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Friday, April 12, 2024   /   by Joyce Dungca

The Perks of Downsizing When You Retire [INFOGRAPHIC]

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If you’re about to retire, or just did, downsizing can be a good way to try to cut down on some of your expenses.
Smaller homes typically have lower energy and maintenance costs. Plus, you may have enough equity built up to fuel your move.
If you're thinking about moving to a smaller home, let’s go over your goals and look at your options in our local market. ...

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Wednesday, March 27, 2024   /   by Joyce Dungca

Single Women Are Embracing Homeownership

In today's housing market, more and more single women are becoming homeowners. According to data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), 19% of all homebuyers are single women, while only 10% are single men.
If you're a single woman trying to buy your first home, this should be encouraging. It means other people are making their dreams a reality – so you can too.
Why Homeownership Matters to So Many Women
For many single women, buying a home isn't just about having a place to live—it's also a smart way to invest for the future. Homes usually increase in value over time, so they’re a great way to build equity and overall net worth. Ksenia Potapov, Economist at First American, says:
“. . . single women are increasingly pursuing homeownership and reaping its wealth creation benefits.”
The financial security and independence homeownership provides can be life-changing.. ...

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024   /   by Joyce Dungca

Homeowners Today Have Options To Avoid Foreclosure

Even with the latest data coming in, the experts agree there’s no chance of a large-scale foreclosure crisis like the one we saw back in 2008. While headlines may be calling attention to a slight uptick in foreclosure filings recently, the bigger picture is that we’re still well below the number we’d see in a more normal year for the housing market. As a report from BlackKnight explains:
“The prospect of any kind of near-term surge in foreclosure activity remains low, with start volumes still nearly 40% below pre-pandemic levels.”
That’s good news. It means the number of homeowners at risk is very low compared to the norm.
But, there’s a small percentage who may be coming face to face with foreclosure as a possibility. That’s because some homeowners may have an unexpected hardship in their life, which unfortunately can happen in any market.
For those homeowners, there are still options that could help. ...

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Wednesday, March 13, 2024   /   by Joyce Dungca

Your Home Is a Powerful Investment

Going into 2023, there was a lot of talk about a possible recession that would cause the housing market to crash. Some in the media were even forecasting home prices would drop by as much as 10-20%—and that might have made you feel a bit unsure about buying a home.
But here’s what actually happened: home prices went up more than usual. Brian D. Luke, Head of Commodities at S&P Dow Jones Indices, explains:
“Looking back at the year, 2023 appears to have exceeded average annual home price gains over the past 35 years.”
To put last year’s growth into context, the graph below uses data from Freddie Mac on how home prices have changed each year going back to 1980. The dotted line shows the long-term average for appreciation:
 

The big takeaway? Home prices almost always go up.
As an article from Forbes says:
“. . . the U.S. real estate market has a long and reliabl. ...

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Thursday, March 7, 2024   /   by Joyce Dungca

The Benefits of Downsizing When You Retire

If you’re taking a look at your expenses as you retire, saving money where you can has a lot of appeal. One long-standing, popular way to do that is by downsizing to a smaller home.
When you think about cutting down on your spending, odds are you think of frequent purchases, like groceries and other goods. But when you downsize your house, you often end up downsizing the bills that come with it, like your mortgage payment, energy costs, and maintenance requirements. Realtor.com shares:
“A smaller home typically means lower bills and less upkeep. Then there’s the potential windfall that comes from selling your larger home and buying something smaller.”
That windfall is thanks to your home equity. If you’ve been in your house for a while, odds are you’ve built up a considerable amount of equity. And that equity is something you can use to help you buy a home that better fits your needs today. Daniel Hunt, CFA at Mor. ...

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