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5 Questions For The First-Time Homebuyer

By Aviya Kushner for Bankrate.com Usually, a first-time homebuyer picks out a house before lining up financing, but experts say it should be the opposite. Dan Huss, a mortgage consultant with BNC National Bank in Scottsdale, Arizona, says buyers often call a Realtor first and...
Posted On 27 Mar 2015

How You Can Save More Than $45,000 on Your Mortgage

By Alaina Tweddale for GOBankingRates They say you have to spend money to save money, but when it comes to a mortgage loan refinance  spending a little now could save tens of thousands of dollars over the life of the loan. Yet 20 percent of mortgage holders who could save big...
Posted On 27 Mar 2015

Answering The Rent-Or-Buy Riddle

By Marcie Geffner for Bankrate.com Whether to rent or buy a home is an easy decision for many people. But for those who have the means and motivation to do either, the choice can be difficult to make. Buying offers freedom from rising rents, a mortgage interest tax deduction and...
Posted On 20 Mar 2015

48-Year-Old Has Just $6K For Retirement

By Dr. Don Taylor, Ph.D., CFA, CFP, CASL for Bankrate.com Dear Dr. Don, I have a $250,000 mortgage and $6,000 in a 403(b) retirement account. I am 48 years old. My mortgage won’t be paid off until after I retire. Should I put more money aside to pay off my mortgage or more...
Posted On 20 Mar 2015

10 Top Real Estate Tips For 2015

By Steve McLinden for Bankrate.com Another year of strong economic growth, improved employment and pent-up housing demand bodes well for most sellers in 2015, particularly in the Farm Belt and in energy-producing states such as Texas, North Dakota, Louisiana, Montana and Wyoming,...
Posted On 20 Mar 2015

6 Must-Dos Before Buying A Home

By Dana Dratch for Bankrate.com You may think you’re ready to be a homebuyer, but have you done your homework? Do you know about credit score requirements? Are you familiar with the different mortgage options that could be available to you? Have a checklist Whether you are...
Posted On 20 Mar 2015

Existing Home Sales Seems to be Close to a Full Recovery

There was a pigs breakfast of mostly positive headlines after the October existing homes sales data was released.  My post had a positive spin  October 2014 Existing Home Sales Had the Best Month in a Year .   The problem for all analysts is that it is impossible to transfer the...
Posted On 20 Mar 2015

4 Big Money Mistakes Of First-Time Homebuyers

By Michele Lerner for Bankrate.com First-time homebuyers almost always  make a few mistakes when buying their home. Perhaps they pay too much, choose the wrong type of mortgage or neglect to budget for needed home improvements. Working with a trustworthy, experienced lender can...
Posted On 20 Mar 2015

Too Few Rental Units Can Trigger Inflation

There is an obvious relationship between supply and demand. In the rental housing market, demand is eroding supply at a rapid rate according to recent data – likely due to changing demographics and preferences. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is based 40% on housing costs...
Posted On 20 Mar 2015

6 Things Real Estate Agents Wish You Knew

By Dana Dratch for Bankrate.com Real estate agents see it all. From the unmade beds to the overstuffed garages to the “What were they thinking?” decor. Over the years, they learn a thing or two: Why some houses sell, while others linger on the market. Why some...
Posted On 20 Mar 2015