5 Powerful Reasons to Own Instead of Rent

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5 Powerful Reasons to Own Instead of Rent | Simplifying The MarketOwning a home has great financial benefits. In a recent research paper, Homeownership and the American Dream, Laurie S. Goodman and Christopher Mayer of the Urban Land Institute explained: “Homeownership appears to help borrowers accumulate housing and nonhousing wealth in a variety of ways, with tax advantages, greater financial flexibility due to secured borrowing, built-in […]

What You Need to Know About Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)

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Whether it is your first time or your fifth, it is always important to know all the facts when it comes to buying a home. With the large number of mortgage programs available that allow buyers to purchase homes with down payments below 20%, you can never have too much information about Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI). What […]

2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers

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2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers | Simplifying The MarketFreddie Mac recently released a report entitled, “Perceptions of Down Payment Consumer Research.” Their research revealed that, “For many prospective homebuyers, saving for a down payment is the largest barrier to achieving the goal of homeownership. Part of the challenge for those planning to purchase a home is their perception of how much they will need to save […]

The Benefits of a 20% Down Payment

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The Benefits of a 20% Down Payment | Simplifying The MarketIf you are in the market to buy a home this year, you may be confused about how much money you need to come up with for your down payment. Many people you talk to will tell you that you need to save 20% or you won’t be able to secure a mortgage. The truth […]

How Quickly Can You Save Your Down Payment?

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How Quickly Can You Save Your Down Payment? | Simplifying The MarketSaving for a down payment is often the biggest hurdle for a first-time homebuyer. Depending on where you live, median income, median rents, and home prices all vary. So, we set out to find out how long it would take to save for a down payment in each state. Using data from HUD, Census and […]

Your Tax Refund Is The Key To Homeownership!

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Your Tax Refund Is The Key To Homeownership! | Simplifying The MarketAccording to data released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Americans can expect an estimated average refund of $3,143 this year when filing their taxes. This is down slightly from the average refund of $3,436 last year. Tax refunds are often thought of as ‘extra money’ that can be used toward larger goals. For anyone looking to buy a […]

Your Tax Refund Is The Key To Homeownership!

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Your Tax Refund Is The Key To Homeownership! | Simplifying The MarketAccording to data released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Americans can expect an estimated average refund of $3,143 this year when filing their taxes. This is down slightly from the average refund of $3,436 last year. Tax refunds are often thought of as ‘extra money’ that can be used toward larger goals. For anyone looking to buy a […]

One More Time… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a Home

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One More Time... You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a Home | Simplifying The MarketThe largest obstacle renters face when planning to buy a home is saving for a down payment. This challenge is amplified by rising rents, which has eaten into the amount of money renters have leftover for savings each month after paying expenses. In combination with higher rents, survey after survey has shown that non-homeowners (renters […]