Posted by Dan Bennett on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 7:00 AMBy Dan Bennett / July 3, 2019Comment
The housing crisis of the last decade was partially caused by unhealthy levels of mortgage debt. Homeowners were using their homes as ATMs by refinancing and swapping their equity for cash.
When prices started to fall, many homeowners found themselves in a negative equity situation (where their mortgage was higher than the value of their home). As a result, they walked away. This caused prices to fall even further.
Headlines are again talking about record levels of mortgage debt, making the comparison to the challenges that preceded the housing crash. However, cumulative debt is not an important data point. If we look at the debt as a percentage of disposable personal income, we are at an all-time low.
Here’s a visual representation of mortgage debt as a percent of income:Furthermore, according to a ...
Posted by Dan Bennett on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 7:00 AMBy Dan Bennett / July 2, 2019Comment
When deciding to buy a home, people are presented with many different options. The type of home you buy depends on your needs, budget, and in many cases, the desired maintenance level. For many millennials, their choice has been buying a condominium!
“Last year about 43% of all condo home-purchase mortgage applications were submitted by FTHBs... Similarly, the data show condos were more popular with young homebuyers and empty nesters. For instance, 21% of all condo home-purchase mortgage applications were submitted by buyers aged 18 to 30, compared with just 17% of all single-family home-purchase mortgage applications by the same group in 2018.”
With home prices increasing year-over-year, it makes sense millennials are buying condos instead of a single-family house. As a result, the demand for this type of home has been increasing....
I recently had the opportunity to interview Michelle Ackmann of ComEd about their energy efficiency program.
Cited below for your convenience are timestamps that will direct you to various points in the interview. Feel free to watch the full message or use these timestamps to browse specific topics at your leisure:
0:43 - When did the ComEd energy efficiency program begin?
1:10 - Who benefits from home energy assessments?
2:12 - What’s the No. 1 question customers should (or do) ask about this program?
3:10 - What happens during a home energy assessment?
5:10 - What holds people back from participating in this program?
5:52 - Why does ComEd offer this program?
7:15 - What kind of savings can people expect from this home energy assessment?
8:10 - How to reach ComEd to schedule an appointment
10:23 - A few closing words
If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Posted by Dan Bennett on Monday, July 1, 2019 at 7:00 AMBy Dan Bennett / July 1, 2019Comment
Rising home prices coupled with a lack of inventory in today’s market may cause some homeowners to consider selling their home on their own (known in the industry as a For Sale By Owner). However, a FSBO might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers.
The top 5 reasons are listed below:
1. Online Strategy for Prospective Purchasers
Recent studies have shown that 95% of buyers search online for a home. In comparison, only 13% use print newspaper ads. Most real estate agents have an Internet strategy to promote the sale of your home. Do you?
2. Results Come from the Internet
Where did buyers find the home they actually purchased?
50% on the Internet
7% from a yard sign
28% from a Real Estate Agent
1% from newspapers
The days of selling your house by putting up a sign and listing it in the paper are long gone. Having a strong Internet strategy is crucial.