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Investing in a New Home? 3 Reasons You Can’t Skip the Pest Inspection

By | 2017-07-28T12:41:26+00:00 July 28th, 2017|

There are so many small details involved in the final sale of a home that it can be easy to forget about all of the things that need to be done. While you won't be able to forget about a home inspection, a pest inspection can be every bit as important before you sign on the dotted line. If you're wondering why you shouldn't forego this important step, consider the following information.

Buying a Home in a Fire Risk Area: Here’s What You Need to Know

By | 2017-07-26T12:41:12+00:00 July 26th, 2017|

Outside of the significant financial responsibility of delving into home ownership, there can also be a lot of other risks involved that you may not have thought about as a new homeowner. While the requirement of homeowner's insurance is well known and guarding your house against theft can be commonplace, if you happen to be living in an area that's at high risk of fire, here are some things to consider beforehand.

NAHB: Builder Confidence in Market Conditions Dips in July

By | 2017-07-19T12:41:05+00:00 July 19th, 2017|

According to the National Association of Home Builders, July builder sentiment dipped to an index reading of 64 as compared to June's revised reading of 66, the original reading was 67. Analysts expected the reading for July to increase to 68. Builders cited increasing lumber prices as a concern affecting builders' outlook on housing market conditions for new single-family homes. Any reading over 50 for the NAHB Housing Market Index indicates that more builders than fewer are positive about housing market conditions, but July's reading was the lowest in eight months. NAHB said that home builder confidence in market condition "remains strong."

Budgeting 101: How to Plan Your Budget Around Your Monthly Mortgage Payments

By | 2017-07-06T12:42:10+00:00 July 6th, 2017|

If you've decided to invest in a home, you might be wondering how to make all of the expenses work. From the groceries to your mode of transportation, all of those little things can quickly add up. Fortunately, it's easy enough to ensure you have the money each month by carefully calculating your expenses and ensuring there's a little wiggle room in case of leaner times. Here are the details on how to begin with your mortgage budgeting plan.

Want a Quick Mortgage Approval? Come Prepared With These 5 Key Items

By | 2017-06-27T12:41:45+00:00 June 27th, 2017|

Whether you're finally prepared to get into the real estate market or you want to know how you can make a deal quick, there are a few necessary documents you'll need to prove your reliability to a mortgage lender. If you're wondering what will be involved in getting the application approval you're looking for, here are the documents you'll want to have on hand when the time comes.

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – June 26, 2017

By | 2017-06-26T12:41:02+00:00 June 26th, 2017|

Last week's economic news included readings on sales of new and previously owned homes. Despite expectations of lower sales in both categories, sales surpassed expectations and April sales. Analysts were concerned about extremely tight inventories of available homes limiting home sales and did not expect May home sales to increase.

Understanding How Mortgage Calculators Work and When to Make Use of One

By | 2017-06-23T12:40:59+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|

Investing in a home is a big financial decision, and along with the decision to buy is the question of how much mortgage you'll be able to afford. While your debt-to-income ratio can be helpful in determining the range for your mortgage amount, a mortgage calculator can be a beneficial tool in coming to a potential price. If you're curious about how and if this financial tool can benefit you, here are the details about using a mortgage calculator.

One-stop Shopping: The Quick and Easy Guide to Buying a Home the First Time You See It

By | 2017-06-20T12:42:06+00:00 June 20th, 2017|

Most people peruse the real estate market for a while before they bite down and decide to invest in a home. However, whether you're in a rush or you think you've found the ideal place, it's possible you may be ready to put in an offer on the first visit. If you're trying to determine how you can get the home you're looking for the first time around, here are a few things to be aware of when going in.