Category Archives: Real Estate

Rising Mortgage Rates DO NOT Lead to Decreased Home Prices

A lot of people think that rising interest rates will result in lower house prices. What they don’t know is prices are determined by supply and demand.  While rising rates may slow demand, they also affect supply. “For current homeowners, the decision to buy a new home is typically linked to their decision to sell their current home… Because of this link, the financing costs of the existing mortgage are part of the homeowner’s decision of whether and when to … Read more

Moving up Is MORE Affordable Now Than Almost Any Other Time in 40 Years

Trulia recently posted a blog, Not Your Father’s Housing Market, which examined home affordability over the last 40+ years (1975-2016). Their research revealed that: “Nationally, homes are just about the most affordable they’ve been in the last 40 years… the median household could afford a home 1.5 times more expensive than the median home price. In 1980, the median household could only afford about 3/4 of the median home price. Despite relatively stagnant incomes, affordability has grown due to the … Read more

Five Mistakes to Avoid When Purchasing Your New Home.

You may be ready to take the next step in your life and purchase your first home. You may even be ready to move on to a newer home. No matter the case, there are several things that you must do before you move into that beautiful new home. Things like finding a realtor, finding the home, securing financing, saving for a down payment, and many others. With all of those variables, there are some roadblocks and potential mistakes to … Read more

What Impact Do Higher Mortgage Rates Have On Housing Prices?

Mortgage interest rates have risen by nearly one half percent thus far in 2018, most projections are for a five percent 30 year fixed rate by the end of the year and I personally would not be surprised to see it above that. WHY are rates moving higher after 30 years of lower and lower interest rates? As I have written about before, higher mortgage rates are a near certainty due to the fact inflation is ticking up faster than … Read more

Are Real Estate Prices “Crazy”?

Are you surprised by what it costs to buy a nice home nowadays?  With interest rates still relatively low and the economy nearing full throttle, prices of virtually every asset around the world have gone up. How can you tell if we have entered a bubble and if the houses you are looking at are crazily priced? There are actually several reliable indicators you can apply to give you some context and help you understand if property values have gotten … Read more

WHAT IN THE HECK IS GOING ON WITH MORTGAGE INTEREST RATES?!

We have just hit the worst levels we have seen since January 2014 in the mid to high 4% ranges (depending on credit scores). Let’s dive in and try to figure out what is going on. Before we go into where we are today, I want to take a little bit longer perspective on the history of mortgage interest rates because we have really been spoiled over the last 10 years with 30 year fixed rates below 5%. The chart … Read more

First Time Homebuyer Programs

  Let me guess, you’re reading this because you are intrigued by the idea of purchasing a home. However, you’re not sure exactly where to start. Don’t worry; you’re not alone, as many first-time homebuyers are intimidated by the process. After all, there are two things not taught in grade school: how to file taxes and how to buy a house. Therefore, it’s natural for us millennials to jump online to try and find out as much information as possible. … Read more

Fundamentals Accelerating Home Values In 2018

Many of our clients are asking where home values are likely to go from here.   Is the real estate market ready to take a breather, or worse, are we entering another bubble? With home prices nationally above or near all time highs, it’s rational to exercise caution and pause before making a decision to enter the housing market; or making the decision to sell and move up to your dream home.  Before we prognosticate the future, let’s take a look … Read more

Tax Reform and its Potential Impact on Housing

Disclaimer: This guide is not meant to be a resource for tax advice but instead a resource for basic information concerning only certain aspects of the new tax code and how they may impact the real estate market. You should get tax advice from your accountant or tax preparer who will explain how the entire tax code will affect your personal return. This information comes immediately after the new tax code became law. Some of the information may be revised … Read more

How Rising Prices Will Help Your Family Build Wealth in 2018

  Over the next five years, home prices are expected to appreciate on average by 3.35% per year and to grow by 24.34% cumulatively, according to Pulsenomics’ most recent Home Price Expectation Survey. So, what does this mean for homeowners and their equity position? As an example, let’s assume a young couple purchases and closes on a $250,000 home this month (January). If we only look at the projected increase in the price of that home, how much equity will … Read more

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