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Buying a Home

Homeownership Is a Great Hedge Against the Impact of Rising Inflation

By Nicole McCormick | Jun 23, 2022 | 0 Comments

If you’re following along with the news today, you’ve heard about rising inflation. Today, inflation is at a 40-year high. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB): “Consumer prices accelerated again in May as shelter, energy and food prices continued to surge at the fastest pace in decades. This marked the third straight month for inflation above an 8% […]

Why Rising Mortgage Rates Push Buyers off the Fence

By Nicole McCormick | May 17, 2022 | 0 Comments

If you’re thinking about buying a home, you’ve probably heard mortgage rates are rising and have wondered what that means for you. Since mortgage rates have increased over two percentage points this year, it’s natural to think about how this will impact your homeownership plans. Today, buyers are reacting in one of two ways: they’re either making the decision to […]

How Today’s Mortgage Rates Impact Your Home Purchase

By Nicole McCormick | May 10, 2022 | 0 Comments

If you’re planning to buy a home, it’s critical to understand the relationship between mortgage rates and your purchasing power. Purchasing power is the amount of home you can afford to buy that’s within your financial reach. Mortgage rates directly impact the monthly payment you’ll have on the home you purchase. So, when rates rise, so does […]

Three Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

By Nicole McCormick | May 6, 2022 | 0 Comments

Buying your first home is a major decision and an exciting milestone. Even though it can feel daunting at times, it has the power to change your life for the better. If you’re looking to purchase your first home, you may be wondering what’s happening in the housing market today, how much you need to save, and where to […]

Why This Housing Market Is Not a Bubble Ready To Pop

By Nicole McCormick | Apr 26, 2022 | 0 Comments

Homeownership has become a major element in achieving the American Dream. A recent report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) finds that over 86% of buyers agree homeownership is still the American Dream. Prior to the 1950s, less than half of the country owned their own home. However, after World War II, many returning veterans used the benefits afforded by […]

How To Approach Rising Mortgage Rates as a Buyer

By Nicole McCormick | Apr 26, 2022 | 0 Comments

In the last few weeks, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate from Freddie Mac inched up to 5%. While that news may have you questioning the timing of your home search, the truth is, timing has never been more important. Even though you may be tempted to put your plans on hold in hopes that rates will […]

Why Pre-Approval Is an Important Step for Today’s Homebuyers

By Nicole McCormick | Apr 19, 2022 | 0 Comments

Being intentional and competitive are musts when buying a home this season. That’s why pre-approval is so important today. Pre-approval from a lender is the only way to know your true price range and how much money you can borrow for your loan. Peter Warden, Editor of The Mortgage Reports, explains: “The lender will check out your personal finances […]

Is It Time To Buy a Smaller Home?

By Nicole McCormick | Apr 19, 2022 | 0 Comments

Life events can have a major impact on what you need from your home, and retirement is one of the biggest changes many of us face. This period of your life can mean doing more of the things you enjoy, like traveling, visiting with loved ones, or taking on new hobbies. But what does that […]

Where Are Mortgage Rates Headed?

By Nicole McCormick | Apr 14, 2022 | 0 Comments

There’s never been a truer statement regarding forecasting mortgage rates than the one offered last year by Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American: “You know, the fallacy of economic forecasting is: Don’t ever try and forecast interest rates and or, more specifically, if you’re a real estate economist mortgage rates, because you will always invariably be wrong.” […]

The Future of Home Price Appreciation and What It Means for You

By Nicole McCormick | Apr 7, 2022 | 0 Comments

Many consumers are wondering what will happen with home values over the next few years. Some are concerned that the recent run-up in home prices will lead to a situation similar to the housing crash 15 years ago. However, experts say the market is totally different today. For example, Odeta Kushi, Deputy Chief Economist at First American, tweeted just last week […]

How to Get a Better Perspective on Affordability

By Nicole McCormick | February 10, 2019

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 […]

8 things to avoid when purchasing a home

By Better Homes and Gardens Green Team | September 5, 2018

You need to understand and follow those above tips

Should I Rent or Buy a Home?

By Better Homes and Gardens Green Team | September 5, 2018

Choosing whether to rent or own a home is not an easy decision.

Whether You Rent or Buy, Either Way You’re Paying a Mortgage!

By Nicole McCormick | February 5, 2018

There are some people who have not purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize, however, that unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. As Entrepreneur Magazine, a premier source for small business explained in their article, “12 Practical Steps […]

Orange County NY Housing Market Continues it’s ROLL

By Geoffrey Green | May 20, 2016

The Orange County NY housing market is truly on a roll.  Units sold are up by almost 35% YTD vs 2015.  This comes after a 25% increase in units sold in 2015 vs 2014.  What is curious is that the average home price increase is still tepid at best.  We saw the first such increase […]

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