Category: Homeownership

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Bridging the Gaps on the Road to Homeownership

Homeownership is a major part of the American Dream. But, the path to achieving this dream can be quite difficult. While progress has been made to improve fair housing access, households of color still face unique challenges on the road to owning a home. Working with the right real estate experts can make all the difference for diverse buyers. It’s clear that achieving homeownership is more challenging for certain groups because there’s still a measurable gap between the overall average U.S. homeownership rate and that of non-white groups. Today, Black households continue to have the lowest homeownership rate nationally (see graph below): Homeownership is an important part of building household wealth that can be passed down to future generations. According to a report by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), almost half of Black homebuyers in 2023 were first-time buyers. That means many didn’t have home equity they could use toward their home purchase. That financial hurdle alone makes buying a home more challenging, especially at a time when affordability is a major concern for first-time buyers. Jessica Lautz, Deputy Chief Economist at NAR says: “It’s an incredibly difficult market for all home buyers right now, especially first-time home buyers and especially first-time home buyers of color.” Because of these challenges, there are several down payment assistance

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Meridian Premier Homes and Coldwell Banker Collins-Maury Host Grand Opening of Southbranch, a Highly Anticipated New-Home Community; Olive Branch Mayor Adams Headlines the Celebration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Wendy Dube Phone: 760-415-4994 Email: [email protected] Meridian Premier Homes and Coldwell Banker Collins-Maury Host Grand Opening of Southbranch, a Highly Anticipated New-Home Community; Olive Branch Mayor Adams Headlines the Celebration Phase 1 homes now selling; Model home and Sales Center now open OLIVE BRANCH, Miss., Dec. 13, 2023 – Meridian Premier Homes (MPH), a Memphis-grown homebuilder renowned for its commitment to high quality, exceptional value, and customer service excellence, together with its sales partner, Coldwell Banker Collins-Maury, one of Memphis’ top-producing real estate brokerages, today marked the grand opening of Southbranch. Nestled within walking distance of the highly regarded Pleasant Hill Elementary, Southbranch introduces 60 single-family residences on generously sized 1/2-acre-plus lots. Phase 1 homes are now available for purchase with prices starting in the high $300,000s. Olive Branch Mayor Ken Adams, city officials, Ambassadors from the Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce, bankers, and real-estate professionals from across the Memphis region gathered to celebrate the grand opening. The event included a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and remarks from Mayor Adams and Meridian Premier Homes Co-Founder and Principal Jeff King. Following the speeches, attendees had the opportunity to tour the community’s 2,800-plus square foot model home located at

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The Emotional and Non-financial Benefits of Homeownership

With higher mortgage rates, you might be wondering if now’s the best time to buy a home. While the financial aspects are important to consider, there are also powerful non-financial reasons it may make sense to make a move. Here are just a few of the benefits that come with homeownership. Homeowners Can Make Their Home Truly Their Own Owning your home gives you a significant sense of accomplishment because it’s a space you can customize to your heart’s desire. That can bring you added happiness. In fact, a report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows making updates or remodeling your home can help you feel more at ease and comfortable in your living space. NAR measures this with a Joy Score that indicates how much happiness specific home upgrades bring. According to NAR: “There were numerous interior projects that received a perfect Joy Score of 10: paint entire interior of home, paint one room of home, add a new home office, hardwood flooring refinish, new wood flooring, closet renovation, insulation upgrade, and attic conversion to living area.” And as a homeowner, unless there are specific homeowner’s association requirements, you typically won’t have to worry about the changes

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You're Invited to the Grand Opening of Southbranch

Meridian Premier Homes invites you to the grand opening of Southbranch, our newest community in Olive Branch, Mississippi, on December 13. This is your chance to tour our model home and experience the quality of our construction for yourself. See flyer for details.

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Is Owning a Home Still the American Dream for Younger Buyers?

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 a home in the future. The resounding answer is yes (see graph below): While there are plenty of reasons why someone might prefer homeownership to renting, the same 1000watt survey shows, that for 63% of Gen Z and millennials, it’s that your place doesn’t feel like “home” unless you own it – maybe you feel the same way. That emotional draw is further emphasized when you look at the reasons why Gen Z and

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