Prevent False Home Security Alarms

Monday, December 25th, 2017

Some police departments report as high as 98% of calls are false alarms. Not only is this an incredible waste of police resources that could be available for legitimate emergencies, it annoys neighbors, startles pets and results in expensive false alarm fees.

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ATM Safety Tips

Monday, December 18th, 2017

During the holidays as throughout the year, getting cash from an ATM is normal for many people. ATM’s are available 24 hours a day and they’re located in bank branches, convenience stores, grocery stores, malls, airports, sports venues and on street corners.

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December Hood River Real Estate Newsletter

Monday, December 11th, 2017
Ashley Nunamaker-Bello

Inventory has declined this month again. This is a common trend for this time of year. Many sellers avoid putting their home on the market until after the holidays and/or winter weather. However, you will notice inventory overall has increased if you compare the levels in Hood River County this time of year to last year same time. Inventory increasing is a trend being seen nationwide. If you have not been paying attention to tax reform you may want to! As a homeowner there are some big items being looked at. The ability to deduct mortgage interest, capital gains exemption for personal residences, ability to deduct property taxes are just a few of the items being discussed. If you have an opinion it is important that you reach out to your representatives. If you have any questions or would like specific information on a listing, please feel free to give us a call. Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

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Eleventh Hour Gifts Without Shopping

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

If you’re beginning to feel the pressure of running out of time to find the perfect gift, here are a few suggestions that may not be on their “list” but will certainly be appreciated.

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Don't Pat Yourself on the Back Just Yet

Monday, December 4th, 2017

You’ve got $500,000 in liquid assets for your retirement and you’re still 15 years away. All your bills are paid; you have a small mortgage on your home; cars are paid for and great credit. Don’t break your arm patting yourself on the back yet.

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FHA is a Good Option

Monday, November 27th, 2017

FHA insured mortgages serve a sector of the market that is not necessarily being met by other loan programs.

Securing an 80% conventional mortgage that doesn’t require mortgage insurance may be the lowest cost of financing but if the buyer doesn’t have 20% down payment, it isn’t really an option.

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Lighting Conversion Plan

Monday, November 20th, 2017

In 2007, Congress passed an energy act that required new energy-efficient standards for basic light bulbs. Standard incandescent bulbs are being phased out and eventually will be unavailable.

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Holiday Travels

Monday, November 13th, 2017

The last thing you want if you’re traveling these holidays is to worry about someone burglarizing your home. Use this check list to add some peace of mind while you’re out of town.

These easy-to-handle suggestions may protect your belongings while you’re gone while adding a level of serenity to your trip.

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Cash-In Refinance

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Would someone really refinance their home and not take money out of it? Certainly, if they could get a lower rate, build equity faster and pay off the home sooner.

For people with extra cash available, this can be very attractive compared to the low savings rates being paid by banks.

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Up-front Points to Lower the Rate

Monday, October 30th, 2017

When loans are quoted by lenders, most buyers pay attention to the interest rate but not so much to the points that may be charged along with the rate.

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