In the past twenty-five years, not many buyers have been assuming mortgages. In the late 1980’s, the Federal Housing Administration and the Veterans Administration began to require that buyers qualify for the mortgage assumptions.
With dramatically shrinking inventory, many real estate markets are now experiencing multiple offers on a home. It is a benefit for sellers with homes for sale in Northern Virginia, who prefer to be able to pick the best offer for them, but it’s frustrating for buyers. As a buyer, you may consider the following tips to get your offer accepted.
Having low mortgage interest rates can be a drawback if the total interest and property taxes paid are below the amount paid for a standard deduction. If you plan a little you may be able to improve your situation at least every other year. Anyone that keeps tabs on their taxes knows that you can […]
Thoughts and choices If you are trying to decide to take standard tax deduction or itemize when filing your income tax return, you need to look at what gives you the highest return. Most people that make over $75,000 a year itemize their deductions, but with lower interest rates is this wise? For […]
First impressions of a home go a long way in determining how quickly your home will sell. Your major role as a seller will be to make your home as attractive as possible to potential buyers – you need to be viewing your home through the eyes of potential buyers. With some time, effort and limited financial investment, you can grab the competitive edge you need to sell your home at the price you want.
Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans can be confusing because the FHA does not make loans. It insures the loans made by lenders it has approved. So, if a lender defaults, the FHA covers the losses – not the lender.
One of the great benefits of an FHA insured loan is that it only requires a 3.5% down payment, making homeownership much more feasible for those potential buyers purchasing Fairfax VA Real Estate, who do not have the traditional 10%-20% down that conventional mortgages require.
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