What You Need To Know About Today’s Down Payment Programs
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by SRRealEstateGroup
1d ago
There’s no denying it’s gotten more challenging to buy a home, especially with today’s mortgage rates and home price appreciation. And that may be one of the big reasons you’re eager to look into grants and assistance programs to see if there’s anything you qualify for that can help. But unfortunately, many homebuyers feel like they don’t know where to start.  A recent Bank of America Institute study asked prospective buyers where they lack confidence in the process and need more information. And this is what topped the list: 53% sai ..read more
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Worried About Mortgage Rates? Control the Controllables
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by SRRealEstateGroup
1d ago
Chances are you’re hearing a lot about mortgage rates right now. You may even see some headlines talking about last week’s Federal Reserve (the Fed) meeting and what it means for rates. But the Fed doesn’t determine mortgage rates, even if the headlines make it sound like they do. The truth is, mortgage rates are impacted by a lot of factors: geo-political uncertainty, inflation and the economy, and more. And trying to pin down when all those factors will line up enough for rates to come down is tricky. That’s why it’s generally not worth it to try ..read more
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Real Estate Is Still the Best Long-Term Investment [INFOGRAPHIC]
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by SRRealEstateGroup
4d ago
Some Highlights According to a recent poll from Gallup, real estate has been voted the best long-term investment for twelve straight years. That’s because a home is so much more just than a roof over your head. It’s also an asset that typically grows in value over time.  If you’ve been debating if it makes more sense to rent or buy, connect with a real estate agent to talk about why homeownership can be a better bet in the long run.  With their Multi-Cultural Background, over 50 years of combined experience selling Real Estate and because they are Lic ..read more
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Homebuilders Aren’t Overbuilding, They’re Catching Up
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by SRRealEstateGroup
1w ago
You may have heard that there are more brand-new homes available right now than the norm. Today, about one in three homes on the market are newly built. And if you’re wondering what that means for the housing market and for your own move, here’s what you need to know. Why This Isn’t Like 2008 People remember what happened to the housing market back in 2008. And one of the factors that contributed to that crash was that there were too many homes for sale. While only part of the oversupply back then came from builders, the lasting impact is that some people st ..read more
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Home Prices Aren’t Declining, But Headlines Might Make You Think They Are
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by SRRealEstateGroup
1w ago
If you’ve seen the news lately about home sellers slashing prices, it’s a great example of how headlines do more to terrify than clarify. Here’s what’s really happening with prices. The bottom line is home prices are higher than they were a year ago at this time, and they’re expected to keep rising, just at a slower pace. But a recent article from Redfin notes, “Price Drops Hit Highest Level in 18 Months As High Rates Dampen Buyer Demand.” And that might make you think prices are declining. Now, while it’s true the latest report from Realtor.com also shows  ..read more
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Savings Strategies Every First-Time Homebuyer Needs To Know
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by SRRealEstateGroup
1w ago
If homeownership is on your goal sheet for your future, you’re probably working on your savings. And a big priority is making sure you’ve got a plan in place for things like your closing costs, down payment, and more. Here are a few strategies that can help speed up that process. Budget and Track Your Expenses: To start, create a detailed budget that tracks the money you’ve got coming in and the money going out. This’ll give you a better look at your finances as a whole. Cut Down on Unnecessary Spending: Now that you have your budget sheet done and you know how you’re ..read more
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Selling Smart: Why a Real Estate Agent Makes All the Difference
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by SRRealEstateGroup
1w ago
If you’re considering selling your house on your own as a “For Sale by Owner” (FSBO), you want to think about if it’s really worth the extra stress. Going this route means shouldering a lot of responsibilities by yourself – and, if you’re not an expert, that opens the door for mistakes to happen and can quickly become overwhelming. A report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows two key areas where people who sold their own house struggled the most: pricing and paperwork. Here are just a few of the ways an agent makes those tasks a whole lot e ..read more
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The Wealth-Building Power of Homeownership [INFOGRAPHIC]
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by SRRealEstateGroup
1w ago
Some Highlights If you’re trying to decide if buying a home is worth it, consider the long-term benefits, like building equity as home values grow over time. According to the FHFA, home values have increased by 315.7% since 1991. Home equity is one reason owning your own place can really pay off in the long run. When you’re ready, talk with a local real estate professional. With their Multi-Cultural Background, over 50 years of combined experience selling Real Estate and because they are Licensed in New Jersey, New York and Califor ..read more
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Your Equity Could Make a Move Possible
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by SRRealEstateGroup
1w ago
Many homeowners looking to sell feel like they’re stuck between a rock and a hard place right now. Today’s mortgage rates are higher than the one they currently have on their home, and that’s making it harder to want to sell and make a move. Maybe you’re in the same boat. But what if there was a way to offset these higher borrowing costs? There is. And the money you need probably already exists in your current home in the form of equity. What Is Equity? Think of equity as a simple math equation. Freddie Mac explains: “. . . your home’s equity is t ..read more
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What To Expect if You Buy or Sell a Home This June
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by SRRealEstateGroup
2w ago
June is a busy month in the housing market because a lot of people buy and sell this time of year. So, if you’ve got a move on your mind and you’re looking to make it happen this month, here’s a snapshot of what you need to know to make sure you’re ready. If You’re Buying This June A lot of homebuyers with children like to move after one school year ends and before the next one begins. That’s one reason why late spring into summer is a popular time for homes to change hands. And whether that’s a motivator for you or not, it’s important to real ..read more
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