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The Importance of Home Equity in Building Wealth

Posted by Cassidy Jimerson on January 28, 2021 in  uncategorized
Homeownership has always been the first rung on the ladder leading to household wealth. As Freddie Mac recently posted: “Homeownership has cemented its role as part of the American Dream, providing families with a place that is their own and an avenue for building wealth over time. This ‘wealth’ is built, in large part, through the creation of equity…Building equity through your monthly principal payments and appreciation is a critical part of homeownership that can help you... read more

Why Selling Your House on Your Own in 2021 Is a Mistake

Posted by Cassidy Jimerson on January 27, 2021 in  uncategorized
There are many benefits to working with a real estate professional when selling your house. During challenging times, like what we face today, it becomes even more important to have an expert you trust to help guide you through the process. If you’re considering selling on your own, known in the industry as a For Sale By Owner (FSBO), it’s critical to consider the following items. 1. Your Safety Is a Priority Your safety should always come first, and that’s more crucial than ever given the cu... read more

More Generations Are Living under One Roof This Year

Posted by Cassidy Jimerson on January 26, 2021 in  uncategorized
This year challenged us to reprioritize everything – from the way we use our time to where we work, how we socialize and gather together, and our needs at home. For many, this also meant making decisions about how to best support and engage with our extended families, near and far. In some cases, we weren’t able to see our relatives and loved ones who were living in senior facilities. In others, maybe older children moved back home. Jessica Lautz, Vice President of Demographics and Behavioral Insig... read more

What Does 2021 Have in Store for Home Values?

Posted by Cassidy Jimerson on January 25, 2021 in  uncategorized
According to the latest CoreLogic Home Price Insights Report, nationwide home values increased by 8.2% over the last twelve months. The dramatic rise was brought about as the inventory of homes for sale reached historic lows at the same time buyer demand was buoyed by record-low mortgage rates. As CoreLogic explained: “Home price growth remained consistently elevated throughout 2020. Home sales for the year are expected to register above 2019 levels. Meanwhile, the availability ... read more

4 Reasons People Are Buying Homes in 2021

Posted by Cassidy Jimerson on January 21, 2021 in  uncategorized
According to many experts, the real estate market is expected to continue growing in 2021, and it’s largely driven by the lasting impact the pandemic is having on our lifestyles. As many of us spend extra time at home, we’re reevaluating what “home” means and what we may need in one going forward. Here are 4 reasons people are reconsidering where they live and why they’re expecting to buy a home this year.  1. Record-Low Mortgage Interest Rates In 2020, the average interest r... read more
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