6 tips for throwing a successful first-time homebuyer event

Throwing a successful first-time homebuyer event can be tricky. In addition to deciding the method of registration, location, ambiance and speakers, you’ve got to consider the agenda, topics and a follow-up plan. Here are six steps to make it less over…

Best and Worst Places for Millennial Home-Buying

Members of the millennial generation, especially first-time buyers, are already struggling to purchase a home due to student loan debt, trouble saving for a down payment and tight inventory—factors cited in the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. According to GOBankingRates, slow wage growth and low unemployment rates across […]

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Buying your first home without regrets: 24 mistakes to avoid

First-time homebuyers make mistakes going into the homebuying process, throughout the process and even after they purchase a new home. Because they’ve never done it before! …

Regional Spotlight: Mid-Atlantic Awash With Activity

Regional Spotlight—The Mid-Atlantic region is awash with real estate activity this spring, with real estate practitioners in the area expecting a busier season overall, according to a recently released survey. “After a solid 2016, the Mid-Atlantic real estate market is poised for continued growth in 2017,” says Tom Phillips, president and CEO of Bright MLS, […]

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NAR: Disconnect Between Homebuyer Aspirations and Realities

Eight out of 10 non-homeowners recently surveyed by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) identify owning a home as part of the American Dream. Their realities—limited affordable housing, perceived lack of a down payment, and student debt—are hampering those aspirations. NAR’s Aspiring Home Buyer Profile, which analyzes 2016 data from its Housing Opportunities and Market […]

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Will Housing Become Better under Trump? Half of Americans Think So

Americans are “cautiously optimistic” about the housing market, with 69 percent recently surveyed by ValueInsured believing 2017 will be a better year for real estate than 2016, and 52 percent believing housing will become more favorable under the Trump Administration. The outlook is primarily felt among millennials who are not homeowners. According to the survey, […]

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Are Higher Mortgage Rates Scaring Off First-Time Homebuyers?

First-time homebuyers are shying away from their plans to purchase this spring, according to a recently released report by realtor.com®, due to the surge in mortgage rates in the last two months of 2016. Though rates have deflated since the end of the year, they remain hovering above 4 percent—high enough to scare off first-timers […]

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Millennials Patient, Thrifty when It Comes to Homeownership

Though millennials perceive homeownership as a vital component to the American Dream, they are also accepting of the realities of owning a first home, according to a new survey by Better Homes & Gardens magazine. Eighty-five percent of the first-time millennial homeowners surveyed view homeownership as a sound investment, and many are practical when it […]

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What a savvy real estate agent could do to get me in a home

It’s been a while since I last wrote about my home search. Since then, my boyfriend has officially moved in (with all his stuff), and we’ve come to realize exactly how much we hate our apartment …

How to eliminate common roadblocks to homeownership

The story is familiar: hard-working real estate agent takes pre-qualified buyers to dream home. Excitement builds and contracts are signed. As the mortgage process begins, the clouds roll in …