Increased home equity is certainly playing a large role, as are near-record low mortgage rates, which are enticing owners to refinance and potentially pull cash out. In the first quarter of this year alone, homeowners gained a collective $260 billion in additional home equity, thanks to higher home values, and with that increase, 38 million borrowers now have at least 20 percent equity in their homes, according to Black Knight Financial Services. Confidence is also key. When people feel better about their home’s value, they are more apt to invest in it. “I call it ‘nesting is investing.’ People are saying I want to do something that adds to the value of my house, and I’m just going to fortify the castle,” said Brad Hunter, chief economist with HomeAdvisor, an online home services marketplace. And what fortifies the castle best? Kitchen and bath remodels are always popular, but Hunter […]Read More
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