Whose Mortgage Do You Want to Pay? Yours or Your Landlord’s?
There are some people who haven’t purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. However, everyone should realize that unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on February 11, 2019 in Buying a Home
One More Time… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a Home
One More Time… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a Home
The largest obstacle renters face when planning to buy a home is saving for a down payment. This challenge is amplified by rising rents, which has eaten into the amount of money ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on February 8, 2019 in Buying a Home
4 Proven Ways Real Estate Can Build Sizable Family Wealth
Recently, David Greene, co-host of the BiggerPockets podcast and a nationally renowned author and speaker, wrote an article in Forbes explaining how investing in real estate could help build wealth. Many of the points he ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on February 5, 2019 in Buying a Home
Is Student Loan Debt A Threat to Homeownership? No!
Over the course of the last thirty years, a shift has happened. An entire generation has been raised to believe that a college education is their key to unlocking opportunities that were not available to their parent’s or grandparent’s ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on February 4, 2019 in Buying a Home
The Importance of Homeownership to the American Dream
For centuries, people in this country have seen homeownership as part of the American Dream. Whether they were born here or immigrated from another country, they wanted to own a piece of America. With so many prominent societal changes over the last ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 29, 2019 in Buying a Home
Do You Prefer the Charm of an Existing Home?
When homebuyers begin their research, they want to see all their available options! In many cases, they will include both new construction and existing homes in their search; but is a new construction home really the house of their dreams?
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 28, 2019 in Buying a Home
Buying a Home Young is the Key to Building Wealth
Homeowners who purchase their homes before the age of 35 are better prepared for retirement at age 60, according to a new Urban Institute study. The organization surveyed adults who turned 60 or 61 between 2003 and 2015 for their data set....
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 22, 2019 in Buying a Home
Buying a House This Year? This Should Be Your 1st Step!
In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show that you are ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 21, 2019 in Buying a Home
Buying A Vacation Property? Now Is A Good Time!
Every year around this time, many homeowners begin the process of preparing their homes in case of extreme winter weather. Some others skip winter all together by escaping to their vacation homes in a warmer climate.
For those homeowners staying at ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 15, 2019 in Buying a Home
Excited About Buying A Home This Year? Here’s What to Watch
As we kick off the new year, many families have made resolutions to enter the housing market in 2019. Whether you are thinking of finally ditching your landlord and buying your first home or selling your starter house to move into your forever home, ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on January 8, 2019 in Buying a Home
What Makes a House a Home For You?
We frequently talk about why it makes sense to buy a home financially, but more often than not the emotional reasons are the more powerful or compelling ones.
No matter what shape or size your living space is, the concept and feeling of a home ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on December 31, 2018 in Buying a Home
Homeownership Remains a Huge Part of the American Dream
As we head into 2019, many news outlets and housing experts warn that the housing market may slow down. Over the last six years, the inventory of homes for sale has been near historic lows, which has been the force behind increasing home prices....
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on December 26, 2018 in Buying a Home
Don’t Get Caught in the Rental Trap in 2019
Every year around this time, we take time to reflect and plan for next year. If you are renting your current home but have dreams of homeownership, your plan for the new year may include buying, and you wouldn’t be alone!
According to ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on December 18, 2018 in Buying a Home
How to Simply Increase Your Family Wealth by Paying for Housing
Everyone should realize that unless you are living somewhere rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. Buying your own home provides you with a form of ‘forced savings’ that ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on December 17, 2018 in Buying a Home
What If I Wait A Year to Buy a Home?
National home prices have increased by 5.4% since this time last year. Over that same time period, interest rates have remained near historic lows which has allowed many buyers to enter the market and lock in low rates.
As a seller, you ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on December 14, 2018 in Buying a Home
Buyers: Don’t Be Surprised by Closing Costs!
Many homebuyers think that saving for their down payment is enough to buy the house of their dreams, but what about the closing costs that are required to obtain a mortgage?
By law, a homebuyer will receive a loan estimate from their ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on December 4, 2018 in Buying a Home
4 Reasons to Buy A Home This Winter!
Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting.
1. Prices Will Continue to Rise
CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insight report revealed that home prices have appreciated by 5.6% over the last 12 ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on December 3, 2018 in Buying a Home
Dreaming of a Luxury Home? Now’s the Time!
If your house no longer fits your needs and you are planning on buying a luxury home, now is a great time to do so! Recently, the Institute for Luxury Home Marketingreleased its Luxury Market Report which showed that in today’s ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on November 16, 2018 in Buying a Home
5 Tips When Buying a Newly Constructed Home
The lack of existing inventory for sale has forced many homebuyers to begin looking at new construction. When you buy a newly constructed home instead of an existing home, there are many extra steps that must take place.
To ensure a hassle-free ...
Posted by Missy Ashcraft on November 13, 2018 in Buying a Home