There’s no doubt that today’s higher interest rates are making it harder for Americans to buy their first home. But even with rates increasing, buying a home is still a better option than renting for many people. If you have FHA-eligible borrowers who are trying to decide whether buying a home today is the right … Continue reading "Why Buying is Still Better than Renting"
Let’s be honest—it’s a tough market for originators, especially with interest rates at their highest level in decades. But if you’re passionate about serving your customers—especially first-time homebuyers—now is not the time to throw in the towel. Yes, rates are higher and home inventories are tight in many markets. But many people still yearn to … Continue reading "3 Ways to Increase Homebuyer Opportunities￼"
The decision to purchase a home is not an easy one to make. Many still consider the American Dream to be homeownership, and while having a dream is often a great source of motivation, dreams may also be paired with high expectations and anxieties related to living up to those expectations. This puts many would-be … Continue reading "Can Down Payment Assistance Ease Homebuying Concerns for Worried Buyers?￼"
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently published their 2022 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends Report. Here are some highlights and tips to help you make the most out of the evolving home market. Millennials make up 43% of homebuyers. That’s right, almost half of the current market belongs to millennials at the moment, … Continue reading "Realtor Tips to Help Homebuyers Find Affordable Homeownership￼"
Minority homeownership has been a trending topic in the mortgage industry for some time now. Two factors play a large role in this: wealth inequality and intergenerational wealth. These topics rise to the top because it is generally believed that improving homeownership rates will help to reduce wealth inequality between racial groups and grow intergenerational … Continue reading "How Lenders and Realtors Can Increase Minority Homeownership￼"
After two years of record-low, mortgage interest rates, today’s future homebuyers are moving into a rapidly increasing interest rate market. Home price appreciation remains high and inventory is still low. But where there is a challenge, there is opportunity, and educated and prepared future homeowners can position themselves to jump the hurdles in their way. … Continue reading "5 Tips for Buying a Home in a Competitive Market ￼"
In 2010, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development released the article “Barriers to Minority Homeownership.” The top three barriers detailed in this article were the down payment and closing costs, lack of access to credit and poor credit history, and a lack of understanding and information. Unfortunately, over a decade later, many reports … Continue reading "Overcoming Barriers to Minority Homeownership"
There’s a common misconception among potential homeowners that a 20% down payment is required to purchase a home—in fact, about one in three would-be homeowners believe this according to Freddie Mac. This misconception causes many future homeowners to believe that it will be years before they can purchase a home, or that homeownership will always be out … Continue reading "How Lenders Can Grow Millennial Homeownership"
Purchasing a home is one of the biggest personal and financial decisions you will ever make. With the constant evolution of the housing and job markets, it can be tough to determine a rough number to save in order to buy a house, and without a rough number to shoot for it’s hard to set … Continue reading "How Much Money Do You Need to Buy a House?"
Buying a home can be a long and complicated process, especially for first-time homebuyers without family or friends to give them pointers. It isn’t made easier by the fact that many of the steps to buy a home may happen at the same time, or slightly staggered, or in different orders depending on your personal … Continue reading "Getting To Know The Home Buying Process"