Is a Smaller Home for You?

Studies over the past few years have shown a solid trend regarding home sizes. Buyers today want smaller homes with smaller price tags. During the boom era in the mid-2000’s, homeownership was about McMansions and spacious sprawls. The recent recession and continued ailing recovery have made many families rethink their budgets and lifestyles. So, this question is posed. How much space does your family really need? This isn’t a simple cut and dry question. Every family has different needs and dynamics. Let’s put things into perspective, though. Having a large, show-stopper hom...

July 27th, 2017 Is a Smaller Home for You?

The Weekly Mortgage Commentary

This week brings us the release of seven economic reports that may impact mortgage rates, one of which is considered to be highly influential. In addition to the economic data, there is also another FOMC meeting that certainly has the potential to cause chaos in the markets and a couple of Treasury auctions mid-week. There is at least one event set for every day, so there is a strong likelihood of seeing noticeable mortgage rate movement and possibly multiple intra-day revisions this week. June’s Existing Home Sales from the National Association of Realtors will kick off the week's calen...

July 24th, 2017 The Weekly Mortgage Commentary

4 Ways to Maintain Your Home’s Value

Unfortunately, you can’t just expect to buy a home and have its value automatically rise along with inflation and the home market as a whole – Unless you live in downtown Manhattan! Maintaining the value of your home is all about making sensible improvements and getting into the habit of smart maintenance. We’ve put together 4 simple tips and points of consideration to make sure you don’t overlook the key areas of your new home that may have a serious implication on its overall value. Regular Maintenance It’s essential to perform regular maintenance around the hou...

July 20th, 2017 4 Ways to Maintain Your Home’s Value

The Weekly Mortgage Commentary

This week brings us little that is expected to affect mortgage rates with only two monthly economic reports on the calendar. Corporate earnings season gets into high gear, which may end up being the biggest influence on rates. There is nothing set for Monday or Tuesday, so it is a good possibility that stocks will be in the forefront as the new week kicks off. June’s Housing Starts will be released 8:30 AM ET Wednesday, giving us an indication of housing sector strength and future mortgage credit demand. It usually doesn’t cause much movement in mortgage rates unless it varies grea...

July 17th, 2017 The Weekly Mortgage Commentary

5 Unexpected Side Benefits of Homeownership

You already know about the tax benefits of buying a home and the long-term financial advantages created by rising home values and bankable equity. But some of the associated benefits of homeownership might surprise you. 1. Pride of ownership You understand the idea of pride of ownership, but maybe you’ve never actually felt it. You will once you put those keys in the door for the first time. And this doesn’t just apply to first-time homebuyers. If you’ve worked hard, saved well, spent smart, and are able to now move up to the home of your dreams, you’ll undoubtedly feel...

July 13th, 2017 5 Unexpected Side Benefits of Homeownership

Use HARP refinancing as a way to keep the conversation going with your clients

Maintaining a connection with clients after they've closed and locked the door behind them in their new home is often a challenge. Aside from communications on holidays or birthdays, mailings on your latest business or sending a value-add seasonal publication on home upkeep/d?cor, what can you provide them that truly shows your continued value to them as their real estate professional? By offering them advice not on buying a new home, but refinancing their existing home using through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP). What is HARP? Established in 2009 by the FHFA, HARP is a program ...

July 13th, 2017 Use HARP refinancing as a way to keep the conversation going with your clients

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