Friday, August 09, 2019 / by Teresa Kenney Parker
Rent Vs. Own [INFOGRAPHIC]
Owning your own home vs. renting may lead to some great options, such as locking in your monthly payments and having the freedom to customize your living space.
Whether you rent or own, you have to cover someone’s mortgage costs. You may as well be doing so to build your own wealth, rather than that of your landlord.
Renting and owning both have up-front fees when you sign your lease or close, respectively. Think about putting that money to work for you!
Tuesday, August 06, 2019 / by Teresa Kenney Parker
How to Judge the Impact of the Next Economic Slowdown on Housing
We’ve experienced economic growth for almost a decade, which is the longest recovery in the nation’s history. Experts know a recession can’t be too far off, but when will this economic slowdown actually occur?
Pulsenomics just released a special report revealing that nearly 6 out of 10 of the 90 economists, investment strategists, and market analysts surveyed believe the next recession will occur by the end of next year. Here’s the breakdown:
9% believe a recession will occur this year
50% believe it will occur in 2020
35% believe it will occur in 2021
6% believe it will occur after 2021
When asked what would trigger the next recession, the three most common responses by those surveyed were:
Stock Market Correction
How might the recession impact real estate?
Challenges in the housing and mortgage markets were major triggers of ...
Thursday, August 01, 2019 / by Teresa Kenney Parker
Fed cuts interest rates: What it means for the housing market
The Federal Reserve cut interest rates for the first time since the recession. Will mortgage rates dip further?
PATRICK KEARNSStaff Writer
JULY 31, 2019
The U.S. Federal Reserve announced Wednesday it would cut interest rates for the first time since a recession hit the U.S. economy in 2008. Real estate economists are split on the immediate impact it will have on mortgage rates and the housing market.
The Fed is cutting interest rates 25 basis points from between 2.25 percent and 2.5 percent to between 2 percent and 2.25 percent. It had previously signaled it would not hike rates at all in 2019 – after four rate hikes in 2018 – but it became more apparent in recent weeks that it would actually cut rates this time.
“Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to foster maximum employment and price stability,” the Federal Open Market Committee sa ...
Saturday, July 20, 2019 / by Teresa Kenney Parker
5 Powerful Reasons to Own Instead of Rent
Owning a home has great financial benefits.
In a recent research paper, Homeownership and the American Dream, Laurie S. Goodman and Christopher Mayer of the Urban Land Institute explained:
“Homeownership appears to help borrowers accumulate housing and nonhousing wealth in a variety of ways, with tax advantages, greater financial flexibility due to secured borrowing, built-in ‘default’ savings with mortgage amortization and nominally fixed payments, and the potential to lower home maintenance costs through sweat equity.”
Let’s breakdown 5 major financial benefits of homeownership:
1. Housing is typically the one leveraged investment available
Homeownership allows households to amplify any appreciation on the value of their homes by a leverage factor. A 20% down payment results in a leverage factor of five, meaning every percentage point rise in the value of your home is a 5% return on your equity ...
Monday, May 27, 2019 / by Teresa Kenney Parker
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