Category: Buying Myths

    • How to Get a Better Perspective on Affordability

      Headlines spotlight the fact that buying a home is less affordable today than it was at any other time in more than a decade. Those headlines are accurate. Understandably, buying a home is more expensive now than immediately following one of the worst housing crashes in American history. Over the past decade, the market was […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • One More Time… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a Home

      The largest obstacle renters face when planning to buy a home is saving for a down payment. This challenge is amplified by rising rents, which has eaten into the amount of money renters have leftover for savings each month after paying expenses. In combination with higher rents, survey after survey has shown that non-homeowners (renters […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • Buying a House This Year? This Should Be Your 1st Step!

      In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show that you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • No Bubble Here! How New Mortgage Standards Are Helping

      Real estate is shifting to a more normal market; the days of national home appreciation topping 6% annually are over and inventories are increasing which is causing bidding wars to almost disappear. Some see these as signs that the market will soon come tumbling down as it did in 2008. As it becomes easier for […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • Will Your Side Hustle Buy You a House This Year?

      The top concern for most first-time home buyers is their ability to save for a down payment. According to a new survey, 36% of millennials took on a second job to make their dreams of homeownership a reality in 2017.  Among millennials with incomes over $100,000 a year, the top ways to come up with […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • The Cost of Renting vs. Buying a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

      Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a tough decision. Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (28.4%) vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-priced home (17.5%)...
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • 75% of Renters Have Been Misinformed

      Recently, multiple headlines have been written asserting that homeownership is less affordable today than at any other time in the last decade. Though the headlines are accurate, they lack context and lead too many Americans to believe that they can’t partake in a major part of the American Dream – owning a home. In 2008, […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • 2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers

      Urban Institute recently released a report entitled, “Barriers to Accessing Homeownership: Down Payment, Credit, and Affordability,” which revealed that, “Consumers often think they need to put more money down to purchase a home than is actually required. In a 2017 survey, 68% of renters cited saving for a down payment as an obstacle to homeownership. Thirty-nine percent of renters […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • Buying a Home Can Be Scary… Until You Know the Facts [INFOGRAPHIC]

      Some Highlights:

      Many potential homebuyers believe that they need a 20% down payment and a 780 FICO® score to qualify to buy a home which stops many of them from even trying! Here are some facts:
      • 72% of buyers who purchased homes this year have put down less than 20%.
      • 4% of loan applications were approved last month.
      • The average credit score of approved loans was 727 in September.
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • Housing Is Still Affordable in the United States!

      Lately, there have been many headlines circulating about whether or not there is an “affordability issue forming in the housing market.” If you are considering selling your current house and moving up to the home of your dreams, but are unsure whether or not to believe what you’re seeing in the news, let’s look at […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan