The Home Buyer’s Glossary

Don’t let buying a home intimidate you… get familiar with the lingo used during the home buying process!  Your REALTORS® at NextHome Metro Group have compiled a list of some of the most common terms used when buying a home.  Be sure to bookmark this handy home buyer’s glossary for future reference!   Annual Percentage Rate (APR) This […]

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Misconceptions About Mortgage Down Payment and Credit Scores Busted

Confused about what’s actually required to qualify for a home mortgage loan in today’s housing market? Here’s the facts…

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Spring Homebuying

How the Spring Housing Market Can Benefit You

Today, many real estate conversations center on the lack of inventory for home buyers.  Don’t let this deter you from your home search!  This spring can be the optimum time for you to benefit as a home buyer!  That’s right … if you’ve been dabbling with the idea, NextHome Metro Group can help!  Let’s meet and discuss your options — don’t let this great opportunity slide by.  There’s no obligation, no pressure, when sitting down with a NHMG real estate professional for spring housing market insight and advice.

Here are the 4 top reasons to consider BUYING a home today:

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Increasing mortgage rates affect home value.

The Impact of Mortgage Rates on Home Values

Property Value Impacted by Mortgage Rates

Many real estate experts have noted the possible effect that rising rates will have now and in the near future on the value of homes.  Low mortgage rates were a major factor in the market’s recovery the past several years.

The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the National Association of Realtors (NAR) all project 2017 mortgage interest rates will rise. Increasing interest rates will definitely impact purchasers and may stifle demand.  The fed has already indicated they will most likely raise rates soon, possibly in March.

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Where Are Americans Moving? (Infographic)

There was high outbound activity in the Northeast for the 5th year in a row!  Most of the moving can be attributed to Baby Boomers relocating upon retirement. The top spot, surprisingly, belongs to South Dakota for high inbound activity. This is one list that Wisconsin did not earn a top spot in for people considering relocation […]

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Mortgage Interest Rates Are Going Up

According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the 30-year fixed rate mortgage interest rate has jumped up.  The last few weeks we’ve seen 3.94% to the current higher rate of 4.03%.   Interest rates had been hovering around 3.5% since June, and many are wondering why there has been such a significant increase so quickly.  […]

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Low Housing Inventory is Still Posing a Challenge

The housing crisis of the past is finally in dissipating as the real estate market moves down the road to a complete recovery.  Home values are up, home sales are up and distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) are at their lowest mark in almost a decade.  This year has been great for real estate […]

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Percentage of Homeownership by Decade and State

There has been a lot of talk about the falling homeownership rate in the United States. In December 2004, the percentage of those owning a home reached an all-time high…

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Buying is Now 37.7% Cheaper than Renting

The results of the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia shows that home-ownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage.

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