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Monthly Archives: February 2019

    No Worries… Home Prices Coming in for a SOFT Landing

    By Danny Cheung | February 28, 2019

    Home prices have appreciated considerably over the last five years. This has some concerned that we may be in for another dramatic correction. However, recent statistics suggest home values will not crash as they did a decade ago. Instead, this time they will come in for a soft landing. The previous housing market was fueled... Read More

    Interest Rates Hit New 12 Month Low!

    By Danny Cheung | February 27, 2019

    According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage are currently at their lowest for 2019. Rates like these haven’t been seen since February 2018! Last week’s survey results reported an interest rate of 4.35%. This is a welcome change from the near 5% rates seen in mid-November. At 4.32%,... Read More

    What are the Benefits of Becoming a Homeowner?

    By Danny Cheung | February 26, 2019

    Every family has a list of important dates. We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, pet adoptions…and the list goes on. For 64.4 percent of households in the United States, this list includes the day they became a homeowner for the first time! Why is this date important? Homeownership is not just a roof over your head! It represents shelter,... Read More

    How Can I Increase My Family’s Net Worth?

    By Danny Cheung | February 25, 2019

    Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts their 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... Read More

    Why A Normal Market is Just What We Need

    By Danny Cheung | February 20, 2019

    The housing market has been hot for a while now. Homes have been flying off the shelves as fast as they have been listed. Buyers have been competing in bidding wars just to find a home to buy, let alone find their dream home. This ‘seller’s market’ has driven home prices to new heights. Home price appreciation... Read More

    2019 Will Be a Great Year for Buyers AND Sellers

    By Danny Cheung | February 19, 2019

    Many homeowners believe that rising interest rates and home prices have scared away buyers and therefore have not listed their houses for sale. However, the truth is that buyers who were unable to find a home last year are out in force, and there are even more coming! NerdWallet’s 2018 Home Buyer Report revealed that: “Approximately one-third (32%) of Americans plan... Read More

    Millionaire To Millennials: Don’t Get Stuck Renting A Home… Buy One!

    By Danny Cheung | February 18, 2019

    In a CNBC article, self-made millionaire David Bach explained that: “The biggest mistake millennials are making is not buying their first home.” He goes on to say that, “If you want to build real financial security, real wealth for your lifetime, then you need to buy a home.” Bach went on to explain: “Homeowners are worth 40 times more... Read More

    Where Did Americans Move in 2018?

    By Danny Cheung | February 15, 2019

    Some Highlights: Every year United Van Lines conducts their National Movers Study by tracking their customer’s movement state-to-state over the course of the year. Vermont claimed the top spot of states with the highest percentage of inbound residents following a campaign that covered relocation costs for skilled workers who moved to the state. The most common response for why... Read More

    First Comes Love… Then Comes Mortgage? Couples Lead the Way

    By Danny Cheung | February 14, 2019

    According to the National Association of REALTORS most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, married couples once again dominated the first-time homebuyer statistics in 2018 at 54% of all buyers. It is no surprise that buying a home is more attainable with two incomes to save for down payments and contribute to monthly housing costs. However, many couples... Read More

    Why Homeownership Matters Now More Than Ever

    By Danny Cheung | February 13, 2019

    Study after study shows that no matter what generation Americans belong to, the vast majority believe that homeownership is an important part of their American Dream. The benefits of homeownership can be broken into two main categories: financial and non-financial (often referred to as emotional or social reasons.) For Americans approaching retirement age, one of... Read More