In celebration of National Homeownership Month, recognized by the National Association of Realtors each June, we thought we’d share with you a few facts about owning a home in America today and the current real estate market conditions. Homeownership rates are holding steady. In the first quarter of 2019, the homeownership rate leveled off at 64.2 percent, down slightly from the quarter prior. While rates have been rising since late 2015, they’ve hovered around the 64 percent range for the past year. Today’s homeownership rate represents a healthy market. News outlets often talk of the peak rate, which hit almost 70 percent in 2004. However, that high preceded (and frankly contributed to) the market downturn in that a large number of home buyers were getting loans they didn’t have the ability to pay back. That led to affordability challenges and increasing numbers of loan defaults. Today’s rates are closer to the averages in the 1990s, when we had a more stable and positive housing market. More and more millennials are buying homes. The much talked-about generation has been steadily moving from renting to homeownership, as they get married and start families. Mortgage rates have also remained at historic lows, driving […]
Don’t let mortgage misconceptions hold you back from homeownership or real estate investing! The mortgage process can sometimes feel like one of the most intimidating aspects of buying a home. When we talk to clients, we sometimes find that they’re letting misconceptions about borrowing keep them out of the real estate market. We’d like to share with you some recent developments you might want to consider if you’re thinking of purchasing a home or diversifying your investment portfolio into real estate. Mortgage interest rates are trending higher. The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate on home loans is currently around 4.5%, but that rate is projected to approach 5.0% by the end of the year. Although 5.0% is higher than what we’ve seen the past few years, it’s still historically low. Mortgage interest rates are influenced by yields on the 10-year Treasury, the benchmark that helps determine other interest rates. As investors move more money in the 10-year Treasury, the yield decreases, and 30-year fixed rates go lower. Conversely, as money is pulled out of the bond market and put into other investments, the yield increases, and 30-year fixed rates track higher. The 10-year Treasury yield is expected to gradually move […]
With the stock market experiencing increased volatility and more experts warning of an impending “Bear Market,” many people are considering real estate as a stable and reliable investment to balance their portfolios. A recent Bankrate survey concluded that 28% of respondents prefer real estate compared to 17% stocks when given the choice of long term investing. As real estate professionals, we’ve seen firsthand the value of investing in real property, from a simple diversification of assets to significant returns on investments. Why Invest? Real estate provides the investor four main benefits. In addition to steady cash flow from rental income, the investor will benefit from appreciation, depreciation, and principal reduction. Unlike a stock, real estate offers a tangible asset for individuals—an actual home in which you could live, if necessary. Here is a little more about the significant financial benefits attainable through investing in real estate: Cash Flow: An investment property—whether it is a condo, townhouse, suburban single-family house or an oceanfront vacation home —could bring positive cash flow from rental income. Tax Advantages: Deductions and depreciation are just two of the tax benefits that may be available to you as an investment property owner. Your tax adviser can help […]
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