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In this webinar, PRMG Chief Lending Officer Kevin Peranio will help attendees sort through the right technologies as he shares the tech investments that have had the biggest impact on his business.

Tracey Velt breaks down the latest RealTrends 500 rankings

During the episode, Velt highlights which brokerages achieved top rankings in both categories for 2020, and shares what stood out to her the most about the rankings.

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Join this webinar to discover the most current information on hybrid and full eNote eClosings and discuss key criteria to successfully implementing your eClosing strategy.

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Study: Most first-time homebuyers feel overwhelmed and underprepared

47% said they think the homebuying system is "rigged" for first-time buyers

Although homebuying is a sign of independence and a big step in many people’s lives, a new report from Framework shows that homebuyers wish they were better educated about the process before embarking on their real estate journey.

The study found that only 41% of first-time homebuyers felt they were well prepared for the homebuying process, while 55% said they felt they wished they had an independent advocate to coach them through the process of homebuying and homeownership. 

Speaking of preparation, the study found that 54% of recent first-time homebuyers and 62% of prospective first-time homebuyers said they wished they looked for a house sooner rather than later.

Meanwhile, almost half of first-time homebuyers even said that they think that the homebuying process is “rigged” against the buyer. 

Northwestern Mutual’s 2019 Planning and Progress Study recently showed that 22% of Americans said their main source of debt was their mortgage. Framework found that 57% of first-time homebuyers worry they can’t afford homeownership. 

Of recent first-time homebuyers, 64% said they came out of the process knowing more about the financial burden of homeownership than before they even began the process. Only three in 10 of recent first-time homebuyers said they took a homebuying or homeownership class before they bought their home. 

In July, a study from Freedom Debt Relief showed that of the 1,028 people surveyed, 29% said homeownership makes them feel anxious and stressed, while 26% said the cost of owning a home is a burden and they wished they were renting instead. In April, The National Association of Realtors and realtor.com said that first-time homebuyers can afford only 20% of housing stock in some of the nation’s housing markets.

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