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Buying a New Home? Use This Checklist to Ensure Your Finances Are in Order

Buying a New Home? Use This Checklist to Ensure Your Finances Are in Order

Buying a home is a significant expense. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a first-time buyer or have experience. Unless you have a large pile of cash, you’ll need to ensure your finances are in order before closing. In this post we’ll explore four financial items you’ll want to check off before buying a new home.

By November 4, 2016 Read More →
Understanding How Mortgage Amortization Works and How It Can Affect Your Future

Understanding How Mortgage Amortization Works and How It Can Affect Your Future

Amortization may be a less-familiar term when it comes to the layman’s knowledge of buying a home, but knowing more about exactly what it means can go a long way towards a more secure financial future.

By November 3, 2016 Read More →
Baby on the Way? Helpful Advice for Managing a Mortgage With Only One Parent Working

Baby on the Way? Helpful Advice for Managing a Mortgage With Only One Parent Working

If you’re dealing with paying off your mortgage and going down to a one-income family, it can be complicated to determine how to financially swing it. While managing a mortgage on just one salary can be a challenge, there are a few simple things you can do to make it work.

By November 2, 2016 Read More →
$500 Renovations That Will Boost Your Home’s Value and Speed Up Your Sale

$500 Renovations That Will Boost Your Home’s Value and Speed Up Your Sale

The idea of home renovations when you’re selling your home can be unpopular because of the cost and time that can go into sprucing up a place you’re about to leave behind. However, making a few simple, economical touches can go a long way to capitalizing on your home’s value and making a difference in dollars.

By November 1, 2016 Read More →
What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – October 31, 2016

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – October 31, 2016

Last week’s economic reports included S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Indexes, along with readings on new and pending home sales. Recurring weekly reports on mortgage rates and new jobless claims were also released.

By October 31, 2016 Read More →
Dealing with Mice: Peppermint Oil, Dryer Sheets and Other Crazy Tricks to Try

Dealing with Mice: Peppermint Oil, Dryer Sheets and Other Crazy Tricks to Try

There are things that everyone shares: the need for food, the search for love, and the intrusion of mice into our homes. But don’t despair! There are several ways to deter and remove mice.

By October 28, 2016 Read More →
S&P Case-Shiller: Home Prices Gain in August

S&P Case-Shiller: Home Prices Gain in August

Home prices gained in August per the 20-City S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index. Analysts said that home values continue to expand in spite of challenges including low inventories of available homes and strict mortgage qualification requirements.

By October 27, 2016 Read More →
First Time Home Buyers: 3 Essential Tips That You Won’t Hear from Your Friends

First Time Home Buyers: 3 Essential Tips That You Won’t Hear from Your Friends

When it comes to diving into home ownership for the first time, it can seem like there are so many things you just don’t know. Whether you’re getting advice from your real estate agent, your friends or your family, there are so many things that seem like common sense that they might be lost in the mix of details.

By October 26, 2016 Read More →
Buy Your Home Today: Understanding Why It’s a Bad Idea to Try and Time the Mortgage Market

Buy Your Home Today: Understanding Why It’s a Bad Idea to Try and Time the Mortgage Market

It’s often the case that people will opt to postpone home ownership until the best rates are available or it’s a more stable investment, but in an ever-shifting market it may not be the best decision to put such a sizeable investment off. Here are some reasons you may want to start putting your time into searching for a home.

By October 25, 2016 Read More →
What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – October 24, 2016

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – October 24, 2016

Last week’s economic releases included the National Association of Home Builders’ Housing Market Index along with reports on housing starts, building permits and sales of previously owned homes. Weekly reports on new jobless claims and mortgage rates were also released.

By October 24, 2016 Read More →