buying a home

buying a home Do Lumber Prices Drive the Housing Market? The price of lumber. It’s probably not the first thing to cross your mind when assessing the current housing prices. However, much like interest rates, it is an undeniable part of the process. According to the U.S. Forest Service, the price of processed wood like softwood lumber and plywood nearly quadrupled during the first year […]
buyer Determining Your Down Payment The down payment. It is one of the most daunting parts of home purchasing, especially for first time buyers. But, it doesn’t have to be.  The traditional amount one should have set aside for a down payment is 20% of your home’s purchase price. Depending upon how much you’re looking to spend on a house, […]
buyer When to Wait (and When Not to Wait) When Buying a Home Buying a home is a big decision, perhaps one of the biggest in a person’s life. There are many factors to consider when the time is right for you. There are the things you can’t control like housing inventory, interest rates, and other current market factors in your area.Then there are the things you can […]
Antonella Dinnino Freedom from Renting Owning is cheaper than renting in most of the country. According to a new report from ATTOM Data, owning a median-priced home is more affordable in 58% of the 1100 counties surveyed than the average rent on a three-bedroom home. “Home ownership still remains the more affordable option for average workers in a majority of […]
buyer Tips for Solo Homebuyers If you’re living on your own and looking to buy a home, know that you can make your dream a reality with thoughtful planning and the right team of experts.   “The number of sole-person households has nearly doubled the past 40 years,” says Libera “Lee” Schilare, Sales Associate at ERA Justin Realty, “and that’s expected […]
buy a house Getting a Mortgage: What NOT To Do For most homebuyers, getting approved for a mortgage is key to buying a house. Many don’t realize they could jeopardize that by making a simple mistake. Here are some things you should never do while applying for a mortgage: Don’t Close Credit Cards Many buyers think having less credit makes them look less risky. The […]
buy a house Why Spring 2022 is the Time to Buy Are you thinking of buying a home? If so, Spring is traditionally a great time to make your purchase. It’s when most sellers decide to list. This Spring, inventory is increasing like usual, but you still need to be prepared to act fast. Here’s why:  More Home Listings, But Still More Buyers With more active […]
afford Home Prices Reach 15-Year High in 2021 Home prices reached their highest point in 15 years last year. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), existing home sales hit 6.12 million in 2021.   This is despite a drop in sales in December, which the NAR says was due to lack of inventory rather than lack of demand. “Sales for the […]
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buying a home Why You Should Buy a Home This Year Buy a home or continue renting? Arguing the financial benefits can create a heated debate. However, there is one element in the home buying corner you can’t ignore: equity. “Owning a home makes you money,” says Christian Peguero, Sales Associate at ERA Justin Realty. “By renting, you’re paying someone else’s mortgage and making them money.” […]
buy a house Be Thankful for 3% Mortgage Rates Buyers shopping for a home this holiday season may be disappointed they missed out on 2% interest rates, but they should be thankful rates are still so low. “Everyone’s talking about how rates are up over 3%,” says Catherine Nimmo of ERA Justin Realty, “but in the grand scheme of things these are still really […]
buying a home What to Expect with Your Home Inspection A proper home inspection is the best way to purchase a property that’s not a home improvement nightmare. Before you purchase a home, hire an inspector to make sure the structure is sound and there aren’t any defects.   An inspection helps buyers identify serious issues with a house, condo, townhouse or other type of […]
achieving dreams Factors To Consider Before Buying A Second Home With summer in sight, you may be considering purchasing a second home to enjoy family vacations or perhaps just have a change of scenery while working from home. “A second home is a wonderful investment for many people,” says Grace Tirrito, a sales associate at ERA Justin Realty. “But before you make the leap make sure […]
buyers Why You Shouldn’t Wait until Spring to Buy A Home If you’ve been thinking of buying a home, don’t wait! “Housing market conditions continue to be very favorable for buyers,” says Catherine Nimmo, a sales associate with ERA Justin Realty Co. “If you’re ready to make a purchase, there are many factors in your favor right now.”   Mortgage Rates Are Low In 2020, mortgage […]
buying a home The Economic Impact of Buying a Home The Economic Impact of Buying a Home We’re in a changing real estate market, and life, in general, is changing too – from how we grocery shop and meal prep to the ways we can interact with our friends and neighbors. Even practices for engaging with agents, lenders, and all of the players involved in […]
buying a home Have You Outgrown Your Home? Have You Outgrown Your Home? It may seem hard to imagine that the home you’re in today – whether it’s your starter home or just one you’ve fallen in love with along the way – might not be your forever home. Ilene Harpuder, Sales Associate at ERA Justin Realty, understands a homeowner’s needs for selling […]
beth Albanese 5 Easy Steps to Avoid Overwhelm from Media Overload   5 Easy Steps to Avoid Overwhelm from Media Overload According to ERA Justin Realtor agent, Beth Albanese, “When someone is thinking about buying or selling a home, they want to be well-informed. They want to make the right decision for themselves and their family. They scour the internet for any information they can find […]
Buy a home in 2019 10 Steps For Buying a Home This Summer 10 Steps For Buying a Home This Summer   If you are thinking of buying a home, you may not know where to start. Here is a simple list of 10 steps that you will go through to purchase a home. Make sure to ask your agent for details about each step. ERA Justin Realty […]
buying a home 5 Tips for Buying in a Tight Market It’s no secret that much of the country is currently a sellers’ market, but how can you help your buyers stay strong in this competitive landscape? REALTOR Magazine online recently shared five tips for doing so, all of which are easy for you and your clients to adopt if you haven’t already. Home shoppers are […]
buy vs rent Buying Is Now 26.3% Cheaper Than Renting in the US Buying Is Now 26.3% Cheaper Than Renting in the US “The 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 98 of the 100 largest metro areas in the United States,” according to ERA Justin Realty’s Margaret (Peggy) McLaughlin. In the six years […]