Questions to Ask Before Buying a Fixer-Upper in Houston
Posted Thursday January 9, 2020 in Real Estate

The last thing you want to do is purchase a home that ends up costing you more to fix than you calculated for. So before you spend a lot of your time and money on a fixer-upper, you need to know the questions to ask first. Is the Investment Worth It? Deciding on whether to […]

When a House Becomes a Home
Posted Thursday December 26, 2019 in Real Estate

We talk a lot about why it makes financial sense to buy a home in , but more often than not we’re drawn to the emotional reasons for homeownership. No matter the size or shape of a living space, the feeling of a home means different things to different people. Whether it’s a certain scent […]

States With the Largest Home Equity Gains
Posted Thursday December 19, 2019 in Real Estate

National home equity in the third quarter of 2019 rose 5.1% year over year, reaching an average of $5,300 per homeowner, according to CoreLogic’s Home Equity Report. States that saw the largest equity gains are Idaho (where homeowners saw an average increase of $25,800), Wyoming ($24,000), Utah ($21,000), and Montana ($17,800). Meanwhile, the number of […]

Home Prices Could Increase 5.4% by October 2020
Posted Thursday December 12, 2019 in Real Estate

Home prices grew by 3.5 percent year-over-year in October and are expected to rise by 5.4 percent by the same time next year, according to a CoreLogic Home Price Index and Forecast report. Between September and October 2019, home prices grew by 0.5 percent. Nationwide, home values have been growing steadily since 2012 and the […]

Should You Rent Or Own If You’re Retired?
Posted Thursday December 5, 2019 in Real Estate

For many of us, the decision to rent or buy is dictated by our income. But for retirees, who are typically on a fixed income, deciding between renting and buying isn’t such a simple calculation. Retirees may choose to relocate for a variety of reasons, including downsizing, being closer to family, or to enjoy a […]

Build A New Home Or Buy An Old One?
Posted Thursday November 7, 2019 in Real Estate

Generally speaking, it makes sense to search for older things rather than their newer counterparts when you want to save money. This doesn’t, however, always hold true when it comes to buying a home. Here are several factors that may lead to older homes costing more than new construction: Energy Efficiency One of the great […]

Tips for Starting a Home Search
Posted Thursday October 17, 2019 in Real Estate

In today’s market, low inventory dominates the conversation in many areas of the country. It can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren’t prepared. Here are some tips to help you get started with your home search. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage One way to show you’re serious about buying your […]

How Local Schools Can Impact Your Home’s Value
Posted Thursday September 26, 2019 in Real Estate

Schools are, of course, an influence on surrounding home prices. A good school district can increase buyer demand within its boundaries, which in turn increases home values. Homes located in high-scoring school districts attract more buyers, including parents who want their children to go to good schools and others who understand that a good school […]

Reasons to Buy a Home Now
Posted Thursday August 22, 2019 in Real Estate

Whether you are a first-time buyer or looking to move up to the home of your dreams, now is a great time to purchase a home in . Here are three major reasons to buy today. 1. Affordability Many people focus solely on price when talking about home affordability. Since home prices have appreciated throughout […]

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