Have You Budgeted for Closing Costs?

Saving for a down payment is a key step in the homebuying process, and it’s not the only piece you need to include in your budget. Another factor that’s important to plan for is the closing costs required to obtain a mortgage.
What Are Closing Costs?
According to Trulia,

“When you close on a home, a number of fees […]

VA loan limits removed

Veterans are no longer restricted to a loan limit beginning January 1, 2020.  Previously, veterans were limited by the same restrictions set by the Federal Housing Finance Agency on conforming loans.  While these limits were national in nature, there were exceptions for high-cost counties and jumbo loan procedures.
The elimination of loan limits doesn’t mean that […]

Method used t sell a home

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Millennials Are on the Move as First-Time Homebuyers [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights:
According to NAR’s latest Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the median age of all first-time homebuyers is 32.
With more millennials entering a homebuying phase of life, they are driving a large portion of the buyer appetite in the market, keeping buyer activity strong.
More and more “old millennials” (ages 25-36) are realizing that homeownership […]

What is the Best Investment for Americans?

Some are reporting that there is trepidation regarding the real estate market in the United States. Apparently, the American people are quite comfortable.
Porch.com, a major network helping homeowners with their renovation projects, recently conducted a survey which asked Americans:

“What do you believe is the safest investment over the next 10 years?”

U.S. housing came in at […]

2019 PHBS – buyer characteristics1

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Is A Bigger House Within Your Budget?

At this time of year, many families come together to celebrate the season. It’s also the time when many realize their homes are just not quite big enough to host all of their guests and loved ones. Are you one of those homeowners dreaming for a larger space to call home?
You may have enough equity […]

It’s ‘National Roof Over Your Head’ Day!

Did you know that each year in the United States, we celebrate “National Roof Over Your Head Day” on December 3rd?
As noted on the National Calendar, it was “created as a day to be thankful for what you have, starting with the roof over your head. There are many things that we have that we […]

Understanding the Mortgage Interest Deduction

Mortgage interest paid on your principal residence is deductible today as it was in 1913 when 16th amendment allowed personal income tax.  The 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act reduced the maximum amount of acquisition debt from $1,000,000 to $750,000.
Acquisition debt is the amount of debt used to buy, build or improve a principal residence, […]

Think Before You Put It in the Disposer

Just because that convenient grinding machine in your drain is called a garbage disposer, that doesn’t mean you should treat it like your garbage can. There are many things that you should simply toss out instead of washing into your sink.
As a first rule of thumb, only put biodegradable things into the disposer. This […]