March 2017

Found 20 blog entries for March 2017.

home decorating trends open bathrooms

Just because you saw an open bathroom and brass bathtub on Pinterest doesn’t mean you should add those features to your on-the-market home.

If your walls could talk, they might say, “Don’t paint me lime green.”

Our homes may be a reflection of ourselves, but this philosophy can backfire when you’re putting a property up for sale. “What a seller likes may be too personal for a buyer,” says Jennifer Kjellgren, broker and owner of Intown Expert, an Atlanta, GA, real estate firm. If you’re about to enter the market and are in doubt about how your home’s style will appeal to buyers, here are five home-decorating trends that real estate experts have identified as potential buyer turnoffs.

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Bad paint colors instantly

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Paying careful attention to these four numbers will make the difference in landing your dream home.

If you're serious about buying a home, understanding your finances is a crucial first step.

When deciding to purchase a home, the list of things to consider can be daunting. While you might be comparing square footage, finishes, and neighborhoods, mortgage lenders are looking at specific numbers that make up your financial picture with the same discerning eye.

You might be eager to look at homes online, or even swing by a few open houses, but without getting your finances in check, your offer could be the last to the table. Sitting down with a lender and getting pre-approved for a loan puts you in a strong position and will make your

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These tips can help you pay off your mortgage every month (and still live your best life!).

Mortgage payment taking a bite out of your budget? Use these hacks to make it easier to pay each month, and speed up your loan repayment in the process.

Your mortgage is likely your largest monthly bill. But if you use the following five hacks, you can make that slice of the pie easier to fit into your budget. You can even save money on your loan and pay it off faster if you use your savings right! Here’s how.

1. Share your space

It’s the ultimate mortgage payoff hack: get someone else to pay the bill for you! It may sound crazy, but it’s possible if you’re willing to share your living space with others in exchange for rent.

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It’s not a seller’s market for everyone

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Have you heard? It’s a seller’s market. Well, in most zip codes at least. But a hopping homebuying season doesn’t necessarily mean your home will go well over asking price just by putting up a For Sale sign. There’s still plenty a seller must do if they want to get the best price for their soon-to-be-former digs.

Here are 50 things to do if you plan to sell your home this spring.

1. Learn the market

The reports of a seller’s market are greatly exaggerated — which is to say every zip code is different. If you want to expedite a sale, your “property has to be marketed properly and be priced appropriately,” said Glenn S. Phillips, CEO of Lake Homes Realty.

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Should You Two-Time Your Mortgage Lender?

Your home is one of the biggest financial investments you will ever have. As a homeowner, you could have a mortgage loan for many years to come, possibly even decades. But while it makes sense for to shop around for the best possible deal, is it okay to apply for a mortgage with two lenders at the same time?

The Impact Of Multiple Credit Inquiries

In previous years, having multiple mortgage applications meant multiple credit inquiries. Credit inquiries occur when a lender pulls your credit.

For most people, a mortgage credit inquiry is known as a “hard pull” against your credit. Hard inquiries negatively impact your credit score by three to five points.

Multiple inquiries would be potentially

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The Foreclosure Crisis: 10 Years Later | Keeping Current Matters

CoreLogic recently released a report entitled, United States Residential Foreclosure Crisis: 10 Years Later, in which they examined the years leading up to the crisis all the way through to present day.

With a peak in 2010 when nearly 1.2 million homes were foreclosed on, over 7.7 million families lost their homes throughout the entire foreclosure crisis.

Dr. Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist for CoreLogic, had this to say,

“The country experienced a wild ride in the mortgage market between 2008 and 2012, with the foreclosure peak occurring in 2010. As we look back over 10 years of the foreclosure crisis, we cannot ignore the connection between jobs and homeownership. A healthy economy is driven by jobs coupled with consumer confidence that

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You Don't Have To Be A Citizen To Get A US Mortgage

There are two sorts of non-citizen homebuyer in the United States -- the resident who wants a primary residence, and the non-resident who wants a vacation property here. Each buyer may finance property with a foreign national mortgage, but the loans are not alike.

Permanent Resident Aliens

Both permanent and non-permanent resident aliens can obtain mortgages in America, pretty much like everyone else. They can even get FHA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac home loans with as little as three percent down.

The documentation requirements depend on the borrower's status.

If you're a permanent resident alien, you'll need your green card and your social security number. Your mortgage application

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What Is The Average Homebuyer Tenure In The US?

We all know people who have lived in their homes for 40 or 50 years or even longer. They raised their kids there and plan on retiring in the same house. But that's not the average tenure.

It's the exception to the rule of how long people really stay in their homes, according to many studies and trends done on homebuyers in America.

What Affects Your Tenure In Your Home?

So many things can affect how long people stay in the homes they buy.

They might have to move because of a job or a sick elderly parent a few states away. They might need a bigger or smaller home depending on the size of their family or their needs. Or they might just want a whole different style or want to move into the

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There are a number of reasons why people move during their senior years, from transitioning into a care facility to moving closer to family and friends. No matter the reason for their move, most seniors who relocate choose a smaller home for their post-retirement years.

Living in a smaller home frees up funds for travel and leisure, reduces the demands of house and yard work, and lets seniors retain their independence as mobility wanes. But there’s one big disadvantage of moving into a smaller home: Downsizing.

While downsizing is a great choice for seniors, it can also be a burdensome and emotionally draining task. However, there are a few tips you can follow to keep the process manageable.

Take Your Time

Your house holds a lifetime worth

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