As Fannie-Freddie reform gets underway, here are the three big questions for the housing market. It's been over a decade in the making, but an overhaul of Fannie and Freddie Mac is finally in the cards. The acting head of Fannie’s and Freddie’s regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, told employees that he was working … Continue reading Fannie and Freddie what the Future holds
Where Are Millennials Buying Homes? – 2019 Edition Record high home values, stagnating incomes, the largest economic downturn in a century and record levels of student debt are just a few examples of the roadblocks between millennials and homeownership. All these factors have manifested in millennials’ inability to sock away enough cash in their savings … Continue reading Where Are Millennials Buying Homes? – 2019 Edition
Experts are throwing cold water on a 'housing collapse' There's no doubt that housing in the US has come under significant pressure over the past year. A lethal combination of rising interest rates and home prices - at a late phase in the economic cycle - has given way to weak mortgage-lending, climbing inventory, and … Continue reading Housing Collapse? Not Likely
The states with the best and worst schools For many parents, one of the most important considerations when choosing where to live is the quality of the local school district. It is, however, very difficult to measure the quality and effectiveness of one school system over another, and state school systems vary in many ways. … Continue reading Which state has the best schools?
55 (Big and Little) Things It's Finally Time to Get Rid Of Your new decluttering motto: #Ruthless. Life is too short to spend rifling through 50 shades of nail polish just to get to the makeup you actually wear. Instead of wasting time dealing with clutter, donate, toss, or delete these things that we promise … Continue reading DeClutter – Spring Cleaning – Purging. It all works, start here
6 ways home sellers will need to shift their mindsets in 2019 © Jed Share/Kaoru Share/Getty Images Big sand castle In recent years, sellers have called the shots in home-buying negotiations. They've had plenty of leverage, too, thanks to surges in buyer demand, tight inventory and soaring home prices. Lately, sellers have lost their edge … Continue reading Sellers – Read This!
Many older homeowners are missing out on this big tax break If you’re an older homeowner in need of more cash, many states offer a little-known way to slash your property tax bill. In about two dozen states, older homeowners can legally defer their property tax bills, Money magazine reports. These programs allow you to … Continue reading Don’t let these tax breaks pass you by
As housing costs remain high, parents buy homes to give their kids a leg up When Laura Hameister and her family moved to a new home in the San Francisco Bay area more than a decade ago, she and her husband decided to hold onto their old house rather than sell it. Today, Hameister’s younger … Continue reading Mom, Dad Can you Buy Me a Home?
Flat-pack tiny homes you can build in a flash Stylish and speedy prefab tiny homes ~as you know I am a big proponent of tiny homes that add extra housing space to your current residence or allowing you to live that minimalist lifestyle you have been working towards!~ Building your dream home from the ground … Continue reading Packable Tiny Homes!
Apartment Owners: Let’s Do the Math With Maintenance Costs How much does it cost each year to maintain your apartment? For apartment owners, that answer contains two elements: what you pay to buy the place and what you pay each month to carry it. These two factors, in theory, exist on a sliding scale to … Continue reading Buyers – What are you paying in maintenance costs?