With a high volume of millennials set to enter the real estate market this year, it may seem like all the available options out there were created to snag new home buyers. However, there are products available on the market that cater to those who are in their golden years too. If you're older than 62 and are currently weighing the options with your mortgage, here are the basics on reverse mortgages and why they might positively benefit you. The Scoop On Reverse Mortgages It may seem like this mortgage option hasn't been around that long, but it was actually created in 2009 following the … [Read More...]
Along with the family vehicles, the garage may be the place where all of the things you don't want in your house go to disappear. However, you might not be aware that there are a number of DIY hacks you can use for your garage that will instantly make it a more useable space. If you're wondering how you can fit more in while improving the aesthetic appeal of your garage, here are some tricks to test out.
Give Your Garden Tools Space
The pile of garden tools that often sit in the corner of the garage is generally unpleasant to look at and potentially dangerous, so instead of leaving them … [Read More...]
Case-Shiller's National Home Price Index indicated slower home price growth in April. Year-over-year, home prices rose 5.50 percent in April as compared to 5.60 percent in March. Year-over-year readings are calculated on a seasonally-adjusted annual basis. Case-Shiller's 20 City Home Price Index was also lower with a seasonally-adjusted year-over-year reading of 5.70 percent gain in April as compared to the year-over-year March reading of 5.90 percent. Seattle, Washington held on to its lead for home price growth with a year-over-year reading of 12.90 percent; Portland Oregon followed with a … [Read More...]
Whether you're finally prepared to get into the real estate market to buy a home or you just want to know how you can make the process go fast and easy, there are a few necessary documents you'll want to have on hand. It's always best to get these to your mortgage professional as soon as possible. Even before you a have a purchase contract in play - specifically during the pre-approval process but if the contract happens before pre-approval, then get these to your mortgage pro quickly so they can expedite the process for you.
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Last week's economic news included readings on sales of new and previously owned homes. Despite expectations of lower sales in both categories, sales surpassed expectations and April sales. Analysts were concerned about extremely tight inventories of available homes limiting home sales and did not expect May home sales to increase. May Home Sales Surpass Expectations Sales of new homes increased to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 610,000 sales as compared to expectations of 590,000 sales and an annual sales pace of 593,000 homes in April. Home builders have repeatedly cited a lack of … [Read More...]
Investing in a home is a big financial decision, and along with the decision to buy is the question of how much mortgage you'll be able to afford. While your debt-to-income ratio can be helpful in determining the range for your mortgage amount, a mortgage calculator can be a beneficial tool in coming to a potential price. If you're curious about how and if this financial tool can benefit you, here are the details about using a mortgage calculator. What Does It Do? It's very important to ensure that you can afford your mortgage before signing on the dotted line, and a mortgage calculator can … [Read More...]