The Ultimate Summer Bucket List

Summers are FULL of busy kids’ activities, from summer camp to swimming lessons, and tons of outdoor fun. (And just having the kids home from school all summer can turn a busy mom’s schedule completely upside down!)

But this summer, let’s take a step back from the chaos. Let’s challenge ourselves to slow down for a bit and make more lasting summer memories with our families.

Think back through your summer memories from when you were a kid. What special activities just screamed “summer” to you? Yes, some of them might have involved riding on a boat, going on vacation or visiting an amusement park, but I’m guessing most of your best childhood summer memories were simple, fun moments like riding bikes around a cul-de-sac, hanging out with buddies eating freeze pops, or jumping on the neighbor’s trampoline.

Summer is that magical time of year kids can just enjoying being kids. These little moments are summer in its truest form.

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buying is now cheaper than renting in the us

The results of the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia show that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage in the 100 largest metro areas in the United States.

The updated numbers actually show that the range is an average of 3.5% less expensive in San Jose (CA), all the way up to 50.1% less expensive in Baton Rouge (LA), and 33.1% nationwide!

Other interesting findings in the report include:

  • Interest rates have remained low and, even though home prices have appreciated around the country, they haven’t greatly outpaced rental appreciation.
  • With rents & home values moving in tandem, shifts in the ‘rent vs. buy’ decision are largely driven by changes in mortgage interest rates.
  • Nationally, rates would have to reach 9.1%, a 128% increase over today’s average of 4.0%, for renting to be cheaper than buying. Rates haven’t been that high since January of 1995, according to Freddie Mac.

Bottom Line

Buying a home makes sense. If you are one of the many renters out there who would like to evaluate your ability to buy this year, let us help. Send us a line, we would love to help you find your new home.