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    What’s Motivating People To Move Right Now?

    By Clifton Cheek | June 3, 2021

    This year, Americans are moving for a variety of reasons. The health crisis has truly reshaped our lifestyles and our needs. Spending so much more time in our current homes has driven many people to reconsider what homeownership means and what they find most valuable in their living spaces. According to the 2020 Annual National Movers... Read More

    Should I Move or Refinance?

    By Clifton Cheek | June 2, 2021

    The level of equity homeowners have is at an all-time high. According to the U.S. Census, over 38% of owner-occupied homes are owned free and clear, meaning they don’t have a mortgage. Those with a mortgage are seeing their equity skyrocket too. Every time real estate values increase, homeowners get a dollar-for-dollar gain in their home equity. According... Read More

    6 Reasons To Celebrate National Homeownership Month

    By Clifton Cheek | June 1, 2021

    Our homes are so much more than the houses we live in. For many, they’ve also become our workplaces, schools for our children, and safe harbors in which we’ve weathered the toughest moments of a global pandemic. Today, 65.6% of Americans call their homes their own, a rate that has risen to its highest point in 8... Read More

    It’s Not Too Late To Apply For Forbearance

    By Clifton Cheek | May 13, 2021

    It’s Not Too Late To Apply For Forbearance Over the past year, the pandemic made it challenging for some homeowners to make their mortgage payments. Thankfully, the government initiated a forbearance program to provide much-needed support. Unless they’re extended once again, some of these plans and the corresponding mortgage payment deferral options will expire soon. That said,... Read More

    3 Graphs Showing Why You Should Sell Your House Now

    By Clifton Cheek | May 13, 2021

    3 Graphs Showing Why You Should Sell Your House Now There’s no doubt that 2021 is the year of the seller when it comes to the housing market. If you’re a homeowner thinking of moving to better suit your changing needs, now is the perfect time to do so. Low mortgage rates are in your favor when you’re ready... Read More

    The Power of Mortgage Pre-Approval

    By Clifton Cheek | May 13, 2021

    The Power of Mortgage Pre-Approval Some Highlights Mortgage pre-approval means a lender has reviewed your finances and, based on factors like your income, debt, and credit history, determined how much you’re qualified to borrow. Being pre-approved for a loan can give you clarity while planning your homebuying budget, confidence in your ability to secure a... Read More

    Are Interest Rates Expected to Rise Over the Next Year?

    By Clifton Cheek | May 13, 2021

    Are Interest Rates Expected to Rise Over the Next Year? So far this year, mortgage rates continue to hover around 3%, encouraging many hopeful homebuyers to enter the housing market. However, there’s a good chance rates will increase later this year and going into 2022, ultimately making it more expensive to borrow money for a... Read More

    4 Big Incentives for Homeowners to Sell Now

    By Clifton Cheek | May 13, 2021

    4 Big Incentives for Homeowners to Sell Now The housing market keeps sailing along. The only headwind that could take it off course is the lack of inventory for sale. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports that there were 410,000 fewer single-family homes for sale this March than in March of 2020. The key to continued success in... Read More

    Americans Find the Nonfinancial Benefits of Homeownership Most Valuable

    By Clifton Cheek | May 13, 2021

    Americans Find the Nonfinancial Benefits of Homeownership Most Valuable Homeownership is a foundational part of the American Dream. As we look back on more than a year of sheltering in our homes, having a place of our own is more important than ever. While financial benefits are always a key aspect of homeownership, today, homeowners rank the nonfinancial... Read More

    Why Waiting to Buy a Home Could Cost You a Small Fortune

    By Clifton Cheek | May 13, 2021

    Why Waiting to Buy a Home Could Cost You a Small Fortune Many people are sitting on the fence trying to decide if now’s the time to buy a home. Some are renters who have a strong desire to become homeowners but are unsure if buying right now makes sense. Others may be homeowners who are... Read More