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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Tips for Buying a Fixer-upper Home

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It takes willpower and a budget to invest in a fixer-upper home. You have to see the potential, weigh the pros and cons and see the project through to the end. Knowing when to buy and how to flip, can make a stressful project a breeze. How can you tell if a house is a gem worth saving? If you’ve got a DIY mindset, some patience and a few coins to spend, here are some considerations to make when you’re thinking of buying a rehab home. Continue reading “Tips for Buying a Fixer-upper Home”

Our Sportsmen’s Family!

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If you live in the Litchfield area and are an athlete or have children who play sports then you know Jenn and Jay Cherosnick, proud owners of Sportsmen’s   – they are just part of the local fabric! Continue reading “Our Sportsmen’s Family!”

BANKER OR MORTGAGE BROKER: Which is Better?

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Of all the decisions facing any prospective home buyer, one the most critical is where to find the best mortgage option, the one with the least hassle and the most favorable financing terms.  When, how much, and even if you’ll be able to borrow what you need to buy your dream house can often come down to who you work with to make it happen.   For most people, there are two possibilities, a mortgage broker or a direct lender, i.e. a bank, credit union or savings institution of some sort.  Continue reading “BANKER OR MORTGAGE BROKER: Which is Better?”

Are rental properties REALLY a smart investment?

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Investment in rental properties, especially residential properties, is increasingly being seen as a hot new earnings opportunity.  In the wake of the economic down turn, as the rate of home ownership in the U.S. has fallen, the rental market has grown steadily.  With mortgage lending standards tighter and cash for potential home buyers more scarce, the number of renters has climbed, pushing rents ever higher in most Continue reading “Are rental properties REALLY a smart investment?”

PMI: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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For most borrowers PMI (or Private Mortgage Insurance) is just one of the many mysterious charges that get folded into their total monthly mortgage payment.  But anyone in the market for a new home, and the inevitable mortgage that comes with it, needs to understand how it works, and how it can be avoided.  Simply put, PMI is an insurance policy that your lender takes out as protection against the possibility that someday you will no longer be able to make your mortgage payments, except that it is your responsibility to pay the monthly premiums.  Also, the lender is typically the beneficiary, not you or your heirs. Continue reading “PMI: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW”

5 tips for getting your first mortgage

You’re ready to realize your dream of homeownership. You spotted the perfect neighborhood, the one with the tree-lined streets, tidy houses, and well-manicured lawns. The next step is to get a mortgage.  It can become overwhelming very quickly!  Take a deep breath and relax – although there is a fair amount to do – we can get you through the process fairly pain free!

Here are 5 tips to help you secure your first mortgage and make the process easier.   

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