Homeowners November 20, 2020

Remodeling Impact

Man Remodeling Kitchen

 

Americans spend $400 billion per year remodeling their homes.

So, which remodeling investment gives the best return when it comes to resale value?

It should come as no surprise, especially leading up to Thanksgiving, that the best money to spend upgrading your home is in the kitchen.

It’s the place where most homeowners spend most of their waking hours.

According the research from the National Association of Realtors, it’s where remodelers will see the biggest return on investment.

Here is the ranking of various projects in terms of the value it adds to the home:

1. Complete kitchen remodel
2. Kitchen upgrade
3. HVAC replacement
4. Owner’s suite renovation
5. Bathroom renovation
6. Finishing a basement
7. Adding a bathroom

Economics 101Mortgage June 19, 2020

Rate Meaning

Mortgage interest rates have hit another record low this week.

Mortgage applications for purchases just hit an 11-year high.pale blue house with siding on a large lot with traditional windows and shutters in a subdivision in the suburbs on a bright sunny blue sky day

Rates are at a level that many people could never have imagined.

Here’s something that is surprising to many people…

Rates are 1.5% lower than they were just two years ago.

Here’s what that means for buyers…

Pretend someone is looking at a $500,000 home and they will have a 20% down payment.

The difference in monthly payment is $320 between two years ago and today.

Obviously that is a significant amount of money.

Imagine what a person could do with $320 per month.

The fact that rates are at record lows is one of many reasons that the market is so strong right now and prices continue to appreciate at healthy levels.