased 3.6% year over year in July 2019 and are forecast to increase 5.4% from July 2019 to July 2020.” They also analyzed four individual home-price tiers, showing the increase in each. Here’s the breakdown: To clarify the methodology, CoreLogic explains, “The four price tiers are based on the median sale price and are as follows: homes priced at 75% or less of the median (low price), homes priced between 75% and 100% of the median (low-to-middle price), homes priced between 100% and 125% of the median (middle-to-moderate price) and homes priced greater than 125% of the median (high price).” What does this mean if you’re selling? Price appreciation can differ depending on your price range. If you’re a homeowner thinking of selling, let’s get together to find out...

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Things to Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage

Posted by on Sep 27, 2019 in Mortgage & Finances | 0 comments

Congratulations! You’ve found a home to buy and have applied for a mortgage! You’re undoubtedly excited about the opportunity to decorate your new home, but before you make any large purchases, move your money around, or make any big-time life changes, consult your loan officer – someone who will be able to tell you how your decisions will impact your home loan. Below is a list of Things You Shouldn’t Do After Applying for a Mortgage. Some may seem obvious, but some may not. 1. Don’t Change Jobs or the Way You Are Paid at Your Job. Your loan officer must be able to track the source and amount of your annual income. If possible, you’ll want to avoid changing from salary to commission or becoming self-employed during this time as well. 2. Don’t Deposit Cash into Your Bank...

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6 Graphs Showing the Strength of the Current Housing Market

Posted by on Sep 25, 2019 in Real Estate Market, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Some Highlights: Keeping an eye on the current status of the housing market is one of the best ways to make powerful and confident decisions when buying or selling a home. Mortgage rates remaining near historic lows and houses selling in an average of only 29 days are just two key elements driving the strength of today’s market. With the national data shown here, make sure to also determine what’s happening in your local market so you are fully informed when you’re ready to make your next...

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What Is the Probability That Home Values Sink?

Posted by on Sep 23, 2019 in Real Estate Market | 0 comments

With the current uncertainty about the economy triggered by a potential trade war, some people are waiting to purchase their first home or move-up to their dream house because they think or hope home prices will drop over the next few years. However, the experts disagree with this perspective. Here is a table showing the predicted levels of appreciation from six major housing sources:As we can see, every source believes home prices will continue to appreciate (albeit at lower levels than we have seen over the last several years). But, not one source is calling for residential real estate values to depreciate. Additionally, ARCH Mortgage Insurance Company in their current Housing and Mortgage Market Review revealed their latest ARCH Risk Index, which estimates the probability of home prices being lower in two years. There was not one state that...

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How Property Taxes Can Impact Your Mortgage Payment

Posted by on Sep 20, 2019 in Buying a Home, Mortgage & Finances | 0 comments

When buying a home, taxes are one of the expenses that can make a significant difference in your monthly payment. Do you know how much you might pay for property taxes in your state or local area? When applying for a mortgage, you’ll see one of two acronyms in your paperwork – P&I or PITI– depending on how you’re including your taxes in your mortgage payment. P&I stands for Principal and Interest, and both are parts of your monthly mortgage payment that go toward paying off the loan you borrow. PITI stands for Principal, Interest, Taxes, and Insurance, and they’re all important factors to calculate when you want to determine exactly what the cost of your new home will be. TaxRates.org defines property taxes as, “A municipal tax levied by counties, cities, or special tax districts on most types...

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