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Is Your First Home Now Within Your Grasp? [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Jason Mitchell | August 12, 2019

  Some Highlights: According to the US Census Bureau, “millennials” are defined as 18-36-year-olds. According to NAR’s latest Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the median age of all first-time home buyers is 32. More and more “old millennials” (25-36) are realizing that homeownership is within their grasp now!

Americans’ Powerful Belief in Homeownership as an Investment

By Jason Mitchell | August 11, 2019

The Federal Reserve Bank (The Fed) recently released their 2019  Survey of Consumer Expectations Housing Survey. The survey reported that 65% of Americans believe homeownership is a good financial investment. Since 2014, the percentage has increased by over nine percent.The Fed’s survey also showed that when the results are broken down by age, education, income,…

5 Powerful Reasons to Own Instead of Rent

By Jason Mitchell | August 10, 2019

Owning a home has great financial benefits. In a recent research paper, Homeownership and the American Dream, Laurie S. Goodman and Christopher Mayer of the Urban Land Institute explained: “Homeownership appears to help borrowers accumulate housing and nonhousing wealth in a variety of ways, with tax advantages, greater financial flexibility due to secured borrowing, built-in…

Now’s the Time to Move-Up and Upgrade Your Current Home!

By Jason Mitchell | August 9, 2019

Homes priced at the top 25% of the price range for a particular area of the country are considered “premium homes.” In today’s real estate market, there are deals to be had at the higher end! This is great news for homeowners wanting to upgrade from their current house. Much of the demand for housing…

10 Steps to Buying a Home This Summer [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Jason Mitchell | August 6, 2019

  Some Highlights: If you are thinking of buying a home, you may not know where to start. Here is a simple list of 10 steps that you will go through to purchase a home. Make sure to ask your agent for details about each step and what else may be required in your area!

Millennials Are Increasing the Demand for Condominiums

By Jason Mitchell | August 5, 2019

When deciding to buy a home, people are presented with many different options. The type of home you buy depends on your needs, budget, and in many cases, the desired maintenance level. For many millennials, their choice has been buying a condominium! According to CoreLogic, “Last year about 43% of all condo home-purchase mortgage applications…

Is Mortgage Debt out of Control?

By Jason Mitchell | August 4, 2019

The housing crisis of the last decade was partially caused by unhealthy levels of mortgage debt. Homeowners were using their homes as ATMs by refinancing and swapping their equity for cash.   When prices started to fall, many homeowners found themselves in a negative equity situation (where their mortgage was higher than the value of…

Why Is So Much Paperwork Required to Get a Mortgage?

By Jason Mitchell | August 3, 2019

When buying a home today, why is there so much paperwork mandated by the lenders for a mortgage loan application? It seems like they need to know everything about you. Furthermore, it requires three separate sources to validate each and every entry on the application form. Many buyers are being told by friends and family that the process…

Know What to Expect at Your Home Inspection

By Jason Mitchell | August 2, 2019

So you made an offer and it was accepted. Now, your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. Agents oftentimes make your offer contingent on a clean home inspection. This contingency allows you to renegotiate the price you paid for the home, ask the sellers to cover repairs, or in some cases,…

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