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2021 saw us getting out of the house more than the previous year, and 2022 hopes to be even more of a return to normal. While 2022 home makeover trends are similar to what we’ve seen in the past couple years, there are a few new focuses we expect to see this year.
Considering homeownership? One of the biggest expenses to save for when becoming a homeowner is the down payment. Many buyers believe they need to put at least 20% down on a home when, in reality, that’s not always the case.
Inflation is causing high prices across the U.S. economy, and that may have you rethinking that renovation you had planned this spring. Before you put your plans on hold, here are some ways to offset inflation and make that renovation a reality.
If you’re renewing your lease or looking for a new place to rent this year, you will likely see a spike in what you pay each month. 2021 was a record year for rent growth, with it rising 17.8% nationally.* That is a huge increase considering annual rent growth between 2017–2019 averaged 2.3%.* With this rise in rent, you need to be more careful than ever not to get stuck in the rent trap.
Zillow forecasts existing-home sales to total 6.35 million in 2022, up over the estimated 6.12 million that closed out 2021.* If you’re looking to make a move this year or refinance to consolidate debt, renovate your home, lower your monthly payment, or reduce your term, here are a few things you’ll want to keep an eye on.