Buying a Home with a Mortgage? A Quick Guide to Closing Costs and What to Expect

November 28, 2014 by John · Leave a Comment 

Whether you’re just starting to shop for a new home or you’ve already found the perfect new house and you’re ready to submit an offer, if you’re taking out a mortgage loan to cover some of the home’s purchase price you should be aware of the various closing costs you may encounter.

Case-Shiller Home Prices: Price Growth Slows in September

November 26, 2014 by John · Leave a Comment 

According to the Case-Shiller National Home Price Index, annual home price growth slipped to a seasonally-adjusted rate of 4.80 percent in September. This was 0.30 percent lower than August’s year-over-year reading of 5.10 percent.

You Ask, We Answer: Should I Consider a Warranty when Buying a New Home?

November 25, 2014 by John · Leave a Comment 

In today’s blog post we’ll briefly explore home warranties including some of the pros and cons of buying one and how they differ from homeowner’s insurance.

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – November 24, 2014

November 24, 2014 by John · Leave a Comment 

Last week’s scheduled economic news included the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, Housing Starts and Existing Home Sales. FOMC meeting minutes were released along with weekly Freddie Mac mortgage rates and weekly jobless claims.

The 3 Minute Guide to Real Estate “Flipping” and How to Get Moving Today

November 21, 2014 by John · Leave a Comment 

If you’ve been thinking about investing in a real estate project you may have considered buying a distressed house or two at a steep discount in order to fix them up and sell them at a higher price. This is known as “flipping”, and in today’s post we’ll share a quick guide to flipping homes and how to get started with this type of real estate investing.

FOMC Minutes: Economy Growing, Housing Lags

November 20, 2014 by John · Leave a Comment 

Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting held October 28 and 29 were released Wednesday. The report suggests that the U.S. economy continues to improve, although the annual inflation rate remains near 1.50 percent and short of the committee’s goal of 2.00 percent.

Failed Negotiations: What to Do when the Seller is an Immovable Object

November 19, 2014 by John · Leave a Comment 

Once you’ve found the perfect new home and delivered your first offer to the seller, you may find that they return with a counteroffer or a flat out refusal. In this blog post we’ll share a few ways to manage an unreasonable or stubborn home seller so you can get the deal closed.

Selling Your Home? Give Your Bathrooms a Facelift with These Three Quick Tips

November 18, 2014 by John · Leave a Comment 

In today’s blog post we’ll share three quick tips for renovating or upgrading your bathrooms to freshen up their look before potential buyers start viewing your home.

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – November 17, 2014

November 17, 2014 by John · Leave a Comment 

Last week’s housing related news was lean, with no scheduled reports released other than Freddie Mac’s primary mortgage market survey. We’ll start with some good news…

How to Use a Mortgage Calculator to Determine Your Monthly Payments, Interest and More

November 14, 2014 by John · Leave a Comment 

Are you thinking about using a mortgage to buy a new home? In this blog post we’ll discuss mortgage calculators and how to use one of these tools to determine your monthly mortgage payments, interest charges, amortization periods and more.

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