Homeownership Is American’s Favorite Investment

Wondering If It’s A Better Idea To Invest In Stocks or Buy A Home? Summary: 93.3% of Americans would choose homeownership over purchasing stocks. In fact, Americans have ranked homeownership a best investment Seven years in a row. Sources: https://libertystreeteconomics.newyorkfed.org/2021/04/do-people-view-housing-as-a-good-investment-and-why.html https://news.gallup.com/poll/309233/stock-investments-lose-luster-covid-sell-off.aspx Douglas BatemanDouglas Bateman is a military veteran & 20+ year expert in Mortgage Finance for the State of Texas. […]

Foundational Benefits of Homeownership

Over the past year, our homes have become an integral part of our lives more than ever. They’re much more than the houses we live in. They’re our workplaces, virtual schools, and safe havens that provide shelter, stability, and protection through the evolving health crisis. Today, 65.8% of Americans are fortunate enough to call their homes their own. As we […]

The Role Home Equity Plays In Building Wealth

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 […]

Turning a House into a Happy Home

We talk a lot about why it makes financial sense to buy a home, but more often than not, we’re drawn to the emotional reasons for homeownership. No matter the living space, the feeling of a home means different things to different people. Whether it’s a certain scent or a favorite chair, the feel-good connections to our own homes are typically more […]

The Difference a Year Makes

Over the past year, mortgage rates have fallen more than a full percentage point, hitting a new historic low 15 times. This is a great driver for homeownership, as today’s low rates provide consumers with some significant benefits. Here’s a look at three of them. 1. Move-up or Downsize: One option is to consider moving into a new home, putting […]

Massive Home Equity Growth in 2020

An Amazing Increase of $1 Trillion In a year that was financially devastating for many Americans, some good news for most homeowners is the dramatic gain in home equity over the last twelve months. Last week, CoreLogic released its 2020 3rd Quarter Homeowner Equity Insights report, which reveals four major findings: U.S. homeowners with mortgages have seen their equity increase […]

The Holidays Are Not Slowing Down Homebuyers

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us, yet finding the perfect holiday gifts for friends and family is certainly still top of mind for many right now. This year, there’s another type of buyer that’s very active this holiday season – the homebuyer. Each month, ShowingTime releases their Showing Index which tracks the average number of appointments received on active U.S. house listings. […]

Selling Your House This Holiday Season Just Makes Good Sense

If you’re one of the many homeowners thinking about taking your house off the market for the holidays, hang on. You definitely don’t want to miss the great selling opportunity you have right now. Here’s why this month is the optimal time to make sure your house is available for holiday buyers. The latest Existing Home Sales Report from The National Association of […]

Rent vs. Buy

How to Decide What’s Best for You According to the U.S. Census Bureau, median rent continues to rise. With today’s low mortgage rates, there’s great opportunity for current renters to make a move into homeownership that stretches each dollar a little bit further. While the best timeline to buy a home is different for everyone, the question remains: Should I […]