Renting While Saving for a House: The Catch 22

Renting While Saving for a House: The Catch 22

Here’s the Situation: You think you don’t have enough money saved to purchase a home, so you’re renting for a few more months… or even years.

But here’s the Problem: The cost to rent is steadily increasing; however renter’s total income is not. In turn, a higher percentage of income goes towards rent and less can go towards savings.

According to a study from the National Association of Realtors, “The gap between ...

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8 Predictions for the Mortgage and Real Estate Industries in 2015

8 Predictions for the Mortgage and Real Estate Industries in 2015

A NEW YEAR brings new opportunities, and 2015 will be no different, especially if you are a homeowner —or aspiring to become one— and these eight predictions for the mortgage and real estate industries come true… Drum roll please?

  1. Mortgage interest rates will hold steady at crazy low levels. In spite of the fact that the Federal Reserve will likely raise short term rates (which will increase ARM rates), long term rates will stay low driven by low ...
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Your Atlanta Renovation Loan Guide

Your Atlanta Renovation Loan Guide

For a long time the real estate market was saturated with foreclosures. In fact, according to one expert, 60% of real estate sales in recent years have been through foreclosures and short sales. Over time, most of them have cleared out and the ones that still remain are in conditions that most buyers think they don’t have the money to fix.

Enter the renovation loan. In many ways, purchasing a home with a Continue Reading →

Selling a House? 10 Things Home Buyers Look For

Selling a House? 10 Things Home Buyers Look For

Previously we’ve mentioned how great today’s rates are compared to the past and we’ve broken down the cost of waiting to buy. But, what about selling a house? Maybe it’s time to move-up and buy for a growing family, or maybe you’re now empty nesters and it’s time to sell and move to a new location, or maybe you’re in a better financial position ...

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Short Sale & Foreclosure Victims: 6 Reasons You Can Buy Again

Short Sale & Foreclosure Victims: 6 Reasons You Can Buy Again

A Short Sale or a Foreclosure is most definitely not something anyone wishes upon them self or their loved ones. But, if you happen to be one of the many Americans who unfortunately experienced a Short Sale or Foreclosure, The Family Mortgage Team of Atlanta has good news for you! Listed below and in our infographic you’ll see Six Reasons Past Short Sale Sellers can (and ...

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Home Buying: 5 Things to Consider First

Home Buying: 5 Things to Consider First

Whether you’re a first time home buyer or a move-up buyer, before buying a house, it’s important to check out all aspects of the new home to prevent costly mistakes in the future. The following list represents issues that have the potential of turning your home ownership dream into a night-mare:

1. Siding – Houses built in the 1980’s & ’90’s are more susceptible to cheap siding which can trap moisture if not properly maintained. ...

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The Benefits of Getting a Pre-Approval

The Benefits of Getting a Pre-Approval

Faster closing times, stronger purchasing power, and  greater loan flexibility are just a few of the ways getting pre-approved puts you at an advantage prior to ever even looking at a home. Often times when home buyers decide they’re ready to buy, the first person they contact is a Realtor. However, not only does speaking with a Lender prior to looking at houses give you and your Realtor a better idea of what you can actually afford, you also put yourself ahead of ...

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10 Credit Don’ts During the Loan Process

10 Credit Don’ts During the Loan Process

Listed below are the 10 credit mistakes to avoid once you’ve been approved for a loan! And if at anytime during your loan process you are unsure about something, always call your loan officer to confirm!

  1. DON’T DO ANYTHING THAT WILL CAUSE A RED FLAG TO BE RAISED BY THE CREDIT SCORING SYSTEM. This would include adding new accounts, co-signing on a loan, changing your name or address ...
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Buying a Home: What You See vs. What You Get

Buying a Home: What You See vs. What You Get

It’s safe to say, most people are aware of the ever-so-popular home buying reality TV shows. And it’s probably also safe to say most people watch, have watched, or have at least been in the room while someone watched one of these shows… Property Virgins, Love it or List It, House Hunters, Property Brothers… and the list goes on. And what makes them exciting on a personal level is when you realize the episode about to come on is set ...

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3 Strategies to Rectify Thin Credit History

3 Strategies to Rectify Thin Credit History

When preparing to get a mortgage, lenders take a look at your credit history and typically want to see at least three (3) trade lines that have been open for two years or more. By trade lines we mean credit cards, car loans, student loans or any other form of credit you may have opened that would be reported to the credit reporting agencies. If you don’t have these minimum requirements, all hope is not lost. Consider jump-starting your ...

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