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Tuesday, January 11, 2022   /   by Laura Miller Edwards Realty Group

How Much Do You Need for Your Down Payment?

As you set out on your homebuying journey, you likely have a plan in place, and you’re working on saving for your purchase. But do you know how much you actually need for your down payment?
If you think you have to put 20% down, you may have set your goal based on a common misconception. Freddie Mac says:
“The most damaging down payment myth—since it stops the homebuying process before it can start—is the belief that 20% is necessary.”
Unless specified by your loan type or lender, it’s typically not required to put 20% down. According to the Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the median down payment hasn’t been over 20% since 2005. It may sound surprising, but today, that number is only 13%. And it’s even lower for first-time homebuyers, whose median down payment is only 7% (see graph below):
What Does This Mean for You?
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Tuesday, January 4, 2022   /   by Laura Miller Edwards Realty Group

The Average Homeowner Gained $56,700 in Equity over the Past Year

When you think of homeownership, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Chances are you might focus on the non-financial benefits, like the security or stability a home provides. But what about equity? While it can be overlooked, a homeowner’s equity helps build long-term wealth over time. Here’s a look at what equity is and why it matters.
For a homeowner, your equity is the current value of your home minus what you owe on the loan. So, as home values climb, your equity does too. That’s exactly what’s happening today. There aren’t enough homes on the market to meet buyer demand, so bidding wars and multiple offers are driving prices up. That’s because people are willing to pay more to buy a home. Right now, this low supply and high demand are giving current homeowners a significant equity boost.
Dr. Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist at CoreLogic, explains it like this:
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Tuesday, December 28, 2021   /   by Laura Miller Edwards Realty Group

A Happy Tail: Pets and the Homebuying Process [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights

It’s no secret that we love our furry friends - about 70% of U.S. households have pets. What may come as a surprise is how large a role they play in the homebuying process.
Americans spend $1,163 a year on their pets, and nearly half of pet owners say they would move for better accommodations and amenities for their pets.
If you’re thinking of adding a furry friend, or if you already have, let’s connect to discuss how you can find a home that meets all your pet’s needs.


This blog post previously appeared on https://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/en/2021/12/10/a-happy-tail-pets-and-the-homebuying-process-infographic/?a=106260-312309902871c1f0d820820f58bf8fde The information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. Keeping Current Matters, Inc. and the Laura Miller Edwards Realty Group do not guarant. ...

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Wednesday, December 22, 2021   /   by Laura Miller Edwards Realty Group

Struggling To Find a Home To Buy? New Construction May Be an Option.

There’s no question that the financial benefits of selling a house are outstanding today. Now is truly a great time to list if you’re ready to make a change. But if you do sell your house right now, you may be wondering where you’ll go when you move.
With so few homes available to buy right now, you might be considering building a new home as one of your options. But you may be unsure if that’s the way to go. Let’s compare the benefits of a newly built home versus moving into an existing one, and why working with a real estate agent throughout the process is mission-critical to your success no matter what you decide.
The Pros of Newly Built Homes
First, let’s look at the benefits of purchasing a newly constructed home. With a brand-new home, you’ll be able to:
1. Create your perfect home.
If you build a home from the ground up, you’ll have the option to select the custom features you want, including ap ...

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021   /   by Laura Miller Edwards Realty Group

A Checklist for Selling Your House This Winter [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights

If you’re planning to sell your house this winter, you’ll want it to look its best inside and out.
Take the time and focus on tasks that make it inviting, show it’s cared for, and boost your curb appeal.
Let’s connect so you have an expert opinion on what to focus on, so it shows well and catches a buyer’s eye.


This blog post previously appeared on https://www.simplifyingthemarket.com/en/2021/12/03/a-checklist-for-selling-your-house-this-winter-infographic/?a=106260-312309902871c1f0d820820f58bf8fde The information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. Keeping Current Matters, Inc. and the Laura Miller Edwards Realty Group do not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained herein. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. You should always conduct your. ...

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