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    Homeownership Is a Great Hedge Against the Impact of Rising Inflation

    By John DeGrood | June 23, 2022

    If you’re following along with the news today, you’ve heard about rising inflation. Today, inflation is at a 40-year high. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB): “Consumer prices accelerated again in May as shelter, energy and food prices continued to surge at the fastest pace in decades. This marked the third straight month for inflation above an 8%... 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

    The Average Homeowner Gained $64K in Equity over the Past Year

    By John DeGrood | June 21, 2022

    If you own a home, your net worth likely just got a big boost thanks to rising home equity. Equity is the current value of your home minus what you owe on the loan. And today, based on recent home price appreciation, you’re building that equity far faster than you may expect – here’s how it works. Because... Read More

    Why Achieving the Dream of Homeownership Can Be More Difficult for Some Americans

    By John DeGrood | June 20, 2022

    Today we take time to honor and recognize the past and present experiences of Black Americans. When it comes to real estate specifically, equitable access to housing has come a long way, but the path to homeownership is still steeper for households of color. The Gap in Homeownership Rate in America It’s a more challenging... Read More

    Don’t Let Student Loans Delay Your Homeownership Dreams

    By John DeGrood | February 8, 2022

    If you’re looking to buy a home, you may be wondering how your student loan debt could impact those plans. Do you have to wait until you’ve paid off your student loans before you can buy your first home? Or could you qualify for a home loan with that debt? To give you the answers you’re... Read More

    Consumers Agree: It’s a Good Time To Sell

    By John DeGrood | February 7, 2022

    In today’s sellers’ market, many homeowners are weighing their options and trying to decide if they should sell their house. If you’re in that group, you may be balancing things like the ongoing health crisis, rising mortgage rates, and your own changing needs to determine your best time to make a move. However, recent data... Read More

    How Remote Work Impacts Your Home Search [INFOGRAPHIC]

    By John DeGrood | February 4, 2022

    Some Highlights If your workplace is delaying its return to office plans or is allowing permanent work from home options, that may open up new possibilities for your home search. Ongoing remote work could give you the chance for a change in scenery, a move to an area with a lower cost of living, or finding a home with more home... Read More

    Millions of Americans Have Discovered the Benefits of Multigenerational Households

    By John DeGrood | February 3, 2022

    If your needs are changing, you may be thinking about sharing a home with additional loved ones, such as grandparents, adult children, or other extended family members. Whether it’s for financial or health-related circumstances, or simply because you’ve reached a new phase of life, you might be wondering if living with multiple generations under the... Read More

    Owning Is More Affordable than Renting in the Majority of the Country

    By John DeGrood | January 31, 2022

    If you were thinking about buying a home this year, but already pressed pause on your plans due to rising home prices and increasing mortgage rates, there’s something you should consider. According to the latest report from ATTOM Data, owning a home is more affordable than renting in the majority of the country. The 2022 Rental Affordability Report says: “. . . Owning a median-priced home... Read More

    Why Your Home Inspection Matters [INFOGRAPHIC]

    By John DeGrood | January 28, 2022

    Some Highlights Buying a home and wondering if your inspection is necessary? While some buyers may decide to waive their inspection, it’s risky decision. Your home inspection is a crucial step in the homebuying process. It assesses the condition of the home you plan to purchase, so you can avoid costly surprises down the road. Let’s connect so you have expert advice and a trusted professional... Read More

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