• Homeownership is a Good Financial Investment

    According to a recent report by Trulia, “buying is cheaper than renting in 100 of the largest metro areas by an average of 33.1%.” The report may have some people thinking about buying a home instead of signing... Read More

  • 4 Tips for Effectively Making An Offer

    So, you’ve been searching for that perfect house to call a ‘home,’ and you finally found one! The price is right, and in such a competitive market, you want to make sure that you make a good offer so that you can guarantee that... Read More

  • 5 Reasons Summer 2017 Is the Best Time to Buy

    Summer is usually the housing industry’s busy season for good reason, but a few things could make 2017 one of the best opportunities to buy for a long time. 1. Housing inventory is shrinking An interesting trend this year? Tightening housing... Read More

  • Do You Know the Cost of Not Owning Your Home

    Owning a home has great financial benefits, yet many continue renting! Today, let’s look at the financial reasons why owning a home of your own has been a part of the American Dream for as long as America has... Read More

  • 5 Ways to Raise Your FICO Score

    Raise Your Credit Score Today It's always a good time to set new goals and every consumer should consider making time to improve their FICO credit score. Not only can improving your FICO credit score improve your chances of obtaining a... Read More

  • Your Tax Return - Bring It Home

    This time of year, many people eagerly check their mailboxes looking for their tax return check from the IRS. But, what do most people plan to do with the money? GO Banking Rates recently surveyed Americans and asked the question... Read More

  • Tax Return Depressing? Owning a Home Could Help

    Many Americans got some depressing news last week; either their tax return was not as large as they had hoped or, in some cases, they were told they owed additional money to either the Federal or State government or both. One way to save on taxes is... Read More

  • Millennials Flock to Low Down Payment Programs

    A recent report released by Down Payment Resource shows that 65% of first-time homebuyers purchased their homes with a down payment of 6% or less in the month of January. The trend continued through all buyers with a mortgage, as... Read More

  • Home Loan Size Hits New Record, Powered by Low Mortgage Rates.

    Real estate lending is now in record territory, in large measure because of lagging mortgage rates. According to the Mortgage Bankers Association the average purchase mortgage is now $318,200, the highest level on record since the... Read More

  • Wallick & Volk wins Victoria Advocate's Best of the Best 2017

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  • Buying this Spring? Be Prepared for Bidding Wars.

    Traditionally, spring is the busiest season for real estate. Buyers come out in force and homeowners list their houses for sale hoping to capitalize on buyer activity. This year will be no different! Buyers have already been out in force looking for... Read More

  • Millionaire to Millennials: Buy Now!

    Self-made millionaire David Bach was quoted in a CNBC article explaining that "the single biggest mistake millennials are making" is not purchasing a home because buying real estate is "an escalator to... Read More

  • FHA Loans Especially Suited To Millennials

    Millennial homebuyers apparently are big fans of FHA-insured mortgages. A new analysis of loans closed in January found that 35 percent of borrowers born between 1980 and 1999 opted for Federal Housing Administration mortgages, well above FHA's... Read More

  • The Impact of Homeownership on Family Health

    The National Association of Realtors recently released a study titled 'Social Benefits of Homeownership and Stable Housing’. The study confirmed a long-standing belief of most Americans: “Owning a home embodies the promise... Read More

  • Where Are the Home Prices Heading in the Next 5 Years

    Today, many real estate conversations center on housing prices and where they may be headed. That is why we like the Home Price Expectation Survey. Every quarter, Pulsenomics surveys a nationwide panel of over one hundred economists,... Read More