Costs More - Takes Longer

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

The one experience that homeowners can agree upon after completing a remodeling project is that it costs more and takes longer than expected. It doesn't really matter that you researched, planned, and received multiple bids, it will, invariably, cost more and take longer than you originally anticipated.

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A couple is planning to tour the United States in a travel trailer during their first few years of retirement. They are going to sell their current home now and purchase another home when they finish their travels.

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"How long do we have to wait to qualify for another mortgage" is the question concerning people who've had a foreclosure, short sale or bankruptcy. The loan types for the new loan will differ in amounts of time to heal credit scores based on the event.

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Waiting Will Cost More

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

With the first quarter of 2018 in the books, the 30-year fixed rate mortgage is nearing what Freddie Mac predicted it would be in the second quarter. If this pace continues, rates will exceed the five percent mark expected by the end of the year.

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FHA Advantages

Monday, March 26th, 2018

The Federal Housing Administration, operating under HUD, offers affordable mortgages for tens of thousands of buyers who may not qualify for other types of programs. They are popular with both first-time and repeat buyers.

The 3.5% down payment is an attractive feature but there are other advantages:

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Standard or Itemized

Monday, March 19th, 2018

Taxpayers can decide each year whether to take the standard deduction or their itemized deductions when filing their personal income tax returns. Roughly, 75% of households with more than $75,000 income and most homeowners itemize their deductions.

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March Newsletter

Thursday, March 15th, 2018
Ashley Nunamaker-Bello

We are still not seeing the typical Spring/Summer increase in inventory yet. We weren’t sure if it would possibly come early with the mild weather. As you can see by the graph the inventory in Hood River County has still been slowly declining but we are at a higher level compared to a year ago at this time. Currently there are 25 homes pending in Hood River County, this is on the low side. 76% of the homes pending are below $500k. Below $500k has remained the most active price range - as you increase in price you will notice days on market increase as well and you may not experience as much of a seller’s market. The market has been changing if you are have been thinking of buying and selling it is important to stay in touch with your agent to know what kind of market you are in! If you have any questions or would like specific information on a listing, please feel free to give us a call.

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In any given market, inventories fluctuate based on supply and demand considering area and price range. The National Association of REALTORS considers a balanced market to be a six-month supply of homes.

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One of the silver linings to filing your income tax return is finding out that you are going to receive a refund. If you happen to be one of these fortunate taxpayers, your next decision is what to do with it. With the average tax refund around $3,000, it could be the difference that makes a home a reality sooner rather than later.

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Fair Skies on Horizon

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Buyers who have been concerned about what might happen to the tax laws affecting home ownership should feel more comfortable about moving forward with their decision to purchase. The 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act passed by Congress and signed by the President continues to treat real estate as a favored investment.

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