Wednesday, November 9, 2022 / by Brian Armstrong
As we approach winter and the holiday season, you may be looking for a change of scenery and be in the market for a new home! While many others choose to buy in the spring, you may have an advantage in buying during the holiday season! Read on as we unwrap why the holidays are a great time to purchase a home!
Beat the Heat
As we mentioned before, many buyers prefer warmer weather when it comes to home shopping. Spring and summer are some of the busiest months for real estate, while fall and winters always see a slowdown. If you have been keeping up to date with the Vermont real estate market, we have seen quite a bit of bidding wars for homes. During the holiday season, there tend to be fewer buyers in the market, leaving you more opportunities to land your dream home!
Something about the holiday season brings a whole new energy into the mix. Maybe it's the lights, the decor, or more time with those close to us, but that positive mood can help smooth over deals as th; ...
Thursday, September 8, 2022 / by Brian Armstrong
President Biden has officially announced his student loan relief plan to help middle-class federal student loan borrowers get back on track to resume payments come the new year. Borrowers earning less than $125,000 will see debt relief to the tune of $10,000, and Pel Grant recipients will be eligible for up to $20,000 in relief! This is major news for young professionals who are struggling to make ends meet. So how does this affect the U.S. economy as a whole?
Money To Make Purchases
Many borrowers struggling with debt have not had the opportunity to attribute funds toward real estate, cars, and other larger asset purchases. Nearly half of borrowers, about 20 million people, will have their student debt fully canceled, which will open up opportunities for those individuals to invest that capital back into the economy. While some borrowers will still not be in the financial position to make a purchase, others who were planning to buy a home and were not quite there may be able to affo. ...
Wednesday, August 10, 2022 / by Brian Armstrong
Should You Wait Until 2023 to Sell Your Home?
Considering selling your home, but not sure if now is the right time? The real estate market is still complicated, so we understand why you are questioning the timing of your sale! Your home is a valuable asset, and you don't just want to sell; you want to maximize the value of your sale. So, let's look at where things stand as we approach the end of 2022!
Consumer confidence measures how people in the US feel about the current market. Right now, buyer and seller confidence in the nation has been falling as inflation and mortgage rates rise, as told in a recent report by Fanny Mae. Housing confidence has not been this low since 2011, indicating significant economic challenges in today's real estate market. "Surveyed consumers continue to express pessimism about home buying conditions, with only 17% of respondents reporting it's a good time to buy a home," according to Fannie Mae's report. "Meanwhile, the percentage ; ...
Thursday, August 4, 2022 / by Brian Armstrong
If you have been looking for a home, considering buying property, or just watching the news over the past two years, you have probably heard about the wild and wacky real estate market. Home prices skyrocketed, homes sold moments after listing, and bidding wars dominated the market nationwide. Where does that leave us today? Is now a good time to buy? Please note we are not financial experts, so please consult with a financial institute before making a home purchase. However, we want to help you understand what is happening in the Vermont real estate market so you can make educated decisions!
The Economic Slowdown
As you may well know, the US economy has experienced significant volatility in 2022. This volatility penetrated the Real estate market as indicators showed recessionary activity. Inflation rose quickly to over 9%, thus driving the Federal Reserve to increase the rates for borrowing. These actions caused consumers to borrow less money and ultimately spend less overall.. ...
Thursday, July 21, 2022 / by Brian Armstrong
Buying and owning a home has been a quintessential part of the American Dream for decades! The American Dream, which first came about during the Great Recession, idolized that anyone in the U.S with a hard work ethic should be able to achieve success through employment, homeownership, family, etc. However, the U.S. economy continues to evolve, paving a new path for the 21st Century American Dream. Take a journey with us as we travel back 50 years to see what buying a home looked like compared to today!
Buying a Home in the 1970s
In the 1970s, Vermont was a rapidly growing state! Ben & Jerry's started its first ice cream shop, the counterculture was a growing phenomenon, and Vermont was a great place to own a home! So much so, that 69.1% of housing units in the '70s were Owner-Occupied dwellings! Sounds like a high percentage, right? 50 years ago, the median value of an owner-occupied single-family home was only $16,500! So, what about wages? Duringn ...