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Little Steps Up To The Leap! - 11/30/09 08:22 AM
As you've already read here, conditions are ripe to become a homeowner, and it's time to determine if you’re ready to make the leap. While the price of the home is the largest factor, don't forget about loan fees and closing costs, which add to your total financed amount. Since banks are stricter in their lending, Step One is to polish up your credit report. A higher score gives you more power when it comes to negotiating terms and interest rates. Similarly, a larger downpayment will positively affect your mortgage terms and reduce the amount you have to finance. If you (0 comments)
When Push Comes to Shove... - 11/23/09 11:25 AM
If you're under pressure to sell your home quickly in a challenging market, you may have to swallow a large dose of reality and take some radical steps to increase your home's visibility. While making concessions can seem difficult, please consider the following proven suggestions to produce a quick sale. Remember that there are myriad possibilities for exposure in today’s internet-driven society. In addition to your agent’s traditional print and online marketing tools, use social networking sites like facebook and Twitter to promote your listing to younger first-time buyers. When setting your price, place it ten to fifteen percent below your (1 comments)
All in the Family - 11/16/09 08:47 AM
Many areas of the country are experiencing buyers markets, and current tax laws make this a very attractive time for parents to help their children become homeowners. Prices and interest rates may never be lower than they are now, so strongly consider this potential investment in your children's future. As parents, you can provide a significant downpayment, free of taxation. Individuals may gift up to $13,000 per year, so two parents making gifts to their child and spouse can give a total of $52,000 in one year without paying gift tax! Above and beyond the outright gift, you may loan your (0 comments)
The Devil's in the Details! - 11/09/09 08:23 AM
When you receive an Offer To Purchase, you are likely to focus on the price. You might be ecstatic over a full price offer, but you should be aware how "contingencies" could affect the likelihood of success. Almost every offer has a mortgage contingency, stating that the buyer will secure financing at a certain rate and for a certain term. Make sure these factors are realistic. A buyer seeking a 30-year loan at 4% with no points may be hedging their bets if your agent advises that these loans are typically written at 7% with 1.5 points. Unrealistic terms can allow (0 comments)
The Strongest Link - 11/02/09 08:17 AM
The question on everyone's lips is, "When are things going to return to normal in real estate?" Well, if the "normal" being referred to is the conditions and shady financial dealings that created the artificially inflated markets of five years ago, then we need to be thinking about redefining “normal.” The bad lending practices of the past are indeed making it more difficult now to secure financing, but try to understand that's not necessarily a bad thing. Those days of lower standards and easy money led us into this predicament in the first place. It's good for housing and for the (2 comments)
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