Paying Cash for a Home? Beware of the 90 Day Rule

Paying Cash for a Home? Beware of the 90 Day Rule

With inventory levels low in this competitive housing environment, some people are opting to make cash offers on homes to make their purchase agreement look more attractive to potential sellers. While this may help you get your offer accepted, there is a large pitfall you must understand. The IRS gives you a 90-day window to put a mortgage on a property to gain the benefits associated with this loan being considered “acquisition indebtedness”.

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The Only Constant is Change…

The Only Constant is Change…

…and as witnessed over the past 20 years, nowhere is it more evident than in the mortgage industry. Much of it, as with any business, occurs because of the rapid and ever evolving technological advances making the process easier and more efficient.

Enter Government Regulation
But, as rapidly as it happens, the most change we’ve seen in the past years has come from government regulation. Hindsight is 20/20, of course, and looking back at the events leading ...

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Having Trouble Getting Your Offer Accepted?

Having Trouble Getting Your Offer Accepted?

It’s no secret, it is a competitive market out there if you are a buyer. Whether you are purchasing a home and have the cash on hand for the down payment or you need to sell your existing home first to use the equity from that property for the down payment on the new home, there are challenges. The key to success is preparation. We have gone out of our way to create tools for you ...

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Have pets?? Top Tips for Selling Your Home

Have pets?? Top Tips for Selling Your Home

 

Do you have pets as part of your family? When you put your home up for sale you need to be prepared that not everyone feels the same about having pets. Your home is staged so that the potential buyers can “see” themselves living in your home and often that doesn’t include pets. Scheduling a deep cleaning for your home to remove any pet odor is a necessity prior to listing. Here are some things to ...

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Choosing a Neighborhood: 6 Things to Consider

Choosing a Neighborhood:  6 Things to Consider

For many homebuyers, choosing a neighborhood is more important than choosing a house when shopping for a place to live. You can repair, remodel, or renovate a house but there are many things about a neighborhood you can’t change. What should a buyer look for in a neighborhood? This list may change based on your interests, but there are many neighborhood factors that can add value to your home. Remember, it is all about “Location, location, ...

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What if I Wait?: Buying a Home Next Year…

What if I Wait?:  Buying a Home Next Year…

According to the recent Home Price Index Report by CoreLogic, home prices have increased nationally by 6.7% year-over-year. During that same period, interest rates have stayed at near historic lows. This has allowed many buyers to enter the marketplace.

If you are selling your home, your concern is likely to be the short-term price (which is where the values are heading over the next few months). If you are positioned to be a ...

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Why to Sell This Spring: 5 Reasons

Why to Sell This Spring:  5 Reasons

Traditional wisdom indicates that certain times of the year are better than others for selling your home. Historically, Spring is one of those times. Below are 5 reasons for why selling during Spring makes sense.

1. Strong Demand
According to the March 2018 Buyer Traffic Report (National Association of Realtors), buyer demand has remained strong throughout most of the country since May of 2016. This indicates that buyers are ready, willing, and able to purchase and are ...

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Spring is a Great Time to Buy a Home!!

Spring is a Great Time to Buy a Home!!

Here are four reasons why Spring is a great time to buy a home.

Rising Prices

According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index report, home prices have appreciated by 6.6% over the last 12 months and prices will continue to rise over the next year (approximately 4.3%). If you are waiting for the bottom of the market with regards to home values, waiting no longer makes sense; The bottom has come and gone.

Increasing Interest Rates

Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage ...

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Housing Market to Spring Forward in 2018

Housing Market to Spring Forward in 2018

Just like clocks recently did in most of the country, the housing market will soon “spring forward!” According to Alexandra Lee and Ralph McLaughlin of Trulia, there was a 10.5% decrease in US home inventory in Q4 2017. This lack of inventory is like tension in a spring waiting to be released and that is what is holding back the market right now.

Traditionally, sellers believe that waiting until Spring is in their ...

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7 Factors: What to Consider When Choosing a Home to Retire In

7 Factors:  What to Consider When Choosing a Home to Retire In

As the population ages and more baby boomers near retirement, the question of what to do about housing becomes an important one. Given the low available inventory in the starter and trade-up home categories, it makes sense for homeowners to evaluate their homes’ ability to adapt to whatever needs retirement may bring. According to NAEBA (National Association of Exclusive Buyers Agents), there are 7 factors that you should consider when choosing your retirement home.

  1. Affordability

“It may be ...

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