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What to Inspect When Youre Inspecting

Want to know a critical but often overlooked element of the home-buying process? The home inspection. Typically, you schedule the inspection after picking out your dream house and signing a contract to purchase. The inspection can determine if you’re considering a sound...
Posted On 03 Apr 2015

4 Tips to Cut Your Monthly Housing Costs

By Jennifer Calonia for GOBankingRates.com Whether you see your residence as a forever home, a financial investment or just a place to crash for the night, there’s no denying how much the cost of housing cuts into your available funds  at the end of the month. According to CNN,...
Posted On 01 Apr 2015

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

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

What Are REITs? A Quick Introduction

In short, REITs are investment vehicles that fall under the “make/model” of real estate. Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) involve direct investment in real estate, without the labor-intensive management attached to traditional commercial real estate investments. Instead of...
Posted On 20 Mar 2015