How To Make An Emergency Preparedness Kit For Your Home

Home Emergency KitSome natural disasters can be forecast — hurricanes, snow storms and, in some cases, flooding. Other disasters occur unexpectedly, such as tornadoes and earthquakes. As a homeowner or renter , it’s a safe idea to prepare for disaster or unexpected emergency. Every home should maintain a ready, working emergency kit for such a.. read more →

Should I Consider a Warranty when Buying a New Home?

Are you buying a new home? If so, you’ve likely pondered whether or not you should invest in a warranty to protect your investment. In today’s blog post we’ll briefly explore home warranties including some of the pros and cons of buying one and how they differ from homeowner’s insurance. The Benefits of Buying a.. read more →

A Quick Guide to Closing Costs and What to Expect

Whether you’re just starting to shop for a new home or you’ve already found the perfect new house and you’re ready to submit an offer, if you’re taking out a mortgage loan to cover some of the home’s purchase price you should be aware of the various closing costs you may encounter. In today’s blog.. read more →

What You Need to Know About Your Down Payment on a New Home

Whether you’re just starting to shop for a new home or you’ve found the perfect house and are crafting your offer, if you’re taking out a mortgage to help cover your real estate purchase you’ve likely given some thought to your down payment. In today’s blog post we’ll explore the topic of down payments and.. read more →

Have You Had Trouble Getting a Mortgage? Here’s 3 Tips for Sprucing Up Your Credit.

If you’ve had some trouble getting approved for a mortgage recently, you’re not alone. Many individuals face mortgage challenges due to past blemishes on their credit reports or a personal financial crisis that resulted in bills not being paid on time. In this post we’ll share three quick tips for sprucing up your personal credit.. read more →

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – November 17, 2014

Last week’s housing related news was lean, with no scheduled reports released other than Freddie Mac’s primary mortgage market survey. We’ll start with some good news. The University of Michigan / Thompson-Reuters Consumer Sentiment Index reported its highest reading in more than seven years. November’s reading of 89.4 surpassed the expected reading of 88.0 and.. read more →

Negotiation Tips: How to Ask the Seller to Pay the Closing Costs

You’ve found the perfect new house or condo, and you are now preparing an offer that you believe the seller will find tempting enough to accept. However, you know that there are going to be thousands of dollars in closing costs that need to be paid before the sale is completed and you become the.. read more →

When Is A Reverse Mortgage Right For You?

If you’ve recently considered your options for taking some of the equity out of your home you may have heard about reverse mortgage loans. If you meet the requirements for a reverse mortgage it can be an excellent way to tap into the value of your home, freeing up that cash to be reinvested or.. read more →

Your FICO Score Can Drastically Affect Your Mortgage

Are you about to apply for a mortgage loan in order to buy a home? If so, you may be curious about your credit score and how this might impact your financing. Let’s take a quick look at how FICO credit scores can affect your mortgage and share a couple of ways that you can.. read more →

Home Security Of TheFuture Is Here Now

Imagine walking into your home and turning off the alarm, locking your doors, opening the windows and starting your coffee maker, all with a few taps of your finger on your smart phone? What if you had a home security camera that you could monitor from anywhere and a motion sensor that would send you.. read more →