Category: Real Estate Items of value

Another Source for a Down Payment

Borrowing from a 401k, 403b or the cash value of life insurance policy is a common financial strategy. While taxpayers are not allowed borrow from either a traditional or Roth IRA, they can withdraw funds before age 59 ½ for specific purposes like a first home purchase, qualified higher education expenses or permanent disability without […]

Tuesday December 31st, 2019 in Real Estate Items of value | Comments Off on Another Source for a Down Payment

Anticipating the Cost of a Home

The largest expenditure a buyer has when purchasing a home is the down payment which can range from zero for veterans or 3.5%, 5%, 10% and 20%. With mortgages come closing costs which can be another 2-4% and must be paid at settlement in cash. Most mortgages require an escrow account to pay the property […]

Tuesday December 24th, 2019 in Real Estate Items of value | Comments Off on Anticipating the Cost of a Home

Personal Finance Review

Even if Benjamin Franklin never actually used the expression “a penny saved is a penny earned”, the reality is that it has been a sentiment for frugality for centuries. He did say: “Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.” At the end of the day, it is not about how […]

Tuesday December 17th, 2019 in Real Estate Items of value | Comments Off on Personal Finance Review

an Investment Perspective on a Home

Looking for an investment that will turn $10,000 into $80,000 in seven years? Sound too good to be true? What if I told you that you could live in it every day during that seven years? Would that sound even better? A $300,000 home purchased today on an FHA loan would have a $10,500 down […]

Tuesday December 10th, 2019 in Real Estate Items of value | Comments Off on an Investment Perspective on a Home

Title Insurance

Most people who have car, home and health insurance have probably made claims and wouldn’t consider being without it. However, it might be difficult to find a homeowner who has made a claim on their title insurance which could lead a person to think that it may not be necessary. Title insurance covers the largest […]

Tuesday November 26th, 2019 in Real Estate Items of value | Comments Off on Title Insurance

7 Reasons to Buy a Home

Some people don’t need a reason to buy a home, they just want it. That can be enough justification by itself. Other people need some solid logic before they’re ready to make the commitment. The following reasons might help you to make a decision. Pride of ownership … among the most popular reasons given by […]

Tuesday November 19th, 2019 in Real Estate Items of value | Comments Off on 7 Reasons to Buy a Home

What’s the Difference in Pre-Qualification and Pre-Approval?

Before looking for a home, you need to know how much you can afford. While you may have a number in your head, the lender has the final say. Securing a pre-approval from a lender helps make the home buying process easier and helps to avoid delays. Many buyers confuse the terms pre-qualification and pre-approval. […]

Tuesday November 12th, 2019 in Real Estate Items of value | Comments Off on What’s the Difference in Pre-Qualification and Pre-Approval?

Buy Your Retirement Home Now

Maybe you’re not ready to move into it but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take advantage of the present opportunities to acquire the home you want to live in during retirement. The combination of the low mortgage rates, high rental rates, positive cash flows and tax advantages can help you get it paid for […]

Tuesday November 5th, 2019 in Real Estate Items of value | Comments Off on Buy Your Retirement Home Now

A Good Time to Buy a Home

You may have noticed that REALTORS® seem to always think now is a good time to buy and they can usually justify it with solid reasoning. While it can be true in general, a good time to buy has more to do with the individual than anything else. There are four things to consider. It […]

Tuesday October 29th, 2019 in Real Estate Items of value | Comments Off on A Good Time to Buy a Home

Time for a Toilet Upgrade

Whether it is a cosmetic or a mechanical reason for upgrading a toilet, you may not know all the choices that are involved to choose the right one for your home. The current toilet may have cracks or leaks in the bowl or tank. It could be the aggravation of constant clogging or inefficient flushing. […]

Tuesday October 22nd, 2019 in Real Estate Items of value | Comments Off on Time for a Toilet Upgrade