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Category Archives: First Time Home Buyers

Making Your Best Investment

On occasion, buyers who are prepared and qualify to buy a home decide to take a step back and wait to commit to the purchase of a home. When their focus moves from buying a home, they start considering using their down payment money for other things. They begin to think about other large purchases […]


Gallup Poll Says Real Estate Still the Best

In a recent annual Gallup poll that started in 2002, 35 percent of the respondents said real estate was the best long-term investment option compared to 27 percent who choose stocks. Although the top choices were real estate, stocks, savings accounts and buying gold, respondents had the most confidence in homes as investments. Even with […]


A Home Warranty Can Save Money

We are past April 15th, tax filing day. You already know what your expenses were for last year. Unfortunately, the money spent on home repairs is not deductible. But if you are aware of how much you spent, it could help you make decisions that will save you money this year. Buyers are often provided […]



Remove PMI to Lower Your Expenses

Private mortgage insurance is usually required on mortgage loans for more than 80 percent loan-to-value. If a borrower defaults on their loan, mortgage insurance will reimburse the lender. You need to be aware that when certain conditions have been met, expensive PMI can be removed. When your mortgage balance has reached 80 percent of your […]


A Good Option in FHA

A sector of the market that is not necessarily being met by other loan programs is being served by FHA insured mortgages. Buyers would love to secure a conventional 80 percent mortgage without mortgage insurance and get the lowest cost of financing possible, but if they can’t put down 20 percent then it isn’t really […]


Benefits to Short Term Mortgages

Considering refinancing? Buying a new home? It maybe worth discussing a 15-year loan instead of a traditional 30-year mortgage. Monthly payments will be higher but your interest rate will be lower and your equity will climb faster. Below I have provided an example for comparison on a $300,000 mortgage with two terms. One 30-year term […]


Down Payment Problem – Are You Sure?

Each year the National Association of Realtors publishes the Home Buyers and Sellers Generational Trends Report. In their latest report, they state that although Millennials are becoming the largest home buying group (34%) they are facing the difficulties of rising rents, rising home prices, student loan debt and flat wages. Today’s would-be buyers feel they […]


Tailored Customer Service

As a business, if you expect to have repeat customers and get recommendations to friends, you must treat customers fair. Nordstrom’s customers understand that their salespeople are employees and represent the company as a whole. In some industries, like real estate, the customer service line is not as clear. An Agency is a legal relationship […]