Category: First Time Home Buyers

    • Big Demand for Small Homes

      Movies, tv shows, and celebrities often have us dreaming of owning large homes, but the reality for most people is quite different. Since 2015, the square footage of newly built houses has been shrinking, according to Yahoo Finances. This is not projected to change as we continue into the beginning of the year. “We expect […]
      Written by Rajeev Vashist
    • 3 Benefits to Buying Your Dream Home This Year

      Outside of a strong economy, low unemployment, and higher wages, there are three more great reasons why you may want to consider buying your dream home this year instead of waiting. 1. Buying a Home is a Great Investment Several reports indicate that real estate is a good investment, topping other options such as gold, […]
      Written by Rajeev Vashist
    • Working with a Local Real Estate Professional Makes All the Difference [INFOGRAPHIC]

      Some Highlights:

      • Choosing the right real estate professional is one of the most impactful decisions you can make in your home buying or selling process.
      • A real estate professional can explain current market conditions and break down what they will mean to you and your family.
      • If you’re considering buying or selling a home in 2020, make sure to work with someone who has the experience to answer all of your questions about pricing, contracts, and negotiations.
      Written by Rajeev Vashist
    • Year-Over-Year Rental Prices on the Rise

      Looking ahead, 2020 is projected to be a strong year for homeownership. According to the Freddie Mac Forecast, “We expect rates to remain low, falling to a yearly average of 3.8% in 2020.” If you’re currently renting, 2020 may be a great time to think about making a jump into homeownership while mortgage rates are low. […]
      Written by Rajeev Vashist
    • When a House Becomes 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 size or shape of a living space, the feeling of a home means different things to different people. Whether it’s a certain scent or a […]
      Written by Rajeev Vashist
    • December 2019: The Buyer Stakes Are High Because Inventory Is Low

      The reality of what we’re seeing this month is that homes are selling fast. In today’s strong seller’s market, bidding wars are common and expected with starter or entry-level homes. In most areas of the country, first-time buyers have been met with fierce competition throughout their homebuying experience. Some have been out-bid multiple times before […]
      Written by Rajeev Vashist
    • Holiday Gifts Are Not the Only Hot Things Right Now

      Black Friday is behind us and holiday gifts are flying off the shelves in stores and online. Unlike last year, however, there’s another type of buyer that is very active this winter – the homebuyer. Each month, ShowingTime releases their Showing Index, which tracks the average number of appointments received on active U.S. house listings. […]
      Written by Rajeev Vashist
    • Have You Outgrown Your Home?

      It may seem hard to imagine that the home you’re in today – whether it’s your starter home or just one you’ve fallen in love with along the way – might not be your forever home. The good news is, it’s okay to admit if your house no longer fits your needs. According to the […]
      Written by Rajeev Vashist
    • A 365 Day Difference in Homeownership

      Over the past year, mortgage rates have fallen more than a full percentage point. 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: Refinance: If you already own a home, you may want to decide if you’re going to refinance. […]
      Written by Rajeev Vashist
    • Have You Budgeted for Closing Costs?

      Saving for a down payment is a key step in the homebuying process, and it’s not the only piece you need to include in your budget. Another factor that’s important to plan for is the closing costs required to obtain a mortgage. What Are Closing Costs? According to Trulia, “When you close on a home, a […]
      Written by Rajeev Vashist