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Category: Move-Up Buyers

    Think Home Prices Are Going To Fall? Think Again

    By John DeGrood | July 21, 2022

    Over the last two years, the rate of home prices appreciated at a dramatic pace. While that led to incredible equity gains for homeowners, it’s also caused some buyers to wonder if home prices will fall. It’s important to know the housing market isn’t a bubble about to burst, and home price growth is supported by strong market fundamentals.... Read More

    Why Pre-Approval Is a Game Changer for Homebuyers

    By John DeGrood | July 19, 2022

    If you’re planning to buy a home this year, you might have heard that pre-approval is a necessary step to take before starting out on your journey. But why is that? And is it still important in today’s shifting market? The truth is, getting a pre-approval letter from your lender is critical, and when it comes to your... Read More

    Wondering Where You’ll Move if You Sell Your House Today?

    By John DeGrood | July 18, 2022

    If you put a pause on your home search because you weren’t sure where you’d go once you sold your house, it might be a good time to get back into the market. That’s because today’s market is undergoing a shift, and the supply of homes for sale is increasing as a result. That means you may have... Read More

    Should I Buy a Home Right Now?

    By John DeGrood | July 13, 2022

    If you’ve been thinking about buying a home, you likely have one question on the top of your mind: should I buy right now, or should I wait? While no one can answer that question for you, here’s some information that could help you make your decision. The Future of Home Price Appreciation Each quarter, Pulsenomics surveys a national panel of... Read More

    The Drop in Mortgage Rates Brings Good News for Homebuyers

    By John DeGrood | July 11, 2022

    Over the past few weeks, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate from Freddie Mac fell by half a percent. The drop happened over concerns about a potential recession. And since mortgage rates have risen dramatically this year, homebuyers across the country should see this decline as welcome news. Freddie Mac reports that the average 30-year rate was down to 5.30% from 5.81%... Read More

    Why Growing Home Equity Is Great News if You Plan To Move [INFOGRAPHIC]

    By John DeGrood | July 8, 2022

    Some Highlights According to the latest data from CoreLogic, the average homeowner gained $64,000 in home equity over the past 12 months. That much equity can be a game-changer when you move. When you sell, it could be some (if not all) of what you need for a down payment on your next home. To find out how much equity you have in... Read More

    How Your Equity Can Grow over Time

    By John DeGrood | July 6, 2022

    It’s true that record levels of home price appreciation have spurred significant equity gains for homeowners over the past few years. As Diana Olick, Real Estate Correspondent at CNBC, says: “The stunning jump in home values over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic has given U.S. homeowners record amounts of housing wealth.” That’s great for your home’s value over the last... Read More

    Real Estate Consistently Voted Best Investment [INFOGRAPHIC]

    By John DeGrood | July 1, 2022

    Some Highlights Based on a recent Gallup poll, real estate has been rated the best long-term investment for nine years in a row. Owning real estate is more than just a place to call home. It’s also an investment in your future. That’s because it’s typically a stable and secure asset that can grow in value over time. If you’re ready to buy... Read More

    A Key Opportunity for Homebuyers

    By John DeGrood | June 28, 2022

    There’s no denying the housing market has delivered a fair share of challenges to homebuyers over the past two years. Two of the biggest hurdles homebuyers faced during the pandemic were the limited number of homes for sale and the intensity and frequency of bidding wars. But those two things have reached a turning point.... Read More

    Things To Avoid After Applying for a Home Loan

    By John DeGrood | June 22, 2022

    Once you’ve applied for a mortgage to buy a home, there are some key things to keep in mind. While it’s exciting to start thinking about moving in and decorating, be careful when it comes to making any big purchases. Here are a few things you may not realize you need to avoid after applying for... Read More

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