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What Is a Mortgage? How They Work and its Types

What Is a Mortgage? How They Work and its Types

Have you ever wondered how people can afford to buy a house? Well, one big reason is something called a mortgage. It’s like a special kind of loan that helps you buy a home, even if you don’t have all the money upfront.  In America, people owe a total of $12.14 trillion on 84.0 million […]

April 2024 Real Estate and Mortgage Report

The inventory of homes actively for sale increased in 45 out of 50 of the largest metros compared with last year, and in four large metros, inventory was above pre-pandemic levels. With the anticipation of lower mortgage rates by the end of the year, home buyers could have more options and a bit more affordability. […]

What Mortgage Rate Do You Need To Move?

If you’ve been thinking about buying a home, mortgage rates are probably top of mind for you. They may even be why you’ve put your plans on hold for now. When rates climbed near 8% last year, some buyers found the numbers just didn’t make sense for their budget anymore. That may be the case […]

March 2024 Real Estate and Mortgage Report

The real estate market continues to exceed expectations. There are more than 1M fewer foreclosures in the last five years, home prices rose in 96 of the top 100 largest metropolitan areas over the last four quarters, and Americans are sitting on tremendous equity. Insights “Policymakers now risk committing another policy error, this time by […]

February 2024 Real Estate and Mortgage Report

There is a narrative we must combat in the real estate market. The latest Fannie Mae report showed 24% of consumers believe their prices are going to depreciate over the last 12 months. We actually had a very strong 2023 and we’re going to finish this year between five and six percent appreciation.   Insights […]

Are More Homeowners Selling as Mortgage Rates Come Down?

If you’re looking to buy a home, the recent downward trend in mortgage rates is good news because it helps with affordability. But there’s another way this benefits you – it may inspire more homeowners to put their houses up for sale. The Mortgage Rate Lock-In Effect Over the past year, one factor that’s really […]

January 2024 Real Estate and Mortgage Report

The real estate market remains strong, bolstered by the recent drop of mortgage rates. Home prices are expected to continue their upward trajectory in 2024, with most markets reaching new price highs. Insights It appears that mortgage rates are now falling again. They will almost certainly not fall to pandemic lows, although we may soon […]

What Lower Mortgage Rates Mean for Your Purchasing Power

If you want to buy a home, it’s important to know how mortgage rates impact what you can afford and how much you’ll pay each month. Fortunately, rates for 30-year fixed mortgages have come down significantly since the end of October and are currently under 7%, according to Freddie Mac (see graph below): This recent […]

Own Your Mortgage Journey: 4 tips to guide your 2024 mortgage pre-approval

Couple with keys to first home

Spring in 2024 is blooming, and with it, the dreams of homeownership. But before you dive headfirst into house hunting, there’s one crucial step: mortgage pre-approval. Our mortgage pre-approval guide for 2024 is your golden ticket gives you an edge in a competitive market, but navigating the process can feel like a labyrinth. Don’t worry, […]

Get Ready To Buy a Home by Improving Your Credit Score

As the new year approaches, the idea of buying a home might be on your mind. It’s an exciting goal to set, and it’s never too early to start laying the groundwork. One crucial step to prepare for homeownership is building a solid credit score. Lenders review your credit to assess your ability to make […]

Expert Quotes on the 2024 Housing Market Forecast

If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home soon, you probably want to know what you can expect from the housing market in 2024. In 2023, higher mortgage rates, confusion over home price headlines, and a lack of homes for sale created some challenges for buyers and sellers looking to make a move. But […]

December 2023 Real Estate and Mortgage Report

Topics: Introduction: Current State of the Real Estate Market 2024 Home Price and Sales Forecasts Mortgage Rates and Buyer Demand Home Affordability and Market Dynamics Opportunities for Home Buyers in the Current Market Conclusion: Invitation for Personal Consultation VIEW THE REPORT Introduction: Current State of the Real Estate Market As we approach the end of […]