Time May Be Running Out

Monday, December 5th, 2016

During the Great Recession, some homeowners elected to rent their home rather than sell it for less than it was worth.

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It's the Principal of the Thing

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Most people think they’ll have a house payment and a car payment for the rest of their lives but it doesn’t have to be with a plan and a little discipline. The plan is to make additional principal contributions to a fixed rate mortgage to shorten the term and save tens of thousands in interest.

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A Cost to Consider

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Homeownership, part of the American Dream: a home of your own where you can feel safe, raise your family, share with your friends and enjoy life. The benefits are easily recognizable but maintenance is just a real and should be considered.

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Dial Down Risk for Retirement

Monday, October 31st, 2016

There is certainly no shortage of retirement planning strategies available to individuals who actually take the time to consider them. What most financial experts do agree on is that the closer you are to retirement, the less time you have to recover from a loss. For that reason, many people start dialing down their risk factors as their age increases.

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Down Payment: FOUND!

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Saving the down payment may be unnecessarily keeping would-be buyers from getting into a home. They may be unaware that the funds might be available.

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When The Rate Goes Up

Monday, September 26th, 2016

It’s not “if” the rate goes up but “when” the rate goes up; it could make a big difference for some buyers. Freddie Mac predicts that mortgage rates will be at 4.5% a year from now.

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Waiting to Buy...WHY?

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Some people wait to buy a home until they have 20% down payment to avoid paying the mortgage insurance which is required by lenders when the loan-to-value ratio is greater than 80%, with the exception of VA loans.

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Dust-Free Home

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Having a dust-free home isn’t difficult, but it takes a serious commitment and a housekeeping strategy that addresses the dust and its causes. Whether your motive is cleanliness or to eliminate the cause of some allergies and asthma symptoms, it will be worth it.

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Getting to Value

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Fair market value is the price that real estate would sell for on the open market without any unusual forces being involved. The definition is relatively simple but there certainly different methods of determining what it is.

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Pay Off Your Mortgage?

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Becoming debt free is as much a part of the American Dream as owning a home but there certainly can be conflicting circumstances that make the decision to pay off your mortgage early unclear.

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