With mortgage interest rates at a level not seen for over a decade (see chart below), the question of whether to wait for interest rates to fall is creeping in. This is not unreasonable, however, it does beg the question. Are rates actually high? If you take a look at the chart below, you can …
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Mortgage Interest Rates Begin Their Ascent. But Is It Enough?
Are rising mortgage interest rates enough to cool a heating market? Will housing inventory make a rebound? Your Spring 2021 update.
The Math of Refinancing: Does It Make Financial Sense?
Is Refinancing always a good idea? That depends on who you are, and what your reason is for refinancing. In this post, I give an example so you can make your own informed calculations.
Is Buying A Home Really More Expensive Than Renting?
If you rent, you probably have good reasons. I bet that “paying my landlord’s mortgage”, “noisy neighbors”, or other caveats aren’t among them. Look, we know that owning isn’t right for everyone. As much as we write about why owning a home is better than renting, there are legitimate reasons for choosing to rent. For …
Owning A Home May Already Be Within Reach
Have you told yourself that you’re too _____ to buy a home? The blank could be almost anything. Whether you think you’re too broke, too poor, or your credit score is too low, are you allowing an invisible script to prevent you from attaining your dream of owning your own home? Just a side note: …
New appraisal and origination requirement changes announced due to COVID-19
Special measures have been taken to help account for challenges facing the real estate market due to COVID-19. Here are the temporary flexibilities in place to facility the continuation of transactions for buyers.
How to Refinance Without a New 30-year Commitment.
Now, you could get a refinance loan for any term between 15 and 30 years! Get a better rate without "starting over". Benchmark presents: Odd Term Mortgages.
Natural Lawn Maintenance Tips for Safe Summer Fun
A lawn in summer is a wonderful thing! It is the proper location for picnics, barbecues, slip-n-slides, and more. Forget chemical fertilizers and herbicides. You can still enjoy a healthy SAFE lawn by following natural lawn maintenance tips below.
Win The Bidding War With Storytelling
Get your offer accepted without the highest bid. Can't raise the competition with a higher offer? Use storytelling to win the seller over. Read it here.
Should You Buy A Home This Spring?
Should you buy a home in the spring, or should you wait? Here are four good reasons to buy now.