Why Put More Down

Why Put More Down

When people are thinking of buying a home the most attractive option is to fork over the least amount as a down payment. Most people want to have cash available to furnish their new home and as a base for any unexpected expenses that might arise after purchase. Some buyers won’t have these options because […]


Financing Home Improvements

financing home improvements

Owners can finance improvements on their home by using home improvement loans as a funding source. Home improvement loans do not rely on the home as collateral and are instead personal installment loans. Due to the higher risk to the lender with these types of loans, the interest rate is often much higher than a […]


Rental Property and House-Hacking

rental property and house hacking

If you are thinking about getting into the landlord business, beginning early is an advantage. A term called house-hacking refers to buying a multifamily property with an owner-occupied mortgage. You then live in one of the units while you rent the other units out to other people. Beginning early means you get a longer time […]


Earning the Commission, Is it Plausible?

Earning the Commission, Is it Plausible?

Five percent of all homebuyers choose not to work with an agent. They conduct their own home search, contact the sellers, negotiate their contract, locate their financing and arranged inspections. All these services are provided by a Realtor®. If you had to think about what motivated them to do all this work, it would have […]



Understanding Reverse Mortgages

reverse mortgages

A reverse mortgage loan allows the homeowners to borrow money against their home while they still retain the title to the property. There are no monthly payments required on a reverse mortgage loan. However, once the homeowner moves out of the home or passes away, the reverse mortgage becomes due and payable. With no monthly […]


Will 2020 be Your Downsizing Year?

will 2020 be your downsizing year

Baby Boomers and retirees aged 65 and over equate to approximately 52 million or 16 percent of Americans. Some of these people will be thinking about downsizing because they just don’t need or want the same space they needed in the past. Divesting yourself of “things” you have accumulated over the years and don’t need […]


An Alternative Down Payment Source

an alternate down payment source

If you invest in or have a company-sponsored 401k, 403b or have a life insurance policy, you may know that you can borrow funds against these sources. Alternatively, you cannot borrow against the funds in a traditional or Roth IRA without incurring a 10 percent penalty before 59 ½ unless you use it for one […]



Personal Finance Review

personal finance review

For centuries, the sentiment for frugality has been “a penny saved is a penny earned.” Whether or not Benjamin Franklin ever used this expression is up for debate, but he did say “Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.” When all is said and done, it is not how much […]