Monday, December 31st, 2012

After spending the holidays with family and friends, this is a time of the year to start thinking about changes to make in our lives, both personal and in business.  We wanted to share one of ours with you.

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Avoiding Unexpected Expenses

Monday, December 17th, 2012

It's common for sellers to consider offering and buyers might find it an incentive, but a growing number of homeowners are purchasing the home warranties themselves to limit the unexpected expenses of repairs and replacements.

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Most people have lots of things to save for but not always enough discretionary income after the family essentials have been met.

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FHA to Cost Borrowers More

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

FHA has announced a major change to its loan program which allows borrowers to cancel the mortgage insurance premium (MIP) when their unpaid balance reaches 78% of the original purchase price. While no specific date has been set for the change, sometime in 2013, new FHA loans will require the mortgage insurance for the life of the loan.

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Dripping Dollars

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Conserving water to be green while lowering your monthly bill to save green is a beneficial combination. Little things can contribute significantly to a large water bill.

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What's the Point?

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Pre-paid interest, sometimes called "points", is generally tax deductible when a person pays them in connection with buying, building or improving their principal residence. When points are paid on a refinance, they are not a current deduction but have to be taken pro-rata over the life of the mortgage.

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Changing the Lock is Key

Monday, November 12th, 2012

There are times when you need to change the locks on your home to protect your family and possessions. It should always be considered when you move into a new home; when keys are lost, stolen or unreturned; or a cleaning or other service provider hasn't returned the key.

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Water Damage - Covered or Not?

Monday, November 5th, 2012

A number of things can cause water damage to a home and it's important to know whether they're covered by your insurance policy. Some water damage may be covered and other may not be. Generally, you need an incident to invoke coverage rather than something gradual due to lack of maintenance.

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What a Deal!

Monday, October 29th, 2012

A 30 year fixed-rate mortgage hasn't always been the standard. As part of FDR's New Deal in 1934, the Federal Housing Administration was created to help Americans purchase homes with affordable terms.

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Rent or Buy?

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

The question plaguing every tenant who wants a home of their own is whether they should continue to rent or is it the right time to buy?

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