Cheryl Bower's Real Estate Blog

Home Equity: A Source of Strength for Homeowners Today

By Cheryl Bower | November 14, 2022

Experts agree there’s no chance of a large-scale foreclosure crisis like we saw back in 2008, and that’s good news for the housing market. As Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American, says: “. . . don’t expect a housing bust like the mid-2000s, as lending standards in this housing cycle have been much tighter…

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VA Loans: Making Homes for the Brave Achievable [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Cheryl Bower | November 11, 2022

Some Highlights VA Loans can help make homeownership possible for those who have served our country. These loans offer great benefits for eligible individuals and can help them buy a VA-approved house or condo, build a new home, or make improvements to their house. Homeownership is the American Dream. One way we can honor and…

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VA Loans Can Help Veterans Achieve Their Dream of Homeownership

By Cheryl Bower | November 10, 2022

For over 78 years, Veterans Affairs (VA) home loans have provided millions of veterans with the opportunity to purchase homes of their own. If you or a loved one have served, it’s important to understand this program and its benefits. Here are some things you should know about VA loans before you start the homebuying…

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What’s Ahead for Mortgage Rates and Home Prices?

By Cheryl Bower | November 9, 2022

Now that the end of 2022 is within sight, you may be wondering what’s going to happen in the housing market next year and what that may mean if you’re thinking about buying a home. Here’s a look at the latest expert insights on both mortgage rates and home prices so you can make your…

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The Majority of Americans Still View Homeownership as the American Dream

By Cheryl Bower | November 8, 2022

Buying a home is a powerful decision, and it remains a key part of the American Dream. In fact, the 2022 Consumer Insights Report from Mynd found the majority of people polled still view homeownership as a key life achievement. Let’s explore just a few of the reasons why so many Americans continue to value…

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Key Factors Affecting Home Affordability Today

By Cheryl Bower | November 7, 2022

Every time there’s a news segment about the housing market, we hear about the affordability challenges buyers are facing today. Those headlines are focused on how much mortgage rates have climbed this year. And while it’s true rates have risen dramatically, it’s important to remember they aren’t the only factor in the affordability equation. Here…

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Homeownership Wins Over Time [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Cheryl Bower | November 4, 2022

Some Highlights If you’re questioning whether or not to buy a home this year due to today’s cooling market, consider the long-term financial benefits of homeownership. As a homeowner, equity increases your wealth. On average, nationwide, home prices appreciated by 290.2% since 1991. Homeownership wins in the long run. If you’re ready to buy a…

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Do You Believe Homeownership Is Out of Reach? Maybe It Doesn’t Have To Be.

By Cheryl Bower | November 3, 2022

It turns out, millennials aren’t the renter generation after all. The 2022 Consumer Insights Report from Mynd says there’s a portion of millennial and Gen Z buyers who are pursuing homeownership as a way to build their wealth, but it may not be exactly the way previous generations have done it. The study explains how…

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Sell Your House Before the Holidays

By Cheryl Bower | November 2, 2022

As you look ahead to the winter season, you’re likely making plans and thinking about what you want to achieve before the year ends. One of those key decision points could be whether or not you want to move this year. If the location or size of your current home no longer meets your needs,…

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3 Trends That Are Good News for Today’s Homebuyers

By Cheryl Bower | November 1, 2022

While higher mortgage rates are creating affordability challenges for homebuyers this year, there is some good news for those people still looking to buy a home. As the market has cooled this year, some of the intensity buyers faced during the peak frenzy of the pandemic has cooled too. Here are just a few trends…

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