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How to Get a Better Perspective on Affordability

Buying a home is less affordable today than it was at any other time in more than a decade
Posted by Cindy Dunnican on February 07, 2019 in  2019 Housing Market  Buy a home  Financing  Home Buyers  Home Buying  mortgage
How to Get a Better Perspective on Affordability Headlines spotlight the fact that buying a home is less affordable today than it was at any other time in more than a decade. Those headlines are accurate. Understandably, buying a home is more expensive now than immediately following one of the worst housing crashes in American history. Over the past decade, the market was flooded with distressed properties (foreclosures and short sales) selling at 10-50% discounts. There were so many that this lowered the prices ... read more
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The Importance of Homeownership to the American Dream

Posted by Cindy Dunnican on January 24, 2019 in  American dream  Buy a home
For centuries, people in this country have seen homeownership as part of the American Dream. Whether they were born here or immigrated from another country, they wanted to own a piece of America. With so many prominent societal changes over the last few decades, it is fair to ask if people in America still feel the same way about owning a home. The answer was made abundantly clear in two separate reports released earlier this month. In their market trends report, As Housing Trends Shift, So Does Renter, Buyer... read more
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Saving for a down payment is often the biggest hurdle for a first-time homebuyer as median incomes, rents, and home prices all vary depending on where you live. There is a common misconception among homebuyers that a 20% down payment is required, and it is this limiting belief that often adds months, and sometimes even years, to the home-buying process. So, if you can purchase a home with less than a 20% down payment… why aren’t more people doing just that? One Possible Answer: Private Mortgage In... read more
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