Purchasing a home can be one of the most rewarding and meaningful transactions folks will ever be a part of. Outside of the obvious reasons for owing a home (shelter from the elements, more space for a growing family, shortened commute to work/school/family, etc.) using your home for its investment aspects is especially attractive given current rates and market conditions. I would, however, argue that you should not just consider the investment, the pricing, or the timing of the ...Continue Reading →
What does the New Year of 2018 have in store for the housing market?? Consider the following few things:
1. Both home prices & values are expected to rise moderately. The Atlanta Metro area homes, in particular, are expected to have an increase of around 5%. Rental rates, finally, will not rise near as ...Continue Reading →
….You Should Write A Letter To The Seller!
Buyers are getting frustrated with lower inventory levels & when they do FINALLY find a place to make an offer on, they find out there are other people doing the same. Sound familiar? If you would like to dramatically increase the odds of the seller accepting your offer over ...Continue Reading →
…..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 ...Continue Reading →
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?
- 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 ...
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 →
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 ...Continue Reading →
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 ...Continue Reading →
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. ...Continue Reading →
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 ...Continue Reading →