firsttimehomebuyers: Will Homeownership Always Be a Part of the American Dream? #TimeToBuy - 09/02/19 11:39 AM
On Labor Day we celebrate the hard work that helps us achieve the American Dream.
Growing up, many of us thought about our future lives with great ambition. We drew pictures of what jobs we wanted to have and where we would live as a representation of a secure life for ourselves and our families. Today we celebrate the workers that make this country a place where those dreams can become a reality.
According to Wikipedia,
“Labor Day honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the development, growth, endurance, strength, security, prosperity, productivity, laws, sustainability, persistence, structure, and well-being of … (0 comments)

firsttimehomebuyers: A Recession Does Not Equal a Housing Crisis #INFOGRAPHIC - 08/30/19 11:19 AM
Some Highlights: There is plenty of talk in the media about a pending economic slowdown. The good news is, home values actually increased in 3 of the last 5 U.S. recessions, and decreased by less than 2% in the 4th. Many experts predict a potential recession is on the horizon. However, housing will not be the trigger, and home values will still continue to appreciate. It will not be a repeat of the crash in the 2008 housing market.  
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firsttimehomebuyers: Remember These Top Priorities When Moving with Your Kids #TimeToBuy - 08/28/19 10:12 AM
According to the Pew Research Center, around 37% of U.S students will be going back to school soon and the rest have already started the new academic year. With school-aged children in your home, buying or selling a house can take on a whole different approach when it comes to finding the right size, location, school district, and more.
Recently, the 2019 Moving with Kids Report from the National Association of Realtors®(NAR) studied “the different purchasing habits as well as seller preferences during the home buying and selling process.” This is what they found:
When Purchasing a Home The major difference between the homebuyers who have children and those who … (0 comments)

firsttimehomebuyers: How Low Can You Go? What’s the Latest on Interest Rates? - 08/27/19 09:47 AM
Mortgage rates have fallen by over a full percentage point since Q4 of 2018, settling at near-historic lows. This is big news for buyers looking to get more for their money in the current housing market.According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey,
“the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) rate averaged 3.60 percent, the lowest it has been since November 2016.”
Sam Khater, Chief Economist at Freddie Mac, notes how this is great news for homebuyers. He states,
“…consumer sentiment remains buoyed by a strong labor market and low rates that will continue to drive home sales into the fall.”
As a potential buyer, the best thing you … (0 comments)

firsttimehomebuyers: A Latte a Day Keeps Homeownership Away #INFOGRAPHIC #TimeToBuy - 08/26/19 10:43 AM
Some Highlights: The pumpkin spice latte is launching soon, so you may be tempted to spend your extra cash on a daily caffeine fix, but that small expense can add up to a big number – fast! Saving for a down payment takes a little discipline, so limiting your extra purchases (like a latte a day from your favorite coffee shop) will help you get there faster. Depending on where you live, putting away just a small amount each day will get you to the average down payment you may need for homeownership faster than you think.  My Los Angeles County … (0 comments)

firsttimehomebuyers: The Experts Predict a Strong Housing Market for the Rest of 2019 - 08/26/19 09:57 AM
We’re in the back half of the year, and with a decline in interest rates as well as home price and wage appreciation, many are wondering what the predictions are for the remainder of 2019.
Here’s what some of the experts have to say: Ralph McLaughlin, Deputy Chief Economist for CoreLogic
“We see the cooldown flattening or even reversing course in the coming months and expect the housing market to continue coming into balance. In the meantime, buyers are likely claiming some ground from what has been seller’s territory over the past few years. If mortgage rates stay low, wages continue to grow, and … (0 comments)

firsttimehomebuyers: Is It 2 Much? 5 Easy Steps to Avoid Overwhelm from Media Overload - 08/23/19 09:57 AM
When someone is thinking about buying or selling a home, they want to be well-informed. They want to make the right decision for themselves and their family. They scour the internet for any information they can find about the housing market.
Today, there is an abundance of information available. It is often conflicting news. It can easily lead to confusion and concern, perhaps even causing a potential buyer or seller to cancel their plans to move altogether. Instead, the best things to do are sit down and take a deep breath.
In a recent article, Jeff Davidson, a recognized speaker on the … (0 comments)

firsttimehomebuyers: Our Housing Supply Not Keeping Up with Population Increase - 08/20/19 09:25 AM
Many buyers are wondering where to find houses for sale in today’s market. It’s a true dilemma. We see an increase in buyer demand, but the supply available for purchase isn’t keeping up.
The number of new housing permits issued prior to the great recession increased for 15 years until 2005 (from 1.12 million in 1990 to a pre-recession peak of 2.16 million in 2005). According to Apartment List,
“From 1990 to 2005, the number of single-family permits issued more than doubled, while the number of multi-family permits grew by 49 percent.”
When the housing market crashed, the number of new homes … (0 comments)

firsttimehomebuyers: This Is A Great Way to Increase Your Family’s Net Worth #TimeToBuy - 08/19/19 10:02 AM
Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts its Survey of Consumer Finances. Data is collected across all economic and social groups. The latest survey data covers 2013-2016.
The study revealed that the median net worth of a homeowner is $231,400 – a 15% increase since 2013. At the same time, the median net worth of renters decreased by 5% ($5,200 today compared to $5,500 in 2013).
These numbers reveal that the net worth of a homeowner is over 44 times greater than that of a renter.
Owning a home is a great way to build family wealth. As we’ve said before, simply put, homeownership … (0 comments)

firsttimehomebuyers: R U Buying a Home: Do You Know the Lingo? #INFOGRAPHIC - 08/19/19 09:46 AM
Some Highlights: Buying a home can be intimidating if you’re not familiar with the terms used throughout the process. To point you in the right direction, here’s a list of some of the most common language you’ll hear when buying a home. The best way to ensure your home-buying process is a positive one is to find a real estate professional who will guide you through every aspect of the transaction with ‘the heart of a teacher.’
 

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firsttimehomebuyers: Is The Housing Affordability Crisis REAL?? - 08/16/19 10:15 AM
It seems you can’t find a headline with the term “housing affordability” without the word “crisis” attached to it. That’s because some only consider the fact that residential real estate prices have continued to appreciate. However, we must realize it’s not just the price of a home that matters, but the price relative to a purchaser’s buying power.
Homes, in most cases, are purchased with a mortgage. The current mortgage rate is a major component of the affordability equation. Mortgage rates have fallen by over a full percentage point since December 2018. Another major piece of the affordability equation is a … (1 comments)

firsttimehomebuyers: $oCal Benefits of Growing Equity in Your Home - 08/14/19 03:34 PM
Over the last couple of years, we’ve heard quite a bit about rising home prices. Today, expert projections still forecast continued growth, just at a slower pace. One of the often-overlooked benefits of rising home prices is the positive impact they have on home equity. Let’s break down three ways this is a win for homeowners.
1. Move-Up Opportunity With the rise in prices, homeowners naturally experience an increase in home equity. According to the Homeowner Equity Insights from CoreLogic,
“In the first quarter of 2019, the average homeowner gained approximately $6,400 in equity during the past year.”
This increase in profit means if homeowners … (0 comments)

firsttimehomebuyers: Confidence in Housing at an All-Time High for Americans #TimeToBuy - 08/12/19 10:07 AM
Fannie Mae just released the July edition of their Home Purchase Sentiment Index(HPSI). The HPSI takes information regarding consumers’ confidence in the real estate market from Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey and condenses it into a single number. Therefore, the HPSI reflects consumers’ current views and forward-looking expectations of housing market conditions.
Great News! The index reached its highest level since Fannie Mae began their survey. Breaking it down, the report revealed:
The share of Americans who say it is a good time to buy a home increased from the same time last year. The share of those who say it is a good time to sell a home … (0 comments)

firsttimehomebuyers: Rent Vs. Own #INFOGRAPHIC #TimeToBuy - 08/11/19 06:05 PM
Some Highlights: Owning your own home vs. renting may lead to some great options, such as locking in your monthly payments and having the freedom to customize your living space. Whether you rent or own, you have to cover someone’s mortgage costs. You may as well be doing so to build your own wealth, rather than that of your landlord. Renting and owning both have up-front fees when you sign your lease or close, respectively. Think about putting that money to work for you! My Los Angeles County Real Estate BLOG   My Ventura County Real Estate BLOG
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firsttimehomebuyers: The Sky's NOT Falling-Why All the Chicken Littles Should Calm Down - 08/10/19 05:49 PM
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released their 2019 Q2 Homeownership Report. Some began to see the sky falling, believing the report showed Americans may be stepping back from their belief in homeownership.
The national homeownership rate (Americans who owned vs. rented their primary residence) increased significantly during the housing boom, reaching its peak of 69.2% in 2004. The Census Bureau reported that the second quarter of 2019 ended with a homeownership rate of 64.1%, which is down from the 64.8% rate for the fourth quarter of 2018. Based on this news, some started to question the consumer’s belief in the idea of homeownership … (2 comments)

firsttimehomebuyers: RENTERS, How Much Do You Know About Down Payments? #TimeToBuy - 08/08/19 01:08 PM
Whether you’ve owned a home before, or you’re ready to jump into homeownership for the first time, there are always a lot of questions swirling around about what is truly required for a down payment, and how to best source down payment assistance. Let’s tackle these two today.
1. How much do you really need for a down payment? There is a long-standing misconception about down payment requirements. A surveyfrom Fannie Mae shows only 17% of consumers know the minimum options are actually between 1 – 5% of the purchase price and 40% don’t know how much they need at all.There are many mortgage … (0 comments)

firsttimehomebuyers: Costly Mistake of Not Buying Now, Advice From Millionaire 2 Millennials - 08/05/19 10:24 AM

On his personal website, self-made millionaire David Bach makes a striking statement:
 “Not prioritizing homeownership is the single biggest mistake millennials are making.” 
He further stated, “Buying a home is an escalator to wealth.”
Bach explains:
“Young adults in particular aren’t hopping on this escalator, and it’s a costly mistake…If millennials don’t buy a home, their chances of actually having any wealth in this country are little to none.”
He then elaborates on the game of homeownership:
“Start by crunching the numbers…actually do the math…This way, you’re really clear on your goals and you won’t just say to yourself, ‘I’ll never afford this!’
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firsttimehomebuyers: Is Our Bubble About To Burst? How to Judge the Impact of the Next Economic Slowdown on Housing - 08/01/19 10:47 AM
We’ve experienced economic growth for almost a decade, which is the longest recovery in the nation’s history. Experts know a recession can’t be too far off, but when will this economic slowdown actually occur?
Pulsenomics just released a special report revealing that nearly 6 out of 10 of the 90 economists, investment strategists, and market analysts surveyed believe the next recession will occur by the end of next year. Here’s the breakdown:
9% believe a recession will occur this year 50% believe it will occur in 2020 35% believe it will occur in 2021 6% believe it will occur after 2021 When asked what … (0 comments)

firsttimehomebuyers: Want To Increase Your Equity Over the Next 5 Years? - 07/30/19 09:04 AM
Many of the questions currently surrounding the real estate industry focus on home prices and where they are heading. The most recent Home Price Expectation Survey (HPES) helps target these projected answers.
Here are the results from the Q2 2019 Survey:
Home values will appreciate by 4.1% in 2019 The average annual appreciation will be 3.2% over the next 5 years The cumulative appreciation will be 16.8% by 2023 Even experts representing the most “bearish” quartile of the survey project a cumulative appreciation of over 6.7% by 2023 What does this mean for you? A substantial portion of family wealth comes from home equity. … (0 comments)

firsttimehomebuyers: Home Prices Up 5.05% Across the Country #INFOGRAPHIC - 07/26/19 08:45 AM
Some Highlights: The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their latest Quarterly Home Price Index report. In the report, home prices are compared both regionally and by state. Based on the latest numbers, if you plan on relocating to another state, waiting to move may end up costing you more!  
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