What to expect from home prices in 2021?

The housing market was one of the few bright spots in 2020.  Which is a reminder that nothing is ever all bad.  Many are looking forward to what 2021 will bring for real estate and if the trend will continue.  And if we can expect the market to be flooded with foreclosures as homeowners begin to default on loans when their forbearance plan comes to … Continue reading What to expect from home prices in 2021?

Just how rich are homeowners compared to renters?

If you want to grow wealth, it appears home ownership is one of the best ways.  The net worth of homeowners’ is much greater than renters. And the gap continues to grow between the two groups each year. We know it is better to own your home but just how much better is it?  One study shows that a homeowner’s net worth is 40x greater … Continue reading Just how rich are homeowners compared to renters?

Still trying to decide? Better to rent or buy?

Should you rent or buy your next home?  It’s long been the debate for many.  Buying is a big financial investment.  But is it worth it?  Or is renting nothing more than throwing away good money?  Here are six points to consider when making this big decision. We have had many posts over the past few months discussing how it’s currently a good time buy … Continue reading Still trying to decide? Better to rent or buy?

USPS releases their 2020 shipping deadlines

Our October 10 post talked about starting holiday shopping early and to expect potential delays in shipping due to increased demand and ongoing impacts of the virus.  On that note, USPS has announced the 2020 holiday shipping deadlines. If you ship holiday gifts through USPS, please see below for the DEADLINES for each type of service to ensure your items reach their destination in time … Continue reading USPS releases their 2020 shipping deadlines

How much do you need for a down payment?

We have several past posts that discuss right now being a great time to buy a home.  Low interest rates are making it more affordable than it has been for a very long time.  But do you really need the standard 20% for a down payment?  You may need less than you think. In 2019 the median down payment was only 12% for ALL buyers.  … Continue reading How much do you need for a down payment?

Yes, start preparing NOW for the holidays

Christmas may still be months away, but many retailers are recommending getting a head start on all your activities for the holidays. Here’s why… People have strong opinions about when to begin preparing for the holidays.  But it seems, based on the year we’ve had (and who isn’t happy to see it come to an end) starting sooner as opposed to later is best. Shopping.  … Continue reading Yes, start preparing NOW for the holidays

Bring on the home delivery services!

Years of over-scheduling and too-busy lives led to the creation of home delivery services.  And months of stay at home orders brought their business to new heights.  A new player is making its way onto the scene and this one has our attention! Over the past several years we have seen the introduction of services like DoorDash, Instacart and Shipt (my personal favorite).  And during … Continue reading Bring on the home delivery services!

The fall real estate market is HOT this year

Home sales are at their peak during the spring and summer and have a tendency to slow down in the fall.  But not this year!  If you want to sell, the fall market might be the perfect time! Traditionally, the demand for buying new homes begins to wane come fall but not this year. With a selling season that got a late start combined with … Continue reading The fall real estate market is HOT this year