Category: First Time Home Buyers

    • The Difference Having a Professional on Your Side Makes

      In today’s fast-paced world, where answers are a Google search away, there are some who may wonder what the benefits of hiring a real estate professional to help them in their home search are. The truth is, with the addition of more information, comes more confusion. Shows like Property Brothers, Fixer Upper and the dozens […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • What is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy? [INFOGRAPHIC]

      Some Highlights:

      • The cost of waiting to buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices and interest rates were to increase over a period of time.
      • Freddie Mac predicts interest rates to rise to 5.1% by the end of 2019.
      • CoreLogic predicts home prices to appreciate by 4.8% over the next 12 months.
      • If you are ready and willing to buy your dream home, find out if you are able to!
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • Last Chance! Homes are a Bargain Compared to Historic Norms

      A loaf of bread used to be a nickel. A movie ticket was a dime.  Not anymore. Houses were also much less expensive than they are now. Inflation raised the price of all three of those items, along with the price of almost every other item we purchase. The reason we can still afford to […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • Buying a Home Young is the Key to Building Wealth

      Homeowners who purchase their homes before the age of 35 are better prepared for retirement at age 60, according to a new Urban Institute study. The organization surveyed adults who turned 60 or 61 between 2003 and 2015 for their data set. “Today’s older adults became homeowners at a younger age than today’s young adults. […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • 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 Denise Zervos
    • The Cost Across Time [INFOGRAPHIC]

      Some Highlights: With interest rates still around 4.5%, now is a great time to look back at where rates have been over the last 40 years. Rates are projected to climb to 5.0% by this time next year according to Freddie Mac. The impact your interest...
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • Is the Recent Dip in Interest Rates Here to Stay?

      Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage climbed consistently throughout 2018 until the middle of November. After that point, rates returned to levels that we saw in August to close out the year at 4.55%, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey. After the first week of 2019, rates have continued their downward […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • Belief in Homeownership as an Investment is Far from Dead

      Following last year’s real estate market was like riding a rollercoaster. The market started off strong in 2018 and then softened before finishing with a mild flurry. However, one thing that did not waiver was America’s belief that owning a home makes sense from a financial standpoint. An end-of-the-year survey by the Federal Reserve Bank’s Center […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • Excited About Buying A Home This Year? Here’s What to Watch

      As we kick off the new year, many families have made resolutions to enter the housing market in 2019. Whether you are thinking of finally ditching your landlord and buying your first home or selling your starter house to move into your forever home, there are two pieces of the real estate puzzle you need […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • Where is the Housing Market Headed in 2019? [INFOGRAPHIC]

      Some Highlights: ­Interest rates are projected to increase steadily throughout 2019, but buyers will still be able to lock in a rate lower than their parents or grandparents did when they bought their homes! Home prices will rise at a rate of 4.8% o...
      Written by Denise Zervos