How to Notice Signs of a Flipper’s Hasty House Renovations

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It’s Spring and that means an influx of homes will be hitting the real estate market, including homes that were renovated over the Winter by investors or as we like to call them, “Flippers”.

Flippers typically buy homes at a lower price, often foreclosures. Some of these homes need minor cosmetic repairs while others require a complete gut and remodel. They make the homes appealing to a wider pool of buyers who are looking for recently renovated and move-in ready homes. Some flippers are fantastic and do amazing work, while others may, in other words, put a band-aid on bigger issues so you can’t see the underlying problems. 

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Savings and Retirement Tips: Pay off your Mortgage Early or Invest?

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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.

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What is a Home Warranty and How Does it Work?

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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?

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What Type of Mortgage is right for you?

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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.

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How to lower your closing costs – what you can and can’t control

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When it comes to purchasing a home, closing costs are just part of the process. If you’ve purchased a home before, you know that transferring a property and obtaining a loan can be complex. Not only is it a lot of paperwork, but it requires help from numerous different sources and unfortunately for the home buyer, they don’t do that work for free.

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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?”