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Category: COVID-19 Topics in 2020

    Are You Ready To Fall in Love with Homeownership?

    By Monica Young | February 14, 2022

    Are You Ready To Fall in Love with Homeownership? Financial benefits are always a key aspect of homeownership, but it’s also important to understand that the nonfinancial and personal benefits are why so many people genuinely fall in love with their homes. When you own your home, you likely feel a sense of emotional attachment because of... Read More

    What Do Past Years Tell Us About Today’s Real Estate Market?

    By Monica Young | October 14, 2021

    What Do Past Years Tell Us About Today’s Real Estate Market? As you follow the news, you’re likely seeing headlines discussing what’s going on in today’s housing market. Chances are high that some of the more recent storylines you’ve come across mention terms like cooling or slowing when talking about where the market is headed. But what do these... Read More

    What’s Motivating People To Move Right Now?

    By Monica Young | June 2, 2021

    What’s Motivating People To Move Right Now? This year, Americans are moving for a variety of reasons. The health crisis has truly reshaped our lifestyles and our needs. Spending so much more time in our current homes has driven many people to reconsider what homeownership means and what they find most valuable in their living... Read More

    It’s Not Too Late To Apply For Forbearance

    By Monica Young | May 12, 2021

    It’s Not Too Late To Apply For Forbearance Over the past year, the pandemic made it challenging for some homeowners to make their mortgage payments. Thankfully, the government initiated a forbearance program to provide much-needed support. Unless they’re extended once again, some of these plans and the corresponding mortgage payment deferral options will expire soon. That said,... Read More

    Will the Housing Market Maintain Its Momentum?

    By Monica Young | April 27, 2021

    Will the Housing Market Maintain Its Momentum? Last week’s Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows sales have dropped by 3.7% compared to the month before. This is the second consecutive month that sales have slumped. Some see this as evidence that the red-hot real estate market may be cooling. However, there could also... Read More

    Are There Going to Be More Homes to Buy This Year?

    By Monica Young | February 25, 2021

    Are There Going to Be More Homes to Buy This Year? If you’re looking for a home to purchase right now and having trouble finding one, you’re not alone. At a time like this when there are so few houses for sale, it’s normal to wonder if you’ll actually find one to buy. According to the National Association... Read More

    What Happens When Homeowners Leave Their Forbearance Plans?

    By Monica Young | January 27, 2021

    What Happens When Homeowners Leave Their Forbearance Plans? According to the latest report from Black Knight, Inc., a well-respected provider of data and analytics for mortgage companies, 6.48 million households have entered a forbearance plan as a result of financial concerns brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s where these homeowners stand right now: 2,543,000 (39%) are current... Read More

    What Experts Are Saying about the 2021 Job Market

    By Monica Young | January 21, 2021

    What Experts Are Saying about the 2021 Job Market Earlier this month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released their most recent Jobs Report. The report revealed that the economy lost 140,000 jobs in December. That’s a devastating number and dramatically impacts those households that lost a source of income. However, we need to give it some context.... Read More

    How to Make the Dream of Homeownership a Reality This Year

    By Monica Young | January 18, 2021

    How to Make the Dream of Homeownership a Reality This Year In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired a powerful movement with his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Through his passion and determination, he sparked interest, ambition, and courage in his audience. Today, reflecting on his message encourages many of us to think about... Read More

    Things to Avoid after Applying for a Mortgage

    By Monica Young | January 15, 2021

    Things to Avoid after Applying for a Mortgage Some Highlights There are a few key things to make sure you avoid after applying for a mortgage to help make sure you still qualify for your loan at the closing table. Along the way, be sure to discuss any changes in income, assets, or credit with your lender,... Read More