Glimmers of Hope for Home Buyers Arise as Inventory Inches Up

Blog posted On June 21, 2024

Higher-trending mortgage rates getting you down? Here’s something you can get excited about: according to, there are 35.3% more homes on the market than this time last year. Even more exciting news: there is a rising number of affordable homes hitting the market.


Breaking News! HUD Updated Gift Fund Guidelines to Add Increasing Flexibility on FHA Loans

Blog posted On June 05, 2024

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently updated its guidebook that spans over 1,800 pages. One of the updates brought welcome news for borrowers using an FHA Loan. With the new requirements, borrowers have additional flexibility surrounding any gift funds they might receive.


VA Plans to Temporarily Allow Buyers to Compensate Agents

Blog posted On May 23, 2024

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has finally broken its silence on the future of buyer’s agent commissions for borrowers using VA Loans. In an unofficial announcement on Tuesday, VA Deputy Director of Policy Michelle Corridon stated that the Department plans to temporarily lift its restriction on that prohibits buyers from directly paying for professional real estate representation. This circular is slated to be issued between now and June 12, and will help buyers while the agency engages in a formal rulemaking process for a longer-term solution.


Market Update: Rates Slide Following Friendly Inflation News; Slow Week Ahead

Blog posted On November 21, 2023

Rates continued their downward trend last week, bringing them to their lowest levels in months. Who do we have to thank? The consumer price index from October. This showed that inflation was cooler than expected last month, which is a good thing for rates. Now, the bigger question that remains is: does this mark the beginning of a downward shift in rates?


What the New LLPA Changes Mean for You

Blog posted On May 05, 2023

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the changes to Loan Level Pricing Adjustments (LLPAs) from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. You may have heard that people with higher credit scores are being ‘punished’ with higher fees than those with lower credit scores. But before you start intentionally lowering your credit score, you might want to hear the FULL story about the changes.


Legislative Proposal to Ban Trigger Leads Offers Consumers Hope of Long-Needed Relief

Blog posted On April 27, 2023

Last week, Rep. Ritchie Torres of New York introduced bill H.R. 2656 in hopes of ending the sale of trigger leads, which could greatly reduce the number of unsolicited calls a consumer receives after applying for a mortgage. Oftentimes, trigger leads cause confusion for buyers because they can come from competing lenders who are asking for personal information. Although this bill is still in the early stages, it’s a good (and far overdue) step in the right direction.


VA Mortgages Will Become Cheaper in April, Just in Time for the Spring Buying Season

Blog posted On April 07, 2023

The spring home buying season is gearing up, and there is good news coming for VA buyers, just in time for the upcoming season. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) announced that funding fees for purchase, construction, and cash-out refinance loans would be reduced on loans closed on or after April 7, 2023, and prior to November 14, 2031. The reduced fee will depend on the down payment amount, loan type, and whether the borrower has ever used a VA Loan in the past. 


Housing Data Released This Week Was Welcome News for Rates

Blog posted On March 17, 2023

It was a good week in housing news. From mortgage application submissions to home builder confidence to housing starts and building permits – there were a lot of positive signs that experts think mortgage rates will appreciate.


Will 2023 Bring Good News for Home Buyers? Here's What Experts Are Saying

Blog posted On December 30, 2022

2022 wasn’t necessarily smooth sailing for home buyers. As the year comes to a close, we’re starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel. What will this bring for the housing market next year? Here are four predictions for 2023 according to housing market experts.


Worried About a Possible Recession? Experts Agree Real Estate is a Good Investment

Blog posted On December 27, 2022

If you feel like we’ve been on the edge of a recession for months, you’re not alone. More big names are warning Americans of an impending recession – Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and most recently, billionaire David Rubenstein. Alongside these names is the majority of Wall Street. While investors may have different ideas about the best stocks for a recession, most agree that one investment is almost always a smart, recession-proof move.


Home Buyers Inch Back into the Market Following Weeks of Positive Rate News

Blog posted On December 20, 2022

Still think it’s a bad time to buy? According to Mortgage Bankers Association, more buyers think it’s a good time to buy a house in recent weeks. While many are still sitting on the sidelines, the ones who are taking advantage now are reaping the benefits of lower-trending rates, seller concessions, and less competition than the hotter spring market.


What This Morning's Inflation Data Means for You

Blog posted On December 13, 2022

Things are looking up for home buyers. Though the holidays aren’t for another week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) dropped off an early gift this morning. The gift came in the form of the consumer price index – a popular inflation-measuring method – which showed that November’s inflation levels were cooler than expected. Mortgage-backed securities jumped for joy, traders breathed a sigh of relief, and anyone concerned with mortgage rates should be drinking a nice cup of holiday cheer.  


Sneak Peek of Next Week: Jobs, Inflation, and Future Fed Rate Hikes

Blog posted On December 06, 2022

Mortgage rates ended last week brushing some of the lowest levels in two months. On Wednesday, Fed Chair Jerome Powell hinted that there’s a strong chance next week’s rate hike could be smaller than the previous hikes of 0.75%. Friday’s jobs reports put a temporary damper on the mood. Overall, rates finished the week strong, but the next eight days will be crucial in determining where they go next. If this all sounds a little bit confusing, don’t worry, we’ll break it down below.


Sneak Peek of Next Week: Jobs, Inflation, and Future Fed Rate Hikes

Blog posted On December 06, 2022

Mortgage rates ended last week brushing some of the lowest levels in two months. On Wednesday, Fed Chair Jerome Powell hinted that there’s a strong chance next week’s rate hike could be smaller than the previous hikes of 0.75%. Friday’s jobs reports put a temporary damper on the mood. Overall, rates finished the week strong, but the next eight days will be crucial in determining where they go next. If this all sounds a little bit confusing, don’t worry, we’ll break it down below.


How to Effectively Price Your Home in the Modern Market, According to an Appraiser

Blog posted On November 29, 2022

Today, the Case-Shiller home price index showed that the prices of homes declined for the third consecutive month in September. Annual price gains appeared to have peaked roughly six months ago and have been declining ever since. This cooling may come as a shock to sellers, who had enjoyed nearly two years of red-hot prices and sky-high profits. Now as the market is shifting, many sellers are swallowing a tough pill – that their home may not sell for the same price that it could have earlier this year.


Will Mortgage Rates Continue to Drop?

Blog posted On November 15, 2022

Hope is in the air for home buyers. For several months, many buyers have been holding their breath as mortgage rates have continued climbing higher. Last week they finally got a breather. Following Thursday’s release of the consumer price index, mortgage rates saw their biggest single-day tumble in over a decade. The question now is whether rates have peaked or if they trend higher again.   


Looking Back: The Current Housing Market is All Too Familiar

Blog posted On November 08, 2022

This isn’t the first time the housing market has been here. In the late 1970s, inflation climbed to 14% and home prices surged 14%. It was a seller’s market; buyers were taking what they could get. Eventually, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates to calm down the economy. By 1980, mortgage rates had soared to 15%. Buyer competition cooled, home prices declined, and more options became available on the market. What was once a seller’s market quickly turned in favor of the buyers. Flash forward 42 years, and you’ll find a market in very similar conditions.


Here's What to Expect from Tomorrow's Fed Announcement

Blog posted On November 01, 2022

How much higher will rates get? Time will tell, but tomorrow all eyes are on Fed Chair Jerome Powell. Tomorrow is the penultimate Fed interest rate announcement of the year. Economists largely expect another 0.75% increase. The Fed rate hike probability is almost certain, but what comes after is not.


Home Sellers Are Cutting Prices at a Record High Rate

Blog posted On October 25, 2022

Relief is well on its way for home buyers struggling with rising mortgage rates. Earlier today, the Case- Shiller home price index showed that in August, home prices cooled at the fastest pace in history. On top of that, more than one in five sellers reduced their sales price in September. Both are strong signs of a shift in the market – a shift in favor of buyers.  


Data Doesn't Lie: October is the Best Month to Buy a Home, Even This Year

Blog posted On October 11, 2022

Temperatures are dropping, leaves are falling, and the housing market is cooling off. Normally a cooled market suggests it’s a less-than-ideal time to buy a home, but this year it might just be your window of opportunity. 


Home Prices Cooled at Fastest Pace Ever, Offering Hope for Buyers

Blog posted On October 04, 2022

Rent prices took a dip in August but the long-term forecast looks grim for most tenants. According to’s chief economist, Danielle Hale, rent prices are expected to rise at an above-average rate through the spring of 2023. Home prices, however, are quickly cooling. Could now be your time to make the switch from renting to buying? 


The Best Week to Buy a House is Here

Blog posted On September 27, 2022

Have you been waiting for the perfect time to buy a home? The wait is up! A recent study by found that the week of September 25 to October 1 is the best week of the year to purchase a home – based on ideal market conditions like lower prices, more options and reduced competition. 


It's Still a Good Time to Buy; Here's Why

Blog posted On September 20, 2022

Since the beginning of the year, countless articles have claimed that it's the worst time to buy a home. Their reasoning? Rising rates. “From an affordability perspective, this might be the worst time you could buy because mortgage rates have spiked quite a bit,” said Chistopher Mayer, co-director of the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate and professor at Columbia University. This is the narrative dominating the industry right now. But rising rates are just the tip of the housing market iceberg. Below the surface, there are several encouraging signs for hopeful buyers.  


Whether You’re Headed Back to The Office or Working Remote, Here’s How We Can Help

Blog posted On September 13, 2022

Labor Day has always been an unofficial end to summer. Pools have shut down, kids have headed back to the classroom, and larger companies now want their employees back in the office. After over two years of working remotely, many don’t share their employer’s desire. So what are your options?  


Don’t Use Your 401(k) to Pay Off Debt — Do These 7 Things Instead

Blog posted On September 06, 2022

It may be tempting to tap into your 401(k) to pay off higher interest debt like credit cards, auto loans, and student loans. But homeowners have a better option. Refinancing your mortgage can be a great opportunity to reset your finances without sacrificing your retirement savings.  


Is Now a Good Time to Refinance?

Blog posted On August 23, 2022

For the past several months, headlines have said the refinance boom is over. Interest rates have been steadily rising since the beginning of the year. While many homeowners might think they missed their chance, nearly one million owners can still save over $3,500 per year by refinancing.


How an Economic Slowdown Can Benefit Buyers (and How to Prepare Financially)

Blog posted On August 16, 2022

Many experts are predicting an upcoming economic slowdown. During times like these, people have historically tended to take a step back from the home buying process. But in today’s market, it could benefit certain home buyers to stay the course.


Bidding Wars Are at a Two-Year Low; Should You Buy Now?

Blog posted On August 09, 2022

If you’ve been waiting for the market to cool, now might be your chance. The red-hot housing market is cooling off, just in time for Fall. Buyers have more options, more likelihood of price cuts, and less likelihood of bidding wars.


Home Prices Cooled at Fastest Recorded Pace in June

Blog posted On August 02, 2022

Black Knight analytics is bringing good news to home buyers. Home price gains are officially slowing down, according to the data firm.


4 Ways to Avoid Overpaying in the Current Housing Market

Blog posted On July 26, 2022

Making offers higher than the asking price was routine during the pandemic. Because the market was so competitive, most people who wanted to ‘win the home’ would end up paying much more than the listing price. But as home buyer demand cools and home inventory climbs, overbidding will become much less common. If you’re looking to buy now, remember this isn’t the housing market from two years ago. You might not need offer more than the asking price, and here are four tips that can help you avoid it.


4 Things to Know About the Current Housing Market

Blog posted On July 19, 2022

2022 has been a whirlwind for the housing market. Mortgage rates have been steadily climbing since the beginning of the year, inflation has hit a 40-year high, and home prices are soaring. But it’s not all bad news. In fact, several market conditions are beginning to shift in favor of home buyers.

Danielle Hale, chief economist at, shed some light with four things buyers should know about the current housing market.


Experts Say That Home Buyers Are Gaining More Power

Blog posted On July 12, 2022

Over the past several months, home buyers have faced increasingly high prices and quickly rising mortgage rates. Affordability has become a large challenge, and low home inventory has left buyers few options to choose from. But signs of a tipping point may be here.


Debunking Mortgage Myths in the Modern Market

Blog posted On July 05, 2022

It’s no longer 2020. Mortgage rates are no longer near record lows and home prices are still high. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t invest in a home. In fact, there are several encouraging signs in the modern market. Unfortunately, there are also several myths. Here are five modern mortgage myths, debunked.


Breaking Down the Last Week for Rates: Why the Fed Hike is a Good Thing

Blog posted On June 21, 2022

Last week the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) voted to make the largest benchmark interest rate hike in almost 30 years. The media has largely portrayed benchmark rate hikes as a bad thing for consumers. Last week proved the opposite – offering hope to home buyers, homeowners, and consumers alike.


Home Equity is at an All-Time High; Should You Get a HELOC?

Blog posted On June 14, 2022

Many mortgage holders are sitting on a gold mine, according to data released last week by Black Knight. Tappable home equity – the amount of equity owners can borrow while leaving at least 20% in their home – soared to another record high in the first quarter (Q1) of 2022. With this growth, homeowners have even more financial power, security, and freedom. Common uses for tappable equity include home improvements, debt consolidation, unexpected expenses, and more. However, to access this equity, homeowners would need something like a cash-out refinance, home equity loan, or Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC).


Renovation Loans Are on the Rise

Blog posted On June 07, 2022

Mortgage rates have been sharply trending upward in recent months, causing many potential buyers to pick up their home hunting pace. Locking a mortgage rate now could prevent you from paying for a higher rate later, should they continue trending upward. However, home inventory is still very low – leaving buyers few options on the market. The newer, more updated homes are selling quickly, and for a steep price. But that doesn’t mean that all hope is lost. One financing option that’s saving the day for many is Renovation Loans.


Adjustable-Rate Mortgages Are on the Rise: Are They the Right Move for You?

Blog posted On May 31, 2022

Rising mortgage rates are pushing more home buyers toward adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs). By March 2022, the ARM share dollar volume for conventional single-family mortgage originations was three times higher than its level in January 2021. Typically, ARMs start at lower mortgage rates than fixed-rate mortgages. This makes them an appealing option for many home buyers when mortgage rates and home prices are higher.


Mortgage Rates Are Rising Fast; Here’s How to Get the Lowest One Possible

Blog posted On May 24, 2022

Since the beginning of 2022, mortgage rates have been trending higher at a shockingly fast pace. According to data from Freddie Mac, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate was trending around 3.11% at the end of 2021. Now, it’s trending over two percentage points higher. Historically, this is one of the sharpest upward rate trends in 40 years. And many experts predict that rates will continue to rise. If you’re considering buying, don’t fret. Here are five tips that can help you secure the lowest mortgage rate possible.


Why Now is Actually a Good Time to Buy a Home

Blog posted On May 17, 2022

Nearly 75% of consumers told Fannie Mae that they think it's a bad time to buy a home. Historically low housing inventory, record high home prices, and sharply rising mortgage rates are the main headlines driving the sentiment. But the current headlines don’t always paint the full picture. Here’s why you should consider buying now vs. later.


Asian American Home Buying Accelerates Post-Pandemic

Blog posted On May 10, 2022

May marks the beginning of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. In honor of the month, studied the trends in Asian American homeownership from March 2019 to December 2021. What the study found was that Asian American home buyers are the group that had the largest increase in the rate of homeownership in recent years.


A More Normalized Housing Market is Coming Soon

Blog posted On May 03, 2022

Last week, the housing market gained valuable insight from two key economic reports. The Case-Shiller home price index, released last Tuesday, showed that home prices are appreciating at a faster pace. The pending home sales index, released last Wednesday, revealed that home sale contract signings decreased again. While that may be the basic summary of both indexes, it’s not the full story.


Why HousingWire Lead Analyst is “Team Higher Mortgage Rates”

Blog posted On April 26, 2022

There’s no avoiding the recent headlines about rising mortgage rates. Simply put, mortgage rates have jumped significantly since the beginning of 2022. How significantly varies per lender, but in general, mortgage rates have been trending nearly two percentage points higher than December 2021. This has caused undoubtable noise from the housing market and likely concern from many hopeful homeowners. But housing experts like HousingWire’s Lead Analyst Logan Mohtashami see rising rates as a benefit for the housing market.


More Home Buyers Rush to Lock in Rates

Blog posted On April 19, 2022

Mortgage rates have been climbing at the fastest pace since 1994. Last week, the average 30-year fixed-rate hit levels not seen since 2009. Higher mortgage rates typically lead to fewer mortgage applications and originations. Last month proved the opposite. Despite rapidly rising rates, mortgage origination activity increased in March. But why? Could a mortgage rate lock be right for you?


Good News for Buyers as More Listings and Lower Prices Join the Market

Blog posted On April 12, 2022

Mortgage rates have been trending higher, housing supply has been painfully low, and home prices have been soaring to new heights. Little good news has spawned from the housing market in recent months. But recent reports are offering hope for many discouraged home buyers. According to and Redfin, more listings are coming up in the market and more home sellers are lowering their asking prices.


Why the Recent Jobs Report is a Good Sign for Housing

Blog posted On April 05, 2022

Last week the U.S. Department of Labor released its jobs report for the month of March. Initially, some of the numbers in the report appear to fall below many economists’ expectations. However, at a closer look it shows several encouraging signs for the housing market. 


Home Prices Are Rising: Should You Increase Your Budget?

Blog posted On March 29, 2022

In February, the median sales price for an existing home was $357,300 – a 15% increase from February 2021. The rise in home prices combined with higher mortgage rates, limited home inventory, and steep home buyer competition are stretching many buyers beyond their budgets’ limits. To stand out in a competitive market, many will make an offer well above the sales price. But how high is too high when it comes to an offer? Here are some factors to consider when making an offer in the current market.


More Fed Rate Hikes Are Coming, and It Could Be a Good Thing

Blog posted On March 22, 2022

Last week, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) voted to hike the benchmark interest rate for the first time since 2018. The hike comes after nearly two years of the benchmark rate sitting near zero. It was a hike of 25 basis points, or 0.25%, which brought the benchmark rate to a range of 0.25% to 0.50%. The increase was as expected, but other details of the Committee’s meeting were not – specifically, the number of projected rate hikes for the remainder of 2022. While the federal funds rate doesn’t directly dictate mortgage rates, the outlook for future hikes can affect their trends.


Homeownership Remains a Key Factor in Building Long-Term Wealth

Blog posted On March 15, 2022

A recent study by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) showed that homeowners have accumulated nearly $150,000 in housing wealth over the past five years. As home prices continue to rise, homeowners continue to benefit from rising equity.


Ukraine, Fed Rate Hikes, and Inflation: What’s Moving Mortgage Rates and Why

Blog posted On March 08, 2022

Last week was a whirlwind for mortgage rates. On Monday and Tuesday, the average mortgage rate dropped more than almost any other 48-hour period in the past 10+ years. Then, on Wednesday, they shot right back up. Different factors are influencing rates drastically right now, pushing and pulling them in all different directions. However, they will likely begin to level out in the long run, falling into a more consistent and predictable trend. 


What Experts Are Saying About Geopolitical Effects on Rates

Blog posted On March 01, 2022

Last week, the markets reacted to the news abroad. Treasury yields fell and mortgage-backed securities climbed, both signs of decreasing mortgage rates. When geopolitical crises arise, people tend to invest in safer options rather than stocks and head toward bonds instead. However, the effect on rates doesn’t end there. Depending on how the crisis evolves, it could also impact the already-high levels of inflation. Higher levels of inflation put the Federal Reserve in a difficult spot in terms of rate hikes. So it’s a fine balance between the pressures pushing rates higher and lower. Here’s what the experts are saying.


What’s Driving Mortgage Rates and Why Do They Need to Rise?

Blog posted On February 22, 2022

Mortgage rates have been consistently trending higher since the start of 2022. Recently, they reached levels not seen since before the pandemic. Many factors have contributed to the rise, and the effect has been a busy market. Homeowners are considering refinances, home buyers are pushing home inventory levels to an all-time low, and home builders are feeling decreasingly confident in the market outlook. But some housing experts argue that increasing mortgage rates aren’t actually a bad thing. In fact, they could actually help the market get to a healthier place.


What Experts Are Saying About Rising Inflation

Blog posted On February 15, 2022

Last week, the consumer price index showed that inflation has surged to a 40-year high. Up 7.5% year-over-year in January, the index rose much higher than economists had expected. Have we seen the worst of it? What’s next for the Federal Reserve? What does this mean for you? Here’s what market experts have to say.


Housing Wealth is Breaking Records for Owners and Sellers

Blog posted On February 08, 2022

The past two years have been kind to homeowners and sellers. Soaring home prices and booming home buyer demand have brought earnings to record-breaking heights. And while this year’s housing market might start to cool down, homeowners and sellers are still cashing in earnings.


Fed Rate Hikes Are Coming: What This Means and How to Prepare

Blog posted On February 01, 2022

For the past two years, home buyers and owners have been reaping the rewards of record-low mortgage rates. In March 2020, the Federal Reserve made an emergency interest rate cut, lowering the benchmark rate to near zero. As a result, mortgage rates dropped to historically low levels. By locking in mortgage rates while they are low, buyers and owners are drastically reducing their monthly payments saving thousands over the life of their loan. But last week, the Fed hinted that this is all about to change.


Purchase Activity Spikes as Home Buyers Rush to Lock in Rates

Blog posted On January 25, 2022

Spring might be starting early for this year’s housing market. Two weeks ago, mortgage application submissions for home purchases surged 8% – the largest weekly jump since September. As mortgage rates reach pandemic-highs, home buyers are eager to get a move on their purchases.


Homeownership Remains More Affordable than Renting

Blog posted On January 11, 2022

Both home prices and rent costs have been rising substantially over the past two years. According to the most recent 20-city Case-Shiller home price index, home prices are up 18.4% year-over-year. Single-family rent prices are up 10.9% year-over-year. Though it initially appears that homes are more expensive than rent, it’s important to remember that these are just the paces at which prices are increasing – not the actual costs themselves. In fact, a recent study by ATTOM Data Solutions showed that owning a home is still more affordable than paying rent.


Home Inventory Set to Increase This Winter: Here’s How to Prepare

Blog posted On January 04, 2022

Though the Winter season is typically cooler for the housing market, it looks like it’s about to heat up. According to a recent report, almost 50% of home sellers plan to sell in the next two months. Sixty-five percent of sellers plan to sell before April 2022. For home buyers, this could be a welcome relief from steep competition and high prices.


Fed Changes its Stance on Inflation – Here’s How to Navigate Rising Prices

Blog posted On December 28, 2021

Inflation has been soaring at increasing paces. Prices according to the consumer price index hit almost 40-year highs when it came out earlier this month. Two weeks ago, the Federal Reserve redefined their assessment of the current inflation levels and are no longer using the word ‘temporary’ to describe them. When inflation is high, it can put a strain on your wallet. To help you weather the inflation storm, here is what financial planners are saying you should do with your money.


Fed Speeds Up Tapering – How it Affects You and What You Should Do Next

Blog posted On December 21, 2021

Last week, the Federal Reserve announced that it would be doubling down on its asset tapering process. Previously, it was reducing its bond purchases by $15 billion a month, setting its projected completion date for June 2022. In light of recent inflation spikes, the Fed decided to speed up its tapering process and remove $30 billion in bond purchases per month. The new plan now puts the Fed’s projected completion date for tapering in March. What does this mean for you?


Home Equity Surges to Record High – Here’s How to Put it to Good Use

Blog posted On December 14, 2021

Home price appreciation may be slowing down, but tappable home equity is still reaching new heights. According to the most recent Mortgage Monitor Report by Black Knight, Americans now have $9.4 trillion in tappable home equity. As a result, more homeowners are exchanging their equity for cash.


3 Predictions for the Housing Market in 2022

Blog posted On December 07, 2021

After a frenetic year of rock bottom mortgage rates, steep buyer competition, and higher home prices, prospective buyers are wondering what they can expect for the housing market in 2022.  Here’s what to expect from the housing market as we usher in a new year.


Rental Rates Rise at Record Pace – Is Now the Time to Buy?

Blog posted On November 30, 2021

A recent report from CoreLogic showed in September, rents for single-family homes increased 10.2% year-over-year nationwide, up from a 2.6% annual increase in September 2020. The economic rebound powered by strong job growth, plus a record low level of single-family rental vacancies, will likely continue to push rental rates up.  Home prices are rising as well but choosing to buy now rather than continuing to rent gives you the opportunity to lock in a record-low mortgage rate, build valuable home equity, and escape the volatile rental market.


What the Experts Are Saying About the Current Housing Market

Blog posted On November 23, 2021

To buy or not to buy? Many hopeful homeowners are wondering. While some signs in the housing market might push you toward, “it’s the perfect time to buy,” others might make you feel, “maybe I should wait.” Home prices are rising, but mortgage rates are trending at generally low levels. So, what do you do? Some people decide to trust their gut, but we decided to trust the experts. Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae’s senior vice president and chief economist, weighed in on the market and whether it’s the right time to buy.


More Americans Are Taking Advantage of Their Home Equity

Blog posted On November 16, 2021

As property values continue to rise, homeowners continue to gain more equity. According to Federal Reserve data, U.S. home equity reached a record high of $23.6 trillion in the second quarter of 2021. That’s nearly double the amount of home equity from the 2006 housing boom.

But what does this really mean for homeowners?


Home Sales Profits Reach Another Record High

Blog posted On November 09, 2021

Last week, property database ATTOM released its U.S. Home Sales Report for Q3 of 2021. The results of the report revealed that median-priced single-family homes had the highest profit margin in 10 years. It also showed that returns on sales rose at the fastest quarterly pace in seven years and fastest annual pace in over a decade.


Housing Starts Data Shows Positive Signs for the Market

Blog posted On October 26, 2021

Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that housing starts and building permits saw respective declines of 1.6% and 7.7% in September. Typically, this data would have negative connotations for buyers and builders alike. A slowdown in housing starts can suggest a slowdown in construction – which is the last thing the real estate industry would need right now. Home prices are already soaring, and if housing construction slows, this could put even more upward pressure on prices. Luckily, the month-over-month construction data is only telling a small part of the overall story. The long-term data shows a much more positive trend.


Breaking Down the Fed’s Minutes: What’s Next and What Does it Mean for You?

Blog posted On October 19, 2021

Last Wednesday, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) released its minutes from the September meeting. Not surprisingly, the minutes showed a collective opinion from Committee members that tapering asset purchases would be appropriate given the economy’s progress. Somewhat surprisingly, the Fed changed its take on inflation and now believes it could remain elevated throughout next year. It previously thought that inflation was temporary. Almost all Fed members saw substantial progress toward maximum employment. Both inflation and maximum employment were two benchmarks that the Fed was using to determine when a taper would be appropriate. Many members thought that tapering could begin as soon as next month. But what does this actually mean for you and how does it affect mortgage rates?


What to Do Before the Next Federal Reserve Meeting

Blog posted On October 12, 2021

The next Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting will take place on Nov. 2-3, 2021. And this one could be big. FOMC meetings were relatively mundane for about a year and a half. The benchmark interest rate remained near zero, asset purchases stayed strong, and the Federal Reserve was “committed to using [its] full range of tools to support the economy,” said Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. Now, the economy is in a much better place, and many economists believe that the Federal Reserve is about to shake things up.


3 Reasons Why Now is the Best Time to Buy a Home

Blog posted On October 05, 2021

The best week to buy a home is here. According to’s Best Time to Buy Report, the week of Oct. 3 – Oct. 9 is the most optimal time of year to buy. The report analyzed data from the Top 50 Largest Metro Areas across the country and determined the best week to purchase a home for each. Though some areas hit their peak in the beginning of the year, most of the markets will hit their “home buying sweet spot” between Sept. 12 and Oct. 17. This time was ranked the best because you’ll likely see more homes on the market, less competition, and lower sales prices.


Despite High Home Prices, Buyers are Still in a Good Financial Position

Blog posted On September 28, 2021

Home prices have been skyrocketing over the past year. In July, the Case-Shiller home price index reported a 19.7% annual gain – shattering its previous record. In August, the median existing home sales price was up 15% annually. Still, home buyers have not been deterred. Home buyer demand, although not as hot as it was peak pandemic, is still soaring. Despite record-high prices, home buyers aren’t paying for more home than they can handle.


Home Prices and Home Buyer Competition are Cooling Off

Blog posted On September 21, 2021

If you’ve been sitting on the home buying sidelines, now might be your chance to jump in. According to real estate brokerage Redfin, both median home prices and pending home sales were down in early September – signaling a potential opportunity for some buyers to save money and still make the winning offer.


Tappable Home Equity Reaches All-Time High: Here’s How to Take Advantage

Blog posted On September 14, 2021

Last week the Data & Analytics division of Black Knight released its latest Mortgage Monitor Report – revealing a record-breaking amount of tappable home equity. Tappable home equity is the amount of money that homeowners can cash-out while keeping their remaining equity at or above 20%. According to the data analytics company, homeowners have an astounding $9.1 trillion in tappable home equity. What does this mean for you?


Housing Market Heat to Continue this Fall

Blog posted On August 31, 2021

In a normal housing market, home sales would begin to slow down around the beginning of Fall. However, the world has been far from normal over the past 18 months. When the pandemic began, many experts believed that the housing market would suffer. But it turned out to be an economic life raft for the U.S. – thriving with eager buyers and owners looking to take advantage of record-low rates. Since then, home sales have been consistently soaring despite seasonal changes. Almost two years later, many people are wondering, when will it end?


Mortgage Trends That Will Define Housing During the End of 2021

Blog posted On August 24, 2021

Throughout real estate history, mortgage trends have commonly corresponded with the overall trends in the housing market. If mortgage rates are improving, then it’s likely that the real estate industry is doing the same. For the remainder of 2021, there are three key trends that will have an impact on the industry – inventory issues, fluctuating interest rates, and increased technological advances.


Fannie Mae Eases Underwriting Calculation

Blog posted On August 17, 2021

On Wednesday, August 11th, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that positive rental payment history will be accounted for during Fannie Mae’s underwriting process. Not only will on-time rental payments help potential homeowners but missed rental payments will no longer prevent them from getting a mortgage. The change is effective immediately and should help current renters have greater access to homeownership.


Out-of-Town Buyers are Headed Back to the Cities

Blog posted On August 10, 2021

After a year-long drought, home buyers are flooding big cities once again. When COVID-19 sent the nation into lockdown last year, many buyers fled crowded urban areas in search of larger homes, bigger yards, and more space. Now, with increasing vaccination rates and reopening offices, people are returning to metropolitan hubs – and bringing steep home offers with them. Many out-of-town buyers are offering much more than the asking price on homes, which is putting pressure on local buyers.


Available Housing Inventory Starts to Increase

Blog posted On August 03, 2021

Last week, the Commerce Department released their report on new home sales in June. Though the level of completed new homes sales was lower than expected, the level of new homes on the market increased to a pandemic high. Earlier this month, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) revealed that the level of existing home sales increased in June after four straight months of declines. The cause? More available homes for sale. With continued inventory gains, home buyers could be seeing less competition and lower home prices over the next several months.


How Biden’s Neighborhood Homes Proposal Could Help Real Estate Investors

Blog posted On July 27, 2021

At the end of May, HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge introduced details of President Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal dubbed the “American Jobs Plan.” A large part of this plan is the proposed $318 billion dedicated to housing investments. Additionally, the Biden Administration proposed a new federal tax credit, the Neighborhood Homes Tax Credit, designed to encourage construction and rehabilitation of homes in underserved communities. The primary goal of this act would likely to increase homeownership opportunities for low- and moderate-income buyers in underserved communities. However, there would also be another large incentive be for inventors.


Sales of Vacation Homes Soar

Blog posted On July 20, 2021

After spending 15 months inside, people are itching to get out. They’re also itching to spend some of the money they’ve been saving for the past year. Consequently, the sale of vacation homes has seen a noticeable increase during the first four months of 2021. 


What the Fed is Saying About Surging Home Prices

Blog posted On July 13, 2021

Last week, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) released their June meeting minutes. While the large focus of the meeting was inflation, asset purchases, and interest rates, the Committee also had its eye on the climbing home prices. Over the past year, home prices have seen their highest appreciation in over 30 years – up nearly 15% in April. Home buyer demand has been soaring while inventory has remained near record lows – causing a steep increase in prices. Meanwhile, the Fed hasn’t budged.


Good News Ahead for Buyers After a Surge in New Listings

Blog posted On July 06, 2021

Over the past year, home inventory has dropped to record low levels. Historically low mortgage rates have driven eager home buyers into the market, but with hesitant home sellers and overpriced home building materials, the supply of homes has not risen alongside buyer demand. Consequently, buyers have faced increased purchasing competition, higher sales prices, and fewer options to choose from. However, more supply is on the horizon.


What Lies Ahead for the FHFA?

Blog posted On June 29, 2021

Last week was a busy week for the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). On Wednesday, the Supreme Court decided that the structure of the Agency was unconstitutional. By Thursday morning, Biden had appointed a new director. Sandra Thompson, FHFA’s deputy director of the division of housing mission and goals, will replace Mark Calabria as director of the FHFA. So, what exactly happened and what’s coming next?


What is Inflation, How Does it Affect Interest Rates, and Why Does it Matter?

Blog posted On June 15, 2021

Over the next two days, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) will hold their fourth meeting of the year to discuss interest rates and their Summary of Economic Projections. The central bank has kept the benchmark interest rate near zero since they made an emergency rate cut last March. But with the economy continuing to gain strength, many experts are wondering when the Fed will begin tapering asset purchases and raising rates again.


Is the Housing Market Headed Toward a Crash?

Blog posted On June 01, 2021

It’s no secret that the housing market is still red hot. Supply is low, demand is high, and home values are soaring to some of their highest levels since 1999. The market has been getting hotter and hotter over the past year, leaving many people wondering, “are we headed to a crash?”


Biden’s Impact on Housing in His First 100 Days

Blog posted On May 11, 2021

It’s hard to believe that we’re already 100 days into President Biden’s term. A couple of weeks ago, he gave his first address to Congress with updates on his progress so far and plans to come. Here are some of the ways he has impacted the housing industry over the past 100 days.


4 Ways the Housing Market Could Change After the Pandemic

Blog posted On April 20, 2021

The housing market saw notable shifts when coronavirus initially broke out last year. Mortgage rates dropped, home prices surged, and an increasing number of buyers fled the cities into suburban areas. Now, as the economy is gaining strength, we will likely see the housing market shift again – specifically in these four ways.


New Home Buyers are Taking Charge of the Current Market

Blog posted On April 13, 2021

Last year, the number of first-time home buyers hit its lowest level in over 30 years. The coronavirus pandemic likely played a large role in the decline, but outside of that, the market had other challenges for first-time buyers as well. Low inventory, high demand, and rising mortgage rates are all making it harder for new buyers to break into the homeowner’s club. Consequently, first-time buyers are having to pave more creative paths to homeownership – paths that may differ from their parents and grandparents.


HUD Holds FHA Premiums Steady, Home Buyers Still Win

Blog posted On April 06, 2021

Last week, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia Fudge announced that there would be no cuts to FHA mortgage insurance premiums (MIPs). Most of the housing industry had hoped for a 0.25% reduction, but for now the benchmark annual MIP rate will remain at 0.85%. 


More First-Time Home Buyers Choose Conventional Over FHA Loans

Blog posted On March 30, 2021

The FHA Loan has been a cost-effective staple for first-time home buyers since its creation in the 1930s. With low down payments and lenient credit requirements, the FHA Loan has helped millions of home buyers over the years. However, recent data by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has shown a sharp decrease in the number of buyers who are financing their first homes with the FHA Loan. Over the past 1-2 years, more first-time buyers have been choosing the conventional financing route – but why? When might a conventional loan be a better option for first-time buyers? 


How Housing Has Changed in a Year & Where it’s Headed Next

Blog posted On March 23, 2021

Unexpected is an understatement when describing this past year. A global pandemic, a struggling economy, and so much more led to a 2020 that we won’t be forgetting anytime soon. And in the midst of it all, the housing market took a turn that hardly anyone expected – breaking records, surging demand, and a much-needed hand that helped keep the economy going through unprecedented times. Now, many of us are wondering: what’s next?


How the American Rescue Plan Will Impact Housing

Blog posted On March 16, 2021

Last week, Congress approved a $1.9 trillion relief package known as the American Rescue Plan. President Biden signed the plan on Friday, which means the sixth coronavirus relief measure should be disbursed very soon – giving many Americans a $1,400 direct payment and millions of others assistance with unemployment benefits, small business loans, vaccine investment, and community support. 


How Millennials are Shaping the Current Housing Market

Blog posted On March 09, 2021

For decades, Millennials have sat on the sidelines and delayed milestones like homeownership. Two years ago, Millennials – people born between 1981 and 1996 – officially became the largest generation in America, totaling at 72.1 million people. Last year, they became the largest home buying population in America, making up 38% of all buyers. And today, they’re driving the housing boom – with existing sales up 24% annually.


3 Reasons You Should Refinance Now

Blog posted On February 23, 2021

Mortgage rates have trended near historic lows for almost a year now, with the number of new home purchases and refinances surging in response. At the end of last month, the number of refinance application submissions were up 59% year-over-year, hitting their highest level since March 2020. Thousands of homeowners have already refinanced their mortgage to take advantage of low rates, but if you haven’t yet, here are three factors to consider before you make your mortgage move.


A Deeper Look at President Biden’s Proposed Tax Credit

Blog posted On February 09, 2021

Last month, Joe Biden celebrated his inauguration as the 46th president of the United States. Now it’s down to business. One of the proposed changes that the Biden Administration mentioned in their campaign was a $15,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers. According to real estate experts, if this credit is passed by Congress, it could be a positive change for the industry.


HUD Announces That the FHA is Backing DACA Mortgages

Blog posted On February 02, 2021

Last month, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) declared that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) would begin backing mortgages for immigrants under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This announcement marks the first time that DACA status recipients would be eligible for FHA loans, provided that they meet all other FHA requirements.