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How Changes to FICO Scoring Could Impact Home Buyers!
Posted on 01/27/2020
How Changes to FICO Scoring Could Impact Home Buyers!
Image by Republica from Pixabay Here is news on the way FICO is changing the grading of credit scores. Which could seriously impact those you don't manage their credit properly such missing payments, increasing their debt too much or getting personal loans that could signal rising debt. Managing your FICO score is very important as it's impact goes...
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3 Common Homebuying Concerns, and How to Address Them
Posted on 01/26/2020
3 Common Homebuying Concerns, and How to Address Them
If you plan to buy a home in the immediate future, there are several concerns that you should address before you embark on your house search. In fact, some of the most common homebuying concerns include: 1. Lack of Home Financing You know you want to purchase a house, but obtaining financing sometimes is difficult. Fortunately, if you meet...
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Most Common Sources of Construction Defects
Posted on 01/26/2020
Most Common Sources of Construction Defects
Image by Alexas_Fotos from Pixabay Here is a timely article about construction defects and the issues that can lead to them. If you are purchasing a new home, make sure you are represented by a REALTOR®, not the developer's sales agent. Also, don't skip the home inspections. It is the best way to protect yourself against poor quality...
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Mortgage Rates Hover Near All-Time Lows!
Posted on 01/24/2020
Mortgage Rates Hover Near All-Time Lows!
Source: Freddie Mac and REALTOR® Magazine After last week's announced of record mortgage applications and an increase in mortgage interest rates, the market responded with lower borrowing costs and reduced mortgage interest rates. The amazing combination of a strong economy and historically low mortgage rates makes this a great time to purchase a home. Here are more details....
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Home Seller Profits Climb to a 13-Year High
Posted on 01/23/2020
Home Seller Profits Climb to a 13-Year High
Image by Pexels from Pixabay If you have had or lived in a home for a long time you may have an amazing monetary gain in your home's value. A recent survey reveals the vast amount of home gains you might have. Here are more details: Home sellers nationwide felt richer at resale in 2019. The average seller...
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3.8M Homes Are Missing From the Housing Market
Posted on 01/23/2020
3.8M Homes Are Missing From the Housing Market
Image by Paul Brennan from Pixabay With the home market facing the challenge of low resale inventory and not enough new homes for sale, buyers face the challenge of finding an affordable home even with very affordable mortgage payments. Entry-level homes face the most severe shortages and still in many cases see multiple buyers making offers on them....
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Are You Saving Enough Money to Be Financially Strong?
Posted on 01/21/2020
Are You Saving Enough Money to Be Financially Strong?
Image by Gino Crescoli from Pixabay Having a financial plan including a budget along with executing your plan is one of the best ways to be financially secure. There are many challenges to financial freedom including large student loans, high credit card debt, burdensome personal loan balances along with onerous consumer loans such as auto loans. Making sure...
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Portland's Hottest Neighborhoods in 2019
Posted on 01/20/2020
Portland's Hottest Neighborhoods in 2019
In 2019, inspite of lower interest rates, at least one full precentage point, and a robust area economy, home sales continued to slow. Some factors include affordability issues, uncertain political environment, more apartments available, renting vs. buying costs along with legislative changes are having an impact. The following is from an article in the Portland Business Journal. Just...
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What Exactly Do Closing Costs Cover?
Posted on 01/20/2020
What Exactly Do Closing Costs Cover?
Image by Jens Neumann from Pixabay Don't forget that home purchasing a home involves more than the down payment and inspection fees. Closing costs and pre-paid charges must be budgeted. Pre-paids often include pro-rated property taxes, insurance payments and HOA pro-rated charges. Here are more details on typical closing costs. A home costs more than just the sale...
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Neighbors: How to be Neighborly When Selling Your Home
Posted on 01/19/2020
Neighbors: How to be Neighborly When Selling Your Home
Photo by Bilanol via Shutterstock You’ve heard all the sayings: “Location, location, location,” and the line in Robert Frost’s poem, “Good fences make good neighbors.” You’ve even made Abraham Lincoln’s saying your motto, “Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can.” Yet here you are, trying to sell our home, and the neighbors simply are not...
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In Addition to HQ2 Tax Breaks, Amazon Sought $1B for Other Real Estate Projects!
Posted on 01/19/2020
In Addition to HQ2 Tax Breaks, Amazon Sought $1B for Other Real Estate Projects!
Image by josemiguels from Pixabay Here is a article on Amazon's efforts to secure tax incentives from New York and Virgina for their new second headquarters that is originally planned for New York City and Arlington, VA. Due to public opposition, New York City was latter dropped from Amazon's plans. This article reports that at least $30 billion...
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Slight Uptick in Mortgage Rates Won’t Stymie Demand
Posted on 01/18/2020
Slight Uptick in Mortgage Rates Won’t Stymie Demand
Source: Freddie Mac With strong mortgage demand and a warm winter home market, interest rates still remain historically low. It is still a great time to purchase a home with a mortgage. Here are more details on the nationwide average mortgage rates. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.65% this week, continuing to entice home buyers to the market...
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