When it comes to selling your home, most sellers vacate the premises during a showing or open house. But there may be instances where you, the seller, are present and are asked by a potential buyer “Why are you selling your house?”. It’s a pretty common question from home buyers, and although you might think your response is innocent, this is one of the diciest questions you can answer. Why? Because any response you give could be used against you and cause the buyer to question if they will have the same issue.Continue reading “How to answer, “So why are you selling your home?” …and what NOT to say!”
When it comes to saving money, especially for your future, it can be hard to decide where to put that money to get the best bang for your buck. If you have loans, like a mortgage, you might consider an early pay-off. What feels better than being debt free, right? But building wealth can be tricky.
When it comes to saving money, interest rates rule the world. You want your money to earn more than it would cost you elsewhere. So, if your rate of return on investing is more than you would save in paying down interest, then investing would earn you more money and be a smarter option. However, if your mortgage interest rate is higher than your rate of return on investing, then you would save more money by paying down aggressively on your mortgage instead.Continue reading “Savings and Retirement Tips: Pay off your Mortgage Early or Invest?”
When it comes to buying a home, most people understand the importance of having homeowner’s insurance, but few people are actually familiar with a home warranty and how it works.
The simple answer is: A home warranty is a yearly service contract that protects specific home systems and appliances.
Your home’s systems and appliances will inevitably break down over time. A home warranty provides you with some protection when those systems and appliances eventually stop working. Many first-time homebuyers find a home warranty to be an extra layer of protection when extra funds are in short supply during those first few years of homeownership.
How does a home warranty work?Continue reading “What is a Home Warranty and How Does it Work?”
When it comes to planning for retirement, the process seems pretty simple: contribute to your IRA or 401(k), put extra savings aside each month, and reduce your spending as much as possible as you get closer to retirement. Once you are ready to retire, you should be able to rely on a combination of your investments, Social Security, your savings and Medicare to cover your needs.Continue reading “Surprising Expenses You Don’t Expect When Planning for Retirement”
If you are considering buying your first home, you’ve probably spent some time on Google, talked to other people asking for advice and are in information overload! How can you tell if the advice is good…or just a myth? It seems like everyone you meet has a story about buying their first property or an opinion about what type of real estate that you should buy. There is just as much bad advice – if not more – out there as there is good advice, but it can be difficult to navigate the fact from fiction to make your own informed decision.Continue reading “Common Excuses and Myths that are Keeping you from Buying a Home”
Whether you’ve spent months house hunting to no avail, or you’ve always wanted to build your own home, the idea of building your dream home sounds like an amazing idea. While building a house from the ground can deliver you the EXACT house you want, you’ll probably learn some tough and expensive financial lessons along the way.Continue reading “Things I Wish I Knew BEFORE Building my House”
If you’ve ever spent some time on sites like Realtor.com or Zillow.com you’ve probably come across a house listing or two that states, the property needs some “TLC”. We aren’t talking about the all women rap group or a TV station, but Tender, Loving, Care. In other words, the property needs some repairs. How much work is needed? Well, there’s no definitive answer, but it could be a lot. Most homes that state they need TLC, or a little elbow grease typically need more than just a coat of paint or new carpeting.Continue reading “What does TLC really mean when used in Real Estate”
When you buy a house, a home inspection is highly recommended. You aren’t just buying a high-end kitchen, or cozy family room with a fieldstone fireplace, you are also buying any problems lurking behind the walls. The home inspector will look at structural issues and other potential problems that could make the home a bad investment. After the inspection is completed, you usually have about 10 days to pull out of the sale.Continue reading “How to negotiate the buying price of a home after inspection”
When it comes to buying a home, most people know there are a few different mortgage options to choose from, but many don’t understand that there are actually quite a few options that vary depending on your situation. Once you’ve taken care of the homework – setting a budget, figuring out a down payment, and reviewing your credit, you’ll have a better idea of what loan works best for your needs.Continue reading “What Type of Mortgage is right for you?”
Flipping houses sounds like such a fun and profitable way to make money. You find a diamond in the rough for a great price, spend a few weeks to a few months updating, upgrading, and making the home look fresh and new, and then turn around and sell it for a tidy profit. Sounds simple, right?Continue reading “Flipping a house is nothing like HGTV”