The Importance of Home Equity in Retirement Planning

We often discuss the difference in family wealth between homeowner households and renter households. Much of that difference is the result of the equity buildup that homeowners experience over the time that they own their home. In a report recently released by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), they reveal how valuable equity can be in retirement planning.

Craig Copeland, Senior Research Associate at EBRI, recently authored a report, Importance of Individual Account Retirement Plans and Home Equity in Family Total Wealth, in which he reveals:

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Top Home Renovations for Maximum ROI

Whether you are selling your home, just purchased your first home, or are a homeowner planning to stay put for a while, there is value in knowing which home improvement projects will net you the most Return On Investment (ROI). While big projects like adding a bathroom or a complete kitchen remodel are popular ways to increase a home’s value, something as simple as…

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Mortgage Interest Rates Reverse Course in 2017

To start the year, housing experts all agreed on one thing: 2017 was going to be the year we would see mortgage interest rates begin to rise. After years of historically low rates, and an improving economy, the question wasn’t if they would increase but instead how much they would increase. Some thought we could see rates hit 5-5.5% by the end of the year.

However, the exact opposite has happened. Instead of higher rates as we head into the middle of 2017, we now have the lowest rates of the year (as reported by Freddie Mac). Here is a graph of mortgage rate movement since the beginning of the year:

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The Foreclosure Crisis: 10 Years Later

Many homeowners worry about their property’s long-term value. They worry about whether the house will be worth more when they choose to sell in 20 or 30 years rather than going down in value. The following paragraphs contain some wisdom on this subject.

 

Since the peak, foreclosures have been steadily on the decline by nearly 100,000 per year all the way through the end of 2016, as seen in the chart below. The Foreclosure Crisis: 10 Years Later | Simplifying The Market If this trend continues, the country will be back to 2005 levels by the end of 2017.

As the economy continues to improve, and employment numbers increase, the number of completed foreclosures should continue to decrease. source: Real Estate with Keith Kreis

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Many home buyers are unaware just how complicated purchasing a home can be. Lean on this advice when you need to purchase property.

What Are the Experts Saying about Mortgage Rates?

Do you want to enter the real estate market, but doing so makes you nervous? Do you wish that you knew more about real estate? If so, the following article will answer all of your questions. Use this advice to guide your investments so that you can earn a tidy profit in real estate.

Do not be afraid to spend money on marketing. It is easy to just focus on the numbers and get fixated on how much marketing is costing you. However, it is important to think of the marketing as an investment in and of itself. If done the right way, it will only benefit you in the end.

Mortgage interest rates have risen over the last few months and projections are that they will continue their upswing throughout 2017… For complete information continue reading here – Process of Buying a House

Look for a property that is going to increase in value. Properties near business districts or water can earn you a lot of money. Understand that the price will fluctuate based on the work that you put into the property.

Always check out the whole neighborhood where a property is before you buy anything there. Good neighborhoods will get you a better return than rundown ones. Location is key, and it’s what determines the value.

Don’t buy steeply discounted real estate. Even if the price is tempting, you may end up being stuck with the property for a long time to come because there will simply be no buyers. Spend some more to make sure you get something people will be interested in.

Real estate does not have to be a complicated subject, though it can seem this way at first. If you take the time to learn a bit more about it before you invest, you can avoid many common problems. Keep this advice in mind so that you can earn the most from your money.

It’s a Seller’s Market! Should I Downsize Now?

A study by Edelman Berland reveals that 33% of homeowners who are contemplating selling their houses in the near future are planning to scale down. Let’s look at a few reasons why this might make sense for many homeowners, as the majority of the country is currently experiencing a seller’s market.

In a blog, Dave Ramsey, the financial guru, highlighted the advantages of selling your current house and downsizing into a smaller home that better serves your current needs. Ramsey explains three potential financial advantages to downsizing:

  1. A smaller home means less space, but it also means less time, stress and money spent on upkeep.
  2. Let’s assume you save $500 a month on your mortgage payment. In 30 years, you could have an additional $1–1.6 million in the bank to get you through your golden years.
  3. Use the proceeds from selling your current home to pay cash for a smaller one. Just imagine what you could do with no mortgage holding you down! If you can’t pay cash, aim for a 15-year fixed rate mortgage and put at least 10–20% down on your new home. Apply the $500 you saved from downsizing to your new monthly payment. At 3% interest, you could pay off a $200,000 mortgage in less than 10.5 years, saving almost $16,000 in the process.

Realtor.com also addressed downsizing in an article. They suggest that you ask yourself some questions before deciding if downsizing is right for you and your family. Here are two of their questions followed by their answers (in italics) and some additional information that could help.

Q: What kind of lifestyle do I want after I downsize? It’s a Seller’s Market! Should I Downsize Now?


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Real Estate Selling With A Few Solid Tips

There are many, many reasons that you might be thinking about selling your property. Just know that it can be done, regardless of what the so-called experts are saying about this particular real estate market. If you can focus on and follow the tips provided to you in the article below, you can move your property.


If you are trying to sell your home, keep personal items minimally visible. Potential buyers who visit your home are hoping to picture themselves living there. Having personal photos and mementos everywhere only serves to remind them that it is someone else’s home. You can bring out and proudly display everything once you are in your new home.

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  • The “Cost of Waiting to Buy” is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices and interest rates were to increase over a period of time. – Read Don’t Let Your Luck Run Out

Make the home more inviting as you show your home to potential buyers. Light a candle or two, set out a plate of cookies and it will be easier for them to feel welcome as they tour your home. If you have vibrant colors on the walls, consider a quick paint job prior to showing it, in order to make it easier for a buyer to picture himself living in the space.

It’s funny how homes continue to sell, despite these experts saying that no homes are selling. It paints a pretty clear picture and that is that these “experts” don’t know what they’re talking about. Follow these tips and you can sell your property in any market conditions. Information is power in real estate, and this information will help you sell.