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    3 Ways Home Equity Can Have a Major Impact on Your Life

    By Susanne Casey | February 18, 2021

    There have been a lot of headlines reporting on how homeowner equity (the difference between the current market value of your home and the amount you owe on your mortgage) has dramatically increased over the past few years. CoreLogic indicated that equity increased for the average homeowner by $17,000 in the last year alone. ATTOM Data Solutions, in their latest U.S.... Read More

    3 Reasons We’re Definitely Not in a Housing Bubble

    By Susanne Casey | February 11, 2021

    Home values appreciated by about ten percent in 2020, and they’re forecast to appreciate by about five percent this year. This has some voicing concern that we may be in another housing bubble like the one we experienced a little over a decade ago. Here are three reasons why this market is totally different. 1.... Read More

    Want to Build Wealth? Buy a Home This Year

    By Susanne Casey | February 8, 2021

    Every year, households across the country make the decision to rent for another year or take the leap into homeownership. They look at their earnings and savings and then decide what makes the most financial sense. That equation will most likely take into consideration monthly housing costs, tax advantages, and other incremental expenses. Using these... Read More

    Do I Really Need a 20% Down Payment to Buy a Home?

    By Susanne Casey | February 4, 2021

    Is the idea of saving for a down payment holding you back from buying a home right now? You may be eager to take advantage of today’s low mortgage rates, but the thought of needing a large down payment might make you want to pump the brakes. Today, there’s still a common myth that you have to... Read More

    5 Inspiring Home Design and Remodeling Trends for 2021

    By Susanne Casey | February 1, 2021

    We’ve all spent a lot more time at home over the past year. And for many of us, our homes have become our office, our classroom, our gym—and most importantly, our safe haven during times of uncertainty. So it’s no surprise to see that design trends for 2021 revolve around soothing color palettes, cozy character,... Read More

    Owning a Home Is Still More Affordable Than Renting One

    By Susanne Casey | January 21, 2021

    If spending more time at home over the past year is making you really think hard about buying a home instead of renting one, you’re not alone. You may be wondering, however, if the dollars and cents add up in your favor as home prices continue to rise. According to the experts, in many cases, it’s still more affordable... Read More

    What Experts Are Saying about the 2021 Job Market

    By Susanne Casey | January 21, 2021

    Earlier this month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released their most recent Jobs Report. The report revealed that the economy lost 140,000 jobs in December. That’s a devastating number and dramatically impacts those households that lost a source of income. However, we need to give it some context. Greg Ip, Chief Economics Commentator at the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), explains: “The economy... Read More

    Will Forbearance Plans Lead to a Tsunami of Foreclosures?

    By Susanne Casey | January 13, 2021

    At the onset of the economic disruptions caused by the COVID pandemic, the government quickly put into place forbearance plans to allow homeowners to remain in their homes without making their monthly mortgage payments. Today, almost three million households are actively in a forbearance plan. Though 29.4% of those in forbearance have continued to stay current on... Read More

    The Importance of Home Equity in Building Wealth

    By Susanne Casey | January 6, 2021

    Homeownership has always been the first rung on the ladder leading to household wealth. As Freddie Mac recently posted: “Homeownership has cemented its role as part of the American Dream, providing families with a place that is their own and an avenue for building wealth over time. This ‘wealth’ is built, in large part, through the creation of... Read More

    New Year, New Home? Set Homeownership Goals Whether You’re Buying, Selling, or Staying Put

    By Susanne Casey | January 6, 2021

    New Year, New Home? Set Homeownership Goals Whether You’re Buying, Selling, or Staying Put The start of a new year always compels people to take a fresh look at their goals, from health and career to relationships and finance. But with historically low mortgage rates, increased home sales and price growth, and a tight housing... Read More

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