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  • Homeownership Rate Remains on the Rise


    Homeownership Rate Remains on the Rise | Simplifying The MarketIn the third quarter of 2019, the U.S. homeownership rate rose again, signaling another strong indicator of the current housing market. The U.S. Census Bureau announced, “The homeownership rate of 64.8 percent was not statistically different from the rate in the third quarter 2018 (64.4 percent), but was 0.7 percentage points higher than the rate […]
  • 75 Years of VA Home Loan Benefits


    75 Years of VA Home Loan Benefits | Simplifying The MarketToday, on Veterans Day, we salute those who have served our country in war or peace, and we thank them for their sacrifice. This year marks the 75th anniversary of VA Home Loan Benefit offerings through the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, also known as the GI Bill. Since 1944, this law has created opportunities for those […]
  • VA Home Loans by the Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC]


    VA Home Loans by the Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

    Some Highlights:

    • The Veterans Administration (VA) Home Loan is a benefit that is available to more than 22 million veterans and 2 million active duty service members to help them achieve the dream of homeownership.
    • In 2018, $161 billion was loaned to veterans and their families through the program.
    • In the same year, the average loan amount was $264,197 and 610,513 loans were guaranteed.
  • Forget the Price of the Home. The Cost is What Matters.


    Forget the Price of the Home. The Cost is What Matters. | Simplifying The MarketHome buying activity (demand) is up, and the number of available listings (supply) is down. When demand outpaces supply, prices appreciate. That’s why firms are beginning to increase their projections for home price appreciation going forward. As an example, CoreLogic increased their 12-month projection for home values from 4.5% to 5.6% over the last few […]
  • Millennials: Here’s Why the Process is Well Worth It.


    Millennials: Here’s Why the Process is Well Worth It. | Simplifying The MarketMillennials have waited longer than any other generation to become homeowners, but the wait for this cohort is just about over. According to National Mortgage News,  “Millennials, those young adults now aged 23 to 38, are now entering their peak household formation and homebuying years.” If you’re a Millennial, you’re already well aware that you’re […]
  • Planning on Buying a Home? Be Sure You Know Your Options.


    Planning on Buying a Home? Be Sure You Know Your Options. | Simplifying The MarketWhen you’re ready to buy, you’ll need to determine if you prefer the charm of an existing home or the look and feel of a newer build. With limited existing home inventory available today, especially in the starter and middle-level markets, many buyers are considering a new home that’s recently been constructed, or they’re building […]
  • The #1 Reason to List Your House in the Winter


    The #1 Reason to List Your House in the Winter | Simplifying The MarketMany sellers believe spring is the best time to put their homes on the market because buyer demand traditionally increases at that time of year. What they don’t realize is if every homeowner believes the same thing, then that’s when they’ll have the most competition. So, what’s the #1 reason to list your house in […]
  • The Difference an Hour Will Make This Fall [INFOGRAPHIC]


    Every Hour in the U.S. Housing Market: 

    • 614 Homes Are Sold
    • 95 Homes Regain Positive Equity
    • Median Home Values Go Up $1.38