Everyone has their own idea of the American Dream, and it's different for each person. But, in a recent survey by Bankrate, people were asked about the achievements they believe represent the American Dream the most. The answers show that owning a home still claims the #1 spot for many Americans today (see graph below):

 


In fact, according to the graph, owning a home is more important to people than retiring, having a successful career, or even getting a college degree. But is the dream of homeownership still alive for younger generations?

A recent survey by 1000watt dives into how the two generations many people believed would be the renter generations (Gen Z and millennials) feel about homeownership. Specifically, it asks if they want to buy…

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1260 E Wilson St, Batavia, IL

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$ CLICK FOR CURRENT PRICE 3 BEDROOMS 3 BATHROOMS 0.44 acres Lot

Roomy raised ranch on large fenced lot in ideal Batavia location! Popular Woodland Hills neighborhood close to Illinois Prairie Path, parks, interstate, downtown and shopping. Oversized lot complete with mature trees, welcoming front porch, 2-car attached garage, fenced backyard with dual level brick paver patio and convenient storage shed. Step inside to find modern neutral decor, recessed lighting, updated bathrooms and an open floor plan. Large and inviting living room with adjacent…

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If you’re worried about a coming recession, you’re not alone. Over the past couple of years, there’s been a lot of recession talk. And many people worry, if we do have one, it would cause the unemployment rate to skyrocket. Some even fear that a spike in unemployment would lead to a rash of foreclosures similar to what happened 15 years ago.

However, the latest Economic Forecasting Survey from the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reveals that, for the first time in over a year, less than half (48%) of economists believe a recession will actually occur within the next year:

“Economists are turning optimistic on the U.S. economy . . . economists lowered the probability of a recession within the next year, from 54% on average in July to a more optimistic 48%.…

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When it comes to what’s happening in the housing market, there’s a lot of confusion going around right now. You may hear one thing in conversation with your friends, see something totally different on the news, and read something on social media that contradicts both of those thoughts. And, if you’re thinking about making a move, that can leave you with a lot of lingering questions. That’s where a trusted local real estate agent comes in.

Here are the top 3 questions people are asking about today’s housing market, and the data to help answer them.

1. What’s Next for Mortgage Rates?

Mortgage rates are higher than they’ve been in recent years. And, if you’re looking to buy a home, that impacts how much you can afford. That’s why so many buyers want…

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If you’re thinking about buying a home, you may find yourself interested in the latest real estate headlines so you can have a pulse on all of the things that could impact your decision. If that’s the case, you’ve probably heard mention of investors, and wondered how they’re impacting the housing market right now. That could leave you asking yourself questions like:

  • How many homes do investors own?
  • Are institutional investors, like large Wall Street Firms, really buying up so many homes that the average person can’t find one?

To answer those questions, here’s the real story of what’s happening based on the data.  

Let’s start with establishing how many single-family homes (SFHs) there are and what portion of those are rentals owned by…

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2250 South St, Geneva, IL

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$ CLICK FOR CURRENT PRICE 2 BEDROOMS 1.5 BATHROOMS 1.01 acres Lot

Perfectly located all brick ranch home on sprawling acre lot! Close to parks, pool, golf course, hospital, and Randall Rd shopping. Gorgeous landscaped lot with mature trees, attached garage, backyard deck, storage shed and room to play. Step inside to find hardwood floors, tons of natural light, and an open floor plan. Large inviting living room with floor-to-ceiling masonry fireplace with ventless gas logs. Formal dining room. Eat-in kitchen with breakfast bar. Spacious enclosed porch…

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Some Highlights

  • Here are three reasons why homeowners feel thankful for their homes. First, it’s a safe place that can give you a greater sense of comfort, safety, and security.
  • Second, it gives you freedom of expression. From the color of the paint to the art on the walls, you can express your style and your personality.
  • Third, it provides a sense of community. Owning your home helps you build lasting friendships with neighbors and connects you to your community. If you're thinking of buying a home and want to hear more about the potential benefits, let's talk.

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Countless people have set out on the exciting journey of homeownership. Ask around and you’ll find the vast majority are thankful they took the leap and bought a home. But why? It’s because of the many emotional and lifestyle benefits that come with being a homeowner.

So, if you’re trying to decide if you want to rent or buy a home, here are just a few of the many benefits you could look forward to if you buy.

It’s a Safe Haven

Owning a home goes beyond just having a roof over your head. It provides a sense of security and safety. In fact, in a survey from Fannie Mae, respondents say “having a sense of privacy and security” is one of the top reasons homeownership is preferred to renting. And in a different Fannie Mae survey, “living in a place…

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If you’re feeling a bit muddy on what’s happening with home prices, that’s no surprise. Some people are still saying prices are falling, even though data proves otherwise. Part of that misconception is because people are getting their information from unreliable sources. But it’s also coming from some media coverage misrepresenting what the data really shows.

So, to keep things simple, here’s what you really need to know using real data you can trust.

Normal Home Price Seasonality Explained

In the housing market, there are predictable ebbs and flows that happen each year. It’s called seasonality. Spring is the peak homebuying season when the market is most active. That activity is typically still strong in the summer but begins to wane as the…

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2666 Bauer Rd, North Aurora, IL

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$ CLICK FOR CURRENT PRICE 4 BEDROOMS 3 BATHROOMS 0.33 acres Lot

Impressive 4BR/2.2BA Tanner Trails two story home on landscaped and fenced lot! Ideally located walking distance to parks, surrounded by forest preserves, and close to shopping, dining, and interstate. Welcoming front porch, 3-car attached garage, huge backyard complete with tiered deck, paver patio, storage shed and playset. Step inside to find vaulted ceilings, an open and flowing floorplan and modern neutral decor. Inviting living room and formal dining room. Huge eat-in kitchen…

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