There are many economic variables to consider when selling your home when interest rates are rising. If that’s the only changing economic variable, you’re generally going to see a negative impact on both home sales and home prices. This means as interest rates rise, the buyer pool for your home is going to shrink. In […]
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(TNS)—With housing inventory far lower than demand and mortgage rates poised to rise, it’s going to be a competitive market for homebuyers this spring. If you’re looking to buy a home this season, here’s how to prepare yourself to enter the fray. Get your financial house in order. Unless you plan on paying for the […]
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Today’s Ask the Expert column features Buddy Stark, director of Operations for HomeTeam Inspection Service. Q: What can sellers do to prepare for a home inspection? A: Completing these quick and easy tasks before beginning the selling process will help reduce stress and save your clients valuable time during the home-selling process. Clean the House […]
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The following information is provided by the Center for REALTOR® Development (CRD). This article explains the four most common valuation methods used for real property transactions and how and when they are used. It’s important to note that the methods below are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Lenders, servicers, investors, and other professionals use one or […]
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Today’s Ask the Expert column features Adam Long, president of HomeTeam Inspection Service. Q: What can be done to guide clients through the home inspection process? A: After being in business for 25 years and performing over a million inspections, HomeTeam Inspection Service has identified the top ways to ensure a smoother home inspection, contributing […]
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Today’s Ask the Expert column features Patty McNease, director of Marketing for Homes.com. Q: How can staging pave the way for a better sell? A: Staging allows your clients to show off the unique features of their home that buyers can come to love. During the holiday season, staging can make a home stand out […]
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While your credit score affects everything from your ability to buy a car or a home to how much interest you will pay on the loan, many people don’t know how these scores are calculated or what impacts them positively or negatively. Moreover, says the Credit Federation of America (CFA), more than 25 percent of […]
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(TNS)—If you can afford it, it might be simple to pay off your mortgage earlier. But should you? That’s a complicated question. Homeowners with low mortgage rates may be better off putting extra money in a Roth IRA or 401(k), both of which might offer a higher return than paying off the mortgage. Then there’s […]
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(TNS)—Opening a savings account is easy, but committing to savings? Now that can be hard. From struggling to find places where you can reduce spending to falling into the temptation of instant retail gratification, saving money can be really challenging. “You really have to know yourself and discipline yourself if you’re going to be an […]
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(TNS)—When people want to find out how much their mortgages cost, lenders often give them quotes that include loan rates and points. What Is a Mortgage Point? A mortgage point is a fee equal to 1 percent of the loan amount. A 30-year, $150,000 mortgage might have a rate of 7 percent but come with […]
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