Staging Tips: How to Make a Small Backyard a Great Selling Feature

January 22, 2016 by John · Leave a Comment 

Small backyards are not the detriment that sellers seem to worry about. By putting in some work, any homeowner should be able to turn the smallest backyard into a selling feature by highlighting its assets.

Here are some surefire ways to change a cramped backyard into a cozy, outdoor paradise.

Did You Know: Here’s Why Buying a New Home Grows Your Wealth Faster Than Renting

January 21, 2016 by John · Leave a Comment 

There can be many downsides to both renting and buying, depending on what side of the coin you are on, but if you’re leaning towards purchasing a home it can have added benefits for your bank account that renting does not.

Home Builders Remain Confident in January

January 20, 2016 by John · Leave a Comment 

Home builders maintained December’s confidence level according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Housing Market Index for January. The latest reading of 60 mirrored December’s reading, but was two points lower than expected. Readings of more than 50 indicate that more builders were confident about housing conditions than those who were not.

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – January 18, 2016

January 18, 2016 by John · Leave a Comment 

In addition to weekly reports on mortgage rates and new unemployment claims, last week’s economic news included the Fed’s Beige Book report, retail sales and consumer sentiment. January’s Empire State Index showed an unexpected dip and Consumer Sentiment increased for January.

How Do I Determine The Initial Offer?

January 14, 2016 by John · Leave a Comment 

As you’ll see in this video, unless you have a buyer’s agent remember that the agent works for the seller. Make a point of asking him or her to keep your discussions and information confidential.

5, 10, 20 Percent or More? How to Determine How Big of a Down Payment You Need

January 13, 2016 by John · Leave a Comment 

Whether or not you’re new to real estate, there’s little doubt that you’ve heard the term down payment as it relates to purchasing a home. If you’re trying to determine the ideal amount to put down, here are some things to consider.

Have You Been Denied for a Mortgage? Here Are 3 Reasons Why You’ll Want to Keep Trying

January 12, 2016 by John · Leave a Comment 

If you’re in the market for a new home, you’ll most likely need a mortgage in order to afford it. But for some home buyers, getting a mortgage isn’t easy. Here are three factors that can influence the likelihood of approval on the second try.

3 ‘Must Know’ Pieces of Advice for First-time Home Buyers

January 11, 2016 by John · Leave a Comment 

When delving into the realities of home ownership, there can be many factors involved that make it difficult to determine what you need to know and what can wait until later. If you happen to be a first-time buyer who’s looking for the best tips for purchasing a home, look no further than the following three pointers to set you on the right path.

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – January 11, 2016

January 10, 2016 by John · Leave a Comment 

The first week of 2016 was quiet concerning housing and mortgage related news, but reports on construction spending and several labor-related reports were released.

Greenify Your Home with Our Guide to Conducting a DIY Energy Audit

January 7, 2016 by John · Leave a Comment 

The idea of conducting an energy audit on your home might seem like something complicated that should be left to the experts, but there are ways for you to make your home a little greener without consulting anybody.

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