3 Year-End Steps For Every Renter

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Along with year-end parties, comes New Year goal setting, right? It’s time to look forward and envision where you see yourself this time next year. Is owning a home on your list of goals?

Before you stumble upon that dream home while out looking at holiday lights, take these three simple year-end steps that will jump start your journey to homeownership. You’ll be well on your way to a new home before that New Year’s Eve countdown begins.  keep reading

Bigger is Better When it Comes to Down Payments, Right?

By Liz Keuler, Editor – Readynest by MGIC

It seems like a no-brainer, but the answer is actually, “Sort of – it depends.” I know, that’s not the quick answer you’re looking for.

A bigger down payment usually means more equity in the house right from the get-go, along with a smaller monthly mortgage payment. But while saving up for a large down payment is an admirable goal, there are many considerations to weigh when deciding how much is enough and when to buy. keep reading

Is your rent too high?

The age old real estate question: Should you rent or buy?

It’s a question that many consumers debate and there’s no one right answer. From a pure economical standpoint, you can assess the market’s “rent gap,” or difference between the cost of owning and renting. In a negative rent gap, buying is the more affordable option and in a positive rent gap, you’re likely better off renting.

While homes today are still affordable, rising interest rates and home prices are preventing many buyers from saving for their down payment and getting into a home. Like most things in real estate, it’s all about location.    keep reading