Buying Your First Home? Learn These 5 Essential Home Maintenance Skills as Soon as Possible

August 24th, 2016|

New homes can be scary. But when you take the time to think about it, and plan ahead, maintaining a home is easier than you think - a manageable mix of experience and common sense. Here are five skills that will help maintain your new home for years to come.

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – August 22, 2016

August 22nd, 2016|

Last week's economic news included the NAHB Housing Market Index, Commerce Department releases on housing starts and building permits issued. Weekly reports on mortgage rates and new jobless claims were also released.

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Real Estate Investing: How to Find Great Deals on Undeveloped Lots with Big Potential

August 19th, 2016|

Purchasing a plot of land can be one of the best investments to make. A landowner has great (but not unlimited) freedom in how to develop their plot, and land never expires so its potential is essentially infinite. That said, buying undeveloped or vacant land can be risky business, so read on to find tips on purchasing a plot.

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NAHB: Builder Sentiment Improves in August

August 18th, 2016|

According to the National Association of Home Builders, August home builder sentiment met analyst expectations and rose by two points to a reading of 60; July's reading was revised downward to 58. Two out of three components used in calculating the Home Builder Index were higher. Builder sentiment concerning current housing conditions rose two points to 65. Builders were also more confident about housing market conditions within the next six months; August's reading was one point higher at 56. Builders were less confident about buyer traffic in new housing developments. August's reading slipped one point to 44.

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3 Things You Must Do after Inheriting a Home

August 17th, 2016|

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.

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Bi-weekly or Monthly Mortgage Payments – Which is better?

August 16th, 2016|

When you apply for a new mortgage, your lender may ask if you want to set up monthly payments or bi-weekly payments. At one time, monthly payments were common, but bi-weekly payments are increasing in popularity. This is because they break a large expense up into two smaller and seemingly more manageable payments. In addition, you can also make what equates to a full extra payment on the mortgage each year with a bi-weekly payment structure. Before you decide which is best for you, consider a few factors.

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – August 15, 2016

August 15th, 2016|

Last week's economic news included reports on job openings, retail sales and recurring reports on mortgage rates and new jobless claims. Job openings and hiring increased, which provided further evidence of stronger economic conditions. Retail sales were flat in July, new unemployment claims dropped and mortgage rates changed little.

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Three Proven Ways You Boost Your Credit to Get a Mortgage Approved

August 12th, 2016|

Credit problems are unfortunately common, and they can make it difficult for you to obtain a mortgage. Even if you are able to obtain a mortgage with your credit issues, the rate may be rather high in comparison to what you may qualify for if you obtain a mortgage without fixing your credit problems. While some issues may take a while to fix, you may be able to see a decent increase in your credit rating when you follow a few easy steps.

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