Understanding Mortgage Tax Benefits and How They Save You Money in the Long Run

March 31, 2016 by John · Leave a Comment 

If you’re considering whether home ownership is the right decision for you, there are lots of different factors you’ll want to take into account. Do you want to keep moving around, or are you ready to lay down roots in a community? Are you prepared for the additional upkeep that home ownership requires?

Case-Shiller Report Shows Home Prices Rose in January

March 30, 2016 by John · Leave a Comment 

Home prices were 5.70 percent higher year-over-year in January according to S&P Case-Shiller’s 20-City Home Price Index. Top year-over-year gains were posted by Portland, Oregon at 11.80 percent, San Francisco, California at 10.80 percent and Seattle Washington posted a year-over-year gain of 10.70 percent.

The FHA Mortgage Minimum Credit Score Has Been Reduced. Here’s What You Need to Know…

March 29, 2016 by John · Leave a Comment 

If you haven’t heard about the changes to the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) credit score minimum, here’s some information on the recent reduction and how it may impact your home purchase.

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – March 28, 2016

March 28, 2016 by John · Leave a Comment 

New home rose in February according to the Commerce Department. Based on a revised reading of 502,000 new home sales in January, February’s reading was 2.00 percent higher than January’s reading, but was 6.10 percent lower than for February 2015.

Builders have held back on increasing construction due to concerns about ups and downs in the economic recovery. Short supplies of labor and available land have also kept home builders from meeting current demand.

Accent Walls: 3 Easy Ways to Spice up Your Space

March 25, 2016 by John · Leave a Comment 

For those who love to decorate and are always excited to test out the latest trends in design, the accent wall is a concept that’s become popular in recent years. If you’re not sure how to use this feature to twist any room on its side, here’s how to go about painting your very own and instantly dressing up the look of your favorite room.

Selling Your Half of a Jointly-owned Home? Here’s What You Need to Know

March 24, 2016 by John · Leave a Comment 

There are many factors to consider when it comes to selling your home, and if you own your home with someone else the details involved can be even more confusing. If you’re wading into your co-ownership options and are curious about your next steps, here’s a short list of some things to think about.

5 Photo Shoot Tips for Amazing Listing Photos

March 23, 2016 by John · Leave a Comment 

Selling a home can certainly come down to a great location and the right price, but there is an art to taking a photo that will definitely help you win over some interested parties. If you’re looking for tips on how to effectively photograph your home, here are some ways to kick your listing up a notch.

3 Things You Need to Consider Before Buying That Fixer-Upper Home

March 22, 2016 by John · Leave a Comment 

The idea of buying a home that will need a fair bit of renovating can seem like a great investment opportunity, but some renovations come with high prices and may actually end up costing you more than you think. If you’re trying to determine whether or not a fixer-upper is worth the cost, here are some important things to consider.

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – March 21, 2016

March 21, 2016 by John · Leave a Comment 

Shortages of available homes are a major factor in rising home prices; shortages also make it more difficult for buyers to find homes they want. Housing starts in February rose, which is good news for the peak spring and summer home buying season.

Worried about Your FICO Score? 4 Easy Strategies to Fix It Up

March 18, 2016 by John · Leave a Comment 

If you’re worried about your bad credit, you’ll want to do everything in your power to improve your rating as quickly as possible – especially if you have a major purchase coming up. Improving your credit rating can give you access to better interest rates on mortgages or even help you to get that job you’re after.

So how can you boost your FICO score quickly and easily? Here’s what you need to know.

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