Wednesday, January 22, 2020 / by Teresa Ryan
Home values have been increasing for 93 consecutive months, according to the National Association of Realtors. If you’re a homeowner, particularly one looking to downsize your living space, that’s great news, as you’ve likely built significant equity in your home.
Here’s some more good news: mortgage rates are expected to remain low throughout 2020 at an average of 3.8% for a 30-year fixed-rate loan.
The combination of leveraging your growing equity and capitalizing on low rates could make a big difference in your housing plans this year.
HOW TO USE YOUR HOME EQUITY
For move-up buyers, the typical pattern for building financial stability and wealth through homeownership works this way: you buy a house and gain equity over several years of mortgage payments and price appreciation. You then take that equity from the sale of your house to make a down payment on your next home and repeat the process.
For ho ...
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 / by Teresa Ryan
As we begin another year, everyone wants to know: “Where is the housing market headed in 2019?”
It’s not only buyers, sellers, and homeowners who are impacted. The real estate market plays an integral role in the overall U.S. economy. Fortunately, key indicators point toward a stable housing market in 2019 with signs of modest growth. However, shifting conditions could impact you if you plan to buy, sell, or refinance this year.
HOME VALUES WILL INCREASE
The value of real estate will continue to rise. Freddie Mac predicts housing prices will increase by 4.3 percent in 2019.1 While the rapid price appreciation we witnessed earlier in the decade has slowed, the combination of a strong economy, low unemployment, and a lack of inventory in many market segments continues to push prices higher.
"Ninety percent of markets are experiencing price gains while very few are experiencing consistent price declines," according to National Association of R ...
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 / by Teresa Ryan
The holiday season is upon us, and many of us have already begun to celebrate. From trimming trees to lighting candles, it’s the time of year to fill your homes (and hearts) with holiday joy.
But there’s no need to stop at your front door. Let the spirit of the season radiate outward from your house into your community. Some homeowners hang outdoor lights and decorations to help make the neighborhood “merry and bright.” But that’s not the only way to share the magic of the holidays with others.
Not sure where to start? Check out these 9 inspirational ideas for spreading cheer far and near!
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
You probably don’t have to look far to find someone who could benefit from a gift or kind gesture this time of year. Try one (or all) of these ideas for sharing the season with those closest to home.
1. Host a Holiday Party
Hosting a neighborhood holiday party is a great way to reconnect with old friends and ...
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 / by Teresa Ryan
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This beautiful and spacious custom-built 2-story traditional style home with an open floorplan in the Harmony Grove subdivision of Naperville, is ready for its new owners. The main level draws you in with an inviting 2-story foyer with natural light and hardwood floors that extend through the large kitchen. The kitchen includes oak cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and a breakfast area. Dine in a spacious separate carpeted dining room with crown molding and chair rail. The family room includes a volume ceiling, bay window, ceiling fan, carpets, and a gas-starter cozy fireplace. This level boasts solid six panel oak doors throughout. There is also a formal living room, full bathroom, office/den.
On the upper level, enjoy plush carpets, a large 20 ...
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 / by Teresa Ryan
Buying A Home? Here Are the Top 8 Home Inspection Mistakes to Avoid
It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of buying a home. Once you’ve had an offer accepted on your dream house, you’ll probably be anxious to move in. However, before you make a significant financial commitment, it’s best to know exactly what you’re buying.
When you hire a home inspector, you get a professional, in-depth examination of the property’s structures and systems. It’s a worthwhile investment that can save you money in the long run, either by warning you away from a bad purchase or by providing a list of deficiencies you can use to negotiate with the sellers.
The inspector’s report will also list minor repairs that, if made, will help to maintain your home over the long term. Additionally, a good inspector can often predict the standard life expectancy of your roof, HVAC, and other big-ticket items so you can start planning for their eventua ...