A rent-to-own property can provide another avenue to homeownership — but it’s not the right option for everyone. Learn the pros and cons of rent-to-own, and in what situations it could be an option worth exploring.
National Homeownership Month: 5 tips for Homebuyers in a Competitive Market
Homeownership is an enduring component of the American Dream – a benchmark Americans have measured success and well-being against for years. June marks the celebration of National Homeownership Month (NHM), dedicated to honoring those notions and celebrating the ways homeownership benefits families and communities across America.
Make Sense of a Wild Week
May 6, 2022. Mortgage rates change quickly – and last week was no exception. Read what happened with the market, along with key takeaways from Wednesday’s Fed meeting and what it could mean for you in the long run.
All Eyes on Affordability
April 22, 2022. Rising rates are still top of mind for many buyers, so I’ve taken another deep dive to help you find ways to remain competitive in the current market.
Then and Now: The State of Female Homeownership
In recent years, women have become a powerful force in homebuying, comprising 19% of homebuyers in the U.S. But this hasn’t always been the case as historically, women and other minority groups have faced systemic discrimination in housing. While women and minorities have fought hard over time to attain equal property rights and become a […]
These Paint Colors Can Add Thousands to a Home’s Pricetag
Hoping to add a few dollars to the selling price of your current home? Then it might be time to break out the rollers, brushes, and painter’s tape. According to a recent study by the folks at Zillow, painting your front door a particular color can increase your home’s selling price by more than $6,000. […]
Your Final Walkthrough: What to Look For and When to Put on the Brakes
You’re almost there, future homeowner! You’ve made a successful offer and sorted out your financing. Your future home appraised well, and it cleared a title search. Now, it’s time for your final walkthrough: one last look around before you officially close this deal. The point of a final walkthrough is to check that the home […]
8 Home Amenities Buyers Should Look For In 2022
If you are considering purchasing a home in 2022, you are undoubtedly dreaming of features that are important to you. As more Millennial buyers move into the market and seek out their first space, the housing market is experiencing a shift in demands and expectations in home features. From buyers focusing on green and energy-efficient […]
When It Comes to Buying a Home, Pets Matter
About 61% of American households have pets. Last year, American pet owners spent nearly 70 billion dollars on goods and services for their pets. If you’ve got a pet, chances are good that you consider your pet an important part of your family. So it’s not surprising that when it comes time to make home […]
Do Millennials Value Homeownership Over Other Life Events?
Some people think that Millennials—the generation born roughly from 1981 to 1997—are destined to live at home with their parents forever, or at least, llong after graduating from college and securing full-time jobs. As recently as 2015, Millennials were making 20% less than the generation preceding them. Economic setbacks stemming from the great recession have […]
4 Homebuying Tips for Tipped Employees
Plenty of people rely on tips for some or all of their income. In fact, millions of Americans work in the kinds of service and hospitality industry jobs that have traditionally relied on tips for compensation — and that number is expected to increase in the coming decade. You might think that buying a home is just […]
7 Home Maintenance Tasks for Autumn (and One to Put Off Until Next Year)
For most Americans, autumn means falling leaves, cozy fires, and pumpkin-spice everything. For homeowners, the arrival of fall also means it’s time to get cracking on some home maintenance tasks. Put these items on your to-do list in the coming weeks. Conduct a Home Safety Check Level of Difficulty: Easy Of course, it’s important to […]
Is Your Home Ready for Winter?
It’s that time of year: temperatures are dropping and days are getting shorter. Take a few steps now to get your home ready for winter. You’ll be sitting pretty in the chillier days ahead. Show some love for your heating system Ideally, you want to find and fix any issues with your heating system before […]