How Low Interest Rates Increase Your Purchasing Power

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According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage are currently at 4.09%, which is still very low in comparison to recent history!

The interest rate you secure when buying a home not only greatly impacts your monthly housing costs, but also impacts your purchasing power.

Purchasing power, simply put, is the amount of home you can afford to buy for the budget you have available to spend. As rates increase, the ...

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No Matter What the Groundhog Says, Here are 5 Reasons to Sell Before Spring!

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Is spring closer than we think? Depending on which groundhog you listen to today, you may have less time than you think to get your home on the market before the busy spring season.

Many sellers feel that the spring is the best time to place their homes on the market as buyer demand traditionally increases at that time of year. However, the next six weeks before spring hits also have their own advantages.

Here are five reasons to sell now.

1. Demand ...

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Have You Saved Enough for Closing Costs?

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There are many potential homebuyers, and even sellers, who believe that they need at least a 20% down payment in order to buy a home or move on to their next home. Time after time, we have dispelled this myth by showing that many loan programs allow you to put down as little as 3% (or 0% with a VA loan).

If you have saved up your down payment and are ready to start your home search, one other piece of ...

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Will Housing Affordability Be a Challenge in 2017?

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Some industry experts are saying that the housing market may be heading for a slowdown in 2017 based on rising home prices and a jump in mortgage interest rates. One of the data points they use is the Housing Affordability Index, as reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

Here is how NAR defines the index:

“The Housing Affordability Index measures whether or not a typical family earns enough income to qualify for a mortgage loan ...

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What Would a Millennial Baby Boom Mean for Housing?

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Recently released data from the National Center for Health Statistics revealed that 1.3 million Millennial women gave birth for the first time in 2015. There are now over 16 million women in this generation who have become mothers.

“All told, Millennial women (those born between 1981 to 1997) accounted for about eight in ten (82%) of U.S. births in 2015.”

The data also shows that this generation has waited until later in life to become parents as only 42% of Millennial women ...

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Interest Rates Heading up? What You Need To Know

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Interest Rates Heading Up? What You Need To Know

Interest rates are expected to rise over 2017 and they are already one the move. 30 year fixed-rate mortgage rates were as low as 3.42% as recently as October and up to 4.12% for the week ending January 12, 2017. That .7% rise may not seem like much, but for a loan of $200,000, at 3.42% the monthly principal and interest payment would be $889.18 and for 4.12% the corresponding payment is ...

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Getting a Jump on Spring By Listing Now

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Getting a Jump on Spring by Listing Now!

If you are considering making a move this year and plan on listing in the next few weeks, I have some great tips to make your potential buyers feel more at home. The challenges of winter are many:

  • The sun is lower in the sky and therefore light comes in your home at sometimes-unflattering angles.
  • Deposits from snow, ice, and rain can make the entrance dirty and uninviting.
  • Plants that are dead or dormant can be ...
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5 Myths About Real Estate Reality TV Explained

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Have you ever been flipping through the channels, only to find yourself glued to the couch in an HGTV binge session? We’ve all been there… watching entire seasons of “Love it or List it,” “Fixer Upper,” “House Hunters,” “Property Brothers,” and so many more, just in one sitting.

When you’re in the middle of your real estate themed show marathon, you might start to think that everything you see on TV must be how it works in real life, but you ...

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Why Pre-Approval Should Be Your First Step

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In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes greatly outnumbers the amount of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage before starting your search.

Even if you are in a market that is not as competitive, knowing your budget will ...

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Prices Rose 7.1% Year-Over-Year

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Prices Rose 7.1% Year-Over-Year [INFOGRAPHIC] | MyKCM

Some Highlights:

  • CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index shows that prices rose by 7.1% across the United States year-over-year.
  • With mortgage interest rates rising in the short term, CoreLogic believes price appreciation will slow to 4.7% by this time next year.
  • 49 out of 50 states, and the District of Columbia, all had positive appreciation over the last 12 months, with the only exception being the ...
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