5 Steps to Buying a Home After Bankruptcy

In the past decade, the American Dream of owning a home has become more like the American Nightmare. With more than 7 million homes foreclosed over the past eight years and unemployment hitting record levels, buying a house has been the last thing on people’s minds. To make matters worse, perhaps you have had to file for bankruptcy and believe that ever owning a home again is out of the question for you. That is simply not the case. In fact, the Federal Reserve Bank recently released a study … [Read more...]

5 Things You Absolutely Must Do Before Buying a Home

Purchasing real estate can be a complex process, and it’s essential for people who want to make a smart wealth-building decision to buy the right property that suits their long-term needs. To prepare yourself for this life-changing event, be sure you take the following steps before starting the process. Make sure you plan to stay a long time Real estate purchases and sales have some of the highest transaction fees of any type of assets, so target a hold date of at least seven years … [Read more...]

Closing Cost Calculator

What are closing costs how much will I pay? The Mortgage Closing Costs Calculator helps you understand cost components the approximate fees that will be due when you close your home loan. Many people focus only on interest rates when shopping for a mortgage or refinance deal. But it’s important to consider all the closing costs that will be associated with your home loan. The Closing Costs Calculator can help you compare all the fees you’ll need to pay to obtain a mortgage. At closing, … [Read more...]

Mortgage Affordability Calculator

Follow this link to use a calculator that will work out how much a typical mortgage lender might be willing to lend to you, based on your monthly take home pay and any existing loan/credit card commitments. Source: www.rightmove.co.uk … [Read more...]

Paying Off Mortgage Before Retirement Not Always Best Decision

Q. I can’t stand my job and the only thing keeping me going is my plan to get out of here sooner than later. I plan to retire in five years at age 58. I may find some other type of work but I want to be able to retire based on no income from a salary. I have run some numbers and I think I can do this if I pay off my mortgage before I retire. My current mortgage balance is $75,000 and my interest rate is 3.75 percent. I figure a little more than $600/month added to my mortgage payment will be … [Read more...]

6 Tricks To Getting A Great Mortgage Rate

Getting a great rate on a mortgage is about a lot more than comparison shopping. It’s also about much more than just your credit score. In fact, the mortgage industry examines a number of factors to determine not only if you qualify for a mortgage, but also what interest rate you’ll pay. There’s a lot at stake. Mortgage rates can vary by several percentage points depending on the factors we’ll look at below. The difference can mean a much higher or lower monthly payment and tens of … [Read more...]

Buying a House? Ask These 9 Questions First

Buying a house is a huge decision. Obviously, you want a place that you and your family will love to live in, but it's essential to let your choice be guided by your head at least as much as by your heart. After all, a home purchase is likely to be the biggest financial investment you make in your life. So be sure to ask your real estate broker these 9 canny questions before you even think of signing on the bottom line. Why are the owners selling and what is their timeframe? If the … [Read more...]

Buying A Home? Look Past The Staging

Buying a home? Then you've likely come across a staged home. Home sellers rearrange furniture to make rooms look bigger and bake cookies to fill the air with a homey aroma. But you, smart homebuyer, should look beyond the stagecraft. "While not all staging is trickery, because the basic premise of staging is to make the home look presentable, buyers need to look past it and get serious," says Karlton Utter, director of learning technologies and solutions for Better Homes and Gardens Real … [Read more...]

Advantages of Homeownership

Is owning a home right for you? Becoming a homeowner comes with a lot of responsibility, but also a lot of rewards. To help you decide if owning a home makes the most sense for you, here are some of the main reasons people choose homeownership over renting. It’s a Good Investment While home prices move in cycles over the short-term, if you stay in your home for a long time, it could increase in value and give you a substantial return on your investment. If you are currently … [Read more...]

5 Reasons the Highest House Offer Won’t Always Get You the Home

Hot market? Try one of these tactics when the seller is trying to get top dollar. When it comes to buying a house, the highest offer always gets the house — right? Surprise! The answer is often “no.” Conventional wisdom might suggest that during negotiations, especially in a multiple-offer situation, the buyer who throws the most money at the seller will snag the house. In reality, however, it doesn’t always end up that way. Sure, a hefty sum is the first thing every seller wants to see, … [Read more...]

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