Down Payment Problem – Are You Sure?

By Pete Pascuzzi | July 4, 2017

There is increasing difficulty for first-time home buyers to save for their down payment as indicated in the graph. Several factors that contribute to this trend include rising rents, rising home prices, student loan debt and flat wages. Some would-be buyers feel they cannot buy a home today but a large part of those decisions…

Don’t Have a CLUE?

By Pete Pascuzzi | June 27, 2017

If you haven’t heard of a CLUE report, it has nothing to do with the table game searching for a murderer. It is a report showing the insurance claims on your home and car for the past five to seven years. This database is used by insurance companies to evaluate risks and determine rates. C.L.U.E.…

2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers

By Pete Pascuzzi | June 26, 2017

2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers | Simplifying The MarketIn Realtor.com’s recent article, “Home Buyers’ Top Mortgage Fears: Which One Scares You?” they mention that “46% of potential home buyers fear they won’t qualify for a mortgage to the point that they don’t even try.” Myth #1: “I Need a 20% Down Payment” Buyers overestimate the down payment funds needed to qualify for a […]

The Cost of Renting vs. Buying in the US [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Pete Pascuzzi | June 23, 2017

Some Highlights:

Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a tough decision.
Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (29.2%) vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-priced home (15.8%)…

The Importance of Home Equity in Retirement Planning

By Pete Pascuzzi | June 22, 2017

The Importance of Home Equity in Retirement Planning | Simplifying The MarketWe 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 […]

The Supply & Demand Problem Plaguing New Construction

By Pete Pascuzzi | June 21, 2017

The Supply & Demand Problem Plaguing New Construction | Simplifying The MarketMany real estate economists have called on new home builders to ramp up production to help relieve the shortage of inventory of homes for sale throughout the United States. The added inventory would no doubt aid buyers in their search to secure their dream home, while also helping to ease price increases throughout the country. […]

Emergency Kit for the Car

By Pete Pascuzzi | June 20, 2017

Mickey Mantle said “If I knew I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.” Similarly, if people planning their summer travel knew they were going to have an emergency, they would have the right things available. Only 5% of drivers carry all recommended emergency supplies in their cars. The…

Do You Know How Much Equity You Have in Your Home?

By Pete Pascuzzi | June 20, 2017

Do You Know How Much Equity You Have in Your Home? | Simplifying The MarketCoreLogic’s latest Equity Report revealed that 91,000 properties regained equity in the first quarter of 2017. This is great news for the country, as 48.2 million of all mortgaged properties are now in a positive equity situation. Price Appreciation = Good News for Homeowners Frank Nothaft, CoreLogic’s Chief Economist, explains: “One million borrowers achieved positive equity over the last year, […]

Buying Is Now 33.1% Cheaper Than Renting in the US

By Pete Pascuzzi | June 19, 2017

Buying Is Now 33.1% Cheaper Than Renting in the US | Simplifying The MarketThe results of the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia show that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage in the 100 largest metro areas in the United States. The updated numbers actually show that the range is an average of 3.5% less expensive in San Jose (CA), all […]

Top Home Renovations for Maximum ROI [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Pete Pascuzzi | June 16, 2017

Top Home Renovations for Maximum ROI [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

Some Highlights:

  • 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 updating landscaping and curb appeal can have a quick impact on a home’s value.
  • For more information about top renovation projects that net you the most ROI, you can check out the complete list here.