Category: First Time Home Buyers

    • The Cost of Renting vs. Buying a Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

      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%...
      Written by Shannah Ferrante
    • This is Not 2008 All Over Again: The Mortgage Lending Factor

      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 […]
      Written by Shannah Ferrante
    • Buyer Demand Growing in Every Region

      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.” […]
      Written by Shannah Ferrante
    • 75 Years of VA Home Loan Benefits

      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 […]
      Written by Shannah Ferrante
    • VA Home Loans by the Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC]

      Some Highlights: The Veterans Administration (VA) Home Loan is a benefit that is available to more than 22 million veterans and 2 million active duty service members to help them achieve the dream of homeownership. In 2018, $161 billion was loaned t...
      Written by Shannah Ferrante
    • Millennials: Here’s Why the Process is Well Worth It.

      Millennials have waited longer than any other generation to become homeowners, but the wait for this cohort is just about over. According to National Mortgage News,  “Millennials, those young adults now aged 23 to 38, are now entering their peak household formation and homebuying years.” If you’re a Millennial, you’re already well aware that you’re […]
      Written by Shannah Ferrante
    • Planning on Buying a Home? Be Sure You Know Your Options.

      When you’re ready to buy, you’ll need to determine if you prefer the charm of an existing home or the look and feel of a newer build. With limited existing home inventory available today, especially in the starter and middle-level markets, many buyers are considering a new home that’s recently been constructed, or they’re building […]
      Written by Shannah Ferrante
    • Taking the Fear Out of the Mortgage Process

      A considerable number of potential buyers shy away from the real estate market because they’re uncertain about the buying process – particularly when it comes to qualifying for a mortgage. For many, the mortgage process can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be!  In order to qualify in today’s market, you’ll need a down […]
      Written by Shannah Ferrante
    • How to Determine If You Can Afford to Buy a Home

      The gap between the increase in personal income and residential real estate prices has been used to defend the concept that we are experiencing an affordability crisis in housing today. It is true that home prices and wages are two key elements in any affordability equation. There is, however, an extremely important third component to […]
      Written by Shannah Ferrante
    • 4 Reasons to Buy a Home This Fall

      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 Insights Report shows that home prices have appreciated by 3.6% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts prices will continue to increase at a rate of 5.8% over the next year. The bottom […]
      Written by Shannah Ferrante