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  • The Cost of Renting vs. Buying a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]
    by Shannah Ferrante on November 15, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting and buying a home has been a tough decision. Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (27.7%) vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-priced home (17.5%), the choice is clear. Every market is different. Before you renew your lease, find out if you can put your housing costs to work by buying a home this year. […]

  • This is Not 2008 All Over Again: The Mortgage Lending Factor
    by Shannah Ferrante on November 14, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Some are afraid the real estate market may be looking a lot like it did prior to the housing crash in 2008. One of the factors they’re pointing at is the availability of mortgage money. Recent articles about the availability of low-down payment loans and down payment assistance programs are causing concern that we’re returning […]

  • Buyer Demand Growing in Every Region
    by Shannah Ferrante on November 13, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Buyers are out in full force this fall, increasing the demand for homebuying in all four regions of the country. According to the latest ShowingTime Showing Index, “Home showing activity was up again nationwide with a 4.6 percent rise in traffic, as the traditionally slow fall season began with a marked boost in buyer interest.” […]

  • Homeownership Rate Remains on the Rise
    by Shannah Ferrante on November 12, 2019 at 11:00 am

    In the third quarter of 2019, the U.S. homeownership rate rose again, signaling another strong indicator of the current housing market. The U.S. Census Bureau announced, “The homeownership rate of 64.8 percent was not statistically different from the rate in the third quarter 2018 (64.4 percent), but was 0.7 percentage points higher than the rate […]

  • 75 Years of VA Home Loan Benefits
    by Shannah Ferrante on November 11, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Today, on Veterans Day, we salute those who have served our country in war or peace, and we thank them for their sacrifice. This year marks the 75th anniversary of VA Home Loan Benefit offerings through the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, also known as the GI Bill. Since 1944, this law has created opportunities for those […]

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