January 31, 2017

Down Payments Eat Up Large Chunk of Income

To meet a 20% down payment, homebuyers on average have to spend more than two-thirds of the average annual income, according to a report from Zillow. […]
January 27, 2017

Tax Deductions: Are You at Risk for an Audit?

Like it or not, tax season is upon us.  As you begin to itemize your 2016 deductions, are you concerned that your numbers might be large […]
January 26, 2017

Higher Interest Rates Could Hit Some Homeowners Hard

Mortgage rates, while down over the past two weeks, have trended higher since the election of President-elect Donald Trump.  In December, the Federal Reserve made its first and last […]
January 25, 2017

Credit Defaults Expected to Slow

Credit managers continue to believe credit defaults will increase over the next 12 months, although the overall sentiment is improving, according to the latest quarterly survey […]
January 24, 2017

U.S. Economy Will Perform Well in 2017

Commercial real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield predicts that, despite a turbulent 2016, the American economy will perform well under the new Donald Trump administration […]
January 23, 2017

FinTech is Changing the Payments Industry

The landscape of the payments industry is changing with the introduction of new technologies. Capitalizing on emerging payment methods could give start-ups a competitive edge against […]
January 20, 2017

Homeowners and Appraisers Don’t See Eye to Eye

For the past few months, homeowners’ estimates of their home prices grew closer and closer to the appraised amount, and in November they nearly hit the mark. However, […]
January 19, 2017

Will Banks Listen to the Voice of their Customers?

Voice recognition technology is rapidly becoming part of our culture, as Apple, Google, Amazon and Microsoft have invested heavily in their Siri, Google Assistant, Alexa and […]
January 18, 2017

Will Higher Interest Rates Lead Buyers to Cheaper Homes?

Homebuyers haven’t had it easy lately. Prices were up nearly 8% in November compared to last year while inventory declined.  Add rising mortgage rates to the […]