Homeownership

The Future of Home Price Appreciation and What It Means for You

April 7, 2022

Many consumers wonder what will happen with home values over the next few years. Some are concerned that the recent run-up in home prices will lead to a situation similar to the housing crash 15 years ago. However, experts say the market is different today. For example, Odeta Kushi, Deputy Chief Economist at

Remote Work Trends Mean Flexibility for First-Time Homebuyers

April 6, 2022

Today’s low inventory can be challenging for homebuyers, especially if you’re looking to purchase your first home. But if you’re one of many people who work remotely, you may have a great opportunity to use the flexibility you have at work to achieve your homebuying goals this year. In a recent report, Arch Capital Services explains

Balancing Your Wants and Needs as a Homebuyer Today

April 4, 2022

Since the number of homes for sale is low today, it can feel challenging to find one that checks all your boxes. But if you know which features are absolutely essential in your next home and which ones are just nice bonuses, you can land a home that fits your needs. Danielle Hale,

A Key To Building Wealth Is Homeownership

March 28, 2022

The link between financial security and homeownership is especially important today as inflation rises.  But many people may not realize just how much owning a home contributes to your overall net worth. As Leslie Rouda Smith, President of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), says: “Homeownership is rewarding in so many ways and can serve

How an Energy Efficient Home Can Be a Bright Idea [INFOGRAPHIC]

March 25, 2022

Some Highlights With inflation driving up the cost of everyday items, seeking out an energy-efficient home can be a great way to decrease the expenses you can control. Energy efficiency can help lower your utility bills and possibly even save you money on your taxes. Options to look for include efficient appliances, windows, and solar panels. If you’re

The Average Homeowner Gained More Than $55K in Equity over the Past Year

March 21, 2022

If you’re a current homeowner, you should know your net worth just got a big boost. It comes in the form of rising home equity. Equity is the current value of your home minus what you owe on the loan. Today, you’re building that equity far faster than you may expect

Don’t Get Caught Off Guard by Closing Costs

March 15, 2022

As a homebuyer, it’s important to plan and budget for the expenses you’ll encounter when you purchase a home. While most people understand the need to save for a down payment, a recent survey found 41% of homebuyers were surprised by their closing costs. Here’s some information to help you get started