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Should I Pay More than 4%?

Mortgage interest rates, as reported by Freddie Mac, have increased over the last several weeks. Along with Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, the Mortgage Bankers Association and the National Association of Realtors are all calling for mortgage rates to continue to rise over the next four quarters. This has caused some purchasers to lament the fact […]

Fall 2015 Buying Guide

This “Buyer Guide” will help you understand the market and how the “atmosphere” is for the area. Some of the issues this guide addresses are: 4 Reasons to Buy Now Where are prices headed over next 5 years Where are mortgage rates headed Cost of Renting vs Buying Home prices over the last year After […]

Too Much Paperwork

Have you ever wondered WHY SO MUCH PAPERWORK when applying for a mortgage?  We are often asked this very question!  It seems that the bank needs to know everything and requires three separate sources to validate each and every entry on the application form.  Many buyers are being told by friends and family that the […]

Rising Prices and Home Appraisals

The fact that residential home prices are increasing substantially in most regions of the country is music to the ears of homeowners. However, if you are in the process of selling your home, make sure you realize the major challenge a hot real estate market creates. Each house must be sold twice; once to a […]

36x Greater

    Over the last six years, homeownership has lost some of its allure as a financial investment. As homeowners suffered through the housing bust, more and more began to question whether owning a home was truly a good way to build wealth. Every three years the Federal Reserve conducts a Survey of Consumer Finances in […]

Either Way, You’re Paying a Mortgage

There are some people that have not purchased a home because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents rent free, you are paying a mortgage – either your mortgage or your landlord’s. As a paper from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University explains: […]

Cost vs. Price

  As a seller, you will be most concerned about ‘short term price’ – where home values are headed over the next six months. As either a first time or repeat buyer, you must not be concerned only about price but also about the ‘long term cost’ of the home. Let us explain. There are many […]

Attaining the American Dream

Heading into 2015 many people have their sights set on buying a home. The personal reasons differ for each buyer, with many basic similarities. Eric Belsky, the Managing Director of the Joint Center of Housing Studies at Harvard University expanded on the top 5 financial benefits of homeownership in his paper – The Dream Lives On: […]

Don’t Wait! Move Up To The House You Always Wanted

Now that the housing market has stabilized, more and more homeowners are considering moving up to the home they have always dreamed of. In most areas, prices are still below those of a few years ago. Also, interest rates are still near 4%. However, buyers should realize that waiting to make the move while mortgage rates are projected […]

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