Economy

Important Distinction: Homes Are Less Affordable, Not Unaffordable

dolanorourke
October 21, 2021

It’s impossible to research the subject of buying a home without coming across a headline declaring that the fall in home affordability is a crisis. However, when we add context to the most recent affordability statistics, we soon realize that, though homes are less affordable than they have been over the

Don’t Wait for a Lower Mortgage Rate – It Could Cost You

dolanorourke
October 12, 2021

Today’s housing market is truly one for the record books. Over the past year, we’ve seen the lowest mortgage rates in history. And while those rates seemed to bottom out in January of this year, the golden window of opportunity for buyers isn’t over just yet. If you’re one of the

As Home Equity Rises, So Does Your Wealth

dolanorourke
September 30, 2021

Homeownership is still a crucial part of the American dream. For those people who own a home (and those looking to buy one), it’s clear that being a homeowner has considerable benefits both emotionally and financially. In addition to long-term stability, buying a home is one of the best ways to increase your net

Home Price Appreciation Is Skyrocketing in 2021. What About 2022?

dolanorourke
September 9, 2021

One of the major story lines over the last year is how well the residential real estate market performed. One key metric in the spotlight is home price appreciation. According to the latest indices, home prices are skyrocketing this year. Here are the latest percentages showing the year-over-year increase in

The Difference in Net Worth Between Homeowners and Renters Is Widening

dolanorourke
August 30, 2021

Becoming financially secure is an important goal for many people today, but some don’t realize just how much homeownership can help them achieve that dream. A recent report, The Journey Toward Financial Freedom, surveys Americans about their perspective on financial wellness and their goals. It shows there may be a significant misconception about

What Do Experts Say About Today’s Mortgage Rates?

dolanorourke
August 23, 2021

Mortgage rates are hovering near record lows, and that’s good news for today’s homebuyers. The graph below shows mortgage rates dating back to 2016 and where today falls by comparison. Generally speaking, when rates are low, you can afford more home for your money. That’s why experts across the industry agree

Real Estate: It’s Still a Lack of Supply, Not a Lack of Demand

dolanorourke
August 18, 2021

One of the major questions real estate experts are asking today is whether prospective homebuyers still believe purchasing a home makes sense. Some claim rapidly rising home prices are impacting demand and, by extension, leading to the recent slowdown in sales activity. However, demand isn’t the real issue. Instead, it’s

The Community and Economic Impacts of a Home Sale

dolanorourke
August 9, 2021

If you’re thinking of buying or selling a house, chances are you’re focusing on the many extraordinary ways it’ll change your life. What you may not realize is that decision impacts people’s lives far beyond your own. Home purchases and sales are significant drivers of economic activity. They have a major

With Rents on the Rise – Is Now the Time To Buy?

dolanorourke
August 3, 2021

According to recent data from realtor.com, median rental prices have reached their highest point ever recorded in many areas across the country. The report found rents rose by 8.1% from the same time last year. As it notes: “Beyond simply recovering to pre-pandemic levels, rents across the country are surging. Typically, rents fluctuate less than 1% from

Key Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying a Home

dolanorourke
August 2, 2021

Sometimes it can feel like everyone has advice when it comes to buying a home. While your friends and loved ones may have your best interests in mind, they may also be missing crucial information about today’s housing market that you need to make your best decision. Before you decide