How to Make Buying a Home Less Stressful

Home buying can be one of the most stressful processes you’ll ever go through. You’re on a time crunch, you have thousands of dollars on the line, and you’re dealing with dozens of vendors, reams of paperwork and, of course, just the struggles of everyday living. Fortunately, there are ways to alleviate the stress and [...]

By |2019-06-17T10:10:15-04:00June 17th, 2019|Categories: Mortgage, Purchase|Tags: , |

Mortgage Rates Are Low and Credit Is There — So, What’s Up?

Mortgage rates are down and it appears homeowners have caught on and the industry is enjoying a refi boom. Mortgage refinance applications were up about 45% from the prior week. Lower rates, though, don't seem to be creating significant numbers of potential homebuyers. Applications to purchase a home were up — but only by about [...]

By |2019-06-18T09:43:21-04:00June 14th, 2019|Categories: Mortgage, Real Estate Agents|Tags: |

5 Real Estate Scams That Buyers, Sellers and Renters Need to Watch Out for

The real estate industry is rife with scam artists, and millions of homebuyers, sellers, and owners fall victim every year. (Heck, I was almost one of them!) The truth is, the more that real estate and its processes go digital, the more at risk our data, information and, most importantly, finances are as we go [...]

By |2019-06-12T11:21:39-04:00June 13th, 2019|Categories: Advice, Financial|Tags: , |

Buying a House with Bad Credit: Can It Be Done?

Your credit score plays a huge role in your ability to get to mortgage — not to mention how easy the process is and what interest rates you'll qualify for. Are you worried your credit isn't good enough? You're not alone. Many would-be homeowners fear their credit scores will mean sky-high rates and massive down [...]

By |2019-06-12T09:33:17-04:00June 12th, 2019|Categories: Mortgage, Purchase|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Is This a Sustainable Housing Market?

"Tepid." That's been one description of the home purchase market this spring. Applications to purchase a home were off slightly for the week — but still a little better than this time last year. Pending home sales were down also, just about as much as mortgage applications to purchase a home, which makes sense. Given [...]

By |2019-06-06T10:37:29-04:00June 7th, 2019|Categories: Mortgage, Real Estate Agents|Tags: |

New Spouse, New Home? How to Make Home Buying Possible After Tying the Knot

Getting married was a big decision. Now it’s time for another one: Should you buy a house together? More importantly, can you afford to? Though it might seem impossible after that costly wedding and honeymoon, homeownership isn’t as out of reach as you might think. Here’s how to make your newlywed home buying dreams a [...]

By |2019-06-10T14:13:27-04:00June 1st, 2019|Categories: Purchase|Tags: , |

Why We Need to Stop Blaming Housing Market Malaise on the Trade War with China

For many of us, "Made in China" was commonly found on the packaging of most of our toys as children. Electronics were "Made in Japan" until eventually those electronics were also made in China. A grandfather's protest and objection to not "buying American" fell on our parents' deaf ears as they looked to stretch budgets. [...]

By |2019-06-05T13:38:23-04:00May 31st, 2019|Categories: Mortgage, Real Estate Agents|Tags: |

Is the Market Finding Its New Normal?

Aprils home sales numbers didn't reflect where rates were for the month. March rates were down (and down fairly dramatically) when April's sales contracts were signed. You would have expected low rates to pull more borrowers into the spring home buying market a little bit early. The fact those low rates didn't have that effect [...]

By |2019-05-23T10:24:38-04:00May 24th, 2019|Categories: Mortgage, Real Estate Agents|Tags: |

Gen Z: Use These Savings Tips to Buy a Home Sooner

It appears that Generation Zers are looking to fast-track their homeownership goals. According to a recent study, nearly 60% of 18 to 23 year-olds want to buy a home in the next five years. And another 52%? They’ve already started saving up for it. Are you one of these go-get-em Gen Zers with dreams of [...]

By |2019-05-21T09:22:31-04:00May 21st, 2019|Categories: Financial, Purchase|Tags: , , , |

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