Advice from Millennials on How to Buy a House in Your 20s

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If you’ve been paying attention to the real estate trends, you may have heard the Millennials just aren’t buying homes at the same rate as their previous generations. Aside from the simple fact that it’s just not affordable for most, many site reasons like high student debt and low loan availability. Studies show that only 37% of millennials owned homes in 2015 – that’s 8% lower than Gen Xers and Baby Boomers at the same age.

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Common home buying and selling myths unveiled

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When it comes to buying or selling a home, there can be a lot of misconceptions about the real estate process. Friends and family may have advice that’s not accurate or no longer valid – whether solicited or not – if you are buying or selling a home, you’ll most likely hear some of the myths below:

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Selling your home? What you can and can’t take with you

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If you are planning to list your own home for sale or will be buying a new home, you may be wondering what should be left behind. There are 2 ways to find out what is included. Continue reading “Selling your home? What you can and can’t take with you”

Why selling your home in the Winter may be a WIN!

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If you’ve thought about selling your home recently but assumed that you missed the Home Hunting Season – think again. While in the past, the Winter may not have been the best time to sell your home, there are actually a few BIG reasons why selling your home in the Winter is a WIN! Continue reading “Why selling your home in the Winter may be a WIN!”

Homeowner’s Insurance 101 – What you need to know

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Odds are that your home is the single most valuable investment that you own and the largest line item on your monthly budget. So, it only makes sense that you’d want to make sure it’s protected.  What’s surprising is that many homeowners never think twice about their homeowner’s insurance policy, let alone read and understand it. They know how much it costs each year but probably couldn’t tell you what’s covered and the limits. BUT, knowing what is covered and what’s not can make all the difference when disaster strikes. Continue reading “Homeowner’s Insurance 101 – What you need to know”

The do’s and don’ts of using the equity in your home

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Building equity in your home, the difference between a home’s fair market value and the outstanding mortgage balance, is every homeowner’s goal. After all, it is the whole point of buying a property vs. renting it. Home equity is valuable savings, but it can also be a valuable finance tool. Continue reading “The do’s and don’ts of using the equity in your home”

Mortgage Underwriters – What they do and how they review your application

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If you’ve purchased a home in the past few years, you’ve probably noticed that the mortgage underwriting process has become more robust and detailed compared to the early 2000’s. Making sure you dot all your i’s and cross all your t’s is an important part of making sure your mortgage application moves through the underwriting and approval process smoothly. So, it’s important to understand what underwriters are really looking at when they review your application. They are trained to spot financial mismanagement, and they are very detailed when it comes to reviewing your finances before approving or denying you for a home loan. Continue reading “Mortgage Underwriters – What they do and how they review your application”

What to expect during a home remodel

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With the overwhelming amount of DIY magazines, television shows, websites, and Pinterest boards, at some point you’ve probably decided that at least one room in your house needs remodeling. It’s hard not to get inspired by some of the unique and beautiful designs that you see, not to mention the improved functionality or space that you might gain. But what you don’t see behind the magazine pages or edited from the tv episode is what REALLY to expect from a home remodel. Remember, no matter how amazing the finished product looks or how much value is added to your home – you still have to live through the remodeling process – which for some may be daunting! Continue reading “What to expect during a home remodel”

New Home Owner? How much should you budget for home repairs?

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In all the excitement of purchasing a new home, many first-time buyers often overlook the maintenance and repair costs that come along with owning a home. If you’ve been renting for years, your rent included any costs associated with repairing a leaking pipe or replacing a refrigerator that stopped working. But when you own your own home, all those costs fall on you. Continue reading “New Home Owner? How much should you budget for home repairs?”

How to tell when refinancing your home makes sense

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Refinancing your home is a major financial move that could result in some significant savings for you OR it could make your situation worse. There are typically 2 types of refinancing options:

  1. A rate and term refinance with a goal to save money. You refinance your remaining balance for a lower interest rate and a term (number of years it takes to repay the loan) that you can afford.
  2. Cash-out refinancing, where you take out a new mortgage for more than you owe and take the difference in cash, for example, to pay off existing debt.

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