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The Pros and Cons of ‘Mortgage Before Marriage’ for Young Couples

The Pros and Cons of ‘Mortgage Before Marriage’ for Young Couples

There was a time when a higher percentage of people were married before they committed to buying a home together, but it’s a lot more common to co-habit and invest in a home together. If you’re considering the commitment of a mortgage without being married, here are some things to be aware of before you start searching the market.

By January 4, 2017 Read More →
5 Major Red Flags to Watch for When You’re Touring an Open House

5 Major Red Flags to Watch for When You’re Touring an Open House

An open house is one of the best opportunities a potential homeowner will have to take stock of a home and determine if it will work for them. If you’re currently perusing the open houses in your neighborhood, here’s some things you should make sure to watch out for.

By January 3, 2017 Read More →
What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – January 2, 2017

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – January 2, 2017

Last week’s economic reports were in short supply due to the Christmas holiday. Events reported included Case-Shiller home price indices, pending home sales and weekly readings on mortgage rates and new jobless claims. Consumer confidence was also released.

By January 2, 2017 Read More →
Selling Social: How to Leverage Your Social Network to Sell Your Home Faster

Selling Social: How to Leverage Your Social Network to Sell Your Home Faster

There were days when the marketing of a home involved plunking a sign into the front yard, but with the power of the Internet, there are many mediums through which home sellers can find potential buyers. If you’re currently looking at ways to use the power of social media in order to get your ideal purchase price, here are some things you can do to best harness its capabilities.

By December 30, 2016 Read More →
Did You Know? A Mortgage Professional Can Save You a Lot of Money. Here’s How

Did You Know? A Mortgage Professional Can Save You a Lot of Money. Here’s How

Many people forego a mortgage broker and decide to go through the application process on their own, but a mortgage professional can actually work to save you money when it comes to your biggest investment. Here are a few reasons you may want to consult a broker to make for an improved real estate investment.

By December 29, 2016 Read More →
Case-Shiller: Home Price Growth Continues

Case-Shiller: Home Price Growth Continues

Home increased in October according to Case-Shiller’s 20City Home Price Index. Home prices rose from September’s annualized reading of 5.40 percent to 5.60 percent. Factors contributing to rising home prices include stronger economic conditions and outlook along with short inventories of available homes coupled with high demand. On average, October home prices rose 5.10 percent on seasonally adjusted annual basis, which was unchanged from September’s reading.

By December 28, 2016 Read More →
3 Things You Must Do after Inheriting a Home

3 Things You Must Do after Inheriting a Home

There can be a lot of excitement when it comes to the realization that you’ve inherited a home, but simply because it’s an inheritance doesn’t mean there aren’t a few strings attached. Whether you’re expecting to be gifted with a home in the future or you’re currently going through this process, here are a few things you may need to watch out for.

By December 27, 2016 Read More →
What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – December 26, 2016

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – December 26, 2016

Last week’s economic news included readings on consumer spending, core inflation new home sales and regularly scheduled readings on mortgage rates and new jobless claims.

By December 26, 2016 Read More →
After the Sale: The Next Steps and What You’ll Need to Do Before You Move Out

After the Sale: The Next Steps and What You’ll Need to Do Before You Move Out

Getting an offer on your home can certainly make it feel like the hard part is over, but even after the deal is sealed there’s still a lot to do when it comes to moving out. Whether you’re getting prepared for a future move or your buyer has just signed on the dotted line, here are the first steps to take once it’s certain your property is off the market.

By December 23, 2016 Read More →
Understanding the HARP Program and How to Qualify for a HARP Mortgage

Understanding the HARP Program and How to Qualify for a HARP Mortgage

Interest rates may be relatively low, but if you’re a homeowner who is struggling with your monthly mortgage payment, it may be time to consider what re-financing options are available on the market. If you are looking for a lower interest rate to improve your financial health, here’s what you need to know about the HARP program so you can take advantage of a better rate.

By December 22, 2016 Read More →