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    Wednesday, March 14, 2018   /   by Carl Gentile

    You Can Save for a Down Payment Faster Than You Think

    You Can Save for a Down Payment Faster Than You Think
    Saving for a down payment is often the biggest hurdle for a first-time homebuyer. Depending on where you live, median income, median rents, and home prices all vary. So, we set out to find out how long it would take to save for a down payment in each state.
    Using data from the United States Census Bureau and Zillow, we determined how long it would take, nationwide, for a first-time buyer to save enough money for a down payment on their dream home. There is a long-standing ‘rule’ that a household should not pay more than 28% of their income on their monthly housing expense.
    By determining the percentage of income spent renting in each state, and the amount needed for a 10% down payment, we were able to establish how long (in years) it would take for an average resident to save enough money to buy a home of their own.
    According to the data, residents in Ohio can save for a down p ...

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    Sunday, February 25, 2018   /   by Carl Gentile

    Which Comes First... Marriage or Mortgage?

    Which Comes First... Marriage or Mortgage?

    According to the National Association of REALTORS most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, married couples once again dominated the first-time homebuyer statistics in 2017 at 57% of all buyers. It is no surprise that having two incomes to save for down payments and contribute to monthly housing costs makes buying a home more attainable.
    But, many couples are also deciding to buy a home before spending what would be a down payment on a wedding, as unmarried couples made up 16% of all first-time buyers last year.
    If you’re single, don’t fret! Single women made up 18% of first-time buyers in 2017, while single men accounted for 7% of buyers. A recent report pointed to a sense of responsibility and commitment that drives many single women to want to own their own homes rather than rent someone else’s.
    Here is the breakdown of all first-time homebuyers in 2017 by percenta ...

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    Monday, February 19, 2018   /   by Carl Gentile

    Whether You Rent or Buy, Either Way You're Paying a Mortgage

    There are some people who have not purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize, however, that unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s.
    As Entrepreneur Magazine, a premier source for small business, explained in their article, “12 Practical Steps to Getting Rich”:

    “While renting on a temporary basis isn’t terrible, you should most certainly own the roof over your head if you’re serious about your finances. It won’t make you rich overnight, but by renting, you’re paying someone else’s mortgage. In effect, you’re making someone else rich.”

    Christina Boyle, Senior Vice President and head of the Single-Family Sales & Relationship Management organization at Freddie Mac, explains another benefit of securing a mortgag ...

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    Monday, January 22, 2018   /   by Carl Gentile

    What Impact Will the New Tax Code Have on Home Values?

    Every month, CoreLogic releases its Home Price Insights Report. In that report, they forecast where they believe residential real estate prices will be in twelve months.
    Below is a map, broken down by state, reflecting how home values are forecasted to change by the end of 2018 using data from the most recent report.


    As we can see, CoreLogic projects an increase in home values in 49 of 50 states, and Washington, DC (there was insufficient data for HI). Nationwide, they see home prices increasing by 4.2%.
    How might the new tax code impact these numbers?
    Recently, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) conducted their own analysis to determine the impact the new tax code may have on home values. NAR’s analysis:

    “…estimated how home prices will change in the upcoming year for each state, considering the impact of the new tax law and the momentum of jobs and housing inventory.”

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    Tuesday, January 16, 2018   /   by Carl Gentile

    Wondering If You Can Buy Your First Home?

    There are many people sitting on the sidelines trying to decide if they should purchase a home or sign a rental lease. Some might wonder if it makes sense to purchase a house before they are married and have a family, others might think they are too young, and still, others might think their current income would never enable them to qualify for a mortgage.
    We want to share what the typical first-time homebuyer actually looks like based on the National Association of REALTORS most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers. Here are some interesting revelations on the first-time buyer:


    Bottom Line

    You may not be much different than many people who have already purchased their first homes. Let’s meet to determine if your dream home is within your grasp. Contact us today at carl@carlgentile.com or contact directly at 561.316.3559 your dream home could be a meeting away.

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