Thursday, September 24, 2020 / by Nicole Solari
Homeownership is one of the best ways to invest in your financial future, especially as your home equity grows. Home equity is a form of forced savings that can work to your advantage as the value of your home appreciates. Across the country, home equity was increasing before the health crisis swept our nation, and it continues to grow throughout the year, giving sellers powerful options in this market.
According to the just-released Q2 Homeowner Equity Insights Report by CoreLogic:
“U.S. homeowners with mortgages (roughly 63% of all properties) have seen their equity increase by a total of nearly $620 billion since the second quarter of 2019, an increase of 6.6%, year over year.”
Dr. Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist for CoreLogic, attributes much of the equity growth to rising home prices:
“The CoreLogic Home Price Index registered a 4.3% annual rise in prices through June, which supported an increase in home. ...
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 / by Nicole Solari
There’s more room to entertain a large crowd.
The kitchen is big enough to whip up endless appetizers – yum!
You don’t have to worry about complaints to your landlord when the cheering kicks in! ...
Monday, February 26, 2018 / by Jasmine Robinson
It’s a new age of smartphones, social networks and digital interconnectedness. But home security threats are often the old-fashioned kind — a door that is jimmied open or window that was left unlocked.
Each year in the U.S., there are 2.9 million burglaries. The majority of these crimes, 74%, occur at residential properties. Luckily, there is a growing number of home security products that can digitally connect us to our houses through our smartphones.
No longer is it necessary to hire a home security company. Technology has enabled us to each keep tabs on our homes with just a few taps on a cell phone and real-time notifications. In this changing environment of home security, it’s important to consider the new features that are available and how these products and services fit into the overall market.
Important Features in Today’s Home Security Systems
With today’s home security systems, customers have access to a huge number of benefits and servi ...
Monday, August 28, 2017 / by Nicole Solari
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their latest Quarterly Home Price Index report.
In the report, home prices are compared both regionally and by state.
Based on the latest numbers, if you plan on relocating to another state, waiting to move may end up costing you more!
Alaska & West Virginia were the only states where home prices are lower than they were last year.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 / by Nicole Solari
After working hard for so many years, you might have purchased a home you are proud of. However, you might have heard about folks whose families were unable to get the family home after a parent’s death because it was tied up in court with probate issues.
As a parent and spouse, you probably want to spare your children from the expense and burden of probate court. Here are 3 ways to protect your home from probate so that it goes to the person or people you wish it to with as little delay as possible.
1. Use a Living Trust
While you're alive, you might be adamant about managing your personal affairs. However, if you want to be sure that you're legally protecting your estate, you ought to look into a living trust.
With a trustee, usually a trusted friend or family member, you can continue managing all the assets you transfer to the trust while you’re alive. When you finally pass on, the people or person listed as your beneficiari; ...